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Old 07-01-2008, 04:22 AM   #1303
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Found 2 yesterday. One is an Avion camper on a 1969 GMC near Gouverneur NY. The other one looks like a Bambi in a parking lot in Chippewa Bay NY.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:04 PM   #1304
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Found 2 yesterday. One is an Avion camper on a 1969 GMC near Gouverneur NY. The other one looks like a Bambi in a parking lot in Chippewa Bay NY.
I love that Avion camper and GM combo. '72 was the last year for that classic body style.

I spotted this Bambi today. What makes it remarkable (well to me anyways) is that there are only two airstream in my town, one of them being mine. I just happened to see this one on my way home from work. I don't know if they are from around here or just passing through, but it did have Washington plates.

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Old 07-01-2008, 09:24 PM   #1305
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We have seen about 10 on our summer trip from RI to AZ and UT. We have stayed in a couple of places where there were some there and have seen various ones on the road. The craziest place was on Rte 64 going into the Grand Canyon. The road is pretty deserted on both sides and we were about 25 miles from the GC just driving along when I saw a flash and said to my wife "Is that what I think it is?" and it was. In the middle of the hot field about a 1/4 mile from the roadside was an AS!!! It looked like there was a small shed next to it. Someone was definately living there. Wow!!!
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:31 PM   #1306
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Saw an Airstream FOR SALE today in Hamilton, Texas (not far from Fort Worth). I was an older model, looked like 27', and seemed in fine shape. It's parked on the right side of Highway 281 just before the intersection at FM 2905.

Had a for sale sign on it, so if anyone's in the area looking for a project…
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:55 PM   #1307
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I spotted this Airstream last week at a fireworks stand in a Food Lion parking lot in Tullahoma, TN. so I stopped by to see who it belonged to. The young guy running the stand said it belonged to a relative who had several of them and liked to fix them up. I believe they said they were from Alabama. I looked at the serial # and decoded it as a '63 Sovereign 30' with rear bath and double bed. It had the curb side front gaucho also. It had a nice polish with only a hint of black residue here and there.
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:43 PM   #1308
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Stayed at Ft. Wilderness for the week of the 4th of July. Saw four Airstream trailers and two Airstream Land Yacht motor homes. Two of the other Airstreams belonged to members of the Airforums.com and I talked with both for a while. I didn't get a chance to talk to the others, though.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:22 PM   #1309
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I spotted this Airstream last week at a fireworks stand in a Food Lion parking lot in Tullahoma, TN. so I stopped by to see who it belonged to. The young guy running the stand said it belonged to a relative who had several of them and liked to fix them up. I believe they said they were from Alabama. I looked at the serial # and decoded it as a '63 Sovereign 30' with rear bath and double bed. It had the curb side front gaucho also. It had a nice polish with only a hint of black residue here and there.
Hi, just waiting for Andy to spot that picture to let someone know that it needs new axles. Top of the rims at wheel well opening. Really nice looking trailer though.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:10 AM   #1310
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Hi, just waiting for Andy to spot that picture to let someone know that it needs new axles. Top of the rims at wheel well opening. Really nice looking trailer though.
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How can you tell that it needs new axles? I have a 1976 Soviergn 30FT and it sets like that, when I took it to the factory and had it inspected the only thing that they found was the shocks was bad, further inspection of the axles found the axles themselves in good shape and they are the original. I said that I wanted the bearing pulled and repacked unless they are showing some wear then replaced. They also said that it is not uncommon for a trailer to set that low on the tires, that if it was down to the rim then there is a problem. I looked at the display axle in the front and other than bearings it did not look like there was much could go wrong with the axle except for breaking.
I need to make a trip to the factory to review the repairs being done, and because there are some upgrades I have decided to add too, I plan on talking to them more about this axle thing. I dont want to get it back and then find out there is something wrong. I want it right before I pick it up.

