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Old 02-03-2012, 11:29 AM   #225
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Silly question Paula...
Did they replace any of the brakes?
If so, it takes a few miles for the pads to bed in, and the braking will improve when they do. I always notice things improve after about 100 miles, but if you are taking it easy it might take a bit longer.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:59 AM   #226
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You are right about that.

"Its long been said that you can roll into a Park in a $500k mega Motorhome and barely get noticed, yet the Airstream Motorhome is stared at and people come asking for a tour.
Maybe its that people feel its more approachable? "

We get lots of attention with our Ambassador but she is highly polished and it makes sense......this one is a little different......but still that is why I couldn't pass her up.....she is cute as a button and surprisingly huge inside.....not huge huge but she is so open with no walls except for the rear bath.......she is full of potential.......I tried to find a BVan for my little weekend getaways when my husband is not available to rally with me.....but I am spoiled by aluminitus and just couldn't make the fiberglass switch (not that there is anything wrong with fiberglass). We were spotted on the 405 yesterday by a friend yesterday......now how can that happen?.....she was spotted by another friend in Texas when she was being brought to CA.....she is unique....and definitely spottable....is that a word?

Yes, my husband likes driving her....he says she is a truck and he has always liked driving trucks....his family used to have a pickle business and he liked driving the pickle barrels around in the trucks.....we had a discussion about the brakes.....and the cost to convert the rear to disc brakes.......doable......but $$$$.....my husband thinks there are worse addictions than aluminitus......p
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #227
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Re: the amount of force required for the brakes: I haven't driven an Airstream motorhome and I'm not sure I've driven a truck based on the same chassis, but I have lots of hours in '70s and early '80s GM 1-ton trucks. The oldest one (a '69) was 4-drum no power brakes, and it required one to be somewhat assertive to get it to stop, especially if towing.

The power-brake trucks always seemed to be lighter pedal effort than I expected. Maybe that was because I always remembered "ol' yellow" (the '69) but I wonder if you're getting as much power boost as you should be. Maybe it's just the difference from big-pickup braking systems on the 1-tons to real-truck braking systems on the P30 and my expectations are unrealistic.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:40 PM   #228
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Honestly, I don't care for the amount of brake pedal travel in my moho. Feel that it's unnecessary for any brake pedal to move what feels like 5 inches before I'm getting any braking effort. I've got the receipt from where the local Chevy truck dealer did a total overhaul of the braking system in my Airstream, well over $3K worth of repairs. From new hoses, to new pads and shoes, new booster, but it still feels like I've got air in the system. Guess I'll just get used to it.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:40 PM   #229
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I think it is as it should be.

I will stop whining....they promise me that she will stop....just not on a dime.....and what is my hurry anyway? It is the journey not the destination most of the time that is important......yes, she has new brakes.....she is not my Subaru.......my tilt wheel helps and I moved the seat up.....I did okay......it was just really really crowded on the 405 freeway in S CA on a Thursday afternoon.....crazy people darting in front of me.....trying to sneak around me......so I just took a deep breath or two and kept my speed down....tried really hard to stay in my lane and to be very careful.....I am assuming we are considered a truck as far as traffic rules are concerned, right? Stay to the right two lanes and speed at 55?

I am considering a solo trip to Lake Cachuma......San Marcos Pass.....not so worried about going up.....going down in 2nd gear, right? p
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I am considering a solo trip to Lake Cachuma......San Marcos Pass.....not so worried about going up.....going down in 2nd gear, right? p[/QUOTE]

Post LOTS of pix of your first camping trip! 2nd gear sounds right, and judicious use of the brake pedal if necessary. Never forget my first time towing small pop-up camper through the Smoky Mountains of NC and TN, and WHEW! the burnt brake pad smell from those who were just driving, NOT towing anything! Good luck, we'll be looking for you out on the roads.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:16 AM   #231
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We test drove Ste P yesterday about 80 miles......she drives great.....have to get used to the hard braking.....takes a strong foot Paula
The last thing the PO said as I left was, "Don't tailgate...the brakes don't like it."

I soon knew what he was talking about.

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Old 02-04-2012, 12:14 PM   #232
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Tailgating is hard not to do in LA traffic

If you leave a foot or two someone will dart in front of you....but I am in no hurry with this truck/MH.....I am anxious to go out with her to see if it is what we want to do.....before we start working on the inside....wish my hubby would be available for this trip.....think I will leave the boxer with him.....he tried to be everyplace on our test drive...finally tied him to the stove handle......but he could still get up on the couch....which is not his bed.....argh.....he knew we were occupied up front driving so he could do as he pleased....argh!!!! Boxers are something else....they think they are lap dogs.....paula
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #233
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.think I will leave the boxer with him.....he tried to be everyplace on our test drive...finally tied him to the stove handle......but he could still get up on the couch....which is not his bed.....argh.....he knew we were occupied up front driving so he could do as he pleased....argh!!!! Boxers are something else....they think they are lap dogs.....paula
Paula,
I use a soft sided crate for my three legged dog to keep him contained when we are traveling .It folds up and fits behind the couch when not in use. You don't need any extra distractions while driving.The other two are good and usually ride on the passenger seat.
Glad to hear you are driving around in your new Motorhome.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:34 PM   #234
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We do allow our dogs on the sofa at home... but by invitation, and only when the blanket is put down first.
We have learned and watched ours follow us around the house... if I am sitting downstairs, then Cole, the Black Lab/Pit mix is right next to me. If I leave, he goes upstairs to be near Robyn.
In fact he is asleep with his head on my lap(snoring, twitching and chasing bunnies) as I am sitting typing this!
I suggest you bring his bed from home, or get one for the M/H.
Costco dogbeds rock!
Put it just behind the passengers seat, and find a place to secure his leash, so he cant go far, if he keeps wandering. I bet he will prefer being close to you, and having his own spot. Its not good for him to be running about or distracting you.
I have a "BED!" command with our two... and they scurry when/if I use it!

We are planning to run with the Dinnette in its down/bed position, with a blanket over it, and let them know that is their spot when we are in motion.
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We took his bed with us

He was just so excited to be able to run loose in the MH that he wanted to be on the Dog House.....aptly named.....he did not listen very well to our "go to place" commands which ususally work fine. Also, he has a rash and after the vet visit, he is wearing a cone......

He has blown through our soft sided crate.....it now functions as his cave and he goes in and out freely. We also have a folding wire crate that we used in the trailer and use now in the Yukon.....that is what we will have to take.....but for this first trip....he is staying home.....there is a lot of wildlife at Cachuma and no fenced dog runs so I am thinking his prey instincts will be so hard to deal with.

I don't think I will have time to fix the water leaks before the weekend so she will basically be a warm (I hope) dry tent.....with a cook top.....it is a rally so I won't be alone while there.....just driving back and forth and it is what I need to do anyway.....if I am not comfortable driving, well I hate to think of that.......p
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:21 AM   #236
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Our Cairn terrier is fine and has taken charge of "Dog House" and most of the rest of the known world. The Weimaraner, also a lap dog, is confused about the moving house and disturbed that he can not look outside or put his head out the window and needs doggie downers.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:18 PM   #237
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Hagar is not allowed on any furniture except for "his" couch in the Hagarstream. As you can see he takes advantage of the situation.
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Hagar looks great...always loved my Danes and they returned the favor.
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