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Old 04-18-2015, 12:01 AM   #29
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Which contraption? The water heater?
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:03 AM   #30
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Does anyone know what this metal L shaped attachment by the light is the only thing I can figure is that maybe it's used for leveling your trailer and is missing a part or something but I can't tell any ideas?
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:05 AM   #31
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We're the propane lines original attached to the outside of the skin on the bottom of the trailer or is this something so when did after the fact in some ways it would make sense to have it on the inside but in order to repair or replace having it in the outside make some sense does anyone know what is original propane tubing on the outside or inside?
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:24 AM   #32
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Does anyone know what this metal L shaped attachment by the light is the only thing I can figure is that maybe it's used for leveling your trailer and is missing a part or something but I can't tell any ideas?

It looks like a nasty after market slicing maching. Best to get rid of it and put a rivet in the hole. Nobody will notice unless they own an Airstream. Jim


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Old 04-18-2015, 07:00 AM   #33
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All of the gas lines were originally put under the belly pan. This is to keep gas (in the event of a leak) from building up either inside of the belly pan or inside the trailer. And I agree with Jim that you should remove the slicer on the side of your trailer. It's not stock. Make sure you seal the rivet when you replace it. :-)
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Old 04-18-2015, 09:07 AM   #34
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Correctly installed propane lines are outside as they appear in your questioned image. One must always keep in mind that transitioning from year to year, it seems that Airstream, justifiably so, used up whatever stock was laying around in inventory bins and shelves, so it is very possible to have “last years” design parts.
What year the switch occurred from black pipe to all flexible/soft copper propane plumbing, Who knows? How each different shift of assemblers configured the lines may be a matter of how far they had to walk to get the parts. There's a hardware store a few minutes walk from the jackson center assembly barn. My guess is that you are looking at the original install.


It appears that you have a blend of copper and iron. I'd switch out to all new copper as I feel that fifty year-old iron pipe, especially at the transition nipples ( there is a right and wrong way to do this), cannot be trusted.
It's OK to single flare copper for propane, properly regulated, there's less than one PSI in those lines. Considering the risk, new copper's pretty cheap, and flaring is an easily learned skill.



Inhaling raw propane gas will kill you before an explosive concentration accumulates.


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Old 04-18-2015, 12:24 PM   #35
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My 66 Trade Wind was all flare copper tube. I did replace it, and yes, flaring copper tube is pretty easy. It make a very positive seal.

The photo shows where previous owners capped off various propane lines. I bought my trailer with no water heater or furnace.

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Old 04-18-2015, 02:02 PM   #36
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Our Globetrotter is galvanized pipe for the main down the middle of the trailer, with flexible, flare fitting copper laterals to the appliances. You would not mix copper and iron in a water plumbing system without using a di-electric connection because of corrosion (the two metals make a sort of battery and will quickly eat away at the iron pipe) BUT I don't think this is an issue with gas, since there is not the moisture problem that you have with water supply plumbing.
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