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Old 11-27-2010, 11:56 PM   #1
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Maiden Voyage!

Just got back from our first trip in the new International. went to Lake Cachuma. Towed fine. Everything went well except...

1. I filled the fresh water and no matter what I did, (water pump on, etc.) it sputtered at best. Something is turned off and I can't figure it out.

2. Couldn't get the temp right. If it's comfortable in the bedroom, it's boiling hot out front. It was either too hot or too cold. Just wrestled with it all night.

Other than that, it was awesome!

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Old 11-28-2010, 05:50 AM   #2
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Nice looking rig Rik! Sounds like a good first trip.
With the water issue, try to check the connections between the intake side of your pump and the water tank. If things are loose, air can get sucked in and the pump will not pick up water. In my case, it was a filter that needed to be tightened.
Maybe someone has a god fix for the unequal heat distribution and can post. I have used a small fan in the front to push the warmer air to the back. Does help keep the back warmer.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:54 AM   #3
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Beautiful Rig !!! Im new at this. In fact waiting for our Airstream Order. So I am interested in responses to your questions from more experienced AS owners as well.

Im curious your signature says your Equalizer hitch is on its way. Did you tow without an W/D and it towed fine. I am interested because I also own a 2010 RAM. But like you i will have a full W/D hitch.

I am glad your maiden voyage was a success!!!
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:22 AM   #4
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I'm sorry, my signature must be misleading. I have an Equalizer hitch and I am waiting on Pro Pride to arrive. Will let you know how that all goes if you like.


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Beautiful Rig !!! Im new at this. In fact waiting for our Airstream Order. So I am interested in responses to your questions from more experienced AS owners as well.

Im curious your signature says your Equalizer hitch is on its way. Did you tow without an W/D and it towed fine. I am interested because I also own a 2010 RAM. But like you i will have a full W/D hitch.

I am glad your maiden voyage was a success!!!
Happy trailering
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:00 AM   #5
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First off, great looking rig. The 25FB is a super floor plan.

I have a couple of questions to try to get to the bottom of your problems.

When the water is sputtering, are you hooked up to city water? Does the fresh water pump sound like it is operating normally? Does the water even out if you let it run for a few seconds?

On the heat situation, are you using furnace or heat pump? When you say it is comfortable in the bedroom, it's boiling hot out front, I assume you are referring to the back of the trailer (dinette area) as the bedroom is in the front. How are the vents directed? What is the thermostat set at?

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Old 11-28-2010, 10:16 AM   #6
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>First off, great looking rig. The 25FB is a super floor plan.

Thanks!!! We love it!

>I have a couple of questions to try to get to the bottom of your problems.

>When the water is sputtering, are you hooked up to city water? Does the fresh water pump sound like it is operating normally? Does the water even out if you let it run for a few seconds?


I was using fresh water. No, it never leveled out. I am more than familiar in dealing with fresh water vs city hook ups. I seriously think something is turned off. I looked through all of my literature and could find very little info on the plumbing. Water pump sounded fine. I did not open up the hatch and inspect it, however.

>On the heat situation, are you using furnace or heat pump? When you say it is comfortable in the bedroom, it's boiling hot out front, I assume you are referring to the back of the trailer (dinette area) as the bedroom is in the front. How are the vents directed? What is the thermostat set at?

The furnace. Yes, we moved the vents in several directions. It takes a lot longer to heat the bedroom area as well. When using a full hook up, we could get the dinette area comfortable and then use a small portable heater in the bedroom I suppose. Won't work when boon doocking unless I run the genny.
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you probably are aware of this but...

was the water heater FULL?

it takes several minutes to fill a 6 gal tank and the faucets will spurt till full.

the water pump has a prescreen/filter and if there is air in it that can cause spurting.

if ANY of the fittings at the water pump are loose it can spurt.

sure one of the 5 line knobs may be partially open or closed,

but check the water pump closely and soon.

it is not uncommon for things to loosen up at the pump with new usage,

and 4 water to leak/dribble out onto the flooring in that storage space.
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some of the thermostats are in funny locations,

which makes it trickier to smooth out the interior temps.
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basically these are good reasons to GO CAMPING again!

good looking rig, lots of issues are discovered on the first few trips,

but they are FUN anyway.

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Yes, the water heater was full for sure.

I plan to check everything today as soon as my son goes down for his morning nap. Will report back.

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OK, so one valve was off. Made all of the difference in the world. Sputtered for about 10 seconds and then went full force as it should. Awesome!

Now on to the heating issue.
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Ah... was it the fresh water bypass valve that you use when winterizing?
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Hey, great looking rig...
Glad you found the water issue, we also added a great deal of pipe insulation to virtually eliminate pump/plumbing noise.

As to the heater, we have rotated the vents a number of times to finnaly arrive to a happy level of heat distribution. The rear vent in fact has been modified with the hose being removed, a foam "block" that limits the amount of flow from the under the table vent.
There remains one last change, an electic digital thermostat (Dreamstreamr's site, thanks). Happy campers now.
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Ah... was it the fresh water bypass valve that you use when winterizing?
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