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Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-16-2016, 08:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,083
Posted By kevin242
Without even factoring in the tow vehicle itself,...

Without even factoring in the tow vehicle itself, look at the rating of the hitch. My hitch says:

"Maximum 500 lb. tongue weight/5000 lb. trailer weight without weight distribution; Maximum...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 08-19-2016, 08:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 860
Posted By kevin242
Some complain the glass is half empty, others...

Some complain the glass is half empty, others feel blessed that it is half full....
Forum: Insurance & Claims 05-17-2016, 06:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,285
Posted By kevin242
Call your insurance company and ask what your...

Call your insurance company and ask what your options are and if your premiums would increase due to a claim. Then you can make an informed decision.

I suspect that damage is worth a claim...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 04-10-2016, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,006
Posted By kevin242
Very nice trailer! Your customization of the...

Very nice trailer! Your customization of the interior looks sharp!
Forum: Clearcoat, Exterior Paint & Trim 11-05-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,719
Posted By kevin242
I've used the eraser wheel that SilverGate is...

I've used the eraser wheel that SilverGate is recommending and have tried at least 10 other methods. Go straight to the eraser wheel and save yourself a lot of time and frustration. Most auto body...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-11-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,097
Posted By kevin242
We have the Leer 700 and really like it. It's...

We have the Leer 700 and really like it. It's very weatherproof with the tailgate gaps sealed and much more durable than the vinyl tonneau covers that can be cut or the aluminum ones that can be...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 05-25-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,684
Posted By kevin242
I usually winterize with alcohol too. Rum & coke...

I usually winterize with alcohol too. Rum & coke in my left hand while I pour RV antifreeze into the traps with my right hand...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 05-24-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By kevin242
I agree with ALUMINIUMINUM. There must be the...

I agree with ALUMINIUMINUM. There must be the ability to import and register vintage/antique vehicles to AU without having to modify them. I suggest checking into this more.
Forum: On The Road... 05-08-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,038
Posted By kevin242
In addition to chaining/locking it, mark it...

In addition to chaining/locking it, mark it boldly with "Marked for identification by POLICE" and engrave some sort of meaningful information in an obvious area. That's a strong deterrent as pawn...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-14-2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,710
Posted By kevin242
Yes, it will be a 2 5/16" ball only. Don't try a...

Yes, it will be a 2 5/16" ball only. Don't try a 2"!

Also, check tire age and condition, brake function, lights, etc. before you hit the road for the first time. Even something as simple as a...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 12-15-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,938
Posted By kevin242
We had a similar experience! ...

We had a similar experience!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/biggest-hail-dent-80571.html#post1028491

Your repair turned out not too bad!
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 10-01-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,708
Posted By kevin242
The cleaning product "Spray nine" took the...

The cleaning product "Spray nine" took the stickiness off the wall vinyl very effectively in our 1977 Tradewind.
Forum: On The Road... 08-21-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 15,036
Posted By kevin242
It has been said already in this thread that...

It has been said already in this thread that there are usually several contributing factors to most incidents. If you remove any one of the factors proactively, the probability of a mishap...
Forum: Our Community 08-17-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 15,477
Posted By kevin242
Glad you emerged relatively unhurt. Maybe...

Glad you emerged relatively unhurt. Maybe instead of the worst day of you lives, it was actually your luckiest. A wreck like that has so much potential to end up with one or more people critically...
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 08-09-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 799
Posted By kevin242
Order one from your nearest Airstream dealer. ...

Order one from your nearest Airstream dealer. The fittings are different than you will find at other RV retailers.
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 07-30-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,128
Posted By kevin242
There is a peroxide method that works. I tried...

There is a peroxide method that works. I tried it on some parts and they turned out quite well.

How to Whiten Yellowed Plastic | Cleaning Guides...
Forum: Our Community 04-15-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,396
Posted By kevin242
#34105 checking in... There are way more...

