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Old 03-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #15
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Hey Carman & BoCox, how about joining some fellow Carolinians at Alumalina March 23 -24 -25.
My AS has the back 4' out of it right now so every waking moment I have is spent trying to get it back together. I'll have to keep up w/the next outing and try to make it.

Have fun!
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:57 PM   #16
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Sunday morning I re-traced my towing route one more time and found the missing compartment door about 15 miles from where I left the seller's house, BUT... it is bent badly, like almost a 90-degree bend.

I think I can dis-assemble it and make it work for now if I can't find a replacement.

This door looks like it clips in - no hinge. Since it is bent, I can't test-fit it, but I *think* that the keyed latch goes on the bottom when installed properly. Is that right?

If so, the seller had it on wrong - the latch was definitely at the top when I left his house.
Last year I took a compartment door off our '66 Safari to get out the leveling blocks. Absent-mindedly I leaned the door (also removable with no hinge) against the wheel of the trailer. Then I placed the blocks behind the opposite side wheel and motioned my helper to back the trailer onto them. The wheel was halfway onto the door when I realized what I'd done. Pretty bent when we got the trailer off of it.

Back home, I disassembled the door to try to beat it back into shape. To my delight, it was made of much softer aluminum than the shell of the trailer, and it went back into shape beautifully once it was taken apart. A hammer and a dolly and a careful hand. It can be done.

You're right that the lock goes on the bottom of the door--at least on our '66 model. Look for the latch plate it engages when locked.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:16 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the replies everyone! Will get pictures soon - need to find the wife's camera and then upload them.

Got to work on the camper a little more last night. The fridge is working off of 120V. Still have to check whether it works on propane. We'll have 120V hookup for our first trip, so that's good.

The fresh water system looks like it was winterized correctly, so I need to fill it up and try it. Maybe this weekend.

I need to order weatherstripping for the rear compartment, and will get it for the entrance door while I'm at it.

Local folks - is there a place nearby to get Vulkem and some parts like the weatherstripping? Or just go ahead and order from somewhere like Inland RV in CA?

Pulled one tire up on a ramp so that I could pull a wheel and check the brakes bearings. I need axles - they arms don't move very much up or down! I knew that it would need them - I was just trying to convince myself that there was some chance they were fine. I have read a lot about axles on this site, and will be contacting several suppliers for quotes.

Local folks again - any recommendations for where to buy the axles? I have already gotten a quote from Inland, and will be checking with 2 trailer places I know of in NC who are Dexter axle dealers. (I will be doing the install myself - not a bad job for me because I have been a serious hobby car and 4x4 mechanic since I was a teenager.)

Will try to order my WD/anti-sway hitch today.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:29 AM   #18
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I get vulcum 921 from HD supply in Raleigh. They are located off Poole Rd near 264. I think it was about $3 a tube. When I was looking for axle's I contacted Colin Hyde in NY he is very knowledgeable and will drop ship direct to you. His prices were the most reasonable. I heard of a place just north of Greensboro that carries some from a guy in Louisburg. He had a 19' globetrotter for sale and had just put in a new axle. I can give him a call and see if he has name and number for them.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:50 AM   #19
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With the propane fridge, you just lay down on the floor (recommended) and open that door below it. There is a toggle switch...put it on Propane selection. Then set your temp setting at 4. Then depress the red button and hold it down. Near the button is a metal handle/knob that rests in a little slot, it has to stay in that slot in order to 'twist/flick' it.
Twist flick clockwise. while holding down the red button. repeat until you ignight the pilot, hold while it remains on...and your done! The freezer works great on propane- it's the only way to go.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:26 PM   #20
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Hi and welcome! I am also new here and just took delivery of a 1972 Overlander. Project started last night after wife got home from work. No a lot to do, but it does need some work. Biggest thing - discovered sink & tub both have holes in them, so bathroom will need biggest amount of redoing. Enjoy you "new" camper!

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:11 AM   #21
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Got the afternoon off work yesterday but didn't get much done to the camper other than ordering the new axles and some gaskets for the doors.

Thought about ordering the axles from Colin Hyde, but his prices were *exactly* the same as Inland (I had heard they would be cheaper).

