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Old 06-10-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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Wet shower shut off, the most surreal experience!

I am having the most surreal and frustrating experience dealing with airstream technical support. I have spent days of back and forth e-mailing without getting any valuable answers to very simple questions. Absolutely unbelivable. Anyway... One of the questions I have for them... On the 16 foot Bambi the shower faucets don't seem to be shutting off the water. The only way I can shut off the water is through the shower head. I took apart the faucets thinking that the stems were broken or the gaskets worn out but they seem to be in perfect shape. The base itself is in perfect shape as well. I am starting to think that the faucets are not meant to shut off the water and maybe the only function to regulate hot and cold water. So, here is the question. On the 16 foot, 2004 Bambi (I belive is the same system for most recent Bambis) can you shut off the water from the faucets or is it just from the shower head? I included the picture of the faucets I am talking about.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
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Has it always been like this?

The plastic handles have a bad habit of stripping where they fit the metal faucet. If that has happened, it's possible you think you're turning the water off, but they are still allowing a small amount of water past them. The most direct solution would be to try to find metal faucet handles.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:19 PM   #3
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Hi overlander,
I just bought the Bambi and the person who sold it to me apparently never used the shower and doesn't know and unfortunately I am the third owner and can't find out what the first owner did (hope he didn't do a home made modification). I checked the plastic handles and they are in perfect shape. I also tried to shut off the water with a metal handle and still it doesn't shut off. I don't even get a diminished flow...
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:11 PM   #4
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idea

inline water filters - usually present in kitchen and bath faucets - if you let them freeze in the winter OR put antifreeze through them they leak forever. Ask me how I know.

If you can find one for your faucet and replace it with something you buy at the hardware store, that may fix the problem.

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There's something not right there. It's possible the trailer didn't get winterized properly, and maybe the water froze in that area, expanding them to where the faucets don't shut off the water. I'll be back in the shop tomorrow, if you don't have it figured out by then, I can see if I can find anything out for you.
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inline water filters - usually present in kitchen and bath faucets - if you let them freeze in the winter OR put antifreeze through them they leak forever. Ask me how I know.

If you can find one for your faucet and replace it with something you buy at the hardware store, that may fix the problem.

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There's something not right there. It's possible the trailer didn't get winterized properly, and maybe the water froze in that area, expanding them to where the faucets don't shut off the water. I'll be back in the shop tomorrow, if you don't have it figured out by then, I can see if I can find anything out for you.
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It makes it easier working with Airstream support if you can give them the option of a phone number so they can contact you.Especially if there is some confusion. You should be able to completely shut off the water using the faucets. The shower head should reduce the flow once you have set the faucets to the proper temperature while showering.
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There is also a vacuum breaker that will let water drain out of the bottom of shower hose when you first turn it off.
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Ok, I was able to talk with airstream tech support. As expected the faucets should be able to shut off the water. I dissambled the faucets and replaced the stems with new ones and still no shut off or even close to it. I decided to open up the back of the airstream and see how the pluming looked like. I am not a plumber but what I found was interesting (see photo). It looks like there is a line from the main water that goes directly to the shower (on top). On the bottom you can see the hot water and the cold water going to the faucets. Since the main water has a connection to the shower it's by passing the faucets that's the reason why it doesn't shut. Could this be a modification for some strange reason or is there something I don't understand?
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Ok, I was able to talk with airstream tech support. As expected the faucets should be able to shut off the water. I dissambled the faucets and replaced the stems with new ones and still no shut off or even close to it. I decided to open up the back of the airstream and see how the pluming looked like. I am not a plumber but what I found was interesting (see photo). It looks like there is a line from the main water that goes directly to the shower (on top). On the bottom you can see the hot water and the cold water going to the faucets. Since the main water has a connection to the shower it's by passing the faucets that's the reason why it doesn't shut. Could this be a modification for some strange reason or is there something I don't understand?
I don't think that bottom water line should be there. If it is, it should have a shutoff there.
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Could this be some sort of winterizing solution to let water drain
out of shower head ?
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:55 PM   #12
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Could this be some sort of winterizing solution to let water drain
out of shower head ?
This is an idea, the only thing that would make sense. Not an easy access however...
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I am NO expert plumber!! But the brass colored piece in the lower horizontal line just left of the elbow LOOKS like a "back flow" preventer that I use on my drip irrigation lines for the hanging baskets on my porch. I bet it is installed back wards if it is. This would let the water drain for winterizing if installed correctly. As I said I am no expert but that piece looks familiar.
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I agree, it looks like a check valve in the line. It might be there to drain the water from the shower hose after the water pressure is removed. There should be an arrow on that brass piece to indicate the direction of flow. The flow should be from the shower hose line to the cold water line, that would allow it to drain. My guess is the check valve is bad.
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