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Old 08-04-2004, 12:24 PM   #29
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here's my two words - preventative maintenance. We've towed our 62 Overlander 12,000 miles in the last eighteen months (just got back from the Rocky Mtn VAC rally ) and the only problem we have encountered is a faulty water heater thermostat (should have caught that one). Inspite of the troubles now and then it is definately worth it.
Hey 62 Overlander...speaking of the Rocky Mtn VAC, were Ron and Tony (Tin Can Luv) there? I can't seem to find an update on their trailer delivery to Las Vegas.
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Old 08-04-2004, 12:39 PM   #30
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I'm not sure - I didn't get meet everyone. What is their trailer. I'm better at recalling trailers than names. It was great - Airstreams everywhere.
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Old 08-04-2004, 12:42 PM   #31
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I'm not sure - I didn't get meet everyone. What is their trailer. I'm better at recalling trailers than names. It was great - Airstreams everywhere.
Actually, they were trailer-less. I guess I'll have to search around and see if I can find an update.

Can't wait to attend my first rally!
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Old 08-04-2004, 12:55 PM   #32
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This was our first rally and it was more fun than I would have ever thought. Met lots of great people afflicted with the same aluminum induced disease and came back with the attitude that there is nothing shameful about owning more than one Airstream. The Colorado rockies made the perfect backdrop and the weather was a perfect getaway from Texas. I'll definately be at next years rally.
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Old 08-04-2004, 02:10 PM   #33
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Like a lot of people here, I purchased my trailer and worked on it off and on for a year before our maiden voyage.

We went for a full hookup place and did not know what to expect. We had never owned a trailer before. The campgrounds bathroom was broken the entire time and we ended having to shower and everything in our trailer.

Turned out to be a good thing because now we do the exclusivly because its a lot easier and cleaner.

Another problem we had was the water heater. It kept cycling on and off but never heated the water. We had to microwave bath water for the baby. That's right we did our fist trip with our 5 month old!

We must have liked it because we have been going ever since and learn more each time.

As far as problems, they are not limited to old airstreams. A friend of mine has a $70,000 desiel pusher and has to constantly fix things. He was using it the other week and had water dripping down on him from the AC.

As they say, just do it and ask questions here. You'll be a rivet master in no time.
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Old 08-04-2004, 02:20 PM   #34
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Annette,
Since you already have lots of advice I won't offer any. Just a word of encouragment. Our trailer did not move for the first 10 months we had it! I had to consult the forum daily on any variety of things. I was so afraid to drive the thing - but by the time I did I could recite a list of every possible complication and 3 ways to avoid each. If you're worried you're smart enough to figure it out. Have a good time-we do now that we've finally left the driveway!!

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Old 08-04-2004, 02:46 PM   #35
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...If you're worried you're smart enough to figure it out.

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Excellent, Most excellant dude ! Actually that is an insightful statement. We have a member of our unit that lives (& often fails) on the euphemism: "ignorance is bliss"!
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Old 08-04-2004, 04:56 PM   #36
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Go for it, you will love the life. I bought my 28' 1995 Excella in December and my tow vehicle in February. Never towed a thing until I hooked Mariposa to my Suburban and headed to the nearest RV park to play house. The good people around me helped me when they could see I was standing there in a quandry. I learned all about what to do when you first pull into a camp ground. I learned WHAT NOT TO DO first also. Lots of laughter and questions but I survived.

Just got back from a 3 week trip to Colorado, over Monarch Pass. Loved every minute of it. Had car problem, made it into an RV park, car towed to nearest town and the people in the RV spot next to me invited me over for a drink. Thought I needed one, they were so right.

I am 68 years old and have not looked back at all. This is a new road for me and I am so glad I took it. So much help on this forum. I am a loner and loving it. If I can do it anyone can. I will go fulltime at the end of the year and can't wait.

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Old 08-04-2004, 09:31 PM   #37
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Old 08-05-2004, 10:45 AM   #38
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Smile Guess what....!

We've had our 2003 Bambi for 3 summers now, and we haven't killed anyone yet! And believe me, that's saying something, since our ignorant dealer didn't tell us we needed a brake controller, sway bar and weight distribution hitch! We were sailing along in Canada in a storm and were lucky not to hit the car in front of us when it came to an abrupt halt.

Reading all these "issues" is scary, but it puts enough caution in you to ensure you at least do the things you need to do to be safe. That's the most important thing. The real encouragement lies in the fact that, when you camp with other folks (AS or otherwise) you'll find out there's hardly a stupid mistake you can make that someone else hasn't already made! Just listen to their advice, take what you want from it, and enjoy your camper! Once you've camped a few times, you'll get the hang of it...i.e., once you've had to take a cold shower, you'll remember to turn the hot water heater on while you're setting up .

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Old 08-05-2004, 11:46 AM   #39
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You guys are awesome!

Hey tnsue, I'm going full-time too (solo), as soon as my house sells (although I will have to keep working - unless I win the lottery ). So keep in touch. Do you have a plan as to where you are heading? I take a lot of encouragement from your story, thanks.

And Kentucky Girl, what a stupid dealer indeed. I've been a member of this forum for about a year - the smartest thing I've ever done.

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Old 08-05-2004, 03:54 PM   #40
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...speaking of the Rocky Mtn VAC, were Ron and Tony (Tin Can Luv) there? I can't seem to find an update on their trailer delivery to Las Vegas.
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Actually, they were trailer-less. I guess I'll have to search around and see if I can find an update.
Tony & Ron did show-up at the rally, I think on Sunday...with the trailer, but that's their story to tell.

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Old 08-05-2004, 03:57 PM   #41
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Tony & Ron did show-up, I think on Sunday...with the trailer, but that's their story to tell.

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OMG, I can't stand the suspense! Where are those boys???
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Hey Annette! Sounds like you've got a lot of support. Let me know if you need any help with the truck - I am in Eugene at the moment and may be headed up through PDX soon. All systems functioning (somewhat) as advertised. Life on the road is great!

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