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Old 06-13-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Where is the city water connecter?

Hello all!

I just purchased my first air stream....its a '71 31 foot sovereign land yacht. All the outside compartments but 2 were seized. I managed to get them all open except the one panel thats right under the tub on the door side. For the life of me I cannot find the place to hook up the garden hose to in order to get the water working. Is it in the compartment that I can't get open? Or where is it? Maybe its gone.....

I've searched the forums the best I could and couldn't find anything relevant. Unfortunately I didn't get a manual for the trailer either so i'm going in blind. Any insight would be great! Thankfully there is a lot of good information on this site!

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Old 06-13-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Where in the city water connecter?

Greetings Kerver!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstream ownership!

On most 1970s era Airstreams as well as many earlier models, you will find the city water connection on the streetside rear bumper support between the bumper and body - - it should have a white tethered cap over the inlet.

If you are looking for an owners' manual, reproductions are available through the Airstream store at this link.

Good luck with your coach!

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Old 06-13-2010, 10:20 PM   #3
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On my 74 it's on the street side on the rear bumper support beside the sewer cap.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:45 AM   #4
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Thanks to both of you for your replies!

I still haven't located it....however there is a copper pipe that has been cut off in the area of the sewer cap. Its quite skinny.
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copper tube

On my 66 tradewind, there was a 3/8" copper tube left rear with a hose fitting on the end. Could be the same type hook for you. The tube and electric hook came out of the bottom through a piece of PVC pipe.
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:14 PM   #6
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Ok everybody! After taking a better look at the weird skinny pipe I had mentioned earlier it appears that it was maybe an add on as it is screwed into where the garden hose would go. It's seized on there though so I think I will have to try to attach a new connecter to the copper pipe.

Thanks for all the input! Hopefully I can get iworking on this soon so I can find out if the water system actually works. The electricity works and thats all i'm certain about at this point!!

Cheers!
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Kerver,

You've got at least two things going for you: the electricity is working and you've located your city water inlet!

It took us five years to figure out why the water kept pouring out the back of our '74 Tradewind whenever we hooked up to city water! As far as we knew all of the valves were closed and there were no broken pipes. We just discovered a valve waaay down deep INSIDE in the rear bath vanity that was open. We felt like total idiots and were more than a little embarassed.

The folks on Airforums are incredibly helpful and generous with their knowledge. Welcome and congratulations on your new Airstream!
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Greetings Kerver!

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Ok everybody! After taking a better look at the weird skinny pipe I had mentioned earlier it appears that it was maybe an add on as it is screwed into where the garden hose would go. It's seized on there though so I think I will have to try to attach a new connecter to the copper pipe.
The photo below is one that I sourced from the Photo Albums here on Airforums. It shows the typical city water inlet for 1970s coaches.



Good luck with your coach!

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Old 06-16-2010, 06:55 AM   #9
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Thanks overlander!

I have the part that screws onto the frame(only mine has come away from the frame). I don't have that piece that screws in with the cap. Instead I have a longer copper pipe with an elbow in it that screws into that spot. I will take a picture hopefully later on today and show you what I mean. I'm hoping I can just attach another female connector to what is there!

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