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Old 02-17-2006, 04:06 PM   #1
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New to Airstreamin'

Hi Everyone,

My name is Robin and my partner Tracy and I just bought our first Airstream. She's a 1966 Overlander and in great condition (at least compared to all the others we've been looking at). She needs a couple of dents removed and a good polish, but her interior is still as solid and beautiful as when she was new. I am very excited if you can't tell! I live in Phoenix and hope to have her totally road worthy in time for a trip in August to the Northwest. I brought her 850 miles this last weekend from where I purchased her and she pulled like a dream (even with the trailer breaks not working). Seems I have a short in the line going back to the magnet??? She came with a very heavy-duty equalizer hitch, which when connected dropped the front end of my truck right back into it's normal position. I haven't ever pulled anything with one of these, mostly just horse trailers and such, but it sure made a difference. I will be looking for some hints on how to remove tape residue from the exterior and what the best kind of calking and sealer to use is?
Can we post pictures?
Looking forward to chatting with you all,
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Old 02-17-2006, 04:16 PM   #2
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Welcome. Someone here will be able to tell you how to post pictures better than I can. I'm computer challenged. I can do it myself, but just barely. I have an Argosy, so I can't tell you much about removing tape. Others will have to do that too. I just bought a 1958 Overlander, so I'll be looking for hints from you as you go along. Again, welcome, you are in for some of the best times of your life now that you have an Airstream. You're free to travel and restore.
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Old 02-17-2006, 05:34 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums, Robin, and congratulations on your new-to-you Airstream! Pulling these is a little intimidating to think about if it's new to you, but if you've had experience with horse trailering and such, you'll do fine. About the tape residue, I'll be following your thread since I have duct tape goo to get off our "Gypsy" from last summer when, after the latching mechanism for the rear storage area fell apart, we just duct taped to keep things together. Live and learn~we'll NOT do that again Again, welcome! ~G
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Old 02-17-2006, 05:48 PM   #4
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Removing tape residue. For years I have used Coleman lantern fuel. Another source is WD 40. Good luck with your Airstream
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Old 02-17-2006, 06:12 PM   #5
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Welcome Robin! Looking forward to seeing pics of your "new" Overlander. Where in the Northwest are you planning to travel?

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Old 02-17-2006, 06:17 PM   #6
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Welcome Robin,
This is a great group and you will get lots of good advice here. Do a search on Vulcum and parbond, you'll find out lots about sealing airstreams.

We are on Interstate 5, just a little south of the Oregon border, so if you head this way in the summer, let us know, we have a great stopping/parking spot for you on your trip north.
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:15 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. Another member from the valley! We have a growing list of members here. We would love to see your pictures.


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Old 02-18-2006, 01:31 PM   #8
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Congrats on the coach and welcome to the forums! And not only is it possible to post pictures, we will be insisting!

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Old 02-18-2006, 05:08 PM   #9
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Oh, man I've got to get vintage!

Hi Robin,
You've come to the right place. Looking forward to the photos of your new rig. Yea, where in the NE are you heading?

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Old 02-18-2006, 08:13 PM   #10
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:04 PM   #11
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Robin and Tracy, welcome to the Forums! If you chose to use WD-40 to remove tape residue from your trailer please use rubber gloves. WD-40 will absorb thru the skin and with prolonged use it destroys the joints and causes arthritis. So be careful using it! Ed
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:00 AM   #12
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Welcome Robin and Tracy. You will find a wealth of information here. A good source of all products for your Airstream is Vintage Trailer Supply. Both knowledge and goods. Steve is a vintage Airstream Owner and uses the products he sells.
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Old 02-19-2006, 02:38 PM   #13
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Welcome're in for a great time and as you can see will get lots of help on this forum...I'm planning a trip to the Northwest this spring...perhaps we will run into you...joe...
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Old 03-10-2006, 07:47 AM   #14
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Trip to the Northwest

Hi All,

A few of you have asked where Tracy and I will be going this Summer, so here it is.
We will be heading out August 26th with our first leg ending in Lewiston Idaho, we will then be going across Washington to Astoria Oregon. This is where the fun starts, going down Hwy 1 along the coast, just us and the dogs. We will venture inland at Coos Bay, heading for Grants Pass and a short stop to visit family. It's back out to the coast and Hwy 1 to continue down to Orick CA and the redwoods, we love the Roosevelt Elk Preserve for camping and hiking. I'm not sure of our route home from there, but if tracy has her way it will be back roads and 1 laners . This whole journey will take 16 days of the best vacation time ever spent.
I am totally enjoying being a part of this Airstream communittee, the help and kind words have been greatly appreciated. I hope I can add some words of wisdom and help to others in the future.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:30 AM   #15
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Welcome, Tracy and Robin (learned the hard way it wasn't "ladies" anymore a few years ago in the ivy league--bah, humbug)!

The brake problem sounds like a worn magnet. When a magnet gets worn down to where the winding is exposed, it shorts to the drum. On a trailer that old I recommend getting new brake plates (see photos in

post #3) and replace the whole she-bang, about $50 per brake. Then you'll have the modern magnets that can be replaced. You can't find replacements very easy for the old round ones (new ones are rounded rectangles).

Where did you pick up your AS? I bet we've all criss-crossed each other and the whole country in finding the perfect one--why can't we seem to find the one that's next door? It's not unusual to see that members have retrieved their AS from over 1000 miles away!

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Old 03-10-2006, 09:12 AM   #16
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When you get to Coos Bay, you must must must go see the most beautiful cove in Shore Acres State Park. You can camp at Sunset Bay State Park--really nice and 200 yds to the beach. It costs a few bucks to get into Shore Acres, but worth it. To get to the cove from the Gardens, walk to the beach cliff, then follow the trail south, go through the gate and follow the trail down to the beach. You can also go a couple hundred yards south of the entrance to Shore Acres and park in a little pullout (just past the stream), then hike into the woods and down the steep embankment to a trail that will take you to the cove. You can't appreciate the incredible rock formations unless you are down in the cove, and low tide is the time to be there (see Bandon Beach tide tables to get an idea).

Then head south and spend another few hours on Bandon Beach at low tide--great beach, great sea rock formations.

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By the way, if you're considering heading from Eureka/Arcata over to Redding, consider the sign below--it will take you 6-7 hours and you'll need good brakes! But it's beautiful up on top, especially if there is fog.
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Welcome to the forum Robin & Tracy! You're going to be going through some great countryside and Roger mentioned some great places to stop. I biked the coast from Vancouver BC to La, California and the 101 is an incredible stretch of road to explore. I was impressed with the State Parks and their camping facilities all the way along. Even though I was cycling and was living in a tent, the trailer facilities looked pretty good. Mind you, after a couple of months living in a small one-man tent, anything else was starting to look pretty good! Too bad you're not coming up as far as Vancouver BC, I have a feeling you'd have a great time here!
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