RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-29-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1959 22' Flying Cloud
Escondido , California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 82
Images: 5
What is it and does it matter?

I was cleaning out my fridge fins and also the exhaust tube and the wire I was using got caught on something. After a lot of work it came out but it brought something with it. I'm not sure what it does but it looks like it would be used to make the exaust gases twist as they go up the stack. I'm not sure if I could put it back without taking out the fridge.

Attached is a picture of it. The wire shown with it was attached to it in the pipe. The twisted part was near the flame. Probably within a 6 inches of it.

What if any issues are there in leaving it out?

Thanks

Gilbert
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Frig Part 001.jpg
Views:	111
Size:	51.2 KB
ID:	83170  
__________________
"On a vintage Airstream if it aint absolutely broke DON'T TOUCH IT!!"
2bkidfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Sugarfoot's Avatar
 
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1956 30' Sovereign of the Road
1963 16' Bambi
Southeastern Area , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,115
It looks like some homemade gadget. What is the twisty part made from?
__________________
Traveling With Elvis
life with a 1956 Sovereign of the Road
Sugarfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:35 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
easyride's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
1973 27' Overlander
1963 19' Globetrotter
Naples , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,259
Images: 1
It`s definately not home made,it goes back in the exhaust tube above the burner,it slows down and swirls the heat for better heat exchange.Put it back,if you want your fridge to work right.Dave
easyride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:35 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
1959 22' Flying Cloud
Escondido , California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 82
Images: 5
It's 1/2" wide, 6" long and about .020" thick. Here's a closer picture.

Thanks
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Frig Part 003.jpg
Views:	93
Size:	48.8 KB
ID:	83171  
__________________
"On a vintage Airstream if it aint absolutely broke DON'T TOUCH IT!!"
2bkidfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:38 PM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
1959 22' Flying Cloud
Escondido , California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 82
Images: 5
Any ideas on how to get it back in? Can I disconnect the pipe from the burner and try to put it in from the bottom?
__________________
"On a vintage Airstream if it aint absolutely broke DON'T TOUCH IT!!"
2bkidfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:45 PM   #6
Vintage Alum. Enthusiast
 
flyfshr's Avatar

 
1959 24' Tradewind
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: I currently do not own a 2nd Airstream
Posts: 4,340
Images: 40
It should go right back in just like it came out. If it gets stuck, try rotating it slowly. It needs to be in place for the fridge to distribute the exhaust heat properly.

Brad
FF
__________________
4CU 2699 / AIR 10 / TAC AZ-1

I'm haunted by aluminum.
Charter Member of the 4 Corners Unit.
flyfshr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:47 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Sugarfoot's Avatar
 
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1956 30' Sovereign of the Road
1963 16' Bambi
Southeastern Area , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,115
OK, now I have a question. Do I have one of those things hanging down my refer exhaust? I've never looked.
__________________
Traveling With Elvis
life with a 1956 Sovereign of the Road
Sugarfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:48 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
easyride's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
1973 27' Overlander
1963 19' Globetrotter
Naples , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,259
Images: 1
The whole burner assembly is right below the tube,that would have to be removed,which isn`t that easy,also the little bend on the top of the difuser needs to hook on top of the tube to have the difuser the correct height above the burner.??? Pull the fridge.Dave
easyride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:50 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
easyride's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
1973 27' Overlander
1963 19' Globetrotter
Naples , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,259
Images: 1
Fridge

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sugarfoot View Post
OK, now I have a question. Do I have one of those things hanging down my refer exhaust? I've never looked.
If you have a Dometic ,yes,that`s the only brand I have torn apart.Dave
easyride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:54 PM   #10
Vintage Alum. Enthusiast
 
flyfshr's Avatar

 
1959 24' Tradewind
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: I currently do not own a 2nd Airstream
Posts: 4,340
Images: 40
SugarFoot ~

My Dometic isn't original to the TradeWind so I'm not sure if you have one or not but I'll bet yours is similar.

Brad
FF
__________________
4CU 2699 / AIR 10 / TAC AZ-1

I'm haunted by aluminum.
Charter Member of the 4 Corners Unit.
flyfshr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 07:57 PM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
1959 22' Flying Cloud
Escondido , California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 82
Images: 5
How it came out was not pretty. Lets just say it was one of those:

1. It's getting dark.
2. I've been working on it for hours.
3. Either it's coming out or something is going to break.

If I can't get it back in and the fridge doesn't work the wife is going to believe that I planned it because I've been talking about getting a new fridge for awhile.

Of course I wouldn't do that!! See "new riding mower, compound miter saw, etc."
__________________
"On a vintage Airstream if it aint absolutely broke DON'T TOUCH IT!!"
2bkidfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 08:11 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
Sugarfoot's Avatar
 
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1956 30' Sovereign of the Road
1963 16' Bambi
Southeastern Area , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,115
I learn something everyday. My refer is the original 1960, and based on 2b's experience, I'm not going looking for that little device.

