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Old 03-20-2005, 05:51 PM   #169
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New Zip-Dee & Rock Guard

Last week the trailer came back from the paint shop.
This weekend, thanks too Mark (gjktx forum member) the new Zip- Dee and the three piece rock guard are on.
The trailer is ready for Home Comming and I am ready!!!

Thanks Mark

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Old 03-20-2005, 06:31 PM   #170
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Fantastic piece of work there Tim~!!
I should park mine near your's...and let you do mine..
The floor and the dinette looks perfectly done~
btw, going to Va Beach this coming week...I know it could use a buffin job...
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Keep up all the good work folks~!
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Old 03-20-2005, 09:08 PM   #171
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Oy me, spent the weekend stripping woodwork. Blech, and it's only 1/3 done. Definitely the hardest struggle was stripping off the cracked paint (latex layered on zolatone) galley overhead cabinet. It's going to need another go at (to take off the little tags of paint left) before I can feel good about it. Oiled up the woodwork in the other portions and it looks much better. The earlier varnish was dull, stripped, it shows the wood!

Patched the paint (the zolatone came painted, so since I can't seem to strip it, I"m just going to work on making it as good as possible). Finished sewing up one more cushion cover (these suckers are annoying time sinks, btw). Chipped off a few floor tiles and spent time musing over a lump in the flooring discovered under the tile at the base of one of the gauchos. It's especially perplexing, since the floor is very solid there. Go figure...

Got my new heat pump from Florida RV and it's hidden now in my living room carefully disguised under a blanket. I keep on considering how the heck I"m going to get this sucker up onto the roof of my trailer. And more to the point, how the heck do I get the old unit off. How the heck???

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Old 04-15-2005, 04:43 PM   #172
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Mine still does look like that!
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Old 04-15-2005, 06:30 PM   #173
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Mine still does look like that!
Is that bad? What are they suppose to look like?

Andy once posted that we should expect to replace them every few years!

Is there a long term alternative?

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Old 04-16-2005, 12:38 AM   #174
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Is that bad? What are they suppose to look like?

Andy once posted that we should expect to replace them every few years!

Is there a long term alternative?

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Andy would have you replace everything every couple of years.
The Argosys had plastic vent pipe caps. Yours is now a healthy 32 years old, (Happy Birthday Vent Pipe Cap! )
I am not sure if there are other resources other than Inland. I need to replace mine and I have a contact at Airstream Tech Support, (I get straightforward, no personal opinion repsonse from him), that I am going to email the picture to come Monday. If I can find it elsewhere I will buy it from them. If I cannot, then I will do without.
Try www.airstreamdreams.com too!
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Old 04-16-2005, 12:55 AM   #175
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Why not put on a current model aluminum vent cover and if needed paint to match. At least it would not deteriorate.
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Old 04-16-2005, 12:59 AM   #176
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If it will fit then that is what I will do.
I am going to replace it, I just know where I am not going to buy it.
Did you have to replace yours, Tim?
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I suspect you miss-read Andy's comment. Itís not the vent pipe cover that needs to be replaced every few years. Rather, it's the black rubber seal that goes over the vent pipe itself that is the main culprit. The Sun's UV can destroy this seal. You can expect, on the average, to be replacing the seal once every 5 yrs or so.

It's possible to go longer before replacing it, but then you run the risk of water leaks. Since it's so easy and cheap to replace...At the same time, you should consider re-caulking all of the vents, TV, etc on top.
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Mine's already aluminum originally. You make a good point about whether they would fit or not. I can't be sure. But they look the same.

I would try Oasis RV . They should be able to tell you for sure.

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If it will fit then that is what I will do.
I am going to replace it, I just know where I am not going to buy it.
Did you have to replace yours, Tim?
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I suspect you miss-read Andy's comment. Itís not the vent pipe cover that needs to be replaced every few years. Rather, it's the black rubber seal that goes over the vent pipe itself that is the main culprit. The Sun's UV can destroy this seal. You can expect, on the average, to be replacing the seal once every 5 yrs or so.

It's possible to go longer before replacing it, but then you run the risk of water leaks. Since it's so easy and cheap to replace...At the same time, you should consider re-caulking all of the vents, TV, etc on top.
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I am sure that is what happened.
Hopefully the aluminum one on the new A/S's will fit so you will have an alternative to buy from.
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Old 04-16-2005, 01:47 AM   #180
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I am sure that is what happened.
Hopefully the aluminum one on the new A/S's will fit so you will have an alternative to buy from.
pattersontoo,
I'm not sure when the plastic vent covers first showed up but on my '84 A/S, both of the vent covers are Aluminum.
The thing that really bothers me about Airstream is when they start messing with things that worked well in the past..(plastic vice metal on the exterior)
But then again, A/S isn't the only one doing this..Has anyone noticed the plastic wheels that ZipDee is now using on each ends of the main awning??
Maybe the older Aluminum ones will show up on EBAY selling for hundreds of dollars...lmao
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I'm not sure when the plastic vent covers first showed up but on my '84 A/S, both of the vent covers are Aluminum.
The thing that really bothers me about Airstream is when they start messing with things that worked well in the past..(plastic vice metal on the exterior)
But then again, A/S isn't the only one doing this..Has anyone noticed the plastic wheels that ZipDee is now using on each ends of the main awning??
Maybe the older Aluminum ones will show up on EBAY selling for hundreds of dollars...lmao
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That's better known as a "clamp wheel"..
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Old 04-17-2005, 06:09 AM   #182
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I finally got a water pump installed. This task was left uncompleted from last year due to me having to have the Overlander ready for a September trip to Disney World which did not occur until November. It was not that big of a deal since all of trips were to campgrounds that had water & power.

Initially, I wanted to keep the original PAR pump since it still worked. But two leaks were revealed after hooking it up to shore water. One of them could probably be JBWelded, but the other leak was in the pressure sensor. I finally decided to go with new technology, and ordered a Flojet VSD based on Sneakinup's recommendation. Excellent pump! It is very quiet, and provides more than enough water.

In my case, the gaucho had to come out since I had stubbed out a new copper line during last year's refurb, but had not reinstalled the tank/pump plumbing.

Here's a couple of pics: One shows the original PAR pump being pressure tested, and the other shows the Flojet installed.

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