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Old 01-14-2004, 12:01 PM   #1
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The 'Yacht has landed

Well it has been a TRIP! We picked up the 1990 landyacht in Houston as the conclusion of an EBAY deal. Price was right.

After a few small repairs, we embarked on our 1300 mile trip to Charleston SC.

There was an existing exhaust leak but it was tolerable. I also noticed that the plug wire boots had practically crumbled due to excessive heat. The heat shields were missing. I replaced the plug wires and made a note to pay attention to them along the ride. This would come back to haunt me.

The trip began uneventful for about 400 miles when I noticed a loud squeeling of belts when I turnd the steering wheel. We pulled into a campground to spend the night in Baton Rouge LA

I looked under the cowling and discovered that the steering pump retaining bracket had lost a bolt. The tension was not sufficient but was hanging on. After several tries to replace the bolt. I ended up tieing the pump back with the super dooper whamadyne carbon steel extruded tensioning device, (coat hanger) This provided enough tension to get us along the way.
Next problem Alabama, The fuel pump fuse blew. This was a show stopper. Called the ERS and went to school on ERS, (another thread to come). We got towed to a campground just east of Mobile. The next day we worked on the relay and got the LY running. The mechanic agreed to follow me for a few miles and we had planned to pull into the nearest rest area to check for chaffed wiring. When we pulled into the rest area, we crawled underneath the unit near the gas tank in search of chaffed wires. I noticed smoke coming from the front of the vehicle. I walked to the front and looked through the wheel well.....FIRE!!!!!!! FIRE!!!!!! FIRE!!!! get the extinguisher. Thank god the PO had a good extinguisher in the unit because I certainly had not thought to verify it on my pretrip inspection. The plug wires had caught fire from exposure to heat from the exhaust manifold. So hook up the tow vehivle and go to the nearest RV dealer for some much needed repairs. While at the RV dealer, I had all bugs repaired that I had discovered. 1200 dollars and two days later we rolled down the highway in the middle of the night to get home intime to rejoin the ranks of the employed to make the money for the payment next month.

This story has been condensed to prevent to much boredom but I have many great things to say about Brad and the tow service, Good Sams ERS, Carpenters Campers in Pensacola FLA. and the individual who sold me the unit. When I got home, there was a check for 200 dollars to repair the cooling fans I had mentioned to him at the point of sale. Overall this has been a great experience. more to come

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Old 01-14-2004, 01:05 PM   #2
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Ken,

Now you're not trying to out do Brett and Edie are you?

Congrats on the LY and I'm sure pics are soon to come!!

Life's a trip, but only if you walk out your front door!!

Enjoy~John
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Old 01-14-2004, 01:12 PM   #3
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glad you made it ok! Sounds like a lot of our trips where you can always expect the unexpected. Stand by the Boy Scout motto and "be prepared" its' the only way to travel.As naieve and inexperienced as I was when I bought my 82, I am surely blessed to have made it home after a 9.5 hour run in the rain, through the Smoky mountains no less, and with zero problems. Phew!

We all wish you future enjoyment with your new AirStream.
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Old 01-14-2004, 01:36 PM   #4
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B&E

Funny you say that about Brett and Edie. I actually found anxiety to be lessened by reminding myself that Brett and Edie had traveled from the opposite side of the country and had experienced a blown motor.
I kept telling my wife, "its not that bad, we could have a blown motor like Brett and Edie" She did not find this amusing or comforting. She was ready to trade immediately.

But I believe that incidents like this build character and provide for tale telling when I too am retired, traveling from campground to campground and talking to the young campers about my first motorhome. Yes we were exposed to this at the overnight campgrounds while broken down. I heard many stories from folks who had owned up to 10 motorhomes in their lifetime. I was schooled on good tires bad tires, good MH's bad MH's, Good insurers, bad insurers, good TOADS, bad TOADS, rollover incidents, and even snooty Airstream clubs Man these folks can talk!

It was GREAT!
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Old 01-14-2004, 01:49 PM   #5
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The experiences of others here with their long distance bring home purchases has been amazing. I actually was considering one that was 1600 miles away when I found mine..only 500. Thankfully it has travelled many happy miles since then.
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nice lookin' rig! congrats.

gee, and i thought you were a "trailer" guy....why the switch?
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Babies and Investments

Due to a major change in direction, Baby on the way, wife wanted MH so she can service baby easier while enroute to Airstreaming events and camping.

Also, the price was just to good to refuse. If you have not noticed, I will play with this, make it real nice and move into something else. Wife wants a Cutter and who knows.....
The Skydeck is the limit

I still have trailer in yard and I suspect I always will be refurbishing one to resell. I love working on the trailers. I truly aspire to have a Classic MH and a single axle 16' or close to that.

I was watching the Pacer last week on Ebay and I really like the Wee Winds. The Caravanner is my favorite floorplan but a little larger than what I am looking for. Maybe one day soon.

Did I mention I have a 1983 34' Excella for sale?
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no, actually, you didn't.

did you ever sell the nicely refurbished 70's unit?

Oh, and congrats on the new addition to your family!
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the 79 Sovereign sold about a month ago.
Buyer was very happy.
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That was a helleva story. I have to say my BIGGEST nightmare is fire. I've passed some SOBs on the side of the road that caught fire and the only thing left was some burning tires. So this is my #1 fear. Glad to hear your fire extinguisher worked!
Also, what a cool PO to send a check and so quick.
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whaddayathink about bringin that Landyacht to Atlanta for an April get-together? Tryin to get a bunch of us AS motorhomers mid-april for a local forums weekender.
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