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Old 08-22-2006, 01:14 PM   #15
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Davis,re: post 10 concerning mid 90's falling headliners--from personal experience, the inexpensive, do-it-yourself, better-looking-than-before fix is that of reattaching the headliner with 5/8ths inch self-tapping screws covered with snap on button covers, resulting in a quilted look to the ceiling. We just did this after much agonizing, and wish we'd done it much sooner. Do a search and see the pics published by others who first did this improvement. No one has to avoid these trailers now with the success of this repair ~G
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:27 PM   #16
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Dreams are what the future is made of... follow your dreams.

I lived full-time in a '70 Safari 23' for nearly a year. It was a little tight. I've had several Airstreams over the years and currently have a '94 tri-axle. IMHO, the older, non-wide-body 34' trailers have it over the wide-bodies and wide-bodies with slides in terms of towability. They're lighter and as easy to tow as an Overlander. That means you'll be willing to tow it more frequently. I will admit that the wide-bodies are nice for living space.

So, if you plan on putting miles under the axles, that's something you may want to consider.

And as far as my Airstream's previous history? It's used. In my world, it's either new or used. Some are more used than others... but that's the way it goes...

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Old 09-08-2006, 02:26 PM   #17
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Just my own....

First to the used question: I have a '86 34' Excella. I was not the first owner, so I guess it's used. My neighber has a MUCH newer Excella that he bought new. Well, his is used too, now. grin. And mine is in much better shape, and I am pleased as can be to make it more and more used as often as I can. I don't worry too much about names, mine is not old enough that the people here will let me call it "vintage." Mostly I just call it MINE.

If you get another kind after dreaming (literally! smile) about an Airstream you may wind up like me. I full timed in a fifth wheel SOB for two years. I still wanted an Airstream. One day I saw a picture of mine for sale and bought it. Hold out for what you want. You aren't getting any younger and your chances to make your dreams come true are now becoming more important.


My trailer is a triple axle 34 footer. I know that many, possibly most of the people on this forum recommend smaller trailers. Whatever is best for them. Sometimes I would like to have a really old vintage single axle for a weekend trip, but for "staying" in, I wouldn't want anything an inch smaller than mine. I love it. Plenty of closets, plenty of storage, much better made than my new fifth wheel, and much easier to pull.


Speaking of pulling, I'll probably get in trouble for telling you this, but the real secret IMHO to pulling a trailer is to drive like an old man, which I do anyway. I don't get in a hurry to get started, I don't tow really fast, I allow plenty of distance and drive way down the road ahead of me. I have upgraded the brakes on both my truck and my trailer and have spared no money there -- stopping is more important than anything else, and I drive like my life depends on it. I have been in all states but four with trailers. I've been pulling RV's for well over forty years. Here's the part I'll get in trouble for telling you here....I have done it all with a 1/2 ton Ford with overload springs and a transmission cooler, or at least a series of them. No problems. Never. Especially with the Airstream. The 34' triple axle pulls easier than my brother's single axle. By far.


My free advice (prob worth what you pay for it) is get what you know you want, go where you're comfortable, take your time, buy the best you can afford, buy the bigger rig (you will NEVER complain about too much space if you're full timing.) Consider boondocking (Quartzsite and the other long term areas around Yuma and just across the river in CA are wonderful.) It's inexpensive once you are set up for it and you don't have to be parked up next to a bunch of people like books on a shelf.


Since you already have a great tow vehicle, just be sure to get a top of the line brake controller (never economize with brakes) and make sure your truck is in tip-top shape. Buy a laptop if you don't already have one to stay in touch. I now use a Sprint Skycard (I think that's the name of it) so that I have high speed internet anywhere there is Sprint service (almost all freeways and urban areas; nowhere in the western desert away from freeways).


Sorry to get carried away with my post. You can find wonderful helpers here and wonderful advice here, and a hundred conflicting opinions. Smile. And the prevailing one is not necessarily the right one. For you.

Lots of luck. Make your dreams come true. Why settle for less if you don't have to?


Keep us posted.


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Old 09-08-2006, 05:21 PM   #18
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route66-- Something to think about. If you sell you home first and store your stuff, tools, etc and buy a used trailer that needs conciderable work where will youlive during repairs. Or I no home where will you do the work and with tools etc in storage are they accessable?? My thinking ,assuming it's affordable, is to buy before you sell and have a place to work on it. Or Sell out ,buy New load up and head out !!!!----pieman
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:27 AM   #19
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Experienced

Someone emailed me that the best word instead of "used" was experienced. Smile. I like that.

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Old 09-09-2006, 11:02 AM   #20
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Better idea yet!!!!----Buy a new AS, load up what you intend to take with you, give the realtor your keys and cell phone #, tell him to call when its sold and heard out!!!---pieman
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Old 09-09-2006, 04:53 PM   #21
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Cheers!

