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Old 09-25-2006, 11:55 PM   #99
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Boondocking is for You!

First I'd like to Welcome you here, I'm a Newbie too. I'm in the process of getting my 19' Bambi ready for my first RAlly October 20 to 22 in Lake San Antonio with a growing number of Streamers...I think the number is like 39 or so...give or take 10??? Anyway, if you are in the area you might like to drop in and see 'Wuz Up?' Lot's of fun being planned, check the threads on the NorCal Rally. I know that a few members are coming without their rigs because they're being refurbished, and they are staying in some cabins on site at the Lake . I know we'd all love to meet YOU!

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Old 09-26-2006, 07:48 AM   #100
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Welcome to the forums ! We usally check on the Woodalls website, they are pretty good.. I then follow links to the individual campgrounds websites.... We also carry a copy of the Woodalls guide with us when traveling (we often travel without reservations) and start making phone calls about an hour or two when I get tired of driving.... If we are looking to stay at a specific campground I would also post here on the forum to see if anyone else has been to the campground... I think I have a link to a campground review site..Here it is

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Old 09-26-2006, 02:57 PM   #101
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Thanks Deb. I read about the rally, and even though we won't have our new AS until Dec. we're seriously considering stopping by to check it out. We've been to the lake and what a great place for a rally-- more the kind of place we'd like to try to try our new and yet-to-be-acquired skills--not too far from home!
And DEO, we will definitely put your great tips to use. The link is going to be very helpful, as will the Woodalls.
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Old 09-26-2006, 03:09 PM   #102
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OK, I'm just figuring this out and doing a pathetic job of it. I wanted to edit in a reply to DEO, who so thoughtfully provided us with some good info., and it didn't work. So again (hopefully...) thanks DEO!
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Old 09-29-2006, 05:53 AM   #103
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how and where do i find out what type and year is my airstream?
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Old 09-29-2006, 07:58 AM   #104
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Good morning redblaze45 -- and welcome to the Forums!

Take a look at the VIN guides at the Airstream website's FAQs. Your VIN should be on your title, on a metal tag riveted to the trailer (near the door or else at front roadside?), and embossed into the steel of the A-frame.

You can cross reference to photos if you get close at the Vintage Airstream Photo Archives. Find yours?

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Old 10-02-2006, 05:14 PM   #105
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Hello to All - I'm the new owner of a 1975 Overlander 27. Just made the purchase of what some might call a salvage job! Good news is the body is in excellent condition, no dents or dings. Bad news is the interior needs alot of work - so I figure I won't be road ready for at least a year!! I don't care, I have been looking at many vintage trailers and Airstream is what I wanted. This one is a little newer than I was hoping for but better than many I considered. I paid $1500 - when I get pictures I'm gonna want everyone's opinion. I know I will be needing help and guidance in the restoration process and I have been very impressed by the willingness of all to assist! Looking forward to getting to know you all. Oh this all started with my desire to join up with the "Sister's on the Fly" - a vintage travel trailer group of women anglers. Check out their website

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Old 10-02-2006, 06:59 PM   #106
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TONI - MAC ~ Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you bought a nice project for a good price. I was at a Tin Can Rally earlier this year which was attended by a bunch of "sisters". They are a very nice group of ladies! Best of luck with your trailer. Don't forget the pictures.


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Old 10-02-2006, 07:36 PM   #107
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Thumbs up Welcome Toni Mac

Congrats on your new-to-you A/S and welcome to the forums!

It sounds like you have a great start (ie: nice exterior shell condition) to an exciting adventure.
What I know about restoration is well, just about nothing. Except what I've heard & read. One hint that makes sense to me: take care not to throw away anything you may need for a pattern to fabricate something. If you can't fix it or buy it, you'll probably have to make it! Like a cabinet door or even the whole cabinet or an arm cushion, etc. You get the picture and speaking of pictures. Be sure to take pics, lots of pics and corresponding measurments, when appropriate, before gutting the interior.

A restro scrapbook is something you're sure to treasure at projects end.

We'll be interested in watching your adventure so be sure to post some of those pics for us as you go along.

Good Luck and Happy Camping!!
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:30 PM   #108
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There may be cabins at Lake San Antonio, or other places to stay nearby.. I'd offer to bring our rarely used 6 person tent, but it is pretty basic when surrounded by people with satellite TV, tempur-pedic mattresses and hot showers going for them... You will certainly meet people who are from all over northern CA (and a few from northern southern CA..) who have stayed in lots of wonderful places..

The answer to finding nice scenic places is to either boondock (stay at competely undeveloped locations - no water/power/etc) or to aim for county and state and national parks, rather than commercial campgrounds. Manyh of these are hardly advertised, and reservations could be a challenge, but they're worth the effort. Look for thread on state parks v. commercial campgrounds for some examples.. The AAA directory is not the greatest for non-commercial camping locales, since government parks rarely pay for advertising...

There are lots of people happily traveling in diesel pusher motorhomes and enjoying on-site restaurants and 50 AMP power hookups and other amenities inside their units, so close proximity to neighbors and concrete aren't considered problems...

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Old 10-04-2006, 10:01 PM   #109
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Just purchased a 1995 Excella 25' and will be picking it up Sunday. Our 1st Airstream, but I have looked at them for years. Will be selling my old 1988 Award 23'. The stream needs a little work, headliner section needs replaced and small water leak at fresh water fill but other than that looks good with a little cleaning.
We like to bicycle rail trails around the country on recumbent tadpole trikes (two wheels in front one in back) and wanted a little bigger trailer and a good deal availed itself. Hope to be traveling the summer and wintering in Florida where I own a bike shop on a 46 mile long paved rail trail. Will make the stream available for rent during the winter while it sits on our 5 acres. The 23' Award took us over 5000 miles but soon grew out of it and hope this stream will satisfy us for years. Won't know till we try. Excited to finally be an airstream owner and will probably be on this forum with questions a plenty.
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Old 10-13-2006, 07:12 PM   #110
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Thanks for the tips, Condoluminum (love that handle...I'm going to have to ponder something more creative than my actual name...) We've been doing lots of research on camp sites and now feel that we won't have any problem finding places that suit us just fine. In fact, we checked out a few in our area (state and county parks) and found two with great ocean views and lots of space. Those will be our "maiden voyage" spots.
In the meantime, I'm stopping by the NorCal rally this Sat. and look forward to meeting some fellow streamers, checking out hitches, TVs, generators, etc.

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Old 10-14-2006, 02:33 AM   #111
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how do I start a new thread??

I cant figure out how to start a new thread? where is the top of the posts button?
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:41 AM   #112
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"...headliner section needs replaced..." Bikestreamer, congratulations on your new Airstreamer. If you have not yet, you might use the search tool on the menu bar at the top of this page using key words such as headliner replacement or droopy ceiling to see solutions that others on this forum have made for this issue. We just recently used the screws/screw covers on ours and like the quilting effect. Just a suggestion ~G

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