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Old 07-31-2008, 09:19 AM   #57
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As we say in Montana,"yee haw." I'm going to light a candle for the safe voyage of the ship and its cargo.

I just finished talking with a sales representative in Stafford, Virginia. They have a 2001 Safari SS that might fit what my wife and I are looking for. For better or worse, we're still on our vacation and it doesn't look like we'll make it to Virginia (if we keep to our schedule and planned rides on a couple of historic railroads). He wanted a refundable "deposit" to hold the trailer. Any thoughts, Airstream experts?

I spoke with my wife this morning and we talked about going "newer" rather than "vintage." My comments were shaped by my experience with Remco and this thread. Airstream, I said, is not just a brand. It's a community. I don't think I did anything particularly "special" here. I just helped a guy in a tight spot. What I think was remarkable is that the minute Remco posted, it's wasn't just his problem. It was everyone in the community's problem. Everyone helped with support and encouragement... I just happened to be the guy living closest to the situation. You folks are great and one of the best reasons to buy an Airstream.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:20 AM   #58
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As we say in Montana,"yee haw." I'm going to light a candle for the safe voyage of the ship and its cargo.

I just finished talking with a sales representative in Stafford, Virginia. They have a 2001 Safari SS that might fit what my wife and I are looking for. For better or worse, we're still on our vacation and it doesn't look like we'll make it to Virginia (if we keep to our schedule and planned rides on a couple of historic railroads). He wanted a refundable "deposit" to hold the trailer. Any thoughts, Airstream experts?

I spoke with my wife this morning and we talked about going "newer" rather than "vintage." My comments were shaped by my experience with Remco and this thread. Airstream, I said, is not just a brand. It's a community. I don't think I did anything particularly "special" here. I just helped a guy in a tight spot. What I think was remarkable is that the minute Remco posted, it's wasn't just his problem. It was everyone in the community's problem. Everyone helped with support and encouragement... I just happened to be the guy living closest to the situation. You folks are great and one of the best reasons to buy an Airstream.
Completely agree and well said. I'd always thought Airstreams were cool. I started looking for one, rather passively, about a year ago. About six months ago I stumbled across this Forum, saw how passionate and sincere the people were, and also saw some of their amazing transformations. I knew at that point I had to have an Airstream, and I knew it had to be vintage. Since uwe's "'63 For Me" thread was probably the first full monte thread I ever read, I think in the back of my mind I even knew that the vintage trailer I eventually purchased must be a '63 Overlander.

Here we are six months later, and five days ago I picked up a 1963 Overlander. I picked it up from a family on these Forums, who had purchased from another family on these Forums. This place really is a family, and one of the biggest reasons why I now own a vintage Airstream.

Best of luck to remco and Hampstead, and I look forward to seeing pictures of the truck once it arrives in Europe.

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Old 07-31-2008, 10:24 AM   #59
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Completely agree and well said. I'd always thought Airstreams were cool. I started looking for one, rather passively, about a year ago. About six months ago I stumbled across this Forum, saw how passionate and sincere the people were, and also saw some of their amazing transformations. I knew at that point I had to have an Airstream, and I knew it had to be vintage. Since uwe's "'63 For Me" thread was probably the first full monte thread I ever read, I think in the back of my mind I even knew that the vintage trailer I eventually purchased must be a '63 Overlander.

Here we are six months later, and five days ago I picked up a 1963 Overlander. I picked it up from a family on these Forums, who had purchased from another family on these Forums. This place really is a family, and one of the biggest reasons why I now own a vintage Airstream.

Best of luck to remco and Hampstead, and I look forward to seeing pictures of the truck once it arrives in Europe.

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Congratulations on your new 63. You are going to be so happy. Uwe is working on our 68 Ambassador right now......he is doing a fabulous job. We can't wait to go camping.....

