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Old 09-21-2003, 11:12 PM   #29
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Thank you for one neat web-site

I am a new member and would just like to thank everyone who takes part for a truly wonderful site . I am so happy with my new trailer and I have yet to run across anyone who owns one that has not been nice . Before I bought my unit , I would admire them and if I had the opportunity to talk to an owner , they almost always would show me their coach and spend a little time with me answering questions . I thought that was really , really special . then I stumble on this site . You know , if all people were as nice as Airstream owners , the world would be a much nicer place to live . Thank you all , Craig

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Old 09-24-2003, 04:44 AM   #30
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appreciative newbie

Can I be a newbie and an A/S junkie as well!? Thanks to all the members who support this site. I have learned lots (still more to learn) just from browsing the posts. Thanks !

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Old 10-05-2003, 05:15 PM   #31
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Hello, everyone. I was a lurker, and then I found the Caravel. In a way a put the cart before the horse, and now I have a new Honda Pilot. Soon we will pick up the Caravel in Michigan. I was surprised to find that it is the very trailer pictured in the first five photos on the 1967 Caravel archive site. It's changed a little: the tv antenna is gone and the tail lights have been changed to new rectanular jobbies. I've found an old set of wedding cake tail lights on an old "easy traveler" beside a barn south of Middlebury. The screws were rusted so we drove back down with a bucket of tools and a nifty screw extractor. So I have the tail lights and the tow vehicle. Now for the Caravel.

Thanks for this wonderful website. I have lots of reading to do and lots to learn.
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Old 10-05-2003, 05:23 PM   #32
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Welcome Sallie to the world of vintage Airstreaming. If you're like me, you're life will never be the same, thanks mostly to the members of this great forum. You'll be very welcome here.

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Old 11-26-2003, 08:45 PM   #33
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Thumbs up It's time again..

Just today..I was on and the "guest" outnumbered the register users by 3 to 1..You know? You folks are invited to join~

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Old 12-07-2003, 12:32 PM   #34
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Hello people,

I have been lurking on this list for the last month or so.
My hubby and i bought a 78 tradewinds (25 feet) october 2002. We bought the first one we looked at. Having discussed buying an A/S for ages. This one appeared ok, not having anything to compare it to except the SOBs. We took it to Colorado in April and my husband lived in it until the end of October. (he came home in June and Again in August to get me and the cat). The three of us lived in it until the end of October. We pulled it to the grand canyon and then up through utah, across Idaho and west to Vancouver and then back east. We loved it. To me it was like having a big giant suitcase with everything we needed.
However the 78 had plastic insides. The plastic had become brittle and things broke. so we began thinking a little larger and newer.
After we got back I discovered this list.
And we found a 96 30 foot Excella 1000. It had everything we wanted. Well cared for and a better option than building a home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Oh yeah we got a hensley hitch for it. And pull it with a 2001 Dodge Ram Diesel.

And now here we are. Thanks for the info, humor and friendship you folks show. We will eventually post more. For now hello.

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Old 12-07-2003, 07:31 PM   #35
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Welcome Betsy and Tom

You certainly have a lot more experience than I do. I too bought nearly the first Airstream I saw and I have yet to pull it anywhere. Here's to your many contributions to come.
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Old 12-07-2003, 07:56 PM   #36
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C'mon in, the water is great!

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Old 12-07-2003, 08:12 PM   #37
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Re: We bought

Originally posted by clown
Someone told me that some of you use an electric drill with a socket to put the 4 levelers down. More Info? Thanks to all.
I have a 2003 25' Classic, also. In the past, I have used my cordless drill to lower the stabilizers on my former trailers. On the Classic, the stabilizers go down with very few turns and the crank works so easily that I haven't bothered to carry the cordless drill any more.
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Old 12-07-2003, 09:12 PM   #38
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Hello again
Just wanted to add that we traded our old camper to the couple that we brought the excella from.
and we have been camping withthe new one once. 5 days at the Top of Georgia Airstream park, we enjoyed it.
And just wanted to add we are on a Macintosh. Just to add how differently we think. What a pleasure it is.

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Old 12-09-2003, 05:36 PM   #39
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Numbers removal - carefully

So who out there has had luck or skill in changing the numbers on an AS? We're new owners of Pahaska's International and don't want the rest of you to think he's still driving around with a unit that changes from 22 to 25 ft all the time. A gentle heat gun? or maybe wait for a hot Texas day? Ideas anyone?
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Old 12-09-2003, 05:50 PM   #40
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Gerald Clay,
I just recently removed my numbers using a heat gun. Don't heat the aluminum too much, because that's counter-productive. If the letters get too hot, then they will rip too soon, and come off in little shreds. I believe that you will have amuch easier time, because John's trailer ( now yours) is still fairly new. I also removed the faded WBCCI round sticker. I would encourage you to remove the numbers as soon as possible, before they become ghost numbers underneath on the clearcoat. My numbers are still clearly visible from certain angles, but that's a 33 year old trailer. Oh, and Wally's portrait from the round sticker has become a permanent mural in the aluminum.
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Old 12-16-2003, 12:38 PM   #41
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I, too, am new to these forums but have been an AS owner since '99. Oh my god, how did I not find this site earlier? To say that these forums has soaked up hours upon hours of my free time is an understatement! But I have learned so much! I still got many questions but I know the threads are out there so I'll keep searching. Thanks to this awesome AS community! Airstreamers are truely special people!

PS: One downside to these forums is that it stokes up my "Gotta get on the Road" feelings. Summer is so far away, I am dying...
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Old 12-16-2003, 03:34 PM   #42
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One downside to these forums is that it stokes up my "Gotta get on the Road" feelings.
The official name for that disease is "Drag-up Fever."

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