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Old 06-29-2005, 03:04 PM   #15
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Any suggestions and pictures to show me how to work on top so I will not dent/scratch the top? All I currently have is a couple of 6 foot step latter’s and a 8 foot extendable to 14 feet. All I can think of is scaffolding up one side and down the other with a rack across the top. This is a bit extreme in the old pocket book. I am a 260 lb boy who is a bit affraid of walking on top.
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:48 PM   #16
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Inland Andy said he had a picture of a bunch of Airstream employees standing on one unit for, I guess, a PR shot. Unfortunately, he has not been able to find it. Most people agree that as long as you scoot around on your butt from one rib to another, everything will be okay. Don't get near the endcaps, though.

I prop an extension ladder on the rolled-up awning, and use the awning as a foothold to maneuver to where I want to be.

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Old 06-29-2005, 04:08 PM   #17
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Tom.

That's it.

No scaffolds, no platforms, no skyhooks, no bridges, no parachutes. Just rubber soled shoes. Other dress attire, optional.

Just think, if the shell can take the punishment we give it going down the road, at 60, 70, 80 or 90 mph plus, then the roof will certainly withstand the weight of even a heavy 250-300 pound person. No, don't dance the Polka, just walk normally. No magic needed.

We prove that everyday, and have for some 39 years.

However, DO NOT WALK ON THE END SHELLS. First of all if you do, you will likely fall off the trailer and secondly, you will need to replace a segment or two, or three!!!!!!

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fwiw: I was up on my roof over the weekend attending to my (Coleman) a/c shroud, and I noticed that several copper lines coming to and from that pressure-tank-thingy had been cut/crimped and soldered up.

why?
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fwiw: I was up on my roof over the weekend attending to my (Coleman) a/c shroud, and I noticed that several copper lines coming to and from that pressure-tank-thingy had been cut/crimped and soldered up.

why?
Hmm, You dont say................
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Hmm, You dont say................
yes, as a matter of fact, I DO say...


any idea what the logic is behind this practice?
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Leaky fittings

Well,
I am by no means any kind of refrigeration guy but I know that whenever a system is checked by the pros , I know the first place they "Bubble" check is the fittings.

Now this is only speculation but I cant help but think that many AC manufacturers expect that their units will "never" need re-charging.

I suspect that there is a nominal savings with no fittings.

And if there are no fittings, the user would surely need the services of a Professional who had knowledge of sweating fittings and recharging (gotta keep it in the Clan)
But I guess the user friendly "pierce type" connector was not familiar to all who seeked AC assistance.

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Don't get near the endcaps, though.
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Unless you have one of those "limited production painted Airstreams"!
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Old 07-09-2005, 11:28 PM   #23
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Hello everyone--This thread has been an excellent resource (as usual). We have a '75 Excella 500 and the A/C unit looks original. Any idea what brand this is? Or does anyone know where to look to see what unit this is?

Anyway, I have the AS in the shop to check out the axles, brakes, etc., so I've asked them to check out the AC. The good news is its an AS dealership so hopefully they know what they're doing.

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