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Old 05-02-2011, 09:43 PM   #29
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An update to my 'i need counseling' post. two weeks ago my wife and i decided to go to boyettes restaraunt at reelfoot lake 80 miles away. it was very windy but i handled it. when we got three miles from boyettes, i got hit with a 70 mph crosswind (typical of the ms delta). it stripped my 25 foot awning on my 93 land yacht from the front seal 12 feet down the side. my wife thought the door had blown off. we found a place to park it and my rv tech fixed it completely two days later. he even delivered it back to my home. all the mechanicals ran perfectly. i love driving this thing. but i have to wonder whats next.

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Old 05-02-2011, 10:01 PM   #30
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update 2...i discovered that the ly is built on an all aluminum frame, i had thought that screws and rivets had pulled from wood. didnt happen. we replaced the dinky flip clips with velcro fasteners. we lowered the awning below the roof line which the PO had foolishly misinstalled. life is good. the awning is enclosed in metal airstream style. this weekend i am am going to try springfield, mo which is 480 mil
es away. wish me luck. btw...i am taking a butane utility lighter if i cant start a flood.

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Old 05-02-2011, 10:06 PM   #31
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We were headed north in the Mojave Desert area in California, the TV was loosing power for some later was found to be a disfunctional thermosat. Meanwhile we called for assistance with the CB we had back then and truckers came from every where, stopped and gave us enough water and coolant to make it into Fresno. That was a hair raiser.!
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:20 PM   #32
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Atta Boy!
See what we mean... sometimes stuff goes wrong, so just roll with it!
Just keep trying, and as i said before, it will just melt into fun!

I bought my 1984, sight unseen and flew into Kansas to pick it up...
Replaced 2 tires cos of the age, and drove it near 1600 miles back to California... and had a blast!
Worst thing that happened...
A water leak from the recently replaced water heater.... windshield wiper blades that were useless... and a 12v fuse that kept blowing cos the bathroom fan was seized.
Small things I now know...
It has airbags in the front, and that they needed 60psi or so to keep the front end from wandering in every lane when windy!
Get out there and work those bugs out!
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:31 AM   #33
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You are making great progress with your counseling and I think you only have to come in once a week instead of twice a week. Remember to take your meds.

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:21 AM   #34
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When Sam first found me, she though I was perfect too. After a little time together she found out I wasn't EXACTLY perfect. But 34 years later she's still here so I guess I was close enough.

Kind of like owning a moho.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:50 AM   #35
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This threadreminds me of an old Navy saying:

Ships are safe in harbors, but thats not what ships were built for

As a new AS owner, I too think about what ifs... However I try to be prepared for most anything. Everyone who has posted so far has good ideas about being prepared, (tools, roadside assistance...). Just realize that there will be a time or event that will be a 'gotcha moment'. Think of it as a speed bump, take a time out, take a deep breath, and ask your self "what do I need to do to getback on the road"?

RV's and trailers are like cars, if you don't use them they age and break down. Take the RV out and enjoy
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:52 PM   #36
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A story to make you nervous—

Some years ago we were driving around Lake Tahoe. On the west side there is an area with some tight switchbacks and quite steep hills. We came around a switchback and there was a large MoHo near the top of the hill and stalled out. There was no backing down to a level spot and no shoulder. With no engine, no power brakes and no power steering. I hope he had a really good emergency brake and wheel chocks. This was not a place I'd want to get stuck. This was long before our Airstream time, but I don't think it was an Airstream. If it didn't end up in the lake, and it was an Airstream, you may have bought it second hand and be driving it now.

Remember your meds.

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Old 06-09-2011, 10:37 AM   #37
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Just remember, as with most all things in life, a little preparedness goes a long way. Have a good set of tools on hand, a decent basic repair manual and a variety of common spare parts. Oh yeah and a good roadside assistance plan just in case.

My only trepidation is having a breakdown where there's nowhere to pull over but it doesn't stop me from hitting the road. Try short trip therapy exercises... besides even if you do breakdown you should have most everything you need to be comfy...

Sometimes a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it...

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