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Old 08-23-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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I have owned my Airstream about 10 years. I rarely move it from my farm. But I stay in it often. I noticed the the rear undercarriage is beginning to sag and appears to be corroding. I also noticed some rust under the battery. I believe there is a leak somewhere. The holding could tank be leaking. I am thinking about cutting out the bottom rear and see what is leaking. I have not been able to find a manual on this old of a model.

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Old 08-23-2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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The more you look, the more you find. Water damage has a way of creeping into places that you did not expect and before you know it your trailer could look like this.
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:15 PM   #3
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I’m not trying to discourage you, just be aware that opening up a 40 year old trailer really can be the proverbial can of worms.
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Doug when you say undercarriage do you mean the belly pan. It is the long sheet of aluminum that encloses the underneath of the trailer. More than likely you have a leak from the rear bumper area into the shell. If you look at the bumper cover assembly you will see a horizontal section of aluminum that the bumper door is attached to. That section goes under the shell of the trailer between the floor and the frame. It is notorious for leaks and will be the source of your troubles. If the vista view windows are leakind as well all that water is travelling down into the belly and being soaked up by the insulation and just staying there. This will cause the belly pan to corrode where it is attached to the frame and crossmembers and will also rot your frame out. Don`t ask me how I know. I just opened mine up and now need to build a new frame and floor for my 73 Excella. As the other poster said the proverbial can of worms. I`m 2 months into it full time and still tearing it apart. Good luck cause you will need it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:45 AM   #5
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Have you finished your project yet? It appears that you took out the rear flooring and undercarriage cover? The framing looks in good condition. Is that the original framing or replacement? Did you do all that work just by jacking the trailer up?
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Doug if you do a google search here you will find someone who has copies of manuals. They are also on e-bay.
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Old 08-28-2010, 04:05 PM   #7
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Did you replace the tub, sink, toilet with new or were you able to save the old ones and reinstall them? I have opened up a can of worms but have no choice but to continue now. I have to replace the floor in the bath. I do not know if I can save the old tub, sink and toilet or just rip them out. If I can figure out how to take them out without destroying them, I would like to. Any suggestions?

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Did you replace the tub, sink, toilet with new or were you able to save the old ones and reinstall them? I have opened up a can of worms but have no choice but to continue now. I have to replace the floor in the bath. I do not know if I can save the old tub, sink and toilet or just rip them out. If I can figure out how to take them out without destroying them, I would like to. Any suggestions?

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Doug Here is the manual instructions for Rear Bath removal. I hope this helps.
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Thank you for the page but I cannot read it. Can you send it as a PDF document to my e-mail address?
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Doug double click to expand and the double click on the expanded one to go to full page and then print it.
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