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Old 10-21-2003, 11:16 AM   #281
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Talking Did you happened to see?

While traveling, one lucky couple pulling an A/S "flashed" their headlights at us..I say "lucky", because, "If they read this and, send me an PM telling me where it was they had seen us..I have a nice "gift" to send to them"..

Just a thank you for...

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Old 10-21-2003, 03:31 PM   #282
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Thanks all

Thank you everyone for the inspiration. I started polishing my Safari last fall and ran out of decent weather to finish it. Then I lost interest in it (not the AS, just getting the polisher back out!). So after reading and seeing everyone's pictures, I NEED to get back out and tackle it again!

Someone wrote that it would be embarrassing to drive your AS around only partially polished............obviously it doesn't embarrass me at all! (should I be though???)
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Old 10-21-2003, 03:42 PM   #283
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Cool Let me..

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Welcome back to the "polishing"!@!
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Someone wrote that it would be embarrassing to drive your AS around only partially polished............obviously it doesn't embarrass me at all! (should I be though???)
Perchance that was me...lol
I did end up driving mine down the hiway..Not completely done..
As I would've liked it..but, you know..? I had sooo many nice comments on it, I sooon forgot about that feeling..lol
Honestly, it's great that you were inspired to start again..I'll need that come next spring as well..It just got too cold here in NE to continue. Plus, I needed to get it back to our "winter home" spot for it..
If you have some pictures..I know we'd all love to see them...
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Old 10-22-2003, 12:35 AM   #284
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Thumbs up Glad to see ya back!

By all means tell us your stories!

Tell us its worth all the work

I've got 61.5 hours in now. Starting to finish up the back and move on to the front. I decided to take off work two half days on Thursday and Friday to get some serious polishing done

The daylight savings time will change this weekend and pretty much make work nights worthless for polishing

Looking forward to your tales of the road.
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Old 10-22-2003, 02:57 AM   #285
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Glad to see ya back!
Thanks..it's nice to be back to the threat of colder weather, snow, etc...lol

The tales:
Numerous head twisters, as observed in my side mirror..<grins>
The one thing that kinda bothered me was the glare from the sun off the A/S, reflecting back into the eyes of the car passing me..Didn't happened too often but, still it made me wonder.
Just about everywhere we stayed and/or stopped, people had so many nice things to say about the "brand new" A/S. I was quick to point out that, it was in fact, 20 years old..The jaws dropped, I can't believe it..etc..Was just way too many nice comments..Made all the work spend worth while.
Met some really nice folks as a result..I'm sure they have a different viewpoint of A/S owners as well..
On Friday last, just thinking about the trip back to NH..I decided to visit the local GM dealer for a quick oil change..As I pulled into the service area, I noticed one of the tech looking at my approach.
After parking the Burb, I walked over to him..Asked if it was possible to have just my oil changed.He replied, "That's not all that you need. I'll show you when we get your Burb on the lift."
It turned out that I needed two new u-joints for the drive shaft.
Whew, was I thankful that it hadn't dropped off out on the hiway while towing the A/S..Cost to repair was nothing in comparison to what it could have been otherwise. Angel was watching out over me..WHEW...
Worked on the A/S for an additional 12 hrs total waxing the entire unit again..It had rained after that and, I was able to just lightly wipe off the water spots..Proves the point, at least for now, that it should keep it in good enough condition for me till next Spring.
Jump to the last day:
I pulled into a campsite for the nite just before leaving Va. It was my last chance to clean out the unit before leaving on the trip back to NH.
Unknown to me, my arrival was witness by a couple parked several lanes over behind me who were sitting outside eating dinner.
Early the next morning, after all my predeparture chores were completed, they walked over to talk with me about the A/S..<smiles>(my favored subject)
They started off by commenting on how nice it looked and, the fact that, last night while I was pulling in..the wife said to her husband.."Look, there's a brand new A/S." (bless her)
I quickly told them that, it was 20 years old and, they just couldn't believe it!~! We laught and, then explained that I had just spend many weeks polishing the unit. They were impressed at how nice it looked, etc. Even more so when I told them that, A/S are still being builted. Why is that a secret??? Someone needs to get on the ball at the Corp level..
We spended the better part of nearly an hour talking about A/S, etc..Even told them about this website for a starting point in their search for additional info on all A/S products, both used and new..
The drive home was great..No problems..Mileage was just over 20 plus without the "Silver Turtle" behind me..
BTW, just before I left the A/S..I spend some sorrowful minutes walking around talking to it..touching it..YKWIM??
Hated to leave it but~
Just one happy camper's tales..
Again, it's good to be back~!~

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Old 10-22-2003, 04:49 AM   #286
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Maybe" Southern Shine" isn't so bad ...when I read about all those hours compared to the ease of SS

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Old 10-22-2003, 08:07 AM   #287
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ease of SS

Sorry qqq there is no ease in polishing. I went the SS way because there are less steps. You don't get as good as shine and it is still hard work.

