RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 


Showing results 1 to 50 of 83
Search took 0.02 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: Alumineer
Forum: Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 12-26-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 14,284
Posted By Alumineer
Is Airstream actually using suitcase connectors...

Is Airstream actually using suitcase connectors on new construction wire harnesses? Those things are “simple and effective” but they are a major compromise on the reliability of both the main run and...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 02-24-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,490
Posted By Alumineer
This post by Robert is the key. Different battery...

This post by Robert is the key. Different battery chemistries require different voltage thresholds (that are temperature dependent) to achieve full charge in an given time, without incurring damage....
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 02-23-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,490
Posted By Alumineer
The 6 volt Trojans will have a total rated...

The 6 volt Trojans will have a total rated capacity of 225 A-h, which is almost triple that of a typical group 27 battery. Even if you have a pair of 12 volt batteries in parallel, the Trojans will...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-06-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,866
Posted By Alumineer
The other posters gave some options. If you’re...

The other posters gave some options. If you’re interested in keeping small iron and steel particles out of circulation then just place a 1/2 inch rare earth magnet on the outside of your engine oil...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-23-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,189
Posted By Alumineer
I'm an electrical engineer by profession and I've...

I'm an electrical engineer by profession and I've spent my entire career (going on 30 years) doing wireless communication systems, from 5 kHz electromagnetic pulse generators through 800 MHz digital...
Forum: On The Road... 09-15-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,224
Posted By Alumineer
We're in Calgary... we did a trip through...

We're in Calgary... we did a trip through Washington to Oregon a couple of years ago. Stops along the way that might be interesting are:
1. Farragut State Park in Idaho (just at the southern tip of...
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 09-09-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,429
Posted By Alumineer
I see you're already done, but I figured I'd...

I see you're already done, but I figured I'd chime in anyway. I recently replaced three of the four roof openings (rearmost one still to do) with Maxxair roof vents on our '74 Tradewind. I placed the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 08-18-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,285
Posted By Alumineer
A. The shunt should always go on the negative...

A. The shunt should always go on the negative battery lead between the negative-most terminal, and the chassis (or electrical) ground. That way you can track everything that goes into and out of the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-29-2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,188
Posted By Alumineer
The main, primary cause of the plug and socket...

The main, primary cause of the plug and socket melting was due to high resistance in that connection causing localized heating when a significant current is passed through. Low line voltage is a...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 07-10-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 12,498
Posted By Alumineer
I agreed with everything else that you wrote but...

I agreed with everything else that you wrote but as a point of fact, Toyota specifies 154 foot-pounds on my 2013 Tundra for steel wheels, but only 97 for aluminum wheels. That is with 14 mm studs.
...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-26-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,787
Posted By Alumineer
I used worst case numbers for the input...

I used worst case numbers for the input voltage... I suppose that it should make sense to use the max-power voltage for a panel and in that case you can reduce the current to about 33 amps at 18...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-25-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,787
Posted By Alumineer
600 watts at 12V is 50 A. Your 35 foot run of 10...

600 watts at 12V is 50 A. Your 35 foot run of 10 gauge cable would have 0.035 ohms resistance. So you would lose about 1.5 volts. That is quite a bit and you are right to do something about it... but...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-10-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By Alumineer
Your panels should have a disconnect breaker that...

Your panels should have a disconnect breaker that you can trip to separate the panels from the controller. If you need to ‘safe’ the panels themselves, cover them up...
Forum: Our Community 10-22-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 846
Posted By Alumineer
When reversing, the gear used by the transmission...

When reversing, the gear used by the transmission is usually “reverse” ;) .

The gear ratio for reverse is usually the same as first or it can be slightly taller but it’s never higher than the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-29-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,230
Posted By Alumineer
I don’t have a reference handy for that plug but...

I don’t have a reference handy for that plug but you do not want to have the hot and neutral mixed up. It will not damage any of your electrical parts but it can cause the skin of your trailer to...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 08-31-2017, 07:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,555
Posted By Alumineer
We took our 19 foot SOB (the Trade Wind is...

We took our 19 foot SOB (the Trade Wind is currently missing all of its interior, one axle, and at least 12 feet of floor) from Calgary to the Sugarloaf campground in Cascade Lake State park (Idaho)....
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 05-03-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,259
Posted By Alumineer
Start creating a hookup checklist. Airplane...

Start creating a hookup checklist. Airplane pilots have checklists for almost any conceivable situation (to tie into the "cockpit" analogies some are drawing here). It won't save you from everything...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-16-2016, 09:45 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,397
Posted By Alumineer
Is a 40% overload safe? No. Would the state...

