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Old 03-01-2008, 12:51 AM   #1
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Well, here goes! Hello to everyone out there! My husband just bought me a 1976 25' AS Intenational Land Yacht Caravaneer! Gosh, I am so excited! I have always dreamed of owning one of these beautiful trailers. Never dreamed in all my life we would ever own one. We have been married going on 52 years this Nov. Have 4 grown kids. All married to the same mates, with children of their own. We have 3 daughters and one son. All love the outdoors and recreation of all kinds. We have 9 grandchildren and 2 Great grandchilden with another one on the way. I am so blessed. And now, this!
The trailer is in very good shape for its age. I don't think it has been used very much. Looked like it had been sitting for a very long time. Very dusty.Stove works great! Has everything original! I hope to clean everything spotless and see if I can breathe ok as I have some ashma from time to time. We will rip out the carpet though. I am debating on that, wheather to get berber carpet, or wood tiles. Think wood tiles would look nice and compliment the year. Haven't picked a theme yet. I invited all the kids and grandkids to help me and get everyone involved. It will be a family thing, and everyone that wants to use it can. My kids are very good at taking care of anything. All have excellent jobs and make really good money. So......If they want to use it, they will have to put some into it. Gosh, didn't mean to bore anybody, but man! I am really looking forward to this project! If anyone has some ideas for a 70's theme, let me know. Thanks, and I will be looking forward to meeting lots of nice people.

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Old 03-01-2008, 12:55 AM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of aluminum... ... you are hooked now... and great to make it a family project... Annie

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Old 03-01-2008, 01:03 AM   #3
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Thank you for the nice welcome! Yep! I think your right, I am hooked. Already looking at property in Paradise, Ca. Used to live there when I was a little girl. My dad built homes there in 1945. I would love to have a lot in the pines and my beautiful trailer sitting on it! Of course, I will still travel in it too. So much to look forward to! Sonya
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Old 03-01-2008, 04:56 AM   #4
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Man you sound excited! Very nice that your new rig has found you!

Welcome and don't forget, we likes pics!

Check out my website for some ideas, if you have the time
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:52 AM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new baby. Have fun making her your own.

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Old 03-01-2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by sonyajoy38
I am debating on that, wheather to get berber carpet, or wood tiles. Think wood tiles would look nice and compliment the year.
Welcome to the forums, Sonyajoy! We have carpet in the front and bedroom. Will take the carpet out as soon as time allows and do a wood floor. Provides a much nicer ambiance and warmth, in our opinion and you can add throw rugs where necessary/needed. Also, MUCH easier to keep clean and dry up spills...

Take your time on the theme and make that Airstream YOURS!
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:57 AM   #7
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Greetings Sonya!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstream ownership!! The Caravanner is truly a rather unique coach. Its sister, the Tradewind, was produced in much greater quantity. The Caravanner's distinctive floorplan with numerous windows and openness can be quite useful and pleasant.

Enjoy your new-to-you Coach!

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:44 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by sonyajoy38
Thanks, and I will be looking forward to meeting lots of nice people.
hello and welcome to the forum'

The Nor Cal group is having a Rally at the Russian River, Casini Ranch in April, hook that baby up and join us, you could definately gleam a wealth of knowledge by attending.

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:55 AM   #9
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Welcome aboard!

Boy are you lucky! Great trailer and you're in California.

The Norcal folks have great rallies and so do the Calstreamers (Socal)

You're in the middle and are invited to attend any or all of either. Both groups are lots of fun and have great rallies.

Please post some pictures of your new baby so we can enjoy it too.
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:44 PM   #10
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congrats, sonya-j, sounds like you got a real keeper there!

first off, make sure your running gear (wheels, hubs, brakes, axle) are in good shape. I recently had a pro tire guy tell me not to trust any tire over four years old, especially on a (heavy) trailer, so eye those good before setting out. check out the entire propane system make sure you don't have any leaks (you can verify this with something called a manometer) since propane can be extremely dangerous. along those same lines, install or check out your CO2 and gas detectors before spending nights in the puppy.

you will love your trailer even more as you get to know it!


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Old 03-03-2008, 06:08 PM   #11
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Welcome to the forums from a fellow mid '70's owner. Use the "search function" and you'll find a wealth of information, from what type of flooring has been popular to tires, axles and other items (now where is that darn furnace... ). Once you've covered the basic safety items, turn off the computer and GO CAMPING!
Mrs. HiHo and I swap months picking where we will go so we hit the trail at least once every 30 days. Last month was 10 miles down the road but we did it! By doing this we are able to set priorities with #1 being camping...

This month the fish should be biting and it's my turn....

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