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Forum: Community Polls Yesterday, 09:03 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 31,558
Posted By Dennis C
We tend to call ours the Airstream most of the...

We tend to call ours the Airstream most of the time, but I canít say that weíve never called it the camper or the trailer. Itís registered as ďSparkle PlentyĒ. My wife sometimes calls it Sparkles.
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 12-02-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By Dennis C
I leave my AGMs in place all winter, with the...

I leave my AGMs in place all winter, with the trailer plugged into a 120V outlet to keep them topped off with my Zamp battery controller.
Forum: 2018 - Current Globetrotter 12-02-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,154
Posted By Dennis C
Iíve never had an issue with space for parking my...

Iíve never had an issue with space for parking my tow vehicle. Youíll be fine. As mentioned above, for older and smaller campsites itís occasionally necessary to park the truck alongside or offset to...
Forum: 1965-1969 Sovereign 12-02-2021, 05:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 339
Posted By Dennis C
For quick overnight stays, we often use KOA...

For quick overnight stays, we often use KOA campgrounds. They have an app. KOA campgrounds are typically not anything special, but they’re clean, reliable, and close to major highways. They’re a bit...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-01-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 347
Posted By Dennis C
It has been done before. I’ve seen a YouTube...

It has been done before. I’ve seen a YouTube video of an installation of a solar panel over the rear window that swung into position when camping and folded down for travel.
Forum: 2020 And Newer Caravel 12-01-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 504
Posted By Dennis C
You can boondock in any Airstream. You simply...

You can boondock in any Airstream. You simply need approach it with a realistic attitude and prepare accordingly. If you’ve got 4 people in your trailer and everyone wants to shower, then it’s not...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-29-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By Dennis C
I don’t think that towing capacity is much better...

I don’t think that towing capacity is much better (if at all) than the claims by domestic BEV trucks. I don’t really see anything special there. The rooftop solar panels are cool, but a bit of a...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 11-29-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 130
Posted By Dennis C
Here’s a link to the manual for your Airstream....

Here’s a link to the manual for your Airstream. The winterizing process is found in the maintenance section.
...
Forum: On The Road... 11-29-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 821
Posted By Dennis C
Sorry for the delayed response - I just saw this...

Sorry for the delayed response - I just saw this post.

They were Goodyear Endurance tires with just over 5,000 miles on them. I run them at 70 PSI cold. Both tires on the passengerís side failed...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 11-29-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 520
Posted By Dennis C
It sounds to me like thereís a problem with the...

It sounds to me like thereís a problem with the sensor. Mine reads in 6% increments as others have mentioned, and it takes a day or two before it shows a reading. However, I see the first reading at...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 11-29-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By Dennis C
You can use your air compressor to pressurize the...

You can use your air compressor to pressurize the lines and remove the water heater drain plug to blow out the rest of the water if you choose. When I do this, I unplug the electronic connector to...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-27-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,565
Posted By Dennis C
There’s no laughing at someone who wants to learn...

There’s no laughing at someone who wants to learn more about their setup. If that was the case, we’d all be laughed out of here on our first few posts!

I run tires that have a similar load rating....
Forum: On The Road... 11-24-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,452
Posted By Dennis C
As mentioned above, April and May can be...

As mentioned above, April and May can be challenging in Colorado from a weather perspective. The evening temperature in Moab can also fall below freezing in April, but snow isn’t likely. We canceled...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-24-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,024
Posted By Dennis C
I don’t weigh my things every trip. Now that I...

I don’t weigh my things every trip. Now that I know how much everything weighs and I’ve got it in a spreadsheet, I simply check the items that I’m bringing and I have a good estimate of my total...
Forum: General Repair Forum 11-24-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By Dennis C
Do you tow with the table in the upright...

Do you tow with the table in the upright position, or do you put it down? We put ours down when towing and havenít had any issues. You may also consider lowering your tire pressure a bit if youíre...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-23-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,302
Posted By Dennis C
GM does not include a weight for the driver in...

