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Old 01-08-2006, 05:58 AM   #1
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My wife and I purchased a 1969 20' Globetrotter late last summer. Weather permitting we are working on the interior and have replaced the floor and refinishing the woodwork and cushions, etc. We are looking for someone to check out the systems and appliances (gas, electric, furnace) or information on how to do some of it ourselves. We live near Portland, Maine. I have sent two emails to the closest Airstream dealer in NH but have not received a reply. This is our first trailer of any kind and we could really use some help pointing us in the right direction. Thank you.
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Old 01-08-2006, 06:19 AM   #2
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My wife and I purchased a 1969 20' Globetrotter late last summer. Weather permitting we are working on the interior and have replaced the floor and refinishing the woodwork and cushions, etc. We are looking for someone to check out the systems and appliances (gas, electric, furnace) or information on how to do some of it ourselves. We live near Portland, Maine. I have sent two emails to the closest Airstream dealer in NH but have not received a reply. This is our first trailer of any kind and we could really use some help pointing us in the right direction. Thank you.
You should be able to Test most everything yourself. Check my pages for a few tips on what we did. Have you turned on the gas and tried the stove or Furnace? Kinda tough workin up here in the North East this time of year eh?
You may want to, when the weather gets warmer, test your gas lines for leaks at the fittings, (dish soap and water on the fitting) Has the inverter been replaced with a modern one? When you plug into shore power, do you hear a hum? If you do that is most likely the Univolt, original Inverter. Good Luck and welcome to our addiction!
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:30 AM   #3
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Welcome to the madness. That's a great trailer. Has it been used in recent years. There are several in the New England WBCCI Unit. Join the club and come to the Rally's. Contact yukionna current Presidentis of NE Unit. Lots of help available there, especially for the vintage. I have a 68 Caravel and 59 Overlander. If you are comfortable with hand tools and things that thread you should be able to handle most jobs. The axle replacement being the exception, some here have done that.
When you say you replaced the floor (ie the plywood) do you mean the floor or the flooring (ie carpet, tile, vinyl)?
Did you remove the appliances, water heater, furnance, or work around them?
Post pictures, it's the best way to get very specific guidance from others.
If you have gas and the lines look ok, find the outside values on the lines and turn them all off. Turn on the gas at the tank and regulator. Go inside and if there is no gas smell in a couple minutes then crawl around under the trailer to check for gas smell. No smell then turn on the line to the stove with the stove and oven off. No smell then turn on a burner until you get a little gas smell to purge the air. Find a site online that explains how to adjust the air / gas mixture and you are ready to make a cup of tea. What kind of heater does it have? A new converter and new battery will likely be on your shopping list.
All this is a lot easier when the temp is above 40.
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I took the liberty of adding your trailer to the title of the thread. You get more interaction with other members that way.
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