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    LawChick's Avatar

    Is it a rule?

    That has been working pretty well for me the last few days, but now we're in the deep freeze again! Blah.
    Posted 02-02-2011 at 12:56 AM by LawChick LawChick is offline
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    Drat! Caught Again.

    Backing happens. I'd reccommend sitting down and developing a fun way to communicate to each other while backing. Start with a given, you can't hear each other. And probly cant see each other- That you probaly can fix, the steerer stays where the driver can see them in ONE mirror, decided on prior. Then point and give finger signals you decided on prior too. A big fist up in the air is usually used for STOP. Don't be afraid for the driver to get out at least 6 or 4 or 2 times to go back and see what the trailer is trying to get into.
    (I can still hear some nasty backing sessions of a past....oh it didn't last.)
    Perry
    Posted 01-31-2011 at 02:28 AM by NevadaGeo NevadaGeo is offline
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    ROBERTSUNRUS's Avatar

    Is it a rule?

    Hi, maybe you can "Fix" Mr. B. a nice breakfast before he goes out to repair Esmerelda. Sometimes you just have to do things yourself. I hate to pay someone for a lousy job.
    Posted 01-28-2011 at 11:55 PM by ROBERTSUNRUS ROBERTSUNRUS is offline
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    Almost Ready to Run from Snow!

    We are beginning to look for an AS also but definitely need one with twin beds in the back to accomodate an oxygen concentrator. I don't want to have to crawl over it in the aisle when I'm in a hurry to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night. We have very limited knowledge about repairing the camper but want to go see my husband's sister in Oregon and brother in California. We are Buckeyes! Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated.
    Posted 01-28-2011 at 07:11 PM by Crazy Grace Crazy Grace is offline
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    Almost Ready to Run from Snow!

    Thanks so much Law Chick. I am starting a folder with things to look for / inspect and your message is going into it. Your comment about all used RVs having something or other wrong is spot on. And they definitely are not as cool. Oh, tell your hubby not to sweat the backing issues. It is all part of the process. I once had to make a full circuit around a camping loop at Disney World's Fort Wilderness to get lined up again after backing and filling for fifteen minutes. Quite a crowd was lined up watching me by the time all was said and done. We all pay our dues. Dan
    Posted 01-22-2011 at 11:07 PM by Dan R Dan R is offline
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    Mr & Mrs S's Avatar

    Drat! Caught Again.

    Its always such a pleasure to read your blogs becasue I know I'm going to get a laugh everytime I read one.

    On the subject of backing up...its funny now but wasnt then. Mrs. S and her mother-in-law decide they would flag me into our camping spot on our FIRST camping trip. They would get out of the mirrors and I couldnt see them and We were hollaring back and forth as they were guiding be back onto the camping pad and I would ask is everything ok........."Sure" they said "COME ON BACK" then I heard C-R-U-N-C-H .......While they were doing such a great job looking down and making sure the tires would roll on top of the leveling pads we laid they never thought to look up and see if the trailer would reach the small shed with the picnic bench under it. So needless to say they will never flag me again if they are together...LOL... they always seem to get into some sort of trouble ...but the funniest thing is they knew Id be upset so when I got out the truck they were pointing at each other. But all and all it wasnt to bad I popped the dent out after we got home and all was forgiven.....Moral of the story is look up, down, and side to side when your guiding your husband.

    O one other thing..... becareful with that gorilla glue. My first and last experince with that stuff I got it all over my hands and then I tired to wash it off not thinking about it being WATER activated....only thing that would take that mess off my hands was a course grit sand paper and Im not even joking...will never use it again....LOl

    Best wishes to you guys Hope your enjoying your new toy...Im about to go work on ours got lots of new things to install...
    Posted 01-21-2011 at 06:09 AM by Mr & Mrs S Mr & Mrs S is offline
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    LawChick's Avatar

    Almost Ready to Run from Snow!

