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Old 06-16-2002, 10:33 PM   #1
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Talking new airstreamer

I just bought an airstream 1960, 26', land yatch.
My brain is filled with question marks. The furnitures are great but I can't figure out where to begin for the electrical system and the water and the gas. I don't know what is working and what's not. I don't know what's missing.
How to change things and repair, how to check everything so it's safe (gas).
Should I go solar? Is there small wooden stove for heat ? many more questions.

Is there a manual for all those questions? where could I find the original manual so I can figure out where are the wires and tubes ect...
Where can I find

I hope I did make some sens. This is all very exiting but very confusing.


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Old 06-16-2002, 11:15 PM   #2
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If I am not mistaken, I believe you can order a manual for your trailer through Airstream - check out their website at

I, too, knew NOTHING about Airstreams, let alone any RV when I purchased my motorhome. It is currently with a mechanic who is going over all the mechanicals (engine, alternator, carbuerator, etc.) before turning it over to some of his buddies at Traveland in Irvine, CA to go over all the systems (water, electrical, gas, etc.) and to make sure all the appliances work and there are no leaks (in the gas or plumbing).

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Old 06-17-2002, 05:06 AM   #3
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Owners and Service Manuals

Start Here. You won't get a Service Manual for this old of a unit, but you should be able to get a User Manual:

Owners and Service Manuals

Helen Davis Secretarial Services
PO Box 484
Sidney, OH 45365
(937) 492-8885

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Old 06-17-2002, 10:39 AM   #4
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check for gas leaks

The easiest way to check for propane leaks is to mix some dish soap with water. Turn the gas on and brush the soap on the line, starting at the LP tank connection and work your way thru the trailer one section at a time.
If it bubbles up, there is a leak. Teflon tape on the threads will usually fix a leaky connection.

As for other things, many helpful hints can be found by searching thru the forums. If you have a question about a specific item such as the electric brakes, click the "Search" button and type "brakes" as the keyword.
Good luck.

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