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Old 05-11-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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one thing leads to another

Am I the only one with this problem? I start an innocent, easy, upkeep job and it evolves into.....some major work on many areas.
A few weeks ago my battery needed replacing. That lead to a new converter and new fuse panel...with new wiring and a compartment light while I was at it. The new wiring led to replacing the old Bargman plastic lights with vintage style lighting all way round.
Getting in and out of the Airstream I noticed the need to clean up the water and bug spots......a complete Nuvite C polish. Well, before that work...I might as well put on the old A&E awning that came with the Cloud.....but all the hardware needed cleaning up or replacing. While I did that I had a new Sunbrella awning made and installed it on the rebuilt roller.
I needed a cold beer while I worked on it all....but found that the Marvel had chaffed a hole in the compressor line so the refrigerator needs a rebuild. No cold beer. Today I saw where the cabinet wood wall has pulled away from the wall mount.....it goes on and on. But, I am having fun.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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Yes, sometimes the hardest thing while doing "projects", is deciding where to stop.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:34 PM   #3
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You are not alone Melody.

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Old 05-11-2012, 12:44 PM   #4
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ooops....mine lead to a shell of....guess i forgot to stop.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:49 PM   #5
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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And when you are done the the last "another", it'll be time to redo the "one thing"...and on ....and on.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:20 PM   #7
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My trailer needs everything, so there is little or no end in sight for a long, long time. All projects are interconnected. I work on it like a pinball so I don't get overwhelmed.

I think they should rename them Heirstreams. By the time I get done with mine I will be leaving it to one of my children! (Wait till they find out that my final wishes are to be sent over the Grand Canyon in the trailer)
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:24 PM   #8
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I take my pen in hand to express my eternal gratitude to you bold pioneers who have so generously shown us the path to quality restoration of beautiful vintage Airstreams.

And I also, with most humble appreciation, and struggling to find adequate words say - OMG AM I GLAD YOUR STORIES SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME AND KEPT ME FROM GOING THE VINTAGE ROUTE!

If you ever see me with a beautiful restored vintage Airstream - you can rest assured that I won the lottery and did it the Matthew McConaughey way - by throwing money at the project where the work was done by professionals!

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Old 05-11-2012, 06:20 PM   #9
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Paula, I'm not finding it a lot different with a late model unit. The jobs are just less involved and you CAN stay on top of them.

And since we're bearing our souls....Hi, my name is Rich...and I am an alumaholic.....
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:09 PM   #10
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Nope, your not the only one. My 66 Safari airstream has been inthe shop for four weeks now. Went in for replumbing, now i have a new toilet and water heater. Hope nothing else goes wrong. I need to hit the road soon. Going away to Washington and Oregon coast for a few months.
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Paula, I'm not finding it a lot different with a late model unit. The jobs are just less involved and you CAN stay on top of them.
Yeh. This year it has been a new floor, a new table and the cushions with new covers are arriving. I was going to stop there because that is enough money for a while, but we were in Walmart and had a few minutes… "let's look at TV's to kill those few minutes"… there was a 19" Vizio really cheap and it will fit in the bedroom. I am weak.

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Along these same lines, I just looked at something scary... I wonder how far it'll go.

I forgot my password at Out of Doors Mart, had them send me a temporary one and went in to set one I pretend I'll remember. When you go to the "My Account" section, it shows your previous orders in chronological order.

My orders seem to be roughly doubling in cost every time, and this latest one was over $300. I don't want to think about what'll happen next time!
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Along these same lines, I just looked at something scary... I wonder how far it'll go.

I forgot my password at Out of Doors Mart, had them send me a temporary one and went in to set one I pretend I'll remember. When you go to the "My Account" section, it shows your previous orders in chronological order.

My orders seem to be roughly doubling in cost every time, and this latest one was over $300. I don't want to think about what'll happen next time!
Oh boy...your alumidealer is really smiling right now. Your next "fix" will feel the same and cost much more.
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