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Old 08-27-2012, 09:39 AM   #15
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Thanks so much for the info , I will get a battery in it and see what happens. I am really amazed how pretty much everything is in good shape . The water hook up ,there is a large cap with a shreader valve on it do it unscrew ? There is a copper line next to it ?
I hesitate to try to decipher your water connections as the only pressure system that I have had experience with was in a 1969 SunWay truck camper. In general, the pressure system can be pressurized three ways:
  • When directly connected to "city water", the pressure is directly related to the pressure of the local public water supply. A caveat with this is that it is wise to connect a pressure regulator between your coach and the water suppy to avoid over pressurization . . . One of my most vivid memories of that SunWay truck camper was when we connected to city water in a campground and just turned on the park's water . . . it pressurized the system to the point of blowing lines . . . a river flowed out the back door of the camper before we knew what was going on . . . when asked about the park's water pressure, the desk clerk responded . . . generally 90 psi or more.
  • Adding air via the external Schroeder Valve. With this method, air is pumped in until the pressure gauge gives you the desired reading (usually between 30 and 40 psi).
  • Adding air via a 12-volt pump located in the coach. Airstream often utilized this method with the pump located in close proximity to the fresh water tank.
It sounds as if your water system's condition is an unknown at this point. Before connecting to city water or trying to pressurize the system, I would suggest that you have an observer in the coach looking for failures or broken lines. The tank itself is also suspect, particularly if it is galvanized steel as many were. Galvanized Steel pressure water tanks are known for looking good on the top side, but having a multitude of pin holes on the bottom where it sits on the floor (often, there will be at least some floor rot under one of these tanks)

My speculation regarding the fixture on your coach would be that the cap likely is removed to fill the tank with water (it should have a good gasket as it must seal well to maintain pressure). Using this method for fill, you would need to add pressure after closing the fill tube (something that I am not certain of with this system is how the "head room" is maintained (the cushion of air above the water that provides the pressure . . . air would be added via the schroeder valve or the air pump inside of the coach). If there is a connection for a water hose near or on this fixture then that is where the tank is filled, and the tank will take on the pressure of the supply if not closely monitored during the fill process (an external pressure regulator on the hose supply limits the pssibility of overpressurization).

My speculation regarding the copper tube near the fill device is that it is either an overlow tube, drain tube, or pressure relief tube.

I hope that someone with direct experience with the type of pressure system on your coach posts a reply as my responses are guesses based upon my experience with a similar system of different manufacture.

Good luck with your coach!

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Old 08-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #16
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My dad and I are cleaning up the interior on tradewind, the interior is nice and we are going to leave it original. We scrubbed walls and ceiling it looks much better but my dad wants to paint ceiling and walls. Does anyone have any thoughts on this ? If we paint it any particular paint? Any help would be great.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:30 PM   #17
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Don't ruin the nice zolotone paint now there . . . .

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My dad and I are cleaning up the interior on tradewind, the interior is nice and we are going to leave it original. We scrubbed walls and ceiling it looks much better but my dad wants to paint ceiling and walls. Does anyone have any thoughts on this ? If we paint it any particular paint? Any help would be great.
Hi jbev59:

From you photos it looks like you still have the original zolotone speckled/splatter paint on the walls, and the original paint looks to be in very good shape. If that's the case, I strongly urge you NOT TO PAINT the interior as nothing ruins an interior more thoroughly than cheap latex paint smeared all over everything. Well, perhaps using a sponge to dab on latex paint is more damaging than using a brush. But if you want to keep the trailer original, as you state, just clean the zolotone paint and live with its few minor flaws, if any. It's very tough paint and is made to absorb some abuse. Thank your Dad from his concern, but quickly remove all paint brushes from his reach. Those are my strong thoughts on the matter. And congratulations on acquiring a very beautiful and wonderfully original 1963 Tradewind! They are few and far between.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:14 PM   #18
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Ok that's kinda what I was thinking. I will post some more pics of it cleaned up.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:40 PM   #19
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I too want to say congratulations...

Do not trust what your title says, your door with a door is inset and that was only done on the 1964 units. I also would not trust the 20 years in a barn story. You have SPECTACULAR patina. Living in a barn does not produce that kind of patina. I really mean it when I say the patina is spectacular. Many would be tempted to polish it up, but that kind of skin color is earned.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:25 PM   #20
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The original story I got was that it was in a barn then the guy I purchased it from said it was used for deer hunting
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:01 PM   #21
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That's a nice '63, easy to confirm by the lip over the door and the style of hinge on the door in a door.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:45 PM   #22
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I'm beginning to realize that I stumbled into a jem. I have to say this forum has been a awsome source for information.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:15 PM   #23
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We have been just going over the interior and getting it cleaned up and seeing what works and what doesn't. From what I can tell all the cabinet doors and drawers and hardware work great . The only cabinet that has any delamination is the bathroom and it is minimal. The counter top across from mid bed is kida bad . I was told the bunk in the middle above the bed is kinda rare , is that true.
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:49 PM   #24
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Here are some more pics after cleaning it up , still a lot cleaning left.
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Looks really nice. Congrats. I didn't read every reply, but a good locksmith can make you a key if you take the lock assembly to him. (for the entry door.)
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How do you turn on air compresser for fresh water system.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #27
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Are you referring to the pump for the water system?
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Old 08-30-2012, 08:56 PM   #28
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