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Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-18-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 837
Posted By Whizzo
We had a 2009 x35d, and found it well matched to...

We had a 2009 x35d, and found it well matched to our 2014 23FB. We always loaded lightly on both TV and TT (5,200 lbs loaded) and also had the more expensive and heavy Hensley Arrow hitch...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-15-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By Whizzo
We had a previous-generation 2009 X5 3.0L diesel,...

We had a previous-generation 2009 X5 3.0L diesel, and towed a 4000 lb GVWR Sport 22 FB (single axle) for three years. Handling, power, and braking were all very good. Overall, we found the X5...
Forum: Fun & Games 05-15-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
Oh my, where did the time go? Been off forum...

Oh my, where did the time go?
Been off forum from this Airstream show
Trailer's out of the shed
First trip in years is ahead
In case you wanted to know!
Forum: Fun & Games 10-18-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
The autumn Sun seems less hot Though desire for...

The autumn Sun seems less hot
Though desire for shade is still sought
We have an old Zip-Dee
Because awnings are nifty
But look out for that bad nylon rot
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 10-18-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,912
Posted By Whizzo
McKesh Mirror strap noise-Fixes?

I found that small Velcro ties, looped around the upper and lower segments of the strap, stopped the vibration. I leave them on all the time.297306
Forum: Fun & Games 09-21-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
The threat of a horrible storm Should never be...

The threat of a horrible storm
Should never be considered the norm
These great shiny pods
Get approving nods
As evacuation choices, forewarned
Forum: Fun & Games 07-08-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
The blowing Texas beach sand And the Sun made...

The blowing Texas beach sand
And the Sun made our Airstream quite tanned
Like a big sugar cookie
For this beach camping rookie
I think I’ll stay closer to land!
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-02-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,362
Posted By Whizzo
Love the Ecodiesel, Not so Much the Marathons

After four years with a German diesel SUV, we decided a 4x4 light duty diesel pickup would best suit our work & play needs. Bigger but still not too big. Still fits in the garage.

The first trip...
Forum: Fun & Games 02-09-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
My Airstream Ham radio gear Made N2XBW come in...

My Airstream Ham radio gear
Made N2XBW come in quite clear
CQ, CQ
OM, wot say u?
Your rhyme scheme does truly endear
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 02-02-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 14,522
Posted By Whizzo
Considering a 22FB Sport. Concerns about single axle.

We towed the non-FB Sport 22 for three years. I upgraded the stock 15 inch Goodyear Marathons to a higher load rating, kept maximum speeds around 62-65 MPH, and loaded the trailer very lightly. It...
Forum: Fun & Games 02-02-2017, 06:22 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
Hahaha, clever, indeed!

Hahaha, clever, indeed!
Forum: Fun & Games 01-31-2017, 07:21 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
The Airstream towed well, as it should As I...

The Airstream towed well, as it should
As I figured the SUV would
But a when high mileage struck
It was time for a truck
And the Ram pulls exceptionally good!
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-17-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,371
Posted By Whizzo
Diesel SUV Traded for Diesel Pickup

We had four great years towing our Sport 22 and then FC 23FB with a BMW X5 diesel SUV, and I'm happy to recommend a properly matched medium-sized SUV for pulling a medium-sized trailer. I always had...
Forum: Fun & Games 12-28-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
Hahaha! Good one! 2014 Flying Cloud 23 FB...

Hahaha! Good one!


2014 Flying Cloud 23 FB
2009 BMW X5 Diesel
Forum: Fun & Games 12-26-2016, 05:35 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
We spent too many weeks at the shop Waiting for...

We spent too many weeks at the shop
Waiting for part shipments to drop
Got those drawers some new clips
New A/C without drips
And we're planning for when winter stops!
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-11-2016, 04:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,896
Posted By Whizzo
We have a similar situation: a medium-sized...

We have a similar situation: a medium-sized German SUV first towing a single axle (Sport 22), them upgrading to a 23 FB.

All jokes about "two foot-itis" aside, those two additional feet made...
Forum: Fun & Games 10-09-2016, 04:00 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 34,951
Posted By Whizzo
Airstream rhyme is most fine When N2XBW's...

Airstream rhyme is most fine
When N2XBW's online
Towing fine shiny coaches
As autumn approaches
Means the best of all verses combine


2014 Flying Cloud 23 FB
2009 BMW X5 Diesel
Forum: On The Road... 08-29-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,902
Posted By Whizzo
We always see more AS-ers when we're NOT...

