Bob’s alarm went off exactly at 6:30 am for him to get out of the house and to the airport for the 8 am flight to Dallas. This was an exciting morning since Bob was flying from Bozeman, Montana to see for the first time ever his newly acquired 1972 31-foot Airstream trailer.
Ready or not here she comes…but when she gets here one must anticipate all the problems inherent with neglected old, dirty, metal that sat in a field for 50 or so years.
In the horse world, it is well known that when a rider and a horse feel comfortable and confident with one-another the relationship is called “hooked on”. That trust relationship makes for a safer and more consistent test of the ups and downs of each day for both horse and rider.
More and more often we are finding that many folks are very unhappy with the lack of mechanical knowledge when it comes to travel trailer repair shops.
As our business continues to grow worldwide we have had to implement more sophisticated technology to keep up with the demand for restoration details and efficiency.
The corporate world(s) have suggested years ago the need to have print capabilities. Now the day has come for “CAD” mapping since many Airstreams are being designed with many complicated profiles and floor-plans.
After all the planning, the repairs and replacement items, the original Airstream project is ready for those touches that make it a gem and a travel niche leader.
Coordination of the different elements of fabric color, sample texture and personal patterns, the interior theme and accent qualities are complete.
My style of writing is short, and to the point with few question marks.
By BLOGS are more “cowboy” than HARVARD, but most folks get my points. For the cowboy blog today, I am going to speak (write) loud and clear about the dangers of taking a body off an older Airstream Trailer and replacing the rust, rats, and compromised aluminum with healthy newly manufactured replacement steel.
The challenge is and always has been for the novice is, an understanding of the complexities of how the round peg goes into the round hole!
Without this knowledge or experience (which most folks have ‘NONE”) the Airstream restoration project will never be road worthy and safe for you, your family or business.
How many times have we seen a beautiful Airstream trailer sitting in a dealer’s lot waiting for its turn to get repaired.
The remains of a horrible accident or a mistake in judgement while backing up. Often times this reveals only the surface problems.
Being involved with so many aspects of trailering, I recently came across an interview with the President of Winnebago (parent company of Airstream).
The interview was fascinating. Fifteen minutes of nothing but positive input and recognition for a pioneering company and exciting niche.
Just the thought of using a run-down worn out grey and black combo sewage tank makes me shiver. More than shiver, these dinosaurs have a little if any capacity to protect trailer occupants and stay sanitized.
Imagine the lack of efficiency of all the fittings, decomposed glue, and worn out plastic. Therefore, there is no efficiency with any connections. For all to see, this is a health hazard and a must to rehab the rotted molding flooring as well as the frame which the tank sits on and probably leaks continuously.