Vern what a great trip and glad to know the travel angels were with you on the u-joints. Just had mine checked, over 160,000 miles still OK...Great pictures

Hurry Tim Hurry.... the cold is on the way Sounds as if you are getting close to the end...

Now if FF could get some cool weather we would have some more pictures of the SS way

Looking forward to spring, new axels and ON THE ROAD AGAIN !!!

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Old 10-22-2003, 08:17 AM   #288
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I'm all for cooler weather! A whole week of record breaking temperatures every day being over 100. Its getting to be the end of October, for Christ's sake. Poor kids in their Halloween costumes will be sweating to the oldies

Here's a pic from a '50s themed, corporate event I was asked (and paid) to attend. This side hasn't been SS'ed yet.

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Old 10-22-2003, 08:19 AM   #289
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Southern Shine is great -- but don't expect miracles. I'm not getting the high quality of polish that SafariTim and FlyingCloud53 are getting. I'm definitely going for a lower quality, and part of it is the fact that I'm basically making two quick passes with SS (with two different 3M pads).

The other guys are doing a much more methodical and complete approach. They go over a panel as many as 5+ times to get the perfect result. If I did that with SS, I'd spend just as much time as everyone else. And I haven't found anyone who can claim a true "8-10 hour" polish like TrailerTrash originally claimed. I expect to spend 20-25 hours on my 17 footer to get an 80% polish.

Bottom line: SS is nice but the polish you get depends on the work you put in! You can get a perfect mirror shine, low cost, or minimal effort -- pick any TWO.

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(PS: the way you get a perfect shine with minimal effort is to pay someone else to do it! )
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Old 10-22-2003, 10:03 AM   #290
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Looking good!

Well I had planned on putting off the polish till we finished restoring the interrior (spring). Now that I have the body back on the frame and shinny NEW 2024 T3 AlCad rockers showing how dull the rest of the coach is and Chilie has been itching to polish and drools over this post every time a new picture gets posted, we may start in the next few weeks.
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Old 10-22-2003, 11:18 AM   #291
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If I decide to polish I think I'll go the minimal effort way

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Old 10-22-2003, 11:58 PM   #292
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Thumbs up Nice comments..

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Looking forward to spring, new axels and ON THE ROAD AGAIN !!!
I'd second that~! About being on the ROAD AGAIN~!~

I've just read back thru all of the posts since I've been gone once more..I can see that the weather finally has caught up with "most" of us except for a few lucky streamers~!!
BTW, it's snowing here tonight in NH..I had not expected it to be this early~!! whew..80 to 100 degrees, you guys just don't know how fortunate you are.

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Northern CA..would that be near Eurka>?? I visited with some friends there about 10 years ago. Found the tall RED woods to an eye popper~! Also, it seemed to rain alot.
You'er A/S is really looking fantastic~ Just be careful up there, reaching out over the top.. I'd think that you could built yourself some kinda staging platform to work around the top area from.
Be safer and, less strain on your back.
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I didn't realize that, you've undertaken the floor replacement/ shell off frame route.. WOW, I'm impressed..And, now the polishing as well..That's gonna be one fine unit by the time you're done..(if ever..lol)
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Don't forget to plan a side trip thru NH, on your way to FL..I'd like to meet up with you somewhere inbetween to look over your unit..That is, if you'd still like to get together for that purpose..BTW, how was the Rally in Western Mass?
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And I haven't found anyone who can claim a true "8-10 hour" polish like TrailerTrash originally claimed.
I might add this:
It's all about each individual and, how much effort you want to put into it. We can all learn from each other, as we have been doing. That to me, is an example of just who we are as a group of people that just happen to love/enjoy their A/S.
Keep safe in all you do..
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:23 AM   #293
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Safari Tim:
How did you remove your clearance lights on the back of your AS? How do you put them back? I'm a little nervous about removing anything from the outside. Had to replace a tail light (loose horses and parked AS doesn't mix) and that was a huge pain.
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I'm all for cooler weather! A whole week of record breaking temperatures every day being over 100. Its getting to be the end of October, for Christ's sake. Poor kids in their Halloween costumes will be sweating to the oldies

Here's a pic from a '50s themed, corporate event I was asked (and paid) to attend. This side hasn't been SS'ed yet.

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