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Old 02-11-2019, 05:32 AM   #2185
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From what I remember, I think mine are sealed with copious amounts of vulkem/dicor ...
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:56 PM   #2186
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Hello,

I am the Service and Parts Director for Airstream Los Angeles. We have a few technicians on staff that are familiar with the older Airstream Motor Homes. Let me know if we can be of assistance to you on repairs or general instruction on use.

You should be able to call a local auto glass company to replace the windshield for you. I believe GMS Auto Glass has a branch in Orange County that does motor home windshields.

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Old 02-13-2019, 09:19 PM   #2187
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Thanks for the input guys!

Ordered a pair of AC gasket kits... looks like 14 x 14 is the number.
Lets hope that its it!
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Its gonna be a while before I can afford to replace that rear AC if it is beyond repair, so I will do them anyway.
It's been peeing down here for days... I can't remember the last time we had so much rain!

I've had that little Uni-solar Flexible Solar Panel sitting inside the Airstream for a while now. I connected it with crocodile clips whenever I'm out there, but I had shied away from leaving it like that because I was worried it would fry the batteries without a controller.

Seems, I was really worried about nothing, as it can only output a max of 2a...
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So I splashed out on a well regarded PWM Charge controller this week...
It was $13...

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Old 02-13-2019, 09:29 PM   #2188
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Also ordered a 580 Piece Molex style connector kit so I can prep some repairs and mods to the rats nest behind the dash when I put "WayneG's Magical Box" back in!


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Part of the ongoing mods, I needed a way to bend some thicker steel and Aluminum...
That came to life this week, as I pretty much finished my SWAG OFFROAD 20T HD Finger Press brake kit.
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This means I can bend thicker sheet, and up to 1/2" steel plate, and also thicker Aluminum sheet and Diamond plate!
I've been trying to bend some Aluminum polished Diamond plate for the entrance step and failing...
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:35 AM   #2189
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Hey listen, on those AC gaskets you may need 2 sets if you plan on re-using the original factory drains which are located in between the outer and inner skin of the motor home. Check my thread on the 370LE for detailed pictures of the install and roof re-do, Regards, Bob
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:13 AM   #2190
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Thanks Bob!
Will read up on that.
I ordered 2 sets, so if I need both for one AC Iím cool with that as itís probably all I will get down in a trip out there.
Planned to take some wire to rod out the drain tube too. I know it was free before as I saw water dripping from the wheel arch area last time I ran that AC successfully.
I will read up on the Start capacitor too, and check that while Iím in there. Had to do one on our home HVAC system this summer so Iím learning.
It started raining here at 3pm yesterday, and itís still going hard. The drumming on the house was so intense it woke me at 2am despite my Unisom tabs! I donít remember the last time we had such intense rain for this long! Reminds me of summer in England. Lol. No sleep for me tonight!
Anyway, I will try to get out to the MH on Wednesday next week as thatís the next lull forecast, then itís starts again!
Battling a windshield leak on the Range Rover that drips water right on the passenger knees. Not good if a potential buyer is looking!
Monday, I managed to do the front pads and rotors on the Mercedes ML. Iím slowly swapping all my vehicles over to ceramic pads. Akebono pads and Zimmerman Z Coat rotors. I like them. I hate cleaning brake dust! No more dust and no more rust!
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Next few days I will be working on wrap panel.
I did some exploratory tail lamp panel layout work and by overlapping the lamp flanges, like this, I can reduce the overall width to 15Ē which is only 1Ē more than the original. This makes fitting and transition back to the body much easier as it does not go around the body curve as much. Click image for larger version

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The press brake is ready to go, so will be doing som test bends on the diamond plate step too.
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Decided to do the Airstream floors with the leftover wood look vinyl plank. We have maybe 700sqft of take up, left over from when we redid the house with real wood. These are some scraps I took to test last week, and think it will work well. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-17-2019, 06:24 PM   #2191
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Protoype Tail lamp #2.
I think I'm on the right track... but not there yet!

Mk2 face plate with no chrome rings, and lamps moved closer together.

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Took a 4" strip of aluminum, and folded a flange on it...
Then put it in the shrinker to create the curve to match the face plate...

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Result.
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Test fit, secured with Cleco Clamps...

