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Old 07-18-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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I hope you'll welcome ... 'Solid Comfort'!

Greetings, Earthlings!

May I introduce our Brand New To Us 1999 Airstream 27' Safari.
Her name is "Solid Comfort", named after a small island on the French River in Ontario, Canada.

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:18 AM   #2
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:41 AM   #4
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Welcome looks awesome! Center bath? We like the picture do you have some of the inside? We know that you will enjoy your new to you oasis.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:52 AM   #5
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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The interior is in fairly nice shape despite the fabric pattern which confirms age. When you tackled replacing the roof openings, did you consider upgrading to bi-directional, variable speed fans?

Otherwise, welcome aboard!
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:04 AM   #7
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Solid Comfort

Morning, All,

Solid Comfort is in her new driveway, albeit somewhat perched on the port side. In the introductory photo (above), I was popping-in some supplementary rivets into her belly skin to prevent flapping on the tow home.

After a quick learning curve with the Reese "EZE-LIFT" W/D hitch, and with the help of my "twin Brother of a Differant Mother", we negotiated our way through the sheep droppings in a rough pasture and began to haul ass -- S-L-O-W-L-Y.

About a mile before Cortez ..... POW! I believe they're referred to as "China Bombs" on this Forum. (Don't be alarmed, NSA; it's a reference to imported trailer tires.) No spare.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1374327921

This required a visit to the wallyworld stupor center, and I bought a pair of Goodyear Marathon ST225/75R15 "D". (Wanted to ensure rear axle had good boots.) How's about those jack points on the AS? Thanks to Duane at the ww service department. Did you know that if a ww employee accepts a tip, they're fired?!?

Hi-ho Silver, as 'streamers seem wont to say, and we hauled back to Durango through one of this Summer's first miraculously-ludicrous "gully washers". Got the rest of the way home without a hitch --ha-ha ...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1374329086

First order of business was to get the carpet and upholstery cleaned and deodorized. Solid Comfort came with all her linens and towels, which all took a spin or two in the machine, and I hired a carpet guy I've utilized many times for the carpet, the couch -- and the mattresses! The jury's still out as to whether the -- ahem -- olfactory challenges have been successfully alleviated ... (Speaking as a Professional Licensed Plumber with decades of experience, may I strenuously advise AGAINST carpet in a toilet area!)

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1374330176

Next task: the cancerous clear coat. It appears as though a H/A'd attempt was made to begin addressing the exterior finish, with resultant odd-looking streaks and stripes. I'm planning a very gently-aggressive assault, and will likely journal this phase next -- with photos, of course.

I also have a 100W PV module which I'm considering mounting on gas struts as an awning in lieu of the front window protector -- which I'll otherwise need to repair by melting the Plexiglas flat again because it is badly warped.

Thanks to Paul and Lois, prairie-dog hunters extraordinaire, for their long years of loving and meticulous care of Solid Comfort. The journey which they are embarking upon calls for wishes of ease and grace, and we would be so grateful for any such wishes floated into the heavens.

I'm also grateful for this Forum and the measureless wealth of information herein. You'll find me an eager miner, and perhaps I'll be able to share a nugget or two that I may stumble across.

Ciao!

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Old 07-20-2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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He-He... I can already feel that you're going to fit right in here. A slightly skewed sense of humor is an asset... and sometimes a necessity!

Regarding carpet in the bathroom, I've always wondered why every bathroom doesn't have a floor drain to make the cleaning process easier - especially for families with small children. OTOH, A friend of mine has a tiny cross stitched message on the wall of her bathroom just above the throne. It advises,
Stand closer, it's not as long as you think.
Looks like a very nice Airstream. Have fun making it yours and hopefully we'll see you down the road soon.

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Old 07-20-2013, 06:53 PM   #9
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Solid Comfort's ageing skin ...

Greetings.

Had my first swipe at Solid Comfort's flaky skin problem. Maybe I shoulda tried Olay. I'm posting a couple of photos of the streaking evidenced even in the absence of the clear coat, in the hopes that someone has seen this condition before.

I utilized jellied stripper (!) twice over the stbd side; applied, waited 1/2 hour, pressure-washed off. These streaks appear to be "baked" into the bare aluminum, almost as though someone had tried to treat the skin with acid. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Team Airstream!

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Old 07-20-2013, 07:05 PM   #10
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:23 PM   #11
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Stay classy ...

So, I decided I didn't particularly care for the white (yellow) plastic vent hood discharge fitting on the exterior wall of Solid Comfort, so I popped it off to see if I could wrap it in aluminum or something.

Dear Airstream -- what, are you kidding me?!? Did you send a new hire out to hack the opening for this fitting, or had someone stashed a bottle in the ol' lunchpail?!?

Listen -- this is NOT quality construction, and it just makes me wonder what other boogers I'll be discovering in the '99.

I sealed this hack-job with a $4 roll of high-temp aluminum tape, about an hour of labor, and the expenditure of 27-1/2 high-temp utterances.

Ogly!

Gr-r-r-r-r!

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Bandaid ...

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So, I decided I didn't particularly care for the white (yellow) plastic vent hood discharge fitting on the exterior wall of Solid Comfort, so I popped it off to see if I could wrap it in aluminum or something.

Dear Airstream -- what, are you kidding me?!? Did you send a new hire out to hack the opening for this fitting, or had someone stashed a bottle in the ol' lunchpail?!?


Gr-r-r-r-r!

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Hi, these are the surprises that are found long after the warranty has run out and they probably wouldn't do anything if it was found while still under warranty. I think Airstream should have pictures like this posted where all of the workers can see these and call it the hall/wall of shame.
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