View Poll Results: Age of people polishing their Airstreams
18-35 7 12.73%
36-45 18 32.73%
46-55 13 23.64%
56-65 12 21.82%
66+ 5 9.09%
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:06 PM   #1
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How old are you polishers!?

Just curious...... I just cycloed Bessie today & can barely move. I polished her last year (when I was a year younger & less arthritic!). How long can this go on? I'm 46. I'm afraid for next year...very afraid! How old are all of you who have polished your coaches or those who continue to upkeep your shine? Give me some hope for years to come, please! (Or am I an old goat here?) If I knew how to do a poll, I'd do it!
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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I don't know if it will give you hope... I'm 36 and I will start in few days. But form what I eared it's a physical process, just because of the weight of the hardware... so don't feel too bad.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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If I knew how to do a poll, I'd do it!
You now have a poll. It will close 45 days from today, so to quote some of my political friends, vote early and vote often.
They say keeping muscle tone is a result of exercise, if you'd like to keep your newfound muscle tone, you can come down and polish our Sovereign.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:13 PM   #4
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cool! Thanks!
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:28 PM   #5
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Polishing my Last Airstream...

I am 60 years old and I am putting the "finishing touches" on my '76 Sovereign 31. At the rate I am going, I could be 65 by the time I finish the finishing touches. At that time, I will donate my cyclo to Goodwill and bury the unexpended Nuvite in the backyard.

There are a number of things in life that I never want to do again. Among the worst, which include being on the second deck of a Sea Hut during a rocket attack, I can now add polishing an Airstream.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:28 PM   #6
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Sometimes you feel like a goat, sometimes you don't. I have polished 6 in the last 4 yrs. and working on my 7th now, and have one to do in the near future....I am 57, in good health. The body is amazing...after a few days of rest, you can't remember how bad you felt when you were polishing, so you do it again...keep it up....good exercise, and you have something to show for it. (Polished Airstream, Dirty Face, Sore Body, etc, etc,)

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Old 06-07-2007, 09:32 PM   #7
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I went ahead and voted, even though I only polished about 1/3 of Goliath, maybe we should divide my age by 3...
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:47 PM   #8
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OK, I'm not really going to tell my age, but its somewhere around the middle of all those numbers. I only have about 12-14 hours of polishing in, free time comes in small chunks. Plus, its getting downright hot down in Tennessee now.

Overall, the soreness isn't so bad. I do have right shoulder pain the day after polishing, but that's mostly because of a re-injured injury last year. But polishing must have some physical therapy value. I've actually had improvement in range of motion after rest. Terry, you know all about that stuff, don't you . . .
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I am 69. This century I've had 2 back surgeries and got 2 new hips installed in the past 2 years. I can't say I have polished most of my trailer but have been recently touching up much of what I can reach without a ladder. I am itching to get to the top of our trailer. Doctor says no......not yet. I did install a new black tank and floor repair this past winter. It was fun to do things again.

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Go Neil Go--at 69 with two back surgeries and two new hips, its great that you're that active-I'm 47 and tire out pretty quick trying to get a shine on the 72 Tradewind I got in March-but inch by inch I'm getting there -P.S. love the Buick-I'm jealous.Happy Travels Garth & Joanne
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My advice is for you to take it slow at first if you are not in shape. Unless you have some kind of hard deadline you need to meet, start out slow, just like what you would do if you were beginning an exercise program. You might even want to check with your doctor first if you haven't excercised in awhile. Polishing is grueling but it can be stretched out over time with just doing a few hours a day. The hardest part for us is stopping the polishing for the day because when we see how wonderful the results are we just want to keep going and going and going...but that type of continuous activity is best reserved for the Energizer bunny!

Good luck! We would love to see a photo of the results!
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The old gal's polishers droop a bit, but, they still do the job. With a little effort she can get them twirling in opposite directions.
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My advice is for you to take it slow at first if you are not in shape. Unless you have some kind of hard deadline you need to meet, start out slow, just like what you would do if you were beginning an exercise program. You might even want to check with your doctor first if you haven't excercised in awhile. Polishing is grueling but it can be stretched out over time with just doing a few hours a day. The hardest part for us is stopping the polishing for the day because when we see how wonderful the results are we just want to keep going and going and going...but that type of continuous activity is best reserved for the Energizer bunny!

Good luck! We would love to see a photo of the results!
I'm finishing up a 34 ft limited,Its definately been therapeutic for me. the hardest part in not wanting to stop because of the results of the day. at 49 I'm sore for a couple of days if I really push it. usually its 4 to 6 hrs. because I do have a job outside of my other career in polishing. I dream alot about being paid to do this.
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I don't have my AS 25 all shinny like some of you guys but the clear coat is still new and so I polish by hand.

Yes, it does kick your butt at the end of the day and takes me 2 days to recuperate.
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