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Old 07-17-2014, 10:08 AM   #295
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Fwiw, if you put a modern car in neutral and floor it, the engine will not run away into high RPM destruction, it will run up against the rev limiter which is often quite a bit less than red line when the car isn't in gear.

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That is true...
Just like manual shift mode really isn't manual at all- it will still shift to the next gear if the RPM's are too high-
And traction control or anti slip or whatever they call it- where old cars will spin tires, new cars will not- the engine RPM will decrease automatically if it gets into a tire spinning type situation. That even comes into play when flooring it off the line on dry pavement. The computer and sensors control everything...
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:32 AM   #296
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Fwiw, if you put a modern car in neutral and floor it, the engine will not run away into high RPM destruction, it will run up against the rev limiter which is often quite a bit less than red line when the car isn't in gear.

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Also, I am unaware of any modern vehicle where the engine output can overcome the braking power. Now at speed, it does take some distance and brakes will be smoked, but you can stop a "runaway". Try that as well, if you have the guts. (disclaimer: I don't recommend it) But I have done it.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:55 AM   #297
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My wife spent a period of time being "afraid" of the Toyota.
She believes all that media hype.
If they said it on the TV, it must be true...
I never was afraid of the Toyota, and even demonstrated to my wife while traveling what I would do. I shifted into neutral and turned off the switch while traveling.
Media is baaad, umkaay...
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That's why 70% of all Airstreams built are still on the road.
You mean the rest made it home???
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:48 PM   #299
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Maybe I should re-word or re-phrase...
70% of Airstreams are still roadworthy...
As opposed to 30% in the scrap yard...
If 70% are "on the road" and 30% are at home, that's all of 'em...
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I ain't doin' it right-
Mine's in the 30% that are at home...
And my neighbor's is in the 30%, too, and he's retired!
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I have seen those percentages bandied about before. Curious as to where the numbers come from.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:00 PM   #302
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I, too, am curious at how they reached that determination.
Could they actually look at registrations in every state to determine which ones are still registered? That seems a little far fetched.
But-
I do see way more 60's and 70's Airstreams (even ones from the "Beatrice" years) in campgrounds than SOB's of the same era-
There are still a bunch of 80's and 90's SOB's in campgrounds everywhere.
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I, too, am curious at how they reached that determination.
Could they actually look at registrations in every state to determine which ones are still registered? That seems a little far fetched.
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I do see way more 60's and 70's Airstreams (even ones from the "Beatrice" years) in campgrounds than SOB's of the same era-
There are still a bunch of 80's and 90's SOB's in campgrounds everywhere.
That's exactly how they do it...and auto mfrs. as well. R.L. Polk is a company who does the registration pull from 50 states, does the analysis and sells the data to companies who desire it. It is how recall databases are used as well to reach 2nd, 3rd...owners as well.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:17 PM   #304
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And thus the claims-
Chevy- "the longest lasting, most dependable trucks on the road"
Ford- "the highest selling vehicle 31 years"


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An Airstream trailer- no drive train and occasional use- should last a loooong time.


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Especially if stored/used all the time under a roof in a dry climate.
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This thread content seems to drift about, but I would comment on my couple of years in Airstreams overall. The comoradery of simply being in an Airstream has totally dominated my relationships with other Airstreamers, and even though my three have all been new, not once have I felt rejected, snubbed, avoided, etc., because I am in a new unit. Instead, I have been welcomed into the WBCCI with open arms and made to feel a part of the family.

I like all Airstreamers, and have no problem with the variety of personalities within our group. My relationships seem to be more dependent upon my attitude/reactions/ behaviors than on anything else. If I see the positive in everyone I meet, this is exactly what I get in return. Thanks for letting me share.


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I have seen those percentages bandied about before. Curious as to where the numbers come from.
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