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Old 08-10-2019, 06:57 AM   #71
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Well what a trip it has been. We got here Tuesday and checked out the truck but the tittle wasn't in so we took out sweet Ford Fiesta down to the trailer. As we pulled on to the dirt road where the trailer was, it started to DOWN POUR. We finally found the trailer in the pouring rain, it was like I was in a jungle. We didn't poke around too much because everything was wet and the grass was knee deep and apparently its been an exceptional snake year out here. Also we started to fin out that the registration/ title are a total mess. We went to our lovely quality in and slept. Next day we went down to the DMV and State police to try to track down some information on the VIN or license plate. Found out the plate wasn't even registered to the trailer. At this point, still with no title to the truck and now no legal way to move the trailer on the road we decided to retreat to Pittsburgh and try to get our truck and get back to Cali. We thought about loading the trailer onto another trailer, but it turns out its a sovereign not an ambassador and we couldn't find any trailers that would accommodate the extra 3 feet for a reasonable price. We finally got the title for the truck today and am heading back to California with no trailer. Maybe next summer we'll try again

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Sorry the plan didnít come together this time. Sounds like the truck title was the time controlling issue. Hope you are able to return before long to rescue that trailer. It really looks like a very descent unit. My Vintage Kin is a 1955 Spartan Manor that had not moved in 30 years. Although it took a number of days to make it road worthy, it was totally worth every minute. I assure you and others here that although it was old, it was not unsafe going down the road. The nice thing about an aluminum framed trailer is that there is very little that can rot out. The plywood flooring had some holes from water damage and there were a couple cracked windows but everything was secure and contained inside the aluminum shell and belly pan before we left the site. Some of us are DIY people and some arenít, so when we see potential we arenít afraid to tackle a renovation. Donít let people who might not have the same enthusiasm and skillset discourage you.

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Old 08-12-2019, 10:23 PM   #72
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Would you get on a 40 year old carnival park ride that was just pull out of the weeds? Probably not, nor do I want to be behind it or a 40 year old un- inspected Airstream just pulled from the weeds.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:03 AM   #73
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Would you get on a 40 year old carnival park ride that was just pull out of the weeds? Probably not, nor do I want to be behind it or a 40 year old un- inspected Airstream just pulled from the weeds.
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Let's face it, there is only so much you *can* do to check out a "gem" that has been sitting for a while. Doing a full shell off tear down while in the middle of a corn field is not what anybody actually is going to do. Doing much of anything without moving it to a better location is going to be pretty hard.

A "full state inspection" is a joke in any state I've ever lived in. You can do a better job yourself in less time than it takes to drive over and back. A good mechanic who knows what he's looking at (and is getting paid for his time ...) can do a better job than you or I. On an AS, finding a mechanic who actually knows what he's looking at ... not likely anywhere near that field / on that day.

So it's always going to be a bit of a compromise. There will be a bunch of things you simply will not know before you roll down the road. That's the way it is going to work. To me the short list includes working lights, brakes, and adequate tires. You *can* get that far.

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Old 08-14-2019, 07:31 AM   #74
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Maybe karma is sending a message to leave this one sit.
There's always another one.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:36 AM   #75
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Would you get on a 40 year old carnival park ride that was just pull out of the weeds? Probably not, nor do I want to be behind it or a 40 year old un- inspected Airstream just pulled from the weeds.
Your post, in my opinion, is both a strange analogy and a bit presumptuous.

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Old 08-14-2019, 08:43 AM   #76
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Your post, in my opinion, is both a strange analogy and a bit presumptuous.

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Exactly. The guy comes on here specifically to ask what problems he should look for and what he should do to prepare for the trip. He gets excellent advice, some from people that have done exactly what he is planning to do. He takes the advice and spells out how he will do what he needs to make a safe trip. Yet, somehow people still get their panties in a bunch and break out the doomsday predictions about killing innocent bystanders. Weird.
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^^Exactly^^
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I sure wouldnít pass on this one.

If he takes the precautions most have recommended he will probably be safer than most trailers being towed down the road. He also knows that it has been sitting in a field and though he would like it to be safer it is what it is, so he will adjust his driving and will be extra cautious.

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