Newer Airstreams, like virtually all new vehicles, come with a rear view camera. Fortunately, there are many after market solutions. License plate cameras from China are all over the internet. In the middle of the price range was a good option and I pulled the trigger. The unit worked well in low speed situations, but had some refresh issues at speed. The main purpose was low speed backing up, so pictures at speed were a bonus anyway.
2007 Airstream Safari
The Airstream comes with a massive “Batwing” antenna for TV reception. It winds up and then rotates to capture signal. When stowed away, it rests on the roof. Since TV is not needed, and cell signal is needed, the decision to avoid drilling another hole in the roof was an easy one. The Weboost Drive Reach has a small antenna designed to be mounted magnetically or via adhesive. In our case, the adhesive was needed due to the aluminum roof. The first plan was to use the dry brittle damaged TV wire as a pull cord. That plan failed, as the old cable simply broke with a little pressure.
Plan B was to just use the hole for the old cable and leave the base of the old TV antenna in place. After some manipulation with long nose pliers, the cable was snaked down via the rotation mechanism. I filled the hole with lap sealant, and used some aluminum tape for the short length of cable. Mission accomplished.
There are plenty of 120v inverter outlets in the trailer, but there are zero 12v outlets! In order to power the cell booster, or just use a regular cig lighter fan, an outlet was needed. Conveniently, there was an unused set of wires for the subwoofer under the dinette seat. It only took a few minutes to connect a cig lighter outlet
The radio needs to be upgraded at some point to a Bluetooth unit. However, it had a bad rattle in one of the front speakers. Some quick investigation turned up a wire nut that had fallen onto the back of the cone!! It also uncovered a possible short with the exposed wires explaining the cutout behavior.
Min the rear, one of the original speaker covers was missing a screw causing some harmonic rattling. An easy fix but these will be replaced at some point.
The circumstances of this new addition are convoluted and may surface in a future post for the main blog. Suffice it to say, that this was not a search and purchase scenario. However, it is a very cool vehicle that has many of the attributes of other inhabitants of the garage. The same basic design since 1931. A very iconic vintage look even today that confuses lay people about its age. Character. Aluminum. Not the most cost effective option. A cult following. A reputation for high quality and longevity. The list goes on. However, there are also some very different attributes that might surprise friends and readers. Nothing could be more American than an Airstream. Nothing could be slower than an Airstream. It goes 0-60 in infinity. It needs another vehicle just to be functional. However, the cool factor is off the charts, and it starts conversations wherever you go. A very cool twist for the garage.