Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Showing results 1 to 50 of 1238
Search took 0.04 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: barts
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 08-18-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,811
Posted By barts
Reading my post, I certainly wasn't clear, was I?...

Reading my post, I certainly wasn't clear, was I? The plate you really want to get rid of is the one to which the bumper compartment top is hinged. This sends water right to the plywood. and it...
Forum: Axles 01-20-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,466
Posted By barts
Perhaps a picture would help here.... -...

Perhaps a picture would help here....


- Bart
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-20-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By barts
It seems to me that solar + regular lead acid...

It seems to me that solar + regular lead acid deep discharge batteries and a true %charge meter is the cheapest configuration. In this way you can keep the depth of discharge under control, and the...
Forum: Our Community 01-19-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,333
Posted By barts
You can level your Airstream a few inches with...

You can level your Airstream a few inches with bottle jacks, but ONLY if they're placed so as to support the axle plate; the rest of the frame is not designed for concentrated loads such as those...
Forum: On The Road... 01-19-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,221
Posted By barts
Note that those pulling boats into Oregon also...

Note that those pulling boats into Oregon also need inspection... no tinfoil hat required, it's about invasive species, just as CA's inspection stations are:
...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-10-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 71,985
Posted By barts
Another interesting data point.... our Model 3...

Another interesting data point.... our Model 3 Tesla has 20K miles, and is 16 months old. Maintenance costs so far have been about $40 for new Bosch windshield wipers. I rotated the tires myself. ...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-08-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 71,985
Posted By barts
We bought a Tesla Model 3 in 2018 when VW had to...

We bought a Tesla Model 3 in 2018 when VW had to buy back our 2009 TDI due to their malfeasance. I got a long 50 A RV extension cord that I plug into the welder outlet and use that to charge the...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 11-10-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 125
Posted By barts
1974 Airstream Argosy 28 - California

Title: 1974 Airstream Argosy 28 - California
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

Posting this for friend w/ limited net access.

1974 all-original Airstream Argosy 28'...
Forum: On The Road... 09-29-2019, 07:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,425
Posted By barts
960 miles in 17 hours from Lopez Island, WA to...

960 miles in 17 hours from Lopez Island, WA to Menlo Park, CA some years ago. Not going to do that again. With two drivers that's much more doable, though.


- Bart
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-31-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,490
Posted By barts
A given turbo diesel climbing at 3000 rpm uses...

A given turbo diesel climbing at 3000 rpm uses about twice the air that a normally aspirated gas engine uses at 5000 rpm according to the following calculator:


...
Forum: Tires 12-30-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 12,376
Posted By barts
If you're a commercial shop (time is money): ...

If you're a commercial shop (time is money):


Start the lug nuts by hand (avoid stripping threads $$).
Run them down w/ a torque stick in the air impact to limit the torque to 20-30 ft-lbs less...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 12-06-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 17,639
Posted By barts
I just wish we had better seals.... every time...

I just wish we had better seals.... every time I've replaced bearings on our Airstream, they've failed from water intrusion & then rust. I've been tempted to add bearing buddies, since boat trailers...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-02-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 71,985
Posted By barts
Torque of electric truck would be amazing.

This past August we got our Tesla Model 3, which is replacing our VW TDI which VW is buying back for a healthy sum. Over Thanksgiving week we drove 2000 miles round trip to visit my dad. On the way...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-08-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,399
Posted By barts
I've also got air lifts on my 1996 Ford, and they...

I've also got air lifts on my 1996 Ford, and they work very nicely to adjust for a level ride (and a level Airstream) as the bed load varies. I don't use a WD hitch, as it's really not necessary w/...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 12-22-2017, 12:17 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 11,128
Posted By barts
Even with towing mirrors, I continue to have...

Even with towing mirrors, I continue to have difficulties with cars/motorcycles approaching from directly behind my trailer at high rates of speed and then suddenly pulling out to pass. I turn on...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 11-05-2017, 12:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By barts
If much of the floor is shot and rotten out to...

If much of the floor is shot and rotten out to the edges - a shell off will be a less frustrating approach, assuming you have a dry place and the requisite help/lifting ability. On the other hand,...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 11-05-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,175
Posted By barts
I've not tried it, but this stuff would be worth...

I've not tried it, but this stuff would be worth a go before replacing track if the silicone spray doesn't do the trick: ...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 11-04-2017, 01:48 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 11,888
Posted By barts
We've never used either WD or sway control towing...

