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Old 06-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #57
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Zackybilly- the new Classics still have the machined aluminum steps- I hate those SOB steps, too.
And I thought it was just me...

Far be it from me to be discouraged...or want to discourage anyone else. Although almost anyone in the country can identify an Airstream at 1,000 yards, we owner are still a niche group. I'm seeing many members here from Mississippi which, for some reason, is more encouraging (like I really need it).

I'm just in this for the fun. I surely enjoy the fun parts but also like the problem solving of any issues I encounter. I'm a tinkering guy at heart and things like this only feed my addiction. As mention before, prepping for a road trip and staying on top of the related equipment runs a close 2nd place to the actual trip itself. Guess I must just be easily amused. Cruising this forum is certainly shortening up my learning curve on the later model trailers...forums are invaluable in that respect to me.

For every negative I can point out about the newer AS, there are 500 positives...about the same with most products these days. I only hope to thoroughly wear them completely out. Now, I don't have a pine tree in a 1/4 mile radius of my Airstreams...I can only see where that will help.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:29 PM   #58
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4 Goldwings and a Road King. I can't identify those that are further back.
1967 Triumph Bonneville
1968 Triumph Bonneville
1969 Triumph Bonneville
1970 Triumph Custom (Home-built)
1973 Norton Commando Interstate
1982 Suzuki Katana (one owner...first crotch rocket)
1982 Suzuki Katana (WIP)
2000 Honda Shadow
2001 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad
2003 Moto Guzzi California Stone
2008 Honda CBR1000RR
2010 Honda GoldWing ABS Black (IronButt Long Distance bike)
2010 Honda Goldwing ABS Red
2010 Honda Goldwing ABS Titanium
2013 Honda Goldwing F6B (Honda's StreetGlide)
2013 Yamaha FJR1300
2013 Honda NC700

2010 CanAm M/C Trailer (Sold the Spyder...kept the trailer)
2010 Tailwind Carbon-Fiber M/C Trailer Red
2011 Tailwind Carbon-Fiber M/C Trailer Black
2012 Tailwind Carbon-Fiber M/C Trailer Titanium
2012 RollAHome Solo M/C Pop-Up Camper (highly modified)
2012 RollAHome WideBed M/C Pop-Up Camper

The Harleys are gone...I have to buy and sell one about every 5 years to remember why I don't have them.

After the day of purchase, none of this bikes have ever been back to the dealership.

A man needs hobbies. I have one bay in my shop reserved for AS projects.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:30 PM   #59
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Zackybilly- maybe we will meet on the road somewhere- on 2 wheels or 8...
Where is Poplarville?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:52 PM   #60
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Hi Folks,
1st post: We've been looking into TTs for a while, went to a few shows and discovered AS, recently found this forum.
After spending the weekend browsing here(doing due diligence)we're feeling quite discouraged about getting an Airstream.
Although there really doesn't seem to be much competition, we're getting the feeling that AS TTs are a lot of trouble.
I'm mechanically skilled(as a retired builder I do much of our maintenance and repair) but I really don't want to spend all my time addressing a series of problems, especially on the road.
Do "Streamers" get to enjoy RVing?
Any advice as we proceed would be appreciated.
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I am a retired builder also.

I started Airstreaming 20+ years ago, after tent, popup, and white box camping 20+ years prior to that. I'm not in love with my trailer nor am I romantic about traveling in it. I do enjoy the freedom it gives me when traveling. I am on my fourth Airstream trailer now. I have always bought a second or third hand trailer.

As a builder I know you will appreciate my next statement. I look at my trailer as a tool. I want the best tool I can find to get the job done quickly, with the least effort, and with a result that makes me happy. Airstream does that, better than any other tool I have found. A new one would be nice, but I'm to much of a tight wad to lay out the $. Though, I buy a new tow vehicle every year or two.

You will learn to understand the systems of the trailer pretty quickly. They are much simpler than, though similar to, residential and/or industrial systems. And, you should easily be able to take care of the maintenance, if you are the do it yourself type. There is less maintenance on an Airstream trailer than on any car or truck.

If you buy a trailer and a tow vehicle and decide it is not for you, there is always someone like me who prefers those second or third hand tools!

Go for it!
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:16 PM   #61
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Is that discouraged around here or do I need more rivets?

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Howdy and welcome to Airforums, Zackybilly! Don't let anyone tell you that long posts aren't welcome, because they are. It's just that lots of folks are not used to putting more than a sentence or two down at a time.

But you aren't alone. And I thought it was a great story. You surely have been around the block with motorcycles and trailers, glad to see you settled on AS.

