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Old 02-16-2008, 11:53 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by SilverToy
sob -

IF the interior is all there, IF all looks good on the exterior, then there is NO GOOD reason to trash the unit - she can be made better than new..... with a few parts, time and $.....

If you choose not to be the one to save her, then give others here a shot.... bet you'll have more than a few willing to give her their best!

Pull that baby outta there, and see what she'll need....

Oh, and be sure to post LOTS MORE PHOTOS!!!!!! Great bunch so far!

This trailer definately won't get trashed. It's almost sacred to me. I spent most every weekend for my entire youth camping and fishing there with my grandfather until he passed away. This airstream and I have a strong bond and to let it go for the wrong circumstances I feel would be an injustice to him and 'the camp'.

However with my growing family (our 2nd son is due in 2 weeks) and I may be taking a job which requires relocating once or twice a year we may need a larger full-time camper so any airstream profits would go towards that.

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Old 02-17-2008, 06:39 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by sob
Just going about 200-300 feet straight back uphill to level ground for renovations or for sale.
In that case, you can forego most of what I told you. Make sure the tires are inflated, grab the previously mentioned 2x6's (they will spread the weight, and keep the tires from sinking into the sand). It would be a good idea to pull the trailer forward a few feet, and place the boards lengthwise under where the tires now are, then back over them. Once you get to the end of the first two boards, stop and pull them from between your truck and trailer, and place them behind the second set of boards. This also may keep the bumper and frame from digging into the ground as you back up.
It is not a good idea to hook anything to the bumper, as far as pulling forces, the bumper is only aluminum, and will tear fre of the 4 bolts holding it in place.

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Old 02-17-2008, 07:09 AM   #17
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Where in La. are you or the trailer. I'm sitting in Orange Beach with a Hummer! Am I close enough to help!

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Old 02-17-2008, 07:44 PM   #18
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pulling out

before you attempt to back it out you need to realize that your transmission in reverse ony has 2 of the 6 clutches in the clutch pack engaged .You can very easily smoke your trans or take a lot of life of it backing up a steep slope even just 200 feet. You might get another truck to pull from behind or see if any one with a wrecker will put a 4 wheel tow dolly under the tongue and winch it out from the back. good luck
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:16 PM   #19
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Turn it around in place

Would it be possible if the steps and trees were cleared from the area to place some 2x6 boards under the area where the trailer currently is parked and turn it 180 degrees from where it sits now? The land area it sits on if sandy only needs the tires to be solid enough to keep them aired up for this operation and once turned it could be pulled easily up the hill. Use fix-a-flat to inflate them (so they will hold air better) then a compressor to air them fully. You could use a come along or chan fall to some tree trunks or ground anchors to accomplish the 180 turnabout and hopefully the tires would still be stout enough to allow this to happen. Otherwise jack the trailer up and makeup a homemade lazy susan to fit under the wheels and turn it around on that. You could use 3/4 inch plywood on top of fencing poles to make it up with (it doesn't have to be permanent or fancy!) American ingenuity will win out and you can turn it around in place and then pull it up the grade 200-300 feet. I bet if you brainstorm this issue you will come up with an idea that will work. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:06 AM   #20
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For 200 ft move down?, I would recommend for the move only~To use a bobcat, equipt with a rcvr to move it down with. No way would I attempt to move it with the 1500 (3.73) , the trailer hooked to the rear and, moving backwards..After you get it down..make the repairs ASAP..
Good Luck~! and, be careful~

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