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Old 08-07-2002, 07:51 AM   #15
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Thanks John. The electricity thing scared me. An adapter came in the trailer, so I should be good to go. I brought it home two days ago and haven't been able to test a thing. Now I can't wait to get home and hook up some juice... Do I need to be carefull that it's a standard 110 volt outlet?
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Old 08-07-2002, 10:20 AM   #16
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Hi Craig,

You can safely test things by plugging into a standard household 110V outlet, providing your outlet is properly grounded and that you are usig a quality adapter in good condition. Mine is a sealed one piece type adapter, it looks like a 1ft extension cord, and it has the standard 3-prong male connector on one end and an RV type 30amp female connector on the other end.
If you are planning to do this often, and have a place to put the trailer, then it might be worth having an electrician run a dedicated 30amp line to a convenient place at your home, so you can plug in like you would in a campground, and use the full 30 power rating. Unless your trailer has a 50 amp setup. It is nice to have the a/c available if you are working inside the trailer, and use the full charging potential etc.
Most household plugs are fused by a 15 or 20 amp breaker. This will sometimes trip if you turn on the a/c, but will be fine to turn on lights and the water pump etc.. Also, make sure you get a sufficiently long RVtype extension cord, 10gauge is preferred.
The more adapters and converters you use, the more trouble spots can sneak into your power supply.
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Old 08-07-2002, 10:39 AM   #17
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220 outlets are much larger than 110, sometimes have the prongs at right angles to each other, sometimes parallel. They are usually for a dryer, range, etc. that draws a lot of current and you won't find them in very many places in the house.

If it looks like one you plug a light or tv in, it is 110.

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Old 08-07-2002, 01:22 PM   #18
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Cheryl,
Connected to 110 v. city power will allow you to run everything in your trailer with one exception. Your AC fan will run and have enough power to start the AC compressor but be aware that you should not run it for longer than a couple of minutes. If you use an outdoor 8-12 amp extension cord from the wall to the plug adapter and then connect to your 30 amp power cord, you will find that it starts to heat up and then trip the breaker. I have heard that it is bad on the fan motor of the AC as well. I had a bad 14 volt transformer in my Armstrong AC so I kept the fan running for only a minute at a time during testing. After I replaced the transformer and got the thermostat to work, the AC put out cold air. I let it run for a little over 5 minutes one time, the extension cord was getting warm and the breaker at the house kicked off.
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Old 08-08-2002, 12:10 PM   #19
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Craig,

I was just checking out your photes and loved them. Have you done any work on any of the double pane windows in your AS. They look very clean. Mine have all kinds of "gunk" inside them.

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Craig,
Two of my vista view windows are starting to cloud up. I haven't done anything to them since picking the trailer up in May '01. I've been watching them closely because one seems to be getting worse with some type of white stuff oozing out between the panes. Did you visit the site put on here previously showing how to correct vista view windows?
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I did visit the site - but it sounds to me that on the late 70's models the only real option is to break out the inner pane of glass on the window, which I'm very reluctant to do.
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I know what you mean. I have decided to just live with mine and enjoy the light it offers the interior.
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Cheryl - Good luck with your trailer, I am poking around for something in that size also. Regarding the tow vehicle you ar looking for, I tow with a Dodge 2500 V-10 gas engine, which is as powerful or more so than many diesels 310 HP/ 450 ftlbs of torque, rated to tow 13000 lbs, but a whole lot less expensive up front. Also, with the V-10 Dodge includes the heavy duty suspension, electrical and cooling packages for the engine and tranny as standard equipment, so if you find one without a hitch, don't be afraid to get it. The gas mileage isn't as good as a diesel, but it uses regular and you can buy a lot of gas with the money yousave up front. You should be able to find a 97 or 98 in the $15000 to 16000 price range. - Guy
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Old 12-31-2002, 09:40 AM   #24
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Hello

I spent many months researching the Airstream market in the USA before buying a 1978 Excella 500 special edition ( rear bedroom model ). I am trying to amass as much information about this particular model as I can.
Currently the Excella is almost at the end of its voyage from Baltimore USA to Southampton UK via Zeebrugge, arriving here on Friday the 3rd of January. In particular I need to find an accurate ( Airstream original preferably ) floor plan complete with measurements of height, width and length so that Customs Dept in the UK can levy the right amount of import duty - so can any of you out there help me out on this one ?

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