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Old 03-23-2008, 07:25 PM   #1
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Successful Airstream Pickup!!

We Left For Utah, A Week Ago Last Saturday - Believe It Or Not, We Didn't Even Get Out Of So Cal Without Hitting Snow - Cajon Pass!!
After Vegas It Was Snow, All The Way - Beautiful But Not Something We Palm Springs People Are Used To. It Took Us 2 Days To Get There In The Evening- Exhausted & Decided To Hotel It At Hampton Inn In Provo - Right Next To Ihop & Red Lobster - Not Too Tough, But Cold!!! We Were Putting Off Going To See The Airstream We Had Purchased Online (can't Believe We Did That)...lots Of Buyers Remorse & Fear Until The Next Sunny Morning We Saw Her - It Was Love At First Sight - We Wouldn't Change A Thing About Her - She Is A 1997 Safari 25' Only Used About 2 Times - Original Owner, Not Wives Lifestyle & An Original Owners Manual With Evertying Possible In It. We Were Hooked Immediately. It Had Sat In The Sun & Snow For 7 Years - So We Immediately Started Parting With Our Money - Had The Electric Brakes Put On, Got New Propane Tanks (the Old Ones Had Been Stolen), New Tires, Weight Equalizer Hitch & A Trip To Walmart & We Were Off To Come Home. We Stayed In A Campground Out Of Provo - Lakeside Rv - Very Pleasant - Cold! 39 At Noon & Immediately Met Some Nice People & Some Who Had Things They Were Willing To Share & Give. It Was Wonderful. As We Started Home, We Realized That As Soon As We Got Out Of The Cold, We Would Like To Spend A Few Days Just Playing With Our New Toys - Other Than The Headliner The Insides Were Perfect & Everything Worked. So Off To Death Valley Proudly Towing Our Airstream. We Spent 2 Days In An Absolutely Barren Campground But It Didn't Matter - We Loved It......peacefulness, Walks, Evenings Under Our Awning Looking At The Full Moon With A Bottle Of 2 Buck Was Everything We Hoped For. Finally We Realized That Real Life Was Calling So We Headed For Home - The Trailer Tows Beautifully Behind Our 1996 Suburban 1500- Except For Anyone Going To Death Valley, Don't Go In From Beatty - That Grade In Is An Absolute Brake Killer - And According To Our New Friends At The Campground - Many Have Killed Their Brakes On The Long Way Down - As They Smiled And Looked At Us - They Said You Only Do It Once.

Finally We Got To Palm Springs - Proud That It Had Been Since An Easy Tow Home - Started Backing Her Into The Driveway - She Needs Clearcoat Removal (most Is Alreadygone), Buffing & Polishing, And Forgot About The Eave On The Side Of The House - Yep - Right There And Then We Put In A New Owner Stupid Good Sized Dent In The Curve As It Starts Up To The Now We Are Going Outside To See If We Can Find A Way To Pound It Out - We
Look Forward To Meeting Some Of You - By The Way - All The Way From Utah To Death Valley & To Palm Springs - We Saw Only 4 Airstreams. Would Enjoy Any Input.

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Old 03-23-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your first dent

The first dent is always special. Congratulations, now you don't have to worry about the first dent any more. It sounded like a great trip. Enjoy...


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Old 03-23-2008, 07:29 PM   #3
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Congrats on the new coach and a successful first voyage.

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Old 03-23-2008, 07:37 PM   #4
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Congratulations on getting your new baby!! Sorry about the dent, but those things happen. As long as she works and everything's good, you're OK.

Don't sweat the small stuff, and enjoy the Sirstream experience.

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Old 03-23-2008, 07:48 PM   #5
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Congrats on your new purchase. If the dent doesn't have a crease in it and isn't on a seam, it is relatively easy to "pop". We have had success using a $5 dent puller from an auto store.
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:16 PM   #6
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Thanks To All For The Response & Congrats - The Dent Puller Sounds Like A Definite Possibility - Any More Info?
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:22 PM   #7
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MAke it a set

Dent the other side, it will look like a matched set. One of a kind.

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Old 03-23-2008, 11:25 PM   #8
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The key to dents is LESS is MORE. Take it easy and gently. If you've stretched the metal or put a hard crease in it, that will be there to stay.

My California geography is weak, but Inland RV has a very good reputation for repairs. Just look for one of the many threads "Inland Andy" has posted to.


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