The Adventures of Airstream Mikie

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shower improvements

After a couple of experiments with prototypes, a major step forward has been taken today in upgrading the showering experience.

The truly trailer-trash plastic accordion door which comes standard in the Airstream Sport 17 has been removed and replaced with a see-through shower curtain. The stock door, when fully opened, narrowed the opening by at about 6 inches. Without this ugly, cheap shower door, the shower looks HUGE, and with the transparent shower curtain, it feels so much more spacious inside.

Next, I'm looking forward to installing a separate control for water temperature, and a much improved flow valve and shower head, and move the placement of the shower head mount to be less intrusive.

If I'm going to be roughing it, I may as well do it first class!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Stock Photo of Tow Vehicle

Here's a stock photo of the Toyota Tundra with the SnugTop SuperSport camper shell.

Bike Mods

The beach cruiser is in the shop getting a quick-release front wheel so that I can keep the bike inside the shell, front wheel removed, and fork secured to the BedSlide. (Finally!)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cap and Slide are now installed

Moving along at glacial speed, I have now upgraded the tow vehicle (Toyota Tundra) with a camper shell cap from SnugTop (Super Sport model) and a BedSlide. The generator is now securely bolted to the BedSlide, on the street side. This allows full use of the generator without lifting it out of the truck.

Next up:
1. organizers for all the stuff (hoses, tools, electrical cords, etc).
2. method/device to keep the bike secured on the BedSlide.
3. bed deck rail system and tie-downs (link)
4. lower the truck overall, install air bag suspension assist

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sun Power!

Another major goal has been achieved with the installation of a solar panel on the top of the Sport, so now I can stay out longer "off the grid". Abe Hernandez did a first class job with everything from researching and recommending the proper solar system and doing a custom installation. What a guy!

If you're looking for an RV mechanic,

Abe is the man to call (760-802-3238).