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Old 10-14-2005, 04:56 PM   #1
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DIY airing restoration of 1970 Airstream

Classic Rides is restoring a 1970 Airstream. Show airs Fridays at 8:30 PM Eastern. First show gave brief history of Airstream and Wally Byam on 10/7/05. Also they gutted the trailer in prep for restoration. Host described some of the work to be performed and plans to install track lighting in the saloon.
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Old 10-14-2005, 07:37 PM   #2
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Correction, it's at 9:00 PM.
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i've gotta get me some of that DEX. i did a search here for it's use in plumbing and nothing came up. is it spelled 'dex'? it looks incredibly easy to work with.
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i've gotta get me some of that DEX. i did a search here for it's use in plumbing and nothing came up. is it spelled 'dex'? it looks incredibly easy to work with.
Its PEX.

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Now were talking - tons of results. thanks Bill.
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When they were installing the water heater from the outside, they used silicone caulk. I thought that was a big no-no on Airstreams. Should they have used something else?

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When they were installing the water heater from the outside, they used silicone caulk. I thought that was a big no-no on Airstreams. Should they have used something else?
That is my understanding also. I do like the show! I did not realise how easy it is to replace the items they replaced. I bet it is harder to do if you have the kitchen installed. I was disapointed that they did not go for a full PEX replacement of the water lines.
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When they were installing the water heater from the outside, they used silicone caulk. I thought that was a big no-no on Airstreams. Should they have used something else?

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Yes, they should have used Vulkem. I caught that too. It is the first mistake they have made that Airstreams could complain about. Other than that they are doing a terriffic job.

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I did not realise how easy it is to replace the items they replaced. I bet it is harder to do if you have the kitchen installed.
When they replaced the furnace, I looked at my wife and said, "Could you imagine doing that inside a kitchen cabinet."

I think if I were restoring an Airstream or replacing the furnace in one, I would go ahead and remove the kitchen cabinets first and replace the water pump at the same time as well as anything else in there that needed it and then put the cabinets back in. It might be a lot of extra work, but it would probably cut down a lot on the frustration factor.

I'm sure the hotwater heater would be easier to replace if you first removed the closet as they did, too, even if you didn't have a residential style unit to remove. Just getting to the pipes and wiring has to be easier. But then again, you guys that have done it probably know that's not necessary.
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I'm sure the hotwater heater would be easier to replace if you first removed the closet as they did, too, even if you didn't have a residential style unit to remove. Just getting to the pipes and wiring has to be easier. But then again, you guys that have done it probably know that's not necessary.
I unfortunately haven't seen the show, so I don't know the facts about the trailer being worked on, but I have a STRONG opinion on the water heater closet/cabinet (at least in a 1972 Sovereign).

I would NEVER want to replace the water heater without removing the cabinet. Who am I kidding, I would never want to be around anyone trying to replace the water heater without removing the cabinet.

For you're sanity and that of those around you, make it easier on yourself, remove the cabinet.
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