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Old 07-28-2009, 09:19 PM   #57
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It's all in the mind, I was feeling holier than thou when I rescued my gutted '61 from it's mobile retail destiny. I lapped up the compliments from the Harley couple on route 66 and bathed in the glory whilst a few passengers leant out of SUV's on the highway to capture shots of such a beauty.

Then when I realized it looked more serial killer that design icon I had to reconsider.

Still my GF claims she's been brainwashed as last week she drove home thinking why would anyone but a cheaply made identikit white box, ah my work is done...
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:12 PM   #58
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We have only had our A/S for a year, but we have had neighbors taking a walk and commenting on the trailer. As we are usually the smallest rig in a park; we still get comments that we have the best looking unit there. The only cultist comment we received was from a RV salesperson - when we inquired if they had any A/S on their lot.
For the most part if you are friendly, your fellow camper will also be friendly as well.
Plus so far we have found that the Good Sam parks have the friendliest/helpful -back us up into a space you can get.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:23 PM   #59
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Hi, first off, for some Airstreamers, it just means that they have larger payments for a longer time. [compaired to SOB owners]

At one campground that we stayed at, a group of people went on a tour of the local points of interest; Then when returning to the campground some of the people asked the bus driver to stop here, [right by my trailer] where most of them wanted off of the bus, to see our trailer.

Finally at another campground, people were acting a bit strange around me. "How you doing sir?" "Nice weather today sir." "Good day sir." And as I was doing my normal walk around the campsights, [exercise] people seemed extra cautious about what they were doing. Are these people actually acting like this because I own an Airstream? Finally, I figuered it out, after a few campers came over to my trailer asked if I was the Park Ranger. Why would they think that? Just because I happened to be wearing a tan shirt, tan pants, and a tan hat that day.

I have been to a few Airstream rallies where there were a few other Airstreamers that were somewhat rude or snooty to me and my wife; I won't mention any names. [you know who you are]

Bob,

I would have just asked you to get me a beer!
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Old 07-30-2009, 06:02 PM   #60
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Then the Prevost 45 footer pulled inbeside 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
We know the feeling when we're boxed in between two enormous mohos who can look down into our trailer through the upper oval windows. Those automatic leveling jacks are cool, but they cost a lot too. For one Prevost or Marathon you can have 10 or 15 Airstreams. Sometimes we wonder if they ever leave their mohos because most of the time we never see anyone, though one time we could see into one through the front window and there was a 45" TV going, more than twice the size of ours.

As for backing, my intention once we brought ours home was to practice backing. I did practice for about 2 minutes—good intent does not lead to good practices. We only stayed at pull thrus for a while, but sooner or later you have to back into or out of something. For me it was a crowded gas station on a Thanksgiving weekend. There didn't seem to be enough space to go forward, at least it seemed to me. There probably was, but I didn't know how tight a turn I could make. So I backed out. I noticed a lot of people in their little cars seemed very nervous to be near me, but maybe it was because I was nervous. My wife directed me, although she has a habit of standing where I can't see her. Eventually we had to camp in a back in space and nothing got hit.

Do it slowly and eventually you get the hang of it. Sometimes you turn the wheel a lot, others not so much. Once you get the trailer turned the way you want it, straighten the wheel. Know how many turns the wheel is lock to lock—our truck has 4 complete turns, so I know how many turns to get it back straight by counting the turns when I started backing. That way you don't have to look out the window all the time to see if your wheels are straight. When you get the trailer close to where you want to aim it, it just takes slight turns of the wheel. Learn how much of a hard turn will get your tail lights too close to the propane cover. Depending on the weight distributing hitch and your tow vehicle, you may never hit the taillight, but on some combinations you might. Taillights are expensive.

Getting out and looking at where you are is often necessary for everyone. It's easy to get confused while backing, especially when you can't see obstacles. The stuff on the right side of the trailer is harder to see no matter how many mirrors you have.

Remember when people are watching, everyone of them had to learn and everyone made mistakes. From time to time you will see trailers with dents on the back—guess how that happened. Campground owners will tell you how much damage they suffer from RV's driving over water spigots, trees, electrical connections, and such. Being careful, slow, checking yourself by getting out and looking all will help you not hit anything, and if you do, you are not alone. We've towed about 15,000 miles and still haven't hit anything (well, except for that long scratch in the side from a tree branch I couldn't see in the dart, and that was driving forward!).

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Old 07-30-2009, 07:17 PM   #61
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Backing... lol, when we got home, knew it was coming.. we have a 500' long, narrow, gravel, driveway with a pretty good snake to it, thru the woods. very private and romantic feeling when we built the house..

whole nother story after two days on the road, and it being our FIRST attempt at backing together. but we are still married, so guess it worked out.
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My very first attempts to park my trailer in a campsite alone consisted of putting on lipstick, then sitting there and waiting. Before you knew it five or six guys would show up to help, a couple of them even hopped in and did it for me... I think I've got it now.

Maybe you could wear some tight jeans and WOMEN would come along to teach you!
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Turkeys. Backing an Airstream trailer is a cinch, and one of the motorhomes is even simpler. You should try a fifth wheel. (Just yesterday I managed to back one in and got it right on the first try!)
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When we arrived at Lynn's campground, he wanted to direct me in backing in. That's fine as I didn't want to destroy anything, but the directions he was giving made no sense to me. Then it dawned on me that he was telling me to turn the wheel as if I had my hand on the top of the wheel and I had my hand on the bottom of the wheel. So when he wanted me to turn right, I knew I had to turn left. Once I figured it out and told him, everything went fine.

Some times I can back in as if I were born to it, other times, no so good, especially after a 400+ mile day when brain cells are sleeping or expired.

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Yeah, it's confusing at times. The directions I give when standing at the back of a rig are different from the ones I give when standing beside the driver, and the latter are actually the trickiest to handle.

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My very first attempts to park my trailer in a campsite alone consisted of putting on lipstick, then sitting there and waiting. Before you knew it five or six guys would show up to help, a couple of them even hopped in and did it for me... I think I've got it now.

Maybe you could wear some tight jeans and WOMEN would come along to teach you!
Hah, I will definitely keep that in mind, thanks.
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If possible get someone other than your partner to help you get into spaces. That way you can enjoy the evening. And get onto what is important--chilling out and doing nothing.
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If possible get someone other than your partner to help you get into spaces. That way you can enjoy the evening. And get onto what is important--chilling out and doing nothing.
No partner, so no worries on that score.
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No partner, so no worries on that score.
Ideal time to find one then.
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Ideal time to find one then.
Could happen. Never say never, but track record is not encouraging.

...I'll just get a vase, thanks.
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