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Old 09-25-2003, 09:44 PM   #1
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What's special about your Airstream?

I'd like to hear from everyone about what is special about your Airstream. So, what is your favorite part of your Airstream? What makes it really special for you?

I'll go first...believe it or not, the sofa is one of the most special parts of my Airstream. It is my favorite spot to curl up with a book, to watch a movie or to chat with friends. I specifically purchased my Airstream because it had a sofa instead of a dinette. In 2002, only two Bambi's were manufactured with sofa's so I was lucky to find one of them (dtbw owns the other one)!

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Old 09-25-2003, 09:51 PM   #2
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I have probably just about the only International AS around with a sofa, only I constructed my own by rotating the dinette seats against the streetside wall.

In addition, I now have a cork floor in all but the bedroom area and numerous small modifications to the cabinetry including a foldaway dining table.

I also installed 3 12v outlets, two inside and a weatherproof one outside. I installed the outside outlet on the battery box and the cord on my 12v compressor will reach any tire from that position.

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Old 09-26-2003, 03:16 AM   #3
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Interesting thread you have created here Yukionna. I too would enjoy hearing about what makes everyone's Airstream special to them. Mine is sort of unique since it is a feature that I enjoy using everytime I enter my trailer, and yet I would rather if it wasn't there at all. Hmm. How could this be? Well, I have a love/hate relationship with the digital lock system that the previous owner installed by CUTTING A HOLE IN MY DOOR!!! I almost didn't purchase the trailer from him because of it. But now that I have grown accustom to using it, I would really miss not having it. No more lining up the kiddies and uttering death threats just to find out who didn't return the key to its hiding place (the one that everybody and their dog knows about by now anyway). And what about the time when the key broke off in the lock at 11:00 PM with the tired wife and starving kids standing in the rain behind me. Not a pretty scene! Sure, it has a 5 digit combination and I'm only able to memorize 3, but I just set it to the dollar figure I payed for my new tow vehicle. I will never forget that number. Also, it has deadbolt security and it doesn't even look so bad. So, would I install one on my next Airstream? No, I hate it! Do I enjoy that it's on my present one? Yes, I love it!

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Old 09-26-2003, 06:09 AM   #4
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I believe the previous owners of our Airstream, "didn't understand her." We took an old girl and breathed new life into her. New axles, tires, shocks, water heater, countertop, drapes, gaucho. I believe the whole coach is special to my wife and I.

When I got home from work last night, someone had left a business card under wiper blade of my truck. They want me to call them, as they have some questions about Airstreams. All kinds of neat stuff like that happens when you own one.
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Old 09-26-2003, 06:45 AM   #5
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Brenda took out the spice rack above the stove....actually I helped...had a heck of a time getting it loose. She painted kokopelli (two using stencils) after filling the holes.

She says if she ever cooked anything that the steam/grease would just get the containers and shelf out it came.
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Old 09-26-2003, 06:54 AM   #6
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Pick's absolutely right about PO's not understanding her. I don't think they understood her since she was born. Now I feel she's rightfully home. New axles, brakes, rims, 12 volt system, water heater, water system, new soft goods, etc. A complete make-over. Now the outside is slowly getting a polish. Of all of the improvements, modernizations, renovations and changes that have come about, its difficult to pick out the one thing that's unique. If I had to disclose, its probably the home 12 volt lighting system made by Juno called Trak12. I put a flush-mount ceiling plug just above the booth table and one under the overhead cabinet above the sink. They're hardly noticeable until you put in a light fixture. I have several different fixtures but this one is our favorite.

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Old 09-26-2003, 07:09 AM   #7
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Our 75 airstream is special because it belonged to my grandparents. In the mid 90's they got where they were not able to travel with it any longer due to their age. The airstream sat for about 3 years until my Grandfather asked if I would be interested in using it. He didn't have to ask but once, and we have been loving it ever since. My Grandfather turned 93 last month, when ever we see him the first questions are always about the airstream. I don't think we will ever part with our airstream, too many memories, maybe we can pass it on to our children one day.

