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Old 06-11-2013, 10:01 PM   #281
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The steps were rickety and didn’t unfold or fold up very easily. So I did an analysis of what was going on and decided that all of the Airstream specific hinge pins/shoulder bolts and most of the other miscellaneous hardware that was worn needed to be replaced (purchased from the good folks at Out of Doors Mart).

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Rear Step Support (sliding track was worn at bottom corner – shown in second photo making steps rickety)


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Old 06-11-2013, 10:10 PM   #282
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I welded a side plate out of 16 gage steel to improve the corner on the rear slide track (three holes are to give me some tack points in the little plate) Then I sculpted the track with a die grinder and eventually prepped and painted the frame members on right front with POR 15.



Here’s the rear track from another angle and from the front.


Remainder of front outriggers were also treated with POR15.

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:11 PM   #283
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Here’s the rear track of the step with some new hardware and the steps have been cleaned up, filed where needed, and lubricated with a dry Teflon spray lubricant. They’re not like new, but they’re way better than they were.

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #284
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There's more to report on sealing, replacement rear belly skin, rebuilding Skyliner antenna and replacing all coax and TV RF amplifier, but these will have to wait for another day and some will be in other threads.

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Old 06-12-2013, 07:55 AM   #285
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Thanks for the pictures of the entry step refurb! Mine is also in need of some attention, and now I know how big a project it will be one day. A PO must have driven off with the step down and lost a battle with a curb or other object, but it is still functional. Once again, great work!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:16 AM   #286
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Thanks for posting pictures Steve!!! I also have a few roof leak issues. I had my trailer pressurized with Seal tech 430 r machine and still couldn't find the leak on top of front center part, of front window!! What a waste of $250.00 FOR NOTHING!!!
Looking forward to see what you have found out.!!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:40 AM   #287
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Possibly the toilet water valve was leaking!!! That was my case!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:48 AM   #288
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Hey Steve, maybe you should send all this informative information back to
AIRSTREAM at (Jackson Center Ohio). Showing them how it should be done right!!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #289
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Phillip and William,
Thanks for the kind words. Encouragement from folks like you help keep me motivated. Also, I realize that I'm on the down hill side, however the true bottom is just over the horizon still!
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #290
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With this post, I want to take a stroll down memory lane (AKA a little silver house of horrors). If you look back far enough on this thread you’ll see some of these pictures.

Here’s the street side of the rear bedroom. This is where the lower skin panel was replaced from front to back due to some previous damage. You can see where the aft end of the skin was crudely cut of with tin snips, a plastic/rubberized black membrane barrier was installed and a new sheet of .040” aluminum was installed over the original skin with pop rivets. The holes through the pop rivets caused a lot of the leaking and the top portion of the shell extrusion did little to contain the water from the lovely OSB flooring.



There are numerous gaps in the U channel portion of the extrusion at each corner and where extrusion segments are butted together without any sealant. Also numerous screws and wire holes penetrate the floor through the extrusion without any sealing.



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Here are some of the things that Ralph and I have done to turn the U channel of the extrusion into a more water tight moat around the floor. Ralph fashioned gutter bridges for each corner gap and we gooped them into place with TremPro 635.






Here’s the entry way door at the front with some PEX tubing as a water tight wire conduit where the floor penetration is concerned. These wires lead down to the step light.



Just aft of the water heater cutout was an open ended U channel and a hole drilled for the sewer dump valve light. Ralph made a little L section out of .025” aluminum and that created a dam and some more PEX tubing was use as a water seal around the wires.



The air conditioner drain tube penetration isn’t finished yet, but it too will be contained in a piece of plastic pipe that is caulked with TremPro 635. Also, note the L shaped end dam forward of the roadside wheel well.

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I just love that great half-assed AS workmanship from that time period, it's like they were drinking a 12 pack of Schultz bull on the job. Jeez.
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Nice work Steve, do the front right and left cutout radius's need to be planed 1/8 on the edge facing the propane tank storage too? except for the typical C channel on the Radius?.
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You going to put some drains in that water tight C-channel now?

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