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Old 08-03-2005, 08:39 PM   #1
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Thumbs up SS or Alum Heater access door

Is there an upgrade for the sheet metal (steel) heater door on a 2000 Excella? The painted door looks like it belongs on SOB. I can't see any reason why the door couldn't have been made out of polished aluminum - but stainless would be great!
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:04 PM   #2
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Painted white - could not agree with you more - and see it all the time. If the aluminum is not available or the pocket book can not manage a sub SS door - then a can of Aluminum or silver spray paint and a can of clear coat could go a long way in aststetics

We were lucky- we were able to keep our old door and custom fit it - the new door will go well on our 2000. But I think we may spring to have it powder coated and painted professionally.
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You can have that same door chrome plated at your local chrome shop.

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Old 08-04-2005, 07:11 PM   #4
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Chrome Plated?

Sounds interesting. I'll have to see if there's a plating shop in the area.
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:39 AM   #5
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I thought that I would bump this thread back up and see if anyone has come up with a stainless steel or polished aluminum alternate yet???
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:47 AM   #6
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I thought that I would bump this thread back up and see if anyone has come up with a stainless steel or polished aluminum alternate yet???

Hello Cracker,

Here's a link to a thread with some solutions other folks have found.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f445...oor-40005.html

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I thought that I would bump this thread back up and see if anyone has come up with a stainless steel or polished aluminum alternate yet???

David Tidmore of Roger Williams Airstream in Weatherford, TX had some made up a couple of years ago. David is no longer with Roger Williams but they might have some in stock.

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Is there an upgrade for the sheet metal (steel) heater door on a 2000 Excella?...
hi cracker

YES there are stainless upgrades.

they've been hanging on my unit about 2 years now and are NICE!

lots of pics and links to these, here is tin diesel's thread and photos and recent pricing.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f480...nts-41449.html

the furnace, water heater and stove vent are ALL nicer than oem...

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Old 09-14-2008, 02:46 PM   #9
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Just strip the paint off it and you will have what you want...
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Just strip the paint off it and you will have what you want...
only if he wants a rusty slab o'something hanging on the shell...

these newer units use a low grade, un-galvanized steel...

it doesn't look good painted OR naked.

these recently fabricated stainless panels are VERY similar to oem...

from the 60s.

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Sounds Like a job for that liquid stainless steal stuff....!!

Maybe... Dang it. cant' believe they would put on a painted one.. Disgraceful.
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Old 09-14-2008, 03:26 PM   #12
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We got sideswiped in Phoenix, the first thing I thought about getting trashed was this,
'cause my people, when they repaced the water heater, said, "no longer available in aluminum".
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Airstream sells stainless steel water heater and furnace doors. Also an aluminum range exhaust vent.
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Airstream sells stainless steel water heater and furnace doors. Also an aluminum range exhaust vent.
since when?

got a link to the part from your online store?

what they really need to do is start selling them already attached to trailers...

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News to me....link?
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:35 PM   #16
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I have all three on my 25' Classic. Makes a big difference. Now if someone would just make a stainless steel door for the water fill.
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I have all three on my 25' Classic. Makes a big difference. Now if someone would just make a stainless steel door for the water fill.
Link?.......
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hi mike,

the LINK is in the thread linked in post #8...

we ALL (most of us) got these from rogerwilliamsairstream in weatherford texas, craftsman included...

the weatherford dealer has them fabricated at a local metal shop...

prices are also in the thread linked...

NOW, as to a/s factory having them, lynn's post today is the first time i've seen this info.

and i've never seen them available for sale in the factory store (like the customer screen door inserts were)...

so perhaps they are getting them from texas now too, or have started offering another version...

perhaps when the shop opens monday, they (lynn) will update us...

it appears that customers are standing by...

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I bought all three stainless items discussed (stove exhaust, heater cover and furnace cover) from the Airstream Factory Store off.

Stove exhaust had many gaps that would have allowed water to get in. Was not a good solution...pretty, but not a solid solution.

Water heater door was just way too big. Yes it fit, but it looked terrible IMHO.

Furnace cover was similar. Gaskets were not great and again, water might have been able to get in there.

In the end I put the stainless heater and furnace covers on and went right back to the standard covers that came with the units. The stove vent all it took was one look and I didn't even bother looking into it further.

The factory was really great about the return and refunded my money very quickly upon receiving the items back.

Here is another link...this one is to Airstream's eBay store. They currently do not appear to have the water heater covers:

http://stores.ebay.com/airstreaminc
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I bought all three stainless items discussed (stove exhaust, heater cover and furnace cover) from the Airstream Factory Store off.

Stove exhaust had many gaps that would have allowed water to get in. Was not a good solution...pretty, but not a solid solution.

Water heater door was just way too big. Yes it fit, but it looked terrible IMHO.

Furnace cover was similar. Gaskets were not great and again, water might have been able to get in there...
interesting, i keep forgetting they are 'auctioning parts' on the 'bay...

that door looks VERY much like the ones from texas, but with gaskets that we don't need.

-the stove vent is made to fit flush (see pics in post #9 link) by adding auto/door edge trim BEFORE mounting....

and a good bead of sikaflex.

-the furnace cover doesn't need ANY gaskets, it isn't supposed to fit really air tight, and is seldom opened.

so the 2 fat screws and hinge are adequate, there was no dirt inside mine at spring cleaning time.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...2&d=1208880646

i've seen some that were 'flexed/warped' and they needed to be tweaked to fit correctly.

-same for the water heater cover, no gaskets but keeping water out is a function of the beveled/bent perimeter.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...8&postcount=19

i'm all 4 auctions and free enterprise, but it is WEIRD that stuff IN the store marked at a given FIXED price...

is listed on 'bay too. some of those door screens sold for 2-3 times the marked instore price...

which seems like an ODD way to treat (screw) customers, who might want a new trailer someday...

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