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Old 07-13-2003, 04:10 PM   #1
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Oh Sure! Thanks a bunch!!

I bought my 75 Overlander just a couple months ago.
It didn't need too much when I got it. Or so I thought...
So I left it up at the lake for a few weeks. But after reading these forums a couple of times a day I realized it needed a whole lot of things.
So I brought it back home yesterday and spent the afternoon working on it today.
Fixed the 2 thermopane vista views and started deciphering how I'm going to get rid of the moisture in all of the front 3 windows.
Been thinking I might need a rivit shaver to do the job right.
There's $175 plus the rivits that I can thank you all for.
Not to mention whatever it'll cost for the windows themselves.
I also measured the front 3 window shades so I can replace them.
And then I started to wash the exterior of the trailer.
Then I noticed my neighbor relaxing in his yard enjoying a cold one.
But I wanted to get streetside washed before I joined him...

And that's when I realized I might have the dreaded Bauxitis.
Been staying up a little later lately and have read the original owners manual and 1975 repair manual pretty much from cover to cover.
And I've been looking for a vintage Airstream plaque that I can rivit onto the side of the toolbox on my pickup.
Don't have any other bumper stickers anywhere on the truck.
Did I tell you I've never hand washed the pickup?
Naw, I just run it through the auto car wash once in a while.
I think it was the hand washing the AS that did it.
I actually stuck my whole head and arm out of the window of my pickup the other day. To wave as I saw an AS coming the other direction on the highway.
Oh yeah, and I remembered I have some nice left over vinyl in the rafters of the garage.
Just about right for a new floor in the bathroom.
Um Hmmm
Do you think it's Bauxitis?
All I ever did to my old SOB camper is paint a couple of coats of silver seal on the roof over the years.
Where did you say the next rally was?
Been joining websites right and left. And a couple of them have my credit card # already...
So thanks you all!!
For getting me to spend all my dough.
And making my neighbor lonely.
And making me dream of Vulkem.
And for wasting more time on the internet.
And thanks too, For being a pretty good group of folks.
Folks who's into a rig that's become something of an icon.
Like a cult kind of.
Like my aged mother will be happy with me when I tell her I joined a cult.
Yeah right.
Thanks a lot...
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Old 07-13-2003, 05:04 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-2003, 07:51 PM   #3
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Old 07-13-2003, 08:28 PM   #4
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Strange, these Airstreams......

they seem to draw a certain type of person. People with above average intelligence. People who like to DIY. People who don't "Go with the flow". Most of the other RVers at other internet sites would be scared stiff to tackle a black tank valve themselves. Folks here, just dig in and do it. (unless it's under warranty!) Blown engine in a Winnabago? To the nearest RV dealer for a quick trade in. Not here! Where else can you find a camper owned by a "Baby Boomer" and restored to like new condition, that he camped in when he was a young boy? Here! Where can you find the best towing information? Here!

This site and you guys and gals are the best!
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Old 07-14-2003, 07:53 AM   #5
5 rivets, 1 loose screw
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Yep, Bauxitis

Incurable and sometimes fatal. They can take my Airstream when they pry the rivet gun from my cold dead hand.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:02 AM   #6
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hahaha Yep you got it.
It's proabaly terminal.
Airstreams disease seems to be a life long thing.
1959 22' Caravanner
1988 R20 454 Suburban.
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Old 07-14-2003, 08:35 AM   #7
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Share the disease

Why is neigbor relaxing and enjoying a cold one when he could
be sweating his butt off in repairing/polishing an Airstream?
What's wrong with him?
The only known cure for Bauxitis is to pass it off on someone else.
Consider joining AA (Airstreams anonymous). Donate your trailer to Neighbor. Sip your cold one while you watch him work. Make comments such as
"looking good but needs to be buffed again".
Best of luck in your recovery.

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Old 07-14-2003, 08:51 PM   #8
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Yeah...who's worried about S.A.R.S. ...NO one has said anything on the international news about "A.R.S." 'Anything Resembling Silver' ...ha, ha, ha. Welcome to 'the cult de aluminati'

p.s. the "Hotel California" ...' you can check out anytime you like but you can neevvverrrr leave' ...ha, ha. Once you've logged on're addicted like the rest of us :-)
God Bless! Roze
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Old 07-14-2003, 09:56 PM   #9
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hello, my name is Andrew. . .

. . . and I have an Airstream
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Old 07-14-2003, 10:36 PM   #10
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Bravo Andrew

It takes courage to fess up like that. WTG!
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