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Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-16-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,627
Posted By foobar
Evaporative coolers (often called swamp coolers)...

Evaporative coolers (often called swamp coolers) only work well in very low humidity environments like deserts (Arizona, New Mexico, etc) and even in those locations, they lose effectiveness during...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-16-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,627
Posted By foobar
The current a/c's in recent models are really...

The current a/c's in recent models are really loud mostly because Airstream goofed up the air return and air supply registers.

Because there is insufficient unimpeded square inches in both the...
Forum: General Interior Topics 08-16-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By foobar
A potential option that is less costly and less...

A potential option that is less costly and less invasive is to add a small lagun (https://www.lagunusa.com/) table above the drawer between the two twin beds.

The lagun table mount would go on the...
Forum: General Interior Topics 08-16-2022, 07:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By foobar
To set expectations, the best upgrade outfits are...

To set expectations, the best upgrade outfits are usually pretty busy and are booked up months in advance at a minimum. Please plan accordingly and try not to get frustrated at the delays.

Some...
Forum: General Interior Topics 08-15-2022, 09:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By foobar
A&P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, TX...

A&P Vintage Trailer Works in Paradise, TX specializes in restoring vintage Airstreams, but they have the skills and experience to do pretty much anything you want on new trailers too.

They do...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-11-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Gracias! I will ask the crew to double check the...

Gracias! I will ask the crew to double check the dimensions.

Just received confirmation from the upgrade shop that the tongue jack foot metal disc is 6" and the BAL pads are 5.5". Thought I would...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-11-2022, 02:19 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Argh, trailer is a couple of hours away getting...

Argh, trailer is a couple of hours away getting some work done on it. There appear to be multiple possible snappad's for the jack stand. I called the snappad company and they indicated that Airstream...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-11-2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Thanks. You convinced me :-) Which snappad did...

Thanks. You convinced me :-) Which snappad did you buy for the jack ?
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-11-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
I hadn't considered using the snappad on the...

I hadn't considered using the snappad on the front jack. If you still need a block under the jack, then what are the advantages of using the snappads under the jack? Would appreciate your...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-10-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Thanks. Appreciate the feedback that these are...

Thanks. Appreciate the feedback that these are worth having.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-10-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Thanks. I'll put them on the list of things to...

Thanks. I'll put them on the list of things to shop for and acquire. I am always looking for things that are proven to make life a bit easier or improve functionality at reasonable price points.
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-10-2022, 03:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,627
Posted By foobar
Costco sells DIY mini-split systems. $1399 for a...

Costco sells DIY mini-split systems. $1399 for a 12K BTU and $1899 for a 24K BTU.

Prices have gone up since I bought and installed my Costco 24K BTU minisplit on sale for $1399 a year ago but are...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-10-2022, 03:02 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Thanks for seconding the recommendation. ...

Thanks for seconding the recommendation.

The snappads look interesting. Putting pads under the stabilization jacks is a pain sometimes. Seems like they are supposed to be installed permanently?...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-10-2022, 02:56 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
WellSaid11 has a good point. Please note...

WellSaid11 has a good point.

Please note that tongue weight impacts several of the tow vehicle specs: 1. max tongue weight (obviously :-)), 2. Max Cargo weight, 3. Rear Axle GAWR.

As...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-10-2022, 02:36 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Thanks for the other suggestions qwertyd10n. ...

Thanks for the other suggestions qwertyd10n.

Could you share some more feedback on the RV water pump controller?

Also, I'm not familiar with StepStick, SnapPads, and the Centramatic Wheel...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-10-2022, 02:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By foobar
Ah, sorry about that. I didn't notice that the...

Ah, sorry about that. I didn't notice that the thread was located in the Class B forum. My bad. I'll get around to asking the question in the proper thread sometime soon. Sorry for hijacking the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-06-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
Never said the thread was closed. Just said it...

Never said the thread was closed. Just said it could be.

It is certainly up to you and any others if you want to continue.

No offense is intended when I write something. If it comes across in a...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-06-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
I didn't realize that was your question. ...

I didn't realize that was your question.

After I learned about the higher tongue weights via airforums, ultimate Airstream was helpful and obtained measured tongue weights from globetrotter 25 and...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-06-2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
True! I am having solar and lithium plus...

True!

I am having solar and lithium plus larger inverter installed at the moment. Hopefully we can get on the road in a few weeks and start having some fun.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-06-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
I will pass the suggestion on to Airstream. ...

I will pass the suggestion on to Airstream.

As to your question: I started the adventure with Airstream back in February when I ordered my trailer.

Thankfully, I had read the various airforums...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-06-2022, 11:50 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
Don't think the move to stop providing flooded...

Don't think the move to stop providing flooded lead acid batteries necessarily driven by greed. A lot of folks end up replacing them with AGM or lithium, so it does make sense to leave the battery...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-06-2022, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By foobar
Ah, sorry. I forgot about the Airstream class B...

Ah, sorry. I forgot about the Airstream class B and C vehicles.

I was asking about applying this kind of heat reduction/UV reduction film to an aluminum Airstream trailer (23,25,27,30....).

I...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-06-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Thanks for the the confirmation qwertyd10n. Glad...

Thanks for the the confirmation qwertyd10n. Glad to hear that the combination of Cayenne and 27FB worked out well for you. Did you have any trouble managing the tongue weight or cargo capacity with...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 08-05-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,092
Posted By foobar
You might be surprised at how many of these homes...

You might be surprised at how many of these homes are still around. My mom's entire neighborhood mostly occupied by folks in their 70's and 80's that have been in their homes for 30-50years. There...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-05-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By foobar
I was wondering whether this would be effective...

I was wondering whether this would be effective on an Airstream.

