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Forum: Airstream Classifieds 04-27-2020, 08:27 AM
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Posted By rluhr
2005 Airstream Safari

This is a well known and well maintained Safari bunkhouse, owned by Rich Luhr Publisher of Airstream Life magazine . Many modifications and upgrades make this well traveled Airstream a unique...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 03-15-2020, 07:23 AM
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Posted By rluhr
2005 Airstream Safari 30 - Arizona

Title: 2005 Airstream Safari 30 - Arizona
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

Here's something you don't see every day: a rare Safari 30 bunkhouse that is:

* owned by the...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 09-19-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,666
Posted By rluhr
Buying a trailer from Craigslist without an...

Buying a trailer from Craigslist without an in-person inspection is a nearly guaranteed way to be ripped off.

They said it best:
Avoiding Scams

Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 09-10-2017, 11:54 AM
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Views: 346
Posted By rluhr
1968 Airstream Caravel 17 - Arizona

Title: 1968 Airstream Caravel 17 - Arizona
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

This trailer has been fully refurbished from frame up. All of the structural work was done by...
Forum: General Interior Topics 04-18-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,318
Posted By rluhr
The easiest and safest way is without chemicals. ...

The easiest and safest way is without chemicals. Vigorous rubbing on the clearcoat with anything even mildly abrasive can cause fine scratches that you don't see until later (on a sunny day). Use a...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 05-27-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,927
Posted By rluhr
Yes, I have personally slipped in to a trailer...

Yes, I have personally slipped in to a trailer this way. I am 5 ft 9 inches tall and weigh 160 lbs. But I wouldn't want to do it again.

The comment in the Newbies Guide was not to scare people. ...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-02-2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,168
Posted By rluhr
When comparing services note that Mercedes...

When comparing services note that Mercedes standard practice is to replace rotors and brake fluid with every pad change. Mercedes does not recommend "turning" (machining) and re-using the rotors.
...
Forum: 1966 - 1968 Safari 11-23-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,682
Posted By rluhr
Well, not really. To take your example, the pump...

Well, not really. To take your example, the pump works off the 12 volt DC system so you can evaluate it with battery power alone. The AC system has nothing to do with it. And you can test it for...
Forum: 1966 - 1968 Safari 11-18-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,682
Posted By rluhr
Hi Jay You've got a big learning curve ahead...

Hi Jay

You've got a big learning curve ahead but with patience I'm sure you can handle fixing up your '68 Safari.

Thanks for buying my book. I'm sure it will help educate you, but I feel...
Forum: General Repair Forum 08-20-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,883
Posted By rluhr
BLKMAGIKCA: Glad you like the book. Thanks for...

BLKMAGIKCA: Glad you like the book. Thanks for your support!

AWCHIEF: Your copy hit the mail Monday, 8/17 along with all other pre-ordered copies. They went out Media Mail so they should ...
Forum: Other Rallies & Events 07-29-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,049
Posted By rluhr
Sorry, there won't be an Alumaflamingo in 2016. ...

Sorry, there won't be an Alumaflamingo in 2016. We're taking a year off to develop an all-new event in Florida (or nearby) for 2017. Look for an announcement about that this winter.

There will...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-19-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 19,233
Posted By rluhr
https://i1.wp.com/maze.airstreamlife.com/wp-content...

https://i1.wp.com/maze.airstreamlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/dsc_2668.jpg

I think quite a few of us have towed Airstreams in the mountains with the Mercedes ML/GL diesels. I've been doing...
Forum: 2005 Safari 05-04-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 940
Views: 135,738
Posted By rluhr
You can use any gasket you like there: neoprene,...

You can use any gasket you like there: neoprene, plastic, whatever seals the space. But the easiest fix would be a roll of butyl tape, which is available through hardware and many RV supply stores...
Forum: 2005 Safari 04-30-2015, 03:49 PM
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Views: 135,738
Posted By rluhr
Yes, I used Arcticold and got good service and...

Yes, I used Arcticold and got good service and prompt delivery. They are Canadian but have warehouses in the US.

Instructions provided with the cooling unit were OK, but we did encounter a few...
Forum: 2005 Safari 04-30-2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 940
Views: 135,738
Posted By rluhr
That tube is the condensate drain and it comes...

That tube is the condensate drain and it comes straight from the tray inside the refrigerator compartment. So it looks like something spilled in the fridge and came out the drain. Check inside and...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-30-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,657
Posted By rluhr
Yeah, it'll never work ...

;)

To each their own. I'll just mention that we crossed 100,000 miles recently with our GL320 Bluetec (nearly all towing miles), towing a Safari 30 Bunkhouse.

