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Old 10-01-2015, 06:59 PM   #29
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Very first night camping in an Airstream, fall of '06, we'd travelled to southern Missouri (alright, we spent the first night in my mother-in laws driveway near St Louis - that doesn't count). Campground manager comes around to warn us that they are turning the water off, as there is a serious freeze expected that night. That's okay, we think, we have water, heat, & wine. The temp drops outside, and the temp drops inside as well. Furnace not coming on, we resort to lighting the oven to warm it up a bit (I know, I know). In the morning, I get to warm up with a hot shower. DW goes next, and instantly runs out of hot water - I'd used it all, and it's not making any more. She says that she has never been colder in her life. At this point, nothing is working in the trailer - refrig, lights, nothing. I call the dealer near Chicago, and he says to head to Airstream of AR in Searcy for a diagnosis. We roll in, unexpectedly, to the AR dealer, tell our tale of woe, and they quickly ascertain that the power converter has failed, so the batteries had gone flat. No 12v - no comfort. They offer to fix us up with a battery charger to plug in each night to get us by. This was the beginning of our trip, a new trailer, newbies - we were pitiful (and Becky's hair didn't look so good). So, they went into a new trailer and pulled out the converter, swapping it for ours. What nice guys, and what a memorable trip.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:11 PM   #30
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Chocked wheels, set up on the aluminum tongue jack stand (one of the old cast ones)..as it collapsed, then the AS started rolling back... Tongue slammed down digging into gravel then stopped... Just as I grabbed the "breakaway" wire ...

We now have chocks and X-chocks that are placed first... Before anything else moves.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:19 PM   #31
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Hitched up, pulled forward, heard a terrible scraping noise. Tongue jack (with no caster) was still down! Jack now has 45 degree angle. Doesn't go up or down so well like that, PLUS, new AS was only a week old.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:26 PM   #32
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Several years ago, just after we had P&S in Helena OH strip, shine and refinish our 29' 1990 AS, we took it to a favorite RV site in Madeira Beach FL and this time a young man who had by his age probably never towed anything bigger than his wagon insisted on taking us to our site in his speedy golf cart. The old guy our age who had always done it before wasn't in sight, so we agreed, but the young man took us a different way through the trees and campsites.

He had us turn a sharp 90 to the right and I did so leaving an adequate distance between us and some trees, but then he wanted us to do a sharp 90 to the left, and being concerned about jackknifing the truck and AS I began to turn cautiously, watching the clearance between vehicles on my side, until I head a terrible thump from the rear. Such a sharp turn caused the trailer to pivot on the axles and swing the rear hard into the very trees I had carefully avoided, and before I could stop absolutely, we managed to not only put a huge dent in our newly redone AS, but also bend and pull off the rear awning brackets. Then the old guy shows up, the young man disappears, and the old guy and I got the AS untangled from the tree, the entire TV and AS out of that lane, turned around and slipped into the spot coming from the correct direction. We filed a complaint/accident report with the RV park for what it was worth.

In retrospect, it was nothing that good insurance, $8500 worth, time and trouble and a good AS dealer couldn't fix, but the next time we went to the RV park the young man was gone, the old guy took us to our spot, and the tree had been cut down to the ground. Now, if I don't like the way they are taking us in I just stop and tell them no deal, try again.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:42 PM   #33
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The general theme here seems to be the kind of stories we can look back on and laugh which is great as we all know some stories where that's just not possible.

Keeping in the more lesson learned theme - here's one from the "lets go up THAT road" thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...ml#post1579386

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Old 10-01-2015, 08:46 PM   #34
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Mhoney, is that the worst thing that's happened to you while camping/towing (thread topic), or did you just need to get that off your mind.

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Was responding to another post-
The first paragraph was a quote from another post-
I relayed my worst experience earlier-
Just sayin'- just expounding on a thought someone else began-



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Old 10-01-2015, 08:49 PM   #35
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Very first night camping in an Airstream, fall of '06, we'd travelled to southern Missouri (alright, we spent the first night in my mother-in laws driveway near St Louis - that doesn't count). Campground manager comes around to warn us that they are turning the water off, as there is a serious freeze expected that night. That's okay, we think, we have water, heat, & wine. The temp drops outside, and the temp drops inside as well. Furnace not coming on, we resort to lighting the oven to warm it up a bit (I know, I know). In the morning, I get to warm up with a hot shower. DW goes next, and instantly runs out of hot water - I'd used it all, and it's not making any more. She says that she has never been colder in her life. At this point, nothing is working in the trailer - refrig, lights, nothing. I call the dealer near Chicago, and he says to head to Airstream of AR in Searcy for a diagnosis. We roll in, unexpectedly, to the AR dealer, tell our tale of woe, and they quickly ascertain that the power converter has failed, so the batteries had gone flat. No 12v - no comfort. They offer to fix us up with a battery charger to plug in each night to get us by. This was the beginning of our trip, a new trailer, newbies - we were pitiful (and Becky's hair didn't look so good). So, they went into a new trailer and pulled out the converter, swapping it for ours. What nice guys, and what a memorable trip.

Too bad that dealership is no more-


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Old 10-01-2015, 08:49 PM   #36
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First time camping for a week at the beach. Didn't know the importance of leaving the dump valve closed while using the toilet for a week. Valve wouldn't close and the debris blocking it became a dam holding the black water and it's solid chunks of mess back. Trailer was already hooked up to TV so couldn't let the tongue down. Wound up digging a hole (thank goodness it was sandy) to drain the mess into. 27 years later we have a better method.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:56 PM   #37
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Several years ago, just after we had P&S in Helena OH strip, shine and refinish our 29' 1990 AS, we took it to a favorite RV site in Madeira Beach FL and this time a young man who had by his age probably never towed anything bigger than his wagon insisted on taking us to our site in his speedy golf cart. The old guy our age who had always done it before wasn't in sight, so we agreed, but the young man took us a different way through the trees and campsites.

