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Old 03-18-2019, 09:35 AM   #1
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Greetings. We just downsized from a C Class to our new 2019 Interstate Lounge Slate Edition. We take delivery in a week. First time Airstream owner. I have been reading through as many of the posts as possible, but it is pretty overwhelming how much information is here. I found the SEARCH function is not very efficient and returns hundreds of threads for a single topic. Given that, I will be respectfully asking a questions, hopefully not burning up too much band width. A few starters:

1) My wife wants to buy bedding ahead of time. Will queen size components work (sheets, bedspreads, etc.). Any considerations not obvious to a new owner?
2) I have heard everyone complain about the "Fusion" system. In a few words, what exactly is the issue and how to work around it?

Thanks. All comments appreciated. Looking forward to our new adventure.
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:11 PM   #2
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We use the SUperbag and really pleased with it. http://www.rvsuperbag.com/?gclid=Cj0...IaAntbEALw_wcB
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Old 03-18-2019, 04:41 PM   #3
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We bought a queen size 3" mattress topper. We have a comforter that we use on top of the sheets unless it is hot. We lay a sleeping bag on top of the comforter when it gets below appx 45 F outside.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:14 PM   #4
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We use the SUperbag and really pleased with it. http://www.rvsuperbag.com/?gclid=Cj0...IaAntbEALw_wcB
+1 on the RV Superbad. It is a great simple solution for bedding in a van.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:30 AM   #5
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:20 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard! Our queen size memory foam topper from Costco is slightly narrower in width, leaving about 3” gaps on both sides, and slightly longer than the sofa laying flat with the jumper seats, overhanging the rear by about 4”. No problem really, we just put couple plastic bins on the sides for phones and knickknacks.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:29 PM   #7
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I cut 3 inc foam in two pieces to fit the space perfectly. Put on fitted single bed mattress covers, and it fits, feels and looks perfect. We leave the beds in place all the time as we have the lounge model that gives us a separate living space that works perfect for us.
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Old 03-19-2019, 05:00 PM   #8
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Welcome! We use a Wamsutta Queen Fiberbed and it is very comfortable yet compacts down easily for storage. We find that the fitted sheet that comes with the Interstate (ours is a Tommy Bahama) doesn't stay on. Because of that it's kind of tedious to make and tear down the bed so we simply spread out that Fiberbed topper and throw a flat sheet on top. Surprisingly, the flat sheet stays put.

Regardless, I think you will definitely want some sort of topper. As comfortable as the couch is to sit on, it seems uncomfortable for us to sleep on. With the topper I sleep like a baby.

For quick trips, we also got two "sleepover" sleeping bags that work great and are super compact.

Oh and you can find a post somewhere on cutting down the hard bolsters on the side of the jump seats. They are designed to be under your knees when sleeping but if you need to sleep another direction because you aren't level, these are really a pain in your back.
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:47 PM   #9
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Oh and you can find a post somewhere on cutting down the hard bolsters on the side of the jump seats. They are designed to be under your knees when sleeping but if you need to sleep another direction because you aren't level, these are really a pain in your back.
I had the cut-down bolsters left over from my old AI laying around in the garage from my twin bed conversion. I think I was one of the first to post about cutting them down.

Today, I swapped the old bolsters from the garage with the ones in my new AI. The Ultraleather is black in both coaches, so it was an easy 15 minute swap.

All it takes is a 7/16" wrench to remove them. Skin back the leather, cut down the higher part of the wood, add foam padding back to the original contour, and staple them back together.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:04 PM   #10
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If you never use the back for anything other than a bed, try two, three-inch toppers, one on top of the other. I think we got one of them from Costco. Top them off with Sleep Number sheets. They have a strap on each corner that will sort of keep the sheets in place.

Look at some of my other posts for what I took out of my Interstate. Getting some of the clutter out makes it more livable and quieter. The Container Store is good for drawer organization, and places like REI and Orvis have a fairly good selection of bags for under the bed.

Also, read about how to release and retract the dump hose.

See you on the road. Enjoy!
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:40 PM   #11
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Many thanks to everyone for taking time to reply. Great ideas to help get started.
With regards to the Fusion issue, any comments on what that is all about? Many posts with complaints but not much detail.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:38 AM   #12
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Greetings. We just downsized from a C Class to our new 2019 Interstate Lounge Slate Edition. We take delivery in a week. First time Airstream owner. I have been reading through as many of the posts as possible, but it is pretty overwhelming how much information is here. I found the SEARCH function is not very efficient and returns hundreds of threads for a single topic. Given that, I will be respectfully asking a questions, hopefully not burning up too much band width. A few starters:

1) My wife wants to buy bedding ahead of time. Will queen size components work (sheets, bedspreads, etc.). Any considerations not obvious to a new owner?
2) I have heard everyone complain about the "Fusion" system. In a few words, what exactly is the issue and how to work around it?

Thanks. All comments appreciated. Looking forward to our new adventure.
Looks like the bed question has been answered. Several reviews and instructions are available on YouTube for the operation of the Fusion System. .

If you haven't down loaded the manual already, I would suggest downloading the owners manual for your Slate. I down loaded the manual for the Atlas as I am picking ours up this Friday. IMHO the manuals get you in the ball park but nothing takes the place of experience. It was that way when we first purchased our Airstream Travel Trailer. The more "Stick Time" using it, the more comfortable I was using it.

Congratulations on your new Slate. It's a beautiful piece for sure.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:01 PM   #13
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Looks like the bed question has been answered. Several reviews and instructions are available on YouTube for the operation of the Fusion System. .

If you haven't down loaded the manual already, I would suggest downloading the owners manual for your Slate. I down loaded the manual for the Atlas as I am picking ours up this Friday. IMHO the manuals get you in the ball park but nothing takes the place of experience. It was that way when we first purchased our Airstream Travel Trailer. The more "Stick Time" using it, the more comfortable I was using it.

Congratulations on your new Slate. It's a beautiful piece for sure.
Thanks for the input. I downloaded the owners manual which provided good information. Interestingly, it was silent on where the 4 AGM house batteries are located and how to access them on the 2019 models. I did many searches and found no information about battery access. With respect to Fusion, the video was helpful. However, there seems to be an issue with battery drain caused by Fusion. Any insight on the issue would be helpful.
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:23 AM   #14
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Quite possibly mentioned several times but a Cal-King topper fits perfectly. We use 2 of the Lucid 2.5 with cover (off of Amazon) and sleep in total comfort. (I started with one and found that I was sore from some of the hard area where the seats come together)


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