    Well, first of all, we didn't find it until we'd had her a week. I thought we had inspected pretty well. I had crawled underneath, looked at the belly pan (tight and no sags, etc.) We had found every possible place to look at the frame, whammed on the belly to see if we heard any flaking, etc.

    I thought we looked well into the storage compartments, but I didn't look or feel well enough. In my defense, it was so cold I just wanted to hook up and take her home by the time we were really buying her.

    Back in the fall, when we first fell in love, wasps or dirt daubers seemed to get after us every time we tried to inspect too closely. Pulled out the awnings, then ran for our lives as wasps swarmed. It's really uncomfortable, if you ask me, trying to thoroughly inspect on the lot. Next time, though, I'll know to bear it and inspect much more closely. Also, back in the fall when we first started wanting her, I hadn't read extensively on the forums and really should have asked someone to come and inspect.

    However, even had they found it, I think we still would have bought her. We were in love, ya' know?

    After we were home and had started cleaning, I opened up the storage compartment under the bed in preparation of vacuuming the old blue carpet under there. (It had a lot of acorns underneath...hmmm - a squirrel in residence?) I noticed one section of the rail under the bed had a tiny bit of telltale blackish color where it met the carpet. Pulled the carpet away, stuck my finger in, and found less than hard solid floor.

    Hollered for Mister B, and he opened the curbside storage from outside. I then had lots of light under the bed (do this before you buy one! Another lesson). When he shed all that light on the subject, I saw I could pull up carpet alongside the storage area - between that rail holding up the bed and the side wall of the trailer. Pulled it up, and there it was - floor rot, and soft, too. I'll try to take a photo and show you exactly where it is and what the first hint looked like.

    I said a few Sunday School words. Checked the other side, same place, no rot. Then we went on a manic hunt all over the trailer, pulling up old carpet and plastic coverings in corners under cabinets, etc. Took drawer out from under sofa, crawled under there and whammed on the floor at the front and in the curves. Pretty solid. One spot, about two inches, between the entertainment center and the door has had some water damage, but not too bad.

    It appears that the storage compartment was leaking - maybe for quite a while. Because it's generally pretty dark when the bed is lifted up, especially with curtains closed like they usually are at dealer lots, we couldn't see as well as we should have demanded. Also, once I found the floor rot, I also found the evidence on the exterior of attempts to repair it. I should have seen that! But a seam sort of under the awning arm had been Vulkemed, as had other seams in the general vicinity. Since there was melting snow dripping off the roof for days, and the floor wasn't wet, I think the previous owner may have gotten the leak mostly stopped. I learned to look for areas outside where extra sealant had been applied. Probably, it leaks there or has leaked.

    Here's what I will do next time, if we ever trade or buy another Stream. Open both outside storage doors, then lift the bed, preferably on a sunny day. Then crawl in. I would also take the drawer out from under the sofa and crawl under there. You can see a lot up there laying on your belly, including wiring from the batteries, battery cases, etc. Besides, there was lots of lint and dirt and needed a good vacuuming.

    I would also make the dealer raise the Stream so I could check the axles and also see if the wheels spin freely. Our brakes howled, screeched and screamed so much on the way home that we kept stopping to feel bearings and brakes. It hadn't been moved in about four months. We ended up replacing the brakes. The axles are good.

    From the start, we knew there might be floor rot, maybe even some frame decomposition. The frame seems fine, luckily. I still want to get one of those lights and look more, but it seems very good. Painted black still.

    Here's the thing, though: We wanted her. And the price was right. We had cash to pay, and expected to spend more to fix her up, and expected to work on her as a hobby.

    She's immaculate inside. New fridge, new air conditioner, everything seems to work properly, etc. Inside it's more what we want to do than what we have to do. However, once you let yourself fall in love with a particular Stream, I think you may dicker on the price, but in our case, we were hooked.

    From the beginning, the important thing to us was solid, safe and sound running gear. After all, we can do everything else later, but we wanted to be able to safely and confidently pull her down the road as a priority. If nothing else worked, we'd still be able to enjoy her and sleep in her. Now we will begin doing other things - probably sometimes in a campground on our travels as we polish, shine, decorate, etc.