Has anyone thought about doing that? Or better yet, has actually done it?
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-05-2022, 04:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,213
Posted By foobar
That is an excellent use of resources. Recycle...

That is an excellent use of resources. Recycle the old cord into an extension that you use "as needed".

As long as the outer cladding on the old power cord is intact and not brittle/splitting from...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 08-05-2022, 03:51 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,092
Posted By foobar
Sorry if this thread was UK specific. I was...

Sorry if this thread was UK specific.

I was tackling the topic of potentially necessary infrastructure upgrades for home charging in the USA.

Hypothetically, if we outlawed ICE vehicles...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Or, buy an F150 with max tow and heavy duty...

Or, buy an F150 with max tow and heavy duty payload package for F250 level payload capability with a lower ride height, lower center of gravity, and more comfortable ride.

So ... Yes, it is...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 08-05-2022, 03:31 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,092
Posted By foobar
There are a lot of older homes in the USA with...

There are a lot of older homes in the USA with astonishingly small electrical service capacity.

My grandparents on my father's side had a 30amp service and from the point the home first received...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 08-05-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By foobar
Yeah the water waste while you wait for the water...

Yeah the water waste while you wait for the water to heat up is one issue. Another issue is the dreaded "cold water sandwich" when you are trying to take a Navy shower to conserve water.

For those...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2022, 03:02 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Yup. Trucks ride higher today largely because...

Yup. Trucks ride higher today largely because people think it looks cool and truck manufacturers responded to that market demand.

I'll see if I can find the article where someone spoke at length...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2022, 02:56 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Exactly. Make some reasonable choices when...

Exactly. Make some reasonable choices when spec'ing a new tow truck, keeping first principles in mind. 18" wheels with shorter, stiffer sidewalls vs the 20" or larger wheels that are often spec'ed...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2022, 02:49 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Folks can't resist making their points by...

Folks can't resist making their points by exaggeration (me included sometimes, lol). I didn't talk about doing something ridiculous like slamming or stancing a pickup truck.

The center of gravity...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Just reread my response and I can see where it...

Just reread my response and I can see where it might seem I'm advocating for unibody construction for trucks. Not really. I was just acknowledging their generally superior structural characteristics...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-05-2022, 10:23 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
The spec sheets for the 2022 and earlier...

The spec sheets for the 2022 and earlier airstreams state that the tongue weight spec includes full propane tanks and two flooded lead acid batteries in the battery box on the A-frame, but does not...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-05-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Agree. Nicely stated. Most vehicles can tow. The...

Agree. Nicely stated. Most vehicles can tow. The question is how much :-)

I also agree with your stated rationale for the body on frame style. When using body on frame tech, it's much easier for...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 08-04-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,981
Posted By foobar
Misc thoughts on this topic: 1. The Victron...

Misc thoughts on this topic:

1. The Victron solar controller is configured for the wrong battery type
2. There is enough voltage drop through the 7 pin that charging doesn't occur, but the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-04-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
Well, then ignore my wild-ass-guess, lol. A...

Well, then ignore my wild-ass-guess, lol.

A 23ft trailer with no factory options ships with 408 more pounds of lard than the average weight of the first 10 units.

Variation in plywood weight...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-04-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
That's good to know. Thanks for chiming in.

That's good to know. Thanks for chiming in.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-04-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Come on guys/gals/cephalopods/arachnids/etc,...

Come on guys/gals/cephalopods/arachnids/etc, let's not make this stuff personal.

Feel free to disagree with someone's statements and say so. But let's do so politely and try and provide a well...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-04-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Great points jcl. Basic physics and...

Great points jcl.

Basic physics and mechanical engineering suggest that an optimal tow vehicle for paved roads would have the following basic features for improved towing characteristics...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-04-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
Jeez. And that's on a 23 foot trailer? Maybe...

Jeez. And that's on a 23 foot trailer?

Maybe they soaked your cabinet plywood in water before constructing your cabinetry?:devil:

Just kidding of course. Hmm, what model year is your trailer?...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-04-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Back to the original main thread. Had a private...

Back to the original main thread. Had a private message correspondence with another airstreamer that is pushing the limits of an F150. Thought I might share what I sent back to them with a few...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-04-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
Hi Fred, in one of the much earlier responses to...

Hi Fred, in one of the much earlier responses to my original post, someone else pointed out that the trailers dry weight as shipped from the factory might be higher than the minimum published in the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-03-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Hi Gene, the weight of the additional steel added...

Hi Gene, the weight of the additional steel added to reinforce the hitch is around 40 lbs. The change to the Cayenne handling characteristics is pretty much zero when not trailering. "Maybe" a...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-03-2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
Still splitting hairs. Both a Cayenne and F-350...

Still splitting hairs. Both a Cayenne and F-350 were designed to be used as tow vehicles.

While a Cayenne is designed to satisfy multiple intended uses (including "specifically" towing"), an...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-03-2022, 02:42 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
Hi BT2513, these are great questions. Thanks for...

Hi BT2513, these are great questions. Thanks for asking.

Let's unravel the question by thinking about this step by step. We are going to focus on purely static (unchanging) forces for now. I.e....
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-03-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
Hi jadatis, thanks for the response. The...

Hi jadatis, thanks for the response.

The trailer is currently completely empty. Basically, I just picked it up from the dealership and then took it to a commercial scale to weigh it (please go to...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-03-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,693
Posted By foobar
I also validated the CAT scale calculated tongue...

I also validated the CAT scale calculated tongue weight via direct measurement using a Sherline scale. The two methods agreed within 10lbs.

The sherline scale is not capable of measuring the axle...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-03-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,746
Posted By foobar
We are splitting hairs here. The Cayenne was...

We are splitting hairs here. The Cayenne was designed for a number of purposes. Off road capabilities and towing are two of them. These capabilities are not used as often, but are definitely...
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