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Old 11-30-2012, 08:26 PM   #15
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The fresh water and gray water tanks have heaters and the rest of the plumbing is inside the cabin. So as long as you keep the cabin above freezing and the tank heaters on, you should be OK.

Re: leaks, I've had mine a little over a year and have experienced no leaks either parked or on the road.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:47 PM   #16
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Ya, my Airstream never leaks either... except for...

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:24 AM   #17
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The fresh water and gray water tanks have heaters and the rest of the plumbing is inside the cabin. So as long as you keep the cabin above freezing and the tank heaters on, you should be OK.
But be warned, the tank heaters are energy hogs. If you run them off the house batteries, they'll deplete your batteries overnight. According to what I was told by the staff at Airstream of Mississippi, where I bought my Interstate. I haven't actually tried it to see, since I don't really want to deplete my batteries just for the sake of a test.

The one time I used my tank heaters (on shore power), last week at DeGray Lake State Park in Arkansas when they had an overnight frost, it wasn't cold enough, long enough, to realy need the heaters. It just seemed like a good idea to see if they worked, since I also have trips scheduled for Christmas and New Years' weekends, and when you really need them is too late to find out they don't work.

Fortunately, mine did work, as evidenced when I kneeled down and placed my hand against the fresh tank first thing in the morning, and the tank was somewhat warmer to the touch than the surrounding air.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:42 AM   #18
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As a trailer owner, I want to chime in.

I do like the looks of the Interstate and I understand some folks get along very well with them as a primary RV.

They do seem a bit compact for that purpose for me.

All that said, don't be too scared of the trailers. Yes, there are some issues but we tend to make the worst of them here. As mentioned above, all brands have issues and require a little care and feeding.

Without going into a grocery list of great things about Airstreams, just remember there are hundreds still on the road after decades of service.

If the Interstate works for you, enjoy. But don't not give the trailers a chance because of what you read here in a few visits. They are fine products and can last a lifetime.

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Old 12-01-2012, 07:34 AM   #19
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If the Interstate works for you, enjoy. But don't not give the trailers a chance because of what you read here in a few visits. They are fine products and can last a lifetime.
The trailers ARE fine products. No one is disputing that, though some vintage trailer owners have doubts about the newer models. I don't think any of us Interstate owners bought an Interstate because we don't like the trailers. It's just that the trailers didn't fit our needs as well.

I personally never even considered a trailer, because for my purposes, a Sprinter-based B-van just fit my requirements perfectly. In part because I can park it at my apartment complex, with no objections from my landlord, and don't have to rent a separate place to store it. In part because as a solo traveler I don't need a whole lot of interior room. In part because it's the perfect hurricane evacuation vehicle; when I come back after an evacuation, if my apartment is unliveable, I can park my Interstate at work, which they'll never let me do with a trailer. In part because when my other vehicle is in the shop, I can use my Interstate for most daily-use errands.

For me, the only choice was, do I get an Interstate, or do I get Some Other Brand™ of Sprinter-based B-van? Fortunately I chose the Interstate, or I'd never have met a bunch of great Airstreamers.

Now that I've got my Interstate, and intend to keep it as long as I'm physically able to use it, my next big decision is trading in my other vehicle, a Dodge Durango, for something small that's easy to tow behind an Interstate. Not because I need a toad, exactly, though it will come in handy on those longer trips, but because of hurricane evacuations again. With a toad as my daily-use vehicle, comes the time for hurricane evacuation I'll be able to take both vehicles with me, rather than just taking my Interstate and leaving the other vehcile at the mercy of Mother Nature.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:33 AM   #20
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Strangely enough, a 2010 Interstate came into the shop since this thread has started, with multiple leaks. Rear side windows, roof vents, rear door, and a "mystery leak". It has 15,000 miles on it. Oh, and the automatic step has failed. The company that made the original circuit board either has gone out of business, or no longer makes the board. There was some redneck engineering involved in replacing the part.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:06 AM   #21
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Oh, and the automatic step has failed. The company that made the original circuit board either has gone out of business, or no longer makes the board. There was some redneck engineering involved in replacing the part.
I thought at one time my Interstate's automatic step was defective. Turns out that the step lock switch was wired "backwards" compared to the other rocker switches by the side door: up for off, down for on. Once I figured that out, no problems with it since.

Don't know about the circuit board manufacturer, but the step manufacturer is in Italy, and good luck finding an owner's manual for it Stateside. The closest I ever came was finding a PDF catalog (multilingual, Italian first) http://www.motorcaravanning.co.uk/pd...Steps_2011.pdf.

Actually, I kind of wish they had put identical retractable steps (without the step lock) on the driver's and front passenger's doors, too. The skinny steps molded into the fiberglass ground effects trim are worse than useless.
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The skinny steps molded into the fiberglass ground effects trim are worse than useless.
I've noticed that, as well. Only about half my foot "fits" on the steps, and if things are wet, or otherwise slick, you can slip off the steps without really trying.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #23
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Having to stick your foot under the vehicle for a step is just wrong for so many reasons.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:22 PM   #24
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Having to stick your foot under the vehicle for a step is just wrong for so many reasons.
Yeah but it looks cool. Cool has some value. I have never tried to use it as a step because it looks like it might break the aerodynamic rocker panel. I have noticed slight distortion of that panel just above the step. Why, I don't know.
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Cool has some value.
Opinions differ on that score. I'm an engineer, and so I've been trained through five years of college and thirty-one years of career to believe that form should follow function. On that step, function is obvious. Form is lacking.
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I think the new engineering philosophy is form over function. Which I don't agree with. This step is an example of 'new' engineering.
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I think the new engineering philosophy is form over function. Which I don't agree with. This step is an example of 'new' engineering.
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Yep. Say good-bye to "elegant in its simplicity."

What was this thread about again, before it drifted off-topic?
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