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Old 04-07-2007, 05:13 PM   #141
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I am new to site, and online chatting. This is our fourth airstream we now have a 1983 310 turbo diesel motorhome. Love it but lots of questions as needs things and our first motorhome.
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:47 PM   #142
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I am posting for the first time; however, I have been reading the forum for some time. I have a 27' 1974 OverLander that I have been using and fixing from my dad who, since I was the only one using it, gave it to me. I have had to fix pluming, the 12 volt DC power system, put on a new AC shell and other small items. Still many items to go!!!!

My wife calls the airstream the baked potato, but with aluminum, you can do more.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:34 AM   #143
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Mike Hohnstein here, located in the Milwaukee metro area, Germantown to be exact. I restore old vehicles, my interests are eclectic. DW and I own 2 camp ground lots at Fountain Lake RV Inc at Almond WI. Former AS park, had to allow SOBs for economic reasons. Recently updated the park power to 50 amp, a great improvement for sure.
Inventory of rolling stock includes a home built 83 Ford L8000 toter home, a 83 Wanderlodge rear bath that I have way too much money in, a 94 Newmar Londonaire fiver to be located on our land in Idaho in a couple of months, if winter ever ends and of course the newly aquired 87 34.5 AS Classic. We are the third owners and I have already started the process to install a 496 BB Chevy, 700R OD trans with GearVendors. Interior plans include updating the bath to the new fangled "international" look. I like that aluminum interior effect. Needs carpet and some of the overheads are getting a little loose but other wise is in very nice condition. Gen set only shows 200 hrs and the roof airs feature the original matching covers, I like that.
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:55 PM   #144
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Hi I am new to this but will try to explain. I used to work for Candian Pacific Railroad in Northren MN and obtained my first and only Airstream Camper it is a 1951 4015 thats all the title says. Not even sure what I have, but I love it , used it for a few years and now I an in a sitsuation that I can no longer move it around and I really can't afford at this time to fix it up , although my life dream has been to be able to live and move through life with this as my home. What can I do ? any ideas or help for me? I don't even have the means to move it myself at this time. I really don't want to sell but feel I need to move forward and looking for help or ideas. Orginal stove, fridge and table and chairs what should I do?
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Old 04-22-2007, 05:35 PM   #145
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dont know if I am doing this right. We are just in the looking stages. We first had to decide that yes, this was what we wanted and now we are looking for something small since there are just two of us.
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:48 PM   #146
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:33 PM   #147
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Question i goofed up

Sorry - the above is an incomplete post. Having a bit of trouble at this time.

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Old 04-29-2007, 08:41 PM   #148
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Hi- Hope I've hit the right button to introduce myself. I am Sarah, a 32 yr old living in Intervale New Hampshire. I just joined airstream forum to learn a little more about airstream trailors as I am currently looking for one to live in this summer. I can remember seeing an airstream as a child and thinking how "space agey" it looked, Its mercurial glimmer in the summer sun. I have always wanted one and now I am in a position to buy one. Not looking for anything too big or too perfect, between 25 and 31 feet. Somewhere in the $10,000 range. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I dont really know which way to go with it.
I am going to look at a 31 foot soveriegn, 1983. It has been parked on the coast of maine, out of doors, and I have been told it needs new levelers. Is this bad?? Does this indicate perhaps a rusty frame?? What does something like that cost to replace?? Ohhh- so much to learn.......
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Old 04-30-2007, 01:57 AM   #149
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Welcome to airforums.com Sarah. Before you plunk your money down on a "new to you" Airstream please consider the limitations of your tow vehicle. The forums members confirmed my husband's thoughts about being under powered for the size of an a/s we had found. There are lots of places here to ask Q's and read up on stuff. Do your homework before you go shopping to improve your chances of finding what you want, or perhaps more importantly, what you should AVOID.

Good Luck in your search,

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Old 06-05-2007, 11:50 AM   #150
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New to the forum and new to Airstreaming. We've got a new 23' Airstream International Signature Series 2007 model. Interestingly, this model doesn't show up on the models drop-down during forum registration.

We've had it out over Memorial Day weekend up to Casper where I planted it on my brother's driveway for the weekend.

The converter/charger doesn't seem to properly charge the twin batteries when plugged in to "shore" power. It appears it is a Paralax 7355 converter. I'm already considering upgrade to a good power supply with inverter and 3-stage charging, perhaps a Xantrex PS2000 inverter.

Solar charging would also be nice. The 23' Int'lSS is supposedly "prewired" for solar, which I gather just means there are some #10 wires brought up to some location on the roof.

