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Old 07-18-2002, 09:02 PM   #1
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Should I get rid of my appliances?

I am considering getting rid of my refrigerator, stove, wall oven, 8 track tape player and radio, and perhaps the heater. I have a '72 (I think) 31 footer, I think... that we just got but have not picked up yet.

My considerations are these:
I would rather have a little two burner propane stove that can be used inside or out; those little units you see at nice restaurant buffets when they make you a special omlet. I like the idea of a small 12 volt chest refrigerator, the size of an ice chest. We won't use the oven at all. We might be equally or even more comfortable with one or two of the new little propane catalytic wall mount heaters and they may be more efficient...

We can convert all the space where these appliances are to more storage space which we will certainly use, instead of appliances which we will use little or none. We will put in shelving and tambour doors to match the rest of the Airstream.

We wonder if there is any market for these appliances. They all seem to work well and they all work fine according to the sellers.

We paid very little for our Airstream and we are not prone to restoration. We do plan to redo the inside quite a bit to fit our color tastes; new carpet, drapes, upholstery, etc.

BEFORE... I put them up for sale or start removing them -- I'd like some feedback from you experienced folks. IF there is a market for them, I'd like to know where I can submit model numbers, do tests on the equipment, and submit pictures of them.
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Old 07-18-2002, 09:33 PM   #2
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I have been in the progress of replacing the stove furnace, and refer in our coach due to failure and the prior owner removing them. The 12 volt refer boxes do draw a lot of power to keep stuff cold. This would not be a problem while trailering or plugged in, but if you plan to boondock this could kill the batteries fast. You may want to look into replacing the current refer with a smaller model that you could intstall in a cabinet so it is at a comfortable level and use the space underneath for storage. By removing the furnace and installing catylic heaters you will stay warm, but will not have any heat going to the holding tanks or plumbing. This is not an issue if you plan on only warm weather camping. But if the weather will get below freezing for more than a few hours you could be in trouble. If space on the kitchen counters is an issue and you remove the stove I would reccomend a small 2 burner in counter cook top from kitchenaid. It is only 15 inches wide. The portable cook stoves have a very low BTU output on the burners and can take forever to cook some items.

As to reselling the items you take out, I am sure there is a market for them, but as alwyas it is finding someone near you that wants what you have. You may want to try ebay?

keep us posted on the renovations and if you can post pictures. we all love to see what each other has done to their coaches.
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Old 07-18-2002, 09:58 PM   #3
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VERY good points!

Do you know a source for smaller propane/electric refrigerators?

I will keep that BTU issue in mind and do more checking!!!

I'll keep the original heater based on this information! I may add one or two small cat heaters though as my partner Kate, is prone to chilliness!

We plan to do a LOT of discussion here before we do things and then we will post pics for discussion as we do stuff.
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Old 07-18-2002, 10:05 PM   #4
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I would try it the way it is a few times. 31 feet is a lot of space, might not be as cramped as you think. There is a lot of space which can be used for storage once you get used to it and discover all the nooks and crannies.

The small dc coolers are marginal in my experience, I gave the one I had away. Hot summer days and it was lukewarm. Small propane bottles are expensive, have to be safely stored, and always seem to run out at the wrong time. The small catalytic heaters are nice as a supplement, but as Brett said they will not keep your tanks from freezing.

Look at how much actual storage space you will gain by removing these items, where you will store the replacements, and if it will be that much gain overall.

I would consider how much storage space is in the smaller refrigerators. They fill up (and empty out) pretty quickly compared to what we are used to in our homes. They do not cool as efficently as a compressor model, and it seems logical that the larger volume (and greater contents) would not be as affected by door openings as the smaller ones.

I doubt if there would be much of a market for the appliances other than very near to you. Their weight would make shipping very expensive (they would have to go by truck, which means crated and palletized), and the age would make them suspect as to life expectancy. There are some people who want all original, but most are going to go with a new appliance over one that is 30 years old.

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Hmmmmm... I am very glad to read these comments!!!

Good points!
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On the refer you can check out sizes at Camping World or if you can get a catalog they have a size matrix in it. Here is a link to dometic's site and small refers with dimentions:

http://www.dometicusa.com/products/r...c/compact.html

The new refer I bought I got at Camping world, join their President's Club and you get 10% off everything you buy. I saved over $100.00 on my refer. If there is no CW near you, you can all ways search the web. Stay with Norcold or Dometic. They have been around forever and you will be able to get parts, Etc. Also my reccomendation is to stay away from the Dometic Americana Line. The refer and frigde temps are fixed at the factory and cannot be adjusted. I feel that you need to adjust your temps based on the usage and weather you will be using the rig in.