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Lamps in...
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I am happy with the look, but to my eye, its too "Square", so next step is to curve the lamp face a little and add draft or angle to the outer surface.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:20 PM   #2192
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I agree, looks good, on the right track, but it wouldn't be an airstream part if there was a straight line anywhere on it!
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:12 PM   #2193
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Airstream day today!
This is how my VW handles Airstream days...
Two Go Boxes, Generator, tool box, etc.

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First order of business was to set up the HF Genset and charger to try to rescue the House batteries(2x6v Golf cart).
They were dead last time I was there, and I charged them as long as I could to try to bring them back. A quick test said 11.9v, so I was hopeful.
Left the Genset purring away and the charger set to ďRepair modeĒ, I moved on.

Placed the Unisolar 32w Panel on the roof.
Just a temporary install, as I plan to White paint the roof soon.
I was very pleased to find that it fit perfectly across the front. Trapping one side under the Roof horns works good.
Put some doubleside tape under the middle and other end and taped it down.
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The install of the PMW Charge controller was quick, and also temporary.
I put it on the Chassis battery, while the House batteries were boosting.
The sun was shining and I set the battery type in the charger menu and watched as it began inputting and climbed to 14.4v before a storm front rolled thru, chopping it back to 12.9v.
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I grabbed my ladder, and did some investigative work on this leak.
The AC unit is a good call, and I have the seals ready, but I was puzzled by something.
The wet area inside is between the rear roof AC and bedroom vent on the passenger side. The Motorhome is sitting nose down, so if the roof AC was the leak area, it would flow down and forward. Maybe itís the Bedroom vent. Looks shabby enough, and needs resealing.
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So, where else could the leak be.
I have panel damage in that area that I plan to repair... I grabbed my Mitivac vacuum pump and tested the roof rivets. Surprisingly, they held vacuum.
The rivets below the awning rail in the buckled area ALL failed to hold vacuum....
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For sure, this is one issue.
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:39 PM   #2194
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While I had the ladder out, I mapped out the roof areas so I can plan more solar panels.
I also tested the tail light prototype mk 2 and got some better ideas on that direction.
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Then the storm front came thru, the temperature began to plummet from high 60s to 45ish... Iím sure the snow on the hills added to the wind chill.
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I moved inside.
The 454 started first time and I warmed it up, and began setting the idle speed and mixture. I added a vacuum gauge as suggested by the experts, and began to tweak the mixture screws. I managed to pull it back from the 12/1 rich to 14.8/15.2 variable, with a stable 750rpm idle, and almost 20hg of vacuum.
I was happy.... I read somewhere that you should rev the motor to 2000/2500 rpm for a few mins to stabilize temperatures in the motor and fuel and cleanse any fuel droplets before confirming its good.
As soon as I did that, the mixtures at idle and 2000rpm went haywire. And went back to 12/1, and 13/1, which is rich.
Ugh.
Baffled. Will check next time.

My day was done, and I began tidying up to leave. Only then did I notice the charger on the house batteries was reading ďBattery FailureĒ... I removed the charger, and checked with a volt meter... reading was 1.6v...
Brought the batteries home so I can test. They are dated 2012, and Iíve abused them, so itís ok, if they are dead.
Weird day.
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Old 02-19-2019, 05:29 AM   #2195
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I hadn't seen a vacuum gauge used to check rivets before, that's good to know
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:27 PM   #2196
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I hadn't seen a vacuum gauge used to check rivets before, that's good to know

Variation of the idea gleaned from here...
Its just easier to see the vacuum dropping away on the gauge...


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Grabbed 2 Gallons of Henry's Enviro White Elastomeric roof paint to the plan. 12 year warranty seems good!


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Started a thread up in the "Roof" section of the trailer forum, about the Henry Eviro-White..
Good info and feedback up there for anyone who is bored or interested..

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...te-192555.html

Ran into an interesting issue on the tail lamp project...
I was a little puzzled by the visible wires at the original tail lamps, and being there on my own, I was kinda hamstrung to test when I could not put my foot on the brake...

It seems I have an issue with my plan to do separate amber blinkers!

Seems that Chevy, in their wisdom wired the tail lamps with a combined wire for brake and blinker..

The Airstream Service manual on tail light wires, says...
1/ Stop/Left Turn= Dark Green
2/ Tail Lamps/Clearance= Brown
3/ Stop/Right Turn= Yellow
4/ Backup lights= Light Green

I am wondering if I could add this to the wiring to fix that issue?

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