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Old 03-24-2011, 09:22 PM   #15
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Bud Cooper, the founder of the Vintage Airstream Club (VAC) suggested that someone should ride in the trailer (even though it is against the law in most places) every so often for a short distance, to see what is moving around that shouldn't be moving around, or coming loose that may not be detected with the trailer parked. You may be amazed at what you will see.

The person inside can be in communication with the driver using the little radios that many of us use at events to keep in touch with each other.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:46 PM   #16
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Maybe it's a Highway Patrol sting operation. You'd get the ticket not him, you know.

In any case I'd tell him he can ride in it as soon as he buys it and has someone else tow it.


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Old 03-24-2011, 11:26 PM   #17
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Hi, definately not. If he walks around, in the trailer, when you hit the brakes, He will own the trailer and your house too.

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:47 AM   #18
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Not intending to hijack ... but about 10 of us rode in the back of an open horse/stock trailer in WY (part of a planned ride on a cattle drive) for about 5 miles. It was unbelievably smooth - even enjoyed a cup of joe. Maybe it has a lower center of gravity or something that allows it to rock-n-roll less than a regular travel trailer....

If your buyer wants to ride, make sure he doesn't open any windows as yur movin' down the road.

Please report back if you find out WHY he wants to do this.

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:57 AM   #19
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have the buyer set up a video camera in the trailer with the health of the camera on the shoulders of the buyer.
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:21 AM   #20
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Easy to accomodate. Let his pit bull (excuse me, Straffordshire Terrier) ride in the trailer while he drives.
If the dog is happy, you have a sale,
If the dog is sick, make him clean up the trailer or buy it.
If the dog tears his leg off, that means your axles are shot.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:04 AM   #21
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I've had people ride in their trailer when they aren't sure if they need a new axle. It only takes a mile to convince them. Ride in it before and after, you will really see the differance.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:26 AM   #22
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He is not going to come out after the ride saying..."Fantastic, I'll buy it"
It is just a way to have a reason to lower your price.

As said before, it is illeagal, unsafe and your to blame for whatever happens too.
Your opinion is valued, please not your opinion of someones else's opinion.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:37 AM   #23
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Maybe he was checking for riding comfort .....

A couple of years ago we were getting settled in to the KOA outside Durango and BBQuing our suppoer - across the road a 5th Wheel pulled in - looked like a father and his son got out of the truck - went to the back - opened the trailer door - and out marched mom, a couple more kids, grandpa and grandma .... everyone had a little stretch - then they went about the business of levelling up, unhitching and getting their own supper ready ..... seemed pretty normal for them .....

After we picked our jaws up off the ground we finished our BBQ .....

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Old 03-25-2011, 12:21 PM   #24
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I wouldn't do it due to previously mentioned liability issues. No way no how!
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:46 PM   #25
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Sounds like too much liability. I don't think I would do it. On the other hand, we sometimes walk around in the motorhome while we are driving, but keep that down to a bare minimum. It would be very easy to get thrown around if standing up during a lane change or quick deceleration.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:10 PM   #26
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Many years ago, my brothers and I traveled many, many miles in a truck camper while our folks drove (and towed a horse trailer). I suspect that would be a felony today.

As for "smooth ride" I had to take the Overlander about 20 miles for an inspection. I buttoned everything up and drove it. When I arrived at the RV place, I had to open up the coach. I had left a bottle of water sitting on the furnace before I pulled out. It was sitting exactly where I left it. Got to love that smooth AS ride.

Personally, I wouldn't let anyone ride in the trailer. To me, the risk is entirely too great.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:22 PM   #27
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Have the buyer do it at their own risk. Make them bring their own TV & driver so nothing can come back on you. Just follow them in your car to insure the AS comes home again.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:11 PM   #28
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Turns out that these were VERY nice people....just a little nervous about their first tow and wanted to cover all bases. They felt that the ride wasn't necessary. They requested us to tow it to them. Sale pending delivery/with deposit secured and all is well!

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