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Old 11-09-2014, 06:43 PM   #1
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Oh, the nostalgia!

Hi, I'm new here. Last Sunday, I saw a guy tow a vintage Airstream on the 5 freeway in LA and I've been in Major Trailer Nostalgia Mode (MTNM) ever since. I've seen them on the road before, but for some reason this time something clicked/tugged, and here I am.

I grew up in Belgium and when I was born, my parents already had a 1960s Sprite Alpine trailer -- 12 ft, super light. I camped in it many, many times up until I moved to the US in 1999.

I don't know if I'll ever own another trailer, let alone an Airstream, but I poked around on these forums all weekend and decided to sign up because it seems to be such a fun and supportive community. I figure, if I teach myself about them now, then maybe some day... Right? I can dream. And also, I came across a crazy eBay listing I wanted to share with you guys in a bit, but I'll do that in the proper subforum.

For now, just hello and nice to meet you all!

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Old 11-09-2014, 06:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. We hope that you realize that by participating in these Forums, you are accepting the fact that you are hooked on Airstreams. This is a condition that there is no known cure for. So, hang on, you are in for an interesting ride.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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Noooooooo! (kicking and screaming) This is just a temporary affliction!
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:22 AM   #4
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:36 AM   #5
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:39 AM   #6
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Sorry. Moosetags is right. It's not temporary.

But, who cares! It's fun!

Also relatively harmless, except perhaps for the financial aspects.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:00 AM   #7
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alumaflu. Truly a contages bug.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:41 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forums! You might as well just accept the fact, aluminitis is for real! I am on my 7th (yes 7th) Airstream. It gets in your blood and you can't get it out!

Glad to have you here!!!!
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:12 AM   #9
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Cure for Aluminitis

There actually IS a cure - only about 10% effective but curable.

So here it is - If you've never owned an Airstream, rent one. Not too easy to do but a few KOA campgrounds have them, and I believe there is a place in Vegas where you can choose among several vintage units while staying at a casino. There's also an Airstream Motel in Tucson AZ. I'll post some links below. For a very select few, just one weekend will take the romance right off of the experience. Of course, for 95% the addiction will grow worse.

Next, go to some rallies - WBCCI is an Airstream Club - and their rallies are often not open to non-members, though many welcome wannabes (future chum for the feeding frenzy). Also there are a lot of Forum rallies - and virtually all of them welcome drop ins, but it's always polite to call or e-mail ahead. Most rallies have open house - where many owners will open their streams to visitors. Make yourself very welcome by wearing socks and clogs, leaving the clogs at the door. Again, if you wander into an Airstream where they have been so ill advised that they cooked fish inside or have "problems" with their black tank.... you might just reconsider wanting an Airstream.

OTOH - be ready to drink the Kool-Aid.

Shady Dell: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...els-86611.html

Visit Area63 - he's a vendor who does some nice renovations - and is located in California
here's a link to what you could be getting into - these are only the people who FINISHED a renovation
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Welcome Here, Paula (just looking 9 years ago, now on 3rd Airstream)
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:38 AM   #10
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Aluminitis is NOT curable. It is chronic, and gets progressively worse over time.
There is, however, a way to live with the disease. Buy a shiny trailer and go campin'!
This "obsession" is far worse than any other hobby I've ever had. It is bigger than music, stereo equipment, bicycles, motorcycles, or cars. My little silver house is most definitely my "happy place". I'd rather be camping than anything else, but if I can't have an Airstream (or vintage kin) I'll go back to tent camping! Part of the OCD camping thing might be that it is one thing my wife enjoys with me. She doesn't care about any of my other interests/hobbies.
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"Just looking" will end up with a trailer in your driveway for sure!
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:50 PM   #12
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Oh man he has got it! No cure anlot, but what a way to go. I remember the epiphany moment and it just got worse with time. Settles down somewhat once the silver being is in the driveway, but every time you go out and look at your baby you fall in love all over again.
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Sorry to tell you it's a fast-acting disease. I estimate only 6 months between catching it and admitting it's incurable when you bring home your first Airstream
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:39 PM   #14
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Hoooo boy...

...I can see that I have walked into a nest of enablers! This is NOT a good situation, since I already need very little encouragement to go off the deep end when it comes to infatuations/obsessions.

I love the socks & clogs thing! Are there bonus points for wearing outrageous sock/clog combos? Thank you for the advice on renting an Airstream and visiting a rally... We'll have to see if this alumabug can still be banished from the blood stream, or if it will end up giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "oooo, shiny!"

Looking at the before and after pictures now... Truly labors of love! It's great to see the creativity that goes into these projects.

Since we live in a townhouse, we don't have a driveway. And we own only two little Honda Fits that couldn't even tow a Radio Flyer wagon, so I'm going to assume this constitutes automatic protection against that 6-months-and-it's-home prediction.
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