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Old 07-09-2006, 03:35 PM   #781
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You're gonna really enjoy Austin, especially given the business you're in. If you get a chance, check out the bats that leave every evening from under the bridges in downtown to go out for their nightly "feed". One of strangest things I've seen.

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Old 07-13-2006, 10:00 AM   #782
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You're gonna really enjoy Austin, especially given the business you're in. If you get a chance, check out the bats that leave every evening from under the bridges in downtown to go out for their nightly "feed". One of strangest things I've seen.

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I am here now - what a cool town. Writing to you from Austin Java, right close to Pecan Grove RV Park I came in from 290 eastbound, and drove through the Hill Country. A truly beatiful place.
The drive East on I-10 was easy, although brutally hot through Arizona and New Mexico. However, the Suburban did not seem to be effected by the heat at all, I kept it at 60-65mph, and got a range of over 400 miles epr tank. Average was 12mpg. It took me 2 full ( actually 2 half days and1 full day) days to cover the 1350 miles. I spent the first night at Voyager RV resort in TucsonAZ the second night at a KOA in Fort StocktonTX.
My trailer is being very good right now - no new surprises - all systems go.
Including the A/C which is essential for survival in Austin this time of year, I guess.
It keeps the trailer dry and cool, and is quiet enough to comfortably sleep by.
I had a few early morning visitors today, a huge bird and a tree frog. Tree frog first, then bird, then bird only. I hope there isn't a crime scene on top of my trailer now.
Now off to work!
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Oh sure, drive through Arizona and don't even stop by to see my mess!
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Old 07-13-2006, 11:47 AM   #784
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...The inflow chambers were not separated due to a casting defect, allowing the cold and hot water to mix uncontrolled right where the pipes go into the bottom of the faucet.
With both taps closed, you could blow into one side, and have it spit you in the face from the other side. ( this actually happened to me..)
So, even tough no water would come out of the faucet with the taps closed, it caused all kinds of havoc in the rest of the water supply system due to unintended cold/hot mix.
This would also cause the cold water to prevail since it has less resistance, as it does not have to go through the one way valve and water heater first, like the hot water does...
In a PM to UWE I said--

My compliments on finding the bad inflow chambers on your faucet. I may have the same problem and never thought of looking there.

I have a three-pipe system (hot, cold, and "warming"), where the third pipe is a "return" for hot water, like a recirculating system in a hotel. I have temperature sensors along the plumbing that turn on if the local temp goes below 35 degrees. This turns on a pump that recirculates the hot water from the water heater, with the return pipe adjacent to the cold water supply line. This allows the cold water to remain cold when temperatures are above freezing, but warms the entire system when the recirculation pump turns on as the temperature nears the danger point. This is much less energetic than having forced air heat being indiscrimately applied in the nooks and crannies where the pipes run. I thought I had a bad backflow preventer valve in that third line, allowing the mix of hot and cold.


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The pump on the left is turned on by the temperature sensors that are on or near the pipes in several locations (you have to bypass the pressure switch, since the system is kept at the cutoff pressure by the supply pump [right side of the drawing]). The backflow warm water line is strapped to the cold line along most of its length. When the pump is on, it pulls hot water from the heater and replaces it via the cold water inlet. The check valve isn't really necessary, since the pump has one.

This installation is in the Overlander, which has an all copper plumbing system. I didn't do it for the Sovereign, which is a later mod and all PEX.

Now for the funny part. Uwe, I don't have a problem! I realized as I was making the drawing for you that I had connected the return line incorrectly, so a little Twinkering and I expect to have it working like I want. Thanks for the help!
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Old 07-14-2006, 04:53 PM   #785
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Oh sure, drive through Arizona and don't even stop by to see my mess!
Alright already...I had no time to stop on the way through. All you very nice Arizona Airstreamers that have invited me - Thank you very much! Next time.....
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Old 07-15-2006, 04:20 PM   #786
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All of us non-Californians just want a chance to see that beautiful work of art behind your Suburban up close!

