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Old 02-17-2016, 10:23 PM   #1
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Need: Battery Compartment Door

Made the maiden voyage from KY to FL weekend before last and failed to heed the advice of some of you to bungie or tapwe the doors on my '71 Sovereign. Somewhere along the line between KY and Atlanta, the curved battery compartment door at the rear of the silver pickle decided to make a jump for freedom.

Does anyone have an idea where I might find one of these bad boys at a reasonable price. (I'm attaching a photo of the door circled prior to the trip). I've seen a few people recommend Colaw RV Salvage Yard in MO, and I think I'm gonna give them a call, but they are a 12 hour drive from ATL one way, so unless they could ship it sight unseen, that'd be a tough pill to swallow.

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Old 02-18-2016, 09:37 AM   #2
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UPDATE: Colaw does not have one of these.
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Old 02-18-2016, 11:04 AM   #3
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Looks like a great excuse to purchase some tools from Harbor Freight. Fabricating an aluminum replacement would be an interesting project. In the interim, a piece of plywood might make an easy short term solution. Could even paint it silver.

Must admit, I am surprised that a locked compartment door would go walk about. A review of the attachment design and some type of upgrade solution is certainly worth considering.

Hope you find a replacement, but if not, good luck on your solution. Pat
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:01 PM   #4
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No replacement part on an Airstream is available at a reasonable price so you need to get over that right at the start . That's part of owning an airstream especially an older one
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Old 02-18-2016, 02:04 PM   #5
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I have a battery compartment door in good shape from my '76 Caravanner. If you are interested I can take a picture of it for you. I'm not sure what to ask for it but I can come up with something. We're in the middle of a snow storm right now so it would have to be l little later 'til I can get to it. Let me know. I also have the "innards" for it--the actual battery box, I believe. I've done away with it since I'm going to AGMs.
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Old 02-18-2016, 03:59 PM   #6
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Look at the Air Forum home page. On the right click on Airstream parts new and vintage. Click on used parts then exterior doors. At the bottom they have a 1970-81 battery door for $ 125.00 Hope this completes your pickle chadvocate.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:40 PM   #7
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An aircraft airframe mechanic might be able to fabricate one for you. Not sure of the cost, but it doesn't hurt to ask. You might check with Frank Yansen in Baltimore. He has several "parts" Airstreams in various stages of disassembly.
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Hey all,

Thanks for all the responses!

PKI, if it comes to that, I might enlist the help of my Grandfather the welder, but thought I might be able to save myself the trouble if I could track one down..

Shineybullet, thanks for the optimism hahaha, perhaps I should rephrase that I'm looking for this at an unreasonable price? lol

Youngpeck, yeah I'd love to see a photo, I'm not certain if the 76 caravaner's door would be the same size, but maybe I could get some dimensions from you once the snow lets up to check against the hole I've got? Since I'm new to this, would you mind further explaining what you are doing that allows you to do without it? Would this be something you'd recommend I do?

Streaminwild, I looked up and down the parts section of the Classifieds. I looked at all parts between $100-1000 and couldn't find what you were referring to.. perhaps it sold? If not, maybe you could link me to it?

Foiled, thanks for the lead, I'll check with Frank if one of these other options doesn't workout.

Thanks everybody!
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On the forums homepage on the right not the classifieds. There's adds on the right. Halfway down click on airstream supply new and vintage. Look near the top of Airstream supply's home page above ''special deals up to 30%''. Scroll over used parts, then click access compartment doors..... can anyone help me help chadvocate? Wheres that 8 yr old kid to show me how to cut and paste. Hope this helps
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Old 02-18-2016, 08:39 PM   #10
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Chad:

I'll get photos tomorrow (Friday) and post them and some measurements. Also will show you my patch where the battery box and door was. We are in the middle of a complete shell-off rebuild, complete with a new floor, and decided to use 2AGM batteries (with a 300-watt solar setup) that can be inside. That way we did away with the battery box, and yet another penetration in the floor.
Would I recommend doing this? Perhaps if you are going to solar. Many who do will switch to AGM or the newer lithium batteries, which can be placed inside since they don't off-gas. There are many good threads here on installing and using solar, and great discussions on various battery types. We will be "boondocking" quite a bit and off the grid, so to speak, and this will make it easier for us to do so. The standard Airstream battery boxes may be too small for solar or traditional applications where additional battery size and number are planned.