I've discussed this extensively...
Forum: General Repair Forum 12-10-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,516
Posted By rluhr
I'm glad you brought this up. People have been...

I'm glad you brought this up. People have been selling wrecked Airstreams on eBay for years and they are a bad deal. We used to discuss this regularly in Airstream Life magazine in the "eBay Watch"...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 11-23-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 759
Posted By rluhr
Sorry, you can only use that app on the iPad. ...

Sorry, you can only use that app on the iPad.

Personally I think reading a magazine on a phone is a little awkward experience due to the small screen, but if you want to try it you can check...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-23-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,443
Posted By rluhr
Well, since you mentioned it ... :angel: ...

Well, since you mentioned it ... :angel:

PTXON.COM (https://ptxon.com)

... might just help with that!
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-08-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,943
Posted By rluhr
You might have killed the batteries by overly...

You might have killed the batteries by overly discharging them multiple times, but your test with the voltage meter is not conclusive.

So before spending money, you need to read this, carefully,...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 02-24-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 19,233
Posted By rluhr
83,000 miles so far

Mostly towing mileage on mine. We use the Hensley hitch with it, towing the same trailer as SafariSS.

So far we've had no issues attributable to towing, except for the frequent comments from...
Forum: On The Road... 01-27-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,508
Posted By rluhr
Vermont State Parks are wonderful but keep in...

Vermont State Parks are wonderful but keep in mind that most of them are from the 1930s CCC-era, with tight turns and small campsites, and so only a few can accommodate RVs. Be sure to check before...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-14-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 94,658
Posted By rluhr
Here's my favorite from last summer's Euro-13...

Here's my favorite from last summer's Euro-13 gathering in Weilburg, Germany: a BMW X6. Cool-looking, but a bit pricey.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-12-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 94,658
Posted By rluhr
Sorry Steve, but that microbus was just a concept...

Sorry Steve, but that microbus was just a concept (Google "VW Bulli"). It's not actually scheduled to be built, despite that report. Looks like VW has shelved it for now.

Too bad, it was...
Forum: Other Rallies & Events 01-12-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,127
Posted By rluhr
You probably saw one of the Preliminary schedules...

You probably saw one of the Preliminary schedules for Alumaflamingo. We just updated it again today, so check it out on the Alumaflamingo website (https://alumaflamingo.com/?p=126) if you want to...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-11-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 94,658
Posted By rluhr
Here's one I found among my photos from Europe...

Here's one I found among my photos from Europe last summer. Of course, smaller tow vehicles are not unusual there.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-02-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 94,658
Posted By rluhr
Here you go. A Mercedes 190SL wouldn't be a...

Here you go. A Mercedes 190SL wouldn't be a great choice as a tow vehicle but it did make for a great photo!
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-01-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 94,658
Posted By rluhr
Sweet! I've been tempted to hitch up my 1984...

Sweet! I've been tempted to hitch up my 1984 Mercedes 300D Turbo to my 1968 Caravel, but I've been afraid of killing the transmission. How many miles would you estimate you towed with this rig?
...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 12-27-2013, 08:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,455
Posted By rluhr
You already did the best thing you could have...

You already did the best thing you could have done: a full walk-around. I have long advocated this practice to everyone who tows. Every stop.

And that's what saved you from disaster. The final...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 12-17-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,341
Posted By rluhr
You don't have to go to such lengths to avoid the...

You don't have to go to such lengths to avoid the Hensley bump. It's simply a matter of setting the trailer brakes to be a bit more aggressive. With the Tekonsha Prodigy (non-RF version) you add...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-08-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 17,381
Posted By rluhr
I just found this picture from my blog ... ...

I just found this picture from my blog ...

I wonder how many miles were on this Odyssey when Andy T towed it down to Alumapalooza?
...
Forum: WBCCI Rallies & Events 12-08-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,770
Posted By rluhr
The Florida State Rally did shut down, by vote of...

The Florida State Rally did shut down, by vote of the Board of Governors. There were many good reasons for this, which you can read about from the staff report here.
...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-07-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 17,381
Posted By rluhr
mstephens: I don't usually get into these...

mstephens:

I don't usually get into these towing threads, but I have to say that your introduction in post #1 is the clearest explanation I have ever read of why it's important to discuss...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 12-07-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,303
Posted By rluhr
When we ran into this need in Tucson AZ, I found...

