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Old 11-06-2015, 12:04 AM   #1
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Another new guy

Hi, Im AKA. I bought a 1974 airstream. Its 31 feet long and I may have just bitten off more than I can chew. Its how I roll.
Its exterior looks undented and the electrical appears to be working. I'll test water and propane systems this week for leaks. Next week I'll come to the forum and ask about lighting pilots, cooking, heating, inspecting, flushing. I"ll probably live or die by your help. I did with the last forum I was on. They helped me rebuild an airplane!
Im a retired Marine. I run a ranch in North Idaho now. The kids are grown and I'm interested in writing a book. I want the airstream to be my hide out.
Thanks for reading.

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Old 11-06-2015, 03:59 AM   #2
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AKA, welcome and good luck on your Journey.
Thank you for your service.

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Old 11-06-2015, 06:07 AM   #3
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Welcome AKA,

Anyone who owns an old RV (1973 and 1976 here) usually comes to the stark realization at some point that they've bitten off more than they can chew, so you're not alone.

Welcome to the site and thank you for your service to our country.


"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

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Old 11-06-2015, 06:24 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums!

You might want to get started by downloading the "buyer's inspection checklist" from the Portal page. If you work your way through the checklist, it may help you to figure out the scope of what you are chewing on.

good luck!
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:28 AM   #5
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AKA, from what I'm able to glean from your resume, I'd say that you'll master the AS systems in no time. Welcome and thanks you for your service to this great country.
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:45 AM   #6
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Hello, AKA. Welcome to the forum, congratulations on your trailer, and THANK YOU for your service!

I know another retired Marine, and an uncle of mine is a retired Master Chief.... if you're anything like them, "bitten off more than you can chew" is a good joke!
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:06 AM   #7
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Thanks for the welcome

Your replies to my "another New guy" intro were like a homecoming. Thank you. I am looking forward to this next journey and I can tell that somehow in the grand universe of God's handiwork, I am not alone. There are others who share my malady of "projectithritis." I think I just invented a word.
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Old 11-08-2015, 05:43 PM   #8
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Welcome aboard...!
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Old 11-08-2015, 05:58 PM   #9
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From one " I've bitten off more than I can chew" to another I offer the following; All the info you need is already on this site. It's just a matter of finding it. As long as you don't quite before you finish, it will eventually get done. Personally , I am 2 years past my completion date and still plugging away.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:47 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forum and thank you for your service.

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