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Old 01-08-2015, 12:26 PM   #29
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:58 PM   #30
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And don't forget to get the rig weighed at the truck stop. Sal

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Old 01-08-2015, 01:12 PM   #31
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I wonder what the forums for other types of trailers look like? If there are any. Or many with trailers as old as the airstreams we read about on here.
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:28 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Mr. O View Post
I thought I loved reading new threads from my e mail inbox, especially on these frigid January days in Wisconsin.I found them informative, and motivating, Now, I am having second thoughts! I bought an AS for several reasons, but a big one was rep. as being very dependable. As I've recently deduced from reading I "need" to do the following:
1. replace original unsafe tires
2, replace rims to fit new tires
3. replace converter so save batteries
4. replace batteries, cuz they are more than 2 years old
5. replace my single axle FC with a double since its safer
hmmm , what else?

I might be better off sticking my head in the sand, or in my current situation, snow!
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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.

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Hi, my experiences.

(1.) Replace your tires when needed and not before.

(2.) Replace your rims/wheels when damaged.

(3.) My convertor has worked fine for over ten years and has not damaged anything.

(4.) Replace batteries when they go bad, not by age.

(5.) Replace your trailer from single axle to double axle when you buy a larger trailer that is made that way.

(6.) You should have a proper rated tow vehicle for your size/weight trailer in the first place, not after.

(7.) If you have a problem, afraid of towing, or believe in magic, otherwise stay with what you have. Mine has been fine for over ten years.

(8.) For saving battery power while boon docking, or like in my case where the headliner was burnt from incandescent bulb heat, changing to LED's is not necessary.

(9.) Replace your water heater when it fails, or when it is not cost effective to repair, or when you did a bad job winterizing your trailer.

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Old 01-08-2015, 06:52 PM   #33
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The only Rx for that fear is to just go camping. :-)
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:26 AM   #34
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One more Commandment

XI. Thou shalt not sweat it.

Go camping! Have fun!

Replace what's needed when it's needed. Tinker with the trailer and its systems if you do that sort of thing for fun.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:35 AM   #35
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All Airstream's leak like a sieve and quickly develop floor rot of doom. They also rapidly corrode on the outside without near daily waxing and buffing. The best think you can for an Airstream is to find indoor storage and never take it outside camping.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:01 AM   #36

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Old 01-09-2015, 09:19 AM   #37
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which brings to mind a strangely apropos quote from my favorite Mufti

"If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else."
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:03 PM   #38
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Mine is a 1958 22 foot Caravanner and I paid $4,101 last OCT (2014). Other than an Airstream there are few other makes still on the road and the ones that are tend to be total rehabs and very very small. When finished with all the changes to my 1958 I'll have about $10,000 in it and far superior to any new brand you can buy. In fact it will be way better than the $42,000 Bambi and akin to the $60 to 80K+ Airstream models. Plus my 22 footer shed about 700 pounds down to circa 2180# with almost everything new. Will not buff it out and I call it my YERT WITH TIRES. It has a slant ramp entry and home made awnings on both sides. I expect my youngest grandchild, now 10, will go boondocking in it in 2065. Worry not, you made a brilliant choice.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:17 PM   #39
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I towed a single axle Airstream for 11 years. Never had a problem.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:59 PM   #40
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:32 PM   #41
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And I don't think anyone mentioned that you MUST have a very expensive surge protector or everything electrical in your rig will go to smoke the first time you plug it in.

Oh, yes if you get an electric heater, it must cost over $300 or it will not be any good at all.

But I do believe in better tires mainly because of the cost of damage that the Airstream may incur in case of a tire failure.
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:46 PM   #42
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Camp - tow and camp some more. You could probably spend a quarter million trying to do what is recommended on the forums and "might" be better off. Read for specific information you are looking for, take advise with a grain of salt and if you require more info, call AS customer support and or the customer service for the part you are concerned about. As you travel you will find things you like and things you don't. If you can afford to and want to replace those you don't like and enjoy your AS, it's the best travel trailer made - period.


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