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Old 09-18-2010, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hippiechick's '66 is home!

Thanks to all for the advice. The first tow went amazingly smoothly!! No wiggles, no shimmies, no shakes - didn't even know it was back there. Really good brakes! She is out in the driveway now and I couldn't resist doing just a little cleaning. She really looks better than we orginally thought. Just getting all the PO's bits out of there really helped. We have a long way to go but she's gorgeous. I am full of questions and it is so encouraging to know we can find answers here. A few more pics before we pulled out!
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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Congratulations !!!.
Looking good and I'm sure no sleep tonight. Happy streaming.

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Old 09-18-2010, 08:41 PM   #3
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Congrats. What a beauty! We are not too far from y'all
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:24 PM   #4
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she's a beaut!

post more photos

ask lots of questions

let's see more of the bus - there is a resemblance...don't you see it?
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:49 PM   #5
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Congradulations! It looks great!
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:07 PM   #6
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It's pretty amazing how good an AS can look after 44 years! No other brand could achieve that! Good for you - enjoy it!
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:03 PM   #7
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Looks very nice! One of my favorite trailer years! (love the windows of the 66-68)
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:20 PM   #8
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How well I know the feeling. All the angst and misgivings disappear when shes sitting in your driveway after the first pull.
The true sense of ownership after youve removed the POs detritus, put down the bucket and scrub brush, stood back and said to yourself, Shes mine.
Welcome to the Airstream Community. Good luck, Have fun. See you on the road.


BTW. Ive worked for VW for nearly 40 years. I appreciate anyone who can stable a Type 2 and an Airstream.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:34 PM   #9
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My gosh, 40 years of VW experience. That's awesome. I could really pick your brain sometime. We have a 71 Karmann Ghia, the 66 bus, a 49 split window beetle and a 56 oval window standard as well as some great 'merican muscle as our 12 year old foster son would say.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:08 PM   #10
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That is a beautiful Airstream Hippiechick! Congratulations!

My first car and apartment was a 58 VW delivery van with 40 roaring horses under the bed in back. The redline on the speedometer for 4th gear was 48 mph.
I can't seem to get away from that shape.

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Old 09-22-2010, 09:15 PM   #11
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:18 AM   #12
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CONGRATS She looks to be in great shape.My first car as a young boy of 16 was a 64 beetle. followed by a 66 beetle a 69 sqback a 72 beetle a 72 van a 62 beetle.Then i moved to vermont and the winters made me change brands.Could not handle the heat exchangers.
or lack there of.Ha now i Have returned to vw as an every day driver I have had 2 tdi's..Great cars.My avatar is a tdi pulling My micro-airstream (actually a teardrop trailer)
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:06 AM   #13
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Yes, really nice Airstream Hippiechick (great handle too, BTW)

I've posted about these before but looking at your pickup and what appears to be a relatively short tongue, you might want to buy some Rocktamer mud flaps. The rocktamers assembly sets up on your truck's receiver hitch and will keep the stones/debris from damaging that trailer.

I bought mine at Cabela's for around $200. MUCH cheaper than damage repair!

Happy Travels,

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