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Old 03-01-2009, 01:02 AM   #1
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Aloha Airstream Ohana,
We just bought a 1975 Sovereign from Oahu and towed her to our hale just yesterday. We paid $2500 plus another $1300 to ship to Hilo on YoungBrothers Barges. Since there are NO trailer parks in the Islands, it is rare to see any trailer much less an Airstream. She's in a bit of rough shape, after sitting in an upcountry Wahiawa pig sty for over 2 years and needs some serious restoration. All of the appliances appear to be in good shape, cushions have been recovered in Hawaiian tapa cloth and are clean, though. There is some nasty rotten plywood floor by the potty and hot water heater has disintegrated. We are real nouveau malihini Airstream owners and will certainly appreciate the help of the more seasoned folks on this forum. We hauled up the hill to the Olaa, Puna area with a 6cyl 1995 Jeep Cherokee. We were told by previous owner, equally clueless as ourselves, that she only weighed 3000 pounds. Jeep can pull 5000 pounds. Since she weighs over 6000, the Jeep nearly had a nervous breakdown hauling her from sea level to 1750foot elevation of our side of the volcano!
The avatar is a picture of our new baby girl parked at Honolulu Young Brothers waiting to be towed on to the barge.
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:39 AM   #2
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Aloha Hokulani! Welcome to the forum.
I don't know for sure, but I would bet that your trailer weighs more than your jeep by a good amount! Nice thing about Hawaii, not a lot of miles to travel to see the most beautiful places. What are your plans? Is this a guesthouse or do you plan to travel?
Whatever, it's all good. Congratulations on your new adventure!
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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There is some nasty rotten plywood floor by the potty
Once you get around to working on her, don't spend too much time on salvaging that toilet flange. Most of the time, the orange metel ring is so rusted that it does little good toward adding strength.

Click here to see the flange.

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Old 03-01-2009, 07:32 AM   #4
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Hokulani, is not Hokulani a town ?

Glad you have found this site. I spent several years home ported at Pearl and have many friends from your great state. I have found the residents of Hawaii to be the most laid back and friendliest people of any place I have been. Please post pictures of you trailer and your camping adventures.

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Old 03-01-2009, 07:37 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forums. You'll find lots of great info here! My dad worked in the islands for several years, and I got to visit some. Good luck on the restoration. You can make it your own this way!

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Old 03-01-2009, 08:09 AM   #6
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Also, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your purchase. Do you have any pictures?
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:45 AM   #7
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Welcome! Sounds like your's has already had quite a journey. I would love to hear the inside story from your Jeeps point of view.... glad it turned out all right.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:57 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forums. We love your part of the world and were there last June. I would think that you have become a part of a small handful of trailer owners period let alone an Airstream. Thanks to the sole inter island control of Young Brothers Barges, they sure do add to your investment!
What ever your plans to do with her are, just be proud to be a streamer in Hawaii
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Welcome to the forums!! Always glad to have another un-met friend here!!

When the time comes for you to start your "make-over", you will find these folks have been there-done that. They tell all and show all. From the simple fixes, to the full monty. If they haven't done it, it can't be done!! An amazing resource and always willing to help with a problem as well as learn a new solution to an old one.
Please read and learn from some of the nicest folks I've had the pleasure to rub elbows with. Many include pictures of there adventures, a real help.

There are several dealers that post here as well. Get to know them and mine there experiences and learn what they have to offer.

And fair warning............PICTURES!!! We just love pictures..lol.

Again welcome!!

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Old 03-01-2009, 12:47 PM   #10
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aloha....we'll be on the big island at the end of Oct., do you have courtesy parking set up yet?? J.K. I think we'll be staying at the Hale Ohia cottages in the park! do I need to bring a hard hat?? joe q in Minnesnowda
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Aloha Airstream Ohana,
We just bought a 1975 Sovereign from Oahu and towed her to our hale just yesterday. Since she weighs over 6000, the Jeep nearly had a nervous breakdown hauling her from sea level to 1750foot elevation of our side of the volcano!
The avatar is a picture of our new baby girl parked at Honolulu Young Brothers waiting to be towed on to the barge.
Look, first..WELCOME TO THE FORUM..
Gosh, if you ever, ever gonna be so popular~!!
What a dream nd, location too~!!
Okay, business first..
Andy of InLandRV.Com..Who just LOVES TO FLY OVER and spend time in YOUR LOVELY SPOT (FOR ANY REASON what so ever), IS YOUR CONTACT POINT...If I may say, he is your best source for everything..repair advise etc..I betcha for a small ....you could get a team over for some of the work...lol, get my drift??
Don't tell Andy I told you...
Again, WELCOME
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:01 PM   #12
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Aloha and Welcome to the forum... It is so good to see you here and I think it is awesome you have an airstream in Hilo...My husband and I were just talking last week about moving and shipping our AS to Hawaii. Weird....
I would love to see pictures! We have a 76' sovereign and are in the middle of a big remodel. I would love to see the Tapa cushions. My husband is Polynesian and we have SO much stuff to decorate with from the islands, that will be the theme of our interior.
I laughed at the story about pulling her with your 6 banger....I could just see it. LOL
Your new baby looks like a beauty.....can't wait to see more pictures. Check out our blog www.airstreamremodel.blogspot.com on the right under archive click on 2008....that should bring up all the post so far.

You came to the right place for ANY and ALL questions you might have. A great bunch of folks...

Mahalo

P.S. Where are you going to park her? Are you going to live in her or camp or what? I think it's very exciting and you will for sure get a lot of looks!


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Aloha Airstream Ohana,
We just bought a 1975 Sovereign from Oahu and towed her to our hale just yesterday. We paid $2500 plus another $1300 to ship to Hilo on YoungBrothers Barges. Since there are NO trailer parks in the Islands, it is rare to see any trailer much less an Airstream. She's in a bit of rough shape, after sitting in an upcountry Wahiawa pig sty for over 2 years and needs some serious restoration. All of the appliances appear to be in good shape, cushions have been recovered in Hawaiian tapa cloth and are clean, though. There is some nasty rotten plywood floor by the potty and hot water heater has disintegrated. We are real nouveau malihini Airstream owners and will certainly appreciate the help of the more seasoned folks on this forum. We hauled up the hill to the Olaa, Puna area with a 6cyl 1995 Jeep Cherokee. We were told by previous owner, equally clueless as ourselves, that she only weighed 3000 pounds. Jeep can pull 5000 pounds. Since she weighs over 6000, the Jeep nearly had a nervous breakdown hauling her from sea level to 1750foot elevation of our side of the volcano!
The avatar is a picture of our new baby girl parked at Honolulu Young Brothers waiting to be towed on to the barge.
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