Buying it back...

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And I did order 2 pkgs of those curtain things. :D
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Choptop wrote:
skater wrote:I’m planning to replace the visible rubber gasket, not reseal the frame (that was done when I owned it previously).

There’s a thread somewhere that lists exactly what is needed to replace the gaskets.
I will have to look for that thread, I know that Airstream sells (2) seals for the front fixed unit, takes 15' of each but was not aware that their was one for the sliders, till I went out and looked, just thought, because of the procedure on the members blog that you just pulled the whole thing out and resealed, now I see the rubber piece you are talking about.Image I take it that it is the piece just under the Good Sam sticker ?
Yep, that’s it. Here’s the thread about it.
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Thank you sir !!
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Image Image , both these pieces are listed on the Airstream parts site as needed for the B190 front fixed window, one is the gasket, 1 is the insert, sound about right.
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This is what I found when I popped out the side window.
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The plastic bag was to keep debris from sanding the rust out of the van. I put 2 coats of POR on before reinstalling and I used 3/4" butyl tape which came out fine. I just followed the directions in other threads on this site, including using all new rubber. I also had leaks above and had to repair under the top bed(and remove standing water). Sliders were the culprits but I wasn't sure about the front fixed glass and wanted to get up close and personal to inspect it. I built a frame to stand on that slides into two step ladders. Window was not leaking even though it is cracked, and while I was up there I decided to give the area a good polish.
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And I still haven't figured out how to make my pics stand up right.
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Nice job micabarry !! All the pics and info will help people like me when that time comes.
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With the cold weather, I haven’t had much time to work on the B190, but every few weeks I’ve been starting it and just letting it run for a while. Today I did that and decided to move it to another part of the driveway. I got it about 5’, and it died and wouldn’t restart. D’oh.

I left it on the charger and plugged it in so the coach battery would charge, and after an hour or so it fired up, so I moved it back to where it was, lest it die in a spot that blocks the driveway!

My theory is that the engine battery is so bad that it’s killing the electrical system, and causing it to stall.

I got the generator running but it wouldn’t stabilize and stalled several times. :(
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Skater im thinking it should run on just the alternator especially if you've just started it. Old school battery check disconnect the battery when running if it stays running its the battery if it dies its the alternator. Hows the fuel?

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190-b-651 wrote:Skater im thinking it should run on just the alternator especially if you've just started it. Old school battery check disconnect the battery when running if it stays running its the battery if it dies its the alternator. Hows the fuel?
The fuel is still the bad fuel. I put in a can of Seafoam in each tank, but that can only do so much - I really need to get the bad fuel out. It was idling fine and revved up fine, but as soon as I put it in gear it start running badly. I had the generator running, but it wouldn't stabilize - surging, nearly stalling, surging, etc. Again, another sign of the bad fuel.

But, if there's a bad cell, and it's pulling the voltage down, who knows what can happen. It needs a battery, so I might as well fix that problem and see if it helps. The only reason it starts at all is because of the deep cycle battery.

The other thing I'm going to do is to throw in more fresh gas, trying to dilute the bad gasoline as much as possible.

(I could just, you know, DRAIN THE TANKS, but that's a messy job, at best.)
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Based in my experience of high single digit fuel economy, it shouldn't take long to empty those tanks... As long as you can keep her running

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ZachS wrote:Based in my experience of high single digit fuel economy, it shouldn't take long to empty those tanks... As long as you can keep her runningImage

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Yeah, although I’ve mostly been idling the gallons away.

I was joking with my wife that I didn’t want both of us to go for a drive in it, because I might need her to rescue me. Half-joking.

Okay, maybe I was 75% serious.

(Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if the alternator wasn’t working 100% either.)
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Hopefully its just the fuel and not moisture in the tank and draining is a pain then what to do with the old gas. Good luck keep tinkering you'll get her going again. Im still trying to balance between my three lists. What needs to be done, what I want to do, and the honey do, lol.
No comment on the one that wins.

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190-b-651 wrote:Hopefully its just the fuel and not moisture in the tank and draining is a pain then what to do with the old gas. Good luck keep tinkering you'll get her going again. Im still trying to balance between my three lists. What needs to be done, what I want to do, and the honey do, lol.
No comment on the one that wins.
:) I have a list with three priorities. The #1s are things that pretty much have to be done for it to be a reliable vehicle and a usable camper. These include things like replacing the batteries and curtains and redoing the plumbing since I found a leak.

#2 are things that really ought to be done, like fixing leaks and replacing/repairing the bathroom fan.

#3 are things that are upgrades, like installing USB or 12 volt outlets and LED lighting.
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The list's dont seem to get any shorter except the reliability im pretty confident at this point. ( fingers crossed) with mine mechanically except for the furnace blower squealing a bit thats on the list for this week.
If I can get through the summer without depleting my play $ its in for paint next winter. The new generator set that back but im glad I did go with the new one. And I want to upgrade the jacknife bed like Chris did into a goucho bed I like that idea. Im still looking for the replacement release handles for the flexsteel captain chairs with no luck. And the list goes on from there.

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Mine died on the fwy in Dec. Won't be able to fix it for a few weeks. Needs a fuel pump (or two?) and we'll see from there.

Do you have a battery charger, too Skater? We've used it to try to charge both batteries and it did start today.


skater wrote:With the cold weather, I haven’t had much time to work on the B190, but every few weeks I’ve been starting it and just letting it run for a while. Today I did that and decided to move it to another part of the driveway. I got it about 5’, and it died and wouldn’t restart. D’oh.

I left it on the charger and plugged it in so the coach battery would charge, and after an hour or so it fired up, so I moved it back to where it was, lest it die in a spot that blocks the driveway!

My theory is that the engine battery is so bad that it’s killing the electrical system, and causing it to stall.

I got the generator running but it wouldn’t stabilize and stalled several times. :(

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