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Old 04-16-2006, 07:05 PM   #15
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Fresh pics!

Some pics of today in the new Bambi! The travel from Missoula to Great Falls was awesome. Took Highway 200 to I-15, over two mountain passes and never once felt any problems with our combo. We couldn't be happier with this unit.

We'll spend out second night in it tonight and should sleep better. All down the road today, we just couldn't believe how fun it was to just cruise along and not really care what time we get there....wherever "there" is.

Our 'very poor equalizer hitch" was awesome, btw. We were passed by several semi's and prevost buses and had no perceivable sway. You can definitely feel the trailer behind the pathfinder but I think that's a good thing.

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Old 04-16-2006, 07:29 PM   #16
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Awsome set up. Have a great time!

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Old 04-16-2006, 07:54 PM   #17
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That inside picture of your trailer sure looks cool, and cozy, but what's that the 2 of you are wearing in that outside pciture -- shorts? Don't you know it's still winter?

Good thing that bad hitch worked ok, because going across Hwy 200 you could have had a long way to go if you would have needed some repairs.

I know it's not the best weather for your trip, but being a fisherman who spends my summer in that part of the world, I'm also glad to hear about that rain you're encountering. Maybe you just brought some of your last year's rain south with you.

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Old 04-16-2006, 07:59 PM   #18
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congrats bradk on the new trailer......

looks dandy behind the pathfinder......

and your shakedown trip is going well.....

instead of telling us how horrible this dealer is......

why not just describe or list the issues/problems/behaviors....

and let us decide.....

your delivery appt started late and they wouldn't install your hitch...

late happens, but it's worse when you are wanting the trailer so badly...

would they not install the hitch as part of the price, did they want a fee, or just wouldn't do it...perhaps you're better off having done it yourself....

2 things?.....was that it or did they do other things to get you so fired up?

many of us will be traveling by their place this summer and may need service....so knowing what they did or didn't do....is useful.

the tank monitors are famous for mis-reading and the calibration/recalibrations instructions are posted here....
make sure the trailer is dead level when you do this...

sometimes the lp tanks have stuff under the rim and sit crooked...usually they can be repositioned and snugged pretty straight.

if the scratches aren't completely through the finish (finger nail test)
try some meguiar's scratchX....worked great on my delivery scratches...
but test a spot...ymmv.

the photos look great...

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Old 04-16-2006, 09:21 PM   #19
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Brad,
Hey you passed within a mile of my new place on 200! You will have to stop in and visit some time.
Nice trailer. My baby and I are headed to the factory tomorrow. I will see who you can send the letters to.
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Old 04-16-2006, 09:37 PM   #20
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Meguiar's ScratchX?

Expediency is the mother of ....

Sounds like Bretz works when nothing else is nearby. A very helpful Forums member, Karyn, is affiliated with the Spokane Airstream dealership. I would suggest talking to more than one dealer if possible.

Michelle -- Interesting hearing about your saga!

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if the scratches aren't completely through the finish (finger nail test) try some meguiar's scratchX....worked great on my delivery scratches... but test a spot...ymmv.
2air'? Given the plastic bases of clearcoat finishes, I can follow how this might blend edges of a scratch. Do you follow with any wax or Walbernize application?
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Given the plastic bases of clearcoat finishes, I can follow how this might blend edges of a scratch. Do you follow with any wax or Walbernize application?
hi canoe stream....

i've got a route i follow....soap/water, 3m solvent, scratchX....these are nonabrasive. next up is 3m finesse-it scratch remover polishes that come 1500,1200,1000 grades....like sand paper. i work up the grades till the scratch/stain/blemish is gone....then back down the grades to refinish. these products are all much much less abrasive than traditional rubbing compounds....

then i follow with a polish/glaze from either 3m or meguiar's. last step is meguiar's polymer sealant. this is instead of wax/walbernize.

this is for the alcoa applied clearcoat. for older plastic coats, i'd use 3m plastic polish or meguiar's plastic polish.

i'm always amazed at how much the scratchX will remove. the accent stripe on my 34 must have been applied wrong, removed and reapplied. from the right angle a 2-3 inch wide patch of vertical scratches ringed the trailer.....from a scraper tool....

it took me about 3 hours...but i completely removed this abrasion last year with the meguiar's scratchX product.

for scratches that are through the clearcoat into aluminum....i'd use the can of spray clearcoat the factory sells....after a week, polish and wax as above...

of course scratches are like wrinkles....they keep appearing no matter what....and go with aging...
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:24 AM   #22
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Hey Bradk.

Nice set-up! Congratulations. And dig that crazy bunk!

One thing I noticed in the photos, and maybe it's just the angle of the photo, is that the front of your Pathfinder looks a little higher than the back. I gauging this by the space in the front wheel well compared to the rear.

This could mean that the Equilizer needs adjustment one way or another. I just wanted to point this out. Better safe than sorry.

BTW- we hate our Equilizer so much that we would never own any other brand than Equilizer....

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Old 04-17-2006, 06:24 PM   #23
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instead of telling us how horrible this dealer is......

why not just describe or list the issues/problems/behaviors....

and let us decide.....

your delivery appt started late and they wouldn't install your hitch...

late happens, but it's worse when you are wanting the trailer so badly...

would they not install the hitch as part of the price, did they want a fee, or just wouldn't do it...perhaps you're better off having done it yourself....

2 things?.....was that it or did they do other things to get you so fired up?

many of us will be traveling by their place this summer and may need service....so knowing what they did or didn't do....is useful.
2Air,
We just got home from a long trip, I will do a full write up on Bretz but not right now. Too tired.

I really don't have any interest in what you guys decide on the place, just consider yourself warned. I was there, went through the experience, not you, and I wouldn't go back if it was across the street and free.

The monitor is now not reading the grey tank at all. Something fishy but I will recalibrate and see what shakes.

Hey Jonothan, yeah it's the angle of the picture but also the wheel well measurements when we did the setup matched within .5-1" of eachother which was plenty for how cold, pissed off, and wet we were. We did the 6 hour trip from Great Falls this morning and all was just perfect.

There was snow on the ground there at "Dick's RV park" this morning in Great Falls. We were happy to get home to warmer Canada.

Thanks for all the help folks!
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:29 PM   #24
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Well, you got yourself and your coach home safely, in spite of the best efforts of the dealer. Now that you are home, you can tweak and adjust everything, and figure out how things work, and why they don't.
Let us know if you need help, or even moral support.
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:42 PM   #25
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Loved the interior pics. You've got it looking so cool! Now for the fun part, bonding with your baby. My mother told me delivery was the greatest pain soon forgotten. Congratulations on your new addition to the family.
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Brad,
In talking to the service folks at Jackson Center you may have a bum sensor. They said they were replacing a significant number of them. If recalibrating does not work then it will have to be replaced.
Hope you can find service in Canada.
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Old 04-21-2006, 08:16 AM   #27
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Thanks Michelle!

Hopefully that's not the case as the closest airstream dealer is 3 hours north of here. I'm making a trip up that way in a few weeks anyway.

Thanks for the info and how did your service stuff go at Jackson Center?

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Brad,
They took care of everything! I must say I was really impressed by the factory. They even took care of a few preference items. Like my Pump switches did not show on in the same postions are the ones around them. A pilot thing. The Service faucet was pointed forwards. I had them point it backwards so I could the the black tank flush pig tail on the valve.
I can highly recommend them for anything you need for your airstream.
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