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Old 12-21-2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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Smile Encouragement needed... please...

My wife and I are fultiming in our vintage 1971 Ambassador. I'm not sure what 35 years works out to in trailer years, but I'm sure it's a lot...

That said... I need to do an emergency repair... there is a foul leak from the rear. I'm quite sure it's not the holding tank that's leaking, I suspect it's a pipe joint. It looks like I'm going to have pull the rear belly wrap to get at the pipe. Since I'm going to be up in there, I'm planning on repairing the dump valve. If fact... if I've got to go through all of this, I'm thinking I might just replace part of the rear floor that had rotted away before the rear end sag was fixed years ago.

All of this will entail removing most of the bathroom... all while we're living in the trailer - and volunteering as camp hosts.

Has anyone ever done repairs on this scale while fulltiming? Is it folly?

Any advice or encouragement would be appreciated.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:20 PM   #2
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I rebuilt the interior of my Overlander while living in it. However, I'll be the first to admit that demoing and replacing beds and closets is a far cry from disabling the toilet and maybe the whole plumbing system. Anyway, as far as advice goes, I planned every step, and I mean every step, to improve the probability that I could complete it in the time alloted, usually one day or in extreme cases two days over the weekend. I mean, I'd lie awake at night thinking of every cut and screw, then lay into it first thing in the morning. Your advantage is that it sounds like you are parked. I generally had to be able to move the Overlander at the end of the day or weekend.

Good luck. Taking the first step generally produces significantly better results than thinking about taking the first step. That said, do you have 'divorce meter' so you can calibrate how close to the edge you are driving things?

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Old 12-21-2006, 06:22 PM   #3
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It can be done...however, think about what you are going to do before you do it, I would drop the belly pan first and find out what the issue is first. Then plan you attack. FWIW most of the bathroom is not going to be able to come out past the bedroom with out removal of the wardrobes and bulkheads....that is assuming you have to pull most of the bathroom out, some of the stuff will come out but I know for a fact the shower/tub won't. When Airstream built these things they start at the rear and work to the front...I guess that is why they the rot starts at the rear and works to the front Are you going to have other bathroom facilities available to you?

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Old 12-21-2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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We're volunteering as campground hosts in a park with some very good rangers, access to tools, and a bathroom and shower near by. We also have a porti-potti that I'll bring in to use while the bathroom is out of commission.

I've been going through Pizza-Chops posts, which are great... if a touch intimidating. My first job will be to get the Airstream up on some wooden ramps so I can have lots of access underneath. I'm hoping I can count on the forum for lots of advice.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:36 PM   #5
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It would be helpful to post pictures once you are into the trouble area.

We replaced a leaky dump valve and rebuilt the surronding pipes a few years ago under "not so great" circumstances. Are you in a place where you have access to parts if needed? Or could have them shipped?
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:35 AM   #6
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I'll post lots of pictures once I get going. I'll get parts shipped out to me as they're needed. If weather permits, I think I'll get started during the week between Christmas and New Years.
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Old 12-22-2006, 05:08 AM   #7
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My wife and I are fultiming in our vintage 1971 Ambassador. I'm not sure what 35 years works out to in trailer years, but I'm sure it's a lot...

That said... I need to do an emergency repair... there is a foul leak from the rear. I'm quite sure it's not the holding tank that's leaking, I suspect it's a pipe joint. It looks like I'm going to have pull the rear belly wrap to get at the pipe. Since I'm going to be up in there, I'm planning on repairing the dump valve. If fact... if I've got to go through all of this, I'm thinking I might just replace part of the rear floor that had rotted away before the rear end sag was fixed years ago.

All of this will entail removing most of the bathroom... all while we're living in the trailer - and volunteering as camp hosts.

Has anyone ever done repairs on this scale while fulltiming? Is it folly?

Any advice or encouragement would be appreciated.
Well if you live in an RV park, you should have access to the bathrooms, 24/7 for those needs, unlike in say... your house.

But, truth be told, it's hard to fix anything while living in it. But, it can be done, just take it part by part and don't let it overcome you, you can do this, we are all here to offer advice and support if you need it.
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Take lots of pictures as you proceed for photo documentation so you can refer to them during re-assembly. Take more pix than you think you'll ever need, you can always throw them in the digital trash when you are finished with the project. Good luck and you can do this, we can help.

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