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Old 02-19-2016, 10:50 AM   #11
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If you're from Kentucky, you could check with P&S Trailer Service in Helena Ohio. They work on a lot of older trailers so they may have a solution and they are not to far from you.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:55 AM   #12
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One of these might work:
http://airstreamsupply.com/index.php...battery%20door
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Chad:

Here are pictures of my battery box cover. Distance horizontally from side to side is 16.5 inches. From the top to where the piano hinge starts is 14 inches. Note that it is a little dirty but I believe it would clean up nicely. You probably don't need the frame for it, but there it is. The second picture shows the interior of the cover. The third picture shows the patch over the opening. Note that I haven't attached the upper belly pan pieces and the lower rub rail yet.

I see the link to the Airstream Supply page and the battery box doors listed. Mine, of course, is just like the curved one. I also have the frame, as mentioned, and the interior parts (ABS, I believe) of the box.

I've bought quite a bit of stuff from the Airstream Supply people and they are good to deal with. They are about fifteen minutes from my house. Also known as Intermountain Airstream.
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Try Sonny @ Camper Repair in Montevallo, Al. 205-665-2531. He sales new and used Airstream parts and many other parts. Interesting place and man knows Airstreams. Sent
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What is boondocking as opposed to dry camping? Can you tell I'm a newbie? BTW this forum is possibly the most useful gathering of ideas I know of; its uncanny how the info I need shows up just before I need it! How do you guys do that? Don
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...the actual battery box...I've done away with...since I'm going to AGMs.
While AGMs do not out-gas (poisonous and explosive vapors) during normal operation, if the charger decides to overcharge AGM batteries, they absolutely will out-gas and create a potentially dangerous condition. Just sayin'...
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While AGMs do not out-gas (poisonous and explosive vapors) during normal operation, if the charger decides to overcharge AGM batteries, they absolutely will out-gas and create a potentially dangerous condition. Just sayin'...
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Yes, thanks much for pointing this out. It goes without saying that proper research, care, and maintenance, (along with the proper charging system) need to accompany an AGM installation. I should have made that clear in my earlier post.

Batteries and electrical systems (both 12- and 110-volt) are arguably one of the most important, and least understood, aspects of any RV. I've learned quite a lot on these forums, and I look forward to continuing my education, especially as the technology changes and improves.

I don't think you can be too careful when working with electricity of any voltage. And a properly designed, installed, and maintained battery/charging system will last longer and run more efficiently, too.
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What is boondocking as opposed to dry camping? Can you tell I'm a newbie? BTW this forum is possibly the most useful gathering of ideas I know of; its uncanny how the info I need shows up just before I need it! How do you guys do that? Don
A good question, one which you may find a variety of answers to. Check out the "Boondocking" sub-forum, accessible off the main Air Forums "forums" page. You might ask this question there in a new thread--it would make for a lively discussion.

Here's a new thread for you . . .
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...ml#post1751843
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Hey all!

Sorry it's been a few, big project at work has had me distracted.. It's as if they want me to earn my salary or something..

Youngpeck, thanks for the photos and the info on batteries, this'll give me a new subject to read up on our airstream is currently parked on my Grandfather's property down in FL while he works on cutting and welding a rusted portion on the rear of the frame. I'll see if he can check the measurement of that gap for me soon and then we can talk numbers Would you mind if I asked roughly what the cost of your Solar materials were?

Streaminwild and BambiTex, Airstream Supply does have a listing for this part, but the listing says "out of stock". Thank you for the lead though, if for some reason Peck's doesn't pan out, it might save me some trouble to keep an eye on their stock.

Cheers!
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Chad:

I will send you a private message about this.
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