When we ran into this need in Tucson AZ, I found a quality welding shop (specializing in truck suspensions) that was willing to reinforce the factory hitch. The owner of the shop set a prerequisite...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 11-28-2013, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,172
Posted By rluhr
The "thump" is caused by the Actibrake receiving...

The "thump" is caused by the Actibrake receiving a small amount of current which causes it to very briefly activate. We experienced this as well with a Nissan Armada and Tekonsha Prodigy brake...
Forum: 2005 Safari 11-25-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 940
Views: 135,738
Posted By rluhr
Indeed, an excellent choice. Of course, I could...

Indeed, an excellent choice. Of course, I could be a tad biased. I've been happily towing with the same combination since 2009.
Forum: Airstream History 11-12-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,539
Posted By rluhr
Alas, the author decided he was done with the...

Alas, the author decided he was done with the series. There's still always a possibility the Huts will come back someday, but no plans at this time.
Forum: Airstream History 11-12-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,539
Posted By rluhr
Another recent one is Phil Caputo's "The Longest...

Another recent one is Phil Caputo's "The Longest Road." This is non-fiction, about his Airstream tour from Key West to the Arctic Circle to find "what holds America together."

"Airstream...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 11-08-2013, 07:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,186
Posted By rluhr
I wrote about this in 2010. The bottom line in...

I wrote about this in 2010. The bottom line in my blog (https://airstreamlife.com/maze/2010/11/30/842/) remains the same today: unit cost and lack of a distribution network for the fuel are stopping...
Forum: Airstream Oddities 11-07-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 28,580
Posted By rluhr
I consulted with Fred Coldwell on this. Based on...

I consulted with Fred Coldwell on this. Based on the date of manufacture (shown on the serial plate as "6312" or December 1963), the address of the factory, and known history, we believe that this...
Forum: Windows & Screens 11-02-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,121
Posted By rluhr
Some Hehr windows in Airstreams take a center...

Some Hehr windows in Airstreams take a center torque operator, part #119-331 (https://www.rvwindow.com/Motorhome_Product_Details.aspx?ProductID=6654&Return=199). This might also fit your Creation...
Forum: On The Road... 10-18-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,705
Posted By rluhr
If you are set on going to Mexico with a diesel...

If you are set on going to Mexico with a diesel then you need to know that Pemex does not provide ULSD (Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel) fuel, which is required by most diesel vehicles 2009 and later.
...
Forum: WBCCI Rallies & Events 09-27-2013, 02:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,770
Posted By rluhr
Alumaflamingo in February 2014

Hi Polarlyse

I'm part of the crew running the new event that has replaced the old Florida State Rally (at the same location in February). The new name is Alumaflamingo...
Forum: Tires 09-20-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 15,665
Posted By rluhr
Andy is absolutely correct. My Michelin LTX...

Andy is absolutely correct. My Michelin LTX 235/15 R15 tires were installed January 2010. We've inspected them every year and found no problems. This May we flipped the tires (to white-letter side...
Forum: Travel Beyond US/Canada 07-04-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,306
Posted By rluhr
Here's another fantastic video

This video by Armin Heun of Airstream Germany was also shot at the Euro 13 Gathering. Really worth a look!

Airstream Europatreffen 2013 - European Airstream Gathering 2013 - YouTube...
Forum: Travel Beyond US/Canada 07-03-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,306
Posted By rluhr
It was indeed a very nice event, every bit as fun...

It was indeed a very nice event, every bit as fun as Andrew Ditton's video above suggests. We attended in a borrowed Airstream 684. You can see more photos and some description in my blog entries:...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 03-21-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,647
Posted By rluhr
This is an interesting thread. Let me clear up a...

This is an interesting thread. Let me clear up a few questions regarding the new Alumaflamingo event in Sarasota, since I'm one of the organizers.

We should be clear that Alumaflamingo is not the...
Forum: Other Rallies & Events 02-14-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,087
Posted By rluhr
Thanks, guys. I'm glad you had a good time. ...

Thanks, guys. I'm glad you had a good time.

We talked to the campground management about the wifi issues on the first day of the event. They said they were working on it. Hopefully it will be...
Forum: Our Community 12-01-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,013
Posted By rluhr
That is just a bit of bad reportage. ...

That is just a bit of bad reportage.

McConaughey customized a trailer with Timeless Travel Trailers, which was based on an Airstream shell but so highly customized that it is legally registered as...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-29-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,283
Posted By rluhr
I had the same crack on mine. Hensley replaced...

I had the same crack on mine. Hensley replaced the head under the Lifetime Warranty. You don't have to pay to have it welded unless you're in a hurry or don't want to incur shipping costs.
...
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