We've never used either WD or sway control towing our 1971 Tradewind w/ our 1996 F250; this is year 7 and prob 25k miles. Works for Barbie and I w/o any problems. Others may not like this. Their...
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 10-08-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,811
Posted By barts
Note that the key is to keep the water from...

Note that the key is to keep the water from wicking underneath the plywood. Your pic looks like it would work, but beware around the ends so that water has a place to go that doesn't get to the wood....
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-14-2017, 10:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 977
Posted By barts
Google is your friend: ...

Google is your friend:

https://www.kyleswitchplates.com/stainless-steel-oversized-switch-plates/

- Bart
Forum: On The Road... 09-12-2017, 11:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,611
Posted By barts
Except if you're boondocking and need to lift...

Except if you're boondocking and need to lift both side of the trailer to clear enough room to level the trailer fore and aft.

- Bart
Forum: On The Road... 09-11-2017, 11:47 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,611
Posted By barts
Since we're often boondocking, we take 2 x 6 and...

Since we're often boondocking, we take 2 x 6 and 4 x 6 wood sections with the ends cut at a 45 degree slant. This makes it easy to deploy substantial amounts of leveling if needed. Note that if a 2...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 09-10-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,454
Posted By barts
The axle mounting plate doesn't flex appreciably....

The axle mounting plate doesn't flex appreciably. Whether the trailer is on two axles or a jack stand between the two axles doesn't make a bit of difference to how the trailer is loaded. You will...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-10-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,168
Posted By barts
A surge brake system uses a spring loaded...

A surge brake system uses a spring loaded break-away, triggered by a strong pull on the break-away cable. It's more reliable than the mechanism used on trailers w/ electric brakes since no charged...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 09-09-2017, 01:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,454
Posted By barts
I would use two jack stands rated for 1/2 weight...

I would use two jack stands rated for 1/2 weight of trailer between the axles on the axle mounting plate, plus the front tongue jack. Three points determine a plane. Trying to use two lesser jack...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-09-2017, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,168
Posted By barts
We were replacing axles anyway on our 1971. I...

We were replacing axles anyway on our 1971. I will say that the self-adjusting feature and reduced maintenance load is definitely a win. I now just check for brake pad wear and bearing...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-09-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,679
Posted By barts
This is indeed what I would like to use now that...

This is indeed what I would like to use now that the max brake unit is no longer available... but my 1996 F250 doesn't have an OBDII port :(.

The lag is present when I use the manual level on the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-08-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,679
Posted By barts
Airstream w/ disc brakes

In 2010 when we replaced the axles on our 25' Tradewind I decided to get the disc brake kit from Inland RV, which consisted of Kodiak brakes and a Carlisle electric actuator. This has given us...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-04-2016, 11:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,363
Posted By barts
If the ground and neutral are bonded in the...

If the ground and neutral are bonded in the trailer, you'll likely run into problems if your campground uses a GFCI. Here's why: suppose you run your air conditioner; you'll see a few volt drop...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-01-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,543
Posted By barts
I use a pressure washer to remove the large...

I use a pressure washer to remove the large amounts of dust and dirt that accumulate when going off-road (Burning Man, gravel roads, etc). This helps save water (we're in a perpetual drought here in...
Forum: Windows & Screens 10-01-2016, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 689
Posted By barts
Anything that remains moist will attract dust &...

Anything that remains moist will attract dust & dirt, making the problem worse. Apply some silicone lubricant. Spray into a cup, and apply w/ Q-tip.

- Bart
Forum: Awnings 07-16-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,546
Posted By barts
Ah... I need to remind myself to read twice, post...

Ah... I need to remind myself to read twice, post once :).

Good luck w/ the repairs.

I just checked (we're living in the Tin Pickle this month on our land on Lopez Island); the awning tube is...
Forum: Awnings 07-13-2016, 11:49 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,546
Posted By barts
Keep in mind that in 1972 (if our 1971 is any...

Keep in mind that in 1972 (if our 1971 is any indication), those arms were made from stainless steel.

They're now aluminum, which has materially (heh) affected the strength.

- Bart
Forum: Floor Finishes 06-23-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 17,501
Posted By barts
My experience with boats is what leads me to...

