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Old 03-16-2007, 02:54 PM   #15
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Hi Bina,

I have a friend that has had 2 motorhomes and watched them. I have never personally unhooked and hooked a dingy. I have also watched countless unhooks and hookups that come into our RV Resort. The fastest time anyone has taken was 20 minutes. Of course, they did not know they were being timed. That is also a task you should never hurry anyway. I have unhooked and hooked many times in 10 minutes. I am not including water, sewer, and electricity.


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Old 03-16-2007, 02:54 PM   #16
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Hitching up a toad

Originally Posted by bina
- Is this really true???
Ease Of Hooking Up - It is a lot easier and less time consuming to hook and unhook from TT than a dingy from a motorhome.
Not true with a four down Saturn.....unhook the brake and tail lights, undo the safety chains, unhitch the tow bar and fold every thing back on the hitch carrier and secure anything loose with bunge cords - 60 seconds max - about 90 seconds to hook it up. Add about a minute each way to install and uninstall the brake actuator to the brake pedal - two keeper pins and two hitch pins and one interior electrical connection...

The toad is off and ready to run before most people can even back a trailer into position.


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Old 03-16-2007, 03:40 PM   #17
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For me it was love at first sigh (missing t intended).

Been looking for years for one that would suit our tow vehicle, the '57 Pontiac. But as kids my parents lusted after an Airstream but it was not in the cards.

I started my search in the late 70's looking for just the right Airstream and looked long and hard. It needed to be very vintage with a preference for '57, which I did not find. It needed to be reasonably complete and quickly restorable, and it needed to have a bathroom or at least a place where I could put one. We got almost exactly what we wanted as it's older than the car (sadly, not us) and we couldn't believe our good fortune.

We bought sixties and seventies SOB's in the meantime and some of them we quite liked, but it still didn't fit our wish for the perfect look.

Will we buy another in addition to this one? Not sure, have to think long and hard about that. Now that I have my Airstream I may want to add some other vintage trailer to the family as well.

Life if definitely good.

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Old 03-16-2007, 04:30 PM   #18
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We've got a "family" of them that disappeared two winters running. We got postcards postmarked Jacksonville, FL and heard from them several times each winter. We could NOT figure out who was pranking us...everyone always had an alibi. So wifey decided to bring the family inside early, but no one has fessed-up yet.

I know the neighbors think my wife is goofy...but then again, maybe they are accomplices!

When we get set up to travel at least a representative or two of the "Flamingo Family" (some of them have even ended up with name no less) will be travelling with us...just for fun.
That's Bad! It should be a felony to steal flamingos!

My wife and I have decided that the birds will never be left alone and unattened. Even our two Norwegian Forest Cats peering out the windows of the Airstream will not be enough to deter the thieves.

This is especially true now that the original manufacturer has stopped producing them.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:51 PM   #19
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Knew the second i stepped in and closed the door,,, solid,,, safe,,, the way a Mercedes Benz car door feels when you close it,,, hoping for a long relationship with mine,,, sleek,,, perfect,,, what more can one say,, Airstream is a quality product, and now i am addicted and in love and hope my daughters feel the same about them,, perfection,,, for generations,, donna
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:58 PM   #20
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I love the long shiny look... well mine dosen't shine yet, but one day it will...
big roomy rooms, no sqaushed hineys in the bath area.
I also like it because all things from 60 - 65 has class...
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:35 PM   #21
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What SOB will let you see two sunsets at once?
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:43 PM   #22
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Thumbs up Just a unique experience

Having the opportunity to work in and around just about every type of RV out there, I was initially drawn to Airstreams after a friend bought a 2003 16CCD. Thought that it was rock solid, well built and very well designed. It looked like no other RV I had been in, and had a certain 'class' of it's own.

I full timed in a 40' Monaco Dynasty diesel and still do the majority of my work for owners of these huge rolling houses. They just can't believe that my 'Stream will fit in their living room, yet has just about everything that their $500,000+ coach has.

I always love the comments I get....especially 'they still make THOSE?!?!'

And the biggest benefit of all........the almost 20,000 new 'friends' that I've found on these Forums!!
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:43 PM   #23
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Why Airstream

While I didn't realize it at the time, it may have been an attempt to recapture my youth. My first camping experience was when friends of my family invited me on short expedition in their brand new '64 Airstream Overlander International -- as a five year old the Hammock Bunks fascinated me and were indellibly etched into my memory.

My family would later try RVing but with far less remarkable vehciles -- 1969 SunWay 8.5' truck camper mounted on '69 C20 Chevrolet -- then a nightmarish tent on an aluminum trailer sold by Montgomery Wards -- finally a Coleman Minuteman. Once I was nearly through college the last disaster of a brand X coach was acquired when we purchased a brand new 1980 Nomad Light Weight Special 18'.

By 1995 I new that I had to have my own RV, and nothing else would do -- it had to be an Airstream with the large, comfortable rear bathroom, mid bedroom and front lounge. Looked for nearly 9 months before my Overlander found me. It was a short time later when I discovered that this trailer was actually the same coach that I had camped in as a five year old.

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Old 03-17-2007, 01:34 AM   #24
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Why buy an Airstream?

Maybe it is.....

The timeless element in the design or is it the

Solid construction that will allow it to outlast 5 SOB's or the

Rich company history, they are truly an American Icon or the fact that

My dad always wanted one and never was able to get one or is it that

They tow fantastically, no... it mainly comes down to ....

They look so darn cool!
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:14 AM   #25
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Well I have to say seeing it in the yard, we have a gravel drive my DH put in for the motorhome, the look is growing on me. But still it was the weight and well built issues that got us.
We towed a Saturn Vue, (FOR SALE now if anyone is looking) behind our motorhome and it never took us 20 min., I never really timed it as, it did not matter and as you say is important to do right.
I have to do part of the driving with our new AS and have to say I am nervous, sure I can drive down a straight road, but passing makes me faint just thinking about it.
Lewster, interesting you fulltimed in a 40' and now have a airstream. We did not full time but had a 40' Foretravel. It was just so much work for my DH keeping all the parts working, something was always broke. When we sold it the folks had to replace a fuel line on the way home. For that reason we downsized away from a motorhome to our 99 excella.
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:34 AM   #26
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I just had this question asked to me this weekend at the campground. This nice young family walked over and started the usual talk how old is it, do they still make them, where can you get one and why did ya want a Airstream. First of all I told the man it's 32 years old how many more do you see out here this weekend that are that old, next I like the retro look.

Now I really wanted to say: It does not look like these other 80 cracker boxes sitting here (sob)

He also told me they had bought a new trailer last year (sob) and pulled it one time on vacation and it caught on fire and burned electrical short. Insurance paid for another (after a lawyer) They pulled it twice and then started having alllll kinds of problems. Now they are on there 3rd trailer in 1 year and are tired of camping (poor family)
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:44 AM   #27
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Airstreams tow so well. No sway, no push, no pull, no nothing. The ultimate in towable trailers.
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:01 AM   #28
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Hey Bina,

There is truly nothing else like them...the sense of owning an American Icon is just wonderful...I sell the new ones everyday, but there is something about owning a vintage unit that is really great.


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