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Old 09-02-2011, 10:31 PM   #15
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Thanks for the prompt reply and the info.
In answer to your questions; it only leaks when the water is on, not after the water is turned off. And it's not just a trickle, it's spewing water. At present I've got a rag tied around it, but I'd really like to know how to remove this part. Does it just unscrew from the metal elbow in which it sits?

Any further info is much appreciated.
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Remove the wand and its accompanying line...look at the top of the fitting. If it is flat with a smallish hole, that's the washer from the wand line...take it off there. Now look at the fitting again. Does it have an allen cutout (the inside of the fitting is cut to accept an allen wrench)? If so, get one and remove it...lefty loosey...now move onto the vacuum breaker...should be the same routine. If no allen fitting is present, i would use vice grips on the vacuum fitting. Remember, these things have pipe dope on them, and it sets like concrete. A few firm taps on the vicegrips with a heavy hammer will tell you right away if you are on the right path. Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:35 AM   #16
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Thumbs up I solved this problem

Hey Martin!

This was my thread and I have solved my problem. I took the thing off and re-attached the shower hose to without it. I DID order a new Vacuum Breaker from Out of Doors Mart and have it just incase I would need it (not expensive and might be required by law type of thing)

At any rate, no more leaking! Here is a before and after picture. You will find a flat spot on the offending part to make use of a wrench - just be careful you don't pull the other piece off - I used two wrenches - one to take it off, the other to stabilize the rest. Note: I used that teflon tape on the threads when I re-installed it.

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Old 09-03-2011, 09:19 AM   #17
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Clever solution!

While we're on the subject of "vacuum breaker", would someone please enlighten me as to what they actually do?

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Old 09-03-2011, 10:01 AM   #18
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I think it has something to do with water back-flow and possibly contaminating a water supply .
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:07 AM   #19
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Basically, an anti-siphon valve. Just like you find on your sprinkler system for the yard.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:56 AM   #20
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Palmtreegirl,
Just found saw your post, I had a 1993 Excella with same problem on the shower hose - I did the same thing you did to correct it and it worked fine thereafter. Glad you got it fixed as I remember the gosh awful leak before finding the solution to the problem.

Hope you soon get your other problems resolved.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:27 PM   #21
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I think the only thing you need to watch out for in removing that part is the potential for water to remain in the head and hose and subsequently freezing. The piece you removed, if I'm not mistaken, allows water to drain out of the hose and shower head. Just remember to flush well with pink stuff OR remove the hose and head for winter.
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Ah...great info and suggestions. I'm going to go with Palmtreegirl's idea and just remove the part and see how that goes. Thanks for posting that pic Palmtreegirl. And my thanks to all others who took the time to reply! Love this forum alright.
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Where can I purchase the plastic insert and gasket for the vacuum breaker?
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Where can I purchase the plastic insert and gasket for the vacuum breaker?
You can order from your friendly Airstream dealer as mentioned.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:12 AM   #25
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Hey Martin!

This was my thread and I have solved my problem. I took the thing off and re-attached the shower hose to without it. I DID order a new Vacuum Breaker from Out of Doors Mart and have it just incase I would need it (not expensive and might be required by law type of thing)

At any rate, no more leaking! Here is a before and after picture. You will find a flat spot on the offending part to make use of a wrench - just be careful you don't pull the other piece off - I used two wrenches - one to take it off, the other to stabilize the rest. Note: I used that teflon tape on the threads when I re-installed it.

Good Luck! Don't you just love the Forum? Such nice people!
It's a shame to have tp pay $17 for a rubber washer (part that wears out) the rest is fine.
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We also had a '93 Classic with same problem, while at campground. Finally in desperation, I removed the vacuum breaker part, attached hose without the vacuum breaker, worked fine. Don't really know that the vacuum breaker was necessary or not, however, we used the shower for approximately 10 more years without the vacuum breaker (until we sold the '93) without problems.
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:00 PM   #27
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This must be a common problem. We have a 91 Classic. We'll try your solution. Thanks.
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