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Old 08-04-2007, 02:42 PM   #1
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Happy to Find All of You!

We just bought our '69 Globetrotter last week and couldn't wait to get her home. Decided to wait a few days and put new tires on her for the 200+ mile trip. We have a lot to learn. Just got the old Dometic running yesterday after getting a hookup to the house. Found out that we need a 30 amp box, though to run a/c and fridge? Is that right? Are the lights all on D/C? Where's there a good place to get a catalog? We need a driver side wing window, and probably will have to get Lexan. Haven't tried the plumbing, yet. I understand the '69's only have one tank for the toilet/bathroom? I've got lots more questions, but have to narrow down my focus for the time. You'll be hearing from me again. Can't wait to see some of your successful refurbishing. Any and all help is appreciated. I've learned everything so far from this forum because we've never done the camper-thing before. Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:50 PM   #2
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sherry - Welcome to the forums.
I can answer a couple of your questions:

You should have 30 amps to run the AC and the fridge. The AC alone will pull around 20 when it starts. I have a 30 amp RV plug on my house and use it when I am getting ready for a trip.

Airstreams from 1973 and earlier have one tank that captures waste from the toilet, it is refered to as the black tank. Later units have an additional grey tank to catch water from every place else. Your grey water will run out onto the ground which is illegal in many places. Most owners of earlier units have a blue tote which is a portible tank to hold the grey water untill they can dump it.

Enjoy your new trailer, ask questions and post pictures!


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Old 08-04-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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Hi Sherry -- Welcome to the Forums! Awshucks, talk like that will embarass us into giving away the secret handshake. 69 GT? Nice project! Come back often, y'heah?

Originally Posted by azflycaster
You should have 30 amps to run the AC and the fridge. The AC alone will pull around 20 when it starts. I have a 30 amp RV plug on my house and use it when I am getting ready for a trip.
Richard, do you mean to say she needs the full 30 to run both the AC & fridge? Sherry, it will burn out the AC compressor to start it on anything less than 20 amps. If you don't turn on the AC you should be able to run anything else aboard using a 30-to-15 amp adapter. So running the fridge while in the driveway is okay.

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Old 08-04-2007, 02:59 PM   #4
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Yes, I was saying 30amp was required for both AC and the fridge together...
To run without the AC, 15amps should be fine.


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Old 08-04-2007, 06:25 PM   #5
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Hi Sherry and Welcome to the Forums. This is a great site! We would still be trying to figure things out had we not stumbled upon this site. There is a wealth of info here. Anything we can do to help, just ask!
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Old 08-04-2007, 08:21 PM   #6
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Welcome Neighbor -

We are just a couple hours south of you. I have done genealogy research in your county.

As has been said here many times, you will find a wealth of information here. As an owner of a "vintage" airstream you will come to realize that their is no catalog for missing or broken parts. We have acquired our parts from many sources and have had to "create" some too. We are on our third year of "construction", but there is silver light at the end of the tunnel and Moby will be road worthy in September.

Enjoy the journey and we hope to meet you sometime.
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Old 08-04-2007, 09:34 PM   #7
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Sherry...Welcome to the forum...the knowledge these folks have is astounding...use the search function for key-words of concerns/questions you have...if you can't find discussions about your questions, just ask'll either get an answer or someone will point you to a thread that will have the answer...and there's no dumb questions, either...any question you have is allowed! We all want you to enjoy your AS journey...both literally and figuratively!

About that 30 line at your house...we had one run to the side of our house where we keep the AS, and it is also just around the corner of the house from the wasn't that much to have done...if you're interested, just call an electrician and get and is very handy to have 30 amps to plug in the AS when you are getting ready for a trip or you just watn to go out and sit in won't be sorry you did it. (You will also have the ability to let someone park thier AS in your driveway for a day or so if you'd like, too!)

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Old 08-04-2007, 10:46 PM   #8
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Welcome Sherry, from another 69 Globe owner. You can get all your questions answered here. There's not a more knowledgeable bunch on the planet!!

All of my interior lights are 12V DC. (Every trailer is different.) If we are going to be somewhere with 120V AC power, we carry a table lamp, which is a little brighter & more cheerful. I just ordered a 1972 "Service" manual from - the design even 3 years later is pretty similar. They may have 1969 owners manuals, or someone will chime in with the phone number of the lady who copies them for a price. One tank, just for the toilet. We carry a blue tote when boondocking (no hookups). You just have to remember to empty it periodically - forces you to remember to conserve water . . . I replaced both wing windows(& the kitchen) with just plexi after they broke during a blizzard on it's way west. After 6 years, they're getting yellow & hazy. Polishing with Brasso helps, but eventually I'm looking at redoing them again.

Have fun! It's the best drain on your finances besides children.

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Old 08-04-2007, 10:50 PM   #9
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

To prevent electrical problems, it is best to have a 30 amp out let installed at the house.
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Old 08-04-2007, 11:59 PM   #10
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Welcome! We are glad you are here! Be careful watch for signs of the dreaded disease...ALUMINITIS. It can come on so strong that you begin to crave all things aluminum all the time. You will not be satisfied unless you set eyes on your precious silver beauty everyday. We all have it here.... good luck and congrats!
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Old 08-05-2007, 12:01 AM   #11
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Welcome to the forums! This is the place to learn all things Airstream! The people here are great ~ they will help you through any problem or question. All of us had many of the same questions in the beginning! Be sure and check out the rally schedule and attend one nearby! You will get to talk to other airstreamers and see their 'streams as well. It is a great way to get first hand knowledge!

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