Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-13-2006, 04:52 PM   #1
New Member
 
1970 31' Sovereign
denver , Iowa
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4
Question bird nest filling refrigerator exaust

Just bought our first Airstream a 1970 31' land yacht international, very pleased, everything seems to be working with minimal attention. Then I started on the refrigerator. Over the past twenty years a bird or generations of birds have filled the exaust, packed full. before I start removing rivits I hope someone has a better way or the right way. Thanks!

happy airstream owner anyway.
__________________

__________________
wrengray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
Round on both ends
 
SafeHarbor's Avatar
 
1979 31' Excella 500
1975 28' Argosy 28
Rutledge , Georgia
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 783
Images: 39
Hi, Wrengrey,

You might want to get another opinion from an owner closer to your vintage, but both my 75 and 79 have screens under the vent. You can push them out, blow them out, or, I suppose, spray them out with water at a very low angle and not for long. (The part inside projects up above the lower edge of the cover.)

Here we find that squirrels seem to like them in the winter.

Lamar
__________________

__________________
1975 Argosy 28 "Argosy"
1979 Excella 500 31 "Betsy"
1992 Lincoln Mk 7 LSC
2003 Dodge 2500 Cummins "TowHog"
"Lucy Loosehair" the cat - Airstream mascot
Klaatu barada nikto
SafeHarbor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2006, 07:32 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,279
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrengray
Just bought our first Airstream a 1970 31' land yacht international, very pleased, everything seems to be working with minimal attention. Then I started on the refrigerator. Over the past twenty years a bird or generations of birds have filled the exaust, packed full. before I start removing rivits I hope someone has a better way or the right way. Thanks!

happy airstream owner anyway.
If your fridge flue is blocked AT ALL.....you will have lots of problems getting the unit to cool properly. The best way to get the nest out is to remove the unit from the cabinet, then lay it face down on a piece of plywood and a couple of blankets. Carefully remove the wire attached to the top of the flue and extract the baffle (a twisted piece of sheet metal) from the flue. If this won't come out, work the blockage until it comes out easily. This piece is very important!

Then use a long rod to poke the rest of the blockage up the flue from the burner section (it's a good idea to remove the burner at this point) at then vacuum and blow it out 'till it's clean. Re-assemble, re-install, and be sure to install a SCREEN under the roof vent covering!!!
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2006, 04:06 PM   #4
New Member
 
1970 31' Sovereign
denver , Iowa
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4
That will work

must get a screen, but there is no screen I could find. Yes I will take the frig out and that will give me access to the impressive nest.

Thank you for your help, wrengray
__________________
wrengray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2006, 04:36 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Tom Nugler's Avatar

 
1972 25' Tradewind
Currently Looking...
McHenry County , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,129
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrengray
must get a screen, but there is no screen I could find. Yes I will take the frig out and that will give me access to the impressive nest.
Your 70 is probable prettty close to my 67. A trip to the hardware store will get you the 1/4" galvanized hardware cloth screen for the lower vent opening.(Keeps out the critters.) And, the aluminum fine mesh screen for the upper vent. (Keeps out the insects.)
Thanks for reminding me that I need new screen for the range hood vent. Mud Dauber wasps plugged everything up last year.
Tom.
__________________
AirForums # 2806
WBCCI / VAC # 6411
TAC IL-11

Not All Who Wander Are Lost.

Avid supporter of trailing edge technology.
Tom Nugler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2006, 08:45 PM   #6
New Member
 
1970 31' Sovereign
denver , Iowa
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4
refrigerator will come out, but how?

I took out a few screws in front. Went around back and found no other screws. Carpet was replaced before we bought it. cant get the thing to wiggle. considered hydrolic jack from behind (O K that was a joke, I think)?

wrengray

what will the nabors say, oh
__________________
wrengray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2006, 06:35 PM   #7
New Member
 
1970 31' Sovereign
denver , Iowa
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 4
the fridge is out and the nest is gone and the fridge is back in need to test it but that will have to wait.
Thanks to all


the water system is next. YEA!
__________________

__________________
wrengray is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pets in the motorhome eraffety The Pet Forum 32 03-26-2007 09:04 AM
Texas vintage get together Pahaska The Rally Zone 33 11-21-2005 05:23 PM
Depart from Color Scheme jgtalbot 1975-1976 Excella 500 32 05-03-2003 05:45 AM
Interior refinishing wood panels Excella3287 Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 7 04-29-2003 01:07 AM
Filling fresh water tank- overflow normal? John Fresh Water Systems 20 02-23-2003 01:43 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:41 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.