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Old 03-24-2009, 06:00 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by LUMINUMLUXE View Post so excited about it, I couldn't sleep all night, nor wipe the silly grin off of my face!
It's a great feeling ain't it. Welcome aboard and enjoy the heck out of it. That silly grin is a permanent fixture on many of us, I am sure. Please be sure to post some pictures when you get her home and all decked out so we can all grin along with you.

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Old 03-24-2009, 09:42 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by LUMINUMLUXE View Post
Our big day looms near! (this week!) I have dreamed of getting an Airstream since I was a small fry. When we would see one on the road, my dad would point it out with the wistful sigh of someone who longed to be the one towing it off to some pristine spot on the Maine coast! He passed away two years ago, and here I am, not too old and not too gray, preparing with spouse to pick up our first Airstream, (first any kind of travel trailer for that matter...) and wondering if anyone out there has any helpful advice for getting the most out of the dealer orientation-- not that we won't be giving it our full and utmost attention! Any and all helpful hints gladly accepted!



O to be young again, I remember the first time, the first time is always special!!
Enjoy--How Sweet It Is!!

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Old 03-25-2009, 04:09 AM   #17
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We do live near the salt water and air and will gladly welcome tips and methods for keeping corrosion and/ or electrolysis at bay. We use a great product called tef-gel when assembling or reassembling anything that requires a steel(or stainless steel)-to -aluminum on our boat. We will be video taping our orientation-- thanks to you folks for the suggestion!

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Old 03-25-2009, 07:50 AM   #18
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Congrats! I know the feeling from when I went out to N.J. last winter to pick up my new (to me) AS. The one significant thing I've noticed so far is the difference in backing. I regularly back several types of trailers, including a boat that is larger than my AS and the AS is different. The former owner is a career long-haul trucker and he said the same thing.
I got it safely backed into the barn but it was a very slow process. As soon as the weather improves slightly so I won't mar my bright finish :-), I have a large parking lot where I'll take her for extensive backing practice. The biggest problem I have with the AS vs. my boat and others is the reduced visibility since you have a solid mass rather than being able to see partially under or around the hull of a boat.
For me, unplugging the 7-pin connector so the brakes aren't activated as I'm backing it in reduced the stress. There is enough from worrying about doing anything to damage your new "baby".

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