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Old 02-25-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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Just wondering if there is anyone in the denver area that might be able to give us a few tips on how to get a better understanding of how things are "supposed" to work. We are anxious to whip it into shape and are not sure where to start...
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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Can you post questions on what you are trying to get to work? Electrical, Plumbing etc. Did you recently acquire this trailer?
Can you post photos of the unit?
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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One of the first things is to check for floor rot. Also to stop all of the leaks that caused the rot if any.
The next thing is to make sure the 120 volt AC wiring is safe and in good condition. Including the shore power cable and wiring inside the trailer power panel. The trailer must be properly wired and grounded to be safe.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:17 PM   #5
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Mostly electrical and plumbing, just not sure how to determine what is working and what isn't. I have posted some pictures in my gallery with a few question. We are also working on cutting out sections of the floor that seem damages...just not sure how to put them back!!!
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #6
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See my gallery for a few photos, I have looked at your blog before, you guys have done a great job. We have 2 boys (2 1/2 and 4 1/2) and really like the way you did the "bunk"!
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tableaux,

Welcome to Airforums.com! You have now at your disposal, a wonderful collection of people that are interested in Airstream travel trailers, and their many writings that have been amassed here on the subject.

It seems to me that you don't know the questions you want to ask yet, because this is all so new to you, and let's face it, there's a LOT to know about an Airstream.

So, either someone that lives in or fairly near to Denver needs to step up and volunteer to take the time to come and look at your trailer and spend their time showing you what to do and how to do it, OR;

YOU take the time to start reading through the mountains of great stuff on here about how we care for our trailers.

Luckily, for the second choice, there is a great aid built into the system: a wonderful search engine!

Take some time and relax with a coffee in hand, and tinker with the search. There are many ways to search, and if you spend some time poking around, you WILL find the answers to what you are looking to know.

This will help you to decide what questions you really want answered, if something you read isn't clear.

In the meantime, you may find someone that has time to come and be a teacher, but don't wait, get yourself into a mode of searching our the info you need and using it, together with asking here for specific advice on whatever in particular you are trying to do.

So, post us some pictures, and think about making a list of what you see that is wrong with your trailer, and let's talk about it, OK?
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You might want to get in touch with the Denver Colorado Unit of the WBCCI. They have a Maintenance Rally this May in Fleming, CO.
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:01 PM   #9
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Thank you for your advise! We have had it in our driveway now for a month and spend alot of time staring at it and wondering where to start...
We want to test the electrical and plumbing but aren't even sure how to "plug" it in!
Would you recommend trying to find a manual -not sure they had them back then but maybe even a later year would cover some of the same systems and parts?
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As for the electrical. Look in the trunk or rear compartment and see if there is a power cord. If there is a power cord, don't plug it in yet. Keep reading.
Do you know how long it has been since the trailer was used?
Does the trailer have air conditioning?
If you find a power cord write back and describe what you see.
If you find the power cord trace it into the trailer to where it connects to the power panel and make sure everything looks like it is connected. No lose wires hanging or touching anything.
Let us know what you find.
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Welcome from Arvada, lots of experience here in the Denver Metro Area. Ask and you will learn more then you may think is available.
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The vintage folks in Denver are really nice, they tell me! I'm sure some of them will be along at some point.
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Mostly electrical and plumbing, just not sure how to determine what is working and what isn't. I have posted some pictures in my gallery with a few question. We are also working on cutting out sections of the floor that seem damages...just not sure how to put them back!!!
Here are a few original owner's documents from 1959 regarding the electrical system and general operation. Take these with a grain of salt as many changes may have been made in the last 50 something years. On my '59 Overlander, the shore power (110v) inlet was at the back curbside.

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