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Old 06-16-2016, 06:54 AM   #1
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Finally going camping!!

So, my airstream journey started off a little rough with a blind jump off into a 1970 Overlander. It's a camper, how hard can it be? Yeeaahhhhh... Once I deconstructed the rear bath to replace the subfloor, ran out of storage space, got tired of the project, and never saw an end in sight, I sold her at a $400 loss, but recouped some of that by delivering it. Fast forward to yesterday, I just purchased yet ANOTHER airstream, but this time, a 1984 31' Excella center bath unit that is in really good shape. I was able to use that$400 loss as tuition money, and this time, REALLY knew what to look for. Frame is solid. Floors are solid, all appliances work, tires and axles check out good. There's a few little electrical gremlins, and the valve on the black water tank needs replaced, there are some minor dents here and there, and a little hail damage to the front end cap. Of course, it's dirty as can be and I'm not fooling myself into believing the previous owner that there are no leaks, but he kept it stored in an airplane hanger, so I'm pretty happy. Already made reservations to go camping in pigeon forge this weekend, for a full week. Today will be a process of sorting out my gremlins, greasing the wheel bearings, and making an access panel for the tank valve to get in there and take a look. Fingers crossed, but, does anyone have any suggestions on what else to do? We will be going 8 hours on the road. Truck will get oil changed and fuel filter changed. I'll check out trailer brakes, and will start the cleaning and stocking of the camper Saturday. Right now she's plugged into 110 at the storage facility to make sure the fridge works like it should. It'll just be me, the dog, and my two daughters. We're all very excited!!

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Old 06-16-2016, 07:00 AM   #2
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Congratulations on all the hard work. Looks like you're starting to see some daylight in the tunnel. A great adventure is in your near future.

There are several threads on caulking, look for them and pack along some extra caulk just in case you come across some leaks. Take your tools and a sense of humor. Hopefully, all your problems will be little ones.


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Old 06-16-2016, 07:01 AM   #3
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And, it's all coming together.

Congratulations on your new baby, and have a great time!

🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:18 PM   #4
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Make sure trailer tires are fully inflated and don't have age or uv damage. Beyond that and the items you have already identified, you can overcome most things that might come up during trip and fix issues when you get home. Pigeon forge is fun but not isolated so perfect place for shakedown trip.
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:33 PM   #5
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Check your spare tire and make sure you have road service and maybe trailer insurance, then go camp!
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:37 AM   #6
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Well, we are on the road, bout half way there!

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