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Old 11-28-2014, 09:49 PM   #1
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Question Time to chime in.

Greetings fellow streamers. I have been a voyeur to the forums ever since we got our rig three years ago. Now I feel that I can contribute to the community and need guidance on setting up my profile. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Please check out what I have so far and offer any improvements.

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Old 11-30-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Hi Ampman! Judging from your avatar, you're talking serious AMPS! Way more than the 15 amps I'm comfortable around. Be careful up there.

Welcome to the Forums. This is a little like Airstream facebook! You will be helpful to others with your three years experience with your Airstream. Your profile ought to spec your Airstream and maybe your tow vehicle. You don't need very much in your profile. You can share what you want. I keep my police record private! Check out the User CP tab at the top of the home page. There is all kinds of stuff there.

So you have one of those years where filiform corrosion might be an issue. And one of those years where there might be a leak at the rear body to frame joint, causing subfloor damage. Maybe you have read about how to mitigate those problems.

Again, welcome... I'm sending some cooler weather your way. Refreshing Minnesota cool breeze.

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Old 11-30-2014, 10:20 PM   #3
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Looks like you have it figured out how to update the profile... what else do you want help with? You will gain 'rivets' assigned to your ID after you have a number of posts..
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:14 PM   #4
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Hi Ampman! Judging from your avatar, you're talking serious AMPS! Way more than the 15 amps I'm comfortable around. Be careful up there.

Welcome to the Forums. This is a little like Airstream facebook! You will be helpful to others with your three years experience with your Airstream. Your profile ought to spec your Airstream and maybe your tow vehicle. You don't need very much in your profile. You can share what you want. I keep my police record private! Check out the User CP tab at the top of the home page. There is all kinds of stuff there.

So you have one of those years where filiform corrosion might be an issue. And one of those years where there might be a leak at the rear body to frame joint, causing subfloor damage. Maybe you have read about how to mitigate those problems.

Again, welcome... I'm sending some cooler weather your way. Refreshing Minnesota cool breeze.

David
Thanks for the reply. Big Amps for sure but nothing much really when you've been doing it for so long. Yes we have the usual leaks and minor corrosion but no worries. I do all my own repairs and enjoy the challenges. Still working and travel every chance we get so never a dull moment.
Thanks for the cold air.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. Big Amps for sure but nothing much really when you've been doing it for so long. Yes we have the usual leaks and minor corrosion but no worries. I do all my own repairs and enjoy the challenges. Still working and travel every chance we get so never a dull moment.
Thanks for the cold air.
Your Airstream should be past due for some sewer vent pipe cover gaskets, as they only last 2 to 3 years.

Most repairs, as you know, are rather easy.

The tough part, is learning when something needs attention, before real trouble.

The hard way, is never the pleasant way.

Rigid PM, is the only way to go, which in itself, can be a lot of fun, as you obviously have already experienced more than once.

Airstreaming can be a lot of great fun, when the PM is followed.

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Old 12-02-2014, 06:36 AM   #6
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It's always helpful to have a "hands on guy" participate in these Air Forums. Diagnosing a problem and recommending an action is the type of thing I look for. I've been helped by many folks as I try to figure out what's going on with my trailer. I remember the advice I got while trying to remove 48 year old rusty sub-floor elevator bolts. "Just grab them with a vice grip from underneath and wiggle them until they break." An easy and quick solution I hadn't thought of.

I hope you enjoy participating with your travel and maintenance experiences.

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Old 12-02-2014, 08:36 PM   #7
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Your Airstream should be past due for some sewer vent pipe cover gaskets, as they only last 2 to 3 years.

Most repairs, as you know, are rather easy.

The tough part, is learning when something needs attention, before real trouble.

The hard way, is never the pleasant way.

Rigid PM, is the only way to go, which in itself, can be a lot of fun, as you obviously have already experienced more than once.

Airstreaming can be a lot of great fun, when the PM is followed.

