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Old 12-19-2005, 09:06 PM   #1
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Cool OK, I'm a nuby.

Holiday greetings to one and all. I'm so new that I don't even have an AS yet! Can I still play? My wife and I live in TX at this time but come next year we will be living in Silver City, NM. on some acreage surrounded by the National Forest. Yep - we hanging up the suits and ties, giving away the wingtip shoes. Its time to go watch those NM sunrises and sunsets, string a hammock and plant a garden (maybe) (Well, Janet did say we could write whatever we wanted).

OK - the pitch. we would REALLY like to find an older 28' (+/-) AS that doesn't require a lot of fixing up AND has the bedroom in the rear. I can fix most anything so skill is not the issue. Its time and inclination. Working on a basket case of a trailer I may miss the sunset of forget to take my afternoon nap.
Santa Claus - are you getting all of this???

Well, that's about it for now. We'd like to hear from you if you are friendly. We'd REALLY like to hear from you if you are friendly and know of a good AS for sale within 500 miles of central Texas.

Have a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.


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Old 12-19-2005, 09:09 PM   #2
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Well, we're on a spelling kick here so your Airstream issues may have to wait.

Of course I'm an elitist. Look around you.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:14 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome. Be sure to check out the classifieds section if you're on a hunt. Also look at ebay. There is a thread with an extensive listing of members willing to inspect trailers if you need some purchase help. Look here.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:16 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Airstream Forums

There are some very nice units out there for sale, but it may take a while to find just the right one. In the meantime read, read, and read some more. Then when you find the right one you will be ready.

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Old 12-20-2005, 05:29 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by wahoonc may take a while to find just the right one. In the meantime read, read, and read some more. Then when you find the right one you will be ready.
What good advice!!!

Make SURE you know what to look for...a proper inspection takes a couple of hours - most insidious is a weak floor to frame to shell connection - most commonly known as "floor rot".

Since the construction of most all Airstreams are "monocoque" (run THAT word through a spell checker!) the frame, floor, and shell must work together to ensure proper strength and rigidity.

A lot of sellers, and most potential purchasers, do not realize the importance of just a little bit of rot in the floor perimeter.

As Wahoonc suggested, search the threads here in the Forum for "inspection, floor rot, rear end sag, and so on...".

YOUR trailer is out there, you just have to know what to look for, be ready to move on it in a hurry (a "good deal" does not last long in todays market), and know what a "fair" price for it really is.


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Old 12-20-2005, 04:38 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by summerkid
Well, we're on a spelling kick here so your Airstream issues may have to wait.
I wondered at first glance what a nub was.

Good luck on finding your Airstream. We would love a 28' seems like plenty of room. We have a 25' and still plenty of room but can anyone have too much space on extended trips?

Have a happy holiday, maybe Santa will come through for you. Remember that Xmas movie Miracle on 42nd street, was it. Just believe.


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