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Old 04-27-2006, 05:41 PM   #29
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help!!

I keep tryinng to post a classified and when it down loads it just goes back to step one of creating a listing- I have tried it 3 times- arghhhhh! help
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:01 PM   #30
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Yo soverign boy, I did the same thing, but got a pretty good one. The best thing I have found sinse the big girl's birthday was to look at the web page for DIY network. They are still showing sections of their earlier program where they redo a 1970 airstream. Some good ideas, and maybe some good suggestions for how to do some of that work you have found necessary. Good luck with your silver bullet. Captain
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Old 05-05-2006, 11:11 AM   #31
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Hi everybody, I could use your advice about obtaining an Airstream. I have held a rather romantic view of selling up and travelling the world in an airstream trailer for some time. It all started when I went to a country show, and saw a huge RV. At the time I thought that was for me, but over the years I have thought about it and concluded that if I were to park one of these in a campsite, what would happen if I wanted to go shopping? or go for a drive? I would have to unhitch and drive into town . I have now decided that a trailer is the answer. I have deduced that Airstream trailers appear robust and have a good pedigree (Unless you know better). I can retire in two years at the age of 52 and have no children. I have loved travelling and would like to do more. I have seen the Airstreams around America and they appear iconic of the American dream. I would welcome your views . I have recently read on the internet that the newer Airstreams are not as well made as the old ones, is that true ? or is this a report from a disgruntled competitor. please get back to me. I intend to hire one to find out for myself but could still use your advice. Regards Gazz
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:39 AM   #32
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Thumbs up Well yes new here and to Airstream

Bought this year a 2001 Landyacht XC360. LOVE this thing! Our first overnighter was in my Dad's driveway and we were real glad we din't leave it, woke up on travel day to snow and alot of wind. 1st trip was to Atlanta GA and WOW! We now have 4 or 5 3+day trips planned and get bummed that we stay home for a weekend. Love the coach, more comfortable in it than at home. Finally looking at fultiming in a realistic fashion. Our first set of "living aboard" research would have been on a 60' houseboat. One yacht for another!
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:59 AM   #33
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Hi Folks,
My name is James and am a Firefighting Pilot who lives in a 1979 Excella 500 during the fire season from May until October in Northwestern Ontario Canada. I purchased my Airstream from a dealer in Southern Ontario in early 2003. Everything worked okay for the first summer, but at the beginning of the 2004 season the Dometic fridge packed it in, then at the beginning of the 2005 season the AC unit on top packed it in. Luckily I was able to get the AC fixed easily, but the fridge was another matter. Apparently the only way to fix it is by having it recharged or replaced. I am hoping someone may be able to tell me if there is a company that could recharge my fridge for me in Ontario or Manitoba. I can't really afford a replacement at this time or in the near future. ( I am using a small electric fridge for the time being) Also, I would like to restore or refurbish the interior at some point and would welcome any and all advice on this topic. I have grown to believe that the Dealer I bought this unit from actually rebuilt it from a bunch of parts, (especially the interior) then unloaded it on a pigeon like me. I admit I didn't know much about what to look for when buying used, but I was really keen on Airstreams, both for the design and I hoped they would maintain a good resale value. Anyway, I am hoping that I can eventually restore or refurbish mine either to keep it or sell it. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:04 AM   #34
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How did it pack it in?

Hoop-

Welcome and sorry to hear of problems... Now that you've registered, you can use "SEARCH" feature in blue bar above to look for "Dometic" or refrigerator posts, of which there are hundreds..

Before sending you off, several things to consider and possibly try..

1. Most dealers and service shops prefer sellling new refrigerators to fixing old ones.. Not evil or bad, just fact of life in business, as repairs can be expensive and if it fails again the shop might have to continue working on it and lose money.
2. There are several failure modes. You didn't describe which hit yours...
a. Yellow powdery stuff on coils in back, smells of ammonia (It's DEAD!)
b. Works on 110V AC Power, but not gas (burner/propane/flue problems)
c. Starts up and quits within 24 hours, or won't start in either mode (Bad Control Board ($150 CAD)
d. Wiring failure or blown fuse/circuit breaker to back side of refrigerator

The control board failures are actually quite common, and you can potentially replace the board yourself with Dinosaur brand replacement unit, for less than 10% of cost of new refrigerator. Try to isolate the cause of the problem, and work with search feature to find messages here from people who've addressed those problems. If unit is going to be stationary summer home and has 110V electricity, you may get away with mini-fridge for a while...

