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Old 02-19-2019, 11:48 AM   #15
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All great advice so far. When testing the plumbing, make sure everything works with and without the trailer hooked up to a city water line. When youíre not connected to city water youíre using the water pump and fresh water tank. Youíll hear the sound of the pump and know what to expect (a common surprise for newbies).

Also, check systems with and without shore power. Youíll see the difference between running things on your battery and running off a 30-amp plug.

Check your fridge on power and propane. Same for your water heater if itís so equipped.

Look for signs of leaks. Could be discolored surfaces, odd odors, soft floors, etc.

Then, make sure they show you how to hitch up and how to unhitch before you pull away.
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Old 02-19-2019, 03:12 PM   #16
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And ... what will you tow with? You want to be sure it’s adequate, and you may want to get help setting up weight distribution hitch and sway control; those are critical to relaxed and safe towing.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:42 PM   #17
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Again to everyone, thanks for all the advice and comments.
My wife and i aren't too concerned with towing. We have a Silverado 1500 with the 5.3l V8, and that has served us well when towing a trailer with a skid steer on it, which overall is about 8500lbs, so the airstream shouldn't be a problem. Only difference is that now the airstream has a bigger profile and so wind will be a bigger factor.
We've made a big list of things to check before we take it off the lot and if anything doesn't work, or we miss something the trailer will still have about 1-1/2yrs worth of manufacturer's warranty
Things i still need to research, solar. I will have two 100watt panels and two 6v batteries, so i need to know how long i can last on a charge vs how long it takes to recharge on solar. Will i be able to recharge at the same rate i use it???
And then ofclurse the fun stuff, where to take it and what to put in it
Thanks again to everyone who's stopped by and left some info. Much appreciated
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:59 AM   #18
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Just picked up our gently used 2018 sport 22fb in December. Congratulations and welcome. Endure and absorb the 2-3 hour walkthrough and as mentioned touch, open and operate EVERYTHING! I even asked about missing rivets and they replaced them all on the spot. On our shakeout trip we found we had missed a problem with the hot water heater. A known issue with control panel that my husband has since replaced. Make sure you fire it up. We got warranty for AIRSTREAM built parts but warranty did not convey for appliances etc.
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:20 AM   #19
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One question that did come up before, they are offering an extended 7 year warranty that covers pretty much everything, including the appliances, does anyone know if this is a good value?
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:44 AM   #20
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Soon to be new owner, any tips before purchase?

Save your money. Put the cost of the so-called warranty in a bank account for trailer repairs. Typical warranties are written to be impossible to comply with, have more restrictions than benefits, and are only a way for the dealer to make more profit.

Search the forums, and get more details. IMHO the only warranty worth a darn on an Airstream is the two or three year new trailer warranty directly from Airstream/Thor Industries. Any aftermarket one will have tons of fine print that makes it useless.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:04 PM   #21
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The common advice is that you'll end up buying two RVs. Your first one and then the second once you figure out what you really want/need. As long as you are getting a good enough deal on the first then trading won't be too bad.

The only knock I hear about 22s is the bathroom at the end wipes out all the windows in half the trailer (making it darker) and that with two people in the bed, someone is always climbing over the other in the middle of the night. If neither of those things bother you then go for it.

You'd have to go to a 25' to address both of those issues.
In the 2018 22FB, AS fixed the dark bath end by installing a big frosted window in the entry door. Ample light. And they installed the stainless double sink. It has covers if you need more counter space.

Bed issue: Climbing over the other person is purely a personal thing. LOL. Fun or not. But: The lucky person sleeping next to the metal front wall needs to have some pillow insulation to sleep more comfortably.

Ok a few 22FB quirks include no lighted button panel on the microwave. No vent hood over the range. A rather small refrigerator. And only an LP water heater with no 110vac backup. Check the water heater to make sure it fires up and heats. We had striker board issues and finally purchased a Dinosaur striker board. AS paid us back for it under warranty. All that to say you will love your 22.

It pulls like a dream even in cross wind and requires no big V8 tow vehicle. It is cozy and makes camping comfortable but not glamorous. It is the best at keeping rain off but small enough to make you want to stay outside when the weather is good. It was our 2nd RV and will be our last one. It is short enough to be able to use those restricted park sites.

Look up the Zip Dee awning on YouTube and practice the steps. Most of all enjoy your investment in a historic camper.
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Old 02-24-2019, 06:37 PM   #22
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Soon to be new owner, any tips before purchase?

My advice is to not pay a penny more than 75% of original msrp on a gently used 2018. And donít buy an extended warrantee

Good luck - great trailer!
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:05 PM   #24
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Please look at your tires. We have a 22ft FB Sport. At 4500 lbs with a single axle on two tires, these trailers are very demanding on tire quality and the Chinese tires will blow out.

I would encourage you to read up on tire issues and experiences. There is a tires thread on the forum. We have run Michelin Rib German made commercial tires ever since a harrowing interstate experience a number of years ago with the stock tires the trailer came with.

Considering Upgrades? We put in a real stove, 120 aH Mil Spec glass mat batteries under the seat, so the Honda EU2000 generator rides where the battery used to be, and a gas strut supported full size queen bed in front with storage under it. Put drawers in where there were just cabinets and turned the shower to dual purpose as a closet. Two people and a Labrador, and we love it!


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Old 03-06-2019, 07:00 PM   #25
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Thanks everyone for all the advice, we picked up our bambi about a week ago. We were supposwd to be out with it tomorrow but i threw out my back and can barely walj at the momwnt
Also, we were very dissapointed to realize that the campground we were going to was all reserved, finding out that we are kinda screwed as far as camp sire reservations. Should have started way earlier. But we are still hoping ro make it out next weekend for our inital trail run. Will have pics up of that outing!
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Sorry about tweaking your back. That is a bummer.

My advice if you are still a working person and have to wait to leave on Friday after work is to bring something to eat for Friday dinner that is ready to eat. Deli sandwiches, wraps, cheese/crackers/hummus/fruit, ready to eat pizza, etc. Get to the campsite, set up, and then fix a beverage and eat. Cook your big meal on Saturday.
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Sorry about tweaking your back. That is a bummer.

My advice if you are still a working person and have to wait to leave on Friday after work is to bring something to eat for Friday dinner that is ready to eat. Deli sandwiches, wraps, cheese/crackers/hummus/fruit, ready to eat pizza, etc. Get to the campsite, set up, and then fix a beverage and eat. Cook your big meal on Saturday.
Thanks for the advice Piggy Bank
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