Diagnosing and Repairing a Leaking Airstream

DiagnosingLeaksOver time, an Airstream can develop a leak after being exposed to the elements. However, all RV’s can develop leaks over time and an Airstream is probably less likely to leak than any other RV of a similar age. The good news is that repairing most leaks is fairly simple, but the bad news is that it can be difficult to find the leak. Routine inspection is the key to ensuring a leak free Airstream.
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Airstream Plumbing and Holding Tank Maintenance

PLUMBING&HOLDINGTANKSTraveling in an Airstream should be a fun and relaxing experience. However, things can go wrong to make that relaxing trip a stressful one. One of the problems that can spring up is a failure of the holding tank or water lines in the Airstream. But with some routine inspections and maintenance, many problems can be avoided.

When the plumbing and holding tanks are working well, little maintenance is needed. A little water softener and fabric softener in the holding tank will prevent the buildup of mineral and sludge deposits. Antifreeze solutions based on polypropylene glycol should be added to the system in cold weather to prevent freezing which can bust water lines and cause system failures. Water pumps and pressure regulators should be inspected and maintained according to manufacturer recommendations. View full post…

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Why Buy an Airstream Travel Trailer?

WhyBuyAirstreamThe choices in purchasing a travel trailer are as plentiful as the types of fish in the sea. From A to Z, there are currently 200 brands of travel trailers on the market and nearly twice that many obsolete, or defunct, makers if the used trailer market is considered. With a focus only on buying a new unit, why would Airstream be a good choice?

Let’s get this off the table immediately: If your purchasing decision is based on price per square foot alone, an Airstream is not for you. Simply put, virtually every other trailer on the market is cheaper – generally because they are made with less expensive components. The Airstream line has evolved over eight decades based on improvements to a platform with proven strength, reliability, comfort and durability. Airstream founder and visionary Wally Byam is often quoted as saying, “Let’s not make changes, let’s make only improvements.” View full post…

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Determining if Your Vehicle Can Tow an Airstream

P1100912TONEDThere is a myth that any car can tow an Airstream. Not so! While an Airstream does have enhanced towability and trackability compared with other trailers, it is important to remember that Airstreams are just as heavy as other trailers. It should also be noted that over the years new features have been added to the Airstream models, and thus they are now heavier than they were in the 50’s or 60’s.

So how do you determine if your vehicle can tow an airstream? Your first step should be check your vehicles owners manual. Determine your vehicle’s towing capacity. If you can’t find the information in the manual, check with your dealer. You should never exceed the vehicle’s towing capacity! Never!
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