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Old 05-11-2016, 11:48 AM   #15
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I am sure it was a bittersweet day for sure but nice to see the new family excited to start camping with it.
Hopefully you stay around to continue to share all your knowledge and experience which is so valuable.
I will be interested to hear your review regarding your new Airstream.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:34 PM   #16
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if you re-locate to the Island.....you'll have one more/new thing to gripe about: the high cost of ferries !!!

if you think 21L/100k is awful...you've lived a "charmed life"....I routinely see those numbers but I must admit on trips that include a lot of off-road travel...still the best I ever see is 18 under perfect conditions...just the "cost of doing business"...

Whereabouts are you thinking of "landing" on the Island?
Yup I realize with the heavier trailer it will not matter what I pull with as it will be a hit to the gas gage..... it was the one long stretch of 23-24L/100k that had me shacking my head and I wasn't doing over 55mph. But to be honest its the other 70% of the time when not towing that has always bothered me. I would like to see that number drop below the current average 16-17L/100k . When I get in a newer more gas efficent larger truck with more power and see numbers down in the 11L/100k its a good reality check on just how bad my current truck actually is.

Being an Island girl originally and with most of my family still on Island time I am familiar with the cost of ferries. Having done the math on the differences in housing prices I figured out that I could do a hundred or more trips a year for the next 15 years on the ferry, even with the large trailer in tow and still come out well ahead!

Family is spread out from Victoria to Tofino so I am looking to settle in the middle of them... hopefully my long time dream house on the beach in Qualicum.... will see though. May take a look around the Comox area as well. Lots/houses hard to find right now as the Island is endanger of sinking due to the number of folks from West/North Vancouver leaving on mass due to haven taken advantage of the current crazy housing market here.
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:52 PM   #17
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I will be interested to hear your review regarding your new Airstream.
Well I have had it for a few month now and still have not come close to figuring out how everything actually works or a clue as to how one would actually fix anything on it should it break .... so if I had to write a review today I would simple say "Its complicated!" :lout BUT very comfortable to camp in!

While they have a large user group to help new folks like myself out, I have to say its a lot harder to get help fast on a specific question or even search for it. Unlike Scamp, AS makes lots of changes from year to year, right down to everything from the plumbing & wiring layouts, the axles and frame design..... So what one might find in a 2000 model is probable going to be different on a 2014 model - even on trailers of the same size, model and layout.

So for someone absolutely new to trailers and wishing to learn/understand trailer basics going with the much simpler in design Scamp to start with is not at all a bad thing.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:07 PM   #18
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real estate....

just had a friend do exactly what you described with a twist...he was on the Sunshine Coast (Roberts Creek).....demand from people cashing in from North/West Van created a hot market and rising prices there....so he decided to sell and move to the Island...(ended up buying ten blocks away from me!)

so I've heard LOTS about the market around here lately....apparently there is a great number of sales (banner year) but the prices have stayed flat if not declining slightly (???)....sounds like a whole bunch of people exchanging houses....I've heard from builders building duplex/triplexes and they say they can't put them up fast enough right now...

Qualicum is a great location alright.....have fun shopping
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:17 PM   #19
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Carol, Wish you well with your new Trailer.. it's always exciting to change a little and face new challenges.

