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Old 07-01-2014, 09:18 PM   #99
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The new RV water pumps have 2 wires - a black one (for ground/negative) and a red one for +12VDC. The head of the pump contains the pressure switch, so that's something you will not need to wire. What you will want to do is to have an SPST switch inline with the +12DVC so that you can switch the pump on and off manually. Somewhere in the circuit an indicator light would be helpful so that you know when the water pump is on or off. This could be accomplished with a switch that lights with an LED built in - Radio Shack sells a variety of these.
Thank you, blkmagikca! That is good information, which will come in handy as I begin to design the water system.

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Old 07-01-2014, 09:26 PM   #100
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I will post photos of the 2 greys I'm installing once they arrive here and are installed ... the nice thing (I hope) is that they fit in the floor and don't hang down .... they will give me 16 gal each so i will have a total of 32g grey and about 12 black ... its Canada Day here today so no tank deliveries unil tmmrw or thurs. you have your big day friday!! .... I installed my new axle with drums brakes etc thur/fri and pressure tested my hot water yesterday ... the hot water and stove are the only original appliances staying .... I'm expecting a SeeLevel 7094ph Gauge to arrive as well ...this will monitor the 4 tanks ... battery level as well as on/off of the pump and furnace .... it monitors without probes (radar??) and reads everything in percentage which will be nice ... hopefully will be closing up the floor shortly!
Thank you, rucos! Any pictures you can post of the tank installations, as well as your recent axle installations, is always appreciated and helpful in visualizing how everything fits and goes back together again. As much as I hate to change directions again, I may find myself removing the belly pan over the long 4th of July weekend to get a good look at the frame and begin to measure for the gray tanks (More productive than trying to pain the inside of the AS in 110+ degree heat!).

The book I'm reading, "Restoring a Dream" refers to and recommends the SeeLevel gauge, which is what I'm planning to install too. Just have to figure out how to snake more wires without removing interior wall panels...
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:41 PM   #101
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Hope's Log: Month 3, Day 1: Troubleshooting Electrical Issue

So, last time I was in Hope cleaning and laying out the bathroom, I took a small amount of time to troubleshoot a problem I'm having with the overhead light in the twin bunk area (Just aft of the air conditioner).

I thought by separating the three red wires and the three white wires then using my volt/ohm meter to test all the red & white wire combinations I would find at least one that had power and maybe another that had a short. Unfortunately, I didn't find either in any combination.

So...before I go into the bake oven again this weekend, does anyone know where these wires are running to and from? If you have removed the interior of your AS, it may be possible that the wires are run in a similar fashion, although model and year may make a difference. Pictures and/or advice always welcomed and appreciated!

I just remembered one of my fellow Airstreamers posted pictures of the wiring in the front of his trailer, which was very helpful to solve a problem with the curb-side spot/scare light (I'm going to look him up right after I finish typing this journal update)....
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:53 PM   #102
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Picts of wiring in ceiling aft of the AC?

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These wires all go to the front under the window... Could be ambilical to tow vehicle. Attachment 213089Attachment 213090. Was able to follow large round white wire all the way to the Univolt. Others go up behind front cap to control pannel

Also have pic of floor rot in front of doorAttachment 213091
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Is there any chance you took picts of electrical wiring for the overhead light just aft of the ceiling air conditioner? I'm making a big assumption that your Caravel has a similar wiring layout as my Safari, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

I tried separating the three red wires and the three white wires then using my volt/ohm meter to test all the red & white wire combinations and hoped that I would find at least one that had power and maybe another that had a short. Unfortunately, I didn't find either in any combination.

Any pictures and/or advice will be welcomed and appreciated!

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Old 07-01-2014, 10:38 PM   #103
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Happiness is...An Electrical Diagram!

After searching the Internet, I was returned to AirForums to find an electrical diagram for a '72 AS (I should have known to look on the electrical forum first!).

