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Old 08-13-2009, 06:35 AM   #15
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More Info: Vintage Trailer Supply seems to suggest that the square and radiused corner roof vents (at least the the Astradomes) were both used in 1966, 1967, & 1968: Airstream Astradome

If true, could the difference have been Ohio vs. California? Or perhaps Landyacht vs. International? I am guessing it might be the latter.

For the purposes of discussion, our 1966 Overlander with the square roof vents and the LeDeau lifters was an Ohio built Land Yacht. It had no Astradome (an option?), but instead only had three square 14"x14" Hehr vents.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:52 PM   #16
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la deau vent lifters

Thanks very much to JBOND for this thread. I fixed my frozen lifter this week. It all came apart just like described and now it's back working like new.

I wouldn't have even tried to repair the lifter without this info. A non-working lifter is better than a mangled and missing lifter after all. I had an additional problem. I forced my stuck lifter and now the handle was turning loose. Great, I thought. Now thr darn thing is surely broken beyond repair.

But when I got the lifter apart, I saw that the drive square was simply peened on to the base. A few blows with a hammer and drift peened things securely together again. Both lifters now work great!

One other thing I can pass on: my vent sometimes levitates itself open when I am towing. To stop this I simply stretched a large rubber band between the two lifter handles and everything stays put.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #17
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I followed your advice and the frozen lifter works great. I came upon another problem, however. While cleaning up the lifter, the top hinged part that attaches to the vent cover came loose. It seem to have been connected with a odd poece of hardware that I am unable to loosen enough to reattach the flange that holds the hinge. Any help?

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:56 AM   #18
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what is done for the lifters that spin but do not raise the vent?
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I had the lifter spinning problem (see above). You will have to remove the lifter and take it apart. In my case there was a peened together portion that needed to be peened again.

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T shaped lifter removal

Funny how we all end up fighting the same battles on these things. One thing I didn't pick up in this thread was how to get the actual T-shaped spinner off so that I can removal my Astrodome screen. I see the pin hole in the side, but couldn't tell what it was for. Any ideas?
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:37 PM   #21
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should just pull out
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #22
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Old style vent operators.

A huge major problem with the old vent operators, is that what friction they originally had, for most part, is gone.

What that means is as the trailer moves, vibration causes the lifter to open.

That in turn, lifts the vent cover.

Next gust of wind that the trailer hits, BOOM, that cover is gone.

We hear that almost daily as to "why" people are buying so many vent covers for the older units.

A few say that tying a bungee cord around the 2 lifter knobs, somewhat stops that from happening, but not always.

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Old 09-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #23
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My 66 had cord tied from one to another when I got it. Of course I removed the cord. The front of the big dome vent began to rise next trip out... bungee helped.
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I have read this thread with interest. I need to remove the vent lift handles on my 66 Trade Wind so I can clean the screens, lubricate the lift mechanisms, and clean the fan motor and blades. My tee handles have a single hole in them.

Is the method for removing the lift mechanism tee handles simple pull down hard?

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Anyone know about the clips that hold the screen in place? I removed the screen for cleaning and lid replacement, but now can't seem to figure how how to secure the screen.
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Joe, I have a question for you--what brand of vent and vent fans (I suspect the same manufacturer) were used in 1973 Argosys? I have rounded corners and vent covers that crank straight up, i.e. not hinged. Mine work just fine, and I treasure them as one can crack them when out of the trailer for the afternoon. What I need are screens here in Florida--the bugs just love a dark hole to invade. I hope you can help. Thanks.
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Joe, I have a question for you--what brand of vent and vent fans (I suspect the same manufacturer) were used in 1973 Argosys? I have rounded corners and vent covers that crank straight up, i.e. not hinged. Mine work just fine, and I treasure them as one can crack them when out of the trailer for the afternoon. What I need are screens here in Florida--the bugs just love a dark hole to invade. I hope you can help. Thanks.
I am not that familiar with Airstream roof vents of the 1970's, but suspect that a 1973 Argosy might use the same vent as a late '60's Airstream.

Interestingly, I did recently run across this eBay ad for a rounded corner Airstream roof vent with screen from a 1968 that might be what you are looking for: Airstream Roof Vent | eBay


The eBay vent appears to be similar to, but not exactly the same as vents we once had on a 1985 Airstream, so it is hard for me to say what might be correct for your 1973 Argosy. That said, the eBay screen might be the same as would have worked on our 1985, but the lifter design was different on the 1985.
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