2b, I hope all works out well.
__________________
Traveling With Elvis
life with a 1956 Sovereign of the Road
Sugarfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 08:19 PM   #13
Vintage Alum. Enthusiast
 
flyfshr's Avatar

 
1959 24' Tradewind
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: I currently do not own a 2nd Airstream
Posts: 4,340
Images: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sugarfoot View Post
I learn something everyday. My refer is the original 1960, and based on 2b's experience, I'm not going looking for that little device.
If your fridge is working fine, why would you?

Brad
FF
__________________
4CU 2699 / AIR 10 / TAC AZ-1

I'm haunted by aluminum.
Charter Member of the 4 Corners Unit.
flyfshr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2009, 09:00 PM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
1959 22' Flying Cloud
Escondido , California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 82
Images: 5
Snowball.

It was one of those snowball effects. While up on the trailer I noticed that the fridge vent cover was broken so I ordered a new one from Vintage Trailer Supply.

The fridge never worked really well. It made what I would call soft ice.

After removing the old cover I was looking up from the bottom saw that there was a ton of leaves and junk along with a hornets nest in the cooling fins. I was cleaning them out thinking that this would improve the performance and decided to clean out the exhaust while I was at it and the rest is history.

Gilbert
__________________
"On a vintage Airstream if it aint absolutely broke DON'T TOUCH IT!!"
2bkidfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 08:50 AM   #15
2 Rivet Member
 
grtwhthuntr's Avatar
 
1972 31' Excella 500
Lagrange , Kentucky
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 28
The leaves and the hrnets nest is what determined the performance of the fridge. The twisty thingy ( the name just will not come to me) is important to the operation and needs to be reinstalled the same way it came out. as was said before if it is stubborn, twist it and it should slide right back into place.

Good luck
grtwhthuntr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 09:29 AM   #16
Rivet Master
 
overlander63's Avatar
 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 21,254
The twisty thing helps the draft in the burner tube, and will let the fridge be a little cooler. It has the handle on it so it can be removed to clean spider/mud dauber nests from the flue.
__________________
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2009, 09:43 PM   #17
2 Rivet Member
 
1959 22' Flying Cloud
Escondido , California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 82
Images: 5
So, any ideas on how to put it back in the tube without pulling the fridge? Attached is a rough sketch of the exhaust piping. Just above the burner there is a metal pipe that goes into an insulated aluminum box. This whole assembly is about 27". A second tube that is 36" long connects to this. At the base of the second tube are 4 vent holes and a phillips screw. Please note that I can't see most of this, but I can feel it.

I was thinking of trying to take out the phillips screw, moving the top vent and trying to insert the "thingy". I can hook it to one of the vent holes.

At this point I don't want to make things worse, so if this is a bad idea let me know.

Thanks for all the help. Learn something new every day.

Gilbert
Attached Images
File Type: bmp Fridge tube.bmp (750.1 KB, 44 views)
__________________
"On a vintage Airstream if it aint absolutely broke DON'T TOUCH IT!!"
2bkidfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2009, 09:47 AM   #18
Rivet Master
 
easyride's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
1973 27' Overlander
1963 19' Globetrotter
Naples , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,259
Images: 1
If you can lift the top vent pipe out of the way, then somehow get the difuser to go back in ,just hook the wire over the bottom pipe,then reinstall the top pipe.Good luck!!
Dave
easyride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2009, 01:22 PM   #19
Rivet Master
 
mimiandrews's Avatar
 
1966 22' Safari
Hilltop Lakes , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,653
Check out rvmobile.com for a beautifully detailed description of how your fridge works. They say that baffle is a necessity, and that it has to hang at just the right height.
mimiandrews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2009, 06:01 PM   #20
2 Rivet Member
 
1959 22' Flying Cloud
Escondido , California
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 82
Images: 5
Mimiandrews, Thanks for the site. It was very very helpful.

So, it's called a Baffle and it has to be at the correct height. I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend.

I'm going to try Easyride's idea and just see if I can move the upper pipe over. Hopefully the baffle is self centering.

Thanks to everyone for all the help. I'll let you know what I come up with.


Gilbert
__________________
"On a vintage Airstream if it aint absolutely broke DON'T TOUCH IT!!"
2bkidfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does Size Matter ? LisaP Member Introductions 40 06-13-2009 07:59 AM
It was only a matter of time... yukionna Off Topic Forum 1 04-14-2008 07:25 PM
Does size matter when towing? safari57 Tow Vehicles 8 03-06-2007 10:25 PM
Size Does Matter... aviontt Refrigerators 5 02-27-2005 12:45 AM
Does Airstream location matter? yukionna Buyer Guidelines 5 09-21-2003 12:54 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:26 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.