Airstream Repairs Part 2 – Shelf Fix

 

Fred & Emily


Evening, Peeps.

Riffing on our repair video here, we noticed during our last trip in the Airstream that there was a perceptible bow in the closet shelf. Looking more carefully at the design it became apparent the shelf was not supported in the rear where it meets the exterior shell. This left the shelf hanging precipitously in space, so even without much weight on it just fishing around for items on the shelf would cause the wood to sag.

Fred and I talked about various approaches to this problem and finally landed on the idea of a supporting bracket affixed to the Airstream shell itself and a floating “T” to hold the shelf up and away. We decided on the floating “T” because we felt like the Airstream designers probably left the shelf floating to give everything a chance to flex in transport – bolting the shelf directly to the Airstream skin would risk tearing it apart.

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At last, armed with the idea pictured above we proceeded to manufacture a bracket and you can see the results in a four minute video below.

Hope you enjoy this Airstream DIY and peace out!

Airstream Repairs Part 1 – Closet Fix

Fred & Emily


Evening, Peeps!

Yes, the blog still lives. But sadly, boring things like work keep getting in the way so we haven’t been producing as much content as we’d like.

Still, we found some time to address a fairly serious issue in the Airstream which is separating closet panels. While I would normally jump all over Airstream for their bad quality on this front, I have to say I think I understand what they were after.

The closet in its original form has sort of a “negative edge” appearance, which has almost no visible screws and a nice clean white appearance with few seams. When new, this approach is quite stunning and makes the closet look very spacious.  Until the screws back out, the unglued pegs fail and panels start to bow.

Fred and I talked about various solutions to the imploding closet, like re-threading the failed wingy/doodads that made the negative edge possible in the first place, or running a white piece of angle along the closet edge. In the end you will see see our video below we settled on a very straight forward set of brackets to keep things in place.

Hope you enjoy this Airstream DIY and peace out!

 

Mountain Biking Zion’s Doorstep

Emily & Silent Partner


Evening, Peeps!

Today was our last day winter Airstreaming in St. George so we did it up in style and rode the Hurricane Cliffs JEM Trail, which is literally on Zion National Park’s doorstep.

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The weather was bright and clear, if not a bit cool but it made for exceptional desert riding.

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Our trail of choice was the Mellow JEM feature ride. I chose this ride because we wanted something, well… mellow. The climb is only a few percent and the route makes a classic lollipop. Total mileage ~11mi (18km) and 1100′ (335m) of climbing.

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This ride stitches together the JEM Trail.

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To the Cryptobionic Trail.

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To the Dead Ringer Trail.

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In truth the outbound leg was OK – nothing wildly technical though I found the initial exposures up against the Virgin River a little gratuitous and unnecessary. As I contemplated my own death it occurred to me this shelf ride is very similar to Porcupine Rim in Moab. Oh, and that’s Zion National Park directly ahead – not half bad eh?

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Even the less deathy stuff is still mind boggling. I can’t imagine what this looks like when it’s running.

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All these trails were tight green single-track with occasional blue uppers. When I finally “got” this trail though was on the way back.

Oh, that’s cool!

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Parting Thoughts

Winter Airstreaming

Winter Airstreaming is a little hard – the roads were icy getting out here, the Airstream is covered in road salt which is just awful for this rig, and it’s f’ing cold – around freezing daily. We pounded through propane like nobody’s tomorrow but in exchange we saw something amazing – the desert in winter tableau, staged just for us.

I’d recommend riding here 10 times over. Just bring appropriate winter gear. Need I say more?

Pssst KOA – Pass It On

A quick shout out to the St. George/Hurricane KOA. This place rocks – electrical outlets were in awesome repair, all hose bibs were new, pads were level and clean with round high quality aggregate keeping the dust away. Pavement was even new. The bath house was in excellent repair, clean and warm. Despite the proximity to I-15 we also didn’t particularly pick up on the road noise.

KOAs tend to be expensive, but we splurged for this exact reason – you always know what you’re going to get and these guys know what they’re doing. Nothing beats rolling into a killer campground after 8 hours on the road and feeling all snugly inside that you’re going to get exactly what you paid for. And we did!

What Could Go Wrong

I try to make a point about what can go wrong in RVing. Not that I have a dark demeanor or anything, but I just think it pays to keep everyone’s eyes open to the possibilities when they travel.

This trip we had a few gremlins.

The water pump in the Airstream kept “topping off” even though all faucets were closed. We didn’t have a leak so I suspect it’s something to do with being in storage for so long. After a couple minutes it would eventually chill out. As I finish this post it’s stopped entirely so that will be one for a future service visit. The internets suggests it may be a bum pressure sensor.

Also the Clarion stereo the Airstream shipped with decided to lose its mind and spontaneously cycle through all modes instead of staying on Aux, which we use for DirecTV. That too has mysteriously “fixed” itself. Since I’ve always hated the Clarion stuff anyway this gives me an excuse to replace the sound system with all Bose.

Lastly Dee, our 2500 HD Denali decided to complain about low coolant today. I topped off the antifreeze while fueling up with winterized diesel and checked for leaks (nothing apparent). We may have an appointment at the Chevy dealer soon, time will tell.

And with that my friends, peace out!

This Blows, Mountain Biking Hurricane UT

Emily & Silent Partner


Evening, Peeps!

