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Old 09-14-2008, 06:27 PM   #15
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Airstream sells stainless steel water heater and furnace doors. Also an aluminum range exhaust vent.
News to me....link?
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:35 PM   #16
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I have all three on my 25' Classic. Makes a big difference. Now if someone would just make a stainless steel door for the water fill.
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:38 PM   #17
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I have all three on my 25' Classic. Makes a big difference. Now if someone would just make a stainless steel door for the water fill.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:21 PM   #18
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hi mike,

the LINK is in the thread linked in post #8...

we ALL (most of us) got these from rogerwilliamsairstream in weatherford texas, craftsman included...

the weatherford dealer has them fabricated at a local metal shop...

prices are also in the thread linked...

NOW, as to a/s factory having them, lynn's post today is the first time i've seen this info.

and i've never seen them available for sale in the factory store (like the customer screen door inserts were)...

so perhaps they are getting them from texas now too, or have started offering another version...

perhaps when the shop opens monday, they (lynn) will update us...

it appears that customers are standing by...

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Old 09-14-2008, 07:30 PM   #19
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I bought all three stainless items discussed (stove exhaust, heater cover and furnace cover) from the Airstream Factory Store off.

Stove exhaust had many gaps that would have allowed water to get in. Was not a good solution...pretty, but not a solid solution.

Water heater door was just way too big. Yes it fit, but it looked terrible IMHO.

Furnace cover was similar. Gaskets were not great and again, water might have been able to get in there.

In the end I put the stainless heater and furnace covers on and went right back to the standard covers that came with the units. The stove vent all it took was one look and I didn't even bother looking into it further.

The factory was really great about the return and refunded my money very quickly upon receiving the items back.

Here is another link...this one is to Airstream's eBay store. They currently do not appear to have the water heater covers:

http://stores.ebay.com/airstreaminc
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I bought all three stainless items discussed (stove exhaust, heater cover and furnace cover) from the Airstream Factory Store off.

Stove exhaust had many gaps that would have allowed water to get in. Was not a good solution...pretty, but not a solid solution.

Water heater door was just way too big. Yes it fit, but it looked terrible IMHO.

Furnace cover was similar. Gaskets were not great and again, water might have been able to get in there...
interesting, i keep forgetting they are 'auctioning parts' on the 'bay...

that door looks VERY much like the ones from texas, but with gaskets that we don't need.

-the stove vent is made to fit flush (see pics in post #9 link) by adding auto/door edge trim BEFORE mounting....

and a good bead of sikaflex.

-the furnace cover doesn't need ANY gaskets, it isn't supposed to fit really air tight, and is seldom opened.

so the 2 fat screws and hinge are adequate, there was no dirt inside mine at spring cleaning time.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...2&d=1208880646

i've seen some that were 'flexed/warped' and they needed to be tweaked to fit correctly.

-same for the water heater cover, no gaskets but keeping water out is a function of the beveled/bent perimeter.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...8&postcount=19

i'm all 4 auctions and free enterprise, but it is WEIRD that stuff IN the store marked at a given FIXED price...

is listed on 'bay too. some of those door screens sold for 2-3 times the marked instore price...

which seems like an ODD way to treat (screw) customers, who might want a new trailer someday...

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:08 PM   #21
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There was a gap between the top exhaust alum and the top base of the stove vent that would require some sort of caulking to keep the moisture out. It did come with a gasket, but it that was only for the base to snug up to the body of the trailer. In addition, I wasn't pleased that there were no retaining clips as found on the plastic vent. This meant that there would have been no way to secure the alum vent door and when the main entry door opened and closed, the vent door would move with the internal air pressures...though I would admit, having the inside arm closed would reduce or elim this issue. I really was disappointed not to see the clips on the factory sold alum stove vent and beside the clear gap outlined above, was not a good solution. Regardless if you close the inside arm or not, that vent door without the clips could just move freely in transit.

As for the furnace cover, the screw holes were not recessed as the atwood factory furnace cover. I found the screws sticking out to be somewhat unsightly, of course, this is just my opinion and is subjective...others may like this.

The water heater cover just didn't seem as perfect of a fit as the factory door. Again, subjective.

Bottom line, the stainless was ok quality. I was also not pleased with some of the weld marks on the inside not often seen side. I have ordered other stainless products and though more expensive, I was sort of looking for a bit higher quality and tolerances in the build that I personally felt were lacking.

I may just paint and clear mine when they get bad enough.
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oh i agree the units look "one off" basically because they are, and some look better than others.

i too was bugged about tiny welds and color changes in the stainless initially.

and some sharp edges (hey THAT's an a/s normal feature!) on the panels...

but once they were on and cleaned, the look is SO much better that original....

the stove vents from texas are stainless not aluminum, but they don't have retaining clips either.

i've found that a small magnet keeps it closed tightly and even when i forget water doesn't seem to enter during travel.

the wimpy stove fan is overmatched by the heavier door flap, so ya gotta use high speed to raise it...

i'm planning to supersize the stove FAN eventually.

it takes about 26 inches of door edge guard to completely wrap the mounting plate...

and then a fat bead of sealant right AT the screws/holes...

still you'd think on a 50,000 to 100,000 $ trailer,

they could cook up oem stuff better than the plastic/painted ventiline and those pot metal doors...

like craftman, i've been waiting for a stainless water fill door replacement, but we may not see one of those...

since david has moved on from 'stream enhancements...

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:40 PM   #23
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I bought stainless steel heater, furnace, and kitchen vent doors from roger williams.
They look ok. Not the greatest quality control, however...
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Old 09-14-2008, 09:55 PM   #24
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I like the quality of the ones I received and the way they look .
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It sounds like what's available right now may be lacking the "Wow" factor! Someone with a good fab shop could make a mint!
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Old 09-15-2008, 08:41 PM   #26
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Until you find what you want you could use some Aluminum spray paint color ((I know, I know))) on your cover, just to you find the cover you want... It will look better than the white one if your any good with a rattle can.....
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