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Old 01-22-2007, 09:55 PM   #1
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4,281 mile maiden trip

I found this AS on EBay getting no bids, and then being re-listed. It had damage on the rear tail light and the door was hit along with the door frame. I called the seller and made an offer. After seeing it the next day I decided to take it. Had to remove the 4 wheels for clean up, purchased new tires and did a brake inspection before driving it home that September morning.

Within a week I had it gutted except for the shower pan and vanity.

I made the repairs and rebuilt the interior with cherry wood replacing all the vinyl covered luan. Purchased new fridge and AC and built a new queen bed and L shaped couch.
We also had “Silver Threads” make beautiful curtains and upholstery cushion covers for the sofa. ( High Recommend), thanks Tammy.

With this accomplished, Cathy and myself planned on leaving New Years day for the Can Opener rally in Destin at Topsail. That day it was raining hard with gale force winds.

We planned to leave the next morning at 5 AM but as the evening went on we weren’t ready to sleep, so left at 1AM to avoid the traffic from Long Island NY to NJ, found a rest stop and slept a few hours.

Made our next stop in NC at about 7:30 pm at a KOA. Up at 5 am for our trip to Topsail arrived at 9:30 pm (about 1425 miles). Had to backup for the first time and in the dark at that, that’s when we met Becky helping guide us back, 3rd time I got it!

Had a great time, it was fun meeting fellow air streamers, sharing experiences and making new friendships.

At Topsail I had some loose ends to tye up and was probably working more than I should have. I tried to remove the clear coat to apply MetalWax and polish this new toy up, but the clear coat was sticking in places after 4 or 5 applications of paint remover so that delayed the polishing until I could find a better paint remover.

The other thing I did was install Dyna Beads in the tires to balance the wheels, noticed a lot of head scratching among the onlookers.

Well the Dyna Beads worked fine for the rest of the trip. Noticed things were not bounced around as before, when getting back into the trailer after our first stop stop.

Morning of Monday the 8th we were off to Crushed Rock north of Tampa, to see the Manatees.

That was fun but we wanted to get some sun and warmer temps so off to the Everglades RV park outside Miami. Arrived on the 10th at 1:30PM.

Nice place we used it as a base camp to run down to the Keys. At this point we’ve gone about 2300 miles.

Stayed there until the 19th, had perfect weather and hooked up with Phil and Laura Gobie, who we had originally met at Topsail, great people, who helped us further enjoy our Miami visit with a delicious dinner and our first tour of a motorcycle rally. They cranked up their ’68 vintage BMW to drive over, there was about 4-500 bikes there.

On the 19th we went to Marathon Key to pick some things up for our Biz and headed back leaving at 3PM, made it to Savannah Ga that night. Needing to get back ASAP, made an early AM departure to NY, but just tooooo tired, and stopped in Fredericksburg VA for a few hours rest then arrived in NY at 10AM Sunday the 21st.

Now were thinking about Sarasota in Feb and already booked SpringStream in April.
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:07 PM   #2
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Wow! I am tired just reading about all that! And it looks like you did alot of work before you left too. I would love to see some pics of your complete interior though!
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:20 PM   #3
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Thanks Bob. I am glad you have had such a wonderful trip, I only hope our "Maiden Voyage" goes as well. Now you will have to tell me about the beads! I have to say you were an inspiration to me. I sold all the original curtains I made for mine and am now in the process of re-doing my interior!! I only wish I had found that curtain material before you did! Hopefully soon we will show up at one of the same Rallies and get to meet in person! You and Cathy have been a pleasure to work with. Now we want to see pictures!
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:29 PM   #4
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The picture in the first post above is with the clear coat removed on the street side.

This pic shows the clear coat off and the polish was started from the front, you can see where I stopped.

Also the bannana skins are now painted.
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:34 PM   #5
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Talk about an epic adventure! The trailer looks great. It was good to meet you at the Can Opener, even though it was only briefly. I hope you can make it to the GA Springstream. I want to get a better look at that coach.
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wow wow wow

Really big change from the Can Opener. I told you then you were working too much but the results are very visible. Looks great.

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Old 01-22-2007, 10:50 PM   #7
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Sugarfoot, it was your mirror finish and Herb's that gave us the inspiration.

We're booked in C5 in GA in April.

Greg, thanks I couldn't do the upper half too well standing on a ladder, it hurts your feet before too long.

I have a scaffold at home to work with which will be more comfy to work from.
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Sounds like a super trip. Great looking trailer, I admire all you've done with it. Photos would be great of the interior.

I also would like to hear more of your Dyna beads, how they work, where to get them. Never heard of them.

Thanks for posting that, very enjoyable!

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Old 01-24-2007, 08:50 PM   #9
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The Dyna Beads seem to work sfuff inside isn't moving around like it used to I think there must be less vibration.

The cost under $20 for 4 tires how caan you go wrong.

Pic's of the interior will be up soon.
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Old 01-24-2007, 08:55 PM   #10
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Headed south, but not far enough yet! Still a bit cool.
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Looking good

Bob,
Glad to see you made it home safe and with lots of traveling experience. Your trailer is looking great. At the rate you're going it will be all done by the next time we'll run across you. We left Topsail and attended another rally, a WBCCI rally, at Daytona. The two rallies were certainly different; Topsail was laid back with diverse ages, Daytona was more structured and we were the youngest. They were both fun, just different. The best part of Airstreaming is the various, unique people you meet. We made it home last Friday after leaving Daytona and spending more time along the Forgotten Gulf Coast. Keep us posted on other, innovative ideas you're using on your project.
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