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Old 10-19-2009, 03:46 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I have 2005 Safari Bunkhouse trailer.

I've updated from stick drawing of truck and safari avatar to real big girl picture.

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I'm camped in Coffeyville Kansas work camping at amazon.com till Christmas. I just wrapped my pipes for the first time. Previously I did all my below freezing camping without plumbing connections.

Question: The large sewer pipe that leads from tank to just before flexible pipe connection point has some kind of wire leading to it. This wire is out of site unless you are on the ground inspecting the exposed pipes.

Anyone know what this wire is? some kind of heating wire? Is there a switch to activate it?

thanks in advance for your help,

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Old 10-19-2009, 08:12 AM   #2
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Hi Chrispy,

Can you post a picture of the wire in question? That might help identify it and it's use.

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Old 10-19-2009, 10:35 AM   #3
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...I'm camped in Coffeyville Kansas work camping at amazon.com till Christmas. I just wrapped my pipes for the first time. Previously I did all my below freezing camping without plumbing connections. ...
Ditto on the photo request. I've redone the plumbing on 5 Airstreams and haven't seen any kind of wire associated with the dump pipes. But they were all vintage models.

Do you have copper or PEX? I'm just curious about the plumbingin the newer Airstreams.

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Old 10-19-2009, 12:57 PM   #4
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Could they be the wires for the tank sensors?

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Old 10-19-2009, 01:11 PM   #5
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We have a switch and a little light located right near the dump valve... could the wire be for the switch/light?
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:37 PM   #6
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I just spent a bit of time winterizing our 2005 and the only exposed wire is for the tank sensor. There is another that is hidden for the dump valve light.
The tanks in 05 are heated via furnace ducts, not an electric heat strip I believe.
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..Do you have copper or PEX? I'm just curious about the plumbingin the newer Airstreams...Zep
the water pipes are pex,

but the joints and connecting pieces are copper.

the small connecting sections attached 2 the fixtures are also copper.
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The large sewer pipe that leads from tank to just before flexible pipe connection point has some kind of wire leading to it. This wire is out of site unless you are on the ground inspecting the exposed pipes.

Anyone know what this wire is? some kind of heating wire? Is there a switch to activate it?
hi chrispy...

most likely THAT wire is running 2 an rj11 ? connecter for the black tank sensor.

on some models the black tank sensor is located IN the last bit of 3 inch black pipe just BEFORE the main tank valve...

and on the models plumbed this way the sewer pipes are VERY low to the ground

and need attention when parking so as 2 NOT drag or bust them...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/384557-post153.html

a picture WOULD help the curious here, but there is a schematic for this in your owners manual.

the "cult" of bunkhouse owners hang out here....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f292...lub-29241.html

and love to sort out the itty bitty bits that are part of this model.

join in with them and u will get LOTS of good help related to the bunkhouse.

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Old 10-19-2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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There always the possibility....

There is always the possibility that the "wire" was , in fact, the safety connection on the termination cap......the one that connects the cap to the fitting, preventing a possible loss. A new owner could make an ID mistake.
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:24 PM   #9
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Wire on sewer pipe

Hi all,

Its been raining, I've been working nights and I wasn't sure how to post a pic. Okay enough excuses
I think 2 air was correct about the purpose of this wire. I posted the pic to the Photo page. It's the only pic by me sorry I did not know how to attach to this message though.

I'm going to give it a try....


Thanks to all for the responses.

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hi chrispy

yes that appears 2b a FLIUD level sensor.

nice WRAP job too!

if the goal is to PROTECT that sensor and fluid right there from freezing, i'd suggest MORE insulation...

or warming that spot somehow.

your pending adventure reminded me of THIS thread,

which is funny, sad and ice blue REVEALING about cold weather issues in that region.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f462...ving-2738.html

and another glimpse here...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f462...ace-19991.html

u might want 2 consider doing this as well...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f462...eam-20597.html

although the o.p. in that thread has been mia since taking a sojourn over donner pass...



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Hi Chrispy. Jeanie and I are parked at Heritage and working shift one at Amazon. We are in a 27 Safari. Come by and say hello some time.

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It is the tank monitoring sensor. Our 2005 CCD25 has the identical thing, same spot and all.

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