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Forum: All Argosy Trailers 07-13-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,886
Posted By gwchitty
I used ribbed pool hose from the big box store. ...

I used ribbed pool hose from the big box store.

Bill
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 08-05-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 19,167
Posted By gwchitty
I had the lifter spinning problem (see above)....

I had the lifter spinning problem (see above). You will have to remove the lifter and take it apart. In my case there was a peened together portion that needed to be peened again.

Bill aka...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 02-23-2013, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,265
Posted By gwchitty
Slightly different opinion here. You really don't...

Slightly different opinion here. You really don't want to cut corners on the floor replacement if you don't have to. If you are replacing the entire floor, I recommend you consider using elevator...
Forum: Member Introductions 02-03-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 978
Posted By gwchitty
You might also peruse vintageairstream.com. Lots...

You might also peruse vintageairstream.com. Lots of short articles there showing one way to make some common repairs. I put mine back together all electric. I did so in a way that it could be rather...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 12-29-2012, 09:21 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,785
Posted By gwchitty
Nice handiwork, guys! I had similar thoughts...

Nice handiwork, guys! I had similar thoughts about the old-style porch light fitting on my 65. I installed a license plate lamp fixture instead. It points at the door where you need light anyway....
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 12-21-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,966
Posted By gwchitty
I took some light gage aluminum (0.016 flashing I...

I took some light gage aluminum (0.016 flashing I think) and cut it in a tongue shape. Sort of like the end of a leather watch band. On the rounded end I installed a female snap fitting. The other...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 11-25-2012, 12:41 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 42,396
Posted By gwchitty
You really would be safer with working brakes....

You really would be safer with working brakes. Check the truck first at the plug. Brakes are fairly simple on the trailer and also check to see if the breakaway switch is a problem. If all else...
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 10-03-2012, 07:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,305
Posted By gwchitty
We use the old aluminum stabilizers shown in the...

We use the old aluminum stabilizers shown in the Camco ad. I'm happy just to take out the bounce of the suspension and tires.
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 09-26-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,314
Posted By gwchitty
I think it's caused by leaks. Wet insulation....

I think it's caused by leaks. Wet insulation. Seal up the panel joints and window gaskets. Park your trailer inside with the windows open. Repair any rotted wood. A fully stripped and resorted...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 07-23-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,299
Posted By gwchitty
I've seen them on eBay ocaisionally. You may find...

I've seen them on eBay ocaisionally. You may find that this small part can be easily weld repaired by a competent aluminum welder. Especially if it's only the flange and there is no leak.
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 07-05-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,658
Posted By gwchitty
You can buy modern black powder-coated wheels and...

You can buy modern black powder-coated wheels and rivet on your own clips. Paint the wheels if you want another color. See this link:
...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 07-05-2012, 07:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,299
Posted By gwchitty
Here is a link to a picture of the water- fill. ...

Here is a link to a picture of the water- fill.

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=ED92CE794C022B19!1304&authkey=!AGsaWryn38qB4Zk

You can see my wooden plug. This is redundant since my tank...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 07-04-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,299
Posted By gwchitty
I will take a picture. Filling with the hose end...

I will take a picture. Filling with the hose end makes sense, as the hose goes beyond the hole. I think this is the first year for the pump - type tank instead of the air pressure tank. I installed a...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 07-04-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,299
Posted By gwchitty
Fresh water fill port vent?

The cast aluminum fill port on my 65 Caravel has a hole in it. It is 1/4 inch in diameter. I guess this is an air vent? It looks like part of the original casting. Problem is, it's located on the...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 06-22-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 740
Posted By gwchitty
Usually the switch near the sink controls the...

Usually the switch near the sink controls the water pump. Not always though. It controls the ceiling fan in my Caravel.

Bill
Forum: Vintage Kin 06-21-2012, 05:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,160
Posted By gwchitty
Another way to go would be a "tear drop". They...

Another way to go would be a "tear drop". They are really small but easy to manage with your TV. You can customize them nicely and they store away easier. You can find plans to build your own from...
Forum: 1966-68 Caravel 05-24-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 977
Posted By gwchitty
Hi Ken, Look at vintageairstream.com at the...

Hi Ken,
Look at vintageairstream.com at the caravel axle problem. They show their caravel on a flat bed.

Really, though, I recommend you go and get it yourself and tow it back. Prepare first and...
Forum: Winter Living 01-19-2012, 10:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,656
Posted By gwchitty
Maybe now is the time to drain the water and blow...