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Old 07-19-2006, 10:34 PM   #787
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Here's a tip: If you desire privacy and rest, don't travel with a polished vintage Airstream...people stop by all the time to chat and admire the trailer. Uaually very nice people, especially in Texas.
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Old 07-19-2006, 10:39 PM   #788
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Here's a tip: If you desire privacy and rest, don't travel with a polished vintage Airstream...people stop by all the time to chat and admire the trailer. Uaually very nice people, especially in Texas.
Uwe,

Are you back? How was your trip? Don't tempt us with this small post.

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Old 07-19-2006, 10:58 PM   #789
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Are you back? How was your trip? Don't tempt us with this small post.

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I made it to Williams AZ today, from Albuquerque, NM. The park I am staying at happens to have WIFI, so here we go.
I decided to make the trip back from Austin a little different from the trip to Austin. The I-10 corridor is nothing short of hell on earth this time of year. Too hot. 900 miles of looking at blown tires got to me.
Besides, it was Ken J's birthday yesterday, so a detour to Albuquerque through the Texas countryside on 2-lane highways seemed more than appropriate. Took the northwestern route out of Austin, crossed I-20 at Sweetwater, and made it to Lubbock KOA Monday night. Next day was zippin' through beatiful, although very flat Texas farmland to Albuquerque, staying at Ken's wonderful new home. The man has a RV pad amidst fragrant pines with a view...the best spot during the entire trip. Of course the company played a paramount role in that.
Today, after a hearty New Mexico breakfast, I made it to Williams, AZ. It seems that I-40, despite all the construction, is much easier on the equipment. It's cooler up here, for sure. I have not needed A/C since staying at the KOA in Lubbock. I'm being doused by rain as I write this. I sure hope my sealing efforts before the trip will help keep the rain where it belongs - outside.
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Uwe's visit has been the highlight of my summer - we really had a great time.

Uwe's trailer is beautiful - seeing it has re-inspired me to get the 58 finished and back on the road. Far far better than any picture can show. And the sound system........its really cool -

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Some pics........looks great! (Both trailer and Uwe)
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Dang - I should have shaved..
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I can't see stubble even if I zoom in. You look just fine.

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After much thought, I think I am going to look to buy a 23-27' Airstream. This will narrow down all my choices, yet I could be swayed if a smaller or larger one comes along at the right price (really inexpensive).
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I would suggest you buy the one in the best condition that you can possible find - really inexpensive = very expensive in the end....

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I would suggest you buy the one in the best condition that you can possible find - really inexpensive = very expensive in the end....

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And make sure it comes from a dry environment if at all possible! i.e. don't buy a trailer from Washington state!
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And make sure it comes from a dry environment if at all possible! i.e. don't buy a trailer from Washington state!
Like I did - see beginning of this thread. However, if you're going to do a restoration, then it doesn't matter that much, as you need to redo everything anyways. Please do not think that this is cheap, though. I could have bought a good used 2000+ model for what I have invested in mine.
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I would suggest you buy the one in the best condition that you can possible find - really inexpensive = very expensive in the end....

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When I said inexpensive, I was joking. I know that the purchase price is just the beginning. What would you think is the most expensive thing on an Airstream to replace?
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And make sure it comes from a dry environment if at all possible! i.e. don't buy a trailer from Washington state!
Are you serious? I would think if it could hold up to the rain in Washington, and not leak, it would be a keeper. So, basically I should look in California, Arizona, Southern Nevada, New Mexico, West Texas and possibly Utah.
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You will have a head start with a trailer from a dry climate, but chances of floor rot due to water leaks are still pretty good. ( or bad...)
My 1971 had severe floor rot under the bath, due to shower water leaks. I have seen some trailers with rot under the water heater, and under the galley due to plumbing leaks.
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