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Old 06-26-2015, 09:09 AM   #1
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New Member from Georgia

Hello everyone,

Just made it home with my first airstream. 1973 Excella 500, 31 ft. Pretty good shape with no wood rot or frame damage. Didn't pay attention to the 30 year old, 3 1/2 inch thick sidewall, dry rotted tires. Yep, as you guessed I had a blowout on my 3 hr trip home. But it worked out fine minus tearing some lower trim off.

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Old 06-26-2015, 10:14 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your new TT, and welcome to the AS forums. May all of your camping days be joyful occasions. Now go get yourself some Michelin's and be done with that issue!
All the best to you & your family. It's a great group of folks on here, and the knowledge you can gain from just reading is an incredible resource to draw from. Do check out the WBCCI.
Sea ya down the road,

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Old 06-26-2015, 11:49 AM   #3
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Hello to a Fellow Georgian!

As mentioned you'll find lots of useful information on this site and have an opportunity to meet lots of interesting people.

One of the ways to meet fellow Airstreamers and attend some interesting events is to participate in rallies listed on Air Forums. There are lots of good rallies in the southeast and a few are coming up later this year.

Take a look at this one in Waycross, GA in September

This one in Hiawassee, GA in October

And this one at Hunting Island, SC in November
Lucius and Danielle
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2005 Chevrolet Suburban K2500 8.1L
Got a cooped-up feeling, gotta get out of town, got those Airstream campin' blues...
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:48 PM   #4
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From Central Kentucky, hello, greetings and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you aboard.

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Old 06-26-2015, 03:19 PM   #5
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The folks from Georgia welcome you. As stated there are great people around that will help you in many ways. Check out the gathering in Oct. at the Hawassee fair grounds. Lots of AS and a open house to see many variety of models and Decore If you need some help from Ball Ground from someone with a 1976 I will be happy to help. Gene
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:38 PM   #6
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Old 06-27-2015, 07:07 PM   #7
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Hello, I appreciate your willingness to help. Yes there is a lot to learn. Two of the things right off the back which I am dealing with is sealing 2 leaks and painting on vinyl. I think I am on the right track, but its been a learning curve with these double paned windows.
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:57 PM   #8
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Welcome to the fold. You will soon learn there are many on the forum willing and able to help.

If you want to visit a rally, there many in the southeast to choose from. The rallies generally host an 'open house' on Saturday and you can gather a lot of fix-it/improvement ideas in person. Sadly, rallies in the fall months usually mean making a reservation months in advance due to the competition at the campgrounds from other brand campers vying for a cool, colorful weekend, too.

Here's one near Cleveland, SC, you can join at the last minute without reservation due to the sheer size of the place. There are already 70+ forum members who have indicated interest. You'll get a chance to meet quite a few attendees from the coast just north of you.

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