Maybe now is the time to drain the water and blow the water lines out with compressed air. Use the rv antifreeze in the traps. Or add a small electric heater and set the furnace to its lowest...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 12-29-2011, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,090
Posted By gwchitty
My 65 Caravel is similar and with the standard 15...

My 65 Caravel is similar and with the standard 15 in tires the ball height is 19 inches. You can always measure yours by first leveling the trailer on pavement. Measure the frame height under the...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 10-12-2011, 09:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,986
Posted By gwchitty
Are the trailers of this era missing the steel...

Are the trailers of this era missing the steel reinforcing plate at the bottom of the front endcap? It holds the shell firmly to the chassis. Research this to be sure. Or pm Colin Hyde and ask.
...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 09-17-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 898
Posted By gwchitty
A PO put on whatever he could easily find, they...

A PO put on whatever he could easily find, they are not original. I have '51 Chevy moons on mine. Looks beter than bare wheels to me.
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-15-2011, 05:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,629
Posted By gwchitty
You could also leave the positive wire unhooked...

You could also leave the positive wire unhooked from the battery while in storage. You can get one of those inexpensive solar charging panels, run a long extension wire for it, and place it out from...
Forum: Roof 07-03-2011, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,274
Posted By gwchitty
Yes, I hear you on this project. My PO sealed up...

Yes, I hear you on this project. My PO sealed up the hole from the missing plastic refrigerator vent cover with newspaper, spray foam, and "Koolseal". I worked for days getting this crap off the roof...
Forum: On The Road... 07-03-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,692
Posted By gwchitty
Thanks Folks, I will tow the interstates and...

Thanks Folks,

I will tow the interstates and save the local two-lanes for when we unhitch.

Bill
Forum: On The Road... 07-02-2011, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,692
Posted By gwchitty
Which route to Asheville from Chattanooga?

Hi Guys,

We're heading to Asheville, NC for a long camping weekend soon. Should we stick to towing the interstates 75 and 40 or take google maps suggestion of route 74 out of Cleveland, Tn? The...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 06-15-2011, 06:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,084
Posted By gwchitty
Here's a link to a bearing repack video. I watch...

Here's a link to a bearing repack video. I watch this every year to prepare for my bearing packing project. I do this job at the storage facility because my driveway is too steep, so I always need a...
Forum: Airstreams on eBay 06-10-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 480
Posted By gwchitty
EBay vintage AS mint cond?

OK, maybe this one really is in mint condition for once!

Check this out and look whose selling it...
...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 06-05-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 883
Posted By gwchitty
Fittings for fresh water tank

I've finally gotten around to ordering a fresh water tank for our 65 caravel. Up till now we've been hooking up to the water valve at camp sites and I'm excited about having working plumbing when we...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 06-05-2011, 11:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,084
Posted By gwchitty
Relax, if you have a bit of play you're good. You...

Relax, if you have a bit of play you're good. You tighten the nut the first time and turn the wheel a couple times to seat the bearings and squeeze out excess grease. Do it once and forget it. Just...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 06-05-2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,084
Posted By gwchitty
I like to put a thin layer of grease in the hub...

I like to put a thin layer of grease in the hub cavity between the bearings, too. This is to keep the bare cast iron from rusting and turning loose rust flakes that can get into the bearings. Just...
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-22-2011, 08:57 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 13,493
Posted By gwchitty
I have a cup with various cheap screw drivers,...

I have a cup with various cheap screw drivers, pliers, vise grips, a file, tape measure and a little dosage syringe of Vulkem. Cheap because I either lose them or give them away to other campers. Its...
Forum: General Interior Topics 05-21-2011, 03:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,167
Posted By gwchitty
Yes, just split the 3 1/2 thick batts. Use the...

Yes, just split the 3 1/2 thick batts. Use the longest pair of scissors you can find and just go for it. You get twice as many pieces for your trouble. Resist the urge to stuff the 3 1/2 thick piece...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 05-16-2011, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,476
Posted By gwchitty
I have experienced this push -pull effect too....

I have experienced this push -pull effect too. It's interesting that it is worse when a van or other larger truck passes you rather slowly going the same direction on the interstate. Trucks going the...
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 05-16-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,737
Posted By gwchitty
You might consider painting the plastic parts to...

