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Old 07-21-2011, 06:26 AM   #57
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AS Quaiity-A Different Perspective

The AS service center also does restoration of old airstreams. See pics of 1970 Trade Wind that is has been custom renovated (designed by Rick) at the Airstream Service Center. A beauty in our opinion!
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:30 AM   #58
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I'm not current at the moment. Lately I have been really looking at the Zenith STOL aircraft, the CH801 etc. For where we live, that would work. And being able to do my own A&P on it would be the only way to go, here where we live.

I was too big for the Mooneys. At the time I was working for a company based on Cape Cod, but opening an office in Houston and I wanted something to use Texas-Massachusetts, but mostly to deliver equipment to ROV and survey people on the Gulf Coast. Mooney had no payload, and I shuddered at the idea of being cramped in there for long trips. Did a bunch of test flights. Beech, Piper, Lake Amphibian, Cessnas, a Rockwell Aero Commander... I really, really liked the Maule M5 Turbo. I was ready to plunk down my half, with a buddy working on his ticket. He could fly but couldn't pass the written if his life depended on it. Finally dropped out...etc. yada yada.

I bought a two place ultralight with an idea of moving to an FIB ( Flying Inflatable Boat) for aerial photography, but we sold the trike when we moved here. made a few bucks on it, too!

Here we are in that one:

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Old 07-22-2011, 01:23 PM   #59
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AS Quality

Another way to look at it is: How many other trailers out there can you buy that you can hand down to your grandkids in good shape? The airstream is the only trailer that can survive the 5' of snow I get here in the winter and not be under cover. All others around here that have tried have been flattened. I too am a lifelong sailor by trade, and an airstream is a LOT less maintanance than a boat, or an airplane. Tony
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:41 AM   #60
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AS Quality? We're satisfied!
Three months, 3960 miles (including about 80 mi of rough gravel roads), extremes of weather, and 45 nights aboard since picking up our new FC23FB in April, and I'm happy to report no significant failures, no leaks, and only very minor problems. The decal did come off of the entry door, (Airstream quickly FedEx'd a replacement), two screws fell out of the microwave face bracket (I replaced with larger screws) and the blackwater tank monitor is inaccurate. Not bad for a new R/V. A few of my easy mods include a fabric covered headboard for the front bed, and a 12v water pump installed in the fridge compartment for easy filling of the water tank from portable containers. Presently visiting in WA and will spend a couple of weeks in Olympic NP before the indirect journey back to Durango, CO. The AS has been a pleasure as we explore state and national parks and visit far-flung family and friends.

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