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Old 01-20-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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Replacing the Alde fluid

Has anyone replaced the Alde fluid (Glycol) after the recommended two year period? Specifically the 2018 Classic RQB model. We are getting close to our build date in June and was considering changing it out myself. Not sure how much glycol would be needed and if you need some accessories (pump) to make this task easier. We have an appointment at JC in May maybe I should just let them do it, but I would miss all the fun.
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Old 01-20-2019, 12:53 PM   #2
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After you buy all the equipment, can I borrow it?

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Old 01-20-2019, 01:03 PM   #3
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Here is another link that may be of some help.

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Well Turk123, this looks like an opportunity for my first YouTube video since there seems to be nothing out there. Of course my video will be far more entertaining I'm sure and may have to come with a warning prior to viewing.
I'm usually up for a challenge but we will see if time permits. I can make you up a kit, reasonably priced of course.
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It wasn’t mentioned, but where did you get the fluid and equipment for the change, and what was the cost.

I was talking to my local AS dealer the other day about the change. They have a set price to do it, and buy the fluid in a 5 gallon bucket. Not sure where to get the bulk fluid or cost, but may be worth exploring.
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trepine, I have not changed this fluid yet. Actually I am not convinced it is G12++ which needs changing after 2 years. The color of mine looks blue/violet which coincides with G13, which only needs changing every 5 years. More research is needed on my end before I go forward.
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The 2018 Fall edition of Airstream Life had an article on this that basically recommended testing the pH level of the glycol with a test kit you can obtain from any swimming pool type store (and probably at Walmart). It stated if the pH level was higher than 6 there is no need to replace the fluid. Once it reaches 6 it recommends replacement by an Airstream dealer. It also provided the Airstream part number for the replacement fluid: 360371-100.
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That’s interesting an seems very reasonable. I would expect someone full timing would need to replace much more frequently than someone using it 5 weekends a year. Hope that’s the case, we are something i’m between, but most of our use is summer not gal/winter.
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mdaley21, That's a good reason to get the magazine which I decided not to, now I need to find a copy. Thanks for that bit of information, I will research that and ask Spencer when I call Alde about the type of fluid I might have.
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