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Old 11-11-2006, 08:54 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank Filler

I have a 79 Excella 500 with a street side port to fill the fresh water tank. It is labeled with the Thetford brand name. The door is aluminum but the backside piece I believe is plastic. The filler hose and vent line attach to this back piece. The vent line has broken off from the assembly. Do any of you know if this part is available and/or where I try to find one?

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Old 11-12-2006, 12:39 AM   #2
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You can check with an Airstream parts supplier, like Inland RV. I'm not sure of the exact part, but you can sometimes find the parts in an RV store like Camping World.

Can you post a picture of the part?
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ayresdream,

I have looked all over the net and can't come close to one and I did look at Inland's sight too. I'll get a picture and post it, that is a great idea.

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I have looked all over the net and can't come close to one and I did look at Inland's sight too. I'll get a picture and post it, that is a great idea.

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Dan,

Andy at Inland has a lot more parts than he puts on his website. Call his toll free # and ask. You have nothing to lose but a few minutes. Good luck.
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:00 PM   #5
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Hi All,

I finally took some pictures of the potable water inlet. The red arrow points to the area that is deteriorating. So, any suggestions on where to get one of these inlets?

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Old 11-19-2006, 09:20 PM   #6
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Fresh Water Tank Filler

Greetings Dan!

My Argosy had a very similar fresh water fill that also posed problems. The interior plastic components degraded and a leak was the result. Ace Fogdall RV investigated the availability of a replacement and nothing remotely similar was available, and the only solution was to install one of the more modern alternatives. Several Argosy owners have had reasonable luck utilizing plastic/fiberglass repair kits to repair the interor portion of the device.

Good luck with the solution to your fresh water fill problem!

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That looks like the same one that is on my '73. Let me look thru the shop manual and see if I can find the original part number. Back in a few.

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On edit: Yep, here you go. It's called a "Spout, Water Fill" The original part number is 04210. Many of the original part numbers have changed to a more modern system in the Airstream inventory. Check with a reputable Airstream dealer and they can get ya one if they are still avilable. Yoy might also try Colaws RV, they have several wrecks on the lot. DO a search on the forum to get their number & webpage.

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Jim,

Outstanding info, thanks.

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Here's the Colaw website: http://www.colawrvsalvage.com/

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What a coincidence! I just finished piecing mine back together. Mine wasn't quite as bad as yours but it was pretty cracked up by the time I removed it from the Sovereign.

Of course, my kitchen console is removed so it was no big deal to cut away some inner skin to get to it. (I had to drill the factory buck rivets out from the outside.)

Anyway, it must be removed from the inside and probably won't come out in one piece. (A putty knife between the plastic and the backside of the outer skin was used.)

I pieced it together with some marine epoxy and then used some Evercoat stranded fiberglass body filler (the blue/green stuff available at fine auto/paint supply stores) on the entire back of it to reinforce it. I too had some missing pieces but the filler hopefully will "fill in" nicely. It sits next to me on the counter, curing as I type.

Good luck finding another one. I didn't see anything on the web, but if you do find it, let us know!
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Old 11-19-2006, 10:19 PM   #11
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Ron,

Mine is on the street side and is under the inner fender skirt. I had to cut a small access hole in the skirt to get to it to try to reattach the hoses. If I have difficulty removing it I'll probably have to cut a bigger hole. I think I might as well go after it and remove it and do as you did. Oh well, let the fun begin.

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Old 11-20-2006, 07:18 PM   #12
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Well folks, I have done some more research, called Thetford and they didn't have a clue what the water inlet is or if they ever made one. They sent me to a distributer that was in the know, well he didn't have a clue either. Off to the Airstream dealer and he said that he has not known of any being available for a long time. He suggest modifying the trailer with the modern version, he showed me one on a 2002 model. Not as classy looking but would work.

I think I am going to remove mine and see if it can be repaired with fiberglass, if not I'll replace with the new version. It appears that I'll have to enlarge the opening in the trailer to do it. If I go that way I'll post my results as it seems more than one of us has this problem.

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Old 11-21-2006, 07:36 AM   #13
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Dan,

Carefully drill out the rivets from the outside and then very carefully slide a very thin putty knife between the skin and the plastic housing. It might be best to try to cut away as much vulkem on the inside as possible, to reduce the resistance to removal. Mine was actually affixed to the inside of the outer skin with double-sided tape, surrounded and sealed with vulkem. It is no wonder it came out in about 8-10 pieces.

I carefully saved all the pieces and patiently reassembled the puzzle using 2-part marine epoxy (sets in 50 minutes, gray in color). After complete assembly, I put a layer of short strand fiber reinforced body filler on the back and it seems to work fine.

The only part that shows from the outside is the door and the little bit of exposed housing.

I'll try to post some pics of the finished product.
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Old 11-21-2006, 11:23 AM   #14
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Ron,

Thanks for the heads up. Looks to be quite a job for a small part! I am sure that it may be the same on mine as the part looks to be thin and crumbling already.

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