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Old 11-05-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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Well it finally happened...DANG IT!!!!!

Really haven't had time to use the Stream since September, when I went dove hunting. So Yesterday, I load up to go camping and checked everything, except for the fold up step. Yup Bent the TAR out of it and pulled 3 Rivets. I temporarily fixed it, Looks like I got some hammering to this next week.

Could be worse, I coulda dented the Aluminium. So there is a SILVER lining.

Life is still Good!!



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Old 11-05-2010, 06:56 PM   #2
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Oh, dear, so sorry to hear that, Shane. Does this mean that your new Airstream is no longer a virgin??
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:35 PM   #3
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It's Fixable. But Yes, I got the BAD part out of the way. At least now I can relax.

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Old 11-05-2010, 07:38 PM   #4
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Ouch! At least it wasn't that bad.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:41 PM   #5
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Don't feel bad, I'm sure you have lots of company!

I did the same thing a few weeks after we bought our AS.

Had it parked at the end of our driveway and ripped up several feet of sod with the steps when I departed with the steps left down!

I was fortunate - no evident signs of damage, although the folding action of the aluminum steps was kind of sticky afterwards. A few taps in the right places with a soft faced hammer seemed to sort everything out!


Lesson learned - hopefully!


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Old 11-05-2010, 08:25 PM   #6
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Not exactly the same, but something similar. Moved the trailer with the tongue jack still down. I had used the jack to raise the tongue to attach the WD bars, but neglected to retract it. Kinked it right over, but no other damage, other than to my ego. Something tells me I'm not the first to do so....

A couple hours to saw off the old post, and install a new one. the kink had turned the round tube into oblong, so it wouldnt slide through the hole in the tongue. But now, good as new. Checklists are useless unless you use them.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:26 PM   #7
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I did the same thing to Lucy's step about 4 years ago. I hit a large waterfilled pot hole in a parking lot. Even thought the step was folded, the hit still turned it into a parallelogram. It still kind of worked, but I replaced the step set with a new one. Lucy's replacement step lasted a couple of years, but broke a weld, making it unfunctional. I went back to using the original one for a while, but since it was crooked, I decided to get another new one. I ordered one from Camping World.. The new one has arced front steps. I like it much better than the original. It looks better and works better.

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We have a list for pulling out, and we don't move until we have both checked it over - so far so good! We instituted the list after we got home from a long trip and discovered we hadn't installed the sway control. Luckily we didn't notice any difference, but I didn't want to chance it.

Glad it was only your steps!
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I did the same thing to Lucy's step about 4 years ago. I hit a large waterfilled pot hole in a parking lot. Even thought the step was folded, the hit still turned it into a parallelogram. It still kind of worked, but I replaced the step set with a new one. Lucy's replacement step lasted a couple of years, but broke a weld, making it unfunctional. I went back to using the original one for a while, but since it was crooked, I decided to get another new one. I ordered one from Camping World.. The new one has arced front steps. I like it much better than the original. It looks better and works better.

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A small MIG welder is a handy thing to add to your complement of tools!

I used to have a good selection of tools years ago when i used to restore old Brit sports cars as a hobby. At that time, MIG welders (wire feed welders) were pretty pricy so I had to make do with a set of torches and an old stick welder.

But a couple of months ago I picked up a new Lincoln 140 amp MIG welder and it does a great job. Can't resist neat things!

Probably I still couldn't justify the expense, but its fun, and it feels great when you are self-sufficient and can fix something that would otherwise be scrap, or make a tool to do a job that would otherwise be very difficult to deal with.

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Old 11-06-2010, 12:54 AM   #10
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Hi, when working on my trailer, I have to remember to put my steps up before backing into my parked position; If I don't the steps will hit my front porch. I think about this very often. Once I left a campground near Phoenix, as I was on the freeway, I looked into my right side mirror and saw that my steps were still down. I stopped on the side of the freeway and put them up. I have also stopped twice so far, because I wasn't sure if I locked my door. Both times the door was locked, but I had visions in my head of the door swinging open at freeway speeds; And then the dollar signs of getting it fixed. I don't have a list and don't plan on making one either. I figuer that if I can do something like remove an automatic transmission, tear it apart, rebuild it, and put it all back together with out a list, I shouldn't need a list for my trailer.
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