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Old 06-22-2016, 06:37 AM   #1
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New to us--06 Parkway

Greetings everyone!

New here as my husband and I just purchased a new to us '06 Airstream Parkway. This is our 2nd RV (the first being a 1995 Safari Sahara 35' w/ 5.9l cummins/Allison trans), and we certainly learned a LOT (generally, what NOT to do!!!) during the 6 years that we had the Safari. My husband is a caddie on Tour, so he travels extensively; thus, the Parkway is his new home away from home. He'll be boondocking as much as he can...the whole point in purchasing the Parkway is to save money on hotel expenses. Some RV parks are almost as expensive as a hotel!

Any general advice you can offer regarding the Sprinter chassis/Mercedes engine/Parkway layout would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.

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Old 06-22-2016, 06:57 AM   #2
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Welcome, and enjoy your new rig.


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Old 06-22-2016, 07:09 AM   #3
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Point of clarification for other readers who may not know this: There was an interval of time during which the Interstate was apparently called "Interstate Parkway". The OP uses the term "Parkway" and "Sprinter" together. I suspect that this is one of those units where there something akin to brand confusion going on at Airstream (or maybe there was another explanation?? I don't know the story). It's actually at T1N Interstate as we know them, but it might instead look like the attached photo. That medallion you see on the angled stripe says "Parkway" (photo resolution is not too good).

There have been two "Parkways" for sale recently in the national market - a 2005 in Indiana, and I forget where the other one was.
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I just watched a YouTube video on this unit, as I have never seen one before.

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:33 AM   #5
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Watch that YouTube vid and then tell me that you are NOT going to have that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.


At times I have wondered if perhaps Airstream was flirting with the idea of creating a lower-end Interstate at one point - perhaps the Parkway represents an aborted product line, because the weird thing is that Parkways seem to have appeared in the middle of the T1N production run, not at the beginning as one might expect if Airstream was still in the process of solidifying a brand concept. The Parkway is the only T1N I've ever seen with regular upholstery instead of Ultraleather. But the rest of the finishes appear on par with the Interstate. Who knows.
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Old 06-22-2016, 07:40 AM   #6
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OK, the nature of the rig now having been clarified, back to the OP's original question.

Chris and Nancy, I recommend that you check over your rig for hidden issues that characterized some (but not all) Airstream T1N Sprinters of that era (regardless of what they were called). There are a number of problems that you would NOT want to have manifest when Chris is out there on the road trying to work.

One way to tackle that is to review the "Repairs" tab in my blog. My rig is just one year younger than yours, and the construction and assembly methods were probably quite similar.

The plumbing in particular should be looked at for defects that might not have become apparent during any purchase-related inspection that you had done. Here's the link to the blog label.

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Old 06-22-2016, 07:47 AM   #7
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With most of the depreciation behind you and 22 mpg or more on the highway it should be an economical alternative to hotels.

If it hasn't been done yet, switch all the lights to LEDs. That will improve your boondocking potential considerably. With the Sprinter's smaller size and ability to park in regular parking spots he may find numerous alternatives to RV parks. He will still need to visit a campground or RV park periodically to dump tanks. There are some free municipal dump stations but they're difficult to google.

Solar is the real solution to never needing to plug in when boondocking. The roofline on the Parkway looks pretty clean so 200 or 300 watts should be an easy install. AM Solar has some kits that make installation pretty easy.

Here's to Mr.GulfPrincess Chris making the cut every weekend.
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InterBlog...the other Parkway, a 2006, was in Phillipsburg, MO.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:14 AM   #9
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Oh, another thing (stream of consciousness here), Chris, you may end up being the only other T1N Interstate/Parkway owner that I know of besides myself who uses their rig for occasional employment-related purposes and not just casual strictly-personal travel.

That being the case, the best information that I have received to date is that this requires a full-timer insurance policy. Anything you do and anywhere you go that is outside the realm of "vacation" is absolutely not covered by a standard RV policy.

Even WITH a full-timer policy, there are certain restrictions placed on your activities, if we go strictly by the book. For instance a full-timer policy would cover you driving to a tournament and parking there, but would NOT provide liability coverage in the event that you held a business-related meeting inside the rig and (for instance) someone injured themselves by tripping and falling out the sliding door. This, at least, is what I have been told by my agent (contact info below).

If you attempt to get a full-timer policy on a Class B by going directly to the insurance companies for quotes rather than using an agent to represent you, you might get stonewalled because people simply don't do that kind of thing. Full-timer policies are for Class A's and fifth wheels and the like, not for little camper vans. This scenario does not compute for the average insurer CSR who might answer the 1-800 number.

I had tremendous trouble with this whole issue until I found agent Ron Jarvie of Overland Insurance, who helped me straighten it out. He was recommended by another Air Forums user. My full-timer policy was only a few hundred bucks more per year than what I was quoted for a standard policy, so it was a no-brainer for me if I wanted to keep my usage options open.

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The Parkway designation might have been in the years when there was more than one Airstream B-van available.
There was the Avenue, based on a Chevy Express van.
I wonder if there are any real differences in an Interstate and an Interstate Parkway, like maybe floor plan/layout.
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Old 06-22-2016, 05:28 PM   #11
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I have the exact model with a slightly different color of upholstery. I took the table out. You really can't navigate around it that well. Take a tv table with you. It will fit behind the driver's seat.
Ventilation is the biggest problem as there are no screens when the sliding door is open. I saw pictures of the new ones that now have screens. I often open the back door that does have a screen. It would be difficult for someone to climb up and over the galley area. An Endless Breeze fan does wonders. Because I travel with 3 dogs, I drive with the vent open and the fan on. I have it tied to the television that I never use.
The only problem I have had is with the house battery. I have replaced that a number of times. It could be that I find it difficult to check because I have trouble getting the seat back together. I just came back from the Taste of the Blueridge Caravan and all was well except the battery ran down one night. I did install a solar panel on mine and it helps a lot. We were parked in shade that day so it didn't help then. I had not run the generator as you are told to and that didn't start. I will have to have that serviced. I always boondock until I meet up with the group. I have no problem staying in roadside parks, Wal-Mark or any other place. I always check to see if it looks safe. The nice thing about having a self contained vehicle is that you don't have to get out if you don't want to.
Friends I met on a caravan had the Interstate version. The main difference was that they had the leather like seats and I think there was something different about the running board.
Sometimes the electric waste valve doesn't want to open or close. Keep trying and add some more water. I found it works then.
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Our friend with a 2004 T1N Interstate took her table out, too.


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We took our table out as well and use a folding TV table as described above.
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And....we took out ours, after the first long trip.


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