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Old 04-09-2006, 08:21 AM   #1
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"Distance by zipcode" feature broken?

I am absolutely having a ball browsing the forums and learning more about the trailer I hope to own soon. My wife and I need a smallish (less than 24 ft.) TT to pull behind a Kia Sorento (3500 lb towing) so that we can take our cats and valuables and outrun the next killer hurricane.

To that end I check the classifieds every day looking for something in my price range that's not too far away to check out in person. Unfortunately, although I put in my (South Alabama) zip code correctly, the ads tell me a trailer is only 271 miles away (a reasonable distance to go to see it) from me when the seller is in Minnesota. That is actually 1400 miles! Unfortunately, that is not a reasonable distance.

Also unfortunately, there are not a lot of used airstreams in and around the Gulf Coast for sale.

Is there a reason my zip code 36576 is generating these wrong answers?

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Old 04-09-2006, 08:55 AM   #2
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Is that a new zip code? We had troubles like that (and other problems) when we were assigned a new zip code.
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Old 04-09-2006, 08:57 AM   #3
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Sorry I can't help ou with the zip code problem but,

Welcome to the forums! Hope you're able to find YOUR airsteam soon. One recommendation, you'll need a larger tow vehicle to tow anything but the smallest trailer. There are many threads regarding towing here on the site. Take a look and consider well before trying to tow with too small a vehicle.
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Old 04-10-2006, 04:55 AM   #4
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Is that a new zip code? We had troubles like that (and other problems) when we were assigned a new zip code.
Nope, as far as I know this has been the area code for Silverhill for at least 10 years that I know of. I'm thinking whatever database is used for the calculations thinks 36576 is somewhere other than where it is.

Gypsy, thanks for the welcome. As to size, from what I have seen in the ads and of trailers up close, I ought to be able to pull up to about a 22-footer of some kind. I really would like one with tandem axles for the obvious safety benefit.

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Old 04-10-2006, 05:41 AM   #5
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What is the Zip you are comparing yours to?
Part of my business is calculating distances between zip codes.
I show 36576 as Silverhill, AL - correct?
If you give me the other one, I can tell you how many miles I calaulate.

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Old 04-10-2006, 05:41 AM   #6
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Casa, I've posted your concerns for the Admins on the Moderators' Forum. I don't have any idea myself of how that feature operates, so perhaps one of the Admins who do (or Andy) can look into it.

I echo AirstrmGypsy's concerns about your tow vehicle. The only current Airstream you might be able to tow with it would be the 16' Bambi with a GVWR of 3500 lbs. Everything else is way out of your towing range. And the 16' Bambi, unladen, would be at your max safety range if you are of the belief that allowing a 20% margin under your max tow rating is a good thing.

You could do some of the vintage trailers though; a '50s Flying Cloud, an original '61-'63 Bambi, a '64 Bambi II, or the '65-'68 Caravels would all work for you if you pack lightly...

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Old 04-10-2006, 06:53 AM   #7
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Gypsy, thanks for the welcome. As to size, from what I have seen in the ads and of trailers up close, I ought to be able to pull up to about a 22-footer of some kind. I really would like one with tandem axles for the obvious safety benefit.

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Good luck! If you are talking an Airstream made in the last 5 years (or a bit older), you are at the 16' Airstream size and even that is too big for your TV (tow vehicle). If you go vintage, you **might** be able to find something, but even then, perhaps not bigger than 19' if that. Problem is that people, fuel, cargo all get deducted from the total tow rating of the TV. For example, if you and your wife weight 100lbs each and you carry 100lbs of stuff in the car and you fill the fuel tank (say 10 gallons @6lbs per gallon) you have now lowered the towing capacity from 3500 to 3140 and for each pound that I'm off, deduct further. I agree with what has been said, unless you go with a pop up, or some other camper in the 2000lb range, you are looking at a better tow vehicle before you should ever consider an Airstrem or any other coach weighing 2500 lbs (max) or more.
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:27 PM   #8
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Is there any way to get this feature to work to include Canadian Postal Codes? The only way the feature works for us is to enter the nearest American city (which could be hundreds of kilometers for some members who live a fair ways to the North).

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Old 04-10-2006, 01:33 PM   #9
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The distance by zipcode feature has been "broken" ever since I have been a member. Up until now, it has been nothing more than a sometimes hilarious inconvenience, but it should be addressed next time we have a forum upgrade. I hope.
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Old 05-05-2006, 04:37 AM   #10
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I am new to the forum too, but someone selling an item perhaps should put their city/state in their description just as a aid to those searching. I have been looking for an Airstream and have been dissapppointed when 28 miles turned into 1800 miles...
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Old 05-05-2006, 06:59 AM   #11
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Can't help you with the zip codes but...

... I live in MN - Twin Cities area.
If it wasn't too far away I could go look at it for you. I've got a digital camera and could send photos.
No I wont steal it away from you. Got one AS and that's enough.
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:36 AM   #12
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If folks did what KMLAWS suggests, you could take that location info stick it into Mapquest and get an accurate distance and directions in no time. All it would amount to is keeping an additional browser window open while you are looking for your AS.
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Old 09-21-2006, 11:47 AM   #13
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The zip code feature on this site is definitely broke. Other sites that use the same classifieds software seem to work.
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Old 09-21-2006, 11:51 AM   #14
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Zip fubar

Yes, the zip does not work for me, either. That would be a neat feature for browsing Airstreams and parts, campgrounds, etc.
Thanks for sending this to the moderators and administrators.
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