Is a 40% overload safe? No. Would the state police require you to leave your trailer by the side of the road if they decided to inspect your rig for any reason? Yes. You're talking about a trailer...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 12-15-2016, 12:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,416
Posted By Alumineer
I'm in a place where my daily commute involves a...

I'm in a place where my daily commute involves a 2 mile descent on a 7 percent grade. I see lots of folks riding their brakes all the way down, and every couple of years there is a near disaster...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 11-07-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,059
Posted By Alumineer
I'm sure that your gas heater unit has a...

I'm sure that your gas heater unit has a thermostat control, you might need to adjust it. I've had the same problem (failure to light with popping etc.) with a fridge, blowing out the combustion tube...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-31-2016, 11:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,044
Posted By Alumineer
I think that will be our choice. But I won't use...

I think that will be our choice. But I won't use Airstream's method of retaining the batts (which is, to lay it down across the frame members and then crush it down with the wood floor. I think the...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 10-30-2016, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,214
Posted By Alumineer
yeah... they're talking about oxide removal prior...

yeah... they're talking about oxide removal prior to welding. The thing that makes aluminum have a persistent and somewhat durable shine is the atoms-thick aluminum oxide coating that automatically...
Forum: 1969 - 1973 Safari 10-24-2016, 08:57 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 11,637
Posted By Alumineer
Just noticed this thread. If that...

Just noticed this thread. If that black/white/green cable is the 110V circuit that goes to the shore power (30A) plug: The ground (green) is disconnected and if you were to plug the trailer into...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 10-16-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 922
Posted By Alumineer
If the fitting has pipe threads then Teflon tape...

If the fitting has pipe threads then Teflon tape can help seal the gaps. If it's a barb type fit or a slip fit, then just a hose clamp should do it. If you're going to use pipe dope then make sure...
Forum: On The Road... 10-16-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,609
Posted By Alumineer
The previous owner of our '74 certainly did a lot...

The previous owner of our '74 certainly did a lot of parking by Braille. We're going to replace the (parts of) the side panel that were gouged right through by whatever side-swipe it was that landed...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-11-2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 578
Posted By Alumineer
Is this with a load applied (say, a 60W...

Is this with a load applied (say, a 60W incandescent light bulb)? Does it vary with the applied load? What happens if you plug in an electric toaster?

I would measure the voltage from hot to...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-03-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,000
Posted By Alumineer
I installed a 2025 in our SOB (19 foot Wanderer)....

I installed a 2025 in our SOB (19 foot Wanderer). I got a plastic (outdoor style) 5" square, 3" deep electrical box with pipe ports and mounted the current shunt in it and then mounted the box to the...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-29-2016, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 945
Posted By Alumineer
Looks good on that end (and from that distance)....

Looks good on that end (and from that distance). I just pulled the rearmost floor sheet out from our '74, and I'll likely be removing two or three (or four) more. Have a close look at the rear...
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-21-2016, 10:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,758
Posted By Alumineer
One of the best hole saws I've ever bought was...

One of the best hole saws I've ever bought was this Greenlee carbide cutter (https://www.greenlee.com/products/CARBIDE-CUTTER%2540c-1%2540d1%2540F8%2522.html?product_id=19254). I've used it on...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-21-2016, 08:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,305
Posted By Alumineer
If you're planning to go with lithium then you...

If you're planning to go with lithium then you definitely need to be aware of the system state of charge and make sure you have a properly programmed charger.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-21-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,305
Posted By Alumineer
It's a valid idea but with a 4x6 battery setup...

It's a valid idea but with a 4x6 battery setup (presumably the 6v batteries are each pretty large?) you should not have a problem maintaining 12 volts. When your batteries are run down to 10 volts,...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-16-2016, 05:35 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 34,468
Posted By Alumineer
Roger has already answered, but it's important to...

Roger has already answered, but it's important to understand the purpose of the safety chains so that you properly attach them to the tow vehicle, and also the breakaway switch lanyard cable. Years...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 09-12-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,282
Posted By Alumineer
For free-hand cutting, these offset Wiss snips...

For free-hand cutting, these offset Wiss snips (https://www.wisstool.com/product/dsp_product_detail.cfm?hier=602&pf=210&upc=037103583376) are great.

They make mirror-image tools for left/straight...
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 09-08-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 1,797
Views: 307,876
Posted By Alumineer
The lower (water pump inlet) hose usually needs a...

