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louisiana 11-30-2007 07:08 PM

Hello all!!
 
Hi! I have been full-timing in my recently purchased(1 month ago) 1979 Airstream Excella!! I absolutely love it!!! I have always wanted one. My brother had one when I was a child and it is a long awaited dream come true for this hippy chic! I can't beleive I bought one for such a reasonable price in such wonderful shape!!

I am currently living at the Peace River Campground in Arcadia, Fl. and by June of next year my husband and I plan to go on a tour of the US. If anyone has a chance to come to the Sarasota-Port Charlotte area, check out Peace River. It is one of the only parks in Florida that you can ride your ATVS!!
Happy Camping,
Lori

flyfishfred 12-11-2007 06:11 PM

Hi everyone,
Really cool forum here, glad to see it as i have just purchased a 2007 25' FB SE Safari. I take final delivery in about two weeks, and am working through several issues i need to adress (surprising how dealers don't know !) before/while they do the final dealer prep !
I am searching/posting around several places, and hopefully i can get answers to all my questions.
Here is what i'm looking for:
l. A correct hitch setup (i started a forum/topic ? in Hitches)
2. Catalytic heater info as dealer service center would install one (Surprise to me, cauz of liability/warrenty issues)
3. Some type of security/locking system for propane tanks and Batteries, and windows (unit was broken into at dealers through front panorama window- very simple with screwdriver/ or coat hanger wire to all windows)
4. More ground clearance under trailer if possible.

Answers or pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!!!

Bob Gregory 12-16-2007 02:03 PM

Hi flyfishfred. Have towed an Airstream since 1976 (Wow!!). To avoid any fishtailing, sway and, so forth, my advice is to use a Reese hitch with 650 pound equalizer bars and two, yes two, anti sway bars. Crosswinds, 18 Wheelers nor VW's (the bugs especially) will cause it to do nothing but gracefully follow your tow vehcile.
Unable to submit any other suggestions on your inquiry. Sorry about that. Good camping with your new Airstream. You now have the "best of the best" to enjoy.
734greg
WBCCI Unit 1106

Walter B 12-24-2007 11:00 AM

Hi! We are Walter and Nicki and have been looking for a Motorhome that is apart from the masses. I have some Classic Cars and enjoy the fun they bring me when we drive in to a show! We are ready to tow them now and be set up when we arrive. Love this site, We see lots of work went into this. Thank You for letting us join. Walter and Nicki

BIGED52 12-24-2007 11:03 AM

Welcome to the forums and Merry Christmas!

Mel 12-24-2007 11:03 AM

Walter and Nicki, welcome! That certainly sounds like a fun plan. What classic cars do you have?

TBRich 12-24-2007 05:46 PM

Welcome, Water and Nicki...You're right this is a great forum and the best place to be regarding all things Airstream...lots of info here...and way lots of good folks who are willing to share thier knowledge and experience with you...

Glad you joined up!
TB

garydigdug 01-21-2008 08:16 AM

first post
 
Well,I guess it's about time I finally posted after studying this forum for a couple weeks. I dont have an AS yet but i'm looking. I've changed my mind a few thousands times already as to what year and size I want. I'm currently working on a big contruction job that is due to finish up in 2011 and before looking for a new job I thought I would take few months maybe more to roam the country. I'm single so I don't need that much room and my 2004 F150 5.4 factory tow package is rated for 9500 so I'm okay there I think. When I have something valuable to say or just a good pun I'll jump in. See Ya.

babendawoodz 01-21-2008 09:14 AM

Gypsy at heart
 
Hello y'all,
I am new to this awesome community and I must say that this forum is a godsend for those of us who are new to airstream restoration and know little to nothing about restoring a vintage travel trailer. I do have a brother who is a welding and mechanics whiz and another friend who sells used RV's, so hopefully I won't be completely on my own. Oh , and I forgot ! I have you guys!!!!
I've been wanting to own an AS for many years now and since I'm looking at retirement and an empty nest, I've finally decided to take the plunge and become the gypsy I was meant to be and buy a vintage trailer and .....join the caravan of life!!! yeah.!! That said ,I have found one that is geographically desirable, but here's the thing... It's a '72 Tradewind,with no title. The current owner said he bought it from someone in Maine and 'you don't need a title in Maine and it's not a big deal',etc,etc.yadda yadda yadda.... The vin is: L2J D2J 1724
Should I just go to the RMV tomorrow and inquire about the vehicle with the vin and just see what my options are before I buy her? I plan on gutting the interior and starting from scratch, making her like new from the skin up, so my concern is mainly with the exterior, which is 'good' on this gal. I'm just not too sure about the title .
Any words of wisdom from the AS gallery?

dmreilly10000 01-21-2008 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by babendawoodz
Should I just go to the RMV tomorrow and inquire about the vehicle with the vin and just see what my options are before I buy her?

Absolutely. Find out exactly what to do and how long it will take. I was born and spent my first 18 years in the Peoples' Republic of Mass (AKA "Taxachussetts"). I bought an old Pontiac Lemans that had transposed numbers in the title. The car sat in the driveway for 3 months while I and my parents tried to get things fixed, which included several trips to the local DMV, a bunch of letters, and a trip to Boston. Be carefull! (this was 30 years ago, though). I hope things have gotten better since then. (but somehow I doubt it).

