Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-20-2010, 12:31 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
airdoxy's Avatar
1958 22' Caravanner
gregory , Michigan
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 30
OK I am almost ready to cut into the AS Caravanner

After reading the adjacent thread about Precision temp water heaters I have almost decided to go with the PT RV5000. What is the best way to cut the side out of the trailer. I never had a propane heater in the original trailer so can choose my spot.

Metal drill at corners and reciprocating saw with fine metal blade?

I like the ease of installation of the Precision Temp Shower Mate, but the cost is up there. Does anyone think its worth buying the High wind and Winter add-on for the PT RV5000?


airdoxy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 12:39 PM   #2
Rivet Master
HowieE's Avatar

1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,318
Images: 12
I would not consider a reciprocating saw to cut the outside of the AS. Consider a small router or nibbler, the reciprocating saw and metal shears will bend the material along the cut and may not be covered by the flange around the heater. Check the flange dimensions before you use them.

2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 01:55 PM   #3
Rivet Master
vswingfield's Avatar
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,726
Images: 32
Originally Posted by airdoxy View Post

Does anyone think its worth buying the High wind and Winter add-on for the PT RV5000?

I do. Even in Arkansas.

But I'm in my Excella in the winter.
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 02:22 PM   #4
Rivet Master
Silverhobby's Avatar
1967 26' Overlander
1968 30' Sovereign
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Mosheim , Tennessee
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,301
Send a message via Yahoo to Silverhobby
When I cut into the side of my classic trailer to make a refrigerator vent, I looked at the rivet lines and carefully measured the opening I needed to make. I started with the small hole made by a drill. Then I used hand metal shears to nibble away the metal, hoping I would not find a hidden wire of any kind. I was very fortunate and the vent install went smoothly. I can certainly understand your reluctance in cutting into the side of your trailer.
Kevin with Baity the Lab/Pointer
//------AIR # 7303------\\
WBCCI 17109
visit my restoration blog at:
Silverhobby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 05:16 PM   #5
Rivet Master
68 TWind's Avatar
1968 24' Tradewind
Oxford, , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,307
I'd say stay away from recip saw. Things can go bad real fast if you make a mistake. A good jig saw with a fine metal blade might work OK, put blue tape down so the shoe of the saw doesn't mare the skin. I think the best would be an air nimbler, but hard to justify buying if you only use it once. Eastwood Company, check the web site, has a good manual metal nibbler. I bought one last year and it works well and does not distort the edge like shears can.
68 TWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 06:34 PM   #6
wmarsha's Avatar
2000 30' Limited
battle ground, , Washington
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 510
small hole and look around

inho, small hole first, then inspection mirror with flashlite, then creep up on it with tin snips. the alum is easy to cut with sharp snips (not the 40 year old ones in the tool box-spend a coupla $ and get some new ones) don't use the recip-it'll jump around too much and the length of the blade will cause additional woes inside...slow and small is the ticket.
wmarsha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 07:19 PM   #7
Rivet Master
Becky B.'s Avatar

1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,564
Images: 19
Harbor Freight has a pretty cheap nibbler that worked well on belly pan material for me. Your sides might be thicker than that, but it was WAY easier than a snips & the cuts were smoother.

1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 07:59 PM   #8
3 Rivet Member
2007 25' Safari FB SE
Eureka Springs , Arkansas
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 177
I agree with 68 Twind. I hired a RV tech to install furnace and water heater in new location. I marked where I wanted it, but couldn't watch the initial cuts. He used a sabre saw with masking tape on base. No Sweat (except from me!).

PS: Rivet lines mark where NOT TO CUT!!
triplenet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2010, 09:51 PM   #9
2 Rivet Member
airdoxy's Avatar
1958 22' Caravanner
gregory , Michigan
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 30
Thanks All! I like the cautious approach. I am now even leaning toward the 'Shower Mate' unit, because it requires only 3" opening in and 3" stack exhaust out. Maybe its worth an extra $400 to keep the old tin can looking original.

airdoxy is offline   Reply With Quote

airstream, caravanner, precision temp, water heater

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1959 airstream caravanner 22 (6.7m) ready to ship to eu eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 05-14-2009 03:20 AM
How do I cut off the engine Tarheel Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 17 11-26-2006 05:55 PM
Can corning glass be cut? pinkflamingoes Windows & Screens 9 10-28-2006 11:03 PM
Dometic doesn't cut on ipso_facto Refrigerators 5 11-28-2004 06:55 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.