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Old 10-03-2015, 11:12 PM   #99
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Making progress good. You still interested in the ice maker?
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Sort of good. I have not gotten the old ice maker out. I think I need a hack saw to cut the water line, but then I will have an open line and will not be able to troubleshoot the fridge which also has a waterline from the same valve. I will have to get a fridge mechanic in to see if I am just doing something wrong. The fridge was running flawlessly while I was in Reno, yet no ice ever came out and the water was provided to the fridge the whole time. If you are getting rid of the ice maker be sure to sell it on craigslist or drop it with a repair guy, don't just trash it. If you have it out and wanna send it my way it is probably cheapest to drop it at a greyhound station heading my way. Those are heavy.

I did finally figure out the No Water issue in the bath sink. Took the whole fixture apart, out of the RV and took it apart and soaked it in vinegar. Turns out there was a plug of lime formed in the tightest valve, but it looks like a brand new fixture now. Hopefully it won't leak when I re-install it tomorrow.

Still have not started on the removing the wall fabric, wanted to fix all I could while trying to air the RV out, so I have been working on my long list, doing all repairs before I start with upgrades and the mustiness.

Having trouble keeping the battery charged. Keep coming back after going home for a week and discovering that something was on the whole week. I first had the thermostat on the fantastic fan set really high, but then it was 100 everyday for the whole week. Stupid fan ate my battery. Then this week, fan off, solar panel on, but somehow my inverter was on, and despite not having anything on it ate my battery again. I either need a protector circuit to cut it off if it gets too low or just give up on solar and disconnect the batts when I am away. I only have a 50 watt panel hooked up but should be getting me to full during the week. The only draw is the propane sensor and the iPhone charger. Using my old iPhone as a security camera.

Today I took a gasoline generator and hooked it to the power cord and ran it to charge the battery up. Still won't get to full, but should get me far away from the bottom where the battery has been. It will have run dry while we were at Octoberfest. Probably charged for 3 hours or more, it had a full tank when I started. If I had started the onboard generator it would have run for 150 hours or required me to go back to turn it off. Thought myself clever. Put it on the roof and ran the cord up, didn't want someone stealing it.

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Old 10-04-2015, 09:42 AM   #100
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New article on the Skydeck:

Nothing Tops The Features Of This Airstream Skydeck

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Old 10-06-2015, 09:34 PM   #101
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Progress on repairs

OK, got the new AC shroud after letting the old one blow off the roof while my mechanic was mid repair on it. He says the AC now works, just in time for winter.

Got a replacement fresh water sensor from the friendly folks at CatCon Products. But the issue with the sensor giving an error continues. I let them know and they are sending me a new one pre-configured for my RV, no cost. I have not had this kind of white glove since I had a Fantastic Fan issue.

I have 11 windows fogged that need to be repaired, so I punked out and ordered the kit where you drill a couple of holes and spray cleaner between the windows and then put in a one-way seal that prevents the window from building up pressure in the summer heat, without drawing moisture back in.

I had a broken Clearance Light so I found one on Amazon that is a perfect fit.

I believe I mentioned in another post that I finally fixed the bathroom sink by taking it apart and soaking it in vinegar. It was clogged with lime to the point that the water pump couldn't get a drop thru. In another post I also mentioned that I found the replacement switch for the step that had come loose. Will install this weekend and finally have a step that retracts when I close the door in a parking lot, seems so unsafe for the default to be leave it out...

Replaced the missing cover for the patio light that they folks at Thin Lite sent me to a dealer for. They only sell a tiny selection of products. Kind of like finding a neighborhood shop on the internet. But Thin Lite have dealers all over the place.

Got out my wet/dry vac and went to town under the rim around the Sky Deck. I had pounds of compost from years of stuff blowing into the deck. It's like a pickup truck that you cannot clean easily. I wanna check out the space under the rear faring, if it is anywhere as bad as the front was I have a long way to go. Cannot figure out how to get in there.

Ordered the Jensen antenna thinking it was the same as came on the Sky Deck originally, but the connection wasn't even close. Anyone recognize this connection? I want an FM antenna that connects to this thru the fiberglass sidewall.

