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Old 08-01-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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Well, I am now the proud owner of my first Airstream. Pretty solid,good floor.Need to replumb as previous owner let her freeze up.Do I need to remove tub and sink to access pipes?Are replacement fresh water tanks available? Mine is missing.Also need to know what the hot water heater is. Can see the top from the bathroom closet and it appears to be electric.I have the large box type cover on the out side and it does'nt seem to be vented.Thanks in advance for any answers.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the "new" trailer.
The water heater on a 66 TW should be street side rear and should have one of those covers on the outside that sticks out around an inch with the rolled top. You can see an example of it here:
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:43 AM   #3
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:57 AM   #4
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With a little creativity, I'll bet you can replumb the fresh water lines without removing the tub. Use PEX. You should be able to snake through.

However, the drains under the bathtub (and under the sinks) may be a different story. You might want to make sure that they didn't freeze and crack as well.

Good luck and welcome to the society of vintage owners!


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Old 08-02-2009, 11:12 AM   #5
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Thanks to all for this great source of information and help. I'm guessing the determination of frozen traps is not easy.
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Oh, determination is pretty easy. Watch for water leaking about. Repairing it would be more challenging, I think.

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Old 08-02-2009, 11:44 AM   #7
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Removing the tub is a MAJOR task, mine is out right now due to floor replacement. With PEX you can most likely snake it through and not have to remove the tub. Pay close attention to all the vent stacks on the roof and make sure they are not leaking. My 68 Trade Wind had floor rot under all three.

Also, since you are new, check the axles. There is plenty of info on what to look for but if they have not been change they are almost guaranteed to be shot. The axles on mine had ZERO movement. With no suspension travel, the tailer will take every bump and it is very hard on every thing inside.

Good luck and welcome.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:59 AM   #8
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Forgot, Inland RV has replacement fresh tanks. Also, Plastic Mart has a tank that is a close fit but not exact.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:48 PM   #9
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My Tradewind has been under a shelter for about the last 18 years, on blocks.Four piers on each side,front,back,and under each axle.Will have to unblock it to bring her home.Plan on raising tongue to get front blocks and then rear blocks before jacking axles to remove the remaining blocks. Would that be a good approach to avoid stress on the frame?Street side of coach is up about a foot off the ground and curb side tires are touching the ground.
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Don't jack on the axles! I know on new ones it can damage them. Jack on the frame.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:25 PM   #11
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I've got to tell you all about my first Airstream related experience,other than the kind responses on this forum.I e-mailed a inquirey to Inland about a replacement fresh water tank for my Tradewind.Not only did I get a prompt reply from Andy himself but he actually called me at home. I wasn't at home so when I got home I returned his call. They were most helpfull and courtious. It is so refreshing in this day and age to deal with folks that are truely customer oriented. Needless to say my new tank is shipping in the morning. Kudu's to Andy and his fine staff.
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