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Old 12-25-2012, 06:01 AM   #1
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Question Aluminum Wiring

Does anyone know when or if aluminum AC wiring was abandoned in the construction of all Airstream campers? I know that aluminum was used in the late 60s but I do not know if it was abandoned.
I know that copper was in shortage in the late 60s and early 70s up until about 1976. This drove the housing industry into the use of aluminum wiring for homes and the camper trades did likewise. Because the current capacity of aluminum is less than copper, the wire size for aluminum required a larger #10 instead of #12 copper.

I just wanted to know when Airstream dropped the use of aluminum AC wiring.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:56 AM   #2
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I haven't seen any Airstreams newer than 1970 models with aluminum wiring.
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I understand a prototype AS was built with copper sheeting and alum wiring till Wally decided it would be much lighter to construct em' the other way around...!
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I understand a prototype AS was built with copper sheeting and alum wiring till Wally decided it would be much lighter to construct em' the other way around...!


And if you think keeping aluminum polished is a lot of trouble.
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