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VAL Digest        Wednesday, December 24 2003        Volume 01 : Number 106




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Topics in Today's Digest:

[VAL] Maurice Tierney Out of Office
[VAL] Turbo Diesel 6.5
Re: [VAL] Task lighting
Re: [VAL] Anyone out there?  and AC installation
[VAL] RE: VAL Digest V1 #105
Re: [VAL] hello, and vexing leaks
Re: [VAL] Turbo Diesel 6.5
Re: [VAL] Task lighting
Re: [VAL] Task lighting
Re: [VAL] Task lighting
Re: [VAL] Task lighting

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 01:21:39 -0500
From: "publisher@xxxxxxxxxx.com" <publisher@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
Subject: [VAL] Maurice Tierney Out of Office

I will be out of the office from December 15th through December 31st. Thanks.

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 01:15:53 -0600
From: "Ned P. Digh" <npdigh@xxxxxxxxxx.net>
Subject: [VAL] Turbo Diesel 6.5

From: Chris Tognetti <ctognetti59@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
Subject: [VAL] Tow vehicle  Chris writes:  We have up graded our tow vehicle
to a Turbo Diesel 1998 2500 Suburban.

Chris, I think you will be pleased with your choice of  the 2500 Diesel.  I
purchased a 1994 2500 about 18 months ago.  I learned later that 94 was not a
good year for fuel injector pumps, that and several other things had to be
replaced, but It is a super tow vehcle for our 31' AS.  I had a temp guage put
on the tranny and I recommend that, it eliminates concern about the tranny
possibly overheating.  Ned Digh

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 00:37:56 -0800
From: Rik & Susan Beeson <rik@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Task lighting

I've seen Brad's trailer, and his lighting set-up is really the cat's 
whiskers!

Merry Christmas to all!

Best regards,

Rik

Brad Norgaard wrote:

>Hi Michelle,
>Yes, 12 volt halogen's run just fine on 12 volt DC. I am using a home track
>lighting system called Trac 12 by Juno. Found it at a lighting store. Many
>different fixtures and they also carry a single unit plug. Email me off list
>for some photos.
>
>Brad Norgaard
>Phoenix
>'59 Trade Wind Twin
>VAC #2699, TCT 

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 08:41:46 -0500
From: "Jim Greene" <drgreene@xxxxxxxxxx.net>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Anyone out there?  and AC installation

Charlie, I'd say you gave the correct version. I understood there was no pan
available from Airstream for current production Coleman RV air conditioners.
The only pan I could find for current Colemans is from the company in
Florida. The name is in a post from me in the archives but I don't remember
the name now.

Jim Greene
' 68 Tradewind

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From: "Charlie/Betty Burke" <cbburke@xxxxxxxxxx.net>
To: <valist@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 9:05 AM
Subject: Re: [VAL] Anyone out there? and AC installation


> JIm,
>
> Just to make sure I worded that correctly. Airstream did make a pan to fit
a
> Coleman unit. A Coleman that is no longer available and the pan does not
fit any
> current production Coleman AC. The factory guy probably gave you the short
> version. I tend to get windy at times.
>
> Charlie

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 08:08:47 -0600
From: "David Beard" <dbeard@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
Subject: [VAL] RE: VAL Digest V1 #105

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Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 19:28:19 -0800
From: Joann Wheatley <jwheatle@xxxxxxxxxx.edu>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Task lighting

Thanks for the ribbing there, Daisy. HaHa - in the meantime I'm 
considering some 12v halogen lights that are made for home use with the 
installation of a transformer - except I won't need the transformer so 
they are rather reasonably priced. Less than $20/light and all on a 
track so you can add more individual lights as needed. These will be 
the task lighting above the kitchen area. The new West Marine catalog 
has some pretty fine looking cold cathode tube lights for general 
illumination and although Gerald wasn't too keen on them, I may go that 
way just for the energy savings and later, when the LED stuff has 
matured, change them out.
Jo Ann

I'd be careful using halogen bulbs. They put out a lot more heat than
regular bulbs. Even with special fixtures there is a higher risk of
fire. I'd agree with Glyn. Conservation will probably pay off better
than any other course of action. I know that the flourescents are ugly,
but a couple of well place lights can be used to give some light through
out the trailer. I quess you're trying to extend the off-grid time you
can use your trailer. I've thought about getting a small generator set,
but the noise and weight of the thing puts me off. As for the diode
lights, they are very efficient. However the light is just as ugly as
flourescent light. It has a cold blue hue and distorts colors. Of course
there always radioactive tritium.....

Dave Beard

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 10:37:14 -0800
From: "Judy White" <djmurtha@xxxxxxxxxx.net>
Subject: Re: [VAL] hello, and vexing leaks

> My A/S has awnings on three sides. I can't imagine the mounting strips
> for these as being suspect..?
> Any chance there's a leak occurring between the window frame and sash,
> which could make its way between the skins?