It turns out there are owner's manuals for the '71, but service manuals with the electrical diagram were not published until the '72 models. Regardless, this diagram should be all I need to have fun troubleshooting my ceiling light issue. Life is Good!
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:48 AM   #104
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Kei ... so i installed my new axles as stated last week and here are a few photos ... my biggest problem was that the holes where out by a small amount (see photo) .... and they don't supply the 4 bolts needed for mounting ....considering they are special bolts and how much I spent on them I would think it would have been a small extra??.. luckily my friend (mechanic) came by to help and he told me that i needed special "grade 8 fine thread" or better bolts (VERY IMPORTANT!!)... i would have just bought any bolt the correct size... had to delay finishing to go into the wholesalers and get the correct ones nobody had them locally.... drilled out the holes and mounted Grade 11 bolts and we are good to go..... not too much to see in photos (hopefully they post as this is my first attempt at photo posting!!!)...... LOL


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Old 07-08-2014, 12:53 AM   #105
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sorry ... anyone explain how to move photos from my mac to forum ... mine are in Iphoto and i don't have a clue as to what their URL is??
never been asked that when posting photos on other sites.... thanks
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:06 AM   #106
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Rucos, do your images reside on your local hard drive or in the cloud (on the internet)? If they are on your local drive, they don't have URL's. You will need to move them to a storage service in the cloud before you can link to them and post them. Since you compute with a piece of fruit, I can't help you any further.
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:47 PM   #107
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Hope's Log - 11/29/14, Replacing the Dual Axles

In July, after entirely gutting the interior, we were about to paint the walls and floor when it got too hot (115 degrees!), so we took the summer off. Now that the temps are in the 70's, it's time to get back to work.

Rather than working on the interior, the plan is to
1) Replace the axles and drum brakes with new axles and disc brakes.
2) Remove the belly pan and add new gray and black water tanks.
3) Bang the dents out of the banana wraps or replace them.
4) Add new insulation and new aluminum belly pan.

This will give us peace of mind and the ability to use the AS before finishing the interior.

It feels great to be working on Hope again! Pictures to follow shortly...
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:52 PM   #108
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More Pictures of the axle removal...

With some penetrating oil, the nuts that attached the axles and the shock absorbers came off fairly easy.
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Hey Kei
Good to see you back at it. Trailer looks great. Amazing how similar early 70s trailers look. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-11-2015, 12:46 PM   #110
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Hope's Log - Update 11/29/14 - 04/11/15

It's amazing how fast life goes by...I finally have found the time to add a log entry for our renovation of "Hope".

Since Thanksgiving weekend, 2014, we have accomplished the following:

December:
Ordered and installed the two new axles and brakes.

January:
Removed the belly pan, water tank, pink insulation and inspected the floor (Some dry rot in the back corners and near the doorway).

March:
Took a 2-day road trip to InLand RV in California to save on shipping and purchased a new:
- AC Shroud
- Water Tank
- LED brake lights, backup lights, clearance/marker lights
- 7-way pin connections and cable for Tow Vehicle and Airstream
- Sealant, door and window trim
(Special thanks to Andy, Liz, Tessa and Sue for the great conversation during our visit to InLand RV! Your advice is priceless and so worth the trip...look forward to doing it again!)

April:
Installed:
- AC Shroud and aluminum taped the seams of the Armstrong unit
- 7-way pin connections
- Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller
- Reese Weight Distribution and Anti-Sway Dual Cam tow system.

I will post pictures shortly...
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:57 PM   #111
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Hope's Log - Installing New Axles, Shocks and Brakes

The installation of the new Dexter axles required that I cut the frame to accomodate the wider axles, which I accomplished using my grinder and cutting disk.

After painting the frame black, installing the axles and shocks, my wife and son helped me install the new electric brakes and wheel bearings, which I greatly appreciated, since 6 hands made the work of greasing everything so much faster!
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Old 04-11-2015, 01:25 PM   #112
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Hope's Log - Removing Belly Pan, Insulation and Inspecting Floor

Although I originally never expected to, or should I say, wanted to, remove the belly pan, it became obvious that in order to do a proper renovation and reconfiguration of the water-related systems, I needed to do a full inspection of the area beneath the floor. So, I started by removing the four banana wraps then all the aluminum belly pan.

I am very happy with the underside of Hope. There is some dry rot in the back corners and near the door, but I should be able to repair it by cutting out the rot and installing new plywood without adversely affecting the overall integrity of Hope's structure. Thanks again to Andy at Inland RV for taking the time to fully explaining the Airstream's monocoque structural design, which will prove very helpful when I perform the floor repairs.

The removal of the pink insulation brought back bad childhood memories of helping my father install the stuff in our Rhode Island home's attic. I had my 14 year old son help with the removal of the insulation from Hope, so that he too will have a lasting father-son memory! )

I also was fortunate when I removed the old water tank without too much trouble and plan to re-engineer the plumbing to make it a gray water tank for the sinks and shower. I purchased a new above floor water tank that will sit along the road-side wheel well.
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