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Old 03-02-2011, 09:01 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by overlander64
Greetings Rob!

Brown recluse spiders worry me more than the black widow as their bite tends to be somewhat more reactive than the black widow -- but I wouldn't want to encourage either to co-exist in an Airstream with my family. One way of dealing with "blind-box areas" is to keep a can of "canned air" (used in the repair of computers) on-hand -- spray it in the cavity before entering and the creepy crawlers will usually happily vacate the area.

The typical mounting for the city water supply on Airstreams is on the exterior surface of the streetside rear bumper frame member. I thought that I had a photo of the location on my Minuet, but haven't been able to locate that particular folder of photos. The location, unless placement differed according to plant of production, should not be within an enclosure. The fitting is usually quite accessible if a little low.

The original electrical, on the other hand, does require reaching into a compartment that is both wasp, mud daubber and spider friendly. The Marinco electric entrance as pictured in Silverhoot's post solves that problem -- and the Marinco in his photo, I susped, is much less likely to suffer leak problems from use than the earlier model that I have on my coach that features more plastic.

As others have noted, shore utilities are typically located in the streetside rear of the coach. The onboard demand water tank fill, on the other hand, is far from standardized. The most likely location is on the streetside toward the rear - - but it is far from standard as the fill port is typically less than 3 feet from the tank to provide as short and straight of a path for the fill tube as possible. Many Vintage Airstreams have the demand water tank fill port located on the front of the coach behind the LP tanks as the water tank is located below the front lounge in many floorplans. The "bunge" fill port as used on our '64 Overlanders wasn't used for very long so we have something of an unusual feature - - and given the way that it is built, I suspect that it should outlive our coaches -- something OEM factory fill on my Minuet wasn't able to come close to accomplishing.

Good luck with your project!

The canned air held upside down freezes spiders and other bugs. Scare them out with it upright, then flip it over to chill them it's great fun.

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