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Old 06-14-2012, 10:37 PM   #197
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Oh my, check out that dent where the ladder is mounted!

Yeah, Dean I spotted that too...
I cannot imagine mounting such a small foot on the soft Aluminum skin!

Does anyone else have to wait forever for the larger pic to load?

Derek, I would not get up on the roof without a couple of carpet protected planks....
I will be making some soon so I can get up there and remove the old TV antenna and replace it with the new one and reseal.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:46 PM   #198
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questions....

Ok,
I've got a replacement capacitor for the rear A/C. Fan runs, but compressor won't kick in at all. Any hints, suggestions as to how to replace the capacitor? Know that I need insulated tools, and for good measure maybe even rubber gloves, especially with the voltage these things can accumulate.
Another question, my A/C covers are painted black. Anyone ever tried to find an aluminum colored spray paint? If you have, which brand and color # was it? Figure if I'm going to pull cover off to replace capacitor, may as well change the color.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:13 PM   #199
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Handle those covers with care as they crack easily when they get old.

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Ok,
I've got a replacement capacitor for the rear A/C. Fan runs, but compressor won't kick in at all. Any hints, suggestions as to how to replace the capacitor? Know that I need insulated tools, and for good measure maybe even rubber gloves, especially with the voltage these things can accumulate.
Another question, my A/C covers are painted black. Anyone ever tried to find an aluminum colored spray paint? If you have, which brand and color # was it? Figure if I'm going to pull cover off to replace capacitor, may as well change the color.
Thanks, Derek
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:52 AM   #200
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Hi Dave,
Beginning to think I'll be replacing both A/C's soon anyhow, but will be sure to wear kid gloves while handling the existing covers. Thanks for the advice, Derek
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:08 AM   #201
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As I am sure your Dad will tell you, the ac covers are plastic so will need good cleaning and an adhesion promoter primer. I like Bulldog.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:32 AM   #202
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The panel with the capacitors attached is in the left rear of the a/c unit once you get the cover off. Careful with the nuts holding the covers on, mine were rusted and I probably could have finessed them all off, but got in a hurry and broke a couple of studs.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #203
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Just got some great advice from Lewster concerning replacing the capacitor.

"There is a large jolt contained in a fully charged capacitor......and they really bite when they hit you!!

I assume you have a volt meter. After removing the shroud, locating the capacitors AND TURNING OFF THE CIRCUIT BREAKERS FOR THE ROOF AIRS, put your meter to 'AC VOLTS' in the 100+ volt range. Then use the probes to touch each pair of post of the capacitors until they are drained (the meter load will drain the voltage from the caps). Hit all of the posts (two at a time) until they are all nominal."

So, if any of you are about to do this, I'd say follow these simple steps. I know I sure am, after working construction, and WAY too many encounters with 110V live wiring, I'm all about avoiding any 'jolts'

Now I've gotta see if Keyair won't post pix of how he managed to get up on roof of his Classic......
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:56 PM   #204
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Now I've gotta see if Keyair won't post pix of how he managed to get up on roof of his Classic......
I have one of those folding ladders I keep at the AS.

Unfurled it into straight mode and put it against the curbside awning cover.
From there I just climbed up and picked my foot placement carefully.
If you do it in sunlight, be careful as the darned roof was hot!

I am making a couple of planks that I will cover with old carpet to protect the roof for next time, when I get up to fix stuff. I think its safer for me and the roof!
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Rivets?

Concerning Rivets on Classic motorhomes. For some reason, the rivet on the lower rear curbside awning bracket has decided to give up the ghost. Understand that there are several rivets used in Airstreams. Anyone have an idea what I need, and if I HAVE to go to Airstream to purchase?
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and if you look closely at the photo, you'll see I'm home for lunch, postal truck in reflection, as well as pup, lol
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Whilst you need to determine the head size and depth you need, there is some good reading info here...

Bulb Tite Rivets | Blind Rivets & Olympic Bulb Tite Rivets from Bolt Products - Bolt Products, Inc.
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Thanks Steve, will read ALL of this tomorrow, as it is, me and pup are heading out to Airstream to sleep whilst the rain drops on the aluminum, as well as CHECK for leaks, lol
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Derek, did you get any attachments with your counter mixer you bought?
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Hi Dean,
Got all sorts of attachments and just realized that I did just win the Melamine mixing bowl on eBay this week. Will post pix of attachments when the sun rises.
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