Yesterday I mentioned we’re at a KOA in St. George Utah. Ok, so technically speaking, we’re actually in Hurricane, UT which is next to St. George.

I suspect Hurricane is called Hurricane because this place blows – literally.

Today it was 43°F (6°C) with 20mph (32kph) winds.  ; o

The Ride

I wasn’t sure what the wind would do to the ride, but today’s journey took us on White Reef Trail to Tipple Trail to Red Reef East Trail to Prospector Trail.

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My silent Partner bailed early on due to the face-freezing wind but not me, no siree bob, I was on a mission!

White Reef Trail

White Reef doesn’t offer much in the way of views, but it does offer a nice easy warm up. All trails were easy blues, nothing technical just a bit of fitness. Courtesy of our GoPro 7 you can see my POV.

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For me there’s no such thing as a bad day mountain biking, even when my face is frozen in place.

Tipple Trail

Next up, Tipple Trail offered a sweeping view of the surrounding terrain. By this point I was warmed up and the intense wind was at my back offering a nice little assist up the climbs.

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If you’ve ever been to Sedona or Moab this area very much has ‘that’ feel. Replete even with unexpected water crossings.

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Red Reef East Trail

Next in line, the Red Reef East trail takes you directly up against the red cliffs of the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.

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Prospector Trail

The Red Reef East dumps you out into a campground so I took the road from the campground to Prospector Trail just to see what’s there.

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I found some hard climbs.

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And some sweet single track.

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I only rode Prospector for 45min or so, but it was a great trail with some pretty intense fitness.

A Followup On My Wölvhammer Boa Winter Cycling Boots

You may be wondering, how’d my winter MTB boots review in a previous post hold up in this cold?

Absolutely fantastic. Warm and lush. In short – perfect!

Tomorrow…

Tomorrow’s our last day here. The weather isn’t supposed to blow, at least not so hard, so I hope to bring back some great pics.

Peace out!

 

Winter Airstreaming St. George Utah

Emily & Silent Partner


Evening, Peeps!

Sometimes Airstreaming is just about not being home. The destination doesn’t have to be exotic, though you could do a lot worse than the St. George KOA in Southwest Utah.

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This RV park occupies a strange spit of land between the I-15, Quail Creek State Park:

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And the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area:

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The Escape

We’re here more or less on a whim – had some vacation time and a handy Airstream so we headed out of town the day after Christmas seeking mountain biking and, well … not home.

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Temperatures are hovering well below freezing and a winter storm is passing through but wow is it cool to watch the snow fall on the mountains while you’re mountain biking. Today we rode several trails in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.

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We headed out on White Reef Trail:

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Then back on Leeds Reef Trail:

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My riding companion was’t feeling especially photogenic today.

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But we persevered on the Quail Creek Trail where we enjoyed the sweet smell of fallen leaves before returning to the Airstream home.

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The Portal To The Mountain Biking Dimension

Ok, Peeps. More frozen adventure to come tomorrow! Peace out.

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Bulldog Detail Sponsors Us!!

Emily


Good evening, peeps!

Connections

Funny how life is connected. For example, how does camping lead to a bad parking decision that leads to a sponsorship? Allow me to explain.

The White Mountains connects to the Airstream…

After our trip to the White Mountains the Airstream furnace failed, so I left it with a dealer for a few days.

The Airstream connects to Fred’s neighbor…

After picking up the Airstream from the dealer mid-week, a car was parked on the other side of the street from Fred’s house and I was alone. A normal person would have either a) Asked the neighbor to move for a few minutes or b) Left the trailer out front and come back later. 

Fred’s neighbor connects to my bad decision making…

I chose c) Pull in tight, possibly brushing up against a small bush in the the process, without a spotter. What could be the worst that would happen?

Well, this is what happened:

The aforementioned “small” bush turned out to be a Palo Verde that’s been cut super short, and it left a severe scratch in the Airstream for 10′ (3m) give or take.

My bad decision making connects to a wonderful new relationship!

But all is not lost!

Enter Bulldog Detail. These guys run a shop in Scottsdale, Arizona and specialize in  scratch repair, ego repair and ceramic coating. After explaining what happened to the Airstream they quoted me an incredibly fair price and got it done in only a few days. bulldog_logo 2

While Fred and I were dropping off the Airstream we asked Kyle owner/operator if he would mind us making an episode around the scratch repair. One thing led to another and we all thought Airstream MTB and Bulldog Detail would complement each other, thus a sponsorship was born! 

Ceramic Coating Oh My

You can find an extensive walk-through of what Bulldog Detail did to repair this scratch and the special ceramic coating they applied to defend it against future encounters right here in our latest video. There’s a lot of science here centering around hydrophobic coatings, electrostatic properties, hardness scales and layered barriers – enjoy!

Onward With the Sponsorship

With this episode we are rolling into season 2 if you can believe it, and what better way than to spruce up our splash screen with credit to Bulldog Detail. We’re proud to have their sponsorship and look forward to a wonderful year! By all means, if you have any questions comment or even better give Bulldog Detail a call.

Riding the Lake Mountain Spur Trail – Airstreaming the White Mountains

Fred & Emily


Evening, Peeps!

Please join us on our final ride in the White Mountains, this time on the Lake Mountain Spur Trail.

This ride is interesting because that thumbnail above is where we rode in the caldera of an extinct volcano! It looks innocent enough until you realize it’s also at 8500′ (2590m) and the site of former magma flows.

Enjoy!