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Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-25-2022, 05:24 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,154
Posted By Bruce B
Driving with the Equalizer hitch was a PI(t)A to...

Driving with the Equalizer hitch was a PI(t)A to me…
The benefits of a nice towing Airstream far outweigh the learning curve of the “PI(t)A” problems associated with a sub par hitch.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-25-2022, 11:20 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,154
Posted By Bruce B
These answers amaze me… You should never have...

These answers amaze me…
You should never have to do anything more than make a quick adjustment with the two weight distribution jacks to get the angle where you want it.
I use the breaker bar as a...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-24-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,994
Posted By Bruce B
Having towed a 16’ Airstream some 80,000 miles I...

Having towed a 16’ Airstream some 80,000 miles I have a couple of thoughts…
1. The 16’ Airstream is probably the least “directionally stable” model Airstream makes.
2. Towing on the ball will...
Forum: Vintage Kin 05-19-2022, 02:42 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 243,863
Posted By Bruce B
Of course, with the current prices of a Bowlus...

Of course, with the current prices of a Bowlus approaching $300000, easily $200,000 more than an Airstream of similar interior space, you could pay for both a nice ICE powered tow vehicle and put...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 05-02-2022, 12:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 233
Posted By Bruce B
Take a look at the hamper. I can’t remember the...

Take a look at the hamper. I can’t remember the details for certain beyond that it is in that area. If there isn’t enough room to work, you can remove the mattress and unscrew the bed platform for...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-31-2022, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By Bruce B
Thank you, I understand that the 7.3 is a great...

Thank you, I understand that the 7.3 is a great engine. I am always more interested in a Diesel if it is available.
As to the suspension, I have no doubt that resale will be enhanced with Max Tow,...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-30-2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By Bruce B
This is exactly what I ordered. Sterling...

This is exactly what I ordered. Sterling differential, 3:31 gears, no FX4, no snow plow package, no Max Tow.
I am looking forward to getting it.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-30-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By Bruce B
I loved my 2016… the suspension was beefy but...

I loved my 2016… the suspension was beefy but fine. As to that transmission, it is a very odd thing. Soft shifts, in and out of converter lock… I am sure there was nothing wrong with it but it was...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-23-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By Bruce B
While I loved my last Ram, I will not own a truck...

While I loved my last Ram, I will not own a truck without at least an 8 speed transmission. The Ram I owned was a lovely truck with a beautiful interior but that transmission was just too strange.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-23-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By Bruce B
This is exactly what I was hoping to hear! It was...

This is exactly what I was hoping to hear! It was my gut feeling…
Thank you,
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-23-2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,856
Posted By Bruce B
Ford Superduty question…

I am thinking of trading my 2020 GMC in on a Ford F-250.
I thought long and hard about ordering an F-150 but I can’t escape my fear of payload deficiency. Plus I like my vehicles optioned up and...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 03-14-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,413
Posted By Bruce B
I suspect that if you are connected to full...

I suspect that if you are connected to full hookups, and do not care about consumption or overfilling tanks, the Girard is just fine.
When we took delivery of our 2021 Globetrotter, we knew that it...
Forum: General Repair Forum 03-13-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,575
Posted By Bruce B
Posts like this one annoy me. People have...

Posts like this one annoy me.
People have been complaining about the quality of their Airstream trailers for the entire time we have owned ours and that is now 10 years.
We took delivery of our...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 02-13-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,898
Posted By Bruce B
There are several key differences in the Truma...

There are several key differences in the Truma and the Girard.
First, the Truma includes a very small plastic tank of maybe a liter size that it uses to keep heated water in. This functions like a...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 02-04-2022, 12:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,898
Posted By Bruce B
I think it is simply the angle and cropping of...

I think it is simply the angle and cropping of the picture…
It looks fine in person!
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 01-31-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,898
Posted By Bruce B
We had our Truma installed by our dealer,...

We had our Truma installed by our dealer, Colonial Airstream before we even took delivery. I’d read the reviews of the Girard and knew it wouldn’t work for the way we use the trailer so…
The only...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 01-29-2022, 01:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,898
Posted By Bruce B
I can show you an exterior shot of a Truma that...

