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Old 06-04-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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What is the Least Desirable AS Item Purchased

We have the "What did you get for your Airstream today" thread that clearly has been very successful and has certainly caused many of us to purchase additional items for our AS.

So I was wondering what one would list as the least desirable items one has purchased over the years for your AS.

One of the items for me is the tire monitoring system. The caps sit in my well and just role around.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:40 PM   #2
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For me, it was the supports for my sewage hose. Evidently, they are supposed to provide a gradual incline for the sewage to drain down, but I have never bothered to figure them out, and they just sit in my rear compartment that holds dirty stuff. This reminds me that I should throw them out. My understanding is that in my Airstream, it is not desirable to constantly drain the tanks, so I wait until they need to be drained and then drain them all at once. If there is any stuff left in the hose, I just pick up the end nearest the trailer and work my way toward the dump station. It all eventually ends up in the right place.


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Old 06-04-2015, 08:45 PM   #3
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My current weight distribution system, due to personal injury caused by design and my lack of PM it scares the hell out me.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:58 PM   #4
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The spray cans full of "plasticoat". Poor coverage, looks dull when dry.

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My driveway. This implies non-use!!!!
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A bottle jack for flat tire change. With two axles it's easier to just drive one wheel up on blocks to lift the other wheel. Well, I suppose it could come in handy if I had two flat tires on one side...but then I only have one spare anyway!
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A replacement valve for the black tank outlet. It means I have a very bad day ahead.
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A replacement valve for the black tank outlet. It means I have a very bad day ahead.
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Or when you pull the handle to dump the tank and it comes out in your hand like a parachute ripcord... Only the valve remains closed.
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Or when you pull the handle to dump the tank and it comes out in your hand like a parachute ripcord... Only the valve remains closed.
Good one - I have always been paranoid about that happening! Has it actually happened to you?

I would like to have some sort of a plan in mind just in case it ever does happen and I don't really know the best way to deal with it.

All I can think of is to see if one of the septic tank pumping people could remove the bulk of the black tank contents by accessing through the toilet.

I would then probably cut an access hatch in the belly pan to access and remove the defective valve - expecting that I would still have maybe 5% of the tank contents still draining out all over the place as I do that.

Not fun, but at least we only pee in the AS toilet!

Sure hope it never happens. I throw some cheap veg. cooking oil down the toilet now and then hoping it will keep the black tank valve slide lubricated and so reduce the chances of the operating rod pulling out of the slide!

Anyone have any experience in dealing with a stuck valve? I would really be interested in knowing if there any tricks and a maybe a better way to resolve the situation!

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Anyone have any experience in dealing with a stuck valve? I would really be interested in knowing if there any tricks and a maybe a better way to resolve the situation! Brian.
In hard water areas, where, for example, your kettle furs up with calcium deposits, the valve slider can become coated, and eventually too thick to move. A regular treatment with a gallon of hydrochloric acid (aka muriatic acid at your hardware store) in the dilution recommended in the Airstream Manual works for me. I leave it overnight, as the only contents of the black tank.
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TPMS, bottle jack, and Trailer-Aid before Michelin LTX tires, two w.d. hitches before our ProPride, Honda 2000i instead of increasing solar/battery capacity. It costs much less to buy quality and versatility in the first place.

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I bought a Camco CXR90 filter. It filters better than most filters on the market and had a cleanable element. I thought it would be pretty economical, especially at campgrounds where water supplies have suspended sediment in them. The major problem with this filter is the fact that the case that the filter fits into is fragile on the threads that screw into the water supply. I have broken two cases and with the cost of these filters $60+, there truly is no savings even though the filter component can be cleaned. I noticed that these are not being sold anymore and others have complained about the case being fragile. If you are considering one that may show up on eBay or some Internet source, stay away. The filter elements are still being sold however. Here's a link to what they look like. http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40651-Ce...ct_top?ie=UTF8

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