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Old 03-05-2008, 03:34 PM   #15
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You all have inspired me with your suggestions.

crazylev: what converter is that?

It has been so long since I've been out in the Bambi. It really makes me sad.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:21 PM   #16
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I'll probably get hackecd up pretty hard on this one...

When we have a doubt as to how the twink will fare, we stop and I get in the twink while Donna does whatever we're concerned about. After riding in it on a relatively smooth surface for 10 minutes, comparing it to some rough road is pretty straight forward.

We've taken the twink on some pretty nasty forest roads without obvious ill effects.

I'm with Goin Camping... enjoy - that's what we have 'em for
If I can talk wifey into that, I think that would be a good idea. She actually rode in the back one time at a campground. Said she couldn't believe the amount of vibration and movement back there.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:58 PM   #17
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Rambn,

It is the unit that is just under the tall closet. It has the circuit breakers and fuses in it. Between vanity and oven.

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Old 03-05-2008, 05:02 PM   #18
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Welcom rambn!
You've gottin some sage advise from experienced streamers.

I too drag around my 28 footer into the back woods.
Yes it get scratched. Yes it can be upsetting, but only momentarely

Just take it nice and easy, and enjoy!

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Old 03-05-2008, 06:08 PM   #19
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Hey Rambn,

A group of us from CA. & AZ. are going boondocking at Quartzsite March 14,15,16. Let me know if you want to join in. It'll only be a couple of miles of maintained dirt road.

If when you enter your 19 ft There is a big wood door that opens to your pantry on your immediate left. Check those screws! Airstream uses the dinkiest screws for that rather heavy door. You don't want to know how I learned this.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:16 PM   #20
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Had the same problem with my 76 Sovereign doors going down the hall. They used the little pivot hinges and we have replaced them twice. These doors are too heavy for me to move alone, so I know what I'm talking about. We just gave up on the tiny pivot hinges and went with 4 cabinet hinges to keep the doors hanging where they belong. I'll tell you how we learned this. Bob ran over a curb towing this 31ft trailer home from Michigan. He was use to the 24ft and misjudged the turn.
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Can you say "Rockdockin"?--its the best!
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:34 PM   #22
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Hey Rambn,

A group of us from CA. & AZ. are going boondocking at Quartzsite March 14,15,16. Let me know if you want to join in. It'll only be a couple of miles of maintained dirt road.

If when you enter your 19 ft There is a big wood door that opens to your pantry on your immediate left. Check those screws! Airstream uses the dinkiest screws for that rather heavy door. You don't want to know how I learned this.
this time is a solo trip (well, the dog is coming with). Maybe in the summer? Taking our 5-6 weeks to airstream then. during july-august.

thanks for the invite!
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:51 PM   #23
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Update!

Well, I found a nice spot in the Anza-Borrego SP to boondock. It was about a mile south of Hwy S2, down a washboard road. As soon as I pulled into my spot, I hurried back to the Airstream, opened the door and to my surprise nothing had fallen apart or broken. Cool.

I stayed for 5 days and didn't even fill tanks to capacity or use all my freshwater, but I was alone, so that helped on that front.

There were spectacular panoramic views and long barefoot walks in the cool morning sand, admist a desert floor in full bloom.

Already planning my next boondocking adventure, which will be in the mountains towards San Diego.

The satisfaction of camping for free is something you can't buy.

thanks again for all the feedback.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:31 PM   #24
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Build up the Confidence by Rockdocking

Hi Rambn: I am usually browsing the Western Boondocking and you will find some references to Rockdocking. There are some excellent posts with advice from toilet paper unrolling to using rope to tie cabinet handles shut on rough roads.

Bees are the least of your worries. Your pups will learn not to snap at the bees after being stung once. We have two Blue Heelers and that is how they learned. They also have a natural fear of snakes that are aggressive... like rattlers that coil up and look agitated!

I sense you are a woman traveling (the two dogs are the big clue), but if you can hook up a trailer the rest is just experience. It is not fear, it is inexperience and caution you are feeling. After breaking in some improved gravel to improved dirt you will be able to handle two ruts on a western grassland. If you back over shopping carts at the grocery, drive over curbs without a trailer in tow, you will need to practice where your wheels are tracking. This prevents losing the plumbing, as was mentioned earlier. Watching for brush and branches dragging along the Airstream is a must, and carrying a sharp bow saw is a must off the asphalt.

Carry some tools to tighten fixtures and hinges. They always... always will need attention off the asphalt. Keep some spare wood screws to replace those that have fallen out and cannot be found. They will reappear at the next stop! Go to Western Boondocking to get the feel of off the beaten path travel. The pups will love the open country and bees or not, nothing will happen.
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My wife and I were talking today about the damage that washboard roads might cause an AS. We are concerned about rocks flying up from the TV tires and denting the trailer. We towed on some washboard roads this weekend, and just took it slow so that the gravel would not fly. As we use the AS more and more, we are attempting rougher roads in order to enjoy the better camping that is available. I am wondering about putting air shocks on the AS in order to raise it just long enough to clear some rough areas, and then let the air out when back on pavement.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:34 AM   #26
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Paulyg,

Your trailer is higher and shorter than ours.

We've gone over some darn rocky rutted roads without damage.

I once asked Rod at C&G about raising the suspension for off roading. He told me to do what Wally did to cross Africa.

"What's that." I asked.

His answer was. "He slowed down."
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:15 AM   #27
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Rambn,

We've attached a video that Gypsygirl1 posted earlier on the forums.

It contains vintage promotional footage from Airstream of a driver taking what looks like a 60's trailer through its paces. We love the driving!

YouTube - KETC | Living St. Louis | Airstream Trailers

We're sure you'll be fine.

Happy and safe journeys,
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