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Old 09-01-2003, 05:46 PM   #1
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New MH adventure

I have been lurking here for a few months and recently acquired a new (to me)MH. I started in AS MHs with an Argosy 20' Doodle Bug, then a 24' Excella, then a 280 Isuzu, with trailers in between and all of them undergoing various degrees of repair or restoration.

I had been looking at an AS 300 MH, when a few weeks ago a 1984 310 showed up on eBay. I bid but it didn't reach reserve and the seller wouldn't respond to my emails. (I believe that to be the MH referred to on another thread of this board.)

So I went back to looking at the 300LE. Then, Bam! I don't know what happened. But it got ahold of me and before I knew what was happening, I did it again. For the third time I bought an Airstream over the internet.

Armed with Delta frequent flyer mileage I talked a friend into flying to California and helping me drive her to Texas. To avoid California sales taxes it had to be delivered out of state. The sale was consummated in the head cashiers booth at Boomtown Casino, Nevada, just a few miles west of Reno August 22.

We headed south on 395 and missed the turn before we got to Carson City. We needlessly climbed over 9,500 feet and saw Lake Tahoe from the other side before we got to Carson City the long way around.

But that wasn't all bad..... My new Texas Belle showed me what she was made of. The Banks system hunkered down and didn't complain once. I guess we bonded. And to do that early in the trip left me with a nice warm feeling the rest of the way home.

When we stopped Tuesday night in Benson, Arizona, I noticed the heavy Banks tale pipe hanging rather low. The rubber flex joints of the last two hanger straps had pulled through and the muffler, catalytic converter and very large tail pipe were all hanging from the header pipes a long way forward. One block away was Ace
hardware still open. Worm gear hose clamps and wire made it tight again and it was still tight when we arrived home in Galveston County, Texas.

That is all of the excitement we could muster up for one new-to-me Airstream, bought sight unseen over the internet, and driven over 2,000 miles to her new home far, far away.

You can check out my 94 excella for sale on a temp page here:

http://home.houston.rr.com/k5cad/air.../94excella.htm

Thanks for listening.

Ebert and Marilyn Steele
La Marque, Texas
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1994 30' Excella, looking for a new home.
2001 Dodge 2500, best little silver truck in Texas
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Old 09-01-2003, 06:53 PM   #2
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We recently bought our first MH (and 86 345) from an ad on the internet, sight unseen (except for pictures). Our friends thought we were nuts. Good to know I'm not the only crazy one out there! Ours was delivered to us from PA about six weeks ago. So far everything has been great. Working through everything, getting ready for a busy fall camping season.

This forum has been invaluable to me during the research and aquisition of our MH and especially during some recent repairs. There are some amazingly experienced MH owners on here who are happy and quick to lend advice.
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Old 09-01-2003, 08:59 PM   #3
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Welcome to the club.

I think the entire forum thought we were nuts when we bought a MH in WA and drove it home to FL. We made it, but it took a month and a new engine.

For some good reading, and I hearty helping of "see it could have been worse" try this thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...&threadid=4922
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Old 09-02-2003, 05:49 AM   #4
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I am alaso a member of the buy it on the "net" club. Bought mine 2 years ago after a few months of searching for one, and flew up on Thanksgiving weekend (friday) to drive it back 9+ hours.
Had a terrific time...and I am still having it!
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Old 09-02-2003, 09:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome.....

Steve,
I like your nose art. Is it for real or just part of the digital image?

Brett,
I had read part of your adventure thread but reading the whole thread through in one sitting put a new perspective on it. I will follow the ongoing restoration. Thanks for posting the pointer.


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Old 09-02-2003, 09:32 PM   #6
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The nose art is just a little Photoshop magic. It started on another post called "Nose Art" and I couldn't resist mocking this up. I kinda like it and since my wife and I met in flight school maybe someday....
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Old 09-02-2003, 09:35 PM   #7
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Alansd,

This got chopped off of my last post. I restored a 1982 Classic 280 Turbo and sold it about 2 years ago. Mine was an Isuzu and it was still strong with over 100k on it. Is yours diesel by any chance? I had three skin segments changed and it shined up like a silver dollar. Wish I could have made it a little quieter though.

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Mine is a 454. I looked for a diesel, being a fan of Isuzu engines, having worked for a dealer in the 80's...never found one. I have been happy with the Chev motor, it was replaced by the po at 50000 miles or so, dealer installed a new one with all the trimmings. Don't know why, but this one now has 40000 on it and hums right along. Like most of us here I maintain it quite well, maybe too well....not really, I enjoy keeping ahead of the problems. So far they have been fewer in the second year of ownership, as I got past some of the mistakes/shortcuts of the p.o.
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Ok im a little unimformed here but is there some kind of California law that if you buy something in the state you have to pay sales tax even if you dont live there and have no plans to title it there?
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Ok im a little unimformed here but is there some kind of California law that if you buy something in the state you have to pay sales tax even if you dont live there and have no plans to title it there?
The unit I bought was on consignment at a dealer. The dealer convinced me that unless they could show proof of out-of-state delivery they would be liable for the California state sales tax. The head cashier at Boomtown Casino, Boomtown, Nevada, was doing a brisk business processing papers on CA vehicles delivered to Nevada.

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Ah and the mystory is solved. Don't make much sence as I can buy a vehicle in AL take delivery and as long as I have an out of state drivers license and address I don't have to pay that states sales taxes. Guess it must be an agreement between FL and AL.
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