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Old 08-28-2011, 08:12 AM   #15
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Inch by inch, it will probabaly be a challenge, but mile by mile it will be worth it...I figure I can park it somewhere till the $ comes in...it's a moho, and as such is more convenient than the home without wheels...drive on!!!m
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:36 AM   #16
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Well, I took the biggest step of my life and purchased my "Mobile Retirement Villa" on Monday. A few things here and there that I need to work on already, nothing that will keep me off the road though. Heading out on Sunday to the local Mall to get some 'drive-time' in. After driving VW's for the past 20 odd years, driving something 3 times as long, and 3 times as tall is a BIG adjustment. Then, get it in the backyard, and start to work on my 'to-do' list. Thanks, Derek
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:25 AM   #17
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Work on the safety things first--tires, brakes, etc- the rest is do as you go! WOW, looks great, take you're time, enjoy the experience. jim
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:27 AM   #18
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Also don't let one thing pull you down, if it can't be fixed ignore it and go on. The genny in particular, camping can still be done without. jim
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:46 AM   #19
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Stunner!
Congratulations!
How many times have you walked out there, looked and grinned so far?
I am STILL doing it with mine!
Love the paint scheme too, so makes not sense to strip it.
Like a house... you end up with a list of stuff that needs fixing, and then a list of areas you want to mod or improve!

You also were worried about someone stealing your gas... I was too...
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:57 AM   #20
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Looks Great, a real Beauty for sure. drive and enjoy.

the more you use your lovely companion. The better you will know and care for Her.

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Old 08-31-2011, 10:42 AM   #21
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Stunner!
Congratulations!
How many times have you walked out there, looked and grinned so far?
I am STILL doing it with mine!
Love the paint scheme too, so makes not sense to strip it.
Like a house... you end up with a list of stuff that needs fixing, and then a list of areas you want to mod or improve!

You also were worried about someone stealing your gas... I was too...
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Each and every time I just look at this beauty, I just stand there and grin ear-to-ear, lol. Can't get that stupid grin off of my face. Nothing is holding me back. PO spoke of brakes all being completely overhauled, but thinking I may need to pull some wheels and have a look for myself. Brake Pedal sure went a LONG way to stop this thing. Yes, I realize, I'm driving a 15,000lb beast, but would think I wouldn't have so much pedal travel. Maybe I'm wrong. Will visit the link next concerning locking gas cap. Thanks, Derek
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:49 AM   #22
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Nice looking coach, congrats!
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:51 AM   #23
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Yup, I know how you are feeling!
Yes, check those brakes, and bleeding will help!
PM me your email if you need a Chassis Manual.. very usefull to have if you dont have one...
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:07 AM   #24
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When do we get to see pictures of the inside. This may be a big beast but it doesnt bend in the middle. I can drive it forward and also back it. Backing a trailer was never a task I could master. At 75 I still travel in my 30 ft MH and still have the silly grin on my face as well. will be going to Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta this year. best advice I got from someone in this forum about city driving was (when you turn on your turn signal to change lanes you are not asking permission. you are stating a fact.)

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Old 08-31-2011, 11:46 AM   #25
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In my Airstream, I tend to be a little carefull changing lanes, as I am unsure if they saw my blinker... and tend to be forgiving. I dont want to damage that skin...
But in my '73 Pickup, I put the blinker on and give the pushy people here in LA a chance to back off from shutting the door on me, then I just "Lean" on them... Never had anyone argue with me, or give me anything other much more than a wide berth! Had one kid who thought he had a "Tude" pull along side and glare... I am 6'4", and 235lb, and my aftermarket seat is sitting tall, so I look 6'8"... I stared back and gave him the "Yeah? ... You got a problem" ... Upward nod... he took off fast!
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Each and every time I just look at this beauty, I just stand there and grin ear-to-ear, lol. Can't get that stupid grin off of my face. Nothing is holding me back. PO spoke of brakes all being completely overhauled, but thinking I may need to pull some wheels and have a look for myself. Brake Pedal sure went a LONG way to stop this thing. Yes, I realize, I'm driving a 15,000lb beast, but would think I wouldn't have so much pedal travel. Maybe I'm wrong. Will visit the link next concerning locking gas cap. Thanks, Derek
The brake pedal travel was one of the first things I noticed when I first drove my Airstream. I replaced all the brakes even the tag electric brakes. That brake pedal travel is just normal for these things. I am now used to it and it seems normal now. P.S. I really like your Airstream color scheme. Steve G
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Changing lanes can be a challenge with any large vehicle including one with a trailer. Most people let me in, some don't. The "don'ts" either don't care, are in a big hurry, or don't look. Most of the time, changing lanes is a preference, but when that exit is on the left side, it can be dicey. I have always made it (learning to drive in NYC is a definite help), but sometime someone will make it impossible.

When I know I'm going through a large city, I try to check maps thoroughly for what is ahead the night before and be ready for left exits, strange ramps and such.

On wide highways—3 or more lanes—I stay away from the right lane. That's where the most accidents happen because of entrances and exits and sometimes the lane ends with little warning and you may find yourself in an exit lane with traffic slowing while the next lane is whizzing by.

Having driven a large vehicle many years ago I found night driving to be much harder. Visibility can be poor and mastery of the mirrors is even more important, but sometimes you just can't tell if there is anyone alongside.

The brake pedal would worry me too. Is the master cylinder reservoir to the full line? Bleeding would be a good thing to do to check if it was done right—it is easy to not do a thorough job bleeding brakes. Is it a Chevy? I inherited an '85 Toronado years ago and the master cylinder was undersized for the car and had to be replaced periodically because it wore out fast. It is possible GM did that on other vehicles. In my opinion, a vehicle of that size should have air brakes, but apparently it doesn't.

And, it sure looks pretty and I can see how you are smiling so much.

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Hi Jim, was 'told' that $3000.00 worth of brake work was performed in the last 2 years. But, brake pedal sure has a LOT of travel in it. Will be the first of many things to get looked at before any trips. I keep smelling gasoline when I get to the motohome, so will be checking for leaks, possibly new gas lines from tank to engine, as well as new fuel pumps. Thanks, Derek
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