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Old 07-15-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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Water Pump Location/Access

Can someone tell me how to access the water pump in a 2004 25' AS?

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Old 07-15-2010, 09:20 PM   #2
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Have a look behind the panel below the fridge... Is it noisy, by some chance? If not, apparently you have the first quiet one.
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In many Airstreams it is located behind a panel below the large wardrobe. There's no handle, you have to pry it open with finger or some gentle tool. The hinge is on the left. There is a furnace register in it and the pump is far back in a tangle of wires, heat duct and pipes, mounted so you cannot easily reach the filter in the back. I put rubber washers under it and it made it a bit less noisy. This is an example of the kind of design engineering that would flunk any class in design.

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On my '05 Safari it is under the wardrobe on the curb side. Even though the panel has no handle it can be pulled open-and mine has the furnace duct in it also.
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Hummmm...

Gentlemen,

At the risk of being redundant, I suppose the panel you are refering to is the one facing me between the floor and the bottom of the wardrove door, not the wardrove floor per se, correct?

I've been holding off from diving into it until I get this answer. Thank you.


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Old 07-19-2010, 08:23 PM   #6
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Yes.

I think some people have cut a door into the wardrobe floor for better access. Or maybe I thought of doing that but decided I had better things to do.

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Thank you all....

Got it. A slow persuation with a wooden wedge did it. Thank you, Gene.

It's a regular door without a pull! I'm going to find a matching pull and install it. The idea of coming in from above with a hatch at the bottom of the clothes closet is feasible. Silly design for sure.

I'll wrestle the pump out of the bundle of ducts and wires in there. At least it can be accessed, albeit in tight quarters.

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Since it's a hallway, a pull may be a shin buster. I believe there's some space between the bottom of the door and the floor and something at the bottom may be better. I can get ours open with my fingers, and don't have to open it that often.

If you are going to move the pump, a good idea, you may have to lengthen the pipes. Turn the pump around so you can access the filter easily. Also, there are water pump bypass kits available for less than $20 (from Camco I think) so you can feed antifreeze directly through the pump into the water lines while winterizing. If you spend you winters in south Fla., I guess you won't need that.

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Thanks

All good points, thank you.

I still need to winterize up here in northern MI for Nov and Dec. Thus my need to make the pump more accessible. I'll get the pump inlet adaptor for the antifreeze. Between blowing the system with the compressor and pumping in the antifreeze I should be all set until we head south.
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Maybe I mentioned this before, but if I didn't, when you move the pump, put something rubber—washers or a mat—under it. It won't make it quiet, but it will make it less noisy.

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