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Old 10-15-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Dear All,

several problems: the entry door is sprung, and only latches with a great deal of difficulty.
electrical system appears to be very faulty. For example, the electric brakes on the trailer, engage,when the vehicle is put in reverse. The brake and tail lights went out mid-trip from Michigan to here in Southern California.
The interior, while spectacular in the pictures, turns out to be quite tired looking.

Any suggestions? I've got a guy coming over on Monday who knows quite a bit about these things. But in the meantime, what can I do?

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Dear All,

several problems: the entry door is sprung, and only latches with a great deal of difficulty.
electrical system appears to be very faulty. For example, the electric brakes on the trailer, engage,when the vehicle is put in reverse. The brake and tail lights went out mid-trip from Michigan to here in Southern California.
The interior, while spectacular in the pictures, turns out to be quite tired looking.

Any suggestions? I've got a guy coming over on Monday who knows quite a bit about these things. But in the meantime, what can I do?

Lost in details,
David Sage
David.

Before you spend any money on repairs, you should get a safety inspection.

That would tell you everything that's wrong and what it would cost to correct all of it.

From that list, you could take off what you plan on repairing yourself.

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The electrical problem is most likely do to the changes in the standards for the cable to the truck. You will need to rewire the connector to today's standards.
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Greetings David!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstream ownership!

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several problems: the entry door is sprung, and only latches with a great deal of difficulty.
While there can be many causes of a sprung door, the most common is blowing open while in-transit followed by being caught by a wind gust while being opened when parked. There are a number of threads here on the forums describing procedures for correcting the problem. The greatest complication to be aware of is a cracked or fractured door skeleton . . . if this is present the repair can be complicated as the skeleton will need to be repaired before the door can be made to fit properly.

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electrical system appears to be very faulty. For example, the electric brakes on the trailer, engage,when the vehicle is put in reverse. The brake and tail lights went out mid-trip from Michigan to here in Southern California.
What you are describing is one of the most common problems reported by new owners of Vintage Airstreams. Airstream utilized a wiring schematic for the trailer connector (Bargman Plug) that is not totally compatible with the industry standard utilized today. One of the differences being that Airstream placed the brake wire in the position typically occupied by the backup light terminal today. Attached to this message, you will find the pdf file that describes how your Airstream's Bargman connector was originally wired. You may find that multiple changes to the schematic as applied to your coach have been made since the coach left the factory. The current industry standard wiring diagram for the 7-pole connector can be found at this link.

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The interior, while spectacular in the pictures, turns out to be quite tired looking.
You may be amazed by what a thorough cleaning can produce. The vinyl-clad walls respond well to cleaning with products like "Simple Green" or other cleaning products with an effective degreaser. The materials utilized in the cabinetry respond well to cleaning with vinyl cleaners (laminate surfaces) followed by something like Armor-All. Any real wood surfaces can be treated just like fine wood surfaces in your home.

Cleaning the fabric surfaces can be a challenge. Often, the drapes will be dry-rotted to the point that laundering or dry-cleaning will result in a clump of shreds. My experience has been that you have about a 30% chance of success in laundering drapes in a Vintage Airstream. Upholstered items are a mixed bag and the results of cleaning efforts depend upon the quality of the fabric utilized in the last re-upholstery effort . . . and like drapes cleaning efforts may result in shredding of the fabric . . . also . . . cleaning may also further degrade already brittle foam cushions. When cleaning drapes and upholstery starting with a small sample to determine likely results can help guide your efforts.

The front and rear endcaps are generally made of either ABS plastic or fiberglass, and either is subject to yellowing over time. With careful cleaning and thorough perpartion these panels can be painted to coordinate with the vinyl-clad wall covering.

Good luck with your coach!

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