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Old 12-28-2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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Just bought my first Airstream... a 1972 Tradewind. I saw it for the first time this weekend and it needs some work. For starters, the power cord is completely dried out and cracked and needs to be replaced. Is this relatively easy for a newbie to replace? Any hidden issues to prepare for? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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Try and see the cord after it enters the trailer to see it that section of the cord is still good. You may have to cut an access hole in the floor but if the section within the trailer is good you can splice your new cord in there.

I say this because snaking the cord through the trailer body to the panel box may be impossible short of removing the inner skin.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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Do an in line splice joining a new chord to the old and pull it through from the inside. It's a sort path from the rear bumper compartment to the rear closet housing the univolt.
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Just bought my first Airstream... a 1972 Tradewind. I saw it for the first time this weekend and it needs some work. For starters, the power cord is completely dried out and cracked and needs to be replaced. Is this relatively easy for a newbie to replace? Any hidden issues to prepare for? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
Here is your chance for an upgrade. If you should choose to do it you can put a Detachable Power Cord set in. They are made by Marinco and they have instructions. Pretty cool to detach your power cable and store it inside. This is an example of the kit: Amazon.com: ParkPower by Marinco 30ARVKIT RV Detachable Power Conversion Kit (30-Amp): Sports & Outdoors

If you chose not to do this upgrade, buy a new cable with a 90deg. angle plug molded onto the cable. 25' should do you. It will have to be pulled up into the trailer service box and attached to the main breaker. You probably have at least one cable clamp to deal with on the old cable. You and a helper can then pull the new cable in place. You should be able to attach the new cable to the old one and slowly tug the new one into position. Strip the outer jackets of the cables and join them together and try to keep your pull connection as small as possible or it will hang up going through the floor.
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Just bought my first Airstream... a 1972 Tradewind. I saw it for the first time this weekend and it needs some work. For starters, the power cord is completely dried out and cracked and needs to be replaced. Is this relatively easy for a newbie to replace? Any hidden issues to prepare for? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
The original city power cable was 25 feet long, totally.

We suggest that the Canadian replacement be used, since it's specs are the same, but it's 36 feet long.

That extra few feet will come in handy far more times than you think, eliminating the usual need for an extension cord.

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