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Old 01-24-2019, 05:57 PM   #3053
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I have always (from the Casita days!) had a small night light plugged in just inside the door behind the R/H dinette seat, can see if shore power is up with a glance, course you can also just look at the microwave !
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:05 PM   #3054
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Put the laminate on two of the extra countertop pieces today, cant make up my mind on size and shape for one by the door. I will take a few shots of the choices when I get them close.

Now, to get to use them!
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:15 PM   #3055
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Put the laminate on two of the extra countertop pieces today, cant make up my mind on size and shape for one by the door. I will take a few shots of the choices when I get them close.

Now, to get to use them!
Lookin' good, my friend. Don't forget I've got my 'extra' magazine rack set aside for you.
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Old 01-28-2019, 04:40 PM   #3056
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Amazing thread. My wife and I are empty nesters and looking for our first travel trailer. We especially like the 23CB / D for the place to gather with guests if the weather isn't great while still being a trailer that isn't large. I have a few concerns, but the biggest one is the obvious one of justifying the Airstream price premium. I figure that looking at competitive models is the best way to do that. So, my question: what other trailers from other manufacturers in about this size do you find appealing? We plan to go to the Houston RV show next week and your wisdom would be much appreciated.

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Old 01-28-2019, 05:40 PM   #3057
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Amazing thread. My wife and I are empty nesters and looking for our first travel trailer. We especially like the 23CB / D for the place to gather with guests if the weather isn't great while still being a trailer that isn't large. I have a few concerns, but the biggest one is the obvious one of justifying the Airstream price premium. I figure that looking at competitive models is the best way to do that. So, my question: what other trailers from other manufacturers in about this size do you find appealing? We plan to go to the Houston RV show next week and your wisdom would be much appreciated.

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DCPAS, Welcome to the thread and forum. Others here will also chime in but Oliver Travel Trailers https://olivertraveltrailers.com/
Castia Travel Trailers https://casitatraveltrailers.com/
Come to mind.
I feel that nothing compares to Airstreams style and design.
Quality is something you can improve on by following our lead on this thread.
Good luck in your search and feel free to ask questions. You have easy access to some pretty incredible minds, and talented people on here who are more than willing to help you spend your money.
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:14 AM   #3058
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Amazing thread. My wife and I are empty nesters and looking for our first travel trailer. We especially like the 23CB / D for the place to gather with guests if the weather isn't great while still being a trailer that isn't large. I have a few concerns, but the biggest one is the obvious one of justifying the Airstream price premium. I figure that looking at competitive models is the best way to do that. So, my question: what other trailers from other manufacturers in about this size do you find appealing? We plan to go to the Houston RV show next week and your wisdom would be much appreciated.

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DCPAS, I looked at Bigfoot and Lance, as well as the Oliver that Ronnie mentioned. Lance is a square box, but fit and finish is really good. The fiberglass Oliver and Bigfoot would hold up very well and I am sure tow great. But, a gently used 22 to 25 foot Airstream, say about 5 or so years old, should costs less than a new Xxxxxx. But, if only looking at the dollars and cents, consider resale value. The universal appeal and number of potential buyers when you decide to sell is second to none... huge. The number of subscribers and the support you get on this site is a value in and of itself. I am glad that I finally got an Airstream and think it will be my last camper.

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Old 01-31-2019, 08:44 PM   #3059
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Steve, one of our former 23D comrades, posted a video that my interest you on Trailers that are not JUNK. It’s 24 min long but definitely worth the time.
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Steve, one of our former 23D comrades, posted a video that my interest you on Trailers that are not JUNK. Itís 24 min long but definitely worth the time.
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I only listened to a minute or so, as Iím not really looking for a trailer. I watched his video completely on lifting his AS though. Heís a good guy.
The only reason Iím commenting is that he said AS and yuppie in the same sentence. First time in my life, Iíve been lumped in with the yuppie crowd!
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:07 PM   #3061
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IF its in the driveway, it must be official.

Our new to us 2015 23D Intl Serenity is parked out front gathering snow. In preparation, I put new Bilstein shocks and tow mirrors on the 1999 F150. When we picked the unit up at Colonial after their inspection, an unforeseen problem surfaced. Apparently, when my 7 pin connection was installed, it was only set up with the same 4 flat pin connections as the existing connection. So.. I was thrilled to pay Colonial shop rates to have the things wired correctly. Note to others - have your connectors checked before you retrieve your unit or it can get pricey. I also hoped to exit the dealership with lots of daylight and to get clear of traffic for my first tow. The added delay for wiring the 7 pin blew that plane apart. Regardless, we arrived home unscathed. We are secure in the driveway with locked X-chocks plus rubber chocks behind the tires, a proven industries puck lock on the tongue and a latch lock. Didi I say I too am from the department of redundancy department? Although I have pulled the batteries into the basement, I am wiring a 30 amp RV outlet in the garage for future use. I have on hand for installation a Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C surge suppressor, TST cap TPMS, centramatics balancers and a voyager backup/rear view camera. Can't hardly wait for warm weather. That said, where did the JEDIs among you install your in-line surge suppressors? It appears that the plug is on the outside wall near the shower? Any pictures of the process would be appreciated. Thanks

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My rig has all the electrical panels and converter in a metal box hung from the rear dinette seat frame. Plenty of room in there for the EMS/surge suppressor box. I only have one power inlet at present. If I add a front inlet, I will install the manual transfer switch somewhere in the streetside galley area do I can get both existing inlet and the new oneís wiring to the new manual switch.
Once I get in there, and install/reroute wiring, Iíll post pictures
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Old 02-04-2019, 04:25 PM   #3063
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Welcome to the clubhouse, Jim... this is a great place, I hope to see you here often.

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Look what we got Friday! Ordered January 5 and arrived at dealer February 5. We picked it up Friday the 8th. Now to go order a topper. Also trying to decide between a rubber mat or a bed rug of some sort.

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Scott,
Congrats on the new wheels! Also proud for your retirement. You have earned every bit of it.
Well done Sir!
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:44 PM   #3066
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Scott, whatís the payload on that sweet ride? Also, check out the bed rug, I love mine. Itís great with a topper and soft on knees and dogs paws. Plus itís tough, can haul rock, mulch, etc...

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