I only ever had two bikes in my life; one an '81 Honda CM400E twin, "custom" style. After making it roadworthy again, I rode it from my then home in Montreal, QC to Washington, DC and had myself a blast on the way there and back. That gave me a taste for more power, so I bought me an '82 Honda CB900F which I adored. I'm tall (5'17") so the 900 fit me to a T, it's a real tall bike.

Rode that bike back and forth from Montreal to Quebec City (a day trip really) with several thousand other bikes for a few springs. The Quebec bikers were getting reamed by the province for their plate "sticker" fees, and this was their way to demonstrate against it. For me, it was just a blast to spend a day on a bike with several thousand other bikers!

When I lost having good inner ear balance, I got rid of the bike to a friend of mine who, like you, collects them.

Anyways,we'll all be fascinated to hear more of your two AS TTs, and how your travel in them works out!

Welcome aboard!

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yes, exactly, I have in my short time on this forum blabbed and blabbed and blabbed with questions and other comments...folks have been awesome. Welcome!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:05 AM   #63
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yes, exactly, I have in my short time on this forum blabbed and blabbed and blabbed with questions and other comments...folks have been awesome. Welcome!
What you are experiencing is your first case of Aluminitus! You will see it mentioned quite often on this forum. The fever rises and falls and there is no explanation.
As a pharm, see if you can mix up a new med that cures it, or even relieves a few of the symptoms.
The only antidote I know of is a big aluminum pill (on wheels). Some times people have to up the dosage to two or three pills, when they get it really bad!
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:56 AM   #64
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Zackybilly- maybe we will meet on the road somewhere- on 2 wheels or 8...
Where is Poplarville?
Sounds good to me. I still ride 40-50k miles a year and all over the country.

I may be making a run up to Memphis related to Airstream No. 2. I've run into a slight snag on it. It has an HA hitch on it...and my TV is a 2013 Suburban 2500. Chevy put the receiver in the bumper and not below it so it is high (25.75" from top of receiver box to ground). The hitch comes with a 6" drop hitch bar but I need more like a 12". Called Hensley...they offer an 8" drop and don't have or recommend anything longer. I ordered a 3P hitch one month ago today and just got word that it is shipping tomorrow....with an extended hitch bar for the Suburban. Don't really cherish the idea of swapping hitches "in the field" and ultimately, I want the 3P w/ 1,400 lb. bars on my tongue-heavy (950+ lbs. empty) 28-footer.

At any rate, I may just ride my motorcycle up there, finish my business and just hire a truck to haul it home so I can deal with the fab work at my convenience. If where I can, I'll PM you and possibly drop by and buy your lunch. Us rednecks have got to stick together. On my LD bike, I can go 550 miles between fill-ups so I can just about do the whole trip on one "tank" of gas....and that's towing a cargo trailer with me.

This is one of my M/C campers....refriderator/freezer, microwave, hotwater heater, electric & gas heat, 5,500 btu A/C, screen room, LED interior lighting, 12v system (two lithium iron Shorai batteries) with volt & ammeter, 120v shore-power volt meter, on-board air compressor, 7-gallon saddle gas tanks to transfer fuel to the bike on the fly, etc. 570 lbs. total with 14% on the tongue.

Bike has FLIR infrared camera, 3 GPSs, weather radar, Laser Jammer, Radar Detector w/109 db screamer, Doran TPMS, Centramatics, Run-Flat car tire on rear, heated & cooled riding gear, Satellite tracking, video camrera, rally timer, volt meter, auxilary fuel tank on bike w/ digital gauge, two pair of HID driving lights, etc. Other than that, its pretty much stock.




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What you are experiencing is your first case of Aluminitus! You will see it mentioned quite often on this forum. The fever rises and falls and there is no explanation.
As a pharm, see if you can mix up a new med that cures it, or even relieves a few of the symptoms.
The only antidote I know of is a big aluminum pill (on wheels). Some times people have to up the dosage to two or three pills, when they get it really bad!
OHHH BOY! Super Cheezy Funny...I like it
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What you are experiencing is your first case of Aluminitus! You will see it mentioned quite often on this forum. The fever rises and falls and there is no explanation.
As a pharm, see if you can mix up a new med that cures it, or even relieves a few of the symptoms.
The only antidote I know of is a big aluminum pill (on wheels). Some times people have to up the dosage to two or three pills, when they get it really bad!

Brilliant!
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Len n Jeanne....

I just want to say thank you for that bit of perspective....as similar newb's soon to own our first AS, its a tad intimidating....my wife and I will be in the same boat...I am not the handiest person in the world..I expect RV mechanics will take my money away after my warranty expires....is november here yet folks??
Just back from our camping trip. It rained only part of the time.... which sure brightened-up the aluminum. Nothing went wrong or needed fixing.

