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Old 09-21-2009, 03:24 PM   #15
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Anyone Ever Start a Fire?????

I haven't seen any fires, but have witnessed the holes burned in plastic ground mats of three different highly polished Vintage Airstreams. Two of them were witnessed on the same caravan . . . 1999 Wagon Wheels to Dayton, OH - - both Tom Howarth ('53 Flying Cloud) and Bill Scott ('61 Bambi) had holes burned in their ground covers during that caravan by their highly polished coaches. A few year later on another Wagon Wheels Caravan, Ed Emerick ('68 Sovereign) had the same thing happen. All three of these owners were recognized at one or more WBCCI International Rallys by the Vintage Airstream Club for the polish jobs on their coaches.


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Old 09-21-2009, 04:38 PM   #16
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Polished Airstream - Documented Fire Hazard

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Old 09-21-2009, 05:11 PM   #17
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Dennis--I guess that I have to be really careful where I park it. Thanks for the pictures. My biggest problem seems to be with the door open. I have no problem with my '67, as the door is painted. I just have a general "dead grass" area about five feet out from the south side.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:19 AM   #18
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Too funny.

(Yet more good reasons to never buy an ALCLAD-skinned TT)

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Old 12-31-2012, 09:19 AM   #19
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We spent the summer in a stand of pines near Flagstaff, AZ. Took 6 weeks to finish the intermediate (Nuvite C) polish job. In October we relocated in the lower desert. Any plastic that is left next to the AS (door mat, hose insulation, etc.) melts in the irregular parabolic patterns that are formed by the rivets and dents and that cast the focused sunlight downward. No fires but we did install a set of awnings to limit some of the damage.

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