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Old 06-04-2011, 10:08 PM   #1
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Airstream Confidential - 'Your Precious Trailer'

I think the acquisition of my new A/S could be compared to new parenthood:

I admire it.
I talk about it.
I take pictures of it.
I lovingly inspect it.
I keep it clean.
I buy things for it.
I dress it up...and so on and so forth.

When someone got a little close to it with their car (it's parked in my driveway), I went tearing out and asked the driver what the 'ell he's doing - you're too close to my NEW trailer.

"I was even close to your PRECIOUS TRAILER," said he, before roaring off.

I haven't take the trailer anywhere since buying it earlier this year. Part of the reason is work-related, but part of it has a lot to do with "over-protectiveness." I have been looking at RV parks. One sounded really neat - right on the beach. But when I discovered there was a two-mile drive over gravel roads to get there, I shuddered at the thought of dinging my trailer. I have been reading about dings, dents, and gawd forbid....corrosion. It's the kind of stuff that keeps me awake at night.

Do I need help....or is this perfectly normal behaviour? If so, how did you get over it?
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:30 PM   #2
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You need to let go. Just get out there and enjoy it, the first cut hurts the worst....
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:36 PM   #3
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I have a bit of it in me too.

I pull mine over a couple miles of dirt road to our desert cabin. I go slow, 5-10 MPH. and have never damaged the trailer in any way other than getting a very light amount of dust on it. As far as your gravel road accessed campground, pick a time when you can go slow and avoid as much traffic as possible and you'll be fine. For the corrosion get some ACF 50 and treat the rivet lines and panel edges once in a while, or hit them with a spritz of WD40, wipe it off and go on your beach trip.

Otherwise, its insured. It can be repaired. I've had no serious damage to mine from quite a bit of towing, and there are others with much more mileage. You'll probably have to reason with yourself about having fun vs. a few minor scrapes and dents. Perhaps the feeling of new will relax a bit with time and you can enjoy it more. Certainly the memories from use and the places you take it will exceed the memories of looking at a beautiful object. I hope you get out and enjoy your trailer.

The biggest impact to you will be the trailer's depreciation. Far more significant from age than minor dings or corrosion.

If not, maybe consider buying something used with a few scuffs and scrapes built in. I've had some desert off road toys I've bought in pretty rugged cosmetic shape and had lot of fun as a result. No worries, lots of fun.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:38 PM   #4
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

You really should consider lightening up and enjoying your Airstream for its intended use. We are also somewhat anal about our dear Lucy. We have had her for 5 years, and have spent almost 900 nights in her. We have towed her over 70,000 miles. We have enjoyed her immensely.

I am writing this from a campground in rural Idaho where we have been camped for the past 4 nights. Yes, Lucy got dirty on the dirt road to get into the campsite, but that's the price you pay for having fun camping. Lucy also has some rock dings on her snout, but that is also part of the price you pay.

You can avoid the dirt and dings by leaving her home, but then you don't have any fun with her. If you just want to collect and admire something, try stamps or coins. They are much easier to store and deal with.

Here's a picture of Lucy taken several hours ago at her campsite in Idaho. Doesn't she look content?

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Old 06-04-2011, 11:42 PM   #5
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I guess I'm lucky my trailer is older than I am, and spent many summers making the long haul to Alaska before I brought it home I've never had to worry about adding dings, because it has plenty already, I'd probably never notice it.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:46 AM   #6
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Here's a picture of Lucy taken several hours ago at her campsite in Idaho. Doesn't she look content?
Yes, but don't you think you're a little close to that tree?
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bTW, the following is just my opinion! Keeping your Airstream at home might be compared to keeping a dog in a kennel crate. Both might survive, but they need to thrive, discover their innate beings. For the dog, this means room to run, maybe dig, chase and explore, shade to relax under and sun to bathe in, people to love. For an Airstream, this means open roads, hills and valleys, sea shores and campgrounds, campfire smoke and dusty lanes, and an owner/family to share these wonders with. Dings shmings...let her find her inner self! And enjoy every minute of your time camping with her. Be quick...you might just catch the corner of her hidden smile! ~G
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Get on the road and use her often. Airstreams were built for camping and an occasional ding or two won't hurt her. Also depending on your weather she could get hailed on in your driveway (mine did) and I'm a very particular person,wanting most things "perfect" but we take our Bambi out as much as possible. Also they depreciate just as fast if you use them or not. Get out and have fun!
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Get on the road and use her often. Airstreams were built for camping and an occasional ding or two won't hurt her. Also depending on your weather she could get hailed on in your driveway (mine did) and I'm a very particular person,wanting most things "perfect" but we take our Bambi out as much as possible. Also they depreciate just as fast if you use them or not. Get out and have fun!
Have to agree; get out and use your baby. We dinged ours (a little) first trip and are now quite proud of her "scar". Airstreams were made to travel, get out there and travel!
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:01 PM   #10
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....let her find her inner self!
Hey! I like that. A holistic Airstream.

Watch for us going down the road trailing incense in our wake - love beads danglin' off the bumper and a sign in the window that reads "I Have to Find Myself."

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Enroute to christen the loo and holding tank now!
(I wanted to keep it all clean and pretty-like, but am taking your advice!)

Thanks all, for caring and sharing. This forum is a great place!
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Everybody seems to be in agreement. Just get out and use it. Gravel roads do get my attention also. If you're really concerned, you could purchase a gravel guard to put on the back of your TV. Good luck and happy trails.
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Which AS looks happier! Lifes too short to spend it in the driveway! Happy trails.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:31 PM   #13
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We bought ours with a small dent on the curbside ... probably from an encounter with a picnic table, and lots of tiny stone dings on the front from gravel roads. No more worries. Roll on.
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Sit on nice furniture. Eat on the china. Carpe Diem. Today is "someday."
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