We always see more AS-ers when we're NOT towing...

During our 2,100 mile trip from Texas to California and back this past summer, we saw two in other parks, and six on the highways. If Airstreams...
Forum: On The Road... 08-05-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,158
Posted By Whizzo
I had a full service, dedicated locksmith cut a...

I had a full service, dedicated locksmith cut a copy with my factory ordered Trimark blanks, as they were too new for him to order. When I went back months later for a third copy, he said he could no...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-29-2016, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,795
Posted By Whizzo
The LED tail lamp resistance issue is a known...

The LED tail lamp resistance issue is a known problem on German SUVs with Bosch electricals. In my case the flashing - when stopped, engine off, but still connected - has people ask me if it's a...
Forum: On The Road... 03-18-2016, 08:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,358
Posted By Whizzo
Diesel Mileage: The Perfect Storm

I'd intended that the expression "perfect storm" would imply the lack of realism! This was certainly over the top because of the unusually ideal conditions.

I get 16.5 under average, normal, two...
Forum: On The Road... 03-17-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,358
Posted By Whizzo
Diesel Mileage: The Perfect Storm

1. Coming downhill-all-the-way on I-25 south from the Colorado Plateau to the low desert of NM
2. Tail wind of 15 MPH
3. Empty water & holding tanks
4. No appreciable load in TV
Even taking away...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-17-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,430
Posted By Whizzo
We've towed both the single axle Sport 22 and the...

We've towed both the single axle Sport 22 and the current 23 FB with an F70 diesel, and have been completely happy with the choice. As you note, the torque alone is outstanding in real world towing....
Forum: Airstream "In the News" 01-12-2016, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,459
Posted By Whizzo
Space Habitat in Refurbished Airstream

Embry-Riddle University students are building a space habitat trainer from a 1976 31-footer!

Embry-Riddle Mobile Space Habitat Enables Students to Conduct Research and Experiments in Extreme...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-23-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,486
Posted By Whizzo
246132 Yes, a diesel SUV offers wonderful...

246132

Yes, a diesel SUV offers wonderful towing torque, good commuting mileage when not towing, and fits in the garage. Factory tow package, with the Hensley Arrow hitch.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-22-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,995
Posted By Whizzo
Thank you for the kind words. Diesel SUV...

Thank you for the kind words.

Diesel SUV owners seem to be growing and becoming more satisfied, each time I read this group.

How's this for a bit of irony: my vehicle did not come with the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-22-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,995
Posted By Whizzo
1. I use the big rig pumps if there is no RV lane...

1. I use the big rig pumps if there is no RV lane at the fuel stop, or if they have tight perpendicular lanes. Usual courtesy of moving immediately after fueling. Have only had professional drivers...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-19-2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 20,361
Posted By Whizzo
Water capacity: Hands down, the 23 is better. The...

Water capacity: Hands down, the 23 is better. The 22's grey water was full after two standard (non Navy-styled) showers, and the black water was good only for a three-day weekend. I carried a "blue...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 06-18-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 20,361
Posted By Whizzo
Our situation is the same as JKSophie, except we...

Our situation is the same as JKSophie, except we had a first year, non-FB, 2008 Sport 22. The oversized front dinette was always made up as the queen bed, leaving a single side gaucho - and no table...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 05-18-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 11,776
Posted By Whizzo
Sorry to miss this one. The trailer will be doing...

Sorry to miss this one. The trailer will be doing duty as a field camp for Mary's archeology work!

All y'all have a wonderful rally.

John & Mary W


2014 Flying Cloud 23 FB
2009 BMW X5...
Forum: On The Road... 05-11-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,147
Posted By Whizzo
Longtime amateur, and astronomy club member. I...

Longtime amateur, and astronomy club member. I carry a five inch refractor as my travel scope, which we use for both club public star parties/sidewalk astronomy at parks and campgrounds.

Getting...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 05-08-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,332
Posted By Whizzo
We tow this trailer with a 6000/600 rated...

We tow this trailer with a 6000/600 rated medium-sized SUV, and are pleased with the towing performance. Our diesel six has a bit higher torque rating than your Jeep V6, but comparable horsepower.
...
Forum: On The Road... 05-02-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 11,736
Posted By Whizzo
Like many have stated: it's kind of a relative...

