Antenna installation is not easy

Oct 28

Antenna installation is not easy

It seems like a simple task. Install a WiFiRanger Sky and an NMO mount antenna so we can get better access to internet both via campground WiFi and our Verizon MiFi receiver in a Wilson Sleek cellular booster. Unfortunately, Airstreams don’t have any default options for running cables into the trailer from the roof so the real trick in this process is drilling holes both inside and outside and running the wires into our wiring cabinet through those holes. The other tricky part is that the roof lockers, where we have our other internet equipment, do not quite go up to the top of the roofline and the area just above the locker is not on the flattest part of the roof which is pretty important for mounting both devices. In preparation for the install, I ordered the devices themselves as well as assorted related tools needed for the installation. A UniBit drill bit for cutting precisely sized holes through aluminum.  Both items needed different sized holes so the UniBit works well for both situations. Metal fish tape to help run the wires between the holes Adhesive caulk to attach the WiFiRanger Sky to the roof and to seal up the holes Yesterday I started the process by looking at a few options.  One suggestion from Rich was to use the speaker as a way to access the ceiling without drilling a hole but after removing the speaker from the roof and poking around with the fish tape, there was no path to the roof locker because there is a rib used to rivet the inner and outer aluminum skin to the frame and it is solid so there’s no easy way to get through there.  So it looked like I would need to drill both an interior and exterior hole but I was hoping that I could have both wires going through the same interior hole. It wasn’t until I was getting ready to drill the first hole that I realized that I had the wrong drill – my bit is a 1/2″ bit and I had the 3/8″ drill. I found my bigger drill but it’s batteries needed charging so that was the end of the first...

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It’s Official

Oct 21

It’s Official

Our Airstream’s name is TAARDIS — or Tardis for short. The extra ‘A’ is for Airstream — or America — or Alcohol.

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The Airstream Switcheroo

Sep 07

The Airstream Switcheroo

Following Alumafandango, we took our trailer to Airstream Adventures Northwest to have them do a few small fixes and one big one – fix the slide out so that we could actually use it.  While we were waiting to finish handing off the keys to someone from service, we wandered around the showroom, looking at some of the new trailers.  Leslie summoned me into a particularly shiny 30′ Flying Cloud to take a look.  After the week in our Classic, this brand new Flying Cloud Bunkhouse looked particularly bright and spacious. Part of it may have been the lighter wood and LED lighting but another big aspect was all of the exposed aluminum on the inside. So shiny! Even though both trailers are 30′, this one looks, somehow, bigger on the inside. The thing that really started getting our new-trailer-envy going was the bunkhouse bed in addition to the front queen bed.  We don’t have extra people traveling with us, but the idea of having a cozy little back room to kick back and read or watch TV, and having the bathroom on the opposite end of the trailer from the bedroom both were very appealing to us. Topping it off, all of the hookups in this newer model are in much more convenient places than they were on the 2007 Classic. Easier to connect hoses and plug in the power. Oh, and dual A/C. We both started thinking – what kind of a deal could we get trading in our Classic for this new trailer? We decided to just think about it for a while and took off before we got into too much trouble. A week or two passed before we got a call from the service department saying that they couldn’t find anyplace that sold replacement motors for the slide out locking mechanism but they were still looking into it. That’s when we took the opportunity to email the sales guy to find out what kind of deal they could make us to trade in our old trailer for that new shiny we saw on the sales floor. A week passed with no reply. I sent a follow up using the web forms on their website...

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