Andy
Thanks Andy! I have always appreciated your input on the Forums. I do enjoy taking care of my own repairs and maintenance that I can handle myself. I also would have no problem turning it over to the pros for things like curved segment repair and such if needed. My only regret about getting into RVing is not doing it sooner. Got to make up for lost time!
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Thanks Andy! I have always appreciated your input on the Forums. I do enjoy taking care of my own repairs and maintenance that I can handle myself. I also would have no problem turning it over to the pros for things like curved segment repair and such if needed. My only regret about getting into RVing is not doing it sooner. Got to make up for lost time!
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Welcome to Airstreaing and it's fantastic joys and unfortunately, those sometimes not very nice surprises.

Caring for the trailer, is very important, and in time, you will appreciate the efforts that you gave your trailer.

Got a problem or a question, ask away.

Then weigh the opinions and facts and let those that you select, be your guide.

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Old 12-02-2014, 08:56 PM   #9
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It's always helpful to have a "hands on guy" participate in these Air Forums. Diagnosing a problem and recommending an action is the type of thing I look for. I've been helped by many folks as I try to figure out what's going on with my trailer. I remember the advice I got while trying to remove 48 year old rusty sub-floor elevator bolts. "Just grab them with a vice grip from underneath and wiggle them until they break." An easy and quick solution I hadn't thought of.

I hope you enjoy participating with your travel and maintenance experiences.

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"Hands On" is what I do for better or worse. If its already broken then there's no harm in breaking it more by trying to fix it. Besides how else will you learn how it works or is put together if you don't try? I want to be able to fix anything on the road that would interfere with our travels. I really enjoy routine wheel bearing service and tire maintenance and I wont leave the house with out spares of everything. Proper maintenance and repair expertise builds confidence and makes for a more relaxing trip. Thanks.
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"Hands On" is what I do for better or worse. If its already broken then there's no harm in breaking it more by trying to fix it. Besides how else will you learn how it works or is put together if you don't try? I want to be able to fix anything on the road that would interfere with our travels. I really enjoy routine wheel bearing service and tire maintenance and I wont leave the house with out spares of everything. Proper maintenance and repair expertise builds confidence and makes for a more relaxing trip. Thanks.
Carrying spares for many things, is great.

But.....................when it comes to Mama, no spares allowed.

Learning how to do many things with an Airstream, is not that difficult.

Unfortunately though, some folks jump in, only to find out, that they should have asked a question or two, before, they started.

Something that also helps to a very large degree, is the Airstream Service manual. It doesn't answer everything, but does answer many important things. It's a great cheap investment. They are not available for every year, but can still be a huge helper, even if the manual is a couple of years different.

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Carrying spares for many things, is great.

But.....................when it comes to Mama, no spares allowed.

Learning how to do many things with an Airstream, is not that difficult.

Unfortunately though, some folks jump in, only to find out, that they should have asked a question or two, before, they started.

Something that also helps to a very large degree, is the Airstream Service manual. It doesn't answer everything, but does answer many important things. It's a great cheap investment. They are not available for every year, but can still be a huge helper, even if the manual is a couple of years different.

Andy
I couldn't agree more. Actually mama requires me to be prepared for anything and everything. She actually queries me on if I have loaded everything before each trip. I guess she doesn't want to get stranded either. The manuals are always on board and all of my tools are on the truck. I usually study the task at hand to the extreme before I tear into anything now a days. The internet and you tube has made research so much easier and decision making clearer on what jobs are better left to the pros. I grew up with out that kind of help and had to learn it the good old fashioned way by getting your hands dirty. Thanks Andy.
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I couldn't agree more. Actually mama requires me to be prepared for anything and everything. She actually queries me on if I have loaded everything before each trip. I guess she doesn't want to get stranded either. The manuals are always on board and all of my tools are on the truck. I usually study the task at hand to the extreme before I tear into anything now a days. The internet and you tube has made research so much easier and decision making clearer on what jobs are better left to the pros. I grew up with out that kind of help and had to learn it the good old fashioned way by getting your hands dirty. Thanks Andy.
Check lists are always something that works very well, and usually when we least suspect it.

People forget, check lists don't forget.

Make sure Mama includes you on the check list, just in case something needs attention.

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