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Old 03-17-2019, 10:42 AM   #57
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You might be like us & be the type of person who just always certain things in your vehicle. A tape measure & flashlight can be very handy while you're shopping.
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:25 PM   #58
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Below are a couple of tool recommendations you might want to consider. One is definitely a good idea while you’re shopping, and even if you’ve already found your project, both will certainly come in handy while you’re working on your trailer.

You might already own a 4/6/7-way 12V tester if you’ve owned other trailers. Otherwise, We have a Ranger Mutt. It didn’t come with the battery. We got an AGM motorcycle battery at O’Reilly. The following website is just to give you an idea of what to look for. In the event any trailer you’re looking at, has hidden wiring or ground issues, you don’t want to find out by blowing a fuse in your vehicle.

Ranger Mutt

https://www.nationaltoolwarehouse.co...CABEgJ_NfD_BwE

Some trailers you look at may not have propane cylinders or may not have any gas to test the propane appliances. If the seller really doesn’t know the trailer’s history, or nothing has been used in a while, it’s best to leave the propane & old appliances alone. Which certainly isn’t a deal killer in the event you’re planning to purchase new appliances. You might want to plan on replacing the copper tubing anyway, if you are going to keep a propane system. The following device was recommended to us by the mobile RV technician who did the initial inspection of our new gas lines 2 years ago. He strongly recommended not turning the gas on, until a professional had inspected the system. Which will also apply to an old system when you want to assess its condition. (Again, the website is for reference. Never hurts to shop around for the best price.)

Amprobe Gas Tester

http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/am...SABEgLqTPD_BwE
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Old 03-18-2019, 06:38 PM   #59
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Typical hitch height on an Airstream trailer is about 18 1/2". I would suggest you get a ball mount for your lifted truck that would put the ball about 17 1/2" off the ground, your truck sitting level of course. You don't need to be real precise, but as mentioned, it is desired to tow the trailer slightly nose down with both truck and trailer on level ground.

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Is it practical to fabricate replacement hatches for 60s and 70s trailers or do you have to find a used one?

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60s trailers have square exterior storage compartment doors. The new body style in the 70s had rounded corner compartment doors. I recommend finding a used one. Making one is certainly possible, but would be challenging.

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Side window replacement

I am going to look at a 1970 29ft. It has a large side window broken out.

What is the replacement cost and where would I find one?

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I am going to look at a 1970 29ft. It has a large side window broken out.

What is the replacement cost and where would I find one?

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If it's a side curved window you will need to find a donor window from years 1969-1974. Other years won't fit. Sometimes you can buy a window from places like VTS or odmrv.com but be prepared to pay $450+ and shipping on top of that. If it's the flat window in the front or rear it can be replaced with safety glass from a local supplier. Another alternative is to replace the curved glass with lexan. That's what I did and you can't tell the difference unless you tap on it or are opening the window. It's much lighter than the glass. If you go that route will will still need to order the gasket thingie that the glass/lexan sits in inside the frame. Not sure what that thing is called.
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