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Old 09-05-2016, 09:43 AM   #1
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First impressions on overnighting in an Interstate

I am on my second Interstate having had a 2015 lounge and now a 2016 lounge. I traded in my 2015 to get the air suspension and glad I did. Now the people in the rear can be as comfortable as those in the front.

I use the Interstate as a day coach for day trips. On longer distances we stopped at hotels for the evening. Our 2016 will be coming up on its first anniversary in two months. We really enjoy it. It is a pleasure to drive and it seats 9. With our grandkids and ourselves, the bathroom facility is a big plus.

A few weeks ago we decided to take the Intertate to the Florida keys. We live in Florida. The plan was to test all the systems out since the warranty would be running out soon. We had not really extensively tested all the systems one would do by staying in it. It was only the wife and me.

Glad to say that everything worked. It was useful also in learning how to hook certain things up at the campground. I did learn that you must shut off the tv booster in order to use a cable connection. We stayed at Bluewater RV resort in Key West. We had a site right on the water with a large Chickee hut to relax in.

The smallest unit I had before was a 32 foot Class C. The largest was a 45 foot class A. The was several decades ago when my kids were small. The Interstate really takes a lot to get used to live in it. I found the bed and kitchen to be good. The bathroom was something else. Quite difficult to wash up and shave unless the door is open and you use the kitchen counter to put the toiletries. I found it almost impossible to shower.

However, that is the trade off for such a small and nimble coach. I guess it takes getting used to. One suggestion would be a bump out for the bathroom, if it was possible. Then the coach would be quite liveable for the misses and me.

All said and done, it was a great trip and everything worked. And I really love the Interstate.
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:10 AM   #2
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The bathroom was something else. Quite difficult to wash up and shave unless the door is open and you use the kitchen counter to put the toiletries. I found it almost impossible to shower.
Thanks for the report. Our 2016 is just a bit older than yours. We have done a number of overnights in it. On this point, our solution has been to not use the sink the bathroom. Instead we keep toothpaste, toothbrush, etc near the kitchen sink and use that. The toilet is only used as a toilet. And the shower had not been used yet (use the campground instead).

It is our first and only RV and I take special pleasure in turning into roads that says "No RVs."
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:17 AM   #3
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The bathroom was something else. Quite difficult to wash up and shave unless the door is open and you use the kitchen counter to put the toiletries. I found it almost impossible to shower.

However, that is the trade off for such a small and nimble coach. I guess it takes getting used to. One suggestion would be a bump out for the bathroom, if it was possible. Then the coach would be quite liveable for the misses and me.
My understanding is many people leave the door open to give a bit more elbow room while showering.

My intent is to shower in it like I shower in marine heads on sailboats and use the toilet as a seat. Not only do I need very little room doing it that way, but when I'm on the boat I don't want to worry about a wake tossing me around while I'm showering! I don't think that will be an issue in the AI unless I'm trying to shower during an earthquake, but I live in CA so I'll be ready just in case, LOL.
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Old 09-05-2016, 11:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for the report. Our 2016 is just a bit older than yours. We have done a number of overnights in it. On this point, our solution has been to not use the sink the bathroom. Instead we keep toothpaste, toothbrush, etc near the kitchen sink and use that. The toilet is only used as a toilet. And the shower had not been used yet (use the campground instead).

It is our first and only RV and I take special pleasure in turning into roads that says "No RVs."


Using the kitchen sink sounds like a great idea. Thanks
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Old 09-05-2016, 12:45 PM   #5
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I have a much older unit than your's. It is a 2006. I guess it depends on how tall or how big a person is when it comes to using the shower. Don't take that statement the wrong way! Perhaps I don't have a problem because they didn't put a washbowl in the bathroom. I have to use the kitchen sink. Wiping it clean is no problem. You can always use the wipes to purify it. I also keep a squeegee in the bathroom and do all the walls before I get out. They show those shower extender rods and curtains. That might give you more arm movement. It ISdifficult to dry yourself in such a small space. Hope you can figure out a solution.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:18 PM   #6
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We moved the soap/shampoo dispenser to the front wall and those few inches of shower width made all the difference. Now we both enjoy the shower and have no need to use campground facilities,
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Old 09-05-2016, 04:21 PM   #7
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I forgot to mention two items in my post. The power shades a little problematic. A few of the window shades fouled going either up or down and I had to manually put the shades into their tracks. I hope our service dealer can find a permenant solution

The other is the air conditioning. Numerous post complained about the noise while sleeping and the ability to cool the coach. I was concerned about the noise not allowing us to sleep. However, I found the contrary. I kept the fan on low and adjusted the air vents so it would not blow on us. I travel a lot for business and in order to mask out the noise of a hotel use a white noise machine or now an IPad app. Well the noice of the air conditioning was white noise and helped us sleep.
It was 95 degrees and humid in Key West and the air conditioning kept the coach plenty cool. Also during the day I parked the coach right next to the beach at Bahia Honda State Park. I kept the generator and air conditioning on. It was a perfect day. Walked out of the coach on the beach and into an 85 degree ocean. After lounging on the beach, I showered using the one on the outside of the coach. Then ate lunch in the cool inside. Doesn't get any better.
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I am also having chronic problems with the power shades, going in for a second warranty related repair soon. Have had to replace nearly every shade in the coach. Prone to failure and I have asked airstream if there is a manual solution because I'm getting fearful this will be a chronic issue. Anyone else with similar problems?
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I've discovered four things on these shades:

1) never touch them. They are quick to jump out of their tracks which will cause havoc

2) The fuse for the rear door shades (5 amp) would regularly blow when opening all shades at the same time (only time this would happen). Changed to 7.5 amp and never had another problem.

3) They are an absolute bear to adjust. Getting to the limit settings is a joke.

4) The wiring to the motors and momentary switch (for programming) is sloppily secured so the shades will eat the wiring and rip them apart.

When they work they are awesome and cool. Just bad design application.
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Anyone else with similar problems?
Nope!

Only time I had a problem with one is when I had something resting against it while it was closing. Ended up jumping the track, but was simple to put back in.

I know some folks complain about them, but oh my they are loads easier to use than the fiddly units found on the Road Treks that I looked at, and don't bang around like the MCDs found on many other units.

Overall, I'm very happy with them, and I use them a LOT!
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