Hi, Rob here, and I would like to introduce myself to the forum, where I have been lurking for the past month or so.
I'm a Northern Brit living in Texas (it's now 23 years) and I'm about ready to venture back to the wild world of Aluminum after taking a break for a few years.
I say I'm going back to aluminum as I built a two place aluminum airplane a few years back - and flew it to Oshkosh for the big fly-in. The built plane (a Vans RV6) had some 18,000 flush rivets in it (Some spaced at less than an inch in places)
Anyway the plane is now sold, and I am older, maybe wiser, and have a 3 year old granddaughter. So I guess priorities change - don't they just. Anyway, I'm sure the experience I gained banging, folding, polshing, and working the 'ally from the 3,000 plus plane building hours will be of some use here.
Having looked about for a while - I think i have settled on buying an Avion, a 34 foot 1986 silver edition. (OK its not an airstream but its a start - and I love the quality, the layout and the look...)
I really screwed up and bought a 30 foot SOB earlier this year. I wanted to check if we all were really going to be into the camping thing and, - Well - yes we are, and I have quickly realized that I made an big error in buying the 30-foot-long-cat box.
The thing is cosmetically pretty but is cheaply made, has the finish of an orange box, and quite frankly has absolutely no character or soul. It handles just fine (eqal-i-zer be thanked) but the avions and airstreams seem to be much, much better in finish, are professionally made, and just seem completely superior in every respect, (including this forum!). They are also much lighter to boot than most of the modern crap on offer.
Anyway. Here I am guys and gals, and I'm happy to be here.....Wish me luck in my quest!