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Old 04-13-2011, 05:15 PM   #15
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The last time Sh*t happened, it cost me a couple grand.

I'm getting jitters now
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:34 PM   #16
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I like that first date analogy. But that was a real lo0ng time ago. Sal.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:43 PM   #17
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The first week of full time travel, towing my 34 footer I had a bad case of the jitters. However the fun and thrill of travelling this great country we have, allowed me to relax and enjoy every minute on the road. I had brake issues on the trailer in New Mexico, air conditioning problems in Sedona, a blow out in Las Vegas, a water line break in San Francisco. So whenever I hook up to go somewhere I expect the possibility of any number of issues to happen and I look forward to solving them, as that is what makes Airstreaming as much fun as it is....

Bring it on as long as I am on the road...

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Old 04-13-2011, 09:15 PM   #18
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When I had my 2007 Toy Hauler, I didn't think about breaking down and/or problems. Now that I own a 39 year old Airstream, I do much more planning, and bring many more tools with me, when I take the "Old Girl" out on the road.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:25 PM   #19
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If I have pre-trip jitters I don't realize it...they must be overshadowed by the excitement of hitting the road again! I'm always ready to go...the more often the better.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:26 PM   #20
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I'm with you Sal on the jitters. I'm heading out in a week and am already getting nervous. With an old trailer one wonders when key systems will fail? Will the fridge, furnace, w/h and a/c survive the trip? Will the copper pipes hold or start leaking? Will the holding tanks hold or will I have sewage dripping from the trailer? If I let my fear take over, I would never go anywhere. All we can do is take preventive measures but something will happen sooner or later. Reading posts on these forums of all the things that have happened to others adds to the jitters. I never would have thought a newer axle would have sheared off...I guess it is part of the adventure.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:00 PM   #21
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I'm glad someone else brought this up! I've had my trailer for eight fun-filled years, and I still get the jitters even though we have a very good checklist!
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:13 PM   #22
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Only 4 years of experience here, and I am happy to hear from everyone. I think it's healthy to worry a bit. Once I'm 10 miles down the road, I happily settle in to "life in the right lane"! Then I can't wait to get going each morning - urban or rural highways.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:31 PM   #23
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Checklists? Yes, we have list to tell us to look at other lists.
That's funny, wait a second, I resemble that remark...

After towing the 25FB across the country and back, etc. - think with the bigger TV and Airstream I'm gonna start pre planning my fuel stops now.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:13 PM   #24
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Lucy has been out for 824 nights and gone over 70,000 miles, and she still gets excited when she is prepped to travel. She is already getting excited about her upcoming Western excursion.

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We've developed several pages of checklists over the years of traveling—we keep adding things too. I have lists of things to fix and service and things to improve the trailer. I refer to the lists in the lists in my appointment book (is it legal for a retired person to have an appointment book?). I bring enough tools to take a locomotive apart—and they get used too.

When we are about a mile from home I ask Barb: "What did we forget?" She might think of something, but it's another 3 miles to town where we can turn around. By that time it's not that important and there's always Walmart.

Do we worry? A bit, but we solve it with lists and checking each other to make sure we've got everything. But we do get wound up because we never seem to have enough time to get ready because we are always busy.

Fear creates lists and lists resolve fear. But it's also the sensible thing to do because it's easy to forget stuff.

I liked the story about experienced actors being nervous before going on stage because I used to get nervous for a moment before I went into court, but then I just went and did it. Once I was there I was completely calm and focused—pretty much the same thing happens by the time we get that 4 miles.

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We've developed several pages of checklists over the years of traveling—we keep adding things too. I have lists of things to fix and service and things to improve the trailer. I refer to the lists in the lists in my appointment book (is it legal for a retired person to have an appointment book?). I bring enough tools to take a locomotive apart—and they get used too.

When we are about a mile from home I ask Barb: "What did we forget?" She might think of something, but it's another 3 miles to town where we can turn around. By that time it's not that important and there's always Walmart.


Do we worry? A bit, but we solve it with lists and checking each other to make sure we've got everything. But we do get wound up because we never seem to have enough time to get ready because we are always busy.

Fear creates lists and lists resolve fear. But it's also the sensible thing to do because it's easy to forget stuff.

I liked the story about experienced actors being nervous before going on stage because I used to get nervous for a moment before I went into court, but then I just went and did it. Once I was there I was completely calm and focused—pretty much the same thing happens by the time we get that 4 miles.

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The first week of full time travel, towing my 34 footer I had a bad case of the jitters. However the fun and thrill............ Bring it on as long as I am on the road...

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