Also, so glad the ship has sailed.....wishing the truck has a safe journey. Paula
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Remco sent a PM to me earlier this week asking for the tracking number of the USPS/FedEx package that I sent to his shipping agent in Belgium. According to the note, Remco's 1979 Chevy dually will be available for pickup (pun intended) tomorrow. So, apparently the ship has arrived safely and (cross my fingers) so has the title. I hope the battery has held a charge on its transoceanic voyage and the new starter kicks the big block over. If so, I think it's Grolsch time.
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it sounds like the making of a classic book: Across the pond in 80 days.
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I just finished talking with a sales representative in Stafford, Virginia. They have a 2001 Safari SS that might fit what my wife and I are looking for. For better or worse, we're still on our vacation and it doesn't look like we'll make it to Virginia (if we keep to our schedule and planned rides on a couple of historic railroads). He wanted a refundable "deposit" to hold the trailer. Any thoughts, Airstream experts?
This is a choice that many have wrestled with.

One of the major advantages to newer is that (in theory) you can start using it NOW and spend your time camping instead of restoring. But if tinkering with tin is you idea of fun....

Every once and a while you can find a fully restored vintage unit, but expect to pay top dollar for a well restored trailer - and maybe as much as a slightly used, newer trailer.
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The agent in belgium misplaced the title,
I just got a Email from them that they found it.
Due to this I won't be picking up the truck tomorow.
With a bit of luck I can do so later this week.
I will go to the port with a lot of tools and a spare battery.
Pics will come as soon as I have the truck overhere.
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Whew! I'm glad the guy in Belgium found the title. He wouldn't have wanted me to get my red tape scissors out. Ask Vanessa.

I have to say Remco, when you asked me for the tracking number, I had a moment when I felt like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football. I'm deeply relieved the title was only temporarily misplaced. Hopefully, we have used up all of the bad luck available to one truck in any given decade. It should be a gem for you.
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I'm leaving here tomorow @ 04.00 hours for a 4 hour trip to belgium.
To pick up the chevy.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:57 PM   #67
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Again some misplaced paperwork @ the docks but 3 1/2 hour later we got on the way back home.
First I filled the tank It only took 23 liters.
From the 23 liters at least 3 leaked out The PO repaired a leak in the filler neck with duckt tape, Advise do not use ducht tape for this it will not hold.

The tank hold 20 gallon thats about 70 liters.
After 138 km about 85 miles on the highway the truck stoped.
No more fuel is this monster running 4 mpg ???
I got some petrol 3 gallon put in in the tank and got to the nearest filling station.
I got only 5 gallon and the tank was full.
Most likely there is a leak in the suction line in the tank, fuel pump gets air at a little more than 1/2 tank.
At least I got a little over 10 mpg @ 90 mph not to bad for a 454 i gues.

Thanks to hampstead The truck made it over the pond.

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Hay that aint to bad .. Pretty goodlooking truck too.. I looked at the pics but for the life of me I cant figure out what kinda southern slang them words are.. You must not be from lower Alabama USA.....SAM
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i'm glad that it is safe at home and as they say, "let the adventures begin!".
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Remco is from The Netherlands. Having spoken with him on the phone and having been stationed in Mississippi for a short spell, I can honestly say his accent is nothing like one from the Deep South... although I can't say I really understand much said in either parlance.

As I told Remco, I know something of the "backstory" about the truck since it came out of my tiny hometown in Montana. I expect he'll find more duct tape, baling wire and chewin' gum repairs. Of course, it's far easier fixing those sorts of problems when the truck and its owner are on the same continent. Remco explained to me that the market for bigger rigs is much stronger in The Netherlands and there's something about owning or buying a truck over 25 years old that makes a big tax difference or something. When I gave the truck the look, I didn't see any evidence of crash damage. The 454 was swapped in later. The interior was rough, but Remco struck me as a handy guy with a box of tools. The dually needs some TLC, but it will most assuredly pull Remco's Airstream up and down the European road.
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