A ‘Hole’ Lot of Drilling!

Apr 28, 2013

There are many ways to get a 60′ coil of copper pipe home from the hardware store. One of them is to use the full-size pickup truck you conveniently own for such tasks. Another is to see if it will fit behind the seats in your two-person convertible. We of course don’t like to do anything the predictable or logical way, and thus chose the latter method.

copper-convertible

Once we had the copper safely home from its little joy ride around town, it was time to run new propane lines under the trailer and drill some rather large holes in our pretty new floor. Sigh. We knew it couldn’t stay pristine forever.

copper-coils

The good news is that we now have our propane lines and fittings soldered and in place, have done a dry fit for the placement of our TwinTemp Jr. tankless water heater and hydronic heater from PrecisionTemp, and feel reasonably comfortable hooking up two propane tanks to the whole setup someday soon (emphasis on “reasonably”!)

twintemp-dryfit

The next step was to continue making very permanent and terrifying holes in our trailer by drilling into the exterior walls to install a water inlet and 30-amp power inlet. Yes, I held my breath the entire time.

The water inlet, made by Perko, is threaded for attaching a hose at a camp site and bringing pressurized or “city” water into the trailer.

The power inlet, made by Furrion, will connect us to a 30 amp power supply at a camp site, or a standard household outlet (when paired with the proper adapter) when we need to charge our trailer batteries at home.

We’re very impressed with the looks and construction of both outlets. The Perko water inlet is even made in the USA of solid brass. Adding such nice fittings made it somewhat less awful to drill big holes in the side of our trailer. They both have a beautiful chrome finish that will look great if we ever when we get our trailer polished!

furrion-perko-inlets

Rather than contrasting with our Airstream in the painfully obvious way like the plastic models commonly used on RV’s, these classy inlets look like they’ve always belonged on our trailer — that’s saying something when you’re talking about a 50 year old rig!

new-furrion-inlet-installed

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