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Old 05-10-2006, 11:39 AM   #35
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John,
Thanks for the reply and advice. WRT the fridge, it won't work in either mode, and both service people I had look at it told me that the rust inhibitor has crystallized inside or something and the coil or tubing on the back of the fridge is obstructed preventing the chemicals from flowing. It used to make a bunch of bubbling noises when I tried to start it up and it never got cold. Now nothing happens except the red light on the front comes on after about 30 sec. Will check out the forum as you mentioned. Thanks again.
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Old 05-10-2006, 02:23 PM   #36
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Still not hopeless...

I see you have jumped onto DOmetic Refrigerator thread, so I'll post a couple names of service shops over there...

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Old 05-16-2006, 06:13 AM   #37
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Hello!

Hi,

I stumbled upon this site like Alice in Wonderland. Didn't realize all the excitement about Airstreams until
I purchased on recently. See it was meant as storage space and studio for me (knitwear design and textile arts) and looked better than a backyard cabana. Now I just want to restore it and start travelling! Maybe I can become a travelling knitwear designer.

Anyway the trailer is in good shape, or so it seems, but only time will tell. I only cared about it being waterproof when I bought it. The cabinetry is original although painted, the twin bed cradles are there, it boasts a lime green gas oven but all the upholstery is gone.

I'm looking forward to meet you and hear your stories.
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:22 AM   #38
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Hi Northerngal and welcome to the forums! Good luck with your restoration and future journeys.
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Old 05-19-2006, 12:13 PM   #39
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Hi and welcome to the Forums. This introduction Sub-forum is the place to introduce yourself to the rest of the community and try out your first post. Tell us about your trailer or if you've just begun to look for one, how long you've had it, etc - we want to know!

The Forum is divided into subsections, each with a different topic. If you have questions about a specific issue, say "how do i fix my furnace", please post those questions in the appropriate sub-forum.

To post an introduction, click on the "new thread button at the top of the posts list and have at it.

Welcome aboard.
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The rivets indicate how many posts you've made (not read...)

You can track progress from New Member to first rivet quickly, Rivet Master indicates several hundred posts...

Welcome, and keep posting to earn more rivets...

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Old 05-26-2006, 07:18 PM   #41
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Hi, after months of following Airstream prices on eBay, I finally took the plunge and won an auction for a 1977 Ambassador. The outside is in pretty good shape, though the interior needs some work! First step is to replace the gaskets and seals and make it watertight; the plan is to have it ready to travel in the fall... This forum looks like a great place for ideas and tips. Thanks.
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Old 05-27-2006, 11:36 AM   #42
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Hi all. I've owned my 1973 31' Soveriegn Airstream for exactly 3 hours now, and I'm totally excited. I have many memories in my childhood in a 26 foot Caravan back in the early and mid-60's, as my dad was an designer/engineer in the Jackson Center, Ohio Airstream plant. He was good friends with Wally. We always had a trailer demo to take on trips, caravans, etc. to try out his designs. We went on several 2 month long carvans to Alaska, Hershey Penn., went to rallies, and spent many a summer in an Airstream in my grandfathers side yard in Ohio. Now, I'm middle-aged, finally with one of my own. My dad has a beautiful motorhome he built back in the 1970's. He left Airstream in the late 60's and started a company called Mobilux. He built several thousand and kept one for himself. He'll be able to help my husband and I with much of the work we need to do on this one I just bought. My husband and I have decided to move from Florida to east Tennessee and get an early start on our retirement cabin in the mountains. The first thing we need to work on is the frig. The dometic frig does not work, and the furnace pilot lite won't stay lit. We may be utilizing this forum for help. We'll be chatting later, I'm sure.
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