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Old 08-19-2012, 01:36 PM   #43
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ahh! now i see why you love carlisle! keep's the clients coming back!

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I know that was tongue and cheek, but my clients keep coming back because I am a straight up guy. Setting someone up for failure might be someone's business plan, but not mine. I develop a personal relationship and look at my clients as family. Talk to one of them and you find what I am saying to be true.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:46 PM   #44
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Dear Ben,

You develop disdain for ST tires when 3 out of 4 tires (GYM's) separate over a distance of 350 miles (look for our thread back in 2007). ST tires are not built to the same standards as P or LT tires; ST tires come apart more easily with heat than P or LT tires, which is why there are so many threads about ST tire problems on this forum. We changed to 16" Michelin XPS Ribs 70K miles ago (we are still using the same set we bought back in 2007) to protect ourselves and our trailer from inferior ST tires. Note that there are no threads devoted to P or LT tire problems.

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:45 PM   #45
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I know that was tongue and cheek, but my clients keep coming back because I am a straight up guy. Setting someone up for failure might be someone's business plan, but not mine. I develop a personal relationship and look at my clients as family. Talk to one of them and you find what I am saying to be true.
Actually, i believe you. I've been doing some research on where to get my GT fixed. I see a number of recommendations and i love what i see on your blog.

I was going to call you tomorrow - however, i hadn't made the connection that your SN and real life name were the same person. should have paid closer attention to your sig.

A total side note; you really should add your location to your website! took me a bit to figure out where ya were
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I'm sure this is a topic for another thread, but I can't seem to find any information on how to repair the damage to the aluminum after a tire failure, as shown in the pics.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:15 PM   #47
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I'm sure this is a topic for another thread, but I can't seem to find any information on how to repair the damage to the aluminum after a tire failure, as shown in the pics.
I doesn't really require a new thread. The way you repair it, unless you are a very skilled metal worker, is to take it to someone who is. It won't be a do-it-yourself job for the average owner.

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Lame, since this just happened to me last week.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:53 PM   #49
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I doesn't really require a new thread. The way you repair it, unless you are a very skilled metal worker, is to take it to someone who is. It won't be a do-it-yourself job for the average owner.

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Dad had a trailer tire blowout on the curbside rear. His is an '85 Excella. Within an hour I had repaired the fairly extensive damage using the original wheel well molding (had to cut it and re-bend it- final step was attaching this with screws), some aluminum flashing, tin snips, a drill, and pop rivets. After spraying with dark gray color matching spray paint, the damage is not detectable unless you are sitting there looking for it.

The "mother cord" was a bit messed up, but I could not access it. I think he lost some gauge readings for water tanks, etc.

Owning an AS means you need to know your way around tools and especially pop rivets, and have some common sense about repairing something on the trailer. They seem and are hyped up to be more complex than they really are. Years of working on them in the driveway taught us how to be creative and effective while saving money that would have had to be spent paying someone else to repair the trailer for more cross country travels.
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Dad had a trailer tire blowout on the curbside rear. His is an '85 Excella. Within an hour I had repaired the fairly extensive damage using the original wheel well molding (had to cut it and re-bend it- final step was attaching this with screws), some aluminum flashing, tin snips, a drill, and pop rivets. After spraying with dark gray color matching spray paint, the damage is not detectable unless you are sitting there looking for it.

The "mother cord" was a bit messed up, but I could not access it. I think he lost some gauge readings for water tanks, etc.

Owning an AS means you need to know your way around tools and especially pop rivets, and have some common sense about repairing something on the trailer. They seem and are hyped up to be more complex than they really are. Years of working on them in the driveway taught us how to be creative and effective while saving money that would have had to be spent paying someone else to repair the trailer for more cross country travels.
Two points:

1. I bet it didn't look anything like the pictures posted above. That is what the question referenced.

2. there is repairing and there is patching together. My definition of repairing does not include what you described. I call "repairing" restoring to the original condition.

Owning an Airstream does not mean you need to know your way around tools, etc. It definitely helps, but reading threads on these forums proves that it is not a requirement, anymore than knowing how to change a tire is a requirement for owning a car. Nice to know, yes, but not a necessity. Plenty of people get by without it.

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Old 08-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #51
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2. there is repairing and there is patching together. My definition of repairing does not include what you described. I call "repairing" restoring to the original condition.
this is much more polite than my response would have been. My opinion of 'repair' to my beloved trailer would not have included screws, spray paint, or pop rivets.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:08 PM   #52
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Checking tire temps with a IR thermometer is a great idea. However, if you don't stop that often, it might not be checked in time to save a problem. Although the expense is greater, I believe that a TPMS that also measures temperature is by far a surer way to stay out of trouble. It certainly gives me piece of mind while driving.

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Sorry that was the wine talking. It disabled my PC monitor.

I use an IR thermometer from Newegg.com. Rosewell RTMT-11001 but there are a bunch to chose from. A calibrated hand works just as well. Get one with the laser pointer.

Newegg.com - IR thermometer

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Sorry that was the wine talking. It disabled my PC monitor.

I use an IR thermometer from Newegg.com. Rosewell RTMT-11001 but there are a bunch to chose from. A calibrated hand works just as well. Get one with the laser pointer.

Newegg.com - IR thermometer

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Those are really handy. I bought one a few months ago. Now I know the average temperature of a cat's butt.

With that and my recently acquired flexible inspection camera, no secret is safe from me.

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Old 08-19-2012, 08:33 PM   #56
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this is much more polite than my response would have been. My opinion of 'repair' to my beloved trailer would not have included screws, spray paint, or pop rivets.

Wow. I was happy to be able to get Dad's trailer back in service and save him lots of money. And by the way...the damage did look similar to the pics on this thread. And it looks very good now. Glad I do know how to use some tools.

Never suffered such backlash from a reply on these forums before. I will have to stand back and leave the repair advice to the professionals next time.
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