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Forum: Airstream Classifieds 05-06-2019, 02:46 PM
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Views: 132
Posted By j54mark
Univolt "Works"

Title: Add New - Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstream Trailers For Sale
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

I have a complete Univolt from an '86 Sovereign.

You may have...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-22-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 385
Posted By j54mark
New Converter, fuse box - '85 Sovereign

In getting our old coach ready for my daughter's family, and among many, many other repairs, I decided the old factory original Univolt should go. Further reflection suggested the old thermal...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-22-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,740
Posted By j54mark
She's gone - but not a sad day

After sitting idle for the last eight or nine years, our '85 Sovereign is gone. But she is now our daughter's and son-in-law's and they and our grandchildren will have a chance to build many...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 12-01-2017, 10:17 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,513
Posted By j54mark
I've been trying to educate my child on the...

I've been trying to educate my child on the "joys" of owning an Airstream.

Granted, we are trying to get everything going in a 32 year old trailer, but the lesson applies across the board: You...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-28-2017, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By j54mark
I do have breakers. Any advice on what to use...

I do have breakers. Any advice on what to use instead?
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-26-2017, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By j54mark
I had forgotten all about the breakaway switch...

I had forgotten all about the breakaway switch and had never heard of an issue with the roof vent gaskets. But it makes sense.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-26-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By j54mark
Most of these things I will let the kids decide...

Most of these things I will let the kids decide for themselves. But with the need for new batteries it seemed a good time for a converter upgrade.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-26-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By j54mark
It did seem likely that we are well past the "Use...

It did seem likely that we are well past the "Use By" date.

I am also wondering about the old fuse box. I have never had an issue with it, but still... 32 years. Any suggestions?
Forum: Refrigerators 11-25-2017, 06:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,146
Posted By j54mark
Want to change out Dometic RM2803 for... what?

The old Dometic RM2803 in our '85 25' Sovereign is not working. Odd, it was fine when I last used it 10 years ago. Or so.

I have no interest in repairing an old ammonia refrigerator. So what is...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-25-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By j54mark
Update converter?

I have an '85 Sovereign with, so far as I know, the original converter. And it still works. It does have, and always has had a easily noticeable hum.

So, are any of the newer units quieter in...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 11-25-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,724
Posted By j54mark
Let me re-introduce myself

Life changes. What once was was not, and then is again.

I was once an active member of these forums, then began the construction of a new house. Next came the purchase of a property in Colorado....
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-04-2008, 08:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,207
Posted By j54mark
Reliability? My '04 Chevy K2500 has 65,000 miles...

Reliability? My '04 Chevy K2500 has 65,000 miles and has not had so much as burned out a light bulb.

Economy? If I am careful, I can just squeeze out 20 mpg (diesel) in highway driving at 60 - 65...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 04-24-2007, 07:01 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,095
Posted By j54mark
Some radom thoughts I have been hearing...

Some radom thoughts

I have been hearing about "price gouging" and "corporate greed" since the first spike in oil prices in 1973. If someone offers a product at a price, and someone else agrees to...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 03-30-2007, 05:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,929
Posted By j54mark
For a wipe-on finish I like oil-based...

For a wipe-on finish I like oil-based polyurethane mixed roughly 50/50 with Watco Danish Oil (natural, with no color). Advantages - nearly foolproof, easy to touch up, even years later, no brush...
Forum: Vintage Kin 03-25-2007, 08:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,983
Posted By j54mark
I have often had the same thought. I am not an...

I have often had the same thought. I am not an engineer, but I suspect the Bigfoot 25' is about a big as it is practical to make with a two-piece form. Even in that size it must be a real pain to get...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 02-17-2007, 06:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,998
Posted By j54mark
Another (ex) pilot here. 1500 plus hours. IFR....

Another (ex) pilot here. 1500 plus hours. IFR. Nearly all in a Piper Six-300. I hope to live long enough to enjoy never, ever having to fly an airplane again!

Some of you suffered, along with me,...
Forum: Our Community 02-16-2007, 07:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,252
Posted By j54mark
Depends upon the shopper and, of course, their...

Depends upon the shopper and, of course, their finacial position. For me, it's about $6,000!

