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Old 03-22-2014, 10:55 PM   #1
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Where to on a grand inagural trip?

Greetings all.. it's Spring and warming up. We, along with many others on this forum, have bought our first AS. Now it is time for our inaugural trip. My question is where did you go? Staying close is advisable but I also want to drive a while to test out TV and measure gas mileage.

We live in Seattle so our plan is to head to Cape Disappointment then down to Nehelam Bay then to Champoeg SP and sip some wine. 2 nights slated for each location, all with full hookups. We are looking forward to working with all the systems but have a good time. How does this plan sound? Any suggestions?
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:46 AM   #2
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I don't know about staying at Cape Disappointment. Sounds like you couldn't have a good time there...
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:48 AM   #3
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Cape Dissapointment is on the WA side of the mouth of the Columbia River. They call it that because of the treacherous navigation into the river across the bar. I have not been there but have been on the OR side. The park reads as though it is very scenic and fills up quickly so reservations are almost required.

My questions are:
Did you camp within 5-10 miles of home for your first trip?
Did you stay near a city or near the dealer?
Or did you venture far?
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:00 PM   #4
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It would be important for me on my first trip to get out of the wet. I spent 25 years on the wet side of the mountains in Oregon before moving to Bend, so I have webbed feet. But a big part of camping is to be outdoors a lot of the time - and I sure enjoy that more when it's not raining. I'm not that familar with Washington, but if the passes are good maybe head over to Central/Western Washington.

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Lake Easton on the top of Snoqualmie Pass is an easy drive with freeway all the way. It might be a bit early right now so your plan to head south might be the best idea. Having full hookups on your first outing is a good idea.

Steamboat Rock SP north of Coulee City is a good place this time of year. Lincoln Rock just out of Wenatchee is another good spot.

Our first outing was to a state park right on the edge of town. It was a good thing because we found that our batteries were dead within hours and later learned that our converter needed to be replaced. We stayed close, very close, to home and I was glad that we did. Of course, we purchased a used trailer so really couldn't count on much of anything working correctly.

Good luck and enjoy the trailer.
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When we first got our coach, over 10 years ago, our first trip was to the Kinzua Dam in Pennsylvania, 4th of July weekend. It was around 100 miles or so, from our house. There were no hookups, and we had to fire up the furnace, as it was below 50 on the first morning we were there. I had brought an El Cheapo 2 cycle 500 watt generator, to keep the batteries charged, but could not get it started. So we left the TV connected.
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:01 PM   #7
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Our first overnight was a state park about 15 miles from home. It was basically a systems test with and an easy bail out plan. Two nights gave us the chance to work through everything and discover a few issues we needed to cure before heading out on a longer voyage. Once setup and connected, we disconnected shore power to learn our energy consumption as though boondocking, knowing we could reconnect if we drained the batteries too quickly.
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My first trip was overnight in the back yard! My Bambi was 2 years old when I bought it and had never been used. I found out I needed a new battery and I had a short in my power jack. My 2nd trip was about two weeks later at a nearby state park. That's where I practiced backing into a site (always stressful the first few times), leveling, unhitching, and dumping my waste on the way out. That's where I learned that cheap latex gloves were a really good idea.

I would mostly suggest giving yourself plenty of time to try things, and don't do it in the dark!

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sounds like a very good plan to me. I like the idea of hookups and reservations for the first trip. I love the coast. You also could not plug it in one night and try all the systems on battery to see how it works. You probably already know Cape Dissapointment is spectacular.
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Our first trip was to an Oregon Unit rally, as the folks we bought it from were members and invited us to join them. Our first trip on our own was to Cape Disappointment - I don't recall it being disappointing at all
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We did something similar last fall after buying our 19 FC. Used hookups and dry camped. Had our owners manual, newbie guide book, airforums on the android, and the dealers number in case we had any issues. All went well and we had a blast. I'm sure you will too!
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Our first trip was in the driveway as well, I learned a lot. Going to an Airstream rally provides a great safety net as well. There are lots of helpful and knowledgeable folks around to help if you need an assist of some advice and... we're fun people
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(I was joking above). Our first was a 3 day weekend in Fredricksburg TX about an hour from home. It was in an RV Resort pretty much on the edge of town so we had everything we needed/could need pretty close at hand. Didn't need much (most the stuff like flip flops that we forgot were to be had in a grocery store 5 minutes away). The Airstream worked.
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Your plan sounds great. Just take your time setting up and taking down ... check and double check before pulling away. Even without power, batteries, etc, being in your new Airstream with nothing but flashlights would be wonderful. Enjoy it!
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