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Old 07-18-2008, 10:42 PM   #1
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Aluminitus II

I am new to airstreaming and these forums. I have already introduced myself as saying that it had occured to me that I really had caught the airstream bug. Then noted to myself that a bug is like a virus or somthing. So I was like hmm oh yeah! this must be the aluminitus I have been hearing about. Well its funny you know. Ive been trying to pick up a 31 footer for about a month now having two deals fizzle or fall out so I dont actualy have mine yet, BUT!! I have been getting the suburban set up with the hitch and all and when it came time to add a reciever to the hitch package they tried to sell me a steel one for 20 dollars. Thats when I spied this beautifull solid aluminum reciever that looked like this shiny monolith. Price,,, 65 dollars plus a locking pin for 20. Well I just couldnt help myself....

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Old 07-19-2008, 04:33 AM   #2
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Sounds like you got it bad man!
Welcome to the addiction!

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Old 07-19-2008, 10:31 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum. There's no cure for aluminitis. My wife got it first and managed to keep it hidden from me for a long time. She would go online to the company website and stare at the pictures and floor plans. I don't know how long this went on before she confessed she had the disease.

I love her so I looked at the pictures and then I found myself looking at the floor plans too and then specifications. Once you look at the specifications, you're a goner.

I didn't know it at the time, though. I started thinking about a newer truck because I had found the Forum and learned my pickup couldn't tow a medium size trailer. I rationalized that I was going to get a new pickup without committing myself to buying an Airstream. Secretly I thought I had outsmarted my wife. Hah! We went to one dealer and were lied to and left. Then we bought a new pickup, went to another Airstream dealer "just to look". A couple of hours later I owned a new Safari.

Now I wonder why I bought a blue pickup when they paint them silver too.

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Old 07-19-2008, 11:09 AM   #4
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I think I told ya before this diease is not life threating . Life changing maybe But never fatal.
U have started in the corrected end like I did ,TV first ,all setup tow any size trailer. Reciever,drawbar and ball with Weight distrubution bars of some configuation. The burb with the correct hitch should do the job.
I also wanted a 31 ft and then a 34 but settled on the 27ft and have found out it is ample for the 2 of us and 3 small dogs.
Oh,Aluminitius never goes away but U can live with it.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:05 PM   #5
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Better than steel

You did mention that and its good to here that this is managable. Thanks for the support.
I supose moderation is the key. Its not like I could posibly obstain. I meen even if I went camping without one the poles in the tent might be aluminum right? Right? Right?!!
Its not like I had to buy the aluminum reciever just cause it looked pretty, and it felt good in my hand....It actually had a tounge rating of 800 pounds to the steel version @ 500 pounds.
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Thanks for your testimony, if only I had heard it in time.

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