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Old 02-19-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Airstream illness

I finally bought my airstream, a 69 Safari 23' . A friend found it in Ohio, and on the way the Texas, it lost a tire, sheared the wheel studs. Did some damage to the side panel, but it has a new tire and backing plate and drum from Louisville Rv Center, and is on its way to Texas. While I was waiting, worrying about the trailer, I happened to see an ad locally for a 68 in bad shape. I went to see it, and bought it. It is gutted, but nice exterior. While looking at this one, I spotted an older one in the field behind the garage. I asked to see it, it is an early 50's , 13 panel caps, but I dont know exactly what it is yet, but I bought it too. Will post pictures today, I am really excited, but realize that I have caught aluminitis. Is there a cure for this? other than buying everything that you see? thanks, Richard
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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I finally bought my airstream, a 69 Safari 23' . A friend found it in Ohio, and on the way the Texas, it lost a tire, sheared the wheel studs. Did some damage to the side panel, but it has a new tire and backing plate and drum from Louisville Rv Center, and is on its way to Texas. While I was waiting, worrying about the trailer, I happened to see an ad locally for a 68 in bad shape. I went to see it, and bought it. It is gutted, but nice exterior. While looking at this one, I spotted an older one in the field behind the garage. I asked to see it, it is an early 50's , 13 panel caps, but I dont know exactly what it is yet, but I bought it too. Will post pictures today, I am really excited, but realize that I have caught aluminitis. Is there a cure for this? other than buying everything that you see? thanks, Richard
Aluminitis is kind of like diabetes; there's no real cure, only different ways to control it. Fortunately, aluminitis isn't debilitating, unless you have too many walletectomies done.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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It helps to have a wife/husband/SO saying, "What!", unless they're infected, too...

Even though we loooove our 1995 30', the siren call of the vintage units is loud. I like to point out that our unit will be vintage some day.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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SEEK HELP!!!!...I'm going to look at field of Airstreams this sunday and make my offer. By the suggestion of the owner he gave me the google address and even though it's only an hour drive from me I keep stalking the street view already planning out which one gets gutted first.

The only cure for Aluminitus I actually have stored in a safe and it has been proven effective and it has FDA approval. the only problem is that most that are infected with aluminitus DON'T WANT TO BE CURED!

Whatever the case richard....you know I told you last night...the race is on between you and me to accumulate the most AS's
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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Running out of money,time, and space will help diminish the effects of the illness. Really, 3 in one week? I am impressed.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:26 PM   #6
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I am impressed too! I am up to 7, though not always at the same time. My rule is to not sell the current one without having the new one in hand! So I wait for my hubby to go hunting (his favorite pasttime) and I go buying...er...shopping, yea, that's what I meant. He does put in his two cents worth (HA HA) and we upgrade each time.

I now have a deposit for my motor home and am not dealing with it well. Sooooo, we have a camping trip planned for this weekend before her new owners can pick her up.

Now what am I going to do with that empty spot in the driveway. Um......
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:27 PM   #7
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:31 PM   #8
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Oh Boy

I retrieved the 68 today, all by my lonesome. I changed rims and tires, re packed the bearings, which looked great but I did it anyway. I taped everything down that I thought might come loose or fly off, got the jack to work after some persuading, loaded it onto my truck, hooked up the dry stiff umbilical, and I could not believe that some of the lights worked, brakes and running. it was a slow trip home, stopped 2 times to re check the lug nuts and see if anything was on fire, but I want to tell you, If this is any indication of how it is going to tow, i am really impressed. Towing with a 45 year old suspension, it still handled very well . So far, I love it. I am going after the other one tomorrow, will post pictures as soon as I can firgure out how to do that. Richard
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #9
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I'm glad to know there are folks that have this illness worse than me. And no, I don't want a cure either.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:01 PM   #10
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thanks, but lets jump to another

I hauled my second airstream this week out of the field where it has been for 30 plus years. I have posted in the general repair section asking what the heck is it? It is 25 ft, 13 panel endcaps front and rear, flat glass windows, has the airsteam number on front 17348.. has a serial number on the side badge 04181. this is all the I D that it has,. the owner can not find the title, her father bought it in the fifties, so possibly a one owner. sure would like to know what it is. It has double beds in rear, mid bath with shower head on wall over toilet, (how does that work, do you sit on the toilet to shower?) thanks, don't know what it is, but I love it. Richard
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #11
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dixie722 - you have too many trailers right now. the only cure is to sell that last trailer. To me. Right now.

...please?
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:42 AM   #12
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I have had so many replies to this post, thanks to everyone. According to reliable sources, the trailer is a 54 cruiser, next to last one built in Ohio. We are cleaning out the trash this morning, will post pictures, or to be exact, a friend will post them for me, since I cant seem to figure out how to do that. I am good a pulling old things from fields, but not at the computer. more to come..
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #13
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Wow, what a find. Just think a few weeks ago you probably would have past the field. I'd focus on the Cruiser and bring it back to life. You've achieved in a very short week, what takes many years to normally achieve in finding some some very desirable Airstream trailers.

Have fun and try to keep the original to the best you can but make them safe and enjoyable.

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