GM does not include a weight for the driver in their payload calculation, but they do include a full tank of fuel. This is stated in their literature. I don't know about Ford's calculation.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-23-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,024
Posted By Dennis C
I weigh everything that goes in the Airstream or...

I weigh everything that goes in the Airstream or the truck and I enter it in a dynamic spreadsheet to keep track of my overall weight. I carry a torque wrench whenever I tow and I check my lug nut...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 11-22-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,585
Posted By Dennis C
I suggested the tape as a temporary solution for...

I suggested the tape as a temporary solution for the 15 hour drive home, not for a permanent solution.
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 11-22-2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,112
Posted By Dennis C
I just bought the green Clear2O 2-stage in-line...

I just bought the green Clear2O 2-stage in-line filter system. I bought it to replace the blue Camco filters that I've used for the last couple of years. I'm looking forward to trying it next...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 11-22-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,585
Posted By Dennis C
Would something as simple as duct tape let you...

Would something as simple as duct tape let you get home until a proper repair can be made?
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 11-22-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 800
Posted By Dennis C
That’s the drain tube for your air conditioner....

That’s the drain tube for your air conditioner. It keeps water/condensation from running down the side of your Airstream when you’re running your air conditioner.
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 11-22-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,213
Posted By Dennis C
You might consider a different tank treatment...

You might consider a different tank treatment than what you’ve been using If tank odor is a problem. I found that tank pods and deodorizers aren’t very effective. Last year I switched to Happy Camper...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-20-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,302
Posted By Dennis C
I would imagine the F150 will have plenty of...

I would imagine the F150 will have plenty of tongue weight capacity when a weight distribution hitch is used. Payload is typically the limiting factor with 1/2 trucks.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-20-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,302
Posted By Dennis C
I agree that 4x4 in a tow vehicle has little to...

I agree that 4x4 in a tow vehicle has little to do with snow and ice. I won’t tow in those conditions with my 4x4, even with proper winter tires.

I would buy a 4x4 truck, but I also wouldn’t pull...
Forum: Our Community 11-20-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 7,481
Views: 1,467,440
Posted By Dennis C
Which locks did you use? I tried to do this but...

Which locks did you use? I tried to do this but the locks that I bought werenít compatible with all the Airstream compartment doors/locks.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-19-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By Dennis C
Typically the actual tongue weight when loaded...

Typically the actual tongue weight when loaded for camping is quite a bit heavier than the published weight. I’d expect the tongue weight of the 25 footer to exceed 1,000 lbs when loaded. The 23...
Forum: On The Road... 11-18-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Posted By Dennis C
We camped a few weeks ago in Palo Duro Canyon...

We camped a few weeks ago in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, not far from Amarillo. It was really cool. Beautiful park with great hiking and some fishing.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-18-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 677
Posted By Dennis C
Glad to hear that you had a good towing...

Glad to hear that you had a good towing experience! I think a 1/2 ton truck is generally the right size for a 23 footer. I'm very pleased with the way that my GMC 1500 tows my 23 FB.

I found...
Forum: Winter Living 11-18-2021, 06:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,828
Posted By Dennis C
I know that there are people who camp and/or live...

I know that there are people who camp and/or live in their Airstream all winter in cold climates. It can be done. Typically people affix some sort of skirt around the airstream to keep cold air from...
Forum: Winter Living 11-17-2021, 11:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,828
Posted By Dennis C
You can make anything work with proper...

You can make anything work with proper motivation, expertise, money, and effort.

Any Airstream (including the Basecamp) is not ideal for extreme winter conditions. You can make it work with...
Forum: Member Introductions 11-17-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By Dennis C
Congrats and welcome

Congrats and welcome
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-16-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,314
Posted By Dennis C
I tow a trailer that has a dry weight of 4,807...

I tow a trailer that has a dry weight of 4,807 lbs. and a loaded weight of roughly 5,500 lbs. with a similar truck. My truck is a 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 with the 5.3L engine, 8-speed...
Forum: On The Road... 11-14-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,396
Posted By Dennis C
I love hearing about how much people are using...

