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Old 05-28-2012, 01:05 PM   #15
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I can't believe you actually ASKED that! Now, if anything does go wrong, all anybody can say is, "Well, he asked for it."
No truer words were ever typed. Here's the list:

- Dealer of my new-to-me tow vehicle forgot to replug-in wire for fuel door release after doing some warranty work. Mechanic friend sorted that one out before I got surprised (read: ran out of gas).
- New-to-me tow vehicle had blown fuse for charge wire. Can't get odd 30 amp double fuse at 8:45pm in rural Vermont (but can get it the next day driving to nearest big town.)
- Charge circuit didn't matter because the previous owner's definition of "new" batteries (meaning "not the original batteries") differed from my definition of new (meaning brand new and actually capable of holding any charge.) Managed with a cooler and portable LED lanterns inside.
- Actually, charge circuit did matter because the dead batteries couldn't lift the power jack. Plugging into tow vehicle worked.

Ironically, the original problem (water leak) didn't have any impact at all on weekend. Trailer held 5/8 of tank of fresh water the whole time.

But we do love the trailer, and I was able to get rid of the original Marathons just before leaving for the trip. Getting new batteries this week, as well as some other upgrades.

Tempting fate with a new-to-you trailer, a new-to-you tow vehicle, and spending a three night holiday weekend boondocking in VT as the very first trip is temptation enough.

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Old 05-28-2012, 02:23 PM   #16
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Tom,

If never used, the fresh water tank seals have never had any kind of lubrication. Keeping things wet may cause the seals to swell and seal again. That would be best thing.

The 2nd best thing is that you are an engineer, so you'll figure it out after you think for a while.

The 3rd best thing is you've got the Forum to ask questions.

The 4th best thing is you are in Vermont.

Sorry to hear you are having so many irritating problems. There will be others, but so far they seem more irritating than impossible.

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Old 05-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #17
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I admit, I had a moment or two (or evening) of "What in the hell did I blow $XX,XXX on?" But like you said, after being reminded of Occam's Razor, most of the problems are straight-forward minor hassles.

The main problems seem to be centered around the owners seldom using the trailer, and NEVER using it for boondocking. Both the fresh water system and the batteries (which also weren't stored right) would never have been really used.

The plus side of this is that the trailer was towed for all of 3000 miles and is immaculate. All of the Airstream Factory Original Sawdust! is bone dry under the cabinetry. We scratched up stuff more in our weekend of using it then they did in four years of ownership.

And yeah, camping in Vermont in a riverside site was lovely. Plus it is a dream to tow, and we are thrilled by how well the floor plan works for the two of us. Frankly, camping in the trailer, problems and all, was the best thing we could have done with it.

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Old 05-28-2012, 02:37 PM   #18
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Glad to see you've calmed down Tom. We had many "what have we done" moments with our new trailer for the first couple of years. Did you find any hamburger wrappers, screws and other junk yet?

Any bites on your Minuet yet? I'm sure you've kept it in great condition.

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Old 05-28-2012, 03:12 PM   #19
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Plenty of sawdust and screws (which might come in handy.) No food wrappers yet. But ownership is still young!

Have a deposit on the Minuet, and the new owners are scheduled to pick it up in early June. Had lots of serious interest, which we're happy about. The Minuet is really a lovely trailer with lots of care given to it.

Now all I need to do is sell my 1995 Miata and the Odyssey to pay for the 2011 Durango. (And to help pay for the mods to the Safari...)

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Old 05-28-2012, 03:16 PM   #20
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My experience would indicate that it well could be the fill hose. I bought a trailer that the owner told me had frozen. I got the huge flood when I filled the tank. I took it to Airstream for other work and asked them to check the tank. They found that the fill hose had a split and replaced it. No more problem. Airstreams original estimate for replacing the tank was $500. No way of telling how much they actually charged for changing the hose.

I have the same problem in my other trailer. Going on a caravan next week. So today I decided I could fix that. I do not agree that there is any thing relatively easy about this job. 3 hours later I finally got the clamp loose and cut the hose off the barb. One small slit in the hose from the clamp and the clamp was rusted up from the leaking water. Hard to see that much water coming out of that small slit. And all the other plumbing down in that hole has decided to move over on top of the water tank barb for residence now. Problem I have now is I can not find a new line. Going to try the RV place tomorrow and then order some if I have too. Not sure there will be room for the new hose stuff that I see listed. What is in mine is 1.5 inch flexible drain line that both the local Lowes and Home Depot do not carry. Yet in Jan I saw it in a couple of stores in Florida so I did not check here ahead of time. Guess I will fill the tank from under the cabinet and put a cork in it for the caravan if I do not find it this week.

On mine there is another small rubber tube hooked to fill fitting, but not into the fill line. Possibly and air vent. Guess I will try to trace that down.

My tanks hold an awful lot of water. Hard to bring yourself to fill it all the way when it is leaking bucketfuls. I have had water coming back out the top though. One way to rupture a tank is to fill it really full with a hose jammed into the fill line.

Back out to the trailer for a quick look. The vent hose comes out of a fitting at the top of the tank. 1/4 inch rubber hose. fairly easily accessible to check on mine.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #21
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Exciting update and resolution. My local shop fixed the leak. Seems the fill hose wasn't really connected too well to the inlet on the trailer's side wall. Filling went OK, but the overflow ran down and out.

Took a few hours of labor for disassembling the wardrobe in order to get access, but much better than my initial fears.

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Glad to see it is fixed and was less of a problem than anticipated.

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Have a 76 Sovereign I just bought, was going to replace the half inch supply hose between the pump and tank, apparently you have to drop the tank cover to get to the connection on the tank? Appreciate your input.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:18 PM   #24
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73 Airstream Tank Leaking

Well I just bought a 73 Airstream and my fresh water tank is leaking badly. From wahat appears to be all around it forward of the axle. Is there a valve I can shut off to not fill the tank. I am simply going to be sitting running off of city water? Any Thoughts...
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Exciting update part #2 (I think I have that count correct.)

Turns out the fresh water tank was cracked near the fresh water inlet. Looks like the previous owner stored it one winter with the tank full, and it cracked up at the top. With all of the construction debris surrounding the tank, it's a surprise nothing wore through the outside. All fixed and cleaned up now.

Surprisingly, the tank wasn't that expensive - but the labor was. (And somewhere, the first replacement tank is floating around in lost-in-UPS-tracking land. Big thanks to whoever at Airstream or ODM sent the second one next-day to help get it fixed.)

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Tom, glad to hear it was fixed. Anyone who gets in the tank area finds construction debris. Sad but true.

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Thanks Gene. Just happy that the shop actually found an obvious problem, rather than chasing something elusive.

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Thanks Gene. Just happy that the shop actually found an obvious problem, rather than chasing something elusive.

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Tom...I saw the link on your thread to the "shop" you brought your trailer to. The guy who owns Classic RV Repair & Restorations in Holmes, NY use to work for the RV Legends Airstream dealer in Waterbury, CT. He is one of the best, honest mechanics I've ever delt with and anyone needing work on their Airstream in the NY, CT, NJ areas should look him up.
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