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Old 02-08-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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Ok, first a little back story! We were getting our house ready, so that we could sell it and move to Idaho! Then we had a house fire, and now we are going to have to wait till our house is repaired to put it on the market! So I have purchased a 2002 34 ft Airstream classic to live in until our house is finished and for when we move to Idaho. So far I have replaced the bathroom vent fan, the galley sink faucet, and the shower hose, head, and vacuum breaker! Now we are trying to locate a window for the galley (glass only), and we have a leak in the shell somewhere, as the only evidence is a wet carpet. My issue is in finding parts! Is there an online wholesaler that stocks everything airstream? How do I find out where this leak is coming from with out gutting the inside? Is there anything else I can check? I would also like some organization ideas, as five people in a 34 ft travel trailer for ay longer than a vacation situation is a little much! Also any ideas on internet that we can use on the road!Any information will be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:17 PM   #2
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Really sorry about your fire. Bummer but sounds like it wasn't a total loss.

Nice looking rig and a big one at that!

Parts for that model should be available - search here, the web, call Airstream customer service, . . . .

Leaks - not sure where your wet carpet is but first "look see" should be on the roof around vents and penetrations looking for cracks and/or damaged caulk. Next - if it is the rear, look at the bumper to shell caulking. Next look at caulking around tops of windows. . . . . . Caulking and it usually apparent that it has deteriorated. Any place there is a penetration in the shell - awning supports, step light, stove vent, access doors, . . . .

Ref. galley window - I assume you are talking about replacing the glass in an existing window. I would start out with a call to the factory customer service for insights on the repair. They will then tell you to order the needed parts from you local dealer (I have had much success with that - fast and accurate delivery to my door) and they will give you the part number if you don't have it already. Then perhaps a call to these folks to inquire. They generally sell to the vintage market but are very friendly and the Forum crowd knows them well. Both will try to help you.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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There is a spiffy machine available (Seatech?) at many RV repair centers that fits over one of your vents and slightly pressuriizes your rig, a little soapy water applied with a garden sprayer and leaks are discovered!

Some, more handy than I, have replicated the process using a garden leaf blower. If you are handy and have a leaf blower, you can probably search up the procedure on this forum or on IRV2.net. Worth a shot, anyway.

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Old 02-08-2014, 12:42 PM   #4
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Ok, first a little back story! We were getting our house ready, so that we could sell it and move to Idaho! Then we had a house fire, and now we are going to have to wait till our house is repaired to put it on the market! So I have purchased a 2002 34 ft Airstream classic to live in until our house is finished and for when we move to Idaho. So far I have replaced the bathroom vent fan, the galley sink faucet, and the shower hose, head, and vacuum breaker! Now we are trying to locate a window for the galley (glass only), and we have a leak in the shell somewhere, as the only evidence is a wet carpet. My issue is in finding parts! Is there an online wholesaler that stocks everything airstream? How do I find out where this leak is coming from with out gutting the inside? Is there anything else I can check? I would also like some organization ideas, as five people in a 34 ft travel trailer for ay longer than a vacation situation is a little much! Also any ideas on internet that we can use on the road!Any information will be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!
There is "no" Airstream parts wholesaler on or off line.

But there is some "on" line Airstream retailers.

You cannot get "glass" only. The only way windows are available for your Airstream, is "sash and glass".

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Old 02-08-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Ok, first a little back story! We were getting our house ready, so that we could sell it and move to Idaho! Then we had a house fire, and now we are going to have to wait till our house is repaired to put it on the market! So I have purchased a 2002 34 ft Airstream classic to live in until our house is finished and for when we move to Idaho. So far I have replaced the bathroom vent fan, the galley sink faucet, and the shower hose, head, and vacuum breaker! Now we are trying to locate a window for the galley (glass only), and we have a leak in the shell somewhere, as the only evidence is a wet carpet. My issue is in finding parts! Is there an online wholesaler that stocks everything airstream? How do I find out where this leak is coming from with out gutting the inside? Is there anything else I can check? I would also like some organization ideas, as five people in a 34 ft travel trailer for ay longer than a vacation situation is a little much! Also any ideas on internet that we can use on the road!Any information will be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance!
Sorry.

