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Old 10-23-2016, 02:12 PM   #1
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New(b) to Airstream

And newb to RV in general.

I am getting ready to purchase our first RV, a 2005 Classic Airstream. I've looked at many websites, have a couple of books, but haven't found the answer to this question (and I know its just a newbie question), but here it goes....

How is the fresh water tank pressurized? What is the force that delivers it to the sink/toilet/shower?

I've seen the regulators that are used at campsites, but that wouldn't work boondocking.

Is the tank pressurized with air? Is there a water pump?
Inquiring (newbie) minds want to know.....

Thanks for the info!
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Old 10-23-2016, 02:24 PM   #2
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A water pump for when you're not connected to city water. When connected, turn the pump off and rely on city water pressure.

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Old 10-23-2016, 02:43 PM   #3
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Modern Airstreams no longer use pressurized fresh water systems. A marine type 12DC pump is used to move water from the tank to faucets, etc.
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:15 PM   #4
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Hi smokin, welcome to Air Forums. You can learn an awful lot about Airstreams and traveling with them right here. I like newbe questions as they are the only ones I have a chance of answering.

You have your eye on a very nice trailer. The Classic is a top of the line Airstream. There are always things that need fixing, but your trailer should last a very long time. Our Classic Limited is 30 years old.

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Old 10-24-2016, 05:49 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forums and happy camping.
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Old 10-24-2016, 06:32 AM   #6
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As the others have already stated, while not hooked to city water, the supply lines in the trailer are not pressurized. Water is supplied on demand by a 12 volt water pump. The regulators used at campsites are for when the trailer is hooked to a city water supply. In this case the water supply lines in the trailer are pressurized, and the regulator is used to insure that the campground water pressure is kept at an acceptable level for trailer water system use.

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Old 10-24-2016, 03:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the responses. I'm sure I'll be asking a lot more questions once the acquisition is complete!
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Old 10-28-2016, 04:20 PM   #8
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Picked up the AirStream today. Pretty excited!!!
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:54 PM   #9
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Wow! Congratulations. I'd love to have a trailer like that. You have to post some photos of it when you get a chance.

You're going to learn a lot of new things, and then learn about a lot of new places as you travel in your new Airstream. Come to Colorado sometime and do some serious hiking. It's just a whole lot of fun.

Here are a couple of more books for you to order. I found them very well written and very informative. They will help you learn about your Airstream. Heck, splurge and buy all four books. It will give you something to do under the awing of the beautiful Classic while sipping a cold one from the fridge of your beautiful Classic.

http://store.airstreamlife.com/colle.../books-and-cds

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Old 11-06-2016, 03:26 PM   #10
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Dumb question

I noticed that there was no 'dumb questions' forum, so I thought that I would ask it here. Being new to AS and RV in general, how do I get the oven to light? The stovetop burners work fine, but not getting any heat/gas from the oven... hmmm....
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There is a pilot light that needs to be lit.
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Old 11-06-2016, 05:17 PM   #12
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I noticed that there was no 'dumb questions' forum, so I thought that I would ask it here. Being new to AS and RV in general, how do I get the oven to light? The stovetop burners work fine, but not getting any heat/gas from the oven... hmmm....
With a lighter or long reach match. The pilot light is about 10-12 inches back under the shelf in the oven. We use a long reach butane lighter. You push the oven knob in and hold the lighter under the pilot. Hold the knob in until the pilot heats the thermocouple enough to allow the pilot to remain on. With the pilot on, the oven gas will then flow when you turn the oven knob on. The oven gas ignites from the pilot light.

Hint - shine a good flashlight into the burner area to see where the pilot light is located helps. The bad words I used the first time did not help. The manual did. Good Luck. Pat
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I saw where the pilot was under the oven shelf. But did not know you had to push the knob in while lighting the pilot. Thanks!
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So I turned on the oven to 'pilot light on' and held the flame to the thermocouple for at least a couple of minutes, but no pilot flame, and no gas, although I thought I could smell it just a bit.
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