Here is a link to an online souce for the kitchenaid cooktop.

http://www.universal-akb.com/kitaid15gasc.html

I have not completed this project yet and am using a plug in hot plate until I get the nickels saved. There is also one available through West marine that is the same as the one they are using in the new Airstream trailers.

here is that link: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/com...110876&outlet=

and : http://www.seawardproducts.com/2276.htm

I hope I am overwhelming you but I had hoped all my searching could help someone else! Options, Options, Options, Make it yours!
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Old 07-18-2002, 10:31 PM   #7
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Talking Your kidding, right?

As an experienced folk if you feel you need to remove these items to get more storage space then you have a storage space problem, as mentioned 31 feet is a good sized trailer. They dont get much bigger unless you go to a 5th wheel. When it comes time to sell you wont get much for it without appliances and appliances that work, but you didnt pay much to begin with.

catalytic heaters are fine for fall nights but when it gets cold you will need a heater to circulate hot air.

A 12v cooler is not meant to replace a fridge, keyword: cooler. Eating improperly kept food will ruin your weekend quicker than you can say puke.

Get real, how much space does a radio take?

You will need that oven & 4 burners when it rains.

It sounds like this trailer is not really for you, my suggestion is to sell it and get something more inline with your taste, a tent perhaps.

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John, I'm just a newbie and don't know nuttin' yet... these are good points and I hope to be a good student of all you folks who have been down this road and KNOW! Besides my old bones and back are not good in tents any more. That is my experience however, very perceptive of you.

Thanks! I'm off to the links!
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Mr. Jody...Hi, it's "Cat" , we're all over the net aren't we? & that's good,but it's nice to run into you here. I see you're getting lots of good advice. Good place for it.

Did you come here from my referral? (just curious),,, If so, I'm pleased that you did.

You are in good company. I think John's comments re the appliances (last post above mine on this 'thread'), was most accurate...the weight and shipping and age (becoming worn-out) might circumvent your getting many offers or even interest. I have another site where you could 'advertise' them online. I'll send it to you tomorrow.
Let us know if you get photos to download of them.
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Cool 8-Track Radio/Tape Player

Well...John, an 8-Track radio/tape player may not take up much space...but, quite interestingly John, I had a better idea for the 'space' it took up in my rig. Trapazoid lucite coke-bottle green edged LUCITE CD/DVD shelving!

In Mr. Jody's defense...I think it has something to do with 'whatever floats your boat'...
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Old 07-19-2002, 08:41 AM   #11
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appliance removal

removing the cook stove is an ideal I thought was crasy until I bought a 87 soverign last mounth...the trailer was put togeather for a airstream employee..and he had it built with a cov-microwave built into stove space and a solid counter to the sink...its really nice to have the room and looks great.I also have a 75 overlander..and nothing heats up the trailer more in the summer than a gas stove..i cook out side on nice days on portable gas burner and bring it inside to counter on bad days...
harbor freight company sells the portable burners in one or two eye with manual or self start...j c whitney sell a small two burner or three burner stove that is a permanent mount stove that really looks great for $80.00 and $90.00...takes up little space...think about it.............
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When we first bought our AS, my wife could not believe it had an oven in it. "Why would anyone want an oven in a camper?" she asked. After using it a few times, she loves it now. Now every trip has meals planned that involve using the oven. It really does not seem to heat the inside up much, but it may even help keep the inside warmer during a cold spell. We like using it for "breakfast pizzas" on cold mornings. We use the oven more than the microwave, because it uses propane and not electricity, but then we seem to frequent places that have no electric sites. I think you can also use it for broiling, but we have not attempted that yet.
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Old 07-19-2002, 02:53 PM   #13
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This is VALUABLE discussion folks.

Cat, I found this site and registered before you referred me. However, since you referred me I came here and posted.

Mostly because this site is Sooooooooooo much easier to use on a slow telephone line. Also, I strongly prefer Jelsoft and EZboard to the other forum software, especially on phone line modems.
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Sources for Appliances...

www.rvtoyz.com has some GREAT prices and quick shipping!
www.palominorv.com bulds trailers and gets appliances wholesale. I found them after searching eBay. They will sell to the public at a small profit. VERY GOOD PRICES!!!
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