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Old 11-03-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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whew, old person, new here.

Wow, what a formidable website, blog, info, source, etc. Can't really make much sense out of it so far. Like I could never figure out how to thank the guy who welcomed me in!! Thanks!
Well now that I've got your attention (if indeed I do)I can explain my situation. My Airstream is a 1965 22ft Safari which I am rapidly trying to bring to the first level of restoration - the 'survival" level: road lights, brake lights, brakes, LP gas cooking stove (Magic Chef), some dents but shiny to the point of non-embarrassment. The heating stoves are both crazy. The International main LP heater just will not light, the pilot won't even try. Ok, so we're scheduled to leave upstate NY in December (brrr!) so I next turned to the strange (Made in France) heater just inside the door. Not even a HINT as to how to light that sucker!! I can see the LP gas line going into it but NOTHING as to where to put the burning match! Thought of just blasting it with a torch. So, not to freeze next month going south, it's plug in those trusty old SPACE HEATERS. The refrig is a combi GAS & electric one. How wierd to light a fire to create coldness & ice in a refrig.
Well, no big deal, it doesn't work either way, so $175 will get a 110v electric refrig from Loews and we'll work around that. Got new tires and greased the bearings, but it sure is irritating not being able to get those heaters working (not to mention non-functioning water, hot water, toilet/shower/bath, 12v generator, etc.). Hey, it's alot better than a Eureka tent.
Any advice would be so appreciated. Thanks, Bruce
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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we will assume you have propane in the tanks and that they are turned on. regarding the catalytic heater just inside the door...have you looked for a turn-ff valve in the propane line? that needs to be in the on position - parallel to the line. in one of my rigs that valve was under the rig.

the heater should have an igniter button - and a knob to control the propane flow. turn the knob to pilot or light and move the igniter til you hear a click.

regarding the furnace - i will let others chime in.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:56 PM   #3
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Like I could never figure out how to thank the guy who welcomed me in!! Thanks!
Ha ha, you're welcome! Don't worry, it will all become clear after a while. There's lots of folks around here who might be able to help you figure out your trailer problems.

Good luck!
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:16 PM   #4
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So now I wonder where & when to look for any response to my Airstream lament?
(and what does "post quick reply" or "go advanced" mean? last time I did "Post Quick Reply" it all disappeared!) and then there's "Quote message in reply?" Whew. old here.
What's a "thread" too?
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:43 PM   #5
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I just got my AS a few months age and was in the same boat as you with a lot of the same problems. I started by breaking everything down into smaller pieces and putting smaller post into the area for the part that was having the problem (heater in the furnace forums, refrig in the refrig forums, etc.) You will be surprised how fast people will write back with good information. Then I started calling some AS parts dealers, they to were very helpful. Hope this will help you out some. Im hoping to make my first trip in Dec also, wish me luck
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:49 PM   #6
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This thread covers many of the items that will help you navigate the forums:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...ics-44928.html
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:07 PM   #7
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:15 PM   #8
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Welcome to airforums.com, Poe!

Suggest you take a deep breath and take it take your time: Rome (Italy or NY) wasn't built in a day, nor will you build your understanding of your new Airstream overnight.

This forum's software is one of the most popular ones around, so if you take the time to figure out how it works, it will serve you well on any other groups you may choose to join. AZ pointed you in the right direction.

As for your equipment, same suggestion. Don't be in a hurry to throw out that refridgerator; they are worth a bundle if they can be coaxed into working, and I gah-ron-tee you will want it to work if you plan to actually travel in your trailer.

The furnace, if it is original, is likely NOT worth saving. If it isn't the original one, google the name and model number and you'll likely find the owners manual.

Ditto for the Made in France heater: research it a bit, maybe it DOES work.

Time is on your side with an old Airstream, the more you study it, the more you will get out of it, and the better you will know which way to go with the individual systems.

Oh, and take pictures and post them! We are eager to see your TT (travel trailer).
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:34 PM   #9
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The strange heater might be a Therm-x catalytic heater. I have one in my trailer and it works great. It runs on propane and needs no electricity. More information can be found here:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427/clean-repair-reuse-thermx-catalytic-heater-46068.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227/propane-catalytic-heater-in-minuet-57282.html
Lighting instructions can be found in this thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427/thermx-safety-heater-6125.html
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the initial help.

Yes, the weird French catalytic heater has an igniter button. Turned on gas, opened valve, tried to activate igniter button (with right knob set on pilot) but to no avail. Striker doesn't work. But at least I now know how it should work if it would work.
Having restored many classic wooden boats over the years, I am well aware of the need for patience, research, more patience, and lots of money. Thanks for everyones tips.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:43 PM   #11
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Welcome! As chaotic as it may seem, the more time you spend here, as all of us do, things will get easier! Same with your AS. I agree with you on the furnace, a must have during the winter.

Good luck with it!

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Old 11-04-2009, 06:27 PM   #12
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Welcome Poe!

And just what makes you think that the fridge doesn't work? Not to be a wiseguy, but are you familiar with this kind of fridge? Have you ever used an ammonia absorption fridge before? How long did you leave it on? And did you try both electric and gas?

If you aren't familiar with these, they take something like six hours to cool down the first time, and of course they have no compressor, so they don't make any mechanical sounds at all. If you're familiar with them, and yours just won't work, then disregard everything past 'hello'.

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Old 11-05-2009, 10:20 PM   #13
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correct, and Thanks to all

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we will assume you have propane in the tanks and that they are turned on. regarding the catalytic heater just inside the door...have you looked for a turn-ff valve in the propane line? that needs to be in the on position - parallel to the line. in one of my rigs that valve was under the rig.

the heater should have an igniter button - and a knob to control the propane flow. turn the knob to pilot or light and move the igniter til you hear a click.

regarding the furnace - i will let others chime in.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:40 PM   #14
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Being somewhat new to AS trailers I thought my fridge was dead originally .. then I discovered I had to turn the button to electric (1975). I have controls at the bottom of my fridge door and discovered the arrow for electric meant turn the knob that way. Needless to say it works flawlessly now. After a day I finally found the valve for the furnace inside the cabinet beside the furnace, turned it on and the furnace worked with a few glitches. Hope my post helps.
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