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Old 07-27-2009, 06:04 PM   #43
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Starbucks???

Most of the folks around here think star bucks are something you see during hunting season. "Did y'all see em star bucks come through here a while ago?"

Actually we do have one in town, and it is funny watching some deer hunters in camo, and 4WD trucks pulling through the drive-thru ordering venti, pumpkin spice, skinny, no-whip, lattes.


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A good looking trailer is just that. An old worn A/S is just another old trailer. But a clean (maybe shiny) aluminum trailer IS in a class by itself. Adds nothing to performance, but emphasizes that it is a more roadworthy vehicle by all measures.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:55 AM   #45
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RV Expert?

"What we do experience is other campers asking us for technical assistance. Some RVers think that if you are pulling an Airstream, you must be some kind of RV expert. "

I think it might just be that folks see how many tools we lug around to repair / work on / modify out trailers, and just assume that we're some sort of certified RV mechanic ... or is that just me?

I actually don't think I've ever had anyone mention the Airstream - other than a few months ago when I showed up to a reserved site at a State Park, only to find I was next to a Bambi. That was fun.

And I guess I've never asked for back-in help other than from a passenger, but a few folks have volunteered ... 'course, I think that after a few minutes of watching my back-up efforts, it became self-preservation: they didn't want me to back into their rig!
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I think it might just be that folks see how many tools we lug around to repair / work on / modify out trailers, and just assume that we're some sort of certified RV mechanic ... or is that just me?
I have had a few people comment on all the tools I bring when I was fixing something—which happens all too often—but they weren't foolish enough to ask me for advice.

One woman who saw me adding air to the tires with my compressor asked me if it were a generator. Showing amazing self restraint, I just explained trailer tires have a habit of losing air and it was a compressor. I was tempted to tell her the "generator" excites the electrons in the tires and boosts the air pressure so the tires will be lighter thus reducing friction and save gas (actually it does work that way, but I didn't want to let her know an Airstream secret).

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One woman who saw me adding air to the tires with my compressor asked me if it were a generator. Showing amazing self restraint, I just explained trailer tires have a habit of losing air and it was a compressor. I was tempted to tell her the "generator" excites the electrons in the tires and boosts the air pressure so the tires will be lighter thus reducing friction and save gas (actually it does work that way, but I didn't want to let her know an Airstream secret).

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That's so crazy, it just might work.

But seriously, I realize this is off my own topic, but ever give thought to filling tires with nitrogen? Supposed to reduce rubber rot and leakage.
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:25 PM   #48
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We've had folks "do" us for technical expertise. The toughest I did while on the road was to take apart a family's furnace, take out the sail switch, clean it, and reinstall. It wasn't one of the "pancake" type furnaces, so not that difficult.

'Course, our own rig gave us fits and starts on the last trip. Electical hell and a solution so simple that it comletely eluded me for days. I had opened the furnace to turn on the gas cock and managed to squish one of the wires in the lid while closing it. Short city!


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And I guess I've never asked for back-in help other than from a passenger, but a few folks have volunteered ... 'course, I think that after a few minutes of watching my back-up efforts, it became self-preservation: they didn't want me to back into their rig!
As I contemplate the full-time Airstream life, this is actually one of my fears: Traveling alone, pulling into a campground late, tired, and having to back into a tight spot by myself.
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As I contemplate the full-time Airstream life, this is actually one of my fears: Traveling alone, pulling into a campground late, tired, and having to back into a tight spot by myself.
Just pull in front of your spot, get in the trailer and go to sleep. Someone will come along in the morning, honk, and have to help you since you are blocking the exit...

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As I contemplate the full-time Airstream life, this is actually one of my fears: Traveling alone, pulling into a campground late, tired, and having to back into a tight spot by myself.
Um, sure ... but that backing in business is just like parallel parking or landing a plane. You have to practice it a bit to get reasonably comfortable with it. But no matter how much you do it, some times are just better than others. That's why they make passengers and back-up cameras and walkie talkies!
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Just pull in front of your spot, get in the trailer and go to sleep. Someone will come along in the morning, honk, and have to help you since you are blocking the exit...