#34105 checking in... There are way more Airforum members now than there are WBCCI members. It's a pretty widespread group! I can't believe how large it's grown even since I joined 5 years ago!
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 04-13-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,050
Posted By kevin242
I ordered a roll of the wide, black trim insert...

I ordered a roll of the wide, black trim insert from Inland RV. Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations (http://www.inlandrv.com/)


It helps to have your model and...
Forum: Trailer Values 03-28-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,793
Posted By kevin242
Great advice above! If YOU are happy, no one...

Great advice above! If YOU are happy, no one else's opinion matters. There will always be somebody ready to tell you that you paid too much, could have got a newer one for that price or should have...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 03-25-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,859
Posted By kevin242
I have towed most of my heavier loads with WD,...

I have towed most of my heavier loads with WD, and most recently with simple friction-type SC as well. I have experienced minor (luckily) sway without WD and I had the brakes fail once with a 7500...
Forum: Member Introductions 03-21-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,128
Posted By kevin242
Welcome - and maybe we will see you in Waskesiu!

Welcome - and maybe we will see you in Waskesiu!
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 02-14-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,528
Posted By kevin242
The truck/AS combination you mentioned should be...

The truck/AS combination you mentioned should be just fine. I handled our 1977 Tradewind with much less for a number of years - and had some significant hills too.

Good recommendations from...
Forum: 1970-79 Tradewind 02-03-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,486
Posted By kevin242
airstreamguy.com - Home...

airstreamguy.com - Home (http://airstreamguy.com/home)
Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and supplies for vintage travel trailers and campers! (http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/)
Out-of-Doors...
Forum: 1970-79 Tradewind 02-02-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,486
Posted By kevin242
If the interior is in good workable condition and...

If the interior is in good workable condition and you are on a budget, I would stick to original for the most part. There are lots of resources for new and used parts.

If you are hiring...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-15-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 71,076
Posted By kevin242
1977 25' Tradewind with our 2011 Ram 1500 SXT.

1977 25' Tradewind with our 2011 Ram 1500 SXT.
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 09-20-2013, 12:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,872
Posted By kevin242
I support AldeanFan's and dkottum's thoughts. I...

I support AldeanFan's and dkottum's thoughts. I don't think you technically need a WD hitch assembly, but the upside is that it will certainly smooth out your ride and handling when travelling and...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 09-20-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,368
Posted By kevin242
Welcome to the forums - tons of good information...

Welcome to the forums - tons of good information here!

You don't mention the engine size. If you have the V6 in your truck, you won't have the power to move a 31' very far. A V8 - likely...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 08-19-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,209
Posted By kevin242
We live in a National Park and sometimes camp so...

We live in a National Park and sometimes camp so close to home that the truck engine temperature guage doesn't even get up to normal operating level by the time we arrive! The campground is less...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 08-17-2013, 07:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,668
Posted By kevin242
I have found that I have to continually adjust...

I have found that I have to continually adjust the setting - depending on speed, weather and the road surface.

The proper amount of trailer braking pressure is having it set to where the brakes...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-17-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,056
Posted By kevin242
Totally adequate.

Totally adequate.
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-16-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By kevin242
If you need a service manual, I can help you out....

If you need a service manual, I can help you out. Send me a personal message with your mailing address. Good luck with your repairs.

Kevin
Forum: Member Introductions 07-04-2013, 08:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By kevin242
Welcome to the Airstream world. We also have a...

Welcome to the Airstream world. We also have a Tradewind. It's a great size for a couple of people, easy to tow and fits in most campsites.

We also added solar for those adventures that don't...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 07-01-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 444
Posted By kevin242
Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians!

Happy Canada Day! It's a great place to live!
Forum: On The Road... 06-23-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 935
Posted By kevin242
Sounds like flooding in British Columbia too! ...

Sounds like flooding in British Columbia too! Best to call tourist info lines before travelling.
Forum: On The Road... 06-22-2013, 10:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 935
Posted By kevin242
You could come up through Eureka, Montana and...