I love hearing about how much people are using their Airstreams and hearing about all the places people visit.
Forum: On The Road... 11-10-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,396
Posted By Dennis C
I would have had more days this year except for a...

I would have had more days this year except for a few unforeseen circumstances that forced me to cancel some trips. I had an unexpected eye surgery last month (detached retina, that’s a story for...
Forum: Community Polls 11-10-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,489
Posted By Dennis C
I don’t drive daily, so I guess I don’t really...

I don’t drive daily, so I guess I don’t really have a daily driver. I work out of a home office, and I travel frequently for business. I take a car service to and from the airport. I’m fortunate...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 11-09-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,351
Posted By Dennis C
I use the dump station to do this after I...

I use the dump station to do this after I winterize.
Forum: On The Road... 11-09-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,396
Posted By Dennis C
Same here. Part of my Airstream time this year...

Same here. Part of my Airstream time this year included working from the road.

If I ever decide to travel around the country extensively when I retire, then I'll update my rig to something...
Forum: On The Road... 11-09-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,396
Posted By Dennis C
My wife and I have been discussing our 2022 plans...

My wife and I have been discussing our 2022 plans and trying to decide what trips we'll plan in advance of the camping season. I'm actually thinking about more trips close to home, but longer...
Forum: On The Road... 11-09-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,396
Posted By Dennis C
Impressive!

Impressive!
Forum: Boondocking 11-09-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By Dennis C
I think we camped off of 128 (Willow Springs...

I think we camped off of 128 (Willow Springs Trail) when we were there. The entrance off of 191 was pretty rough and rocky and not something that I'd recommend for towing an Airstream. The entrance...
Forum: On The Road... 11-09-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,396
Posted By Dennis C
How many Airstream days did you (or will you) experience in 2021?

Unfortunately, my Airstream is already winterized and parked until spring of 2022. I know that those of you in warmer climates are still out, and that's fantastic.

We had 45 Airstream days in...
Forum: Boondocking 11-09-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By Dennis C
I’ll try to find information on the spot that we...

I’ll try to find information on the spot that we last boondocked/camped in Moab and I’ll post it here if I do. It has been a few years and I don’t know if I still have it. It was right off of 191...
Forum: Our Community 11-08-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,904
Posted By Dennis C
Indeed. The 4500 is big and heavy compared to the...

Indeed. The 4500 is big and heavy compared to the 2000 or 2200. Every choice has a trade off.
Forum: On The Road... 11-08-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By Dennis C
Great report on your first season!

Great report on your first season!
Forum: Our Community 11-08-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,904
Posted By Dennis C
I might be somebody who would kill a fly with a...

I might be somebody who would kill a fly with a sledge hammer, but it works well for me. I bought a Champion 4500 W inverter generator for my trailer. It runs everything, always, easily, at any...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-08-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 10,231
Posted By Dennis C
I'd like to see that pic except modify it with...

I'd like to see that pic except modify it with him trying to stop the trailer on a 7% downhill grade. :eek:
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-08-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,695
Posted By Dennis C
My initial setup by my Airstream dealer was done...

My initial setup by my Airstream dealer was done by measuring the distance from the top of the wheel well/fender to the ground with and without the weight distribution bars engaged. I confirmed the...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 11-08-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,301
Posted By Dennis C
I set my compressor to 50 PSI when I blow out my...

I set my compressor to 50 PSI when I blow out my lines. I don't close my water heater bypass valves, but I do run open the water heater drain and let the compressed air push out any water remaining...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-07-2021, 08:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,695
Posted By Dennis C
You need a “scale” to answer this question. ...

You need a “scale” to answer this question.

What’s annoying about knowing your numbers?
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 11-07-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,695
Posted By Dennis C
Iíd take it to somebody who really knows how to...

Iíd take it to somebody who really knows how to setup WDH hitches rather than listening to advice here. Most of what you hear on these forums is opinion, like most web forums.

Since you asked...
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