Mark
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 02-07-2007, 03:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,544
Posted By j54mark
Salvage Motorhome at Colaw's RV

I was driving by Colaws Rv Salvage today (on I-44 near Carthage, Mo.) and noticed a classic Airstream motorhome in their parting-out inventory. I have no idea what is there, or even what year or...
Forum: 2007 Safari SE 02-03-2007, 05:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,525
Posted By j54mark
Re: Lucas electrical. I once had a Morris Minor....

Re: Lucas electrical. I once had a Morris Minor. The entire electrical system consisted of headlights, taillights, four bulbs in the instrument cluster, and a fan for the heater. This car had four...
Forum: Our Community 01-07-2007, 09:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,944
Posted By j54mark
In any outdoor summer gathering I am easy to...

In any outdoor summer gathering I am easy to spot: I'm the one wearing full length pants, shoes, socks, long sleeve shirt, and a hat. My grandmother is now 95, spent a lifetime farming and working...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 12-21-2006, 04:34 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 57,512
Posted By j54mark
I live just out of Springfield, so if I can be of...

I live just out of Springfield, so if I can be of assistence, please let me know. I also have some contacts in the Branson tourist community, so it may be possible to get discounted show tickets,...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 12-19-2006, 08:31 AM
Replies: 897
Views: 57,512
Posted By j54mark
There is also the very nice Corps of Engineers...

There is also the very nice Corps of Engineers campground on Indian Point.

Mark
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-07-2006, 05:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,301
Posted By j54mark
I am in the same place as Pahaska. My '94...

I am in the same place as Pahaska. My '94 Silverado with Duramax has had exactly zero problems in 50,000 miles. Not so much as a burned out bulb.

Prior to this truck I drove one Chevy Astro for...
Forum: 2005 - 2010 Safari 12-03-2006, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,763
Posted By j54mark
Weight begets weight. The big change came...

Weight begets weight.

The big change came with holding tanks. Once you start carrying water and waste you not only have the weight of the tanks, but also their supporting structures and the...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 11-24-2006, 12:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,263
Posted By j54mark
Well, personally, I have better things to do with...

Well, personally, I have better things to do with my money. And I have never spent so much as an hour, much less a year "white knuckling". As far as "making a career out of trying all the different...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 11-23-2006, 05:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,263
Posted By j54mark
The Blue Ox is supposed to be a very high quality...

The Blue Ox is supposed to be a very high quality hitch, but my actual experience is with Reese Dual Cams. I do know it is possible to pull a 25' Airstream Safari with many (but not all) 1/2 tons,...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 11-17-2006, 07:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,151
Posted By j54mark
The thead referenced above does have some helpful...

The thead referenced above does have some helpful suggestions about dealing with the sagging ceiling problem. There is nothing there, however, about how to actually remove the old glue.

In the...
Forum: 2001 - 2005 Classic 11-08-2006, 05:52 PM
Replies: 328
Views: 73,726
Posted By j54mark
I prefer to start with white oak if I am trying...

I prefer to start with white oak if I am trying to match stained oak. Some paint stores will custom mix stains to match if you will leave a sample of the raw wood and the piece to be matched. To do...
Forum: Stoves, Ovens & Microwaves 11-01-2006, 06:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,227
Posted By j54mark
Some carefull shopping will get you a brand new...

Some carefull shopping will get you a brand new NT30 that will be an exact fit for very little more money than it would cost to have your unit serviced.

Seriously, 35 years is long enough for a...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-31-2006, 06:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,475
Posted By j54mark
The floor must float. In a trailer or motorhome,...

The floor must float. In a trailer or motorhome, it will float to the front as the deceleration g forces are much stronger than the acceleration g forces. One excellent idea for controlling this...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-30-2006, 09:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,475
Posted By j54mark
I have had laminate flooring (Alloc brand) in my...

I have had laminate flooring (Alloc brand) in my coach for three years. It still looks like new, right here in Missouri.

You can choose to install it front to back, or side to side, as you wish....
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 10-28-2006, 09:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,992
Posted By j54mark
There is no need to apologize - this is a major...

There is no need to apologize - this is a major purchase and it is only right that one would seek all the help that can be had.

A review of your earlier posts suggests that you are to accomodate...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-21-2006, 08:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,479
Posted By j54mark
There are very large websites filled with...

There are very large websites filled with thousands of arguements pro and con on all three makes. At bottom it amounts to this: some like Fords, some like GM, some like Dodge.

As suggested...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 10-06-2006, 06:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,295
Posted By j54mark
I believe I posted a rant on this very topic a...

