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Old 01-08-2015, 10:32 AM   #15
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Forums are full of fearmongers.
Well, duh! If there was no controversy, Forums threads all would be awfully short, and not nearly so entertaining to read!
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:46 AM   #16
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afraid to read forums

The nature of Internet vehicle forums is to highlight problems and fixes.

Specific information can otherwise be hard to acquire. Be glad it is so easy to range over the systems individually as well as overall performance.

It was a great deal harder twenty or more years ago. One either had to rely on the component manufacturer or upon magazine or book publishers dependent on advertising revenue.

It is still good advice to have a short shelf of RV specific books on care and maintenance. Dealing with service issues by having first read up on a subject and then posed questions online may mean one can effect a fix on one own, or has insight to offer servicing personnel.

Try not to take for granted how easy it is today to upgrade, self service or repair in comparison to old norms.

Reliability is as much longevity, FWIW.

That said, I wouldn't bother with the feed of all new posts to my mobile.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:01 AM   #17
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Folks sharing their experiences has been very beneficial to my Airstream experience. No one has held me hostage to do or install any given item. But many great suggestions have been implemented in out trailer.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:03 AM   #18
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Mr. O:

You're not the first who's found reading these forums a little expensive!!! No better source of AS info, though!!

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Old 01-08-2015, 11:17 AM   #19
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Wouldn't it be boring to not be able to tinker and customize your fine purchase. Hand-picking suggestions that fit your situation adds to the fun of AS ownership, and help to make it truly your ship...but in order to add something at least a little constructive, your single axle will be serve you fine...I've had no trouble with my 2010 20ftFC after 4 years of pretty stout use and interstate travel...on the original Marathons. jon
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:20 AM   #20
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Everyone uses their Airstream in different ways.

We travel extensively each fall and spring to a escape winter and see as much of the country as we can. Others use their Airstream as a seasonal cabin, tow it to a favorite spot and enjoy life there. Some live in it full time, in a rv resort or traveling the country.

We changed to more reliable tires and the expensive hitch for more pleasant and safer travel. We have solar to provide electrical power in a variety of camping venues, which also allows us to bypass our still-original converter/charger for charging (and prevent damaging) batteries. We don't travel with a generator and it's gas supplies because it's a nuisance. We look for reliability, safety and economy out on the roadways, and simplicity and convenience when camping.

Yes there are fear-mongers on board this forum, and lots of well-meaning opinions. Try to sort the good tips from the bad, and which ones fit your own Airstream travel and camping needs.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:37 AM   #21
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I agree with Awchief

Add to your list,

6. Sell TV and get a 3/4 ton(or larger) diesel
7. Sell your WD hitch and get a HA or PP
8. Change out all of your lights for LEDs
9. Get rid of you hot water heater and install an "on demand" version

These are just the "must do" things, we can talk about the "I wanna" list later.

Another Mr. O
...and, don't forget to add overload or air shocks ... reinforce the hitch mounting points ... then take a video to post vs the Porsche Cayenne ... this is a fun forum... ...contradictory at times, but nonetheless fun.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:46 AM   #22
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I think I get Mr. O's points. I just got my Airstream in Nov (first camper ever) and joined the forums shortly after. I've learned a lot here but I've also become overwhelmed and frustrated wondering whether I bought a reliable unit or one that's gonna be a constant money drain -- sorta like when I owned a boat and was so happy the day I bought it, and even happier the day I sold it. I'm almost afraid to take Yertle out on her maiden voyage this spring. Will there be a broken water pipe before I can even leave town? Am I gonna be able to back it up? Is the electrical source at my first few stops gonna be reliable? It's like owning a home but more complicated because you can't just call any plumber or electrician, and you can't just hop, step and jump to the dealership because in my case it's 90 miles away, or even wait there on it like you do for an oil change. I guess what I'm saying is that part of me would like to see more emphasis on the positive while the other part wants to know what the heck I've jumped into. So it's frustrating, but not enough to leave the forum.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:49 AM   #23
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:14 PM   #24
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I'm already losing sleep from reading these forums. I just acquired my Airstream a couple of months ago (inherited) and it's on the other side of the country.
I can't even look at it! But that doesn't prevent me from developing major stress and paranoia about every potential problem. Sagging rear? Brakes? Electrical? Tires/wheels/axles? Black/Grey/Brown/purple water tanks? No matter my tow vehicle, I know it won't be exactly right. And the hitch issues!

Ah, forums. Gotta love 'em.
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:24 PM   #25
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Remember....there is no such thing as a bad dog, just an inattentive owner.

Same goes for Airstreams.

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Old 01-08-2015, 12:50 PM   #26
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There have been a couple events in my life which have made it possible for me to state the following:

First, I used to ride a motorcycle which was capable of getting to 100 mph in a tick over five seconds, top speed was close to 200 mph. My conclusion from this:

There are no fast cars.

Second, I owned a 44 foot moho, put 51,000 miles on it including traveling the Rocky Mountains and did all this wondering what might go wrong next. And with multiple electrical systems, bath and a half, washer dryer, four televisions, four slides, there was a lot to potentially misfire. My conclusion from this:

Airstreams have no problems.

Sure, things can and do break. And it may take some effort to get all the stuff adjusted on our rig. The reality is there are many sources for help, and my guess is a competent plumber should be able to work on an Airstream.

Many of us are do-it-yourselfers, and love to fix things. Others may need to keep in touch with other Airstreamers as they travel as most of us would do anything we could to assist a stranded traveler.

So, keep in mind the two items above....no fast cars, Airstreams have no problems, and travel with the wind.....good luck.
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Don't forget to stop at the scales before every trip and weigh the TV, then the trailer, both together, each axle separately, then each wheel independently, and do it all before you load anything then again after your have filled the water and LP tanks. Don't leave the dog in the TV- that will screw everything up! Record every number diligently in a log book. What you do with all that info is up to you - I have no idea.
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I'm already losing sleep from reading these forums. I just acquired my Airstream a couple of months ago (inherited) and it's on the other side of the country.
I can't even look at it! But that doesn't prevent me from developing major stress and paranoia about every potential problem. Sagging rear? Brakes? Electrical? Tires/wheels/axles? Black/Grey/Brown/purple water tanks? No matter my tow vehicle, I know it won't be exactly right. And the hitch issues!

Ah, forums. Gotta love 'em.

and from your location, water issues :-) getting your AS from main land to the Island.
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