I can show you an exterior shot of a Truma that replaced the factory installed Girard unit on our 2021 Globetrotter 25 if that helps…
You should be aware that the plastic door and bezel of the Truma...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 01-24-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By Bruce B
A picture would be very helpful here…

A picture would be very helpful here…
Forum: Boondocking 12-20-2021, 04:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,711
Posted By Bruce B
When I decided to upgrade our 2021 Globetrotter,...

When I decided to upgrade our 2021 Globetrotter, 3 months before it was even delivered to us, I went through this exercise of determining how much battery and what brand/components. In the end, I...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-30-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 1,596
Views: 410,057
Posted By Bruce B
Of course we now tow a Globetrotter 25’!

Of course we now tow a Globetrotter 25’!
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-30-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 1,596
Views: 410,057
Posted By Bruce B
So… I have a question for the people who tow...

So…
I have a question for the people who tow with late model Q7’s.
I owned a 2019 Q7 that I towed out 16’ Bambi with. It was just fine for that use but, when we upgraded to a 2021 25’ ...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 09-20-2021, 04:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,938
Posted By Bruce B
I have heard that one of the big suppliers of RV...

I have heard that one of the big suppliers of RV antifreeze has left the business. I know that Camco has abandoned the marine supply side. The price is also increasing!
Forum: Airstream "In the News" 08-13-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 297
Posted By Bruce B
Airstream parting company with Mercedes?

Just saw this…
The only constant is change they say…
https://www.businessinsider.com/airstream-ceo-mercedes-benz-sprinter-camper-van-supply-chain-shortage-2021-8?amp
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-11-2021, 04:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,695
Posted By Bruce B
I just installed an “all Victron” system in our...

I just installed an “all Victron” system in our 2021 Globetrotter, including a 3000 watt MultiPlus inverter charger. I have some background in this type of work and love projects like this one.
I’d...
Forum: Base Camp 07-08-2021, 04:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,619
Posted By Bruce B
We have now owned 2 Airstreams, both purchased...

We have now owned 2 Airstreams, both purchased new. The first was a 2012 International 16 Bambi that we used for 8 years and some 80,000 miles of towing.
The second is our new this year, 2021...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 06-25-2021, 05:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 958
Posted By Bruce B
Im guessing you sent him packing…

Im guessing you sent him packing…
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-17-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,366
Posted By Bruce B
I understand what you are saying. I only...

I understand what you are saying.
I only wanted to point out that many of our beloved Airstreams do survive towing on the ball…
For the record, we are towing with a ProPride hitch and we love it.
Forum: 2018 - Current Globetrotter 06-16-2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By Bruce B
The quick answer is yes you must defrost, the...

The quick answer is yes you must defrost, the Novakool is not a self defrosting refrigerator. As mentioned, how often depends on your use…
I’d suggest at least once a month.
Forum: 2018 - Current Globetrotter 06-16-2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Posted By Bruce B
Not sure if this helps but here is a picture of...

Not sure if this helps but here is a picture of the dc distribution box in a 2021 Globetrotter 25 twin. The box should be the same…
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-16-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,366
Posted By Bruce B
What I did not know until recently is that all...

What I did not know until recently is that all Airstreams delivered on their own wheels are towed “on the ball”…
I have recently come to know someone who delivers new Airstream trailers to dealers...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-30-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,366
Posted By Bruce B
Well actually, he may inadvertently be doing...

Well actually, he may inadvertently be doing exactly that!
I always shake my head at the reports of uninformed sales people telling customers that this can tow that… or this is rated at that. The...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-30-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,366
Posted By Bruce B
Car and Driver confession!

Not trying to create a flaming event here but I do believe that this behavior is more common than you might think…
I am not as critical of the choice of tow vehicle as I am the lack of proper setup...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-14-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 756
Posted By Bruce B
Victron system install...

Well, we brought our new 2021 Airstream Globetrotter 25 home on December 31st. The first thing I did was to take it all apart and begin my all Victron system installation. This is not a casual...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-03-2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1,596
Views: 410,057
Posted By Bruce B
This is a perfect example of emotion impacting...