Safe Travels
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:25 PM   #20
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Well at least you still have your pop rivets and tool to use. Sweet memento of your scamping days!
In the Airstream World it is *all* about rivets, although not pop-rivets. The members with many forum posts behind their belts are are called "rivet masters". They have five rivets to their name!
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:33 PM   #21
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Carol,
I bought a prevously-loved Scamp 2 weeks ago. My budget did not accommodate a new one. I feel so fortunate and blessed that my previously-loved scamp was available and I do understand that your Scamp will be missed and now cherished by someone like me.
Your excitement over your newer and bigger trailer is contagious and my wish for you is that you continue on your path to the creation of new events, experiences and joyous memories in your new camper! Thanks to individuals like you, those of us that have dreams, find that sometimes our own dreams do come true. Warm regards,
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:23 PM   #22
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In the Airstream World it is *all* about rivets, although not pop-rivets. !
Actually my pop rivets & gun will come in handy there are a number of places inside the trailer particularly in the bathroom area where they are used with snap cap holders and snap caps just like my scamp's!
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:16 PM   #23
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If you start to miss us you can always sand all that aluminium and paint the trailer white. Then you will have the best of both worlds. There's no retirement with polished aluminium. Especially on the Mexican coast. Happy Trails.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:22 PM   #24
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If you start to miss us you can always sand all that aluminium and paint the trailer white. Then you will have the best of both worlds. There's no retirement with polished aluminium. Especially on the Mexican coast. Happy Trails.
LOL Polishing was the #1 reason I did not go with a vintage one....which is what I originally was trying to find. The newer model years all have a clear coat. Actually easier to keep shiny than fibreglass.
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:43 AM   #25
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Carol, I always figured you to be an Escape kind of gal. An Airstream sounds like the next best thing short of winning the lottery. The memories come from the places we go and the folks we meet. Our campers are just a means to that end. Enjoy the new adventure. Raz
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:59 AM   #26
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Congrats on your Airstream adventure Carol! You're going to really enjoy it. I went the other way... from fiberglass trailers to Airstreams (for twenty years,) back to fiberglass trailers and now onto fiberglass motorhomes...

It's not so much about what you're camping in as it is that a) you're out enjoying the world, and b) that you're comfortable; both at the destination and while you're getting there.

BTW, the Thirteenth Midwest Airforums Rally is happening in June at Moraine View State Park in LeRoy IL... c'mon down! I think site P22 is still open on the loop. I've attended most of them, even though I sold my last Airstream in 2006 when I bought my Bigfoot 25. They still tolerate me. it's a great time!
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:58 AM   #27
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Thanks Raz and Rodger.

Raz, Yes I always thought the Scamp would turn into an Escape as well! In the lead up to partners retirement there was about a year and half of deliberations as to what trailer we could both be happy with. Some times life takes you down a different road than you thought you where taking ;-) LOL

Rodger: Picked up a used one in Napa in the late winter that had been stored in a climate controlled building at a winery since new. Serviced yearly by an independent AS repair shop since new as well, so they were able to give me a full run down on what had been done to it in its 10 year life time as well as a list of what they felt it was needing in regards to maintaince in the near feature. Previous owner had them do lots of updates and additions over the years and they had actually just had it in for wheel bearing servicing and new fridge and two new 6V batteries, a few weeks prior to my purchasing & provided a list of items that they felt should in the near future have some maintenance done. Did talk to the repair shop prior to purchase as well as go into the shop with the trailer before leaving the area. They were nice enough to walk through the items with me. Nothing to serious - the biggest being they felt all the roof items where due for resealing although it shows no signs currently leaking. They were able to tell me what items they had previously replaced or updated. So thankfully not many questions or surprises about its history etc which made the purchase a bit more comfortable. He had about a dozen AS in the shop of various ages, in for various repairs - some in for minor items, some vintage ones in for total rebuild as well. Clearly the go to AS guy in that area. I felt pretty comfortable talking to them about possible issues, than I suspect I would have at a dealer. Also more comfortable going with gentle used rather than new, on the chance I really do not like it after a year or two of test towing :-) Really hoping I did not make to big of a mistake though.

Thanks also for invite to rally, current time priority is finding a place to live but once that is settled will for sure make a point of checking out some of the AS rallies.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:12 PM   #28
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WHAT??????????

you bought a used trailer (in a foreign country no less!) and it didn't come with surprises, horror stories and carefully hidden problems?????????????

Geez, you missed out on half the fun and adventure, didn't ya ????

Better luck next time...........LOL
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