Good Luck

babendawoodz 01-21-2008 10:53 AM

pull up to the bumper, baby
 
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Attachment 52932This is the Tradewind that I had mentioned in my previous posting. Besides the fact that there is no title with her, there was something else that I thought might b e bothersome. The rear extension on the bumper. Is this a red flag, doyathink? The trailer did not have any seperation that I could tell, no sag....and also this box is kinda ugly. HMMMMM. ? Might be difficult to change since it looks like the extension was welded onto the frame. I'm not too sure.

jude blue 01-21-2008 12:55 PM

Old traveler and new to the caravan
 
Hi all....I'm Jude blue, found your marvelous site and everyone sounded so much like myself, ready to roll with the caravan.:)

Stefrobrts 01-21-2008 01:03 PM

Welcome to the forum, jude blue! We do have a lot of fun with our Airstream lifestyle ;)

jude blue 01-21-2008 01:09 PM

Many thanks
 
I am currently looking for the Bambi, used, and ready to do any work necessary. Been ready to travel on wheels, as opposed to the tent, that served me well in over 15 states and not sure how many national parks. Love the land.
Stepanie, I looked at the pictures of your boat, congratulations, a fine undertaking. Jude blue

babendawoodz 01-22-2008 07:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dmreilly10000
Absolutely. Find out exactly what to do and how long it will take. I was born and spent my first 18 years in the Peoples' Republic of Mass (AKA "Taxachussetts"). I bought an old Pontiac Lemans that had transposed numbers in the title. The car sat in the driveway for 3 months while I and my parents tried to get things fixed, which included several trips to the local DMV, a bunch of letters, and a trip to Boston. Be carefull! (this was 30 years ago, though). I hope things have gotten better since then. (but somehow I doubt it).

Good Luck

Thanks for the input! Not much has changed in Mass, though there are taxier states now and the winters are certainly warmer then when I was a child. Whoops, I guess I'm giving my age away. I grew up near Seekonk Speedway, how 'bout you?

dmreilly10000 01-22-2008 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by babendawoodz
Thanks for the input! Not much has changed in Mass, though there are taxier states now and the winters are certainly warmer then when I was a child. Whoops, I guess I'm giving my age away. I grew up near Seekonk Speedway, how 'bout you?

South Weymouth

judashand 01-30-2008 05:58 AM

Hello everyone. I am new to the forum. I live in South Florida. We have a 1964 Overlander that I am going to restore. I need several cabinet doors, stove burner grates and we will make new curtains. I have started polishing (got about a fifth of it done). This is a great forum. I have learned so much already. No pictures as of yet. Thanks. Jim

Mel 01-30-2008 12:29 PM

Hi Jim, welcome! Sounds like you're making good progress on your Overlander. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your project. Good luck!

Foiled Again 01-30-2008 02:21 PM

Welcome from Va. Beach!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by garydigdug
Well,I guess it's about time I finally posted after studying this forum for a couple weeks. I dont have an AS yet but i'm looking. I've changed my mind a few thousands times already as to what year and size I want. I'm currently working on a big contruction job that is due to finish up in 2011 and before looking for a new job I thought I would take few months maybe more to roam the country. I'm single so I don't need that much room and my 2004 F150 5.4 factory tow package is rated for 9500 so I'm okay there I think. When I have something valuable to say or just a good pun I'll jump in. See Ya.

Well you are close to Virginia's ONLY Airstream dealer - Just south of Fredericksburg on the eastern side of I-95 - you can see it from the highway. It's worth looking at new ones, though you can save big bucks if you get a gently used one. (They have a good inventory, but their service dept. isn't outstanding.) It's called Safford RV. DO GO AND LOOK, that is always the first step.

What is right for each individual varies widely - so spend a lot of time really walking through and SITTING and LYING DOWN in anything you see at the dealership. If you can't fit in the bathroom or find the bed to be uncomfortable you'll never be truly happy with your purchase. I wouldn't go bigger than a 25' in the newer ones with your current truck. I'm also partial to dual axles because you can run (slowly) with one flat tire and they behave better on bumpy roads and with crosswinds, but I've known people who are happy as clams in 16 footers. Be sure to assess long term crazy factor if you fulltime for months. A week of heavy rain or snow and you're pretty much stuck inside? If you're the kind who will go hiking in a downpour and regard snow as fun then a tiny "pod" could work, however if the "S" word brings to mind the fact that you haven't had a bone density test in 5 years... then bigger is better. How many indoor hobbies do you have and how much space do they take is also a great question. If you flyfish and have two rods and one tackle box, no problem... If you golf and have three sets of clubs, thin it out when traveling or get a 34' Slide out!

Oh, and GO to a forums rally or WBCCI rally (if they'll allow you in prior to purchasing) before you buy. We all secretly love to show off our units (oops I meant AIRSTREAMS:blush: naughty, naughty boy!)

Hope that helps,

Paula Ford

garydigdug 01-31-2008 05:09 PM

Thank you for the advice Paula,
I'm trying to talk a friend into riding up to colonial in Jersey this
weekend just to see how they fit on me. I didn't realize Safford had
new Airstreams in stock. I do think a new one would be a good idea. As
much as i'd like to restore one i'm already busy restoring an old log
cabin including hand digging a basement under it and it would be nice
to have a nice comfy silver burrito to go to at night to get away from
the construction dust.


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