I also thought about ordering the gaskets and stuff from Out of Doors Mart in Greensboro, but the guy on the phone (while nice) didn't seem interested in helping me - every response was either "well if you think you know the part number, just order it online", or "just come in to the store and we'll figure out what you need" (to which I asked "can I make sure you have what I need in stock before I drive to Greensboro" and he said "oh, we have everything in stock, unless it's listed as out of stock on the website" - which really didn't help me. ) Inland was very helpful and had recommendations (like switching to the "D" gasket rather than double-lip, and using weatherstrip adhesive on the gaskets rather than just the adhesive backing) as well as double-checking me (like my measurements for how many feet of gasket I need).

The axles won't make it here in time to install for our first trip, but that's OK. I pulled one drum and the existing brakes have over 1/2 pad life left on them, and the bearings and grease look good. I did find a HUGE mud dobber nest on the backing plate inside the drum, so pulled that out. I'll pull the other 3 drums before our trip, just to make sure they are OK too.

I also ordered a new battery and will be picking it up this morning. Sears has a sale on all the DieHard batteries. Look it up on Sears.com if you're thinking of getting one. I'm getting the big Marine AGM that is a re-badged Odyssey. I've run an Odyssey in my Cummins truck, then moved it to my wife's mini-van (which often gets interior lights left on by the kids), and I also have a small one in my RallyCross car which sits for a month or more between races, and gets bounced around a lot . They have been great.

Went to the camper show at the fairgrounds in Raleigh last night. The kids had a great time climbing in all the campers, but there really wasn't much there. It was just campers for sale, other than a few campground info booths and Camping World having a set-up with a fake sale - was getting ready to buy some "on sale" leveling blocks until my wife looked them up on her phone and saw that the "sale" was just regular price. I remember there being more vendors at the show last year. The show at the Raleigh Convention Center a few months ago had more. Did have a good time seeing the "Pat and Mike's Camp Cooking" comedy/cooking show, eating their free food, and bought their cookbook for us and DVD for my aunt. About Ultimate Camp Cooking with comedy hosts Pat Mac and Mike Faverman
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:44 AM   #22
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Went to Sears to pick up my battery just now, and they didn't have it in stock - had sold 2 of them yesterday rather than holding this one for me (I had bought and paid for online for in-store pickup). Not a huge deal - I pass by the store going to work, so they're supposed to call me when they get one in later this week. Although it would have been nice not to drive up there for nothing. At least I'll know I get a fresh one.

Drove down the road a few mile to where I have seen an Airstream sitting for years. Couldn't keep myself from leaving a note in the mailbox asking them to call me if they want to sell.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:23 AM   #23
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did it also come with the owners manual?
Yes, I was happy to find that the seller had the original owners manual, and the original bill of sale ("window sticker"?) showing all the options and the prices. It also came with a bunch of old paperwork about the appliances, antenna, etc.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:36 AM   #24
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Looks just like ours , save for some of the light fixtures. You are going to love this style of Airstream, the the twin beds and straight passage to the rear and front. Lot's of storage too. One thing I do not like is the way food storage is made. Because when you stock it with more and more food stuff- it will tend to get 'Lost' back in there, and you cannot see whats there. We store our pyrex over the freezer. Can you check and tell me what the weight of this Airstream is? Our manual has it hand written in as 4600 lbs. What is yours?
Oh - if you look on you tube...type in Altus Oklahoma, and then look for the channel name 'headacherack' and you will see the Airstream we have in some of the older videos. Your Airstream has a very heavy coating of Aluminum and it will polish really well. Also that windows' frame over the kitchen area sink I bet is very very brittle until you replace it. The special plastic part.
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Can you check and tell me what the weight of this Airstream is? Our manual has it hand written in as 4600 lbs. What is yours?
There are some weights written in pencil in the front of my manual. I'll check them for you tonite. One of them I remember is "TW 680", which I am guessing means tongue weight = 680, since that's the same number I got when trying to weigh the tongue.

I am trying to borrow some race car scales from a friend. Haven't been able to get to his house yet to pick them up. If I can get them, I'll have accurate tongue weight and axle weights for you.
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