Digging this thread out after years.... I vote repair. The aftermarket scoop I have has a radius which doesnt match the trailer. Too bad, it cost almost $400 Combustion air is something to take seriously .... seal those vents.
1966 24' Tradewind
1995 34' Excella
Join Date: Sep 2009
Originally Posted by Forrest
The carbon monoxide issue I'm concerned about too. But Airstream, at least in 1966, must not have been too concerned about it. The refrigerator doesn't stand in it's own seperate cabinet. It shares the cabinet next to the sink. The issue here as I see it is that Airstream left the back of the galley cabinets open. So, there is no closed system for the back of the refrigerator. Running on electricity presents no danger, but when the refer is run on propane the flame exhausts thru a little chiminey just under the flue, but to the side is the underside of the sink. As long as there is an up draft I doubt there would be any problem, but I'd prefer a closed environment, but without an extensive redesign and rebuild of the galley I don't see how that could be done. I'm dissapointed in the way Airstream incorporated the refrigerator into the galley.
I completely agree. When I installed the new fridge in my 66 Tradewind, I took great pains to seal the exhaust duct to keep carbon monoxide out of the interior of the trailer. See Dan's 66 Tradewind Improvements (post #33) for details.