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Old 09-06-2011, 11:32 AM   #127
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We had a window blow out and duct tape and a garbage bag solved it. There are different grades of duct tape and some don't stick as well. WD-40 and some vigorous scrubbing will remove the glue.

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Paula....happy you made it home in one piece...thanks for sharing your adventures! Any chance you'll be at the Balloon Fiesta this year?

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Trying to get a window as soon as possible to get the tape off

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We had a window blow out and duct tape and a garbage bag solved it. There are different grades of duct tape and some don't stick as well. WD-40 and some vigorous scrubbing will remove the glue.

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Garbage bag yes......perhaps we should have wrapped the duck tape across the front to hold it or perhaps our trailer is just too shiny ........hoping we didn't damage the skin with the tape.....

Now for having a 1968.....they made the windows curved and framed only that year and replacement glass is a different thickness......argh........I knew it would not be easy or inexpensive.....but on the other hand, that was the biggest problem we had......and over 11,000 miles and 21 states, I would say that was pretty good.

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Old 09-06-2011, 07:22 PM   #131
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Paula....happy you made it home in one piece...thanks for sharing your adventures! Any chance you'll be at the Balloon Fiesta this year?

Rebelstand...love your dawg!
Gene....I'll meet you in Albq!

Unfortunately we will not be able to make the Balloon Fiesta this year.....you will have to be a good reporter......and take lots of pictures.....
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:24 PM   #132
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Amazing animal and is one of two.....great dogs......keep you moving......paula
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you've seen the other one but most people miss her because they are awed by the size of the minature horse
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Garbage bag yes......perhaps we should have wrapped the duck tape across the front to hold it or perhaps our trailer is just too shiny ........hoping we didn't damage the skin with the tape.....

Now for having a 1968.....they made the windows curved and framed only that year and replacement glass is a different thickness......argh........I knew it would not be easy or inexpensive.....but on the other hand, that was the biggest problem we had......and over 11,000 miles and 21 states, I would say that was pretty good.

Are you in the mountains now? paula
The glue should come off the skin with some rubbing and WD-40.

We are poised to go to the mountains.

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11,000-miles and 21-states! Some trip! Thanks for posting it all. I try to keep up sometimes by riding around on CrawfordGene's shoulder (he's sure to find good threads), but only found your thread today. Thanks for the pics, it was great to see a Uwe-trailer in such fine use.

So this trip is not my idea of an Airstream trip, but after I got over kicking and screaming we are actualy having some fun.

I'm still laughing. I recall my mother's reticence in the mid-60's at traveling with a trailer (even though her parents by this time had a gorgeous Streamline); her emphasis on the words emboldened above would have held a different inflection, ha! Train, airplane, all were okay, as was car travel with nice hotels at each end. I think it might have taken a couple of years before her conception of what it should be, and what it was, was allayed by meeting some high $$$ specialist physicians we knew from home and church (Dallas) and that they were combining business & pleasure in their trailer travels. So though your conception differed in essence, the principle was perhaps not so different as revealed by experience.

Cell phones and Internet certainly make this easier today. Although I can wish for the tiny percentage of commercial traffic seen yesteryear, and the wide-open wonderful Interstates of the late 1960's: no advertising, no chain restaurants or service stations, mainly small business owners on the up and up (for the most part). An all too brief window of See the USA in it's majority.

For the next long journey, keep in mind Larry McMurtry's dictum about US car travel: that a line extending from Washington D.C to Cleveland denotes the boundary between open roads and congested roads. The population of the Bos-Wash Corridor, and the Great Lakes Midwest, work as a barrier to long distances easily covered. (They also don't know how to drive when from cities where cars aren't really needed).

On the other hand the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields -- as an example -- are practically on top of each other. Which is all to say that the daily grind behind the wheel has a different quality.

Hope to see more of your travels one day. You've done a fine job, here.

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Old 09-08-2011, 12:32 AM   #136
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11,000-miles and 21-states! Some trip! Thanks for posting it all. I try to keep up sometimes by riding around on CrawfordGene's shoulder (he's sure to find good threads), but only found your thread today. Thanks for the pics, it was great to see a Uwe-trailer in such fine use.

So this trip is not my idea of an Airstream trip, but after I got over kicking and screaming we are actualy having some fun.

I'm still laughing. I recall my mother's reticence in the mid-60's at traveling with a trailer (even though her parents by this time had a gorgeous Streamline); her emphasis on the words emboldened above would have held a different inflection, ha! Train, airplane, all were okay, as was car travel with nice hotels at each end. I think it might have taken a couple of years before her conception of what it should be, and what it was, was allayed by meeting some high $$$ specialist physicians we knew from home and church (Dallas) and that they were combining business & pleasure in their trailer travels. So though your conception differed in essence, the principle was perhaps not so different as revealed by experience.

Cell phones and Internet certainly make this easier today. Although I can wish for the tiny percentage of commercial traffic seen yesteryear, and the wide-open wonderful Interstates of the late 1960's: no advertising, no chain restaurants or service stations, mainly small business owners on the up and up (for the most part). An all too brief window of See the USA in it's majority.

For the next long journey, keep in mind Larry McMurtry's dictum about US car travel: that a line extending from Washington D.C to Cleveland denotes the boundary between open roads and congested roads. The population of the Bos-Wash Corridor, and the Great Lakes Midwest, work as a barrier to long distances easily covered. (They also don't know how to drive when from cities where cars aren't really needed).

