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Old 04-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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New to it all....

Greetings, Aluminators!
I am already enjoying the fun and educational subjects of the forum here. Just 48 hours ago I made the final decision, <gulp!>, stopped shopping and laid the check down on my first AS: 1991 29' Excella in very good condition. Now if I only had something to tow with....yes, I borrow my son's Dodge Ram truck to move it here and there, but I have been checking into the new Jeep diesel option as I really love Jeeps and it also has to serve as my everyday vehicle.

I contacted the Akron Reg 4 organizer (forgot his title) for the WCCBI already! Can't wait to get into doing something with the Excella! I have been going to dog shows for obedience and conformation since 1979 -oops, dating myself! I'm a 30 year member of Airedale Terrier Club of America with 150+ titles on Airedales I've bred or owned, study/read German language to improve/maintain, LOVE to read, beginning to write some children's literature for submission, and now....Airstreaming or considering my favorite breed of dog....AIRE-streaming!

Looking forward to learning more....LOTS more....
Nancy and somewhat bemused hubby, Paul.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Welcome Aboard....

"Fado" sez Hi...

Retired but still loves Stream'n.

Our first PWD was an "air" dog for sure...


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Old 04-13-2013, 06:39 AM   #3
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Hi Ya, Bob!

Your PWD sure had some "clearance" there!

When (if) I retire, I'd love to cross the USA and back with the northern loop in the summer and the southern route in the winter to follow the dog shows for a year. Now that entries can be made online with pdf schedules the travelling dog fancier is free from mail boxes.
<sigh>
'Til then, back to work but doing what I love....I run a pet boarding and grooming facility.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:18 AM   #4
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"Bo" our first PWD was the reason we got our first AS back in 1988. We were on the road every weekend as owner/handlers. He was a water trial, conformation and obedience winner. The water was his favorite though.

We sure miss our Cover Dog.


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Old 05-14-2013, 07:24 AM   #5
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Big Day -1

Well, the update....
I have been waiting for P&S to finish the "tweaks" and now she's ready!
*The hitch was carefully researched, lots of reading and calling, finally decided upon and ordered. The new ProPride is delivered and awaiting installation tomorrow.
*The brake controller--now there is an interesting tale.
At first it stayed under my radar. I called my Jeep dealership shortly after purchase of the trailer and asked if the factory installed tow package would power and control my trailers brakes...Yup I was told by two different staff in service. I let it go for a few weeks, then checked with a couple of RV dealerships...Nope I was told. You need a brake controller.
*So I bought the Primus IQ brake controller.....now how does one install it?
*Logically, with the factory installed tow package there would be a place to plug in the brake controller if one bought the correct wiring harness for it. Nope.
*Soooooo.....I called the Jeep dealership again and asked if they could hardwire the brake controller. Nope. Actually, it was more like NO WAY NO HOW, and how the delicate on-board computers could be blown by any electric surge from controller.
*Let me get this straight--I have a vehicle rated to pull 6500# with the factory installed tow package but there's NO WAY to install a brake controller? Yup
*I ask at one of the RV dealerships to install one? Nope Not even going to try. I talk to the second RV place. The Good Old Boys there said YUP, no problem-we'll slap it in there for you! Flat rate-$165. No never done one like that before. What brand did you say? What vehicle did you say? Oooookay....back away very slowly.....Call a third, very large and well known dealership at some distance: YUP, we do professional installation-that'll be $800....ouch!
*Back to my research....On the Jeep.com forum I find that guys are hard wiring these things in on their own. I find the official Mopar wiring harness part number for my specific year of Jeep AND I find their step by step installation instructions.
*Back to my dealership--Yup, they can order the part for me but Nope they won't install it for me.....hummmmm
*Finally, I call a different dealership--They seem surprised that I have the part number ready to go. Yup, the part is in stock (just one) and they can hold it for me. Nope we won't install it for you.
*So just what do you recommend? Second dealership: We sub out that type of work to a utility trailer place....OoooooKay, so....
*I pick up the wiring harness at the second dealership, drive to my favorite utility trailer place-toy haulers and such- (I have a little 10' enclosed trailer from them), and present the guys in service with the part and step by step instructions to install plus notes from the Jeep forum. They gather around it, do a little pointing and reading on it, and say Yup , we can install this thing but we can only ball park the time it will take to do it. Never done one like this before....
*My appointment is at 2 pm today. Send any mechanical and electrical blessings and kind thoughts that you can!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:37 AM   #6
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Positive vibes duly sent.

Our Airstream dealer lashed up his own loom to fit our Prodigy brake controller, and a great job he did, too. Yours will fit and work fine.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:32 PM   #7
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We now have a brake controller! One more necessary piece of the puzzle assembled. The trailer place was awesome and it looks/functions great....now if I just had an A/S to connect....hummmm.....
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Now that it's installed and working properly, time to study the owners manual, look carefully at the install and figure it out for yourself, so if the time ever arises you'll have an idea of what needs to be done.

Learn by DIY...

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Glad to hear it...what do you mean an AS?
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Welcome to the world of AS (Airstreaming) !!!!



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Old 05-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #12
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Hello from Va. Beach, VA.

Used to live in Akron - winter and I were never really good friends so I came to Va. Beach on vacation and never went back except to visit family and friends - and for maple syrup in Burton. Sister still lives there.

Anyway, welcome to acryonym city. I'll try to share a few with you.

AS is of course Airstream

SOB - some other brand or square old box
WD - weight distribution
AC - air conditioning
PP - ProPride hitch
HH - Hensley hitch
TV - Tow Vehicle ... or television... depends on conversation
SS - Sewer Solution, an alternative to the stinky slinky sewer hose... but of course the slinky could have the same initials... its a puzzlement.

and the list goes on and on. Try the "SEARCH" function under Advanced Search and just type in "acronyms"

WELCOME and happy trails.

Have you gone to the Mothership yet? Know where it is? Know about Alumapalooza? And what the heck is a terraport?

What a long strange trip it will be.

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:21 PM   #13
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Just never ever add an extra "S"......
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....now if I just had an A/S to connect....hummmm.....
I was confused as it looks like you have a 91 29' Excella!
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