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Old 08-03-2015, 07:46 AM   #1
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Looking for assistance in MN

Well... The local Airstream dealer's service department is not getting back to me with an estimate, so I'm looking elsewhere. My 84' rear-bath Soveriegn is totally gutted -- I just want some plumbing done and I'm hoping someone here can refer me to the right person. I want the shower, bath sink, and kitchen sink roughed in, and water tanks hooked up. I'd also like the furnace and water heater connected. (I'm using a composing toilet, electric fridge, and no other kitchen appliances.)
Any references in Minnesota? I'd LOVE to hire someone whose shoulder I might peek over in the process.
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Old 08-03-2015, 05:22 PM   #2
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Depends somewhat on the part of the metro area you're in, budget, and timeline.

Shorewood RV is the local Airstream dealer and are in my experience typically willing to take on projects like yours during slack times, typically November-March. (north of the metro)

Niemeyer trailer sales in Elko (south of the metro) is not an Airstream specialist but may be willing to help. They are a small shop, but have been helpful in my limited dealings with them.

Gag's Camper Way in Mankato (way south) also seems willing to work on older rigs. My dealings with them only involved a sealtech test, but they seemed helpful.
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Old 08-03-2015, 11:42 PM   #3
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Thanks Jammer! The bid from Shoreview came in at 4-5k which I think is astronomical -- but that's just my uninformed response (I can get a luxury bath plumber for less than that in my home?)
It's possible I'm crazy, but I'm starting to think I might be able to figure it out with the help of a residential plumber and some good advice from the kind folks here. I might reach out to the Elko folks, too.
I appreciate your input!
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:02 AM   #4
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You can do this! Plumbing is very do-it-yourself friendly these days. The sales people at your local hardware or big-box store can be a great help. PEX for the pressure side of the water system and PVC for the drains. Lots of help available here on the forums.

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Old 08-04-2015, 02:41 PM   #5
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4-5k doesn't sound unrealistic. Most RV service places have a shop rate of over $100 an hour, often as high as $120. When you consider that car repair places are charging $95-$100, and RV shops have higher expenses due to the additional space required and the seasonal nature of the business, $120 isn't surprising.

What you're contemplating is easily 3-4 days of work with a few hundred dollars of parts. Not necessarily difficult work, but time consuming.

Another possible shop to consider is ABC Bus in Faribault. They are if anything going to be on the higher dollar end of the spectrum but the work they do is of the highest quality and they are very service oriented. They did some air conditioning work for me a while ago.
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I have a good friend who is a excelent plumber. He lives in Burnsville. Send Me an E-mail at mjpjensen@juno.com and I will send you his phone #.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:30 PM   #7
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Well... The local Airstream dealer's service department is not getting back to me.....My 84' rear-bath Soveriegn is totally gutted.....
Generally speaking, the last thing a dealer wants in his shop is a project and/or restoration. They're not in business for that sort of thing.

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Old 08-05-2015, 01:03 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone! My ex-husband was a residential plumber, so I guess I'm used to those rates. Didn't think RV plumbing would be more expensive. Good to hear about recommendations, and that I might learn myself. 3-4 days doesn't seem like a big deal to me. Finally- I'm surprises that an Airstream dealer would NOT be interested in the work. I thought that would be exactly the kind of thing they might be interested in (roughing in, no installation, no restoration), seems pretty basic. What DOES a service department want then? I can definitely do it myself, rather than pay 5 grand. Guess I won't have the opportunity to send referrals their way. I'll be in touch, Jay, regarding your friend. I figured this was the place to find a solution anyhow! I've been reviewing diagrams all day.
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Hi Jennie,

My wife and I are in Minneapolis (Golden Valley) and we have had our 31' international ambassador for ten years. We have just done a rear bath floor replacement. I decided to replace all the plumbing at the same time. It might help you to determine your interior layout before installing the plumbing. If you are close by you could come and take a look at what we did. I did install a drainable shower trap so we wouldn't have to use antifreeze to winterize. This is my first post, but I have been reading the forum for a long time - Lots of good advise here. PM me if you want to learn plumbing.
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