Maybe us mechanically-challenged folks need a separate thread where we could sort-of band together.

We surely do admire and salute all of the guys (mostly?) on this forum who are so handy, educated, knowledgeable, mechanically-inclined, electrically proficient, and hey-- good looking, as well. Yes, it is better to be proficient than clueless.

I just thought that Dave, or someone reluctant to admit their misspent educations, should realize that you can still have a good time being clueless and simply pay an RV mechanic to look after the more advanced problems. (Stuff like the fridge didn't actually break down, we just blew a fuse.) Maybe the mechanics smirk behind our backs-- but only after they have politely and happily accepted our cash. Good Sam Club & the CAA (AAA) cover a lot of emergency repairs-- not that we have had to use them in the 5 1/2 years we've had the Bambi.

Yes, paying mechanics costs something. But-- compared to what? A bigger, more expensive unit? So long as you aren't restoring an old AS as a hobby, most of us can probably get by with minimal skills.

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.....who are so handy, educated, knowledgeable, mechanically-inclined, electrically proficient, and.....
No one here was born knowing nor is it in their DNA...and absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, it's more exciting to those that are just acquiring these new skills than a fellow that has been doing it most of his life. These, without question, are learned skills...that anyone can learn if so inclined. Some learn them out of necessity, lack of money or just plain old interest. It can be handy when tinkering on your rig at home or an invaluable resource while out on the road. Again, anyone can learn these things and will allow you to be more self-sufficient. The best way to learn it is to be around and exposed to people that have already learned it. By listening and reading, you can/will learn answers to questions you never thought to ask yet. A fellow may show up here highly skilled in the repair of outboard motors but the same fellow will be low on the learning curve as it pertains to absorption refrigerators or Airstream's methods of wiring. You don't have to know everything about every Airstream...just need to know about yours. Collectively, the answers are here making this the most valuable resource as it pertains to your hobby. No matter the circumstances, there is somebody here that has been there/done that.

And even after you have acquired the skills, nothing says you can't hand your credit card to the dealership. You may know how to pack your own wheel bearings but it may not necessarily be something you want to do or have time to do before the next long trip. However, knowing what you are dealing with will prevent you from being at a disadvantage should you be in that situation. Sometimes, all it takes is a brief conversation ahead of service for them to pick up on the fact that you know the drill and not one to be excessively charged.

Not indicating that you shouldn't band together with the mechanically-challenged but certainly don't isolate yourself or you will always be mechanically-challenged.

From my experience, the knowledgeable folks are just as happy sharing their hard-earn education with those that don't know but are eager to learn as they are seasoned veterans just looking for specifics.... eager being the operative word here.

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Sounds good to me. I still ride 40-50k miles a year and all over the country.

I may be making a run up to Memphis related to Airstream No. 2. I've run into a slight snag on it. It has an HA hitch on it...and my TV is a 2013 Suburban 2500. Chevy put the receiver in the bumper and not below it so it is high (25.75" from top of receiver box to ground). The hitch comes with a 6" drop hitch bar but I need more like a 12". Called Hensley...they offer an 8" drop and don't have or recommend anything longer. I ordered a 3P hitch one month ago today and just got word that it is shipping tomorrow....with an extended hitch bar for the Suburban. Don't really cherish the idea of swapping hitches "in the field" and ultimately, I want the 3P w/ 1,400 lb. bars on my tongue-heavy (950+ lbs. empty) 28-footer.

At any rate, I may just ride my motorcycle up there, finish my business and just hire a truck to haul it home so I can deal with the fab work at my convenience. If where I can, I'll PM you and possibly drop by and buy your lunch. Us rednecks have got to stick together. On my LD bike, I can go 550 miles between fill-ups so I can just about do the whole trip on one "tank" of gas....and that's towing a cargo trailer with me.

This is one of my M/C campers....refriderator/freezer, microwave, hotwater heater, electric & gas heat, 5,500 btu A/C, screen room, LED interior lighting, 12v system (two lithium iron Shorai batteries) with volt & ammeter, 120v shore-power volt meter, on-board air compressor, 7-gallon saddle gas tanks to transfer fuel to the bike on the fly, etc. 570 lbs. total with 14% on the tongue.

Bike has FLIR infrared camera, 3 GPSs, weather radar, Laser Jammer, Radar Detector w/109 db screamer, Doran TPMS, Centramatics, Run-Flat car tire on rear, heated & cooled riding gear, Satellite tracking, video camrera, rally timer, volt meter, auxilary fuel tank on bike w/ digital gauge, two pair of HID driving lights, etc. Other than that, its pretty much stock.




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I am considering a ride to the dealership in Southaven Saturday to get my oil changed. After that, I will meet the rest of the family and go see the grandbaby.
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