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Old 09-16-2010, 08:32 AM   #29
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An Airstream doesn't have to be perfect to be lovable and useable. If a few lights don't work - use a battery powered lantern. Water supply - carry a few blue jugs of drinking water. Eventually you can fix little things as you feel like it. Just enjoy the adventure as you go along.

Good advice to stay away from major work if you aren't ready for it though. Lots of "stick & tin" trailers have wood rot in the framing 2x2's... and that's structural!
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:32 AM   #30
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Is repair work fun?

Perhaps more important than your current knowledge of plumbing, electric, etc. is your attitude toward such things. Do you like to work on things and make them right?

Basic electric wiring, plumbing, carpentry are all easy to learn if you start at the beginning of the task and take it one step at a time. Good books are available on the subjects you need. People on the Forums are great about helping, and there is probably a lot of knowledge available from your family, friends, and neighbors.

If you consider such things fun and an opportunity to learn, go for it!

If you consider such tasks drudgery, don't mess with it.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:12 AM   #31
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mimiandrews, I'm beginning to see this as a new adventure and I'm never too old to learn new stuff. I've always enjoyed fixing things that I understand how they work and why they broke. There's just a lot of stuff on RVs that I don't understand how they work. But like I said, I'm not too old to learn.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:51 AM   #32
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My Spiffy is for sale - for way less than I have into it, and the systems have all been tested .... 1966 Custom 22 foot Trailer - Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstreams Trailers For Sale

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I'm getting the sense that one needs to be an accomplished plumber, electrician, carpenter and mechanic to be a happy Vintage Airstream owner. None of which I am. I find myself getting discouraged and browsing Craig's List for an ugly, white SOB box instead. I'm a pretty handy little woman, but I wonder if I'd be getting in over my head with a Vintage unless it's been completely updated. I can't afford a new AS.

Any words of encouragement?
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:16 AM   #33
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My Spiffy is for sale - for way less than I have into it, and the systems have all been tested .... 1966 Custom 22 foot Trailer - Airstream Trailer Classifieds - Airstreams Trailers For Sale
Spiffy Gem certainly lives up to her name. Unfortunately I'm going to have to settle for something not quite so $piffy. I'm so sorry you have to sell her. You put so much work and love into her. I hope she finds a new loving family.

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