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Old 06-15-2007, 09:27 PM   #1
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HAllalujah! We got an Airstream!!!!

Greetings folks,
My wife and I just paid for a 1976 31' Sovereign.
The synchronicity of us finding one in our neighborhood, after only the night before discussing an older trailer would meet our needs was SWEET!!
Being the 'Bird in Hand..." for the seller was an additional sweetness.
We will be full-timing Life in our Silver Pod as soon as we move it to our spot. We live in SW Colorado so this Winter will cozy.
Fortunately for us we have a friend who is Tow Savvy, which gives us some time to find the best vehicle to upgrade our Subaru to for towing at our leisure.
looking forward to searhing the resources of this site as I begin getting to know this fine trailer of ours.
Any suggestion regarding neccisties of getting it ready to tow, and towing and setting up are welcome! (actually ANY siggestions are welcome, uh, excfept 'SELL'!!)

thanks for being here,
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:35 PM   #2
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Hi Sunny and welcome to the forums.
This a great place to search for info and ask for advice. I've been lurking and searching and asking since we bought our 62 Bambi a month or so ago

Be careful! it can be addictive. Welcome and I wish you the best with your new purchase. Oh yeah, post lots of pictures!
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:38 PM   #3
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Oh boy are you ever in a gorgeous part of the world for getting a case of Aluminitus!
I'll leave the stuff of substance up to the rest of the many forum members with all their beaucoup expertise and know-how.
And generosity.
But be sure to keep asking questions, and don't try to wing it on your own too much because there is much to know, and learning from others' experience is what the Forums is all about.
But that tow vehicle you're looking into?
Muy importante.
Happy trails!
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:38 PM   #4
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Hey Sunny,

Welcome to the forums and grats on your 'find'. Durango is on my favorite places list and I hope to be passing thru in Sept. on the way back to FL from OR.

As for towing, the condition of tires, brakes, bearings, axles, coupler and frame are all of prime importance. How far will you be towing it? A trailer of your vintage may need new axles and brakes/bearings. in any event, have them checked by a professional trailer shop BEFORE towing it. Don't forget the battery and break-a-way switch which are mandatory for towing in any state.

Also, think weight distributing hitch with anti-sway. Lot's of good product out there. I use the Equal-i-Zer and am most pleased.

Be sure to use the 'search' function to research your questions. Lot's of folks have been thru what you are about to do.

Good Luck!
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:51 PM   #5
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Sonny,
Congrats to both of you..
1.check to make sure: ur wheel bearings have been recently repacked.
2.likewise, check that your tires are road worthy. (not over 5 to 6 yrs old)
3.check all of ur exterior running lights, brake lights, etc are working.
4.check the ball diameter size requirement for ur trailer.
5.check ur brakes out on the trailer.
6. make sure u have a decent battery onboard the trailer.
7.just before getting underway for ur travel, make sure all the windows are locked, all side compartments are locked, the front door is properly lock for travel, any/all awnings are locked down for travel, ur step is put away for travel, the TV ant is down and, all upper vent opening are closed.
8. use the proper cross over for the safety chains, ur break away pin cable is properly attached to your tow vehicle.
9. make sure ur tires are properly inflated on all vehicles. (trailer and TV)
10 use proper exterior mirrors for traveling on TV
11.use wide arch for making all turns
12.give yourself plenty of distances between other vehicles while traveling
13.I would aviod traveling at night the first time out
14.there may be others with suggestions but, for myself, i didn't want to stop at 13~!!
good luck..
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:14 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new baby!
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:13 AM   #7
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Congratulations from a fellow Coloradoan!

Hey, there is a whole section here on the forums that may give up you some insight both on full-timing and winter living. Lots of good info & tips there...

I have to say one of my all time favorite threads on this entire forum is RubySlipper's Winter Living. It's an oldie, but goodie! Lots of vicarious living in that one when it was posted originally!

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Old 06-16-2007, 06:31 AM   #8
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Hey Durangotangs!

We have a home in Durango and looking to make the move there full-time, if we ever sell our house here in Florida (on the water with 20x50 RV parking if anyone is interested).

We just got our 19 CCD and can't wait to get it out to the 4C's to go exploring. Hope to see see you on the road out there soon! Good luck.
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