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Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 09-19-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 697
Posted By jmickow
We boondock mostly, and at remote sites whenever...

We boondock mostly, and at remote sites whenever possible and have used our outdoor shower a bit. We don't have a shower enclosure and so try to be discreet, or shower in trunks if needed.
Biggest...
Forum: Boondocking 08-24-2021, 09:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,482
Posted By jmickow
I would say that a hitch lock is not sufficient...

I would say that a hitch lock is not sufficient and can be defeated in seconds by anyone who has ever watched YouTube. While pricey, I invested in a Proven lock when I first got my Airstream, and...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 08-24-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By jmickow
Lift kit? Has kept me out of a lot of trouble...

Lift kit? Has kept me out of a lot of trouble both on road and off.
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 08-19-2021, 12:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,177
Posted By jmickow
We have a 2016 22FB with the fold-down sink and...

We have a 2016 22FB with the fold-down sink and had a couple of occasions where the faucet got knocked to "on" when closing the sink. That and the fact the sink was small and cumbersome to use, so I...
Forum: Refrigerators 08-15-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,759
Posted By jmickow
I am in the process of switching to a compressor...

I am in the process of switching to a compressor fridge after years of struggling with a poorly performing and inconsistent absorption fridge, a Dometic RM8505 in my 22FB. I have made all the...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 08-11-2021, 07:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By jmickow
@tbrowne , the Ventline hood looks like a great...

@tbrowne , the Ventline hood looks like a great solution. I am looking to add a hood to my 22FB, can you confirm that you used the Ventline 50721 Series 12V DC Range Hood?

Also, what was the...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-27-2021, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,583
Posted By jmickow
We have had problems with these bedside USB...

We have had problems with these bedside USB outlets as well in the past. I simply replaced them with a new panel like this:
https://powerwerx.com/four-hole-wide-panel-mounting-plate
You can put...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-25-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 682
Posted By jmickow
The windows on our 2016 22FB do typically close...

The windows on our 2016 22FB do typically close all the way with the turn knob. On occasion they will hang up as you have shown, and as noted by others, a slight push on the outside and then another...
Forum: Our Community 07-21-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,438
Posted By jmickow
We did a drive with our AS in tow last August...

We did a drive with our AS in tow last August from San Francisco to the Chicago area, around 2100 miles to see a sick family member. On the way back we made the trip as fast as possible due to a...
Forum: On The Road... 07-11-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 1,377
Views: 328,060
Posted By jmickow
Illipah Reservior, Ely, Nevada on our way from...

Illipah Reservior, Ely, Nevada on our way from San Francisco to Great Basin NP a few weeks ago. Very peaceful.
Forum: Our Community 07-11-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,702
Posted By jmickow
I had almost identical damage to the gray tank...

I had almost identical damage to the gray tank enclosure on my Bambi 22FB. The previous owner had apparently backed across a stump that he did not see and put a very similar dent in the metal tank...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-09-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By jmickow
I think that we are going to need a picture and...

I think that we are going to need a picture and some additional information. Rivets into wood is certainly an unusual approach, not surprised that it failed.
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 07-09-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 678
Posted By jmickow
@boldie24, I did a substantial solar install on...

@boldie24, I did a substantial solar install on my 2016 22FB a few years ago and generated a CAD drawing of the roof to help with the solar panel layout. Check out the information in this thread....
Forum: On The Road... 05-17-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 783
Posted By jmickow
When we were visiting Mt. Rushmore last summer we...

When we were visiting Mt. Rushmore last summer we stayed at Horsethief Lake Campground, almost within walking distance of the Monument. Highly recommended. It was so close it was easy to make a...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 05-13-2021, 06:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,965
Posted By jmickow
We always carry a fan as my wife can't sleep...

We always carry a fan as my wife can't sleep without the air and noise. After experimenting with many types, we found this USB powered 8" OPOLAR fan sold on Amazon that works great:
...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 05-11-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,310
Posted By jmickow
I have two Battleborn LiFePo batteries and solar...