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Old 10-06-2015, 10:49 PM   #102
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Airstream Support

I was posting a bunch of Qs to Airstream today. They helped with the key issue, as I posted, but I thought I would document the other questions.

The bottom of my Airstream Grab Bar is missing and though they said there is no stock of the kind of grab bar I have, they did point me to the manufacturer.


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The manufacturer is Fleming sales Co and their part number is 6000LE.

The Sky Deck has safety rails that are raised during the setup and lowered for transport. They hold the benches and door and grill from moving in the wind. The driver's side actuator is frozen. Airstream informed me that the vendor part number is 85151-609 and it is made by Motion Systems Corp. I sent them email, apparently they do sell replacement motors, but I am not sure of the exact model, I hope they can figure it out.

I also asked my mechanic to look into the leaky washer reservoir. Will be needing that during the upcoming rainy season.

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Old 10-07-2015, 07:35 PM   #103
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I got the same antenna connection hanging around on mine.
The motor is also in stock at www.airstreamsupply.com.
I made small cooper pipe and with blow air I clean edge between roof and deck cover. I seam to have a few leak on the roof one right in the front and 2 around the stairway cover. There is no way to get to it on the passenger side maybe I have to take the whole deck apart.
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:43 PM   #104
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Got my new floor in looks great.
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Wife does not let me take more picture as we just pick it up and we have a mess in there.
The floor goes all the way through to the bedroom including inside the closets new Capet on the walls too. They also resealed the stairs.
I may spend January in CA near Los Angeles for a job but bring the Skydeck. How far you from LA Randy?
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:34 AM   #105
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Well I spent the morning hours scouring that website and I cannot find the lift motor. I do find the mechanism, the actual lift portion, without the actuator:
POWERLIFT ASSY-SAFETY RAIL 390SD

I am not having a problem with my mechanism, little rusty, just need a replacement motor or actuator. Waiting to hear back from Motion Systems. If you see the motor on their site PLEASE post a link.

That is a nice floor, I am not unhappy with the peal and stick tile look linoleum, very easy to clean, won't absorb smells (like mold).

I have more leaks on the passenger side too, but I was in QUITE the downpour while picking up the RV and never saw anything inside. Perhaps they re-caulked it enough at the dealer, but I have lots of damage to the wall fabric, gonna give up on it smelling better by airing it out, and move on to removing it. If I had to remove the top it seems pretty easy, just phillips head screws. Would need a lift of some sort to take it off evenly, my mechanic thought 3 guys would be all it took.

You resealed the stairs, meaning you sanded off the old varnish? I need to do that too as my wood has water staining, I hope I can sand off.

I am in SF so going to LA as a walk, but I will be there in January for the Quartzite show, actually it's in AZ, but I pass thru LA on the way. Going to LA this weekend for the Pamona show, will be scary trying the grapevine, but I am sure there is nothing too wrong with the brakes, I just had the dealer looking at the RV.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:16 PM   #106
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Lift motor replacement

OK, found the replacement lift motor. Got a hint from Airstream themselves and the folks they sent me to had the part still:

Motion Systems Corporation
600 Industrial Way West
Eatontown, NJ 07724
732-222-1800

"A 12VDC 6000 motor would be a 73463-400. They are $111.15. Also in stock and would ship in a day or two."

When it arrives I'll get it in and update everyone. Just wanted to put a note in for others who have this issue.

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Old 11-01-2015, 10:41 PM   #107
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Begins the rainy season

Last week we had our first rain. Was quick, but enough. My mechanic is concerned that I get the RV covered as it has lots of water stains on the walls and a recent mold test revealed that it does have mold somewhere.

I bought a 40' x 20' tarp and unfurled it. I also bought some snap clamps to hold the tarp to the safety rails. I thought it would be held taught. It was naught. I checked in after the first rain and it had pulled the one safety rail that has no motor down and then acted as a pool liner and filled with rain water. I ran and got 2x3 to prop the safety rail up and some flexible pipe to raise the tarp. Used 25 feet of 1/2" plastic plumbing pipe, each end stuck in an umbrella stand at each end of the roof.

