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Old 07-22-2013, 12:07 AM   #15
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:26 AM   #16
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Welcome Comfort. She looks like a nice unit... The blemishes just give you a chance to truly make her your own. Enjoy!
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:24 AM   #18
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I have a silver fan vent I'd like to sell. It's listed in the for sale section.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:10 AM   #19
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Howdy, Folks,

I tackled a couple of repairs in 'Solid Comfort', the 27' Safari. (Note: the AS measures at almost 28' stem-to-stern, and the VIN confirms this; but the 27' Safari designation is not available in the drop-down menu for model selection within the personal registration pane ... admin?)

There was a compromised crimp-ring on the H2O hookup that necessitated some dis-assembly and, as per usual, I felt obliged to take the replacement forward as far as the H2O heater. Monkeying with the hose connection led to a drip from the belly pan where the feed 90's up into the compartments, so I replaced that 90 with a copper sweep and installed a new ball valve for drain down. I dis-assembled and cleaned the PRV (pressure reducing valve), too. An additional note: I am a licensed Master Plumber here in the Great State of Colorado, and I have been successfully installing PEX water distribution systems ever since PEX was approved for use by my State Administrative Authority. I did not examine the AS PEX to determine the manufacturer, but I noticed a distinct brittleness in this tubing compared to many other varieties that I have used. I intend to keep a sharp eye on the remaining tubing!

In my next upgrade, I ripped-out the crappy under-counter air-vent fittings for the sink drains, and replaced them with professional-grade air-admittance valves. This instantly alleviated some of the 'stank'. Pew! I mean, Phew!

One more little project: I removed the LP Gas Detector and determined that it had probably NEVER been operational, as the ground wire was not attached. Fortunately, there was a remaining strand of ground conductor still soldered to the board which enabled re-attachment with a simple twist. The device now functions according to Attwood's test parameters, although I have not tested it with propane yet.

I believe we're closing-in on our shakedown cruise!

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Old 07-25-2013, 10:21 AM   #20
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More plumbing stuff...

... of course!
Photos of before and after air-admittance valves for drainage system on the '99.

Note the originals simply have a rubber diaphragm which, IMO, are wholly ineffective at preventing sewer gas from leaking into the AS. Modern air-admittance valves are much more sophisticated devices. These are Studor vents. Now under KS (shown) and vanity.

Another needed task was cleaning the a/c ceiling cover, which was covered with really greasy dirt. There are eight phillips-head screws that hold the (inside ceiling) cover on; as well as the two control knobs, which pop right off. I scrubbed it with dishwashing soap and hosed it off, then let it air dry o'nite before re-installing it.

Time to test the LP system and hopefully put it back in service.

Also, I'm going to tackle the solar panel in lieu of the front window protector awning. I got some aluminum stock to fabricate new brackets and hinge assembly.

Ciao, Bebes!

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Old 07-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #21
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... of course!
Photos of before and after air-admittance valves for drainage system on the '99.

Note the originals simply have a rubber diaphragm which, IMO, are wholly ineffective at preventing sewer gas from leaking into the AS. Modern air-admittance valves are much more sophisticated devices. These are Studor vents. Now under KS (shown) and vanity.



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Hi, I was concerned about my valve in the bathroom; I tried to unscrew it, but it won't budge. Or do I remove the top cover and turn it from there? I don't want to break the pipe and it doesn't look like enough room to cut it. So basically, how did you remove yours? [I heard that some are glued on]
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:34 PM   #22
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Air admittance valves -- OEM

... are threaded into an 1-1/2" female adapter. The adapter is solvent-welded to the vent riser pipe. I found it simpler to simply cut-off the old ones with a cable saw.

Easy does it!

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Old 07-26-2013, 03:50 PM   #23
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I'm hoping for helpful advice ....

... for Solid Comfort:
1. The blackwater tank monitor shows 'full' but tank is half empty, indicating a gummed-up sensor. Can someone tell me where in the tank the sensor probes are located so that I can attempt to aim a jet of water at it?

2. Rainwater leak; I'm guessing that it is leaking through the "belly band" rub rail ..... suggested fixes? Continuous bead of epoxy along the top of the rail?

Any and all advice or shared wisdom is greatly appreciated!

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Do you think that Aistream HQ ever reviews these type issues or even looks at the forum site ?
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:33 PM   #25
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Welcome to the forums.

Thanks for the plumbing information with photos for sink vents.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #26
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... for Solid Comfort:
1. The blackwater tank monitor shows 'full' but tank is half empty, indicating a gummed-up sensor. Can someone tell me where in the tank the sensor probes are located so that I can attempt to aim a jet of water at it?

2. Rainwater leak; I'm guessing that it is leaking through the "belly band" rub rail ..... suggested fixes? Continuous bead of epoxy along the top of the rail?

Any and all advice or shared wisdom is greatly appreciated!

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... that ASHQ looks at this forum, but owners of newer models might be able to chime-in if any of the issues noted in earlier model years have been addressed in newer units.

3. I'm attaching a photo of one of the roof vents with an epic caulk job, which is representative of all the roof penetrations. Is this normal, or does this likely represent a PO's efforts to stem roof leaks? Do Fantastic Fans (or equiv.) have a larger footprint which would cover this ... um ... ogliness?

Thanks for taking the time to respond to my newbie questions,

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Old 07-26-2013, 06:19 PM   #27
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The fantastic fan has the same footprint. Best solution is to strip all that gunk off and see what the original problem was, and try again. Eternabond tape is also a solution.

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As for the black tank sensor, I can only say mine does the same thing. I've had it read empty only once, after a really thorough cleaning with a wand. Can't tell you where the sensors actually are. On the other hand, it is easy to tell when the Black Tank is approaching full visually, so the sensor isn't really needed.

Best of luck!

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Old 07-26-2013, 07:08 PM   #28
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Greetings, Salutations and a hearty welcome to you and Comfort.
Your rain water leak is probably not the rub rail. That is just what is sounds like a rub rail. It does nothing to repel water. The leak can be higher up, probably a window or even your vent. The leak you have can be found with a hose and patience, start low and work your way up. Then sealed with An Airstreamers best friend (Vulkem)-TremPro 626, Parbond or Captain tolley's Creeping Crack Cure. Good job so far and good luck with your leaks.

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