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Old 02-23-2004, 07:51 PM   #1
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Angry typical blonde here

o.k., I know this is sort of ridiculas but I was wondering if there is any sort of information out there like an "airstream for dummy's" book? I have had my 22 ft. international ccd for 2 days now and reading the manual is making me crazy and discouraged! I need just a basic primer beyond what the dealer covered. Any advice would be so appreciated!
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Old 02-23-2004, 07:57 PM   #2
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I think the best way to learn is to DO ... but it is helpful to have somebody to look over your shoulder the first time around. Do we have any Airstreamers in the LA area who would be willing to take a little trip with Sparkleplenty (after the rain quits)? We did the same with some folks who bought their AS up here and stayed with us for a few days to learn the ropes, so to speak.

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Old 02-23-2004, 08:02 PM   #3
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Another thought...

Check this out: WBCCI Region 12 Rallies There are several in March tha tyou could attend & get "hands on" attention. I understand the San Berdardino Unit has a very active group...

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Old 02-23-2004, 08:34 PM   #4
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Find a local airstreamer

The Airstream Manuals are a lot to consume in just a couple of days. I was lucky that I had a 20 year plus Airstreaming neighbor that knew many of the tricks of the trade. I started tackling my thoughts one at a time and searching this forum for understanding. Since you mentioned it, there is a R/Vís slash Travel Trailerís for Dummyís book on the market. I read it at the library to get my footing on the decision to buy a travel trailer vs a RV. Not that it helps, check out my post on beginning, it may not apply but it may make you feel better about it all.
http://www.airforums.com/forum...&threadid=8876
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Old 02-23-2004, 08:39 PM   #5
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Sparkleplenty,
I can show you around your trailer and help you get situated. My office is 30min from downtown LA and you can stop by or call anytime during the day.
you can send me a private message if you need help. Just don't get frustrated over this, it's really easy once you 've done it once or twice.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:25 PM   #6
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Hey Sparkle,
Reading these forums is a great start. It's good to have
help at first, as long as you actually perform all tasks.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:53 PM   #7
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Hey, we bought two old Airstreams in one week with the high dreams of quick rehabs. Actually, we're planning on selling the results in California, my Aunt says it's a good market. Anyway, I ramble. Our 1968 Safari, which we have had a lot of time to play with, but zero luck on making the systems work, only has an Owners manual, not a service manual. I don't think they made service manuals until 1972. But this forum has sucked me in, and answer, thoroughly (sp?) every question I have had.

Hang in there, hands-on living and learning is the best way to do it.

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Smile Re: basic primer

Why spend countless hours reading tons of info when BobbyW pretty well summed everything up in this primer (taken from the ZEN THREAD):

Originally posted by BobbyW

OK...OK I won't do it. You people have convinced me.
From now on I will always....


Use Vulkem/ParBond/Sikaflex to seal, never Silicon,

Use Nuvite and a Cyclo polisher to polish,

Install Fantastic Fans,

Pull with a properly equipped 1 ton supercharged diesel 4X4 dually crew-cab rig, instead of my CAN-AM Yugo,

Balance my wheel assemblies,

Plumb with PEX,

Install Pergo flooring,

Order and read an owners manual from Helen Davis @ Secretarial Services at: (937) 492-8885,

Paint the interior with Zolatone,

Install and shave Olympic rivets,

Install a rock shield on the front,

Walbernize my exterior,

POR-15 coat my hitch,

Replace my batteries and keep them charged,

Install a solar panel(s),

Not attach anything to my rear bumper,

Quit trying to figure out how to install a Gray-water tank,

Update my LPG regulators

Use ST Goodyear/Cooper/Continental D rated tires and 2600lb+ trailer wheels,

Install new full brake assemblies, instead of repair the old ones,

Install OEM Gabrial Shocks, not NAPA automotive,

Never put a jack on the Duraflex axle,

Only use ZipDee awnings,

Clean and inspect my A/C unit annually,

I will bring/not bring children to the Rallies,

Use a dremel tool for everything, on everything, that won't move,

If it will not come loose with the proper tool, I will "heat & beat" it into submission,

Winterize the plumbing before the first thaw,

Keep my Black Water tank at least 1/3 full,

Not use excessive HTML, colors, punctuation and all CAPS when posting to the Forums,

Quit adding things to this post,

Finish my current restoration, instead of hanging out here all the time, posting silly stuff like this...



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Finish my current restoration, instead of hanging out here all the time, posting silly stuff like this...

....well we'd all be lonely people then....wouldn't we?
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Old 02-24-2004, 12:59 PM   #10
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thank you!
this is a lot of useful info and I will be sure to check back on this forum for tips. thanks again for all your responses!
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