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Old 04-15-2013, 05:59 AM   #1
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New Airstream owner

Hey everyone, I wanted to introduce myself and let you all know about my first Airstream that my wife and I just bought. Actually it's our first camper all together.

My wife and I have been looking for a camper for a few months now. We have been looking at everything from fairly new pop-ups to "vintage" (read 1980's) SOB's. not really sure what we really wanted we took our time and just tried to make a smart decision.

My brother in law (CMSmith on the forums) is an Airstream owner also (1975 Tradewind) and my wife and I always knew that we eventually wanted an Airstream but were not sure if we'd get one first or try something else out first.

Two weekends ago we drove up to Conway, SC (we live in Florence) to look at a few different campers - one of them being an Airstream. We ended up driving home with our "new" 1977 Tradewind. Overall it is in pretty good shape we think. It's not perfect but we are very happy with it.

We were planning on taking a few weeks to get some things done inside of it and then taking it out on our first camping trip. But things changed when my sister and brother in law decided to go camping last weekend (our first weekend with the camper) at a close by campground (Lakewood in Myrtle Beach SC). We decided to forget about what needs to be done and just jump right in.

We had a blast though we would have been completely lost without their help. Oh well. I guess everyone has to start somewhere.

Sadly I don't think I took a picture of the two Airstreams beside each other. But I've attached a picture from the first day that we had her when we were on our way home and also a picture from our first night camping with it.

Problems that we know about:

The brakes are not working. My brake controller says that there is a short. We have confirmed that the problem is with the trailer and not my vehicle by booking it up to my brother in laws Suburban and getting the same error. We found a loose/disconnected wire under the Airstream going to the brakes and thought that would solve the problem but after connecting it we still have a short somewhere. We need to get that fixed before we go again.

The water heater may or may not be working. The guy we bought it from was in the process of converting everything to electricity and had never tested the water heater. Before we go out and buy a new one I want to test this one to make sure it is in fact broken.

That's pretty much it. I've been browsing the forums for a few weeks now and just wanted to finally introduce myself.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:05 AM   #2
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Congrats! Your in the right place for everything Airstream. Feel free to ask questions and you will find a lot of help!
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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Thank you! I've already found a ton of help just by looking around and I know I'll have some questions of my own soon.

I also realized that my first picture did not post so I will include that one in this post. Thanks again!
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:59 AM   #4
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Very nice looking rig. I think you did the correct thing by jumping right in and camping in your AS. Sounds like you had fun. Congrats.

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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Congats on your new airstream.

The WBCCI Coastal Unit are great people to camp with and can help with questions on your Airstream.
WEB site:SC Coastal Unit WBCCI Airstream Club

Check it out and contact us if you have any questions.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:52 AM   #6
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Welcome AJ! I'm new also and reading, reading, reading.....
Isn't this forum great?
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:44 AM   #8
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Welcome, you're AS looks amazing!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:40 AM   #10
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Welcome, and I am truly biased when I say you made a great choice going with a 1977 Tradewind! Let me know if you need access to the factory service manual or owners manual as I have both.

Enjoy and good luck with your repairs!
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Congrats on your "new" Airstream! I hope you and your family enjoy many silver adventures.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:44 AM   #12
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Congrats on your new Airstream. Nothing like jumping right in. You might want to consider purchasing a copy of "The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming".
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:41 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies. We couldn't be happier with our purchase. We have two young kids - 3 and 1 and they already love it. Can't wait to share some great trips with them in the coming years.

I should have mentioned that the side that is shown in the picture that I took is her "good side". The previous owner had polished some of it but not all. Basically he has some that one side. The good news is that along with my camper purchase he also threw in the tools to help me complete the job. I will probably save that for the winter though.

Thanks again for all of the replies.
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