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Old 08-12-2008, 06:11 AM   #1
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Delivery date: Sooner than expected

It looks like we'll be "taking delivery" sooner than expected... tomorrow afternoon. I had thought we'd have a few weeks to do some prep work, but as they, life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

In New York, a vintage trailer like the '67 Overlander apparently has a transferrable registration rather than a receipt. In Maryland, this means we need to have a notarized bill of sale. Hopefully, if I show up at the MVA with all of the paperwork, I will live to tell the tale.

We plan to nurse the trailer home with an escort vehicle running behind her. We'll sneak along the back roads after traffic dies down and get the tin girl situated... a little "howdy, neighbors" moment.

This weekend, I'll spend a fair amount of time documenting everything I can. I'll post the photos. If nothing else, they might serve as reference materials for someone else's project. I'll detail the move the move in my blog. Wish me luck, folks.
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Old 08-12-2008, 06:25 AM   #2
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Congratulations and good luck! Be careful getting her home and enjoy!!
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:13 AM   #3
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that is correct info on the paperwork. there are no titles here prior to 1973.

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Old 08-12-2008, 07:26 AM   #4
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:37 AM   #5
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Congrats! Looking forward to pictures.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:15 PM   #6
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Thanks and I have yet anothe question. I'm going to have a notarized bill of sale and the registration with the transfer signature. In looking at the application for a certificate of title, I see that I will also need an inspection. Now, I don't think our tin girl will be ready for an inspection for awhile... but I'm interested in how others have handled the need for inspection of a vintage Airstream. Thanks.
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find out what is done during the inspection, they might just have to check lights, tires, verify that the linings on one wheel are ok and that it stops.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:15 PM   #8
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Touchdown

We have arrival. Later this week I'm making a trip to the MVA (the Maryland version of the DMV) to get the title in our name and pay the 6 percent excise tax and a $50 retitling fee. Heaven knows the Governor needs his share.

The sub-20 mile trip home via two-lane "back roads" (with escort vehicle) was unventful. The Titan pulled the 4200 lb Overlander without any problem. Before we do the next tow, I'm going to add some upgrades to the TV. On a positive note, the AS has an older (read "rusted") Reese WD hitch system. This made the tow easy, but I can see swapping in something a bit newer.

As for the safety inspection, I'm going to do some research but the tin girl really needs some attention before she gets a once over even once. The brakes are shot (really shot). The running lights are not working and I don't think the inspection station will look at a duct-tape-and-baling-wire light bar as adequate. The tires worked for the tow, but they've been sitting on the Overlander for six years without moving much. The rims are rusted. They could be rehabbed, but I'm thinking alloy.

We'll do an initial documentation of existing conditions this weekend before we start pulling out carpet and assessing how bad the floor is. My gut sense is that there's over 50 percent breakage with soft wood which suggest an entire new floor.

Yes, in a nutshell, we're delighted.

The seller was a great guy. I have the original owner's manual in the trailer and keys for everything (a bonus). I'll snoop around for any other documentation and scan copies if needed. There have been a few "add ons" over the years. I'll snap some pictures of these classic additions.

One of my favorite parts of the "buy" was the seller's two-year-old son. While we were hitching up and taking care of things, he found a screwdriver and wanted to help. The little boy was deeply disappointed when Grandpa moved him away. Men and tools... who says it isn't genetic?

So, folks, she sits in the driveway and we are no longer on the outside looking in.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:56 PM   #9
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Thumbs up Cool!

Congratulations on getting your tin girl home. Great feeling isn't it, to look out in the drive and see your own vintage piece of Airstream history ready for you to bring her back to a productive life.
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:02 AM   #10
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I wish I knew your name.... I had my Overlander inspected at Charlies RV Center on Liberty road. They are not an Airstream place, but treat you as if they are. They will check the road worthiness of the trailer. Tires ,Brakes, lights, proper set up of the pig tail, anything loose, gas lines and regulators... They do not check inside or if your water works ect. The paperwork you have now will get you a temporary trailer tag. You then go to with the inspection and take that to the MVA and they give you the permanent sticker for the tag. If anything is broken and needs to be repaired they can take care of that too. I highly recommend them for your inspection. The store has many things useful and if they do not have it they will order it in for you. Ruby will love it if she gets another Airstreamer come in.
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:19 AM   #11
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Hampstead,
Congratulations on getting her home and situated. Now let the fun begin.

We brought our '87 home from Ohio and it sat in the driveway for the better part of eight months before I took it to be registered, titled, tagged, and inspected in Pennsylvania. I made sure it would pass PA state safety inspection and then pulled her to a local RV dealer that is really close to home and they did all the paperwork to get it road legal. No problems at all, excpet for the exorbitant state taxes and other fees they nickel and dime you with.

I am looking forward to watching your progress. If you have questions or need help send out a shout.
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:31 AM   #12
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Well, "62," you can call me anything but late for supper. Seriously, I sent contact information via a PM. Most folks in Hampstead call me "Ken." My family and friends out west still call me "Red." I had bright red hair and freckles as a kid. Nowadays, I'm pretty gray. Three daughters will do that to a guy.

I appreciate the lead on Charlie's. If I rolled in with the Overlander in its current condition, however, Ruby would have a heart attack. The tires need replacement. The brakes are gone. The running lights are fouled up. The gas bottles are OEM and have to be replaced. The list is seemingly endless. My goal is to get the title in our name and start the work here to get the girl roadworthy. Once I get new legs under her and make some other changes, I'll worry about the registration. Besides, if my inspection susggests the entire floor must go and that we have some weakness in the frame, I may be towing her to a shop where a real welder can remedy the situation.

I'm not sure what the timetable is, Carl, but no doubt we have some work ahead... and that always goes more slowly than we'd like. If only I didn't have the nuisance of a job, a house, a family, etc., I could really focus on on renovating the Trailer.
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I'm not sure what the timetable is, Carl, but no doubt we have some work ahead... and that always goes more slowly than we'd like. If only I didn't have the nuisance of a job, a house, a family, etc., I could really focus on on renovating the Trailer.
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Job...we don't need no stinking job. I know what you mean, work sure does seem to get in th way of a lot of fun.
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:33 AM   #14
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Congrats on your purchase,

I've looked at your pics and noticed your axles need replacing, looks just like my 67.
We have found a great paint for the frame called Por-15, many folks on the forum have used it with sucess.

Watch out for rot in the bathroom floor and by the door.

Have fun


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