theVAP - The Vintage Airstream PodcastAuthor: Tim Shephard
23 Feb 2017

theVAP - The Vintage Airstream Podcast

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theVAP discusses travel trailer, RV, motor home ownership, repair, maintenance, and travel. We also interview industry professionals and individuals of interest in the world of recreational vehicles.

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    theVAP Episode 271: Colin Goes Torsion!

    Colin’s new torsion axles
    Tim’s battery test
    Solar test.
    Updating tank and voltage monitors
    Installing a subfloor
    Elevator bolts vs self-tapping screws
    Adhesive on the subfloor to frame?
    Seams in the subfloor
    Towing with a six cylinder Tacoma
    Single vs dual axle
    Modifying a trailer for a toy Harley
    Modifying a grey tank sensor
    Compartment door not water tight


  • Posted on 17 Feb 2017

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    theVAP Episode 270: Battery Business

    Never rains in CA
    Lifeline AGM’s last a long time
    Colin’s Optima AGM lasted 9 years
    Lithium converters available
    Lithium battery advantages
    Trailers still shipped with single-stage charger
    Single-stage converter vs multi-stage
    Six volt vs 12 volt
    Buying multiple batteries at the same time
    Compare batteries with amp-hours
    Don’t discharge below 50%
    TriMetric Battery Monitor
    Solar panel offerings


  • Posted on 03 Feb 2017

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    theVAP Episode 269: I Killed Them!

    Tim killed his batteries and converter
    Sourcing hard to find parts
    Replace our leaf-spring axle or not?
    Plumbing vent solutions
    Seam and window sealant removal
    Removing interior glue
    C-Channel rivets on a ’57
    Restoring lock mechanisms


  • Posted on 20 Jan 2017

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    theVAP Episode 268: Imaginary Airstream

    How to prepare an out of state trailer to tow home
    Temporary tow lights
    Checking a subfloor with a hardwood floor in place
    Smaller trailers for national parks
    Fixing the plumbing on a ’74
    Surfing the net with no wifi
    Imaginary mint 70’s Airstream


  • Posted on 06 Jan 2017

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    theVAP Episode 267: Alumination Documentary

    In this episode we talk with Eric Bricker who, along with co-producer Lisa Hughes, is producing a documentary on Airstream travel trailers.

    They are funding their effort via a Kickstarter campaign, which ends on December 16, 2016. Click here for more information on how to be a part of it!


  • Posted on 09 Dec 2016

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