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Old 11-03-2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Just a quick intro to some soon-to-be new Interstate Owners.

We are Grant & Beth and our 2 daughters (12 & 8). we've entered into a contract to buy a 2014.5 Interstate EXT Lounge and expect to take delivery mid November. We live in Central NJ so not too much will happen until spring other than people moving, unless the weather gods allow. Our big plan is to take 10 weeks next summer while the girls are out of school, and drive across country and back. I'm a stay at home dad so I'll be doing the bulk of the driving with my wife flying and meeting us places as her work schedule allows. We have family in Northern California and Oregon and many friends spread out across this great country that we plan to visit (and borrow laundry facilities) along the way.

We are obviously very excited and I'm sure I will be peppering the forum board with questions in the coming weeks and months.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:34 AM   #2
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Congratulations, those are beautiful vehicles. Enjoy!!
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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Congratulations!

You will have a wonderful time.


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Old 11-03-2014, 01:29 PM   #4
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Congratulations! Hopefully you will get to "try her out" sometime this winter!
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:35 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum and the world of Airstream Interstate owners.


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Old 11-03-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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Congrats!

Make sure it's winterized. If the dealer will do it for you, try to have him show you what they're doing.
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:41 PM   #7
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:10 PM   #8
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:29 PM   #9
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Nice plan! Welcome aboard! Since you have a pc.. write all you can about the trip
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:02 AM   #10
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Hi All,

... We are Grant & Beth and our 2 daughters (12 & 8). ...Our big plan is to take 10 weeks ... drive across country and back. ... my wife flying and meeting us ... (and borrow laundry facilities) along the way.
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First of all, congrats! It will be a superb learning experience for your girls!

Second of all, I would be interested in hearing more about the configuration of your vehicle and your intended logistics. Your reference to doing laundry at family / friend stops suggests that you plan to spend at least part of the time living in your AI instead of in hotel rooms (because hotels have laundry facilities). How will you work that with three to four people?

I'm curious because the Interstate's two-sleeper limitation was something we thought long and hard about before recently buying ours. We have a dog and a teenage daughter, so we are really a family of 3.5. What pushed us toward the Interstate was the uber-cool teenager's vehement rejection of all things RV-related (she perceives the common geriatric lifestyle stereotype and I believe her exact words were, "I'd rather die"). We therefore anticipate taking her only rarely, so the sleeping challenge will not dominate our lives. Maybe we will throw a tent on the ground beside our Interstate in those times when she is present - I'm not sure; we have not yet experimented.

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Old 11-04-2014, 11:06 AM   #11
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FWIW, some have turned & reclined the driver and psgr seats to face the se cond row. Then placed a foam sheet on it and voila, a bed for kids.

I think Roadtrek has an option that supports this. Might check it out to see what they do.
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FWIW, some have turned & reclined the driver and psgr seats to face the se cond row. Then placed a foam sheet on it and voila, a bed for kids.

I think Roadtrek has an option that supports this. Might check it out to see what they do.
When we were shopping B vans in general, we did look at one non-Interstate model, I forget what brand, but it had a clever insert to go with one of the up-front seats to create that all-important third bed. We were wondering if any in-vehicle hacks exist for the Interstate.
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:06 PM   #13
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Congratulations, It will bring all of you some new and wonderful experiences.

I'd certainly recommend some short shakedown trips before the big one. It's a very good way to get familiar with your RV and invariably unexpected things will pop up and occur, i.e. you'll forget something or forget to do something, etc. Shakedown trips are important. You'll get a better idea of what you need and what you don't.

Also, try and find a willing Interstate owner and spend a couple of days together so they can help you get to know your new vacation home.

My wife and I bought a 1992 29' Excella in 2012. We were very lucky to have met a couple via Air Forums who invited us to come straight to their home, about 20 miles from where we bought the Excella, and spend two days and nights in their driveway while they walked us through every aspect of our new to us RV. From hitching and unhitching, to setting up and stowing. I assure you it was invaluable and we made some new great friends to boot.

We started taking our kids camping about the age of your daughters, tent camping in those days and it was such a good experience for all of us. Things did not always go as planned and they were rarely perfect, but those trips provided some great family adventures and togetherness.

Good Luck, and God Speed.
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Congrats. Don't forget the Oregon coast on your trip next Summer!
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