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Old 12-27-2014, 09:23 AM   #29
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Except that, unless you are of the pink flamingo or chili-pepper festoon light persuasion, breaking camp takes, like, three minutes.
Yep.

It is easiest if you just use your fresh water tank, rather than hook up to water.

So much simpler this way. Unplug your electricity, and you're off for groceries, laundry, sightseeing, etc.


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Old 01-02-2015, 03:47 PM   #30
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And for those who don't want to drag a toad, there's always the possibility of putting a bike rack on the back, or putting a Vespa scooter on a hitch-mounted rack. Before I traded in my SUV on a toad, I carried a bike with me, with a couple of baskets on the back that were big enough to put a paper bag of groceries in each.
Has anyone done the Vespa thing? I've thought about it, but I traded in the truck/trailer combination to get away from having to deal with mechanical, outdoor stuff. Also, it would block the back doors, though I have seen some people with a front-mounted motorcycle.

I think camping at a national park and touring by Vespa would be amazing. But I'm not sure what the reality is.
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:50 PM   #31
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:54 PM   #32
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We say that every time we go on a trip.. In fact I'm itching to go somewhere.. Just get in and see the country..
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:14 PM   #33
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:54 PM   #34
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Honestly I don't know why any one would buy an Airstream Interstate... First it really is not an Airstream... no rivets means not an Airstream...I really dare any one to argue this fact! Second there are way better Sprinter platform RV's on the market at a way better price and dare I say way better quality. I really feel sorry for those who bought an Airstream Interstate Sprinter with all the problems mentioned on this forum and others... No I am not a "hater" of the Airstream Interstate, I just expect way more from something that cost over $100,000 with the Airstream name. Thor has hijacked the Airstream name when it comes to the Interstate and I for one would wish they never gone down this road and would stop! I guess $$$$ has made Airstream forget about their core roots.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:09 AM   #35
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:16 AM   #36
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First it really is not an Airstream... no rivets means not an Airstream...I really dare any one to argue this fact!
So the fact that it came from Jackson Center means nothing? I guess when we run into each other at an Airstream rally you'll just have to pretend like I'm not there since my Airstream Interstate doesn't exist for you. Pity. You seem a decent fellow otherwise, and it's a shame we'll never get a chance to meet because you'll be ignoring me.
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And don't talk to me about the problems Airstream Interstate owners complain about. What about all of the problems trailer owners complain about? Like leaks. And rot. And filliform corrosion. Airstream has been making trailers for over 80 years and Airstream still haven't figured out how to solve those, either. So there! Nyah!
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:34 AM   #37
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No regrets
But would love to hear your reason and new ways to use the AI.
I dont think ill ever boondock
But I dont really care for RV Parks.
I guess that so far I like owning more than using.
Im sure this will change with the weather.
Looking at the OP, if one does not like RV parks....maybe state and national parks are the answer....more "nature" oriented, more "down to basics". Boondocking..oh well.

I think traveling around the country and having the capability to occasionally stop and live without support for a day or two, maybe this is why one owns an Interstate.

I was amused by the idea it is not an Airstream. That is what everyone said when Porsche came out with the 928, front engineer V8, water-cooled two seater. Most thought all Porsches had to be rear engine, air cooled, and relatively slow with small engines.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:11 AM   #38
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Ditto, what Protag said.



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Honestly I don't know why any one would buy an Airstream Interstate... First it really is not an Airstream... no rivets means not an Airstream...I really dare any one to argue this fact! Second there are way better Sprinter platform RV's on the market at a way better price and dare I say way better quality. I really feel sorry for those who bought an Airstream Interstate Sprinter with all the problems mentioned on this forum and others... No I am not a "hater" of the Airstream Interstate, I just expect way more from something that cost over $100,000 with the Airstream name. Thor has hijacked the Airstream name when it comes to the Interstate and I for one would wish they never gone down this road and would stop! I guess $$$$ has made Airstream forget about their core roots.
Interesting view point.

1. It is a true Airstream because it has an aluminum ceiling with rivets.
2. It is one of the market leaders (#3 behind RT and Winnie) and in general has features and quality on par with other B-vans.
3. Interstate has appeal because it has seating for 8-9 and that is important to many folks.
4. You should read some of the other forums on competitors - they all have problems.
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Interesting view point.
1. It is a true Airstream because it has an aluminum ceiling with rivets.
Sounds right to me.

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True, but kind of beside the point. Interstates are priced near the top of the market. For this reason, I think one has the right to expect best-of-class quality. While I have no quibble with design or features, build quality is average at best. It is certainly not best of class. There are MUCH better alternatives available, and better values as well. I think that Thor owes it to the Airstream brand and all of us who revere it to do better.

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True. But the sad thing is that most of the problems with the AI are so unnecessary. Almost all of the problems I had were shallow. Simple "don't give a d**m" sloppiness. It could be so easily fixed, and I am rooting that Thor marshals the will to do so.
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Honestly I don't know why any one would buy an Airstream Interstate... First it really is not an Airstream... no rivets means not an Airstream...I really dare any one to argue this fact! Second there are way better Sprinter platform RV's on the market at a way better price and dare I say way better quality. I really feel sorry for those who bought an Airstream Interstate Sprinter with all the problems mentioned on this forum and others... No I am not a "hater" of the Airstream Interstate, I just expect way more from something that cost over $100,000 with the Airstream name. Thor has hijacked the Airstream name when it comes to the Interstate and I for one would wish they never gone down this road and would stop! I guess $$$$ has made Airstream forget about their core roots.
Just because We can...that's why.
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Acknowledging the problems that the Interstate has (and we have had more than our share), and acknowledging that other RVs of every class also have problems, I didn't see a better market solution for what we wanted. My husband and I were inside more for-sale Class B's than I could count. Which exact Class B's do folks believe are superior and why? Name, rank, serial number. And model year. Thanks.
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