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Old 01-14-2006, 08:03 AM   #1
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HI Folks, Well I did it, I bought my first Aistream. Now I am finding all the wrinkles that were not apparent on E-bay.
My first question. OK the 72 overlander does not have a grey water tank and the water just seems to flow out from the belly skin at the rear seam. So, before I remove the rear belly skin, what is the normal fix for this situation?I don't have a 72 schematic, just a 74 that came with the trailer which is different.
second question, previous owners wanted a bigger battery, so they installed it on the floor of the pantry cupboard next to the fridge. For rechargeing, they had a charger hooked up to the fuse box, too wierd for me so i removed that. Any insight and advice to this situation would be appreciated. Now that I am part of the Airstream family should I join a club, learn a new handshake, sacrafice a few rivets? I wanna be cool too!
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:46 AM   #2
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Welcome Tim

Hey Tim,
Welcome!! We have a 1976 Overlander... As far as the water leak.. this is not normal The forum is a great place to learn and share. As far as the hand shake... I am still trying to learn...
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Old 01-14-2006, 09:42 AM   #3
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You are too funny. You will do well in the Aristream/Argosy family. Most of us don't dare shake hands since we usually have renovation stuff all over them. Right now I'm covered with paint from my toilet refinishing work. Maybe that's the secret. To be a member you have to have goop in your hair, on your shirt and under your finger nails. Welcome to the club. It's fun in here.
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Old 01-15-2006, 05:07 AM   #4
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Welcome to the wonderful world of 30+ year old airstreams. No special handshakes here, just a lot of drilled out rivets and Vulkem stained hands.

I refer you to a thread from a similar new owner a few months back. I listed a few things with links to some pics.

I recommend a complete belly pan removal (in the rear, anyway) for a thorough inpection. The gray water (from kitchen sink, tub, and lavatory) drains out through the streetside waste hook up. Water exiting from the the belly pan could be from the tub P-trap (below the floor), cracked or loose drain plumbing, or more likely from supply/water heater leaks.

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Old 01-15-2006, 05:43 AM   #5
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Welcome to the adiction, Water from anywhere ither than the drains is not normal. Look dor the discharge hook up.... May have a cracked waste pipe or open valve. Post pics if you can?
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Old 01-15-2006, 08:52 AM   #6
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another tim with a '72 27-footer

hey tim- yeah, what pizzachop said: you should drop the belly-pan, at LEAST in the rear, to see where your leak is coming from. You will be very lucky if you have no rotten plywood subfloor in the bathroom, mine was bad all around the tub drain and rear perimeter. I've got my fingers crossed for you, as otherwise you're looking at gutting at least the bathroom to replace the subfloor. I think you'll want to get the Airstream Service Manual, available often on ebay, or from: Secretarial Services, box 484, Sidney, Ohio, 45365. Phone: 937-492-8885. The battery is more typically located inside a rear hatch, under your tub. Next to it is the univolt, which typically no longer works properly. I have a thread on my repairs you can look at. Best of luck in your searches, tim
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:48 AM   #7
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Many thanks

I appreciate all your replys and now have an idea of what to do, or at least where to start. Thanks I will try to take pics and post progress. peace.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:50 AM   #8
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:30 AM   #9
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Hey Tim,

I purchased my 72 Overlander a couple of months ago and was concerned about not having manuals, but to my surprise (and relief) I found not only the owner's manual but also the service/maintenance manual, all of the papers for the a/c, toilet, water heater and furnace. The furnace that originally came with my unit was recalled in 1990-something so there is an even newer furnace installed. I found the recall letter along with some old campground brochures and even the Wally Byam Store accessory catalog for 1972. Man, I wish I could still order from it.
Anyway, I am working on similar plumbing issues and I'm considering adding a gray tank. I would be happy to send you a copy of my manuals if you are interested. I plan on making a copy for myself to use and preserve the originals. Send me an email and we'll connect.

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