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Old 02-27-2008, 10:50 AM   #29
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Ryan - Looks great - both trailer and the E30.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:00 PM   #30
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My Favorite CCD

Is that 28 with that color scheme. I think I prefer the black wood to the 2008 dark brown.

About the shower, if you're going tankless be very careful to get one that is specifically designed for installation inside an RV or boat. Most are designed for residential clearances and would be a fire hazard in an RV. I did see a tankless heater designed to be hung on an RV Ladder or even a tree for an outside shower - which with your setup would probably be fine. It was in the latest Camping World I got. I was looking at it and wondering if it would be possible to put a "Y" on the input side of the conventional heater, tap in the exterior tankless and "power shower" inside (at least during winter). I've adjusted to having six gallons - and I too like long showers. If you've got an inflatable hot tub/spa to use outside then do the Japanese thing - a quick wash and rinse, then a long hot soak.

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Old 02-27-2008, 07:27 PM   #31
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Tim Shepard, host of the VAP, installed a TwinTemp tankless hot water heater in his 1960 Ambassador. Unlimited hot water for unlimited showers. Sounds like just what you need.

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Old 02-28-2008, 01:01 AM   #32
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Hey all-
This is my first post. I am changing my lifestyle (a lot!) and decided to buy 2 acres of land for my new airstream, I quit my job, opened my own business, and now I can start to enjoy life!!
I just bought a new, 2007 28' International CCD with the dark (black) wood and turquoise accent interior. I have never owned a trailer before nor have I lived in one for more than a weekend. I still need a tow vehicle for it, I am having it delivered to me next week.

I am setting up a pad on my land that will have water/power/sewer hook-ups so I will be able to comfortably stay in the airstream full-time. I will be building a house over the next 2 years but I will be working on my new business first (bmw service/custom fab shop).

Is there anything I just have to know/do to make my experience as fun as possible? I am 25yrs old, single and I have an 11lb Boston Terrier who will be "roughing" it with me.
Thoughts?
Concerns?
Tid-Bits of knowledge I can't live without?
Congrats M3....Listen I'm new to this forum and i see you are too. I am thinking about going the route also, and ditching the home/apartment and living full time in a Airstream...How do you like it thus far? When traveling what type of vehicle will you be using to tow it? What can you tell me about the security features of your Airstream? Are the doors secure?
What about water? where do you get more when you run out?
I know, I know, alot of questions...
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:53 AM   #33
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Congrats M3....Listen I'm new to this forum and i see you are too. I am thinking about going the route also, and ditching the home/apartment and living full time in a Airstream...How do you like it thus far? When traveling what type of vehicle will you be using to tow it? What can you tell me about the security features of your Airstream? Are the doors secure?
What about water? where do you get more when you run out?
I know, I know, alot of questions...
Water: I am hooked up full-time to my city water source (hose to side of trailer, constant pressure/supply)
Doors: very secure, I live on 2 acres in a fairly remote and totally safe area, but it IS secure. Handle locks aswell as a deadbolt (but I never use the deadbolt). All windows are secure as they can be but are tempered glass so you *could* easily break into it... Just hope it never happens and thank goodness for homeowners insurance should this occur.
Likes: convienent- everything is in here (minus a microwave/toaster/computer, supply your own) Comfortable- plenty of seating, VERY comfortable bed (I had a memory foam mattress I love, this bed rivals it and I'm a VERY picky sleeper!)
Dislikes: propane everything- I use a bottle per week so that means taking one in to the gas station every weekend which is a bit of a hastle and is $21 per fill-up, I will probably get a 250gal tank for my shop anyhow so this issue may be over soon.... Cabin temperature fluxuates a lot in the evening as the heater is either ON or OFF and not the best climate control. Bundle up in the winter, not that big of an issue.
Tow Vehicle: both of my cars are BMW E30's- the M3 pictured above, and this convertible as featured in eurotuner last month: 1992 BMW 325i - The Technician's Touch - Eurotuner Magazine
In order for me to tow this baby, I will need a truck of some kind. I plan to buy a Diesel truck sometime this year, but I don't know what I will get yet. I just bought a 5000lb capacity forklift today (gotta have toys for work right?) so a truck would be handy to have now anyhow. I am sure others will comment on what they use, but its 5300lbs DRY, call it 6k with fluids and no luggage. Just find a truck/van with 6k towing capacity and you should be just fine.
All in all, I am very happy with my decision on the airstream. I will have time to build my dream home now and not be rushed into anything.

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Ryan - Looks great - both trailer and the E30.
Ah, wasn't sure if any airstreamers would know what an E30 was, Thanks!! I am a BMW tech, so cars are my life

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That is all kinds of hot. Congratulations so far! Post pics when you start to put up the canopy, deck & spa; would love to see the progress.
I will keep this thread updated as I get things more settled. I am starting on the deck tomorrow so hopefully by next week it will be finished and the hot tub will be full of water. This will lower my issue with the short showers too since I can take a nice long soak in the tub.

RoverOwner- Thanks for the link on that heater. I read all the info, but there isn't a cost for the unit. Do you know the price? It sounds like the perfect solution!!
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