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Old 03-25-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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I just bought a 1970 airstream caravanner . This is my first airstream and my first post. From what I have been reading here it is a good idea to update the electric. I have read warning about removing the inner skin. What is the safe way to remove it and not cause sagging. I hope to have pics soon.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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If the unit is not towed when you remove the inner skin, I do not think you would have a problem.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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I would park the AS on a level surface, support the 4 corners and then remove the inner skins. Also a good time to remove old insulation and update!
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:06 PM   #4
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laufamily67 what kind of electrical upgrade are you considering and why? I would certainly replace the oem Univolt converter with a 3 stage upgrade. Other than that I don't see much reason to make major wiring changes. Even if you do, the main trunk of the wiring harness is under the center "dome" section which can be removed by itself. You should be able to fish anything else from there.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:35 PM   #5
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The reason for upgrade. 1. aluminum wiring 2. a lot of broken outlets 3. magnesium outlet in the front outside. plus I want to upgrade all the appliances. thanks for all the input.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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It's a slippery slope...
When you pull the skins, the next thing that has to be replaced is the insulation.
Then all of the wiring, then a fuse system and breaker panel. Oh yeah, grommets for all of the wiring to go thru. Then all of the outlet boxes will be crap and need replacing. Then the old skins will need stripping...

You will then be where we were a year and a half ago.

Oh dear...
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I am not sure about a 70 but my 71 has copper wiring.
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