You could come up through Eureka, Montana and work your way through Kootenay National Park, then to Banff and Jasper. You would then avoid the flood-affected areas.
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 06-08-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By kevin242
I don't think a spiteful person would tape over...

I don't think a spiteful person would tape over the wire ends.

My guess is someone who had no idea how to use an electric brake controller was experiencing trailer wheel lock up and chose to...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 05-29-2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 867
Posted By kevin242
I drilled out the rivets on our 1977 Tradewind...

I drilled out the rivets on our 1977 Tradewind and carefully removed it. It came down quite easily - just be gentle so you don't chip or crack the strips on each side.
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-05-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,335
Posted By kevin242
It's in his best interest to come clean about the...

It's in his best interest to come clean about the incident. Court and the Better Business Bureau looking over his shoulder are not pleasant alternatives.

Good luck with your repairs.
Forum: Member Introductions 04-27-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 641
Posted By kevin242
Welcome from Waskesiu! Come up and camp here...

Welcome from Waskesiu! Come up and camp here sometime!
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 04-19-2013, 05:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,954
Posted By kevin242
Looks great! We much prefer the dinette over the...

Looks great! We much prefer the dinette over the gaucho in our Tradewind as well.
Forum: Member Introductions 04-15-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 822
Posted By kevin242
Welcome, and I am truly biased when I say you...

Welcome, and I am truly biased when I say you made a great choice going with a 1977 Tradewind! Let me know if you need access to the factory service manual or owners manual as I have both.

Enjoy...
Forum: Member Introductions 04-10-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 471
Posted By kevin242
Welcome back, that was a long hibernation!

Welcome back, that was a long hibernation!
Forum: Tires 04-10-2013, 08:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,347
Posted By kevin242
I would look for a commercial upholsterer,...

I would look for a commercial upholsterer, explain what you need and have one sewn out of an outdoor vinyl to your color choice. Probably not much difference in price from all the made-in-China...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 03-23-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 240
Views: 23,626
Posted By kevin242
You're in a campground and there's a sexy girl in...

You're in a campground and there's a sexy girl in a bikini on your left and an Airstream on your right.

And when your spouse questions what you were looking at, you honestly reply "what bikini?"...
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 03-17-2013, 03:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By kevin242
100% agree with posters here. Cash, bank...

100% agree with posters here. Cash, bank certified cheque, money order are all fine. If someone wants to use some other means of payment, "no" is a perfectly acceptable answer.

If they want...
Forum: Flat-Front (Cutter, Clipper, XC, XL & Skydeck) Motorhomes 03-09-2013, 06:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,655
Posted By kevin242
Talking Often you will see a wave and a smile from fellow...

Often you will see a wave and a smile from fellow Airstreamers. The meaning is pretty easy to interpret... "They are a friendly, welcoming bunch of people...". :wally:
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 03-02-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,380
Posted By kevin242
That looks like a sharp crease, rather than a...

That looks like a sharp crease, rather than a soft dent. I think that would be a tough fix for a do-it-yourself repair. Worth a try though, worst case is you have to replace the panel.

I wonder...
Forum: 1970 - 1973 Sovereign 02-09-2013, 06:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,919
Posted By kevin242
I don't know if your deal includes all of the...

I don't know if your deal includes all of the hitch components, but the trailer does have the brackets mounted on the frame for a weight distribution hitch. If nothing else is included, make sure...
Forum: Our Community 01-19-2013, 01:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,371
Posted By kevin242
Send an email to Andy Thomson at Can-Am RV in...

Send an email to Andy Thomson at Can-Am RV in Ontario, Canada. He may have already configured a vehicle like yours for towing Airstream trailers.

Kevin
Forum: Our Community 01-18-2013, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,740
Posted By kevin242
Thanks Jeff, that is the article. I was hoping...

Thanks Jeff, that is the article. I was hoping to just read the one article without having to order a full copy of the magazine, so if anyone has it, please let me know.
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