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Old 03-13-2011, 09:28 PM   #15
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Silvergate,

You did a most excellent job of conveying our conversation, congratulations. Purchasing our Interstate is the best decision we have ever made. We are already planning our next adventure fuel prices notwithstanding.

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Old 03-13-2011, 11:39 PM   #16
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Thanks avid for your comment. It was a pleasure meeting and interviewing you and your wife and a good experience for me in writing up the article, "Fans of the Airstream Interstate" on the Airstream Life Online Community web page.

Looking forward to seeing you again when you are in the Southern California area.

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Old 03-14-2011, 08:55 AM   #17
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:14 AM   #18
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Place to store ?

Hi the Interstate community....

is there enought places to store what you use outside, as chairs , table...BBQ ?
May be under the twin beds or the Lounge ?
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:37 AM   #19
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Hi the Interstate community....

is there enought places to store what you use outside, as chairs , table...BBQ ?
May be under the twin beds or the Lounge ?
Not my combo, but owned by a nice gal from NY....spotted in PEI New England Unit meet.

I'd say see has it figured out.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:39 AM   #20
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is there enought places to store what you use outside, as chairs , table...BBQ ?
May be under the twin beds or the Lounge ?
In general, the Sprinter chassis is limited in storage because the unibody structure. Mercedes will not allow the converters to cut into the structure without approval. Chevy & Ford which are body on frame have a ton of flexibility and thus a lot more storage.

No real storage under the lounge although we manage 4 folding camp chairs, telescopic ladder, and some small miscellaneous stuff, (which has to be rearranged when the lounge gets folded flat). In our Chevy Based RT 200V we also had 2 folding bikes, EZ-up canopy, family tent, and room to spare.

The Sprinter has a huge advantage in headroom and although somewhat narrower than the Ford/Chevy it feels much larger for close to the same footprint. The other difference was 4-7mpg improvement over our Chevy with the 5.7L Vortec.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:04 PM   #21
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Hi the Interstate community....

is there enought places to store what you use outside, as chairs , table...BBQ ?
May be under the twin beds or the Lounge ?
No.

There is plenty of room for basic items for two people. Anything else, think small and compact, and only what is absolutely necessary. These things have to ride in the seating area in the back.

We move items to the front seat areas at night and when we are parked for a few days, to give more comfort and room in the rear.

That said, it is still the very best way to go.


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We used a rear hitch carrier on ours. Made it a bit longer but was nice for chairs, etc. Best to get an expensive aluminum carrier, looks so cool and is light. zz
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:23 PM   #23
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We have a rear hitch carrier that we use to haul firewood to rallies , and with its' very nifty bag the sleeping bags, tent and gear for the grandkids when we take them camping.

We would never carry that full time, though, as it would greatly defeat the unique features of our Interstate----its' small and compact nature and the great mileage. It would be so much harder to park, too!


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Old 03-14-2011, 09:23 PM   #24
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Here’s the one at the K.C. show -- all white and stunning, all LEDs, good towing for a boat or bikes, great tailgater. I get it totally -- the beach, the ballgame, the lake, the mountains. I’d totally love this style of travel. With the generator, a full rack of solar panels and a full rack of pinot noirs, I could be a very happy guy. I really thought about it hard for my RV. But I couldn’t convince my spouse that she could be equally happy without more room to roam. So at this point, I’m an Interstate wannabe. In a parallel universe, I’m be the guy headed to Lake Fork in my Interstate with the Ranger bass boat in tow.
We do not have an Interstate but we do have an Airstream Sprinter Westfalia which is known as a James Cook in Europe.
We had a 28' CCD that we loved but felt it did not meet our current camping needs. We chose the Westfalia for its nimbleness.
We like to bike and take one to two night trips a couple times a month. With an 18.5' rig we can park anywhere and boondocking is a breeze.
We could not do this with our former 50' set up.
We miss our CCD and hope to get another when we are ready to hit the road for extended trips but for now our little Westfalia is perfect. We are content with getting our "space" from the great outdoors instead of inside a spacious RV.
It took several week to convince ourselves that we could downsize but we are very happy with our decision.
I suggest you visit a dealership and spend a few hours in an Interstate. Test drive it and try all the buttons and bells. Then go home and sit in your big rig. Think about how long it takes to hook it up, load it and unload it. Picture yourself refueling.
We can load ours for a standard trip in about an hour and unload in about 15 minutes. We just pull into any gas station with diesel and do not worry about how we will maneuver around the pumps and out the exit.
A special not to your spouse...I can deep clean the unit in less than a half an hour.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:32 PM   #25
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I forgot to mention MPG.
18.5 to 19.5 so far and our heater is diesel powered!
We have owned this unit since October of 2010 so the heater has been used with every tank so far.
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:39 AM   #26
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Chevy & Ford which are body on frame have a ton of flexibility and thus a lot more storage.
As a B190 owner, this made me LOL. There are no outside storage bins in the B190, unless you don't have a generator. I don't know how the new Avenues are but I can't imagine they're much better.

Inside, there are plenty of cabinets, but limited space to store larger things. Our camp chairs (the type that fold vertically) ride on the couch. The gas grill is kept between the front seats. We got some reclining camp chairs but unless they go in a separate car I don't know where we'd store them.

It's just the nature of the B-van I think - it's a lot of camper in a relatively small package, so something has to give.
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I forgot to mention MPG.
18.5 to 19.5 so far and our heater is diesel powered!
We have owned this unit since October of 2010 so the heater has been used with every tank so far.

We get a good, solid 25 mpg average, sometimes better. If we have hit the major highways to go home (like now ) and are cruising at 75 or so, mpg drops noticeably. For the kind of meandering travel we like to do, mileage is great and one of the big benefits of this unit.


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As a B190 owner, this made me LOL. There are no outside storage bins in the B190, unless you don't have a generator. I don't know how the new Avenues are but I can't imagine they're much better.
I forgot we had talked about that when I bought the Interstate. I always think back to our last RT 200V which had exceptional storage. I had a conversation with a RT rep at Hershey that talked about the Mercedes imposed limitations on the Sprinter chassis vs what they could do on the Chevy Express.
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