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Old 03-11-2017, 11:20 AM   #491
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Advice needed for first timer

Well, we did it! Bought our first AS, a 2003 Safari,25'! I stumbled upon it at a local dealer when going to look at one that was for Chemical Sensitivity, but this one is fine for my husband! It s getting new LED bulbs put in, new batteries, etc. this week before we bring it home. I'm certain there's a suggestion list of what newbies should have, but haven't found it yet, if anyone know where it is, appreciated! We are familiar with old RV's, and horse trailers with living quarters, so not totally in the dark, but we are new to the AS family! We will be pulling it with our 2003 F250.
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:43 AM   #492
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Congrats and welcome!

This link (hopefully) brings you to a list of checklists and other help specifically geared toward newbies - frankly, helpful for oldies too!

https://www.google.com/search?q=newb...iw=375&bih=628
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:54 PM   #493
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New to site, new to Airstream...Advice please

I too am a newbie...Picking up my new trailer on Wednesday. As I am inexperienced with AS lifestyle, I wanted to say hello and look forward to reading and learning. The AS is a 27FB and the TV will be a 2012 GMC Yukon XL (4 wheel available) when needed. Anyone see any problems? Thanks, Scott
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:46 PM   #494
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Just purchased my first Airstream

I have been wanting an Airstream for years and finally purchased one. It is a 1976 31' Excella. I am very excited to get it back in shape and to take my family out camping. As far as I can tell it is mostly all original which is what I was looking for. Now its time to work on getting everything working as it did when it was new. Look forward to finding some good info on the forum to help me get things back in working order. My name is Michael and I live in North Mississippi.
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:36 PM   #495
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Hi,
Just joined the forum and a wee bit excited to be buying our 2014 16' Sport this weekend. This looks like a great place to learn from experienced folks who have got some things already figured out. I'm sure I'll be looking through many of the threads to find answers to questions that will come up.
The good wife & I will be off Friday on our 6 plus hour drive to make the deal and trust all will go smoothly. Having been backpackers, bikers, and rafters most of our lives, the design and conveniences of the little Sport will feel like we are high styling it. Looking forward to many years of seeing this great country with our new cocoon from our home base of Boise ID.
Cheers!
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:07 PM   #496
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Excella 1000, new owner--where is VIN?

Sorry for being an idiot--trying first steps on how to post to various forums. I need to figure out where VIN # is on this puppy! (Used to have 1969 International: I found, bought, repaired, and left down in Kerrville, TX for semi-annual music festival. Alas, I left it for my EX and am starting anew.)

So just bought, ostensibly, a 1990 Excella 1000. Wow, a bit more complicated than 1969!

Sheesh, I feel like an idiot not being able to find VIN plate! (Although, just had surgery, so I'm not as good on scampering around.)

Any help on locating VIN plate, so I can work on title bond--no title, of course, would be much appreciated.

(Also, I'm sure I'll figure out how to start a new thread, or more likely post to an existing one, but so far not so transparent on HELP section of site.)

Thanks so much in advance,
Chris
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:19 PM   #497
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Sorry for being an idiot--trying first steps on how to post to various forums. I need to figure out where VIN # is on this puppy! (Used to have 1969 International: I found, bought, repaired, and left down in Kerrville, TX for semi-annual music festival. Alas, I left it for my EX and am starting anew.)

So just bought, ostensibly, a 1990 Excella 1000. Wow, a bit more complicated than 1969!

Sheesh, I feel like an idiot not being able to find VIN plate! (Although, just had surgery, so I'm not as good on scampering around.)

Any help on locating VIN plate, so I can work on title bond--no title, of course, would be much appreciated.

(Also, I'm sure I'll figure out how to start a new thread, or more likely post to an existing one, but so far not so transparent on HELP section of site.)

Thanks so much in advance,
Chris
I think you'll find the VIN stamped on a plate riveted to the front of your trailer to one side or the other (not centered, in other words.) It'll probably be fairly low on the trailer, and include your GVWR, original tire size, etc. and have the VIN toward the bottom of the tag.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:32 AM   #498
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We just received our new little Bambi Sport 16. After serious issues with the brake hook-up we are excited to begin our first adventure to Hocking Hills, Ohio and Ohiopyle, PA. If anyone has any questions on brakes for a Mercedes ML350 I have some answers:-)
We can't wait to begin our trip!!! Wish us luck:-)
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:57 PM   #499
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Been dreaming about owning an airstream since camping with my parents years ago.
Very excited to be picking up my preowned 2014 25fb next week!
Gonna be be a long road trip
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Old 05-29-2017, 10:40 PM   #500
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Wish we had researched this forum before we bought it! New furnace, water pump, and axles/brakes later, I finally feel like it's getting roadworthy (can't believe I towed it home after buying it with those brakes).
Oh- and don't get me started on the "rear end separation"...
I'm so glad to be part of the AS family now- hope to learn much more and contribute where we can.
I actually installed my first pop rivet today- so easy. Does this make me a "1 rivet member" yet, or do I need to install some real "buck" rivets?

By the way, is there a list of all the AS terminology? (eg "banana wraps"). I'm learning slowly (banana are the curved underbody panels in front and rear), but a list could really get me down the learning curve faster while reading these forums.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:05 PM   #501
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Hello
My name is Kent, I live in northern IN. I own a 1977 Argosy 24' motorhome. Not sure what I want to do with it, but I am leaning towards a restoration, although I may consider selling it. Would love you hear other members. Thanks
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Old 10-16-2017, 01:56 PM   #502
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To anyone who is a "First Timer"

The Airstream community is rather unique. We tend to tolerate some of the idiosyncrasies of owning a part of American history, and yet it may be due to that one fact that most of the folks are extremely willing to be of any assistance they can, whether it be by advice, actually offering a helping hand, or guiding one to a place where a solution to a problem can be found.

The learning curve of "RVing" is fairly steep initially, but then it becomes one of simply being cautious and taking things slowly. I heard one word of advice about dumping waste tanks I will repeat, if not for good advice, but maybe a bit of humor. This is the rule: Before removing the cap on the waste discharge pipe, the big 4" one, make certain both of the holding tank shutoffs are closed. The results are not pleasant should one not follow this simple rule.

Anyway, if a question is in one's mind, there may be a thread already addressing this, if not, simply post your question as thousands have done in the past. Good luck.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:11 AM   #504
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