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Old 03-31-2014, 11:10 PM   #15
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Welcome to Airstreaming! There are as many ways of celebrating a new Airstream as there are different Airstreams and their owners.

Our first trip was about 200 miles, to a gathering on a friend's place in hilly wilderness. We took our "Tin Pickle" down a steep (12+%), narrow, twisty dirt private road with cut on one side and steep drop on the other. Parking was no easier. We found a spot sideways to the slope, but the only way we could level the trailer was to park the downhill wheels on a rock, supported by a couple of boards.

We'd done enough work on the trailer to have new axles, brakes and lights. The fresh water tank and pump still worked, as did the stove. But for the rest, we had an airbed, an ice chest and a nearby privy. After that, anything was easy!

(We've since redone the entire interior and our camping is downright cushy now.)

So if anything goes remotely amiss, just raise another glass of wine and say "It could be worse. We could be on the side of a hill, and with no amenities." Enjoy!

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Old 04-21-2014, 05:59 PM   #16
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A Quick Update On Our Trip

Greetings.... we are back from our maiden voyage and what a success it was! We had no major mishaps over 7 days and even found sunshine on the coast of Washington! We averaged 14.7 MPG towing with our Nissan Frontier and came back from Oregon with a case and 1/2 of wine (stored under the bed). Below is a link to our blog which has many of the pictures and one as we wait for the ferry home. This Airstreaming is a blast! Where to next?

Blog: Maxwell's Tours | "Looking Out (Our Airstream's) Back Door"


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Old 04-21-2014, 08:57 PM   #17
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Hi Maxwell,

Welcome... glad to hear the first trip was a success.

We're very part-timers on Vashon (house currently rented) and just downsized from a 25' EB to a '08 16' DWR. We're headed shortly to Deception pass for a shakedown on our "new" trailer.

Hope to run into on the road. Pictures from last year at Deception Pass:

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Old 04-22-2014, 05:08 AM   #18
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We're on our maiden voyage with our new 27FB as I type. I'm sitting at the table looking out our panoramic windows watching the sun rise over the Illinois river. The lights of the town across the river can be seen flickering in the morning twilight. I'm feeling really guilty about being only 20 minutes from home. Don't you have to travel 4 or more hours to be camping? Where should you take your maiden voyage? My suggestion would be close to home in case you forgot anything important. Secondly, I'd want to be close to a town for supplies you've forgotten. The reason we chose this time and this place is that it is close to home for the above reasons and secondly there is going to be a small regional rally here this weekend. After we've spent a few days alone with our new trailer and questions arise, there will be other owners here this weekend we can talk to and get some of those questions answered. For instance, our grey water tank indicator says 20% but the fresh water indicator still says 100%. Why? Somewhere I read that there are supports for the pull out platform for one of the beds but I don't see any. Why? Another person told us never to travel with water tanks full because he's a "trucker" and knows the damage a tank of water can do as the water sloshes around during the trip. True? The L.E.D. display on front of the refrigerator says 3.2. What does that refer to? We have the refrigerator set on 5 and that's the best we can get out of it. Everything seems cold. The ice cream bars are firm but not hard. Are we expecting too much? See the questions that arise? Hopefully they'll all be answered this weekend. Otherwise, we've loving this experience. Have the next two months "booked" for adventures in the midwest.

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