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Old 08-08-2006, 11:05 PM   #1
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Hello my name is Brett, and I have aluminumitis….

My version of the 12 step program for all of us Alumin-a-holics

1. We admit we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable due to lack of space to store the assorted parts of our project Airstreams.

2. We must come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves causes us to attempt restorations that would strain anyone’s sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will, bank accounts and our lives over to the care of our trailer as we now understood why we have to have that original vent lifter off EBay.

4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of our parts and pieces, and found ourselves lacking - Where is that section of rub rail? Arrgh

5. Admitted to Wally, to ourselves and to other human beings the exact nature of our addiction. - Mirror shine is not good enough, one more pass and it will be perfect.

6. Were entirely ready to have Cyclo remove all defects of the skin, no matter if the wife gets mad at what happens to the washing machine afterwards.

7. Humbly asked family, friends and visitors to overlook our shortcomings where we could not get it done before the rally. – Don’t use the toilet, OK?

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, ignored, bored with endless chatter about minutia, and roped into helping us do the work, and became willing to make amends to them all – No the vent is not correct for a 63, it is supposed to be fiberglass….

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. - Three beers is enough Tom, it was just dropping a black tank.

10. Continued to take inventory and when we were overstocked promptly admitted it and found worthy homes for the excess.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation with the Cyclo to improve our conscious contact with the sprit of Aluminum as we understood it, praying only for knowledge of the best polishing method, and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs, everyone needs a project, right?


These steps are not a way to cure our addiction, more like a management program of sorts…..

See I just bought another one, I have to go rescue it in a week or two. It is sitting where it has sat for 15 years and needs work. But it is a rare one. From my research it is a ’48 Trailwind, wish me luck!
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:08 PM   #2
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Wow!! that one is cool. Glad its getting rescued and in good hands. How's the axle and frame? Looks like its sitting kind of low even if the tires are flat. What are your plans for it, 12 Step Brett?

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Old 08-08-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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Hi Brett...

That is SO COOL!
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:18 PM   #4
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I did not get a good look at the axle, but since it is a pipe frame it is going to need to be a full monty....

So really what I bought was a good shell with windows that still has the aluminum kitchen intact...

I am contemplating a real restoration since it was a model that was made for only 2 years. The furnishings were simple and the total weight will be under 2500 LBS if I do it right.
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Old 08-08-2006, 11:24 PM   #5
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Nice!

Very cool Brett...and I thought you had been healed!

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Old 08-08-2006, 11:27 PM   #6
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I was in remission once, it did not stick
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:40 AM   #7
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I was in remission once, it did not stick
I always tell them that I "was" on the wagon until it made a sharp U-turn and I fell off....again

BTW nice looking unit and don't forget the pictures!

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are you thinking it will be light enough to tow behind the argosy?

way cool!

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brett

are you thinking it will be light enough to tow behind the argosy?

way cool!

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My Argosy is an aberration when it comes to the classic MH Chassis. My Manuals all concur that I can tow 4K behind my MH. Most can only tow 2K.

This would be light enough either way if I don't go bulking it up with AC units and big refers, etc. Dry weight was 1450 LBS when delivered.

I don't know of any other classic chassis MH that has this as a factory documented tow rating.

In the picture below you can see the really cool indoor/outdoor bedroom feature that is unique to this coach..... Actually I am wondering if this is where the Basecamp idea came from....
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:34 AM   #10
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Actually!!!

Brett,

I've been researching this. It is not the Aluminum... it's Bauxite, or Bauxitis!

Bauxite is an aluminium ore which consists largely of the Al minerals gibbsite Al(OH)3, boehmite and diaspore AlOOH, together with the iron oxides goethite and hematite, the clay mineral kaolinite and small amounts of anatase TiO2. It was named after the village Les Baux-de-Provence in southern France, where it was first discovered in 1821.

Approx. 95 % of the world bauxite production is processed into aluminium.

So, I think you classify for the disease. Men are more prone to Bauxitis than is a woman, but they too can contract it.

There is no known cure!
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Brett:

Congratulations on your new Trailwind! Although her foundation needs a little help (that's a wonderful drop frame feature in the back...), she has beautiful skin and alluring promise. When you get the chance, I'd love to see a photo of the galley and learn her serial number.

Years ago, Bud Cooper put a very stout 6" deep channel custom built ladder frame under his 22' Liner shell and installed a comfortable modern trailer inside. His frame had extensions around the rear end to which he mounted a semi-circular curved bumper to protect the trailer's hind quarters. Information and a few photos of his Liner appear in back issues of The Vintage Advantage.

Again, congratulations on your new vintage Airstream!
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Congratulations on your new Trailwind! Although her foundation needs a little help (that's a wonderful drop frame feature in the back...), she has beautiful skin and alluring promise. When you get the chance, I'd love to see a photo of the galley and learn her serial number.
Fred,

I was excited to see she had her kitchen cabinet. It needs work, but it is all there including all the inside cabinet door latches.

As for the serial number that is going to take some detective work. The plate is missing. I do have a lead though, I have the last license plate that was on the trailer form 1974. I plan to go to the DMV and see if I can convince them to do a reverse look up for me and get the number. Then I can do a reproduction plate.

I have also burned a CD with all the pictures and am shipping it to Rich so you can look at the 45 high res photos at the VAC rally, and let me know if I bough more than just a basket case
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Old 08-09-2006, 07:43 AM   #13
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i think airstreams are like mushrooms after a good rain...

it's funny too that the majority of the "support group" here all has more than one trailer listed by their name! the more th emerrier, i say! when the wife gets fed up with ya and kicks you out of the house, you'll have plenty of places to stay!

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