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Old 05-02-2008, 09:50 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by obxairstream
Here's a question. I brought my Tradewind home behind my 1990 Ford F150 (4.9 Straight 6) and couldn't even feel it behind me.Lumatic, I see you have yours behind a Cooper. I have a 2004 For freestar mini-van with a front wheel drive 4.3 six cylinder. With the weight dist. anti sway hitch do y'all think it'll pull it from here (OBX NC) through the mountains of PA?
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All seriousness aside, I do know someone who is a vintage Airstream dealer who regularly tows Airstreams interstate with a minivan. Maybe he will chime in.

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Old 05-03-2008, 06:55 AM   #30
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I kinda figured as much.

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Old 05-03-2008, 08:58 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by obxairstream
I thought I would fill you in on my avatar photo. The sticker reads "If God meant for us to go nude we would have been born that way". It was on the trailer when I bought it. Any guesses on what kind of camp ground I had to go to to pick up my trailer?
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I'd SO be keeping that on there, just to watch passing drivers rubberneck to see what you're wearing in your TV!
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Old 05-03-2008, 11:40 AM   #32
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I suppose that the bumper sticker could help explain why having finished interior closet space was not any kind of priority for the former owner.

It looks like you have a great head start. From what I can see in your photos the body looks to be in good shape which is a big plus. You also have what looks like a number or reuseable interior pieces depending on what you decide to do to the interior.

I would suggest that you consider doing something about the interior mold sooner rather than later in case it is a health hazard. You could at least use a spray bottle with bleach maybe mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with water to spray the walls. I would think you might want to be careful to keep it off of the cabinets depending on what you intend to do with them. I scrubbed my inner skins down after I took them out. I laid them down on the lawn and used a small floor buffer with a scrubbing pad on it to help. I guess you will have to decide if you want to take the skins out to re-insulate or not. Also if you end up having to replace the entire sub-floor you pretty much need to remove the lower level of interior panels at least.

Taking a lot of photos along the way is a great thing to do. My remodel has been taking me way too long but going back and looking at the old photos of what things used to look like helps me feel better about the progress I have made. Also it helps me remember where to put things back.

There is a huge amount of information in the Forum here that will help with just about anything imaginable for your remodel. There always seems to be someone available to answer just about any question. The good news is that pretty much everything is fixable or replaceable on your Airstream.

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Old 05-03-2008, 11:42 AM   #33
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I dunno, really most people here are of the big trucks are better camp. However, with gas prices approaching 4.00 /gallon that might change.

Contact Andy T. from (that's Canadian... : ) ). He's set up Freestars for 32 ft Airstreams. While I wouldn't really advocate a Freestar for a 32 ftr, it might be fine for your 24ftr.

Remember, your AS is basically a shell right now. Everything that you add on will add weight, so go light when thinking of cabinets, flooring, etc. It all adds up!

I'd also start taking that interior mold off soon, it can't be good for your health.

Nice find, love the bumpersticker!
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Old 05-03-2008, 03:09 PM   #34
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Thumbs up Interior mold

I guess I was remiss is saying that I wasn't doing anything on the Interior before I do the sealing of the hull. I've already removed all cabinets and given them and the interior skin a good once over with diluted clorox cleanup. I was amazed how much came off using just a wet rag and a light use of elbow grease. I wont get into the heavy scrubbing of the bad spots untill its dried in though.
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