I believe I posted a rant on this very topic a couple of years ago.

It depends upon your model, but I did not find it very difficult to replace the tiny double sink in our '86 25' Sovereign. We...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-09-2006, 08:44 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,819
Posted By j54mark
An aluminum frame with the strength and rigidity...

An aluminum frame with the strength and rigidity of a steel frame will weigh about the same as a steel frame.

To obtain the same level of rigidity, the tubes will have to be substantially larger...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 09-08-2006, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,887
Posted By j54mark
No, you are not being unreasonable. However, if...

No, you are not being unreasonable. However, if you do a complete refit, that particular $1600 extra will be a trivial factor in the overall completed price.

Mark
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-02-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,970
Posted By j54mark
I had a '94 Chevy extended cab and currently have...

I had a '94 Chevy extended cab and currently have an '04 Duramax 4 door. Both are 4wd.

I was planning to buy another extended cab. But I learned the following:
1) People I barely knew were...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 08-31-2006, 08:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,521
Posted By j54mark
If you buy the coils, it can turn on an amazingly...

If you buy the coils, it can turn on an amazingly tight radius - four times it's diameter, if I recall (in the direction of the bend, of course). That means 1/2" Pex can turn on a 2" radius.

Mark
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-22-2006, 11:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,738
Posted By j54mark
Not so. While never mistaken for a Cummins, or...

Not so. While never mistaken for a Cummins, or even a Navistar, the 6.2 was developed by Detroit Diesel, and was actually a pretty decent engine. There were several problems which arose when it was...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 07-17-2006, 09:38 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,710
Posted By j54mark
You do know that GMC is the only truck maker...

You do know that GMC is the only truck maker designed by two sets of engineers. Chevrolet engineers design the truck, and GMC engineers work exclusively on the name plate.

Mark
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-26-2006, 04:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,715
Posted By j54mark
It would seem that some of the chip makers boost...

It would seem that some of the chip makers boost performance by the time-honored method of advancing the timing. And it can work. Ford sales would drop like a stone if all of a sudden you had to...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-26-2006, 12:53 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,715
Posted By j54mark
Lots of information here, but it seems to be...

Lots of information here, but it seems to be scattered in such a way as to be confusing.

"Compression ratio" is the ratio of the compressed gasses at top dead center of the piston travel...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 06-13-2006, 08:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,171
Posted By j54mark
There apparently is such a thing as aluminum...

There apparently is such a thing as aluminum wool, but I am not aware of anywhere to purchase it in retail quantities.

Mark
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-08-2006, 06:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,492
Posted By j54mark
To make it suitable for towing and reasonable...

To make it suitable for towing and reasonable comfort you are talking:

Engine, transmission if you want automatic (new clutch/pressure plate if not), rear end (complete axle might be easier all...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 05-20-2006, 08:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,880
Posted By j54mark
Man is inherently bad. This can be most easily...

Man is inherently bad. This can be most easily seen in infants who will learn that certain things are "bad", and then deliberately do them. A nursing infant will look its mother directly in the eye...
Forum: Our Community 05-14-2006, 08:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,731
Posted By j54mark
As I recall, you are more or less full time,...

As I recall, you are more or less full time, right? And I think I also recall that you set up for long periods of time - moving maybe once or twice a year? So the gas milage while towing is of...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 05-06-2006, 03:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,820
Posted By j54mark
The tie rod end problem is surprising; however GM...

The tie rod end problem is surprising; however GM suspension pieces have a history of under-engineering. I like Moog aftermarket parts. I've seen GM idler arms go out in 40,000 miles, for example,...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 05-04-2006, 04:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,820
Posted By j54mark
While I can appreciate the desire to lighten the...

While I can appreciate the desire to lighten the load, you are likely to be disappointed in the results if your primary concern is fuel economy. There have been many posts on these forums by people...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 05-03-2006, 07:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,588
Posted By j54mark
I've never even thought about alignment problems...

I've never even thought about alignment problems when hitching up my Dual Cam. I just back the truck up, raise the hitch, insert the spring bars, and I'm pretty much ready to go. But now that you...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 04-25-2006, 08:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,080
Posted By j54mark
Wait a minute, is that C$8,000? How many do...

Wait a minute, is that C$8,000?

How many do you need to seat? Right now the best buys in tow vehicles are standard cab pickups, at least here in the lower midwest.

Mark
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