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Old 11-17-2002, 08:53 AM   #15
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"Please enlighten me, those of you in cold country as to your experiences and why you would not airstream in winter. "

my two major reasons are:

1 salt

2 no driving morons eating lunch, talking on cell phones, personal grooming and doing just about anything but paying attention the first 3 good snowfalls.

driving on snow covered roads with a heavy trailer is not hard, you MUST have good tires and have your brakes adjusted properly. also you cannot have any kind of sway control engaged.
if you don't, the last thing you'll see before you crash is the trailer passing you.

however, with all of that I am thinking about de-winterizing the trailer for deer hunting next weekend as it will be in the mid 40's.

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Old 11-17-2002, 08:57 AM   #16
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Re: Jackson Center Tour

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I'd like to make this suggestion to the company. Anyone have suggestions on how to do this ?

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Try suggestions@airstream.com

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Old 11-17-2002, 09:02 AM   #17
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We have been on two AS factory tours. They were both excellent but the second was even more informative than the first.
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I was quite astounded that the trailer skins come out as nice as they do with all the equipment and people buzzing around the units. At the end of the line they put what looks like small sticky note tabs on any skin imperfection. They really didn't tell us how these problems were taken care of. Our tour guide told us that these are bears to fix.

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Old 11-17-2002, 10:57 AM   #18
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This coming week maybe.....

If Henschen calls and tells me my axles are ready, I'll be heading up there later on this coming week, possibly Friday, I hope. If not, the week after.

There is only one solution to this winter camping dilemma, FLORIDA!!!
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Old 11-17-2002, 11:07 AM   #19
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Re: Factory Tour

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The factory tour is a must. When I took my '01 Bambi there in May to have some work done on it, I stayed on the grounds and during my stay took the tour.
The tour is very informative. You can get a greater appreciation for your airstream as well as the build process. They start from ground zero and you follow the manufacturing process until the unit is out the door. Our tour took almost two hours. I was keenly interested in the Bambi and the tour guide was very supportive. He allowed me to talk to employees throughout the plant if they were working on a Bambi. It was great. you can see the unit being put together and see each step and how it all works. I would strongly suggest it is a must see.

By the way, living in Florida we don't winterize or put our trailers to sleep for the winter. I have never lived in cold weather but I am told that these trailers are all weather units. So, my question is , why put your trailer away during the winter months. I would think it would be adventurous to camp in the snow or what every. At least your camping in your airstream. I am sure there are a number of reasons people don't but I would think if these units are designed for it, why not. I couldn't think of not using my airstream for several months. Please enlighten me, those of you in cold country as to your experiences and why you would not airstream in winter.

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Unless things have changed in the last year, they don't collect. The sign is there stating $10 a day parking. Even an old rusty collection box with a padlock which hasn't been touched in years. It was a running joke with those of us staying there and the Service Center folks that A/S really doesn't police their camping area for collection of camping fees. BTW the sites are in a wheel and spoke
It's known as an Honor System..

The only reason why I didn't "have to"pay was, because I was there for services on my rig
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Well I was there for service also. Three days. It's just a matter of fact not attempting to scam the folks there. We just asked the question inside and were told that no one checks the box or even attempts to collect. As long as the camping is for folks there for service or even those staying overnight for the tour, the camping is really a courtesy. So if you drop your $$ in that rusty old box, its enriching someone else's pockets, but not A/S.

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Why put your trailer away during the winter months? I dont know, I try to camp one weekend a month! Its a nice thing to wake up on Christmas morning find it snowed all night!!!!!
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