I have two Battleborn LiFePo batteries and solar charging on the roof, but have never gotten around to installing a DC-DC charger or other isolation device. Knock on wood, I have never had any...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 05-07-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By jmickow
Wow, that’s quite a setup. Looks very...

Wow, that’s quite a setup. Looks very professional. What is the item in the foreground with the black bracket? Is that the dual filter that you mentioned?
Forum: Boondocking 05-03-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3
Southwest solar questions
Views: 472
Posted By jmickow
My first question would be how handy are you?...

My first question would be how handy are you? Paying someone to install a full solar system is pretty pricey. The best approach as noted by a prior poster is a DIY install, then you can get exactly...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 03-26-2021, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By jmickow
I put my two Battleborn batteries stacked in...

I put my two Battleborn batteries stacked in front of the water heater, under the bed. See Post #23 in this thread for some pics and description of my approach:...
Forum: Boondocking 02-06-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,055
Posted By jmickow
@ Calisurfer, sorry for the delay in responding,...

@ Calisurfer, sorry for the delay in responding, as I have been traveling the past few weeks. This gets kind of messy, but I will try to keep this simple. The main principle is that you can’t have...
Forum: Boondocking 01-07-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,055
Posted By jmickow
@calisurfer, your layout diagram looks fine...

@calisurfer, your layout diagram looks fine although your summary is short on some important details. As noted in my post 63 above, we installed a 2000W Xantrex inverter with a remote monitoring...
Forum: On The Road... 12-02-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 484
Posted By jmickow
Southern California is pretty big, can you be...

Southern California is pretty big, can you be more specific about desired location and interests? I have boondocked all over, but favorite areas were outside of Joshua Tree near the south entrance,...
Forum: On The Road... 10-04-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,226
Posted By jmickow
We boondock exclusively and plan as we go,...

We boondock exclusively and plan as we go, usually with a general framework of what to see and where we want to end up. Last year we did a 3 1/2 week trip from San Francisco to the Yellowstone/Grand...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 10-03-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,331
Posted By jmickow
@jeffofct : you should check out this thread....

@jeffofct : you should check out this thread. https://www.airforums.com/forums/f295/bambi-solar-limitations-207613-2.html
In one of the later posts I describe the system I installed on my 2016 22...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 09-30-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,185
Posted By jmickow
I agree that the new NovaKool compressor...

I agree that the new NovaKool compressor refrigerator units (R4500?) are 4.3 CF capacity.
With respect to the capacity of the original refrigerator, my 2016 22FB has the Dometic RM8501, which is...
Forum: Boondocking 09-26-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 855
Posted By jmickow
If you have an Airstream with the SeeLevel...

If you have an Airstream with the SeeLevel monitor, then you can use that as a rudimentary battery voltage monitor. You should check to see what the voltage is when fully charged after you run the...
Forum: Boondocking 09-25-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 855
Posted By jmickow
As you noted, propane is the preferred heat...

As you noted, propane is the preferred heat source when boondocking, as battery power is a big energy user when used as the power source for the refrigerator absorption cycle. If plugged in, then...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 09-22-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,185
Posted By jmickow
Compressor Refrigerator

We have the original Dometic in our 2016 22FB, and I don't think it has worked properly for more than a day or two in it's entire life. On a recent trip, I awoke in the morning to 49 degree air...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-20-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,087
Posted By jmickow
When we got our Bambi the thing I hated most was...

When we got our Bambi the thing I hated most was the huge post in the middle of the dinette foot area, so i after reviewing options here on the Forum, I also went with the Lagun mount. Somewhat...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-08-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
Prettygood: Sounds like a nice system and...

Prettygood:
Sounds like a nice system and pretty much maxes out the Bambi 22 solar capability. What did you do for batteries to store all that power?
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-07-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
When I was researching my system initially I did...