This sounds like a great idea. I can't wait till we can start full-timing!!

As for a 34, you can't beat them. Someone has already pointed out that you'll need a larger vehicle to tow one.

During a recent camping trip, a friend of mine brought along his brand new SOB. The good thing was it was a Thor product (parent of AS) but it was not up to the same specs as our TTs. Matter of fact, when his kids saw our 34 the first words were 'it's better than our house.' Of course these are college aged kids but AS travel trailers are cool and no matter what length you settle on you won't regret the decision.

Best of luck!!

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Old 09-09-2006, 11:16 PM   #22
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Hi Wayon--I still like "vintage" better.--Frank S
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:33 PM   #23
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Vintage??

Hi Frank --

"Experienced" is a little tongue-in-cheek. I like "vintage" better too, but since mine is an '86 the "vintage" club people have pretty definite rules about what is "vintage" and mine is not old enough for them to call "vintage." I have now had mine far longer than the original owner did, and as I said above, the main thing I call mine is "mine." Year before last when I sold the farm I decided I would jus go buy me a brand spanking new one, but I like mine so much better. Decided to just keep it and use it more.

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Old 10-03-2006, 02:48 AM   #24
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Does anyone here have about a 31-foot dual-axle coach that is a 1980 to no newer than a 1985?? I NEED HELP BADLY!
I have a puzzle about the short wall on the left as you enter (assuming your stove and galley (sink etc) is there on your left too)...
4 YEARS AGO...I pulled that end apart, and had someone remaking the pieces. The short story is that I lost 3 mechanics (flakey), and one took off with one of the pieces; at least I was left with some insturctions... but one part has no instructions and has left me COMPLETELY BAFFLED!

i HAVE AN EXCELLA 500 ...1981 - 32 feet. and the layout is Galley on the left Curbside, frig & microwave hole on the roadside across from the Galley sink & stove area. Gaucho couch and flip-up cardtable is on the right as you come in. Bath on the side centre, bedroom in the rear.
Does ANYONE have any idea on how that short end wall by the stove is put back together,,,(the one with the magazine rack and the 'flip-up' counter extension piece) ...? The area that has me stumped is the area in the front which would be the right side of the magazine rack...(the whole front edging).
I started another thread about this, but can't find it. If anyone knows anything on how this wall is put together, please post your reply. I am in a TIME CRUNCH...I'm heading south in 9 (NINE) DAYS...and really need this put back together before heading out.
Thank you in advance,
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Please read my post (the last one). I just saw yours, and you may just have the 'Galley End Wall'...I need help about.
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:48 AM   #26
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Does anyone here have about a 31-foot dual-axle coach that is a 1980 to no newer than a 1985?? I NEED HELP BADLY!
I have a puzzle about the short wall on the left as you enter (assuming your stove and galley (sink etc) is there on your left too)...
4 YEARS AGO...I pulled that end apart, and had someone remaking the pieces. The short story is that I lost 3 mechanics (flakey), and one took off with one of the pieces; at least I was left with some insturctions... but one part has no instructions and has left me COMPLETELY BAFFLED!

i HAVE AN EXCELLA 500 ...1981 - 32 feet. and the layout is Galley on the left Curbside, frig & microwave hole on the roadside across from the Galley sink & stove area. Gaucho couch and flip-up cardtable is on the right as you come in. Bath on the side centre, bedroom in the rear.
Does ANYONE have any idea on how that short end wall by the stove is put back together,,,(the one with the magazine rack and the 'flip-up' counter extension piece) ...? The area that has me stumped is the area in the front which would be the right side of the magazine rack...(the whole front edging).
I started another thread about this, but can't find it. If anyone knows anything on how this wall is put together, please post your reply. I am in a TIME CRUNCH...I'm heading south in 9 (NINE) DAYS...and really need this put back together before heading out.
Thank you in advance,
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Old 10-03-2006, 07:27 AM   #27
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We are full-timing in a 28 ft AS and love it. We are putting a slide in the back of the truck to get to our "stuff" easier. As for working , have you looked at workamping ? There are many that give free sites ,as well as pay for hrs. worked.
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Old 10-22-2006, 01:05 AM   #28
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We have been full-timing since this past March in our 25' FB SE. We have 2 young boys (3 & 5). We are full-timing since my husband is traveling for work (travel nurse). We love it! Even a 25' with the 4 of us is working out fine. We spend a lot of time outdoors. We previously owned a 31' Springdale (double slide) and full-timed in that for 4 months. We bought our Airstream because it is soooo much sturdier. After 4 months in the Springdale we were woried it would fall apart from full-timing. Airstream is the way to go! You will easily adapt to the smaller space. It is a great sense of freedom. We too are thinking of selling our home. We hope you have a great adventure!
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