My experience with boats is what leads me to protect the top surface of the wood, but leave the bottom untreated. Water infiltration in trailers is (generally) from the top down to to leaks. There...
Forum: Floor Finishes 06-22-2016, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 38,167
Posted By barts
You'll run into a difference in weight, and the...

You'll run into a difference in weight, and the door will be slightly easier to hit, but for a frame-off the thickness of the subfloor will have little impact.

Personally, I find plywood a nice...
Forum: Awnings 06-19-2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,546
Posted By barts
The awning is a large sail and water collector. ...

The awning is a large sail and water collector. My sympathies on your misfortune.

Note that stainless arms are available; these apparently used to be default for Airstreams in the past as our...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-18-2016, 05:54 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 39,749
Posted By barts
Use a Sherline tongue weight scale to make sure...

Use a Sherline tongue weight scale to make sure that 10% of the weight is on the hitch. The fanciest hitch in the world will not fix a mis-balanced trailer.

Check where your gray & black tanks...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 05-23-2016, 12:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,543
Posted By barts
On our '71, I added a pass-through inverter near...

On our '71, I added a pass-through inverter near the batteries, but the 120 VAC was on the other side of the trailer. I ended up drilling 3 5" diameter holes in the bellypan and running the wiring...
Forum: On The Road... 05-15-2016, 10:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,330
Posted By barts
When I'm working on the trailer/car/motorcycle, I...

When I'm working on the trailer/car/motorcycle, I will not step away from my current task until the fasteners are tight. Failing that, I leave some fasterner unreplaced but sitting ready to be...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-15-2016, 10:37 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 9,935
Posted By barts
Please note that improper loading will not be...

Please note that improper loading will not be remedied by any sort of hitch. Maintaining a proper fraction of the trailer weight on the tongue is the SINGLE most important factor in controlling...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 05-03-2016, 11:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,266
Posted By barts
In our '71, there are rivets fairly frequently in...

In our '71, there are rivets fairly frequently in some areas... and none at all on other. These rivets are 1/8 aluminum pop rivets.

The exterior of the trailer forms a monocoque structure; the...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 05-03-2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,671
Posted By barts
Do you have some evidence/studies for this? ...

Do you have some evidence/studies for this?

- Bart
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 05-02-2016, 11:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,266
Posted By barts
Yup. We had one section where a previous owner...

Yup. We had one section where a previous owner had painted one wall; we covered that wall w/ 1/4" birch plywood and fastened it down w/ stainless finish washers and screws.

- Bart
Forum: Awnings 05-02-2016, 09:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,916
Posted By barts
These instructions work like a charm. Be aware...

These instructions work like a charm. Be aware that these springs have considerable force, and those warnings in the PDF should be taken to heart.

Our blog has some info on the new awning...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 05-01-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,266
Posted By barts
The interior skin is cosmetic, not structural as...

The interior skin is cosmetic, not structural as can be seen by the small number of pop rivets holding it in place. You can do whatever you like.

I'd make some test sandwiches of your wood & steel...
Forum: On The Road... 05-01-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 994
Posted By barts
The road is not difficult; it's significantly...

The road is not difficult; it's significantly less curvy than 1 north of SF. It
can be crowded on the weekends if the weather is really nice; if you have a choice travel on a weekday and it's...
Forum: Stella's Kitchen 04-30-2016, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,762
Posted By barts
We've have very good luck w/ a Melita cone &...

We've have very good luck w/ a Melita cone & filter and brewing coffee into a Nissan thermos. The coffee stays warm for hours, and no juice is required.

- Bart
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 04-30-2016, 07:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,671
Posted By barts
The strength of a 1/2" SAE grade 5 bolt in shear...

The strength of a 1/2" SAE grade 5 bolt in shear is at least 10000 lbs. There are six of them holding each wheel on. So long as the wheel and lug nuts are compatible, there is nothing wrong with...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 04-30-2016, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,549
Posted By barts
The following pump is good for 175 psi and 250 F,...

The following pump is good for 175 psi and 250 F, which should easily handle your hot water heater output :).

https://www.thesolarbiz.com/EL-SID-SID20B12-20W-12V-battery-model-pump_2#gsc.tab=0
...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 04-18-2016, 11:39 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,351
Posted By barts
Our experiences with other drivers in the...

Our experiences with other drivers in the Airstream has been mostly good if we're driving during the week; it's the weekenders that simply have no clue it seems.

Our most common issue where we...
Showing results 1 to 50 of 1238

 

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 04:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.