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Old 04-15-2016, 05:49 PM   #15
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I learned that perfection is impossible. Go camping and enjoy it at every opportunity. We used ours as an "aluminum tent" the first summer.
I also learned over the years that all those little things that really bug you are never seen by others. Most folks just see a big pretty shiny trailer and never see all the little blemishes and dinks and scratches that drive you crazy. I'm not saying to not strive for it to be the best it can be but don't sweat the really small cosmetic stuff. The work never ends (but does slow down a lot) but for me it is a labor of love. In a few years you will look back with fond memories of the time spent fixing her up. When all systems work, you have all the leaks fixed, and you get to spend time at a nice campground-all the work is worth it.

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Old 04-15-2016, 08:22 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by MAJORJDB View Post
Laying it on you,
You could start by quitting your whining. What did you think you were getting into? Most "vintage" cars, trailers and even people need continuous upkeep to remain functional. Not sure what your endstate is with your AS but if you are looking to camp now, just do it with what you have and let the little things go. You have to ask yourself what makes you happy, is it in just finally owning an AS (my case) or having the perfect TT. Most folks will tell you that you need to own several RVs to see the good, bad and ugly in RV ownership. The great thing about AS's is that you can change them as your needs/wants change. Appreciate what you have, instead of wishing for that level of perfection you may never find. Good Luck in your travels...
Coming on a little strong aren't you? The OP is young and discovering that all that glitters is not gold. Let the grasshopper learn and grow. Anyway I didn't detect any 'whining' so I think the world is still good.

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Old 04-16-2016, 06:32 AM   #17
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So grateful!

Wow, so much good advise here. I knew I was going to get some passionate responses. What an awesome community; lots of wisdom.

We took the collective advice here: just get out there and enjoy your time with your family, in whatever form that takes.

Took the family out on a "test trip" last night. Here's this morning's sunrise over Grand Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan (still some snow on the ground mind you!):

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Old 04-16-2016, 06:40 AM   #18
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Beautiful picture! Now....that's what we are talking about....enjoying your labor of love. Old Airstreams have such character and I often wish they share all of their experiences with us. They are Americana at it's best and are to be enjoyed
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:55 PM   #19
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In true "does it ever end?" form, we set out for our 1st "real" camping trip this weekend only to find out the furnace stopped working, the city water connection was pouring out water and something strange was happening with the trailer brake controller... but we overcame all of that to have an amazing weekend at a beautiful spot all to ourselves. A shot from the sunset:

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