    As for the floor - sigh - guess we'll have to replace that section at some point. Not right now. We aren't anywhere near falling through yet and we need to make sure the leaks are plugged that caused it first - and see if we ultimately discover other bad spots.

    We aren't going wait to have the floor fixed before we use her. If we have to reinforce it in that area with an over-patch for a little bit, that's ok. Eventually, we'll probably tear out the bedroom anyway for some remodeling projects. At that time, we'll see about the floor. But for now, we're ready to start rolling around having fun!

    Take photos to study when you get home. We did do that part, but I should have used the flash under stuff more.

    The bottom line, I think, from reading this forum for the last few months, is that there is going to be something or other wrong with a used Stream. But as you know from RVing - that's true of other brands, too - and they aren't nearly as cool.

    Hope you get one soon! And we'll see you out on the road sometime. Incidentally, there are people in the forums with much more experience who will arrange to inspect one before you buy, if you want.

    Carol
    (who still needs new shock absorbers - for the trailer! I think I need some, too, after all the crawling and twisting I've been doing cleaning and looking - knees are creaking!)
    Posted 01-20-2011 at 12:23 AM by LawChick LawChick is offline
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    Almost Ready to Run from Snow!

    Great story, LawChick. You had the wife and me in stitches. Quick question, if you don't mind. We are looking for our first Airstream. (We have RV'd for years in SOBs.) How did you spot your floor rot? Any tips in that regard?
    We like the 90's era Excellas very much. I know you guys and Esmeralda will have many years of fun. I hope to see you down the road.
    Dan
    Posted 01-19-2011 at 01:34 PM by Dan R Dan R is offline
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    Posted 01-08-2011 at 01:35 PM by casarodante casarodante is offline
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    Mr & Mrs S's Avatar

    Now, three months later...

    Congrats,

    LOL....I know the feeling of being so excited about the things you want to do and the places you want to go. Keeps you motavited. Good luck to you!
    Posted 01-07-2011 at 02:45 AM by Mr & Mrs S Mr & Mrs S is offline
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    LawChick's Avatar

    Now, three months later...

    Yes. It's so exciting. I can't sleep! I keep lying there thinking of things I want to do and places I want to go in the Excella! I'm like a kid on Christmas Eve.
    Posted 01-07-2011 at 01:18 AM by LawChick LawChick is offline
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    Top's Avatar

    Now, three months later...

    Congratulations! Isn't being a new Airstream owner so much fun! Enjoy your new toy!
    Posted 01-06-2011 at 11:23 PM by Top Top is offline
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    LawChick's Avatar

    Now, three months later...

    Thanks, casarodante (what a cool name!). I'm sure we'll be needing to ask you. I don't know how to do the forum very well yet - trying to find the photos of your Excella.

    We have a few concerns about running gear, but we've about decided to just have fun and fix something when it breaks! LOL Well, maybe not THAT reckless. We're having a few "insurance" things done. But inside, ours is basically pretty nice. May make changes later - or work on it once we find some place warmer to get off to for the next few weeks! They're predicting snow here, of course, when we want to play with our AS. Hope not too much or I'll be out there freezing trying to keep the snow off her!
    Nice to meet you. And thanks for offering. I'm sure you have had lots of experience after having the Excella in your family so long!
    Posted 01-06-2011 at 09:39 PM by LawChick LawChick is offline
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    casarodante's Avatar

    Now, three months later...

    We have a '92 25' Excella. We have had it since 2001 when my parents gave it to us. Feel free to ask away!
    Posted 01-06-2011 at 12:41 PM by casarodante casarodante is offline
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    Ritagirl's Avatar

    Reserved a Rally Campsite

    I assume you picked it up? Pictures?
    Posted 10-26-2010 at 08:25 AM by Ritagirl Ritagirl is offline
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