On the other hand the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields -- as an example -- are practically on top of each other. Which is all to say that the daily grind behind the wheel has a different quality.

Hope to see more of your travels one day. You've done a fine job, here.

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Actually I loved being in the Airstream and much prefer it over plane/hotel travel. We had our own bed and stuff every night. What was not my idea is THREE MONTHS. AND JULY IN THE MIDWEST..... I love to travel especially the back roads but I am into our grandkids and 3 months is a long time without seeing them......but that was helped by our meeting in Michigan the beginning of August. And, yes, I did whine some of the time but seeing all of the stuff about the Lewis and Clark trip made me realize we had it so good in comparison. And, the Airstream was my idea in the beginning and my DH has been a good sport about coming along with the Airstream idea...

Yes, Uwe's trailer held up very well. Also the disc brakes and equalizer hitch worked very well. We had the 2006 Toyota Tundra V8 checked out today and the brakes were barely worn.....the Prodigy brake controller did a fine job of stopping the trailer....even once when our truck brakes were wet from a heavy rain. We had no sway with the equalizer....even in high winds and by big trucks....and the Tundra did fine over the mountains.....it went as fast as we needed to go....we installed an extra transmission cooler....our AC threatened to go out on the way home but repaired itself and the freon was a bit low.....

Uwe made sure we had everything we needed.....we had a full bathroom, propane heat for cooking and refrigerator, big enough tanks to not have to hook up if necessary, fantastik vents for main source of cooling, solar when we needed......batteries that are still charged......we wanted the trailer to work besides being nice looking......also, car stereo when boondocking, dimmers on the lights to conserve......

The only thing that wasn't 100% was the under the bed airconditioner....it was 11.5 btu and was not made for 108 degree heat in OK City. But then would any AC have been enough? We have discussed putting in another one under the dinette.....but we seldom use it here in California....

Thanks for the kind words.

I also have some more photos of the end of the trip....hope to post them soon....am having withdrawal symptoms from being in SteSpot, I think.
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We will see how good our Progressive Insurance policy is that we have on SteSpot......I called them today about the window and they put me in touch with the company, Duncan Systems, in Indiana that handles window replacement. When I spoke with the woman at Duncan and I started to explain how it is a 1968 window and is not just any window and she said that they know all about Airstreams and they might have what we need in their warehouse....of course, I am not sure that they know about vintage Airstreams.......at any rate Uwe faxed her the dimensions and we shall see if they can beat the rimless ones being offered. Our year has frames on the curved Corning windows.....have my fingers crossed. It would be really good if they have such a window.....29 1/2 inches across.....p
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:39 AM   #138
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:00 PM   #139
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We returned to California after a journey of over 11,000 miles, visiting 21 states, and taking almost 3 months. As was a working trip with Ed speaking to Bar Associations across the country on Law Practice Management issues, we had sightseeing time but we had a schedule that included cities—not your out of the way national forest campgrounds although we did find some National Forest roads to drive on.

The issues we encountered were traveling in extreme Midwestern heat (108) in Oklahoma City with a boxer that doesn’t do well in heat, finding nice campgrounds near big cities, having a broken window (not easily to replace the 1968 curved Corning window), a brake controller that stopped reading but not working and thunderstorms.

We dealt with these issues by finding suitable doggie day care places for Bandit, sometimes parking 1 hours away (like Volo, Il near Chicago), taping up the window with package sealing tape (duck tape peeled right off our shiny Airstream), replacing the brake controller in Colorado, and using our handy dandy Cal Meuser recommended Oregon Scientific Weather Station.

The highlights of the trip were the people we met—we found kind, gracious, helpful citizens all over this country, the scenery we saw---from majestic mountains, the prairies (sand dunes in Northern Nebraska and Western Michigan), wonderful food (lots of fish), grandchildren we met in Michigan, cousins (95 year old aunt) in Chicago, friends who went out of their way to meet us along the way, and other Vintage buffs looking for ideas from our trailer. We actually ended the speaking tour in Nebraska parked at the venue—the U of Nebraska-Omaha campus. Then we headed for Rte 20 across Northern Nebraska for a back roads treat. We drove many many backroads much to our delight instead of the Interstates…..the rule was, if paved, it was okay. Even National Forest Road 39 from southeast from Joseph, OR....just a short 9% grade.

We made it fine with our equipment. We towed with our 2006 V8 Tundra with an additional transmission cooler and disc brakes in our Airstream with an Equalizer hitch......no sway not even passing big rigs with wind gusts......we took it easy and SteSpot stayed right behing us all the way.

Uwe built a fine trailer for us.....all of the careful forethought paid off. It met our needs pretty well...which is amazing because you don't always know what you are going to need.....we could boon dock and we did.

Thanks to all who sent encouragement along the way-especially Sean and Nikki the couple we met in Ok City who are homeschooling their children in their Airstream with their two dogs and one is a Great Dane.....we were all dying in the heat....but we shared a vintage connection in a sea of white SOBs.

It was a journey of a lifetime.....

The photos were from Rte 20 in NW Nebraska Grass covered sand dunes and formations that are not flat; sunset in Rawlins, WY;....Taping the window was on I-80 with 25-35 mph winds...paula
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