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Pry It Open

Posted 08-11-2017 at 06:21 AM by Diamond DW

Got the entrance step to drop down and fold open. Only took half a can of PB Blaster and a crow bar to do. Turns out that between the surface rust on the frame and the corrosion / grit in the step pivots the whole thing just needed to be flushed out and worked. It's going to need more TLC before it works well.
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Rescuing a '99 27ft Safari from a barn

Posted 08-08-2017 at 04:39 PM by Chameleon
Tags 1999, 27ft, barn, safari

This is my story of rescuing an American Icon.

It all began with a phone call. My wife answered her phone and on the other end was her mother. She had heard of an Airstream for sale. One that was forgotten for a few years. She didn't know the condition, year or even how long it was. All she knew is it was an Airstream, lonely, sitting in a barn in rural Oklahoma. My wife and I decided, if it were in somewhat good condition, we would meet them there with the cash.
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Plug It In and Have a Look Around

Posted 08-04-2017 at 08:09 PM by Diamond DW

Connected the 30 amp plug to the house for the first time and finally had a chance to look all around the inside. At this point I think I've looked in all the cabinets and storage spaces. Turned on most of the lights, flipped on the air conditioner, rolled out all the awnings, and opened all the windows. The result is that I now know more things that need fixing. Among other things, turns out that the battery charger / converter unit is totally boiling the new deep cycle battery...
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Park 'Er in the Yard

Posted 08-04-2017 at 07:50 PM by Diamond DW

Picked a spot in the front yard for our Airstream. Turns out the 31' is bigger than our Sunline Trailer (24') and just that small amount made it more difficult to get her turned around and maneuvered into place. Clipped a boulder in the front yard with the back bumper and tore the roadside edge off of it. Jane was not impressed. $500 mistake there.
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Bring It On Home

Posted 08-04-2017 at 07:31 PM by Diamond DW
Updated 08-04-2017 at 07:34 PM by Diamond DW

Two day trip from Riverton, NJ to Ellsworth, ME was thankfully uneventful. Some small amount of rain along the way but nothing good enough to do any leak checking with. Bias ply tires held up the whole way, we put the whammy on the tires by purchasing a spare. If we hadn't mounted that spare I shudder to think how that might have gone. Electric brakes could probably use some TLC but she towed like a dream, even without a sway bar. We will be putting one on, I know there is a crosswind...
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