He had us turn a sharp 90 to the right and I did so leaving an adequate distance between us and some trees, but then he wanted us to do a sharp 90 to the left, and being concerned about jackknifing the truck and AS I began to turn cautiously, watching the clearance between vehicles on my side, until I head a terrible thump from the rear. Such a sharp turn caused the trailer to pivot on the axles and swing the rear hard into the very trees I had carefully avoided, and before I could stop absolutely, we managed to not only put a huge dent in our newly redone AS, but also bend and pull off the rear awning brackets. Then the old guy shows up, the young man disappears, and the old guy and I got the AS untangled from the tree, the entire TV and AS out of that lane, turned around and slipped into the spot coming from the correct direction. We filed a complaint/accident report with the RV park for what it was worth.

In retrospect, it was nothing that good insurance, $8500 worth, time and trouble and a good AS dealer couldn't fix, but the next time we went to the RV park the young man was gone, the old guy took us to our spot, and the tree had been cut down to the ground. Now, if I don't like the way they are taking us in I just stop and tell them no deal, try again.

"Bumper swing" is a principle that needs to be broadcasted. Everyone needs to be educated on bumper swing.
I have attempted several times to explain it to my wife, but I'm not sure I'm communicating.
I hit a parked car turning sharp in a Lowe's parking lot. I didn't even know until someone flagged me down and said, "You hit that car back there."
I didn't see anything or feel anything.
Damage to the trailer was very minimal- a light lens- but we had to pay the owner of a Honda Accord $600 to touch up paint on his bumper cover.


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Old 10-01-2015, 09:42 PM   #38
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Wow. Some of these are good to note so I don't do them as well.

Our worst, when we finished our 1979 renovation, we decided to rent a yearly spot at a campground my parents have a camper permanently parked at. We didn't like the site we picked so the next weekend, I went down a day earlier than my wife, planning to move to the other side of the campground to a better site. Got the camper backed in, up on boards, leveled and put in wheel chocks. These are homemade car jacks with plates on each side that go between the wheels which my father gave me and they work great. After a bit more setup, I realized the sewer wasn't quite downhill the way I wanted. I decided to add another board under each side. I removed everything... I thought. I got in the truck and pulled the camper forward. It moved about a foot than I felt resistance. I mashed the pedal farther. Nothing moved. I then got out and noticed both chocks were still in but now they had twisted quite a ways, had pressed into the tires about 2" on each tire and were hitting the wheel wells. It really looked bad. I tried to release the chocks but they were so wedged in, they wouldn't release. I got in the truck, tried to reverse. It didn't want to move. after some back and forth, I finally got them back where they were supposed to be and got the chocks out. Surprisingly, the old tires were fine and we took a couple more trips on them before I got all new. Just glad the campground was empty and DW wasn't there.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:23 PM   #39
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Besides 3 flats on ST tires, all 3 in different locations, now have 16" LT Michelins. But the scariest event was the day I brought our 30' Classic home. I was parking it down by our barn. I was just getting familiar with the Equilizer hitch and lifted the hitch off the ball, when down the hill my Silver streak went. Fortunately the hitch dug in and stopped. Otherwise it would have gone over the cliff. Now, even if the ground looks level, I put a block under the trailer tires.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:42 PM   #40
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Pulling out of a narrow driveway in a bit of a hurry. Dropped one side of the AS into a depression and heard the skid go clunk.

Now I have a nice horizontal ripple above the back bumper on that side. No leaks, but it looks bad. It's a reminder to not hurry....


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Old 10-01-2015, 11:27 PM   #41
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Returning home from Sauble Falls Ontario, when 20 kms from home I heard the frap frap noise of a fan belt disintegrating. Pulled over to try and discern how much left of the belt, then tried to make it home with one jaundiced eye on the water temp gauge. The noise ceases and the water temp starts to rise fast; tranny to neutral, dynamited the engine and pulled over to let things cool down.

The DW and kids had to be home at a certain time so called them a taxi and I elected to wait until engine had totally cooled down to a point that with the one remaining fan belt intact on my Isuzu turbo diesel I could ambulatory it to a truck repair shop in Fergus. Almost 2 kms down the road, carefully watching the water temp, I detected a weird vibration in the accelerator pedal, which escalated into a hard pulsation and then a total lose of power.Looking deep into the doghouse I discerned that the disintegrating fan belt had dislodged my throttle cable which was being chewed up by the engine fan. A $500 dollar tow which was covered by CAA and thanking my lucky stars I didn't have a tag axle, the coach made it to the shop.

It turned out that a PO had replaced the belts with Gates belts which at 1/2" wide are far smaller than the factory specced Isuzu belts at 17mm or a hair bigger than 5/8" wide. The narrower belt rides lower in the pulley which doesn't allow for heat to escape. Since the throttle cable was Airstream specific I had to modify another type of cable to fit and wait a week for new belts.

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All the horror stories of problems of Airstreamers seem to relate to system failures, As one who can deal with problems from tires to frames to thermocouples to sail switches in a furnace to knowing about kinds of batteries and who built them, one needs to be a polymath to mitigate failures and the maintenance mechanic ( often totally inept technicians) one needs. The "average" buyer of any RV ( little alone an Airstream) is ill prepared to deal with what can happen. Here it is " You shall pay the price if you don't KISS" Buy and hit the road without proper prep and knowledge and you are screwed. Protagonist and awchief please weigh in.
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