Chris:

My 72 had water literally pouring down the inside skins and windows during a
rainstorm, and especially with the waterhose test...The awning mounting
tracks were the culprit along with deteriorated seals around the window
frame-to-skin seams.

1.  We removed the awnings, and unriveted the awning strips/tracks...Found
stretched rivets, enlarged holes, duct tape (no vulkem or sealant) between
track and skin, and 'dirty' holes (the aluminum burrs hadn't been cleaned up
before attaching track with rivets).  The movement of the trailer/awning
with wind, road travel, etc. would literally pump water into the holes under
those tracks.  After replacement, with rivet spacing at 4-6 inches rather
than 12+, no more leaks.

2.  The frames around the windows, where attached to the skin also leaked,
but less than the awning tracks.  At the 6 month visit to the dentist, I
always beg a few worn out scalers (the tarter scrapers) to use for picking
the old vulkem/sealers out of those gaps...reseal with lots of fresh vulkem
and the only water problem inside the trailer now is the overly enthusiastic
dish washing splash!

I posted photos of the awning track fix on the Yahoo Groups site at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AirstreamList/files/72%2027%27%20Leak%20repair/
(yes, you do have to sign in to access those...)

Judy White
72-27 Int'l Ambassador
01 Powersmoker

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 12:34:25 -0800 (PST)
From: Chris Tognetti <ctognetti59@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Turbo Diesel 6.5

Ned,
 
The fuel pump seems to be a concern with most of the 6.5 turbo diesels.  This one was just 
replaced before I purchased it.  My owner manual seems to push fuel filter replacement and 
checking for water in the line around every oil change.  While the fuel filter and water 
check are easy to do I don't see a problem with doing this at oil changes.  I plan to spend 
a few extra bucks and help keep away the big fixes and large headaches of not having the 
truck when I need it.
 
Chris


"Ned P. Digh" <npdigh@xxxxxxxxxx.net> wrote:From: Chris Tognetti 
Subject: [VAL] Tow vehicle Chris writes: We have up graded our tow vehicle
to a Turbo Diesel 1998 2500 Suburban.

Chris, I think you will be pleased with your choice of the 2500 Diesel. I
purchased a 1994 2500 about 18 months ago. I learned later that 94 was not a
good year for fuel injector pumps, that and several other things had to be
replaced, but It is a super tow vehcle for our 31' AS. I had a temp guage put
on the tranny and I recommend that, it eliminates concern about the tranny
possibly overheating. Ned Digh




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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 20:43:04 -0500
From: Daisy Welch <jtdjtd@xxxxxxxxxx.net>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Task lighting

Now, I want to see it too !

Daisy

Rik & Susan Beeson wrote:
> I've seen Brad's trailer, and his lighting set-up is really the cat's 
> whiskers!
> 
> Merry Christmas to all!
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Rik

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 18:21:35 -0800
From: Joann Wheatley <jwheatle@xxxxxxxxxx.edu>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Task lighting

Hey Brad - post the picture site for all of us to ooo and ahhh over the 
lighting. I'm running out of ideas and would gladly steal some.
Jo Ann
On 23, Dec 2003, at 12:37 AM, Rik & Susan Beeson wrote:

> I've seen Brad's trailer, and his lighting set-up is really the cat's 
> whiskers!

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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 21:32:15 -0500
From: Blair <hitek_airstream@xxxxxxxxxx.com>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Task lighting

Looks great.  where did you get the  equipment??

Thanks

Blair

At 09:21 PM 12/23/2003, you wrote:
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>Hey Brad - post the picture site for all of us to ooo and ahhh over the 
>lighting. I'm running out of ideas and would gladly steal some.
>Jo Ann
>On 23, Dec 2003, at 12:37 AM, Rik & Susan Beeson wrote:
>
>>I've seen Brad's trailer, and his lighting set-up is really the cat's 
>>whiskers!
>
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Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 20:46:05 -0700
From: Brad Norgaard <stream2699@xxxxxxxxxx.net>
Subject: Re: [VAL] Task lighting

Hi Daisy,
OK, here you go. Here's some pictures of the set-up. I installed the single
unit recessed plug over the dinette, it goes in with a twist and locks in
place. Luckily, I found a display for the Juno Trak 12 lighting system in a
home lighting store that was going out of business. I have one of most of
everything they offer.


Brad Norgaard
Phoenix
'59 Trade Wind Twin
VAC #2699, TCT 



> Now, I want to see it too !
> 
> Daisy
> 
> Rik & Susan Beeson wrote:


>> I've seen Brad's trailer, and his lighting set-up is really the cat's
>> whiskers!
>> 
>> Merry Christmas to all!
>> 
>> Best regards,
>> 
>> Rik

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