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Old 06-18-2007, 04:02 PM   #155
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My name is Jon and I am a new member to the forum and a new owner of a 1991 32' Excella airstream trailer. I think it is in pretty good shape but I have a lot to learn about it's features. My first area of concern is raising and lowering the front tongue. The electric units raises okay but does not want to lower the front low enough for me to finish hooking up the trailer and driving w/o dragging the support beam. I am so new to this stuff, I am sure what this unit is called or how to replace or repair it. Any one have any answers?

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Old 06-19-2007, 08:20 AM   #156
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Hi Jon, welcome! Sorry, I can't help you with your electric tongue jack - both of ours rely solely on muscle power to work. You'll probably find some good info in this forum, though.

Also, check out the rally info on the Beverly Beach Bash in September. A rally is a fantastic way to meet fun people and find out about your Airstream!

Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:46 PM   #157
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Greetings Jon!

Welcome to the Forums!

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My name is Jon and I am a new member to the forum and a new owner of a 1991 32' Excella airstream trailer. I think it is in pretty good shape but I have a lot to learn about it's features. My first area of concern is raising and lowering the front tongue. The electric units raises okay but does not want to lower the front low enough for me to finish hooking up the trailer and driving w/o dragging the support beam. I am so new to this stuff, I am sure what this unit is called or how to replace or repair it. Any one have any answers?

Sincerely,

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Two thoughts that might help to locate the solution to your problem:

Check your electric jack for Manufacturer and then perform a search for troubleshooting for that make. There have been a number of threads dealing with operation, adjustment, and repair of the two most frequently installed brands.

A second thought is to check the setup on your hitch. Particularly if you are using a hitch that came with the coach there may be adjustments required to suit your particular tow vehicle. Again, a search of the Forums for your hitch brand (Reese, EasZLift, Equal-I-Zer, and Draw-Tite are among the more common budget priced alternatives often found on coaches) should result in the height and angle adjustment information for your hitch. Proper hitch height and angle are critical to a properly functioning towing lashup.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 07-15-2007, 02:24 PM   #158
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Hi my name is alan. I live in canada and am considering buying a used airstream motorhome. My job is taking me to a new city (toronto) and I am going to have to commute from my principal residence to toronto every four days. I am thinking of setting up the motor home in a trailer park within the city of toronto and I am looking for opinions as to the feasability of living in it year round. Some questions that cross my mind are; freeze protetction, toronto rountinely sees -15 c in winter, is it safe to leave the unit with heat on for extended periods, how long does a full propane tank last with the heat on, etc... I am interested in a 345 airstream motorhome
thanks very much for any advice you can pass along
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:53 AM   #159
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I've no idea what exactly I'm replying quickly to, just trying to find the proper place to introduce myself. If owning an Airstream is as complicated as this website, then maybe I'd better move on. In any case, I'm trying to decide whether one trend I've already joined -- retiring to the city -- is compatible with another: acquiring an Airstream, which would replace my underused house in the Blue Ridge mountains. I'm a design buff and minimalist so my interest is confined to the CCD models. I have a zillion questions and this is obviously the place to pose them.

Apologies if I've blundered into someone else's thread. Couldn't find a "new thread" button that worked.

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Old 07-17-2007, 09:09 AM   #160
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I hear ya on the complicated website. The search feature is pretty lame. You might try going to the top and click on forums, then scroll to find a topic you're intrested in. I don't think most people would mind if you posted a question or two on their thread, just be careful not to hijack the whole thing. When you start your own thread you'll find lots of people to help with any question you have. Some people here know everything about every airstream, and some will have the same model as you and will help based on their experience. I doubt if any year or model airstream is not represented here.

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Old 07-17-2007, 01:44 PM   #161
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Jawtex-

NEW threads are designed to be challenging to start.. You have to be in a Forum and category, so this one is OK... DOn't worry about hijacking, and do get proficient with "Search" tab above, to find previous posts first.. With several hundred thousand on file, new ones should be considered carefully..

Biggest challenge going into city like DC is storage and tow vehicle.. Finding place with access, power to keep batteries charged, options maybe for water or dumping tanks, and security are all big deals. A large truck (even a CCD will require at least a truck or SUV) is hard to park, potential risk of damage, and challenging for some of the underground garages...

All that said, having a mobile vacation home is a fine plan, if you can manage logistics.. Search here for articles on how long, proper tow vehicle, new v. slightly used v. vintage, etc etc.. You'll find large families happy in little trailers, single travelers cramped in 34' trailers, and everything in between...
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:50 PM   #162
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Starfire - That's pretty cold...

In answer to your questions, people do live in their Airstreams in cold weather, but it can be tough to leave them alone for periodds when it's cold..

1. The furnace needs to be running on propane to deliver warm air underneath floor and keep plumbing and tanks from freezing... If you left and propane ran out, all heck would freeze up. That's why most drain and shuit off and winterize their units for storage.
2. Electric heater would be comfy for inside, but not address basement heating issues.
3. Water supply would likely have to be disconnected, as hose with water won't work well below about -3 degrees C... Again, extra effort required to plan for when you can fill and drain tanks during warm spell, rather than run on local water faucet...

You could address these with supplemental large propane tank, insulated water pipe inlet with electrical wrap for heat, etc. You might ask some of the residents of Mobile Home park how they address same issues, as they have same kinds of problems living in real cold...
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Jawtex...welcome! I just wanted to offer encouragement about getting around in the forum....when I first started this forum a while back, I thought it was confusing, too...but as I have explored a bit more, it began to make perfect sense and with a little practice and perserverance, it's easier to negotiate...the more I explore the more I'm impressed with its depth and its thoughtful organization. As time moves on I am finding the info and people here worth every bit of frustration I may have had initially...it's a great bunch of folks and there's so much information and willingness to share there that it's almost overwhelming. If you really get lost or don't understand something, just ask...there are no dumb questions here, I've found. Enjoy yourself...and Happy Trails!...TB
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:51 PM   #164
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Just in the process of having this renovation. Looking for a place to park it near Park City, UT for the ski season. Any ideas on where to post?
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:08 AM   #165
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Hi, our names are Charlie and Diana and we are the PROUD owners of 2 Airstreams....Soverign 94 and Excella 95. We have had the Soveign 21 for 9 years and the Excella 30 for 1 year. We are both retired (60) and looking forward to a lot of traveling, our home base is Crowley, La. and Bay St. Louis, MS.
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Hi Charlie and Diana,
Welcome to the forums. It looks like you may be bringing with you a wealth of experience and knowlegde. Don't be afraid to share - and to ask questions if you have any. Also, photos of your airstreams are always appreciated!
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:29 PM   #167
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Ben & Liz for Morgan City, La. Have 2005 classic 31 ft. and love it, haven't joined club yet but looking forward to it. Work offshore so time is limited to local rallies only.

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Hello Everyone

I have been bitten by the camping bug and am interested in an older Airstream. Right now i have a Coleman popup.

Any suggestions on starting out with an older Airstream? I guess a diesel pickup will be best for towing.

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