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Old 05-26-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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2005 Airstream Interstate

Last week we picked up a very nice 2005 AI with only 48k miles
We are totally new to rv-ing and looking forward to future trips.
I do like the fuel economy and size of the van, I wish there were more stage space however.
I may consider removing the rear seats and redesigning the sleeping area maybe in a year or two.
This model has a roof rack and it would be nice to put stuff up there, but it's so high , is there a portable ladder available or do the rear door mounted ladders work for roof access? I was thinking taking my kayak on the roof for extended fishing trips.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:37 PM   #2
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I use a collapsible ladder I found on Amazon. It's about 32" but extends to 10' 6", work's well, I just have to be careful not to pinch my fingers.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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The easiest way to extend your storage with with a hitch-mounted cargo box or cargo tray. The box has the advantage that it can be locked, and generally protects the contents from the weather. The tray had the advantage that you can store items on a tray that are too big to fit in a cargo box. But rooftop probably is best for your kayak. Especially since a 2005 doesn't have a much clutter up on the roof as newer models.

This rack looks clever…
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:47 PM   #4
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sprinteraccessories.com has a rear door mounted ladder available, but I have never actually seen one in use. The problem with carrying a ladder is now you have to store the ladder. My wife got me an inflatable boat for my birthday. It fire in the rear Thule cargo carrier(which matches the silver and black colors of the Interstate, by the way). I do, however, like Pro's video rack.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:48 PM   #5
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:12 PM   #6
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I do have a black heavy duty pvc cargo box I got from the previous owner which I will use for camping gear but I like the idea from Sebtown with the collapsable ladder. The hinged kayak racks are also very nice
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:43 PM   #7
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My wife and I also just purchased a 2005 interstate in April. We have boo docked with it and have taken it from Denver to Los Angeles with a stop in Vegas. We then turned around and drove it back home to Indiana via Route 66. Last week we drove it from Indiana to Toronto Canada and on through canada via the 401 all the way to Maine and camped at the Arcadia national park. Over the past month we have traveled over 10,000 miles and spent 3 weeks in her. We also have been getting just under 24 miles a gallon. Modifications I made was 1) added a shower curtain behind from driver seat than can be pulled for privacy when we stop to sleep. 2) replaced the original battery charger with a bone docker 60 amp so I can leave it plugged in as it has a 4 way charger. I built a rear offset table. Our interstate is the rear seating/bed. The table can be left up with plenty of room for one to sleep if the other is driving. Added a support that fits into the table posts to help support the rear bed for better sleeping. Replaced the tv antenna with a smaller more aerodynamic one. Revealed the roof, don't overlook that if it has the original sealant!!! Everything has worked great! We could not be happier. We sold our last b class last year, a roadtrek 190 popular and we wanted a sprinter class. We are glad we did!
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:46 PM   #8
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PSchw, nice aluminum storage box, but where is your lighted license plate? In PA its required to be seen once something is added that covers it. And lights might also be required so as to be seen as the end of the vehicle on a dark road.
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PSchw, nice aluminum storage box, but where is your lighted license plate? In PA its required to be seen once something is added that covers it. And lights might also be required so as to be seen as the end of the vehicle on a dark road.
Lights are probably not required (except the license plate, as you said), but DoT conspicuity reflectors on the cargo box— sides and rear— definitely would not be amiss. The original Sprinter taillights, brake lights, and turn signals are all visible to following traffic with the cargo box lid closed, so it's not really any worse than a pickup traveling with an open tailgate.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:01 PM   #10
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It is still work in progress. The lights are not covered the box us only 57" wide I work on a place and a light for the license plate. I just worked on it on Saturday hope to finish it this week and I put pictures up with license plate.
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Air Head, would caution you about driving with that table in place.

If you were to have an accident, it is heavy enough it could take your head off flying forward. We were told never to drive with ours in place.

We found the rear table more of an annoyance than functional, didn't like messing with it or that it took up an entire under-bench storage area. We left it in the garage after the first trip, and there it remains 7 years and 146,000 miles later.

We have a large cargo carrier to use when camping with the grands, otherwise limit what we carry to what can fit inside. A process, not an event, downsizing that way, but it does work.

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Hi Air Head

Just wondering if you would comment on differences (pros and cons) between the 190 and the Sprinter. We are looking at both platforms between the Chevy and Sprinter. Congrats on your purchase and great trip!

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..... I built a rear offset table. Our interstate is the rear seating/bed. The table can be left up with plenty of room for one to sleep if the other is driving. Added a support that fits into the table posts to help support the rear bed for better sleeping. ...... Everything has worked great! We could not be happier. We sold our last b class last year, a roadtrek 190 popular and we wanted a sprinter class. We are glad we did!

Sounds like you made some great modifications to your Interstate. Could you share some photos of your off-set table and bed support arrangement?
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Air Head, would caution you about driving with that table in place.

If you were to have an accident, it is heavy enough it could take your head off flying forward. We were told never to drive with ours in place.

We found the rear table more of an annoyance than functional, didn't like messing with it or that it took up an entire under-bench storage area. We left it in the garage after the first trip, and there it remains 7 years and 146,000 miles later.

We have a large cargo carrier to use when camping with the grands, otherwise limit what we carry to what can fit inside. A process, not an event, downsizing that way, but it does work.

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Thanks for the insight. Although it is pretty light, I made it from bamboo and lightweight hardware, your comment is still true. Anything not bolted down is a potential missile in an accident.
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