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Old 07-04-2007, 10:20 AM   #15
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Ouch. All that work and a few seconds of disaster.
I would recomend hand signals. Aviation hand signals. The trick is to get the director to stand where you can see thenm and they can seee where you are going.

I can attest for these too. My military pilot husband implemented these with me first off and they work well. No yelling, no divorce .

On another note, it seems to be less expensive to repair body damage to the TV than the Airstream.
We dinged up the new truck our first time backing out of a VERY narrow drive with trees on either side. We were bottoming out the back end of the trailer on the way out and were so distracted with that, that I wasn't watching the drivers side. Husband had pulled in his driver's side mirror so it wouldn't get snapped off, and he couldn't see. Oops! Oh my gosh we were sick, we got distracted! Lesson Learned!

It was under $1000 to fix .
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:08 AM   #16
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I can't believe I did it!

My wife and I always use our cell phones to back in, I could find mine quick enough so I said just yell out how I'm doing........she said STOP ....too late!

After putting in almost 400 hours restoring this thing and driving 13,000 miles this year I backed into a tree

I pulled out 90% with a suction cup, but it still needs to be replaced.

Question, I need to replace two panels the one with the tail light and the curved piece above it.

Do I need to remove the inner skins for any reason?

What years are interchangeable?

I know the curved piece must be bought but can the lower piece be easily fabricated from a flat sheet?

What salvage yards are worth calling besides Colaws?
I replaced the lower corner sections of my 71 GT using flat sheet so it is possible, But in order to make the backside "balanced" I had to do both sides. The original lower corner panels are indeed compound curved. Check out post 48 of this thread to see how I did it.http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...n-26902-4.html
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:09 PM   #17
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Hand-held FRS Radios..

While I really appreciate the notion of being rear-ended by a tree, rather than backing unwisely into a stationary object, there is another reason not to rely on cell phones or hand signals for parking.. In many parts of the country, cell phones won't work, due to excessive distance from cell towers... In the dark, hand signals aren't visible either...

We learned about backing at night in large RV park in Calif Delta over July 4th holiday (coincidentally..) where watching couples scream drunkenly at each other (apprently they stopped along the way for a beverage ) provided more entertainment than the fireworks in the sky... Several power boxes and small trees were sacrificed along the way for having attached the RV..

We started with handheld CB's, but graduated to handheld FRS radios at less than $15/pair.. Always work anywhere, easy to find and use, and voices quietly communicating about obstacles, distances and level.. Dianne can move back and forth to watch both sides and see the sneaky trees lurking near the Excursion fenders while the trailer is happily swinging into place.. Often we are told that observers find our technique effective but boring, and as Martha says - "That's a good thing!"
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Old 07-04-2007, 12:19 PM   #18
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We knew we would be setting up at out last outing after dark and decided that the hand signals would not work very well. Earlier this year we had watched Silverback & Mrs Silverback park the stinger of his HA into the reciever with the use of a FRS and thought that would be a great idea.

We get to the campsite, break out the radios and begin the process. My wife is telling me left - right and so on. Then I go to ask her a question, she can not hear me. She never let go of the transmit button.
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Old 07-04-2007, 03:37 PM   #19
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:07 PM   #20
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Must of been using Miracle Grow on them trees to make 'em grow so fast...
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:17 PM   #21
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Hi Bob,

Ouch! I feel your pain. Mine, so far has been TV related (that knocking sound is me knocking wood vigorously). Prior to buying the 67, I had a 77 ¾ ton Dodge van. (Later made a great TV) I pulled into a parking lot near Aspen and a 4 door dually pulling a 6-horse trailer was u turning in the lot. To get out of the way, I backed into a space between two parked cars. There was a pole extending into the parking low below the level of the back windows! It made an incredible, perfect, X in the right door. Exactly centered, I couldn’t have done it on purpose any better. Ruined my weekend. Glad it wasn’t either one of my trailers.

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I can't believe I did it!

My wife and I always use our cell phones to back in, I could find mine quick enough so I said just yell out how I'm doing........she said STOP ....too late!

After putting in almost 400 hours restoring this thing and driving 13,000 miles this year I backed into a tree

I pulled out 90% with a suction cup, but it still needs to be replaced.

Question, I need to replace two panels the one with the tail light and the curved piece above it.

Do I need to remove the inner skins for any reason?

What years are interchangeable?

I know the curved piece must be bought but can the lower piece be easily fabricated from a flat sheet?

What salvage yards are worth calling besides Colaws?
The quarter panel and segment are not flat stock.

They both are stretch formed.

It will be difficult to find "used" panels. Blind rivets hold those panels in place.

You cannot get to the blind rivets, unless you take the side sheet metal off first.

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Old 07-05-2007, 03:54 PM   #23
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Ouch. All that work and a few seconds of disaster.
I would recomend hand signals. Aviation hand signals. The trick is to get the director to stand where you can see thenm and they can seee where you are going.
OK Michelle, seen most of these signals on the deck but we never could hover or drop the winch from our F-14, so I guess those won't apply to the AS either, right?
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Hover an airstream?

Hover, only if you get one of those lighter vintage models.
You mean to tell me that your trailer did not come with a tail hook and a place to attach the catapult? I think you need a visit to the factory for a couple of upgrades.
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Tailhook

Now that would be a custom look! I just happen to have an extra tailhook hanging out in my garage.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:05 AM   #26
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I can't believe I did it!
You didn't!

I have seen these evil scheming trees before - they wait quietly for shiny cars and trailers and then spring to action. (Click to see in action).
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Hover, only if you get one of those lighter vintage models.
You mean to tell me that your trailer did not come with a tail hook and a place to attach the catapult? I think you need a visit to the factory for a couple of upgrades.
Some models have a "very secure" water tank.

Those owners, empty the water and fill the water tank with "Helium."

Lightens the trailer, and increases the gas mileage ten fold, or so the people from "Back to the Future" say.

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Old 07-06-2007, 10:25 AM   #28
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You didn't!

I have seen these evil scheming trees before - they wait quietly for shiny cars and trailers and then spring to action. (Click to see in action).
Janet.

You hit the "tree" right on the "trunk."

Fabulous.

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