This is a perfect example of emotion impacting reason. Of all people, I understand the impact of emotion... believe me!
There are so many claims made about towing and towing systems that it boggles...
Forum: 2016 - Current Classic (all lengths) 12-27-2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By Bruce B
Your Classic has a pair of 40 pound propane...

Your Classic has a pair of 40 pound propane tanks.
The Alde boiler burns between .55 pounds per hour and .9 pounds per hour.
If it were running at full output the entire 10 hours you would consume...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-27-2020, 03:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,559
Posted By Bruce B
These units use a small converter to power the...

These units use a small converter to power the 12 volt BD series compressor. They take various different input voltage sources and convert them to the required 12 volts. These converters are...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-25-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,418
Posted By Bruce B
You may want to get a different dealer to quote...

You may want to get a different dealer to quote on that. When I purchased our 2020 GMC Denali in July, a GM, bumper to bumper warranty extension that took us to 100,000 miles and six years cost me...
Forum: Member Introductions 12-23-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 893
Posted By Bruce B
We went from a Springbar to an Airstream too!...

We went from a Springbar to an Airstream too! That was 9 years ago and we've never looked back. Have fun!!!
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-15-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,701
Posted By Bruce B
Wow... I am sorry if I’ve struck a sore spot...

Wow...
I am sorry if I’ve struck a sore spot here.
I only point out what my experience is to hopefully prevent someone from taking the trip down the “Primrose path” of free internet advice without...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-14-2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,701
Posted By Bruce B
I made my advice about mixing and matching after...

I made my advice about mixing and matching after selling many millions of dollars of service to automobiles over many years.
I too saw people lift, lower, level, stiffen and otherwise modify...
Forum: 2018 - Current Globetrotter 12-12-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 42,397
Posted By Bruce B
I can’t remember where I read it but I remember...

I can’t remember where I read it but I remember in July that Airstream had stopped advertising the Tuft and Needle mattress for the 2021 model year. I thought I referenced it but I can’t find that...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-07-2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,899
Posted By Bruce B
This truck came with them in a bag. Whoever...

This truck came with them in a bag. Whoever ordered it at the dealer went a little nuts... I think it may well have everything!
Colonial will install them before we pick up the trailer.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-07-2020, 05:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,882
Posted By Bruce B
Thank you, yes I am aware that it needs to be...

Thank you, yes I am aware that it needs to be installed.
There is a lot here to digest!
I am beginning to work through the process in my head now.
I’ve collected everything but the battery cables...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 12-07-2020, 06:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,887
Posted By Bruce B
I still believe you are suppressing the memories...

I still believe you are suppressing the memories of the more difficult parts of sailing. That is fine, we all do this with events in our lives. We forget the challenges and pine for the better...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-06-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,701
Posted By Bruce B
If you search a bit, you will find that Edelbrock...

If you search a bit, you will find that Edelbrock made shock absorbers utilizing similar claims. I have no idea if the technology is the same but it sounds similar.
Ford used them on my 2010...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 12-06-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,887
Posted By Bruce B
Well, you could shell out the asking price for a...

Well, you could shell out the asking price for a Bowlus!
They are building to the level you are talking about. I actually like the trailers although you will have to give up an awful lot of room...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-06-2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,882
Posted By Bruce B
Well, I have taken the advice here and decided to...

Well, I have taken the advice here and decided to switch to the GX Touch 50.
My schematic is updated and our Airstream will roll out of the factory tomorrow!
Soon, I will be elbows deep in another...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 12-06-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,887
Posted By Bruce B
And, your Airstream won’t float away if you...

And, your Airstream won’t float away if you forget to tie it up!
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 12-06-2020, 05:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,887
Posted By Bruce B
I really do understand what you are saying. I...

I really do understand what you are saying. I have to relate a story about anchorages though. This summer, we used our tug differently than we typically do, COVID and all.
We took several trips to...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-06-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,899
Posted By Bruce B
So, I do not actually mind the screen size. My...

So, I do not actually mind the screen size. My Audi had the cool dash that turned into a Nav screen and although it was beautiful, it was kind of gimmicky... I do find it amazing that in this day and...
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