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Old 09-26-2003, 07:15 AM   #8
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Overall my favorite thing about Airstreams is the silver gleaming bodies. They make fantastic lawn ornament. Specifically, the spare tire cover on the '59 is very cool and I've always been in love with the design of the water filter on the '61 that is perched on the sink. It reminds me of the Jetson's. The sense of community with Airstreams is amazing. Thanks to everyone who has made this forum possible. I've gotten quite an education the past few months!
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Old 09-26-2003, 09:23 AM   #9
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Probably my favorite feature is one that is of not real concern to those of you with longer coaches. In our 85 25' Sovereign, I removed the range and the double bowl sink and put in a new counter with a two burner cooktop, and a large single bowl sink. This opened up about 15" of counter space - up from approximately zero. You can see the results my clicking on my photos, below.

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Old 09-26-2003, 09:23 AM   #10
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Whats Special?

My wife's uncle ordered our AS the day after Christmas, 1958, and took delivery on April Fool's day '59. After a couple of trips out west, it retired to the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota. When Uncle Mark died it moved to the empty lot next to the 'family estate' in St. Cloud, where for 20 years it was the retreat for the grown-ups after Thanksgiving dinners and other important family milestones.
We got it when Aunt Grayce died about 10 years ago, and as we approach our retirement I decided it would be a great gift for my wife to make it roadworthy again. And a great legacy for the kids, now approaching mid-life.
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Old 09-26-2003, 09:40 AM   #11
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What's special about your Airstream?

My '64 Airstream is very special to me in that it seemed to "find" me after we had been separated for nearly twenty years. It was purchased new by friend's of my family and I was invited on my first camping trip when it was brand new and I was five years old. Our friend's gave up camping in the early 1980s and sold the Airstream. It remained in the neighborhood for a number of years and then disappeared around 1990.

I finally decided that I could afford an Airstream in 1995 and began searching - - ran across a '64 Overlander that I just thought was very similar to the one from my youth. While traveling with the trailer a few months later I met some family members of the original owner who recognized it as the trailer from my youth as it still retained drapes that had been sewn by the original owner before the trailer was sold in the early 1980s.

I fully expect that the Airstream will be with me as long as I am able or care to travel.

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Old 09-26-2003, 09:58 AM   #12
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My favorite feature is the dinette. We've also got a gaucho for lounging on, and the dinette becomes a lounging space too, but I love being able to eat indoors when the hornets chase us away from the picnic table, or playing a board game or canasta in the evening.

But what makes it special to me? Just that it's an Airstream, and it's mine now. It was built in 68 and I was built in 69 It's seen more of the country than I have, and it looks pretty good despite the miles. And it's previous owner loved it as much as we do, judging from how they took care of it, so it must have been special to them too!

And then there's the owners manual and warrentee card, with Harold's name on them. He must have been pretty happy the day he brought this little guy home. I wonder what kind of great adventures their family had with it?

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Old 09-26-2003, 10:24 AM   #13
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My favorite feature is also the dinette in the front. It's a great place to have friends over to eat when you're camping, or just sit and play cards or dominoes.

Next favorite would be the center double bed, which gives us a ton of storage and a cool place to sit and watch my "new" $5 yard sale TV.

Plus, I was blessed to get a great deal on it!

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Old 09-26-2003, 10:41 AM   #14
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My favourite thing about my Airstream, is the fact that I actually own it! It has been a life long (I am talking since I was 6) to own an Airstream after having been visited by my Aunt & Uncle in theirs. Over the years they developed footitis and worked their way through 3 trailers - 27', 29', & 31' and I never lost interest in Airstreams. When they finally sold the 31, and gave up trailering, I was not in the position to buy it from them, and have rued that day for some time.

In April 2003 we took delivery of our "Silver Condo" and love every minute we spend in it. When I joined the WBCCI I asked if my Aunt & Uncle's numbers were still available and now they are proudly displayed on our Safari - sort of a tribute to a great couple who introduced me to Airstreams.

If I had to name the one thing I like about it overall it has to be the demand hot water. We used to tent camp and then pop-up trailer camp, but anytime you wanted hot water, it was fill the kettle and light the stove.

My wife and I are looking forward to many years travelling and enjoying the Airstream lifestyle.

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