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I like your style.

I have only been camping once by myself and arrived at the camp ground at 10:30 at night and no one ventured out to offer any help even though I pulled nose to nose with one Class C and spent 20 minutes getting into the dark site by myself.
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Being 4'10" tall with white hair and alone . . . when I pull in to a campsite and back it into a tiny space . . . I get nothing but, hello - what yr is your trailer?, how do you do it by yourself?, how long have you had your a/s? Questions and more questions. Sometimes the husband sends the wife over to talk with me and she drags me back to her rig to met her husband.

Folks are interested. I love my vintage a/s but I must admit that I do give the PROVOST a second look every time I see one.

Quit waiting - go and get a silver twinkie and join in the fun.
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I've never seen anyone be snooty toward me for having a silver bullet, but I have seen silver bullet owners be snooty toward white box people.

That being said, you WILL hear:
1. Do they still make these (because to the uninformed, it's hard to tell if a silver trailer is ten months old or fifty years old)

2. Does it tow easily?

3. I've always wanted to see inside one of these.... (you then give a tour)

4. My uncle Buck used to have one of these....

I had my 34 footer all shined up, thought I was King of the Road. When the Coleman popups pulled in, I held my head high.

Then the Prevost 45 footer pulled in beside me and I felt like white trash. Yeah, I'm out there like Quasi-Moto putting down the stabilizer jacks with a speed wrench. He pushes a button and "whoosh" the air suspension self levels it. Yep, pobrecito back to the 'holler

They're all good. Get what you like. If I had the money, I'd have a Prevost. Short of that, I'd look hard at a 40' Newmar 5er with tandem dual axles. But as it is, I like my '87 Avion.

Oh yeah, an Avion is very much like an Airstream, except with a much stronger frame and a shape that is boxier....very similar to what the new Airstreams look like, but not as rounded as the old ones. The old Avions didn't have enough windows in them and tended to be dark...the ones from the 80's were much brighter with bigger windows. Avions have really nice hardwood cabinets with stained glass inserts. They're heavier than the old Airstreams, but on par or maybe a tad lighter than the new ones. Ford vs. Chevy. I've owned both. I like both.

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I've never seen anyone be snooty toward me for having a silver bullet, but I have seen silver bullet owners be snooty toward white box people.

That being said, you WILL hear:
1. Do they still make these (because to the uninformed, it's hard to tell if a silver trailer is ten months old or fifty years old)

2. Does it tow easily?

3. I've always wanted to see inside one of these.... (you then give a tour)

4. My uncle Buck used to have one of these....

I had my 34 footer all shined up, thought I was King of the Road. When the Coleman popups pulled in, I held my head high.

Then the Prevost 45 footer pulled in beside me and I felt like white trash. Yeah, I'm out there like Quasi-Moto putting down the stabilizer jacks with a speed wrench. He pushes a button and "whoosh" the air suspension self levels it. Yep, pobrecito back to the 'holler

They're all good. Get what you like. If I had the money, I'd have a Prevost. Short of that, I'd look hard at a 40' Newmar 5er with tandem dual axles. But as it is, I like my '87 Avion.

Oh yeah, an Avion is very much like an Airstream, except with a much stronger frame and a shape that is boxier....very similar to what the new Airstreams look like, but not as rounded as the old ones. The old Avions didn't have enough windows in them and tended to be dark...the ones from the 80's were much brighter with bigger windows. Avions have really nice hardwood cabinets with stained glass inserts. They're heavier than the old Airstreams, but on par or maybe a tad lighter than the new ones. Ford vs. Chevy. I've owned both. I like both.

see ya on the road,
Jim,

#3 is one we definately hear on a regular basis as well. When I explain to them our 76 is "Just an old trailer on the inside" they look at me funny and with a hint of dis-belief.

As for the Avion vs Airstreams, I don't think the general population knows one silver trailer from another. However we receive plenty of teasing from our AS friends when we get together. The funny thing is that once they see the inside their opinions usually change.


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