Sadly this didn't keep the next rain from collecting. With the seats up there was just too much open space and once part of the tarp dips the rain runs to it and then more collets there. So I put the seat backs down and tossed the snap clamps. I centered the tarp on the lowered roof and tied it to the wheels on one side and bungied it on the other. Rain returns tomorrow, we'll see! Perhaps this RV is just meant to be inside, except for the 12'6" height.

My mechanic saw all the areas with old sealant. He thought that might be where it's coming in. The guy I bought it from had it outside in the rain for weeks before I picked it up so I didn't expect a leak issue. I did find the lapping that covers the break from the flat side wall to the curve to the back and front is coming apart. It's a riveted in strip that has foam adhesive helping to keep out the moisture. There is one in each corner of the RV and three of them I can see inside. The worst one is likely above the door. It's only 4-5" long but it's right at the end of the roof gutter. All the rain that lands on the roof could go past this opening depending on how level the RV is. It's where most of my leak damage is, fabric is stained BLACK. Guess I'll know more as the rainy season arrives.

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Old 11-01-2015, 10:59 PM   #108
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Got my new floor in looks great.
They also resealed the stairs.
Do you know what color they used to reseal the stairs? I am thinking of doing that myself and I have less experience than the guys you paid.

I am continuing to try to figure out that ice maker, although I will likely be dumping my water tank soon, snow this weekend on the mountain tops. I took the RV for a night of camping as most of my experience so far has been boon docking. It gave me a chance to get my batteries all topped up and to try running the fridge on 110v. I have had the fridge running on gas and had to cool in an afternoon. I left it all night and it only dropped via ambient temps dropping overnight. So no ice making. The other ice maker didn't get cold either. I have lots of troubleshooting ahead of me.

Also discovered that none of my coax seems to be hooked to the entry in the power compartment. I ran coax from the campsite which tested good with my TV. Then I went to the three outlets, bedroom, windshield, and the basement area with the water pump. Just got snow on the channels that worked directly connected to the camp. Did I mention I have troubleshooting to do. Need to stop all the binge watching I am doing.

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Old 11-05-2015, 02:35 PM   #109
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Not sure what they used for sealing the steps but looks OK some clear stuff. My coax does not work either. I used the one form the outside TV this will work in the bedroom i also have a extra coax cable which was used for the Dish and that is what I am using it for. If you have a Dometic fridge there is a recall on it but you have to pay for the repair. Mine does not go below 40 degree and mostly is around 40 to 50 degree. The freezer is doing fine.
You know a good place to stay for a months close to LA north side? I am being there in January.
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:07 AM   #110
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I have not explored LA. I am usually only there for a night so I stay somewhere expensive, or I camp in a parking lot. I am pretty cheap so I will find an RV dealer and then settle in about 6 pm on the street out front. Slides in.
When the crew arrives I often have until 8 am to hit the road before anyone notices I am there.
That only works if you are moving every day. If you are looking for a base from which to operate, to commute from, you will likely want services. I cannot recommend a place as everything I have looked into is expensive anywhere near LA.

Although you may just want services one day a week to refill and to dump. Then you just need a place to sleep the other 6 nights. I believe there are forest lands that are open to the public. The only guides I have found were for actual campgrounds. People post about "wild camping" but I have yet to find a guide. Sometimes I read anecdotal stories that end in "if I say where this pristine place I stayed is, others will ruin it". But there has to be a nook to stay down there that is off the beaten path. I have seen state parks with as little as $10 a night: Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds or California State Parks

Also check out Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov

There is even a section on this site dedicated to finding great places to stay cheap: Boondocking - Airstream Forums

Thanks as always for the comparison notes between our units. I will let you know of any successes I have in fixing up the RV. I did get a new washer reservoir and replacement lift motor that I will install next time I am up. One step at a time.

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re: fogged windows. My 2005 windows have gotten a lot worse over the past few months of mostly storage. My moho repair people in Hayward, Allied Trailer, said he has a referral to a window guy who removes the window, opens it and cleans the film off, then reinstalls it. I may call them in early spring but would consider using your link if it works well.
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For Window repair I can highly recommend Dave Root...he did the window in my 2005 396 door and I am thrilled with the result. Quick, professional and a 3yr guarantee on the winfow. He is in Oregon but makes trips to California on occasion.
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