Glass only is availabel for your Airstream.

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:11 PM   #6
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pressure test

I also have been thinking about pressure testing just as a precaution.
Our AS is presently stored for the winter, but I am planning to pull it out for a wash and wax as soon as the weather warms just a little more. It would be a great time to do a pressure test and look for leaks while I am washing it. Both the gray and black tanks were thoroughly flushed and drained before storing. I plan to attach an electric leaf blower to the septic discharge line then open the grey water dump valve. When the leaf blower is started the air should reverse into the gray tank then through the drains and pressurize the cabin if the doors and windows are sealing effectively. I plan to leave it running all of the time I am washing to look for any leaks. The blower is low pressure, high volume so there should be no chance of rupturing anything. Question, has anyone done this before, am I on the right track? Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:24 PM   #7
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Sounds like a plan, would be nice if the p-traps were dry before you hit the "on switch...

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Old 02-08-2014, 01:45 PM   #8
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I also have been thinking about pressure testing just as a precaution.
. . . . . .I plan to attach an electric leaf blower to the septic discharge line then open the grey water dump valve. . . . . Any suggestions or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Don't want to rain on your parade but having recently changed out the freshwater tank on a 2010, I was surprised to discover the number of leakage points to the outside around the tank vault, etc. They are simply not sealed up. You will need a very large flow rate to keep up with the huge leakage through areas like this, the refrigerator, etc.

I don't believe you can get the proper amount of flow through the drain system. The drain piping is small diameter and you will get a huge pressure drop trying to back flow through them. In addition, how will you stop up the vents off the gray water system on the roof?

I am not certain that a leaf blower has the volumetric flow rate needed to pressurize an Airstream even if you could get the flow into the trailer effectively. The blowers that folks use to pressurize one are huge and they typically are put inside the trailer and have a short path to the suction side via the fantastic vent for example. So big flow, unobstructed suction and discharge, normal leakage accommodated, but resulting pressure high enough to find unwanted external leaks.
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Thanks for the input, excellent points to ponder. I also have access to a low pressure commercial blower that has a 6" suction and discharge. I may look at using it inside the trailer with the suction thru a fantastic vent. As far as I know, our AS has never had any leaks but it has always been stored under cover and we don't get a lot of rain in West Texas. It would be nice to identify and head off any problems before we get on the road this spring.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:12 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the info so far!! Keep it coming. It would be awesome if someone had some pics of the storage and organization in their trailers as well!
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Another thing I was thinking about is, I currently drive a 2003 toyota tundra 4 by 4! Will this haul the 34 classic?
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I have a 2005 Tundra 4x4 with the 5.8L engine.... and have been thru some steep climbs like Gaspe, Quebec, and then there the long climbs in Pennsylvania... and NEVER have any problems. Only issue is keeping the speed of the truck/trailer down to the speed limit as I forget I have our 34 foot Airstream attached. Use a Hensley Hitch as well. Hard sometimes to hitch up... but seem to forget that the trailer is behind me. Never had any trailer sway. Trust this helps. Not sure what size of engine you have.
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I have a 2005 Tundra 4x4 with the 5.8L engine.... and have been thru some steep climbs like Gaspe, Quebec, and then there the long climbs in Pennsylvania... and NEVER have any problems. Only issue is keeping the speed of the truck/trailer down to the speed limit as I forget I have our 34 foot Airstream attached. Use a Hensley Hitch as well. Hard sometimes to hitch up... but seem to forget that the trailer is behind me. Never had any trailer sway. Trust this helps. Not sure what size of engine you have.
Did you mean 4.8L engine? The 5.7 became an option in 2007.

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A 2005 Tundra would have had a 4.7.
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