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Old 01-15-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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May The Airstream Gods Forgive Me

I'm appealing to the Airstream Gods for forgiveness and also to the hive mind here as well.
I own 5 Airstreams, none of which are camp ready. I have blown my budget aquiring all these trailers and the starter set of vintage tow vehicles to go with them. I really want to escape the great white north for a couple of months until my business opens again in the spring. Some of you who know me will be aware that I own a campground so I can't camp at all during the summer.
Here is where I ask for understanding and forgiveness. I have been searching for a way to escape the winter blahs with a useable Airstream and have not been able to find one ready to use that I could afford. Then I found a trailer on a website that sells accident and insurance claim units. They specialize in selling off vehicles of all sorts that for various reasons the insurance companies have written off.
It's a 1995 Wildwood by Rockwood, a 35fter with three bunk beds in the back and a front queen bedroom. It was a hail damage unit and not an accident unit. The damage is very minimal and only to the rear of the trailer. You can hardly seen the dents. It has not been maintained well over the years. I had to have the entire unit resealed and replace several small broken items. The biggest expense was that the fridge died while at the RV dealer near the insurance company lot.
The trailer was located outside Chicago. I drove down last Sunday night so as to arrive on Monday morning when they opened up for business. I had made arrangements for a local dealer to check it out before travel. It needed new tires and repack the bearings, the brakes were like brand new. I was all set to head home on Wednesday when the fridge pooched out. The fridge arrived on Thursday but then Mother Nature and Old Man Winter conspired with each other and did not let me leave until Saturday morning.
10.5 hrs later I have it home and will use it as an on site rental unit during the season. The revenue will offset the expense of purchase and repair and it will owe me nothing by next winter. That way if I still don't have a useable Airstream I can use it again for a trip down to warmer climes.
here is the cost breakdown: trailer $1100, repairs $ 1034, fridge $1065, tires $390, fuel & motel costs $615 and taxes of $196 for a total expense of $4400.
So in closing I hope you all can forgive me and I promise to wear a paper bag over my head so no one knows who I am while towing this trailer.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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My thought was, "what kind of tow vehicle do you have?"
Because that trailer tows like a barn.
But then I see you have a F450 Diesel.
So, you can easily pull a barn.
This may be just what you need!
Good luck.
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You are safe with me, as long as you don't use the Lincoln as the tow vehicle.

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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If you see us no need for the bag. I have delivered quite a few Wildwood trailers all over the country. Actually Wildwood is a Forest River trailer, but perhaps not as far back as 95.
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My thought was, "what kind of tow vehicle do you have?"
Because that trailer tows like a barn.
But then I see you have a F450 Diesel.
So, you can easily pull a barn.
This may be just what you need!
Good luck.
All is forgiven.
Thanks and you're right it does tow like a barn. I could definitely feel it off the line. It did however tow straight without any sway but I think that's down to my sway bar, and the weight bars kept the weight on the steer tires which helped as well.
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WOW, pretty and what a great deal! Soak up some Southern rays for me and enjoy, sounds like you earned some R&R. By the way, I know plenty of people who love some real SOBs.
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You are safe with me, as long as you don't use the Lincoln as the tow vehicle.

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Bill no worries there the 73 linc will be for towing the 73 excella, that is if I ever get it finished.
I see you have a 77 linc. Do you use it for a TV?
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If you see us no need for the bag. I have delivered quite a few Wildwood trailers all over the country. Actually Wildwood is a Forest River trailer, but perhaps not as far back as 95.
Hi Rick I'm not sure exactly what year but Forest River purchased Rockwood some years ago.
OK so no need for the bag I'll just hang my head in shame for using a white box trailer.
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Hi Rick I'm not sure exactly what year but Forest River purchased Rockwood some years ago.
OK so no need for the bag I'll just hang my head in shame for using a white box trailer.
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All would be forgiven, if you add he words VERY TEMPORARY above or below the trailers brand name.

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Good for you! I confess to being envious of you for having a dinette, sofa, three bunks and a big bed. It also looks pretty nice. Enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY! No apologies necessary.

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Chris, I think you should hold your head up high for being able to go camping in a trailer that's bigger than my first apartment that cost less than my 16 year old Miata. Good work!

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Yes, that is our tow vehicle. It doesn't go very far without one of the Airstream's attached.

Check back on your post at the Lincoln Forums.

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I see you have a 77 linc. Do you use it for a TV?
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Oh, Chris... I told you to keep this a secret.
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I move we have wasagachris removed from the site.

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