When I was researching my system initially I did not read anything good about the performance and longevity of those panels, so I went with the typical rigid solar panels and don't have any regrets....
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-07-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
On the portable panel, I only use it if we are in...

On the portable panel, I only use it if we are in full tree cover and we need to get a charge. When in summer sun, the three solar panels will fully charge the batteries by 10am even if I am down to...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-07-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
Good question on the weight, but I don't really...

Good question on the weight, but I don't really have anything other than a guess to go on. I did eliminate the battery on the tongue, so going from a lead acid battery at 50-60 pounds to a pair of...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-07-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
Here is the roof plan in image form to make it...

Here is the roof plan in image form to make it easier to view without downloading and opening:
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-07-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
Bambi Solar Install Pictures

It's taken me a little while to gather things together, but here are some pictures the solar install in our 2016 22FB Sport. I did extensive measurements of the roof layout and generated a CAD plan...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 05-27-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
Boldie24, good luck with your upgrades. ...

Boldie24, good luck with your upgrades.

@waninae39, you're my hero when it comes to 22FB mods, but I gotta ask, why so many BB batteries?
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 05-27-2020, 12:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,872
Posted By jmickow
We have a 2016 22FB with no solar prewire (at...

We have a 2016 22FB with no solar prewire (at least none that I know of), and have added three Renogy 100W panels on the roof, 2 at front and one at back curbside above the entry door, plus a 100W...
Forum: Boondocking 05-09-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,055
Posted By jmickow
Actually, I would not change a thing, other than...

Actually, I would not change a thing, other than perhaps a few substitutions as noted. In between boondocking stints were at Yellowstone at the end of last summer and ended up in a zone with a bunch...
Forum: Boondocking 05-09-2020, 06:52 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,055
Posted By jmickow
PB_NB: The first questions here are what do you...

PB_NB:
The first questions here are what do you want to do with your power, how much do you want to spend, and can you do this yourself or do you need to have someone install it for you?

We have...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 05-04-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,346
Posted By jmickow
Good comments @Shiny16. I have no love at all for...

Good comments @Shiny16. I have no love at all for the three-way fridge. The operation is unreliable and even under the best of circumstances the performance is poor, the only good thing is that the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-03-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 605
Views: 152,385
Posted By jmickow
Our 2016 Bambi Sport 22FB and 2015 Touareg diesel...

Our 2016 Bambi Sport 22FB and 2015 Touareg diesel at the Grand Tetons last fall. Great combination and great trip!
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 05-03-2020, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,346
Posted By jmickow
We have a 2016 22' Bambi and we love most things...

We have a 2016 22' Bambi and we love most things about it, especially the front bedroom and rear bath configuration, but it is obvious that it was built to a price point. I have looked at the Caravel...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-01-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 909
Posted By jmickow
Airstream 280 Excella for Sale on BringaTrailer

Just came across this on another forum with classic and specialty vehicles that I frequent.
Some is selling a 1982 280 Excella, and thought that you guys should know about it, if this has not been...
Forum: On The Road... 02-03-2020, 06:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,508
Posted By jmickow
We are part of the no reservations crowd as well,...

We are part of the no reservations crowd as well, and since purchasing our 22FB about 15 months ago and traveling for 40+ nights so far, we have made exactly one reservation. That was for...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 10-03-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,893
Posted By jmickow
Sad to say, but I don't think that I have ever...

Sad to say, but I don't think that I have ever had a repair by others that was done properly the first time. At least if I do it, I know who to blame. Most recent experience was simply having new GYE...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 09-29-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 878
Posted By jmickow
The Poop Geyser

So we were on the road on an 18 day trip from California up to the Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier and multiple points along the way, with a combination of national park campgrounds and "wild" camping...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 09-27-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,425
Posted By jmickow
When we first purchased our used 2016 22FB last...

When we first purchased our used 2016 22FB last year, I decided to add solar and lithium batteries after extensive reading here on this forum and other similar sites. We put in 2 BattleBorn...
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