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Old 09-09-2014, 01:25 PM   #4719
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Any numbers on the trailer?
Thirteen panel?
I'd love to take a look at the trailer / meet the owner.
No numbers. I don't think it was a thirteen panel, but I didn't look at it very carefully. Like I said earlier, it had Polk County plates, which is two counties west of here. The owner is probably from Des Moines.

Apparently that little Airstream has set there for 3 days. When I went back over to Pella Monday, it was still sitting there, but it had a tire on it. Still, nobody in sight. Later, on my way home, I noticed that it was gone.

I, too, would love to look at the trailer and meet the owner. From what I did see, it was in very nice shape. It had been polished a while back, and was still pretty and shiny. In the front street side window I saw what looked like new style curtains.

I did not get out of my car and look it over, because that would have been rude. My main concern was did the owner need assistance.

I would guess that trailer lives in the Des Moines area. I have no idea how one would get in touch with the owner. (I did not write the plate number down)

Of course he/ she could be reading this right now, and probably laughing. If you are, we would love to hear the real story, and we all would love to meet you, if only on the forum.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:53 AM   #4720
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I found it! And, I got the story from the mechanic who fixed it.

OK, Here is what I was told. It is a '64 Safari. The guy who owns it lives in Des Moines, and he inherited it from his father in law,(or some in law). He uses it to go camping several times each year.

He bought new tires and rims for it and put them on the trailer himself. According to the mechanic that I talked to, the owner is not very mechanically minded, and couldn't remember which way the wheel nuts went on. So, he ended up putting all of the nuts on backwards. (Well, he was at least consistant)

Between Otley and Pella, the roadside wheel came off, and the owner pulled to the side of the road. According to Mark, the mechanic, the studs were all broken on that side, so he had to put new ones in and replace the wheel. Then he had to go around to the curb side, jack it up and re-install the nuts correctly. (Yes, they were about to come off, also)

Then Mark towed the trailer to his storage lot where it is waiting for the owner to come and pick it up.

Mark told me that the owner has some wiring issues to fix, but has no idea how to go about it. I gave Mark my business card and told him about the forum. I told him that the guys here would have just about all the answers to any vintage Airstream questions that he or the owner would need.

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Old 09-10-2014, 09:59 AM   #4721
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:01 AM   #4722
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #4723
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:30 PM   #4724
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He bought new tires and rims for it and put them on the trailer himself. According to the mechanic that I talked to, the owner is not very mechanically minded, and couldn't remember which way the wheel nuts went on. So, he ended up putting all of the nuts on backwards. (Well, he was at least consistant)

Between Otley and Pella, the roadside wheel came off, and the owner pulled to the side of the road. According to Mark, the mechanic, the studs were all broken on that side, so he had to put new ones in and replace the wheel. Then he had to go around to the curb side, jack it up and re-install the nuts correctly. (Yes, they were about to come off, also)
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As someone fairly new to the AS world, can someone explain how you can put wheel nuts on backwards? Are they not like cars? Is this a vintage AS thing or greater AS thing?
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I'm assuming they mean beveled side out... It's a steel wheel kind of thing.

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Old 09-10-2014, 05:53 PM   #4726
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As someone fairly new to the AS world, can someone explain how you can put wheel nuts on backwards? Are they not like cars? Is this a vintage AS thing or greater AS thing?
Yes they would be just like cars. The nut has a flat side and a conical side. The conical side goes into the cone shaped hole in the wheel to center it and tighten it.

Nice looking old AS tho. I'm guessing it would be about 21 ft?
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:40 PM   #4727
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This is a perfect example of why something that might be so obvious to some is so foreign to others... Glad no significant damage was done to the trailer. Hopefully he finds his way to the forums! Lord knows they've saved me many mistakes by learning through others.


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Old 09-11-2014, 02:26 PM   #4728
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We saw two Airstreams while on the highway to Bar Harbor. We exchanged headlight flashes and big waves. Fun!

We have this immaculate newer Airstream here at our campground. Nice looking rig in a beautiful campsite. Makes you want to hook up and go!

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We saw two Airstreams while on the highway to Bar Harbor. We exchanged headlight flashes and big waves. Fun!

We have this immaculate newer Airstream here at our campground. Nice looking rig in a beautiful campsite. Makes you want to hook up and go!

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We may be headed up yo Bar Harbor next week. The campsite in you photo is beautiful! May I ask which campground it's in?


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Old 09-11-2014, 05:54 PM   #4730
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Spotted an AS motorhome in the BBC special Midsomer Murders last nite, one I'd taped a couple weeks ago. It was an North American motorhome, the steering wheel was on the "correct" side for us and wrong for GB.

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Old 09-12-2014, 08:26 AM   #4731
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I saw one yesterday on 291 to I-70 going east to St. Louis Mo. From Kansas City. Red number 2557.


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This is the first time I've seen Airstream "aluminum cabins". This KOA has six of them for rent. The campsites are all fixed up with fancy fire pits, hammocks, patio lights, etc, etc. I'm sure they are expensive per night. I wonder if Airstream builds a "park model" for this use?

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