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Old 03-17-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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Questions from a newbie!

Hello
I am a proud new owner of an '66 Airstream Sovereign 31!!
Thanks to this wonderful website, I was able to get Nils, a volunteer inspector, to take a look at it so I know what I am getting myself into!!! Thanks Nils!
I am going to pick it up tomorrow. Of course, me being me, I put the cart before the horse, and have not sold Ingrid (my Volvo) to buy a tow vehicle yet.
So I am renting a truck from U-haul to pick it up.
What kind of hitching equipment do I need? I really tried to figure this out on my own through all the information on the forum, but I just got so confused.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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Me again!
So I am going to come clean about my situation.
What better place to share and be honest about what I have done then on here. You are all going to think I am completely mental. I haven't even told my family back in the U.K. that I am doing this.
Aside from putting the cart before the horse in terms of tow vehicles, I went against all the good advice on this forum. I have jumped in head first.
My situation is this. I am a freelance journalist by trade, but my spare time is taken up by dog rescue. I volunteer with a group that rescues dogs off Death Row at the dog pound (they euthanize 200 a week in the LA area) and we rehabilitate (if necessary) and rehome them.
I have four of my own dogs, and I always have foster dogs aswell. At the moment I have two that I rescued from a horder who had 137 dogs confiscated.
So my landlady found out that I had more than 3 dogs and asked me to stop fostering. I said that wasn't going to happen, so we agreed amicably (she is returning my huge deposit) and I am moving out at the end of this month. I want to stay in the Ojai area, but not only are there a very few rentals available at the moment, they all say "one small pet considered." Yeah right. I have been getting increasingly desperate about where I am going to live. Literally waking up in the middle of the night in a sweat.
Which brings me to my Airstream Sovereign. I did not buy it just because I didn't want to get rid of my dogs. I have a gypsy spirit and am happiest outdoors and surrounded by nature. My Mum used to have a Romany "gypsy caravan" - the painted horse-drawn ones and we used to spend our summers going on holiday in it - camping every night.
I am planning on living in my Airstream and I am renting a plot of land. I haven't found the ideal plot yet but I do have options incase nothing pops up.
I have a monthly income because I own my own property back in London and I also earn money from journalism, but the latter is feast or famine, so I am very much working to a budget on what I can do.
I am feeling incredibly stressed that I have bitten off more than I can chew. I do need to replace the axles, but the tires and bearings etc are all good and Nils said it will make the 140 miles back to Ojai when I pick it up tomorrow. If not, the person I am buying it off is a Paramedic and he has promised to come and rescue me if i get taken out by an articulated lorry.
Anway, please don't feel you have to respond to this, I just needed to get it off my chest.
Emma
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:02 PM   #3
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The U-Haul won't have an electric brake controller.
Does the trailer come with weight distributing hitch and hitch head?
Articulating lorry? Is that British speak for 18 wheeler/semi/tractor-trailer?
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:11 PM   #4
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As an animal lover myself, all I can say is bless you for rescuing the dogs from death row. Something good will come of your situation ...
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:14 PM   #5
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Thank you Carol!!! It is my passion and my reason to get out of bed in the morning so i feel blessed to have found my little niche in life!!
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:18 PM   #6
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Yes!! ArticuLATED lorry!!!
When I was taking my test for my motorbike license, I ended up rather too close for comfort between two of those mo'fo's and thought i was going to be sucked underneath.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:33 PM   #7
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When I went for my motorcycle endorsement I did not encounter any articulated lorries...
But I have encountered them on other occasions.
Articulated lorry...lol...
Your Airstream trailer and pickup truck could be an articulated lorry...
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