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Old 05-10-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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I have just returned from a ten day camping trip with my 34 ft airstream 1993 and my 1992 Ford 250. Both bought from original owner and in nice shape but I have a couple questions for you folks with experience.
- my water heater clicks but does not ignite. I intend to clean it up and see if that does the trick- any other suggestions.
- my door is causing a small dent where it attaches to the trailer when propped open. Is there a part I can add there to provide either some cushion or restrict the door from hitting so hard. Could also lop my gkids arms off but that's the last solution
- my old ford has 120000 miles on her and runs like a charm but when first started emits white smoke for 30 seconds. Used no oil in the first 850 miles and runs real clean after the first burst of white smoke
- my truck has a banks eng turbo so runs well. Is there any maintainance required on those units and how many miles should I expect it to last I drive easy and am not in a hurry
- my truck has overdrive and will pull the trailer in OD at 55mph and 2100 rpm if the OD is off RPM jumps to about 2500. which do most folks use.
- when I turn the electrical master switch on there is a humming noise that is always there. is this normal. My manual says leave the switch on unless the trailer is stored fro a long time. The previous owner says he always turned it off to travel or if parked and not in use. What do most folks do with theirs and is the slight hum normal I also have solar panels but that's for a later day when I figure them out

We had a Argosy but had to sell and take a couple years off to do some chemo etc but my prize for kicking cancers arse is my trailer. If any of you get towards Jasper nat park up in Canada give me a call
thanks folks
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:28 PM   #2
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The "humming" is the univolt power converter and is normal. You may want to replace it with a Progressive Dynamics converter with Charge Wizzard and Intelipower. You will extend your battery life a lot. I installed a PD9245 in my unit. I leave mine on most of the time. Check for spider webs in the burner tube of the water heater. Sometimes it takes awhile for propane to reach the heater if you have replaced the tanks. Lighting the stove top helps. Chris
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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I can't help you with ine darn question, butvI can offer a warm welcome and a hardy congrats on beating cancers arse. Good for you, now go and enjoy life on the road.
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:58 PM   #4
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Don't worry about the white smoke after the startup, it is unburned fuel ,a little warm up it will go away, I always run my 7.3 at 2300 rpm, it had 185000 miles before it started having problems,3000 mile oil changes....take it easy
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I have the same concern with the door on ours but only if the key is left in the lock. It happens sometime and I think that if the wind caught it or it got pushed back it would put a dimple in the side. I was thinking of removing the catch and making a fiber or rubber pad to add a little thickness to what's already there as some insurance. Haven't done it yet as it's just not that high on my priority list. In my case it is only an issue if I leave the keys in the lock.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:42 PM   #6
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:04 PM   #7
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Use a pipe cleaner in the venture tube for water heater spiders will build nest in them . As for the door I used a peice of rubber tape where door touches this stopped the dents.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:09 PM   #8
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:09 PM   #9
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One of our AS had a small rubber bumper stuck on the trailer. The others have the latch to holds the door open and that provides some buffering as it "slams" against the trailer wall.
We had an Award where the converter started to hum after a year or two....very annoying. We finally sold the problem to someone else. Our Airstreams have not had that problem, but if and when I'll upgrade to a better unit that can float charge the battery

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Old 05-12-2015, 05:26 AM   #11
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I would leave the Overdrive on. You will get better gas mileage and your engine will last longer at the lower RPM's. My newer converter does not hum. If you call Airstream Tech. in Jackson Center they can tell you. I have found them to be very good and easy to work with.
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