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Old 08-10-2015, 09:32 AM   #29
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Ever see the inside of an Airstream after it has rolled? I wouldn't want anyone to be in there. All that cabinetry up top? It has a tendency to come down.

In the situation with the broken leg, that sounds like the only solution available. But I wouldn't do it except in an emergency like that.

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Old 08-10-2015, 09:53 AM   #30
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Too Dangerous!

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Old 08-10-2015, 10:11 AM   #31
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Well let me tell you a story. Several years ago while heading north from Las Vegas I became ill and I went back to our 30ft Airstream to lay down while my wife drove. Our bed is in the back so it seemed to provide the best carnival ride within the trailer. Could not stay in the bed due to the whip back and forth.
Now my wife had never handled the trailer before but was confident she could.
To my dismay two things occurred? It was 106 degrees outside so it was at least that inside and no AC since we were traveling. The windows just blew in hot air?
I tried to get ahold of my wife via cell phone but there was no service? Our front windows are tinted so you cannot see in from the rear view mirror of the truck.
I started opening and closing a side window trying to get her attention. Furthermore she was driving at 75 MPH on the two lane highway and did not slow down for corners.
I even opened the door which took all I had to hold from flying back to latch and thru charcoal bricks which promptly came back at me due to the wind.
I finally found our high beam flashlight and was able to flash it at her rear view mirror through the tinted windows and caught her attention.
While this was a funny story to tell friends around the camp fire it was very scary and I wondered if I was going to die.
So the answer is "Never ride in the trailer while it is being pulled" and make sure your wife knows to drive a little slower when pulling.

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Old 08-11-2015, 10:07 AM   #32
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75 mph on a 2 lane road !!!!! trailer whipping back and forth ???? I wouldn't let her pull my AS anywhere this is not a funny story this is a death wish waiting to happen. I am a woman AS owner and run solo and know that you should be checking your mirrors every 5 sec or so and you need to be able to feel if trailer is starting to whip it will wreck you if not brought under control.
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:14 AM   #33
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Riding in a moving AS

Well Bev I appreciate your comment and like I said it was her first time pulling the trailer without any guidance and it was several years ago.

While you and others may not find humor in the story I and my friends did. Yes it could have been tragic but it wasn't and the lesson learned is to never ride in the trailer for any reason.

My wife is a seasoned driver now pulling the trailer and like you does check the scene behind as needed. And while I may pull the trailer at 70 mph she is a bit more conservative and maintains a 60 to 65 comfort level.

Happy trailing to you and all and for those who wish to express their patriotism I have attached a picture of a window screen I developed and selling to my fellow AirStreamers.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:47 PM   #34
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Seems to me I read that Lucille Ball actually rode in a trailer going on location for the filming of "The Long Long Trailer". I wish I could remember where I read it . Maybe a memoir from Little Ricky or one of the other kids. Her experience made the movie that much funnier. She thought she would die.

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