Other first impressions - this is a very nice trailer with a very attractive floor plan, lots of window, skylight and ceiling vent areas (two Fantastic Fans).

The pre-wired sound system and TV are not up to snuff - all will require upgrades. Lots of hum and extraneous noise emits from what appear to be essentially 6" round car speakers. Some of these stray noises may be from the converter/charger.

The Sony car stereo "head" unit won't pick up my favorite low-power station (KUVO over a translator) here in Laramie, WY. All my car systems receive KUVO just fine at my home location. Other locations around Laramie can be iffy.

The basic electrical system is disappointing. Lots of upgrading and improvement will need to be done.

The cheap factory converter is disappointing in a new premium trailer. Apparently most users don't anticipate many nights away from hook-ups. "Boondocking" will be our primary use of the trailer. We did get a Yamaha 2800 watt generator. Its OK - fairly quiet, but stinky to operate. Upgraded 12 volt system including Xantrex 200 watt inverter/charger, true deep-cycle battery bank and solar charging will be priorities as resources permit.

Gas appliances seem to work fine - refrig, furnace, water heater, although we haven't used any of the stuff much yet.

Interior fit and finish could be better - lots of unsanded plywood edges. The cabinetry is not real wood - its all MDF with plastic facing. Again, not really what one might expect in a premium trailer.

But the overall design (architecturally speaking) is good. We like it very much in spite of my comments above.

Engineering positives include the frame and structure of the basic trailer. It appears Airstreams have a good axle system, appropriately located water tanks right at the dual axles, insulated bottom including the tanks, etc.

The trailer tows better than I might have expected. We got the Equal-i-zer hitch with it at the dealer and it works very well. The electric hitch jack, however, doesn't appear to be designed to lift both the trailer tongue and the rear of the towing vehicle in order to install the big Equal-i-zer bars. The dealer's service man blew the fuse on the jack while hooking up initially. I suspect the battery voltage was not good even then. I have a little floor jack that I carry in the truck that has proven to be handy to assist with this.

Cheers everyone. We look forward to enjoying our Airstream for many years and learning from forum members and fellow Airstreamers.

John M. Harrison & Doris L. Hutcheson
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:36 PM   #151
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John, welcome to the forums and thanks for posting your thoughts about your new Airstream! Here's a thread you might want to check out to see other users' impressions of the 2007s. Good luck and do keep us posted on how things go. I'm also interested in hearing about your upcoming camping trips!
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:43 PM   #152
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This is intended for Wolflady above, in case she didn't get any other responses by private messages..

The trailer you have is not a "4051", that is most likley the serial number that was put on the title... The model would have had a name associated. The entire serial number with letters from the ID plate on the trailer would allow some members here to identify it better.

Painful as it is, if you can't tow it or move it, I'd recommend trying to sell it while you can still deal with it. Maybe friends or family or others might buy it and let you continue to enjoy it from time to time. If that fails, letting it sit and deteriorate won't help you or the trailer...

As for moving it around, if you have no tow vehicle, or driving limitations, there are members in Minnesota (try searching for members under member list tab above) who might help you move it to a location where you could show it or sell it. The classifieds here woul dbe a good place to get exposure, and sell it to someone who might fix it and enjoy it as well.
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:12 AM   #153
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I am obviously new to this forum. I am Wisconsin and I am looking to possible purchase an Airstream. However, first of all I need to sell my 1970 Glastron (yes the boat company) motor home. Look forward to participating in this forum.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:26 AM   #154
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Hi- Hope I've hit the right button to introduce myself. I am Sarah, a 32 yr old living in Intervale New Hampshire. I just joined airstream forum to learn a little more about airstream trailors as I am currently looking for one to live in this summer. I can remember seeing an airstream as a child and thinking how "space agey" it looked, Its mercurial glimmer in the summer sun. I have always wanted one and now I am in a position to buy one. Not looking for anything too big or too perfect, between 25 and 31 feet. Somewhere in the $10,000 range. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I dont really know which way to go with it.
I am going to look at a 31 foot soveriegn, 1983. It has been parked on the coast of maine, out of doors, and I have been told it needs new levelers. Is this bad?? Does this indicate perhaps a rusty frame?? What does something like that cost to replace?? Ohhh- so much to learn.......
As one who rushed the purchase I suggest at the very least getting some understanding of the weak points, like plywood structural material and frame corrosion, before buying.
That said, good used Airstreams are quite often purchased by the first viewer.
Good luck.
Just noticed the post date, they don't call me fastrob for nothing.
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