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Old 09-15-2007, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. My name is Steve Huebinger, my wife is Joyce, and we live close to San Antonio, TX. We just bought a '75 23' airstream (sort of a project inside), and just wanted to introduce myself.

We've had several trailers over the years, some Argosys, an Avion, and one other older Airstream, all were used, so we are not totally inexperienced with Airstreams and trailers.

Our son is in the US Air Force and will soon be transfered to Alaska. Our dream trip will be to travel the AlCan highway next summer, Airstream in tow, to visit our son and daughter-in-law in Alaska.

I've already read a lot of helpful information on the forum, and look foward to learning more.
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Welcome Steve!

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Hi! Welcome.
For one thing you may want to install temp or permanent rock guards on your trailer. Large mud flaps on your Tow vehicle would be a great help too. Otherwise your trailer is goign to look like you ran through a hail strom.
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Greetings and welcome.

In my humble opinion, a 23 footer is a great size, and I think that you will enjoy using it. It may seem silly but, if and when I travel the Alcan, I would
bungee a quilted moving blanket over the rock gaurds to protect them from
gravel blasts. I heard the someone tied a mattress in front of his trailer when making that trip. By the way, I also heard that the new motto on the Alaskan licence plate is " See it before you die " or somrthing to that effect.
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Thanks for the welcome everyone.

Yes, although our trailer was built before Airstream started installing the rock guards, I've looked at how they are built and installed. Right now my plan is to fabricate and install simular guards made from tinted plexiglass that would match the front window guard in color.

I have already built some big, ugly, mud flaps for the back of the truck.
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The tinted pelxiglass may survive. I would go with metal.
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Michelle,

I had also thought about ABS plastic (that comes in big sheets and is cheap), and instead of plexiglass, I thought of Lexan...it's very tuff. Lexan is the stuff that will actually stop bullets, but of course, it's more expensive.

The guards on the late model Airstreams, although they look like aluminum, are actually stainless steel. They are expensive, and I couldn't fabricate them myself because I'd need a sheet metal roll.
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Michelle,

I had also thought about ABS plastic (that comes in big sheets and is cheap), and instead of plexiglass, I thought of Lexan...it's very tuff. Lexan is the stuff that will actually stop bullets, but of course, it's more expensive.

The guards on the late model Airstreams, although they look like aluminum, are actually stainless steel. They are expensive, and I couldn't fabricate them myself because I'd need a sheet metal roll.
Steve,

Lexan IS the stuff to use if you're not going the metal route. I have used it for hurricane shutters on the house in FL and have a couple of motorcycle windshields made from it. It WILL scratch fairly easily, but you ain't gonna break it. You could paint the back (inside) of the shields silver to match the trailer and then use a Scotchbrite pad to put a renewable dull finish on the exposed side.

If you do use Lexan, be aware that there is a specifc side that to be installed toward the sun for UV exposure. It should be marked on the protective sheeting that comes with it. 1/4" should do you fine.
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Lexan is good stuff. WHat ever you do mount it directly to the skin of the trailer. Leave a gap. otherwise some the enengy of the impact will be transfered to the trailer.
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Welcome to the forums! Congrats on your Airstream!

You can ask all sorts of questions here and get lots of different answers!

Check your axle and be sure it is up to snuff before your big trip up north!

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make that DO NOT mount it directly on the trailer.
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Alaska must be incredible and the ALCAN survivable--My back door neighbor has done it twice in a small SOB trailer and my next door neighbor has one it three times in a big 5th wheel. I can't wait. Maybe next year.

Welcome to the forums. Take photos and let us know what you think of needing rock guards, etc.

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