View Poll Results: How much would you spend on a well produced AS restoration instructional DVD?
$19.95 + s.& h. 6 26.09%
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Old 07-04-2006, 12:14 AM   #1
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Instructional Dvd Poll

Having the equipment, facilities and talent available, and constantly working on serious vintage AS restoration projects of various production years, I have decided that it may be worthwhile to the community to produce instructional DVDs for owners. These would be along the lines of "This Old House", showing step-by-step restoration techniques of different aspects of your trailer, covering a wide range of topics.
Feedback please on whether this would be something you would like to see.
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Old 07-04-2006, 12:37 AM   #2
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Having the equipment, facilities and talent available, and constantly working on serious vintage AS restoration projects of various production years, I have decided that it may be worthwhile to the community to produce instructional DVDs for owners. These would be along the lines of "This Old House", showing step-by-step restoration techniques of different aspects of your trailer, covering a wide range of topics.
Feedback please on whether this would be something you would like to see.
Of course a DVD on your many restoration talents would be most welcome. We are new to Airstreaming with our '66 Tradewind. As we get to know it we see some resroration endevours in the future. For now we will enjoy some travels with it. I am a finish carpenter of sorts but replacing an Airstream floor, installing new plumbing or buffing the skin will take some research...and what better research than pointers from one who has 'been there done...' We will look forward to purchasing an autograph copy.
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Old 07-04-2006, 06:23 AM   #3
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They say, "a picture is worth a thousand words" and a DVD is an appropriate method of sharing your knowledge with folks around the world.
So many fixes that we talk about here can be better shown with a photo, video, or diagram.
Go for it!
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Old 07-04-2006, 08:05 AM   #4
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DIY Video

I think shorter videos covering each area of interest would be appropriate. I am in the television business and just documenting a repair does not always show the viewer how to do it themselves. Proper scripting and step by step written documentation to go along with the video may be more helpful. Most of the "How To" shows on TV do nothing more than stimulate ideas for the viewer. They are designed to showcase the featured manufacturers products and educate the viewers on the features and benefits of that product. Most manufacturers pay to participate in these shows.

Let me know if you would like me to discuss the production with you...
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:58 AM   #5
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Instructional DVD's

Murray, You might also consider doing Dvd's on operation of all systems on vintage coaches and maintenance of them. Step-by-step instructions would be very helpful to new vintage owners. Let us know what you decide to do. Also, let me know what you come up with on our 22'-67' Safari/Tradewind coaches. Ed
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Old 07-04-2006, 11:19 AM   #6
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$30 or even $50, but of course it would depend on the coverage and how well it applied specifically to my coach. (1984 310 Limited MH)
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Old 07-04-2006, 04:25 PM   #7
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How much would you spend on a well produced AS restoration instructional DVD?
My observation on instructional guides such as you suggest is to set the price high ($68.99 or better) as the people who will pay a lot will probably enjoy their purchase but never actually do anything the DVD outlines - They like to read about this stuff, but not actally do it. You have made your money, they're happy, so no big deal.

If you are interested in helping other people, figure out how much it will cost to market your training guide, and word your pitch accordingly.

Either approach will probably see you with unhappy customers, so decide now what you would like to get out of it.
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Old 07-04-2006, 04:26 PM   #8
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Thumbs up We'd love it!!!

We still kick ourselves for not recording the restoration of the AS done on the DIY network. A "library" of sorts would be great; wherein you could order a DVD on plumbing, one on polishing, one on electrical, etc.

Great idea !!!! Just don't wait too long - we'll be finished!
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:14 PM   #9
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Wow- sounds like I better get the DV cam rolling! Thanks for the comments so far.
Mario- I agree, most DIY shows are only a front for manufacturers. Nobody will be providing product here but me, although a list of where to acquire materials will somehow be relayed. Thanks for your offer to help- we'll see where this goes.
BigEd- I think operations and maintenance are great suggestions.
Guy99- Sorry bud but MoHo's are way off my radar. All my knowledge and experience so far is on vintage TT's. ( even though I'd like your $69.99!!)

Actually we'll be documenting a front window replacement this week as the first item, on my '67 Safari. I lent it to some friends as a guest house for a week and the night before I went to tow it back he decided to weed-wack the lawn- bingo, one original Corning window in a million pieces on the driveway!! KIDS- DON"T TRY THIS AT HOME!!!
The 'library' format is a good suggestion and that will probably be the way we go. Some topics obviously will require an entire episode- other simpler ones will be grouped into one.
All comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Keep 'em coming!
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Great idea !!!! Just don't wait too long - we'll be finished!
Don't kid yourselves- you are never "finished" when you own a vintage trailer!!
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Since I don't have a vintage trailer, I'd like to see some videos on general maintenance that would apply to all Airstreams.

For example, a video on checking/replacing brake pads and repacking wheel bearings should be of interest to many of us. It should also show how and where to jack the trailer for maintenance.

Another video that address ideas on running and hiding wiring to add speakers, video connections, additional DC power, upgrading sound, installing DVD, etc. would also be of interest (at least to me).

Maybe a video on maintenance on the electrical / propane / water systems. Winterizing / check for gas leaks / battery maint, etc.
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Newbie video clips

We are new owners and even though we have the owner's manual, it is sometimes hard to visualize procedures. I have been thinking about how helpful short video clips would be for us as we check through all the systems. We did not have the benefit of buying from the dealer so we had no demonstrations. (And one of us is techology challenged.)

Since this is a knowledge sharing forum I imagined something free, provided by those willing to contribute. I suppose it would be too much to ask to have a library of clips, since storing on a server may be a problem? Not sure of all the difficulties with providing such a thing but it would be an immense help for owners for years to come.
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...Since this is a knowledge sharing forum I imagined something free, provided by those willing to contribute...
Good point.

Creampuff - If/when you make an instructional DVD available, you may be treated to having Commercial Vendor added to your user ID.
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Old 07-06-2006, 06:18 PM   #14
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Murray,

How about doing short pieces in the form of a video podcast? If you've got the bandwidth to handle the traffic, that may be the way to go. Later, when you have enough video podcasts to edit into a full-length dvd, then the task could be easier. Also, with video podcasts you could get your work out sooner and get feedback on what people like and dislike. In that way, you could plan your next snippets.

Having a video podcast site might also be a way to get other people to contribute to the effort thereby enhancing the project.

You might want to contact Rich (aka Gadget) at his blog site for advice. http://hikenbike.net/wordpress/
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