From Excited To "O No What Have I Gotten Into"
Posted 01-03-2011 at 12:55 AM by Mr & Mrs S
I remember when the wife and I used to be driving down the road on the way to some family event or just driving, and we would see an Airstream go by. It would turn our heads and we would go on and on about how there so "Retro" and how we should get one and so on and so on. We used to camp all the time when we were dating because I lived in a 35' Fifth Wheel Sportsman. We would spend days camped on Lake Sam Rayburn and we had some of the best times. But when we got married due to finances I had to sell my camper .
How It All Started
Then in April of 2010 we agreed that we had enough money that we could by a camper. Well guess what I found on eBay Yup you guessed it an Airstream. It was only 3 hour drive from our home. I showed it to the wife and she fell in love. I watched it for several days and never bid on it. My wife was so nervous during the bidding process. . Well needless to say in the last 2 seconds of the auction we became Airstream owners. Wont never forget that little living room dance we did that day.
So I contact the seller and then we talk about the details and he admits right off the bat that the fridge was not working and he was sending it to the AS dealer to be fixed right away. Two sad faces but I was very grateful that he admitted that up front and was having a new fridge installed.
So we wait for the phone call to come pick up our new pride and joy.
We get the phone call that she's ready for us and on our way we go. It was love at first site. We looked it over done the paperwork and on our way home we go. Finally we were AS owners.
Once home, well day or two later, we put in our stuff and stock it up with goodies and off we go to Lake Sam Rayburn were we have camped so many times before while dating. Me, already having experience in setting up travel trailers, start to set it up on a little outstretch of land with the lake all around us and no neighbors. Now I bet your wondering why the title said "O No What Have I Gotten Into" . That part starts now.
So I level the trailer, set down the front jack and begin to lower the stabilizers. Wow what a chore that turned into. Three when down with great amounts of effort and one was not functioning at all.
"O No What Have I Gotten Into"
No problem I'll look into it later.
So I plug in the electrical and she sends me lights and A/C. And I smile so then I hook up the water line......... It all starts.
I walked into the trailer and water was coming down the hall from the toilet and from under the sink in the kitchen area. So I shut the water off and look into the source of the problems. The threads to the sink are gone completely so the water line blew off and a valve in the toilet is busted. Jeez what a way to start off. But no problem Iíve seen worse. So off to Lowes I go to buy parts. Yea I know your laughing right now because there is nothing at Lowes that will work on a AS. So I go to the local and only TT parts store and catch them just before closing. Heís got the parts I need and back to the park I go. Sink fixed in about an hour, toilet fixed several hours later after removal and fixing it outside the AS in the dark with a flashlight in my mouth. But Mrs. S had toilet by 2 a.m. installed and ready. To sleep I went and with a smile thinking my troubles were over.........
Then I woke up the next morning and walked outside to find a huge puddle of water under the AS. What NOW?!?! The water was leaking out the back of the trailer under the rear access door. I opened the door and everything was soaked..... Thatís when I found the city water connection was shot. Not only was it leaking at the connection inside the trailer but the gasket inside the connection itself was leaking and it completely soaked the inside rear bedroom under the bed.(cargo area) But wait it gets better. I turned the water off and lifted the carpet to see how bad the damage was. Yup you guessed it ....it had been that way for some time and the floor was shot....my heart sank. words came from my mouth. The wife had a look and said a few words. She wanted to call the PO and ask what the heck. But it was my fault I should have investigated better and not been so trusting. As I often tend to be. I fixed the water connection temporarily. We survived the rest of our trip and then made it safely home more disappointments than expected but non the less we made it.
So after being home I ripped out the rear bedroom and the carpet and got a real look at the damage. Boy was it a mess. So due to my work schedule and everything else that was going on I knew I did not have time to fix the flooring. So I dropped it off at the loacl travel trailer repair shop and he dropped me a new floor back there for next to nothing because of a friend of a friend deal. You know how that goes. But he did break what spirits I did have left when I dropped it off. His words being" I'd put this thing back together and put a for sale sign on it if I was you, AS are to hard to find parts for and to high to maintain". So that was it for me I told the wife we'd fix it and sell it....... Then after I got it back it has sat under the outside shed I have ever since while I searched the internet for parts and fixer uper ideas without much luck. Then one day I remembered the PO telling me about a AS forum site that was like a cult for AS, were all the owners gather and talk about fixing there AS's. BINGO HOUSTON WERE SAVED I had been on this site before but discarded it quickly. But then I got back on it and began to search high and low for things I needed to know about AS. After seeing all what people have overcome I now have regained my spirit to be a ASer and tour the U.S. like I planned. Thatís when I found all the sites with parts and things for AS and whipped out my CC and now have about 600 dollars in parts on the way to get my AS back out on the road. So thanks to this site one more AS will be saved. I will post my progress because the progress of others is what saved our AS and give me the will power to fix it. So donít be surprised to see the progress of our 93 Excella in the near future and feel free to comment and give your thoughts along the way. I welcome all ideas and canít wait to meet with some fellow ASer's cause as of now we don't know any besides ourselves. So here's to 2011 and getting our AS back on the road. Hope you enjoyed this read knowing that your post gave us the encouragement to fix ours and not give up on it. Thanks Airforums.
Total Comments 5
Wish you the best of luck
Posted 01-03-2011 at 04:54 AM by Lance M
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