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Old 08-02-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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JDnBeastlet checking in from Ottawa

Greetings from Canada's capital!

We're John, Dawn and Emily (nickname: Beastlet) - hence JDnBeastlet. We've been doing the trailer camping thing since 2006 when Emily was a baby, first with a pop up and now with a travel trailer linked to our trusty 2005 Toyota Sequoia Limited 4x4 by a ProPride 3P Hitch.

We believe that camping is the best kind of quality family time and we do a fair bit of it. Our website contains a trip log and lots of other stuff - pay us a visit at

We don't own an Airstream... at least, not yet. Dawn and I have talked for years about buying a used one; our preference would be to find one that's older but usable so we can camp in it between updates. We saw just such an example while camping at Sandbanks Provincial Park last weekend - a 1982 34' limited, all original and all systems go. Alas, it's a bit too long and too heavy for our beloved Sequoia, which we don't plan to replace anytime soon.

So, we've come to your forum in the hopes of gathering information and meeting new people. We've also ordered a copy of Restoring A Dream. We're in no hurry, perfectly happy with what we have until the right Airstream comes along.



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Old 08-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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Hi John! I recognize you from PUX. Welcome to the Airforums! There's oodles of information here on to read, especially on refurbishing older units. I personally didn't want to go with a vintage unit as there's a lot to learn and a lot of pitfalls, but suffice it to say many have restored older units and they look great. Doing the work yourself must come with a great deal of satisfaction too.

And your Sequoia is much more capable that you think -- Airstreams are the best towing trailers on the planet due to their low centre of gravity and aerodynamics, so so you have a lot more trailering options compared to SOBs.

My best advice is to search the archives and read everything you can to start -- I doubt there's any question you have that hasn't been asked before. This is THE resource for everything Airstream.


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Old 08-06-2013, 02:53 PM   #3
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Hi Gary,

It's nice to have a response - I was hearing crickets every time I checked this thread.

I'm impressed with this forum so far - there appears to be a lot of knowledge here.

As for trailering options... SOB is a new one on me (at least in this context). Care to spell it out for me?
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #4
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SOB is Some Other Brand. Get used to the acronyms. They are all over the place on this forum.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #5
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Hi there John - an official welcome here though we've "talked" in another thread earlier.

My wife Sue and I bought our first ever (and hopefully last??) trailer this year and couldn't be happier with our Airstream. You'll find TONS of info here - especially on your tow vehicle and options to think about for the perfect Airstream for you and your family.

Look forward to seeing you here in the forums and maybe on the road sometime!
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