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Old 10-20-2006, 09:41 PM   #43
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More fears

1. Drilling a hole in the outside when removing the inside rivets. Almost did that today.
2. Having a pile of aluminum in my yard and either giving up or unable to complete the restoration.
3. Getting the restoration all done, then having something happen.
4. I will be cured of aluminitis.
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:04 PM   #44
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What am I afraid of?

1. I'm scared to tow a 31 foot trailer...
2. " "I won't be able to get the needed repairs done
3. " " I won't be able to get a TV to take it on vacation
4. " " It will leak while I'm having to live in it
5. " " plus many more
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Old 10-20-2006, 10:43 PM   #45
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To quote FDR:

There is nothing to fear but fear itself.......

after all it's only a trailer

Ha!

I must imagine value.... either monetary or the very personal intrinsic value.... of one’s Airstream is the greatest contributor to the fear factor.... Loss is what we all fear the most........

So on the value thing....new Airstreams aren't cheap, restored or prized vintage for that matter aren't cheap either....irreplaceable....what price do you put on that!.......

So strictly on the monetary scale... imagine this discussion if we were only talking about money...... say a new Prevost was the base line.......

Nothing like rolling a 45' $1.3 Million dollar RV down the road…. Hmmm that could cause fear in the urban jungle..
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:11 PM   #46
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I would have to say TREES!

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Old 10-21-2006, 01:33 AM   #47
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Holy Smokes! You're all giving me the heebie jeebies! But barring theft and trees, i think we'll survive with our only fear being our ability to manuever safely down the road...i hope.
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Old 10-21-2006, 04:03 AM   #48
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Old 10-21-2006, 04:55 AM   #49
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I can address # 3

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1. Drilling a hole in the outside when removing the inside rivets. Almost did that today.
2. Having a pile of aluminum in my yard and either giving up or unable to complete the restoration.
3. Getting the restoration all done, then having something happen.
4. I will be cured of aluminitis.
I can answer 3. I restored a 34’ sailboat, which Katrina totaled. I found the boat after 2 hours of searching in a pile of 100 boats in a parking lot. A 34’ sailboat is a huge chunk of fiberglass. The answer is insurance. I owned the boat of years but kept insurance on her. Then insurance Company totaled boat and gave me a nice check and the boat back. They then reinsured the boat. I am in the process of restore/ repairs now. She really is in better shape than when I started to original restoration 14 years ago. I have all the records of the original restore and a huge bank account to do the work with. When complete I will have a survey (Marine Appraisal) done and keep on file to document the value incase of another storm. Free boat with a very nice chunk of money added to the college fund.

The emotional part before the final settlement was not fun. I was not a happy camper but the final outcome worked great for me, not everyone was so lucky. Many insurance companies did not pay off and may of the salvage companies did more damage than the storm moving boats. Be sure to pick a reputable insurance company for your property.


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Old 10-21-2006, 06:10 AM   #50
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Theft, vandalisim.
Hey Robert; Whenever you leave your AS parked, leave an note on the door saying; Hey Bill !!!!! I went to hospital with Henry. Killer and Crusher this morning got him real bad this morning. He did know they were here with me.
I do not know what came over them to tear him up like that. You better wait until I return. "sign" Robert and find out who is brave enough. "boatdoc"
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Old 10-21-2006, 07:15 AM   #51
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Chummy sits on our driveway and we live in the city so I have to say vandalism. If the windshield is broken or the door torn off they can not be replaced. Then again it has always sat on our driveway along with my AS trailer before Chummy and so far there has been no problems. Maybe it's good to live in this city of respectful, kind people. Then again most people are respectful and kind.
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Old 10-21-2006, 08:19 AM   #52
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I am getting very afraid that I will no longer find the motivation to go to work to pay for my camping habit. I would much rather be camping in my AS than working...how many years till retirement???
I agree! I just posted a new thread to find out more information on how to travel AND work at the same time!
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:46 PM   #53
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I just returned from a long weekend camping trip and found that my safety chains on both sides had broken in transit. My biggest fear was that I might have trailer seperation before I could get back home.
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Old 10-24-2006, 03:57 PM   #54
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yikes! how do you suppose that happened? chains too short, and got snapped in a tight turn?
that hitch looks really low to the ground...especially for a 250. not alot of wiggle-room there.
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:22 PM   #55
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Sieze the Day!

Bad stuff will always find a way of happening, but even if we stay inside and hide in a closet the house can catch fire or a meteorite can get you... and don't forget toxic mould. If you wake up in the morning, it's a good day.

SCREW fear. I put a small scratch on my new A/S on my trip through West Virginia. So? It's going to happen and I refuse to worry about it. Got some plasticoat from the factory, did my best to minimize it, and clearcoated it so that it won't corrode. I'd rather have funny stories to tell and a scratched Airstream than sit around polishing it to perfection and worrying every time a flock of geese fly over. I keep it insured for the big stuff, and if something bad happens... well have you seen the new 27 foot FB SE... like mine but with more closet space.... hmm. It makes me smile every time I go inside my Airstream, but I'd smile in another one too!

If I look at the wrinkles on my carcass I stop feeling sorry for the scratch on Foiled Again!

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Old 10-24-2006, 07:27 PM   #56
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I just returned from a long weekend camping trip and found that my safety chains on both sides had broken in transit. My biggest fear was that I might have trailer seperation before I could get back home.
Were the chains too long and draging? I once was behind a SOB at night and saw sparks - the chains were draging and once they stopped were worn half way through - they had been on the road only an hour.

Get good quality replacements - there are many grades of chain. You won't need much so the cost is not much for the good stuff.
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