A Whole Lot of DRILLING HOLES – Propane, Water, and Power for a Vintage Airstream

A Whole Lot of DRILLING HOLES – Propane, Water, and Power for a Vintage Airstream

The day finally arrived: it was time to run new propane lines under the trailer and drill some rather large holes in the pretty new floor. Sigh. It couldn’t stay pristine forever.


Some very expensive new copper, ready for propane

The good news is that propane lines and fittings are now soldered and in place, a dry fit has been done for the placement of the TwinTemp Jr. tankless water heater and hydronic heater from PrecisionTemp, and my knowledgeable plumbing helper feels reasonably comfortable hooking up two propane tanks to the whole setup someday soon (emphasis on “reasonably”, because this is some new territory for him!)


Dry-fitting the PrecisionTemp Twin-Temp unit in place in the Airstream kitchen

The next step was to continue making very permanent and terrifying holes in the trailer by drilling through the exterior walls to install a new city water connection and a 30-amp power plug. I think 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 to a 30 amp power supply at a campsite, or a standard household outlet (when paired with the proper adapter) when to charge the trailer batteries at home.

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


So shiny! Much wow!

Rather than contrasting with the Airstream in a painfully obvious way like the plastic models commonly used on newer RV’s, these classy (albeit much more expensive) inlets look like they’ve always belonged on the trailer — and that’s saying something when you’re talking about a 50-year-old RV!



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