The lower (water pump inlet) hose usually needs a large spring inside it to keep it from collapsing due to the pump suction. If you're getting a new hose and it's not marked as being intended for a...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-08-2016, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,552
Posted By Alumineer
This is incorrect. Unfortunately, the reasons...

This is incorrect. Unfortunately, the reasons require a deeper insight into electrical theory than the usual voltage-is-like-pressure analogies can easily explain.

A hair dryer's main use of power...
Forum: General Interior Topics 09-08-2016, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,371
Posted By Alumineer
You would preferably locate the heavier interior...

You would preferably locate the heavier interior items such that you can anchor to the vertical ribs. That way you're taking advantage of the strongest parts of the shell. If not, you need to build...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-07-2016, 08:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,576
Posted By Alumineer
This webpage...

This webpage (https://www.ledbenchmark.com/faq/LED-interference-issues.html) illustrates some of the radio spectrum interference that can be caused by some poorly designed LED controllers. Your best...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-31-2016, 01:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,020
Posted By Alumineer
When you think you have the perfect alignment...

When you think you have the perfect alignment (but before you put your transmission in PARK and let off the brakes), engage the emergency brake. That will keep the TV from moving after you let off...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-24-2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 13,152
Posted By Alumineer
A couple of years ago I went from a 2000 Tundra...

A couple of years ago I went from a 2000 Tundra access cab 4WD/4.7 to a 2013 Tundra crew cab 4WD / 5.7. Mainly because my older son grew to 6'3" and he no longer fit in the back of the smaller cab......
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-25-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 33,858
Posted By Alumineer
Get a couple of these fork mounts...

Get a couple of these fork mounts (https://www.mec.ca/en/product/4008-579/Claw-Fork-Mount) and either mount them to a 2x piece of lumber or onto a 2x2 square of 1/2" or thicker plywood (with rubber...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-21-2016, 11:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 594
Posted By Alumineer
+1 to Randy and the gang at Bestconverter. I...

+1 to Randy and the gang at Bestconverter. I haven't yet decided on the overall electrical setup that we will use on our Tradewind but I did get a replacement/upgrade for the Parallax battery toaster...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-21-2016, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 594
Posted By Alumineer
Are you planning to keep the rest of the...

Are you planning to keep the rest of the electrical system as it was? Whether you are or not, make a list of the 12V equipment you expect to run, figure out how much current each will use, and add it...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-20-2016, 11:22 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 33,858
Posted By Alumineer
Take your time to read this thesis...

Take your time to read this thesis (https://www.webby.natcoa.net/Caravan.pdf) before you do a bunch of experimenting.

Basically, it's all been done before and the theory is clear and well...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 07-20-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,634
Posted By Alumineer
It's connected to the waste piping under the...

It's connected to the waste piping under the floor. You have to remove the sheetmetal belly pan from under the frame in that area to get access to the various clamps and screws that hold things...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-18-2016, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,955
Posted By Alumineer
I would be surprised if the Airstream (or any...

I would be surprised if the Airstream (or any other travel trailer) used anything other than mild steel for the frame members. The nice things about mild steel are that it's easily weldable, and it's...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-13-2016, 01:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,549
Posted By Alumineer
Here's your chance to relive those days: ...

Here's your chance to relive those days:
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/calgary/1967-ford-country-squire-price-reduced/1181061119?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

If our Trade Wind was in...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-12-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,549
Posted By Alumineer
The modern car/truck has 45 years of evolution...

The modern car/truck has 45 years of evolution relative to your trailer's build date, and as you note it's mostly in the brakes that you see the huge improvement. The old-school trucks and station...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-11-2016, 03:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,889
Posted By Alumineer
Phone Colin Hyde? He's right in your area and can...

Phone Colin Hyde? He's right in your area and can at least give you a quote and expert opinion on your best course of action.

https://sites.google.com/a/colinhydetrailerrestorations.com/home/
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 07-10-2016, 08:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,506
Posted By Alumineer
You're thinking of methane, which is the primary...

You're thinking of methane, which is the primary constituent of natural gas.

Methanol is the alcoholized form of methane, and it is a liquid at room temperature. It's also called "methyl alcohol"...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 07-08-2016, 01:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,141
Posted By Alumineer
I did some more reading and I may stand (sit)...

I did some more reading and I may stand (sit) corrected, at least partially. I did find out some interesting stuff.

Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and New Jersey prohibit travel with open propane...
Showing results 1 to 50 of 83

 

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.