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Old 05-01-2008, 09:24 AM   #1
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I have never owned a trailer before but I fell in love with a vintage 1976 International and bought it! I know nothing about hooking her up but have secured a spot for next winter in Florida. I get the basic gyst that you have a sewer hook up and a water hook, along with electricity. I suspect I have a water tank for my dishwater and shower water but do I have to empty that and how big is it. Is it doable. I don't have a truck so I will have it towed into place and won't be moving it except to put it into storage at the end of the season. Also, this must seem stupid to you more experienced owners out there but do I have to turn the water on each time I want water? I'm not sure if my water is heated by electricity or gas. As you can see I fell in love with the trailer but have a lot to learn about how to operate her. I did check my stovetop and turned on the gas for that so I'm in the know about how that operates. Not sure how the pilot works for the stove.

Any help out there is appreciated. I'm thrilled at being an airstream owner and can't wait to learn more about my precious Nellie! Thanks in advance for any insight!
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:27 AM   #2
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Do you have a manual for the trailer? If not, you can order both owners manual and service manual from the Airstream website.

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Old 05-01-2008, 09:51 AM   #3
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Here is a link to service manuals, etc which might be helpful to you

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Here is a link to service manuals, etc which might be helpful to you

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Those appear to mostly be related to furnaces, fridges and air conditioners. The owners and service manuals from Airstream cover all aspects of the trailer for each model year after 1971. They're expensive but well worth the price, in my opinion.
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Those appear to mostly be related to furnaces, fridges and air conditioners. The owners and service manuals from Airstream cover all aspects of the trailer for each model year after 1971. They're expensive but well worth the price, in my opinion.
WELCOME ABOARD

The manuals are rather pricey, but well worth it. They will flatten out

the learning curve a great deal.

Any questions you have will be answered here. And when you get to your

site you'll be happy to find out how helpful the folks will be.

Whether A/S or SOB's


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took me a month to find out what that meant when I joined
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. Also, this must seem stupid to you more experienced owners out there but do I have to turn the water on each time I want water? I'm not sure if my water is heated by electricity or gas. I did check my stovetop and turned on the gas for that so I'm in the know about how that operates. Not sure how the pilot works for the stove.

Any help out there is appreciated. I'm thrilled at being an airstream owner and can't wait to learn more about my precious Nellie! Thanks in advance for any insight!
Water - depends if you are hooked up to water or not. If you are "hooked up" just open the faucet. If you are not you will need to turn on the water pump whenever you would like to use a faucet, the tiolet etc...

Pilot light - for the stove you need to light the burner itself. That is how my '71, '74 and '75 worked. The oven has a pilot light inside where the oven flames are, way in the back.
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