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Old 07-07-2008, 07:17 AM   #1311
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Hi, just waiting for Andy to spot that picture to let someone know that it needs new axles. Top of the rims at wheel well opening. Really nice looking trailer though.
I mentioned that to the owner's relative and that a better way to determine if the axles were gone was to climb underneath to look at the tension arm. I explained that if the tension arm is in a negative arc then the axles need to be replaced. I also told him to visit Inland Rv's website to determine if they were bad.
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:59 AM   #1312
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How can you tell that it needs new axles? I have a 1976 Soviergn 30FT and it sets like that, when I took it to the factory and had it inspected the only thing that they found was the shocks was bad, further inspection of the axles found the axles themselves in good shape and they are the original. I said that I wanted the bearing pulled and repacked unless they are showing some wear then replaced. They also said that it is not uncommon for a trailer to set that low on the tires, that if it was down to the rim then there is a problem. I looked at the display axle in the front and other than bearings it did not look like there was much could go wrong with the axle except for breaking.
I need to make a trip to the factory to review the repairs being done, and because there are some upgrades I have decided to add too, I plan on talking to them more about this axle thing. I dont want to get it back and then find out there is something wrong. I want it right before I pick it up.

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Hi, Sarge. If you look at the picture of the trailer we are talking about, you will see that you cannot see any of the tire above the rim and that the rim seems to be in line with the wheel well opening. Weak axles or very overloaded. Now I will post a picture of my Safari and you will see that most all of the tire shows below the wheel well. I don't have a direct side view picture of my trailer, but if you click to enlarge my picture, I think it shows a little bit better.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:41 AM   #1313
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Hi, Sarge. If you look at the picture of the trailer we are talking about, you will see that you cannot see any of the tire above the rim and that the rim seems to be in line with the wheel well opening. Weak axles or very overloaded. Now I will post a picture of my Safari and you will see that most all of the tire shows below the wheel well. I don't have a direct side view picture of my trailer, but if you click to enlarge my picture, I think it shows a little bit better.
Hi Everyone:

Just a word of caution on using how much tire or wheel rim appears in the wheel well of a vintage Airstream as an indicator of axle condition. Specifically for the 1962 model year (the only year for which I have hard data), the height of the wheel well horizontal top lip from the top of the plywood floor differed by 2 inches between the LA and Ohio factories. The Ohio wheel well cut out was 3 inches above the plywood floor, whereas the California wheel well cut out was 5 inches above the plywood floor. So on brand new 1962 Airstreams, there was a 2 inch difference between trailers made at the two factories in how much of the wheel and tire assembly was visible in the wheel well. That 2 inch difference is a significant portion of overall axle trailer arm travel and will lead to a false prognosis. There likely exists differences in wheel well height between the two factories for other years too, so use caution when employing the wheel well test on older Airstreams.

A much better indicator of axle rubber condition is to stick you head under the trailer and look at the actual angle of the trailing arm to the frame rails.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:06 AM   #1314
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We were traveling south on Hwy 45/47 and passed an older Airstream going north towards Antigo, WI. We were so geeked! They flashed their lights and we waved like crazy! Sorry, it happened so fast didn't get a photo. It was our first trip in our AS, and our first AS sighting while towing ours. Woohoo!
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There's a bank here that's running an ad (I think it's BMO) and the ad is a cartoon of a family. The father has huge long legs, like a daddylonglegs spider has relative to his body, the point being he can travel quickly, carrying the children with him.

(getting to the point soon here.) Well, at one point he steps over a mountain, and as he strides over the valley, at the bottom left of the screen is a perfect little cartoon Airstream (polished and waxed!), which I would guesstimate, has a Bambi's ratio of length vs height.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:25 AM   #1316
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I was watching teevee last evening to get storm coverage here in the Cleveland area - we got POUNDED!
There was a traffic shot of our "innerbelt bridge" which carries Interstate 90 West and Interstate 71 South traffic together for a few miles.
There was a shorter 2-axle AS being towed South/West bound in a horrible rainstorm - I hope they got to their destination safely!
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