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Old 01-12-2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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Do I have Aluminitis?

So I'm at the RV Storage Lot yesterday, to check on Lazarus, when the MP at the station tells me that my card to get the gate key has expired. I went to the MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) to renew my spot, and the lady there tells me that the 1975 Overlander across from mine has just been sold to someone in Texas. The current owner, a little old lady, lost her husband shortly after they moved here, and the Overlander has been sitting since then (It hasn't moved in the two and a half years I've been here).
When I got to the lot, I went to the Overlander and took a look at it. The clearcoat is severely peeled off in the rear, the front Butyrate window guard looks as if part of it was melted, and then I noticed the hubcaps.
They were the original hubcaps and in very bad shape. I don't know what came over me, but I decided to do something for that poor trailer. I took the hubcaps off and brought them home with me. After washing all the grease off, I got out my body hammers and dolly and took out the dents (one was in horrible shape). Then I polished them and waxed the center part, giving that Airstream Blue a nice new look.
Today I went back to the RV Storage Lot and put the hubcaps back on, after cleaning all the dirt and spiderwebs off of the wheels. The hubcaps are now the best looking part of the trailer.

Does this mean I am officially stricken with Aluminitis, or that I just have nothing else better to do?

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Old 01-12-2006, 06:37 PM   #2
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Good I'm glad I'm not alone. Ever pull off the road when your driveing, just because you thought you saw something shinney.
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Old 01-12-2006, 06:50 PM   #3
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Frederic,
Seek help now!
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:02 PM   #4
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Sounds perfectly normal to me!
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Old 01-12-2006, 08:43 PM   #5
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Frederick,, i think you did a good deed for 3 individuals, the previous owner, the new owner and for the stream itself,,,, proud of you,, have a good heart,,,dieterdog,
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Old 01-12-2006, 11:16 PM   #6
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Good I'm glad I'm not alone. Ever pull off the road when your driveing, just because you thought you saw something shinney.


Heck, I thought I caught a glimpse of something shiny yesterday and got all excited until upon closer inspection, it turned out to be a propane tank truck.
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Old 01-13-2006, 03:50 PM   #7
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Pulled off the road for some propane tanks myself. Even risked being attacked by a pit bull to try to get a picture of an old Airstream by someone's house. If it shines or is large and cream colored, watch out because I'm pulling over to look. You did a good deed. You will surely get into Airstream heaven. I know in my heart when we die we will all get fully restored vintage Aristreams in heaven.
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Old 01-13-2006, 04:59 PM   #8
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...and its only because you knew that old Airstream was going to be moving shortly that you didn't wash it and apply new clearcoat?

That's what I thought. What's the name of the storage lot? I have some pitted and rusting baby moons.

Aren't you glad there is no permanent cure?!?!

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Old 01-14-2006, 11:28 AM   #9
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I am just thinking that my wheels need a polish on the Airstream. Let's see, if one were to rent a short term spot near yours so you had to go past it on the way to check our your baby, there's an upside that you'd feel compelled to shine my wheels. This is starting to sound like an attractive opportunity to get good storage AND clean wheels.

Yes, it seems like many of us have the addiction beyond the norm. I have many of my car club members now looking for me in their travels and I get calls and emails from all over the place as they go on vacations or trips for work telling me about what they've seen.

It's nice to have a passion that's not illegal, immoral, and includes the whole family and your friends.

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Old 01-14-2006, 01:55 PM   #11
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Yesterday I reenlisted. This is my final reenlistment, as I am now on "indefinite" status. My tradition has always been to reenlist on the flightline, as I have an aviation background. The flightline at Aberdeen Proving Grounds is behind a security check point, and you need special access to get in. Getting access was no problem, but the munchkins were sick with the stomach flu, so I brought them along. That, apparently, was a problem. It would seem that the government doesn't trust 6 and 7 year olds. Oh well, back up plan in effect.

We went to the RV Storage Lot, and I reenlisted in front of Lazarus.

Funny thing was the 1975 Overlander was gone. Hopefully they get complimented on their shiny hubcaps and join our board.

Frederic


P.S. I'll post pics of the reenlistment, as soon as I get them.
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