You might consider painting the plastic parts to block the UV light from deteriorating them. A careful dab of silver paint?
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Overlander 05-16-2011, 09:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,340
Posted By gwchitty
I second the volcanic ash. Even a large tray of...

I second the volcanic ash. Even a large tray of fresh cat litter will pull the odors out. My wife calls this smell the " antique clock smell". Smell one in an antique store and see what you think. My...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 05-15-2011, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,166
Posted By gwchitty
Here are some basic plans as a reference point: ...

Here are some basic plans as a reference point:


Restoration Topics - Sofa Beds (http://www.vintageairstream.com/rr_topics_sofas.html)

Cosmos
Forum: Off Topic Forum 05-03-2011, 08:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,104
Posted By gwchitty
Yikes! Sorry to hear of your and so many others...

Yikes! Sorry to hear of your and so many others losses. At least you still have your AS to act as temporary housing. We watched the big tornado come from Tuscaloosa towards us on the southeast...
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 04-25-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,967
Posted By gwchitty
I see those nasty hidden extra rivets hooking the...

I see those nasty hidden extra rivets hooking the wrap to the c-channel. An alternate approach would be to cut off the wrap but leave 6 inches or so connected running up from underneath. Then rivet...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-24-2011, 07:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,060
Posted By gwchitty
We have a battery cut-off switch in our Caravel....

We have a battery cut-off switch in our Caravel. I leave it off when storing but it has to be on for the breakaway switch to be active. We use a small AGM and it is not vented to the outside. No...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 03-30-2011, 09:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,445
Posted By gwchitty
If you have the clips on your wheel and want to...

If you have the clips on your wheel and want to use baby moons, you will have to look for old style moons. The newer moons like VTS offers won't fit. I found some moons off. '53 Chevy that look ok....
Forum: General Interior Topics 03-28-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,096
Posted By gwchitty
I think tiling first is how they put Airstreams...

I think tiling first is how they put Airstreams together originally. So that's my vote. Just research it to be sure your method sticks well. We went with sheet marmoleum and it looks / feels retro...
Forum: 1956 - 1965 Caravel 03-22-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By gwchitty
Oddly enough, that switch in my caravel operates...

Oddly enough, that switch in my caravel operates the roof vent fan. I don't have a water pump yet but it will be interesting to see if it also runs the pump.
Forum: Refrigerators 03-20-2011, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,953
Posted By gwchitty
On the question of venting, It would be better to...

On the question of venting, It would be better to ust the existing floor and ceiling vents. I didn't but then I had replaced the subfloor and the PO had sealed the roof vent with a plug. The refer...
Forum: Refrigerators 03-19-2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,953
Posted By gwchitty
We have an older 110 ac dorm fridge and it works...

We have an older 110 ac dorm fridge and it works fine for us. I say do it. Then go camping. If it burns put in a couple years get another or go RV. These refers are cheap. When mounting, just pop...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 02-25-2011, 05:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,102
Posted By gwchitty
Something you might consider is stopping to look...

Something you might consider is stopping to look at the various ways that folding cots are constructed. Taking closer looks at display cots in stores and trying them out for comfort will give you...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 02-25-2011, 05:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,380
Posted By gwchitty
I'm convinced that a great deal of funky odor...

I'm convinced that a great deal of funky odor actually comes from the old insulation between the walls and under the floor. The insulation is attacked by mice and insects. Every time it rains a bit...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 02-24-2011, 06:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,102
Posted By gwchitty
I like the design. One thing you may want to add...

I like the design. One thing you may want to add is a removable leg for the near side corner when folded open. Folks are going to sit on the edge and you don't want it to bend. I built a traditional...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Overlander 02-23-2011, 08:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,322
Posted By gwchitty
In my 65 I still have the original set-up: A...

In my 65 I still have the original set-up: A battery, a 120vac to 12Vac /19vac transformer that hums and the switch box. There is no way with my set-up to charge the battery. The switches let you go...
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 02-14-2011, 09:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,714
Posted By gwchitty
Frank, If you really want to fix this so you...

Frank,
If you really want to fix this so you can depend on it, take it to a machine shop. Drill and countersink the break site for a #4 or smaller flat head screw. Drill and tap the post then...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 02-13-2011, 06:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,989
Posted By gwchitty
As far as lights required by law? I think this...

As far as lights required by law? I think this is mostly a requirement for the manufacturer and it changes every year or so. You should be fine with what came on the trailer but all those lights...
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