Like many have stated: it's kind of a relative speed thing. You hope the highway planners thought through it a little. The 80 MPH parts of I-10 through west Texas correspond with some pretty sparse...
Forum: On The Road... 04-25-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 955
Views: 141,811
Posted By Whizzo
"The sage in blume, is like perfume..." Seminole...

"The sage in blume, is like perfume..." Seminole Canyon State Park, west Texas. 237039
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 04-22-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,546
Posted By Whizzo
I had good luck sourcing them with Amazon. They...

I had good luck sourcing them with Amazon. They were special order at two chain automotive stores, so the parts rep actually recommended online ordering.
...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 04-21-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,546
Posted By Whizzo
Stainless Steel Lug Nuts?

Thanks for these very helpful threads! I just put 20 of the McGards on these 'puny' stock 14 inchers on the FC 23 FB.

The left rear tire caught a nail on our very first rally trip, and I...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 11-22-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By Whizzo
This is a different hardware-based approach, but...

This is a different hardware-based approach, but I downgraded the fan unit, bypassing the rain sensor:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124543


2014 Flying Cloud 23 FB
2009...
Forum: On The Road... 11-18-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,763
Posted By Whizzo
Singing straps were a real pain - I tried a...

Singing straps were a real pain - I tried a number of tricks including cloth and foam under the lower part of the door. Besides looking a bit "jury-rigged," I had a few blow off over the years. I...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 11-16-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,613
Posted By Whizzo
226713 Thanks all for a great introduction...

226713

Thanks all for a great introduction to rallying! Terry and Mary, you were superb hosts. It was great to match faces to group nicknames, and seems we made the best of central Texas' little...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 11-14-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,613
Posted By Whizzo
Wishing you strength and a speedy recovery! ...

Wishing you strength and a speedy recovery!


2014 Flying Cloud 23 FB
2009 BMW X5 Diesel
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 11-10-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,613
Posted By Whizzo
We will be arriving Fri afternoon. While we've...

We will be arriving Fri afternoon. While we've been both Airstreamers and Wurstfesters for a few years, we've never combined the two. We sure look forward to our first rally!

John & Mary W
Forum: On The Road... 10-27-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 955
Views: 141,811
Posted By Whizzo
A quiet central Texas ranch, perfect for a...

A quiet central Texas ranch, perfect for a star-gazing weekend.

https://whizzospace.com/misc/AS-scope.jpg
Forum: Our Community 10-22-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7,705
Views: 1,595,612
Posted By Whizzo
On my first long trip with the new FC, our water...

On my first long trip with the new FC, our water heater flue grille assembly departed the access door. Camper Clinic II in Buda TX mailed me a new one under warranty, and I installed it today.

I...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 10-06-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,408
Posted By Whizzo
Ours was a 2AM awakening at a Wisconsin...

Ours was a 2AM awakening at a Wisconsin campground. "Honey, what's that splashing?" I loved the clever galley features in the Sport, but having gone traditional now, I'm hoping for better luck.

...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 09-09-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,613
Posted By Whizzo
Looks like we'll finally be able to join the...

Looks like we'll finally be able to join the rally. We were skunked in 2012 for the first one, and were out of town last year. Here's hoping this is our lucky year!

John & Mary W


2014 Flying...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 09-07-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 870
Posted By Whizzo
This is a known problem with German SUVs used for...

This is a known problem with German SUVs used for towing, and has to do with the lower voltage of the trailer's LED running lights/tail lights. My BMW does the same thing. You can have your Airstream...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-03-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,316
Posted By Whizzo
Is a full-sized pickup truck generally considered...

Is a full-sized pickup truck generally considered the best tow vehicle for a travel trailer by RVers in the USA? Absolutely. Is your trailer, towed by the medium-sized SUV you describe, a reasonable...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 09-01-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,596
Posted By Whizzo
Thanks for the other sensor fixing ideas. But I...

Thanks for the other sensor fixing ideas. But I still proceeded with the less features replacement panel solution. Took a bit longer than expected, but a few searches here on the Forums turned up the...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-27-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,596
Posted By Whizzo
Roger - Could be the rain sensor, or maybe just...

Roger - Could be the rain sensor, or maybe just the thermostat setting causing that sort of behavior.

Our delivery tech said he really wasn't sure if the thermostat worked well either!
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-27-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,596
Posted By Whizzo
Fooey, Fantastic Vent

I like Fan-Tastic Vent's fans, I really do. But after a trip with the extremely sensitive rain sensor, I'm turning an upgrade kit into a downgrade kit! it was fun to watch the robot vent operate...
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