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Old 08-14-2015, 03:02 PM   #1
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Just traded our 27' Flying Cloud for this new AI and take delivery from the dealer on Tuesday. Excited and can't wait to hit the road in it. From San Antonio we are heading to S Calif in two weeks. So we will need to get up to speed on all the systems pretty quick.

This place is a great resource. Have been reviewing the Small Living and AI Modifications threads to get ideas.
Gonna order a memory foam topper before we leave and then just go and figure out on the fly what things we will need to make it work best for us.

Since we're leaving on a trip of some distance pretty quickly, was wondering if there were any words of wisdom of what I should check or use before we hit the road. Will do the obvious like making sure appliances, generator, water heater etc. work

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Old 08-14-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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Make sure when the dealer does your orientation that you run your generator and test the AC. Mine would shut down shortly after the compressor kicked on.
Was an easy fix for the dealer and has worked perfectly ever since.

Hopefully you got a good deal on your AI since the 16s have been out a couple months.
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:15 PM   #3
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Welcome, and what Ron said.

I would go lightly on purchases until you get a feel for your rig, as everyone's needs are different.

A lot of what you had in your trailer will also work in your Interstate.

Have a great time.


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Old 08-14-2015, 08:27 PM   #4
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Several new owners wished that they had video taped the orientation where the dealer operated all of the different features. Also a good idea is to do the operation yourself after the dealer has run thru it.

You should get a portfolio w/ the rig containing the Sprinter and Airstream Interstate owner's manuals along w/ instructions for all of the non-Sprinter equipment.

One thing of note in the "Lessons learned" category is to turn the sink faucet to the Hot position so the lid doesn't hit it and turn the faucet on when the lid is closed.

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Old 08-14-2015, 08:38 PM   #5
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Also a good idea is to do the operation yourself after the dealer has run thru it.
When I bought my Interstate, the orientation came in four parts.

1 - I downloaded the Sprinter and Interstate owner's manuals from the Internet even before I did the walk-through, so I could read up on everything beforehand and ask meaningful questions.

2 - I had the dealer demonstrate everythingó including the Sprinter stuff, not just the Airstream stuff. You need to know the Sprinter systems even before you need to know the Airstream systems, because you'll deal with them as you're driving home from the dealer.

3 - After the dealer demonstrated something, I did it while the dealer coached me through it.

4 - After I had done everything once with coaching, I did it again without coaching. Had to tell the dealer "Be quiet and let me do this" a couple of times, too. Took him a while to realize that coaching me again without my asking for it wasn't helping.

Then, if I could do it without coaching while the dealer watched, I knew I was ready to do it for real on my first trip.

I also set up my first camping trip to a campground very close to home, so if there was something I really needed and didn't have, it wasn't very far or very expensive to go fetch whatever it was.
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:35 PM   #6
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Just reading the Protagonist post and I am thinking he knew more than my dealer did when I took delivery. I would say ditto on his good advice especially downloading the latest manuals, and having the dealer review every system with you before you go. Part of the manual that came with my 214.5 AI talks about the proper hitching and trailer backing LOL. I couldn't believe the manual was a mix of trailer and coach. Other parts of the manual were not up to date in terms of the actual standard equipment in the coach, like the inverter, solar system etc. I have downloaded the new manuals and they are better but still not up to standards expected at the price point of a new AI.
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I did the same as Protagonist and loaded all of the manuals onto an old iPad I keep in the AS
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:29 PM   #8
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I too agree with the advice to learn the sprinter first. Then take it for a trip to a nearby campground or even camp out in your driveway. I've had my Interstate for a couple of years and am still learning new things. It's a great vehicle and fun to travel in. Enjoy!
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Folks, thanks for the guidance. Looking forward to the first trip!


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Old 08-18-2015, 09:36 PM   #10
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Took delivery this afternoon. Managed to get video on most of the Airstream functions and system operations. The technician had great knowledge of the Airstream components, limited knowledge of the Mercedes Sprinter functions and absolutely no knowledge of the Kenwood/Garmin system. Spoke with salesperson and he got a "younger" tech that understood the Kenwood/Garmin system but he wasn't a very good instructor. They are setting up a call for me with an Airstream representative to walk me thru the Kenwood.

All components and systems performed as expected. The only thing that needed to be tweaked was the shower head in the bathroom (there was not enough slack on the extension for the wand).

Got home and found two issues:
1) When I parked and got out I heard something running. Turns out that the tech left the water pump switch on and the system had been dumped and was dry. Hopefully pump is still OK. I will put water in tomorrow and test it out.
2) Realized that we did not cover the Maxx Fan in the turnover. Will call the dealership and get a tech to walk me thru it over the phone.

We are going to spend a lot of time over the next week getting comfortable with everything and then taking off for S Calif




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2) Realized that we did not cover the Maxx Fan in the turnover. Will call the dealership and get a tech to walk me thru it over the phone.
One thing they never tell you is that the crank mechanism for raising and lowering the fan hood is made of cheap pot-metal and can be stripped out if you over-tighten it when cranking it down. Always look up when cranking the hood up or down, and as soon as it quits moving, stop cranking. The hood doesn't leak at all, open or closed, unless you're in a driving rainstorm where it's raining sideways, so it's not critical to crank it down tightly, just far enough that it doesn't rattle.
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Old 08-22-2015, 03:37 AM   #12
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The good news is that it's relatively cheap and easy to replace. The bad news is that it is a bad design. The gear enclosure is just too thin to withstand the applied forces. Just like the lifter arm which was redesigned and made out of steel.
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I too had prolems with the shower head wand not extending or retracting. It has a heavy weight on the braided hose. The weight is clamped to the hose with a too-long bolt. The bolt and/or the weight will get hung up on any of the many things under the sink. I removed the access cover below the half-wardrobe and duct-taped a piece of indoor-outdoor carpet over all this miscellaneous stuff - to make a smooth surface for the weight to slide up/down over. Looked goofy as heck, but hidden by the access cover so nobody knows - till now.
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