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Old 09-26-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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3 Diesel Pushers = 1 Airstream

After owning 3 class A diesel pushers (Beaver/Holiday Rambler) we recently took delivery of our first travel trailer, our Airstream. Never really thought I'd own one but got tired of the poor quality and high cost of most motor homes and frankly the dealers that sell and service them. We thought we'd go for a 5th wheel until we starting reading all the various forums. Final choice came down to Carriage or Airstream. Seems like Airstream owners are much happier with their investment overall than Carriage and an Airstream is just much cooler and simpler. A big thank you too all the hundreds of forum contributors for making our choice easier.

As a marketing professional I was amazed during our research at how most of the RV manufactures and many dealers still don't get that instant research is being done by potential customers. in the years ahead, the dealer body, vendors and manufactures will each either thrive or die based on user's input online.

A side note; we choose a new Ford F250 diesel as Ford did not 'fire' a large segment of their dealers or take bailout dollars from us taxpayers. GM and Chrysler will be excluded in all future purchases. Our local GM dealer was fired after over 90 years of loyalty!

Thanks again forum members for your valuable input. I've spent countless hours learning and planning and look forward to our continued journeys.
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Old 09-26-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new trailer. I hope you have many happy trips ahead You'll find there's a lot of active Airstreamers in the NW area, and we occasionally get together and camp. Check out the recent Steens Mtn Rally thread. Hopefully we'll see you down the road!
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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Congratulations!

That's a great combination tow-vehicle and trailer, you have impeccible taste.

Welcome to the forums.
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Welcome to the Forums ShinyRoad! Your will not be disappointed.

F-250 Diesel + 27' Airstream =
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:00 PM   #5
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Enjoy your new AS - but I still like my "Public Transport" GMC Duramax after spending a lot of time comparing!

Each to his own eh chum!


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Old 09-27-2009, 11:12 AM   #6
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We too are thrilled with our airstream and Ford truck. (I bought the F150 King Ranch two years before we purchased the airstream. My brother helped us upgrade it with Airbags, additional transmission cooling, exhaust, K&N intake, and a leveling kit with BF Goodrich All Terrains - so I feel like it is more of an F175! Someday I will consider the F250... in the meantime, we are loving it. (Rarely run into problems with power) - what is your gas milage with the F250?
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:29 PM   #7
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F250 mpg

Brand new truck without trailer we were seeing 13.2 MPG. As the engine started to break in that steadily climbed to 15.1 MPG at 3,000 miles. I was happy to see 13.7 to 14.1 while towing including a lot of mountain driving. We should have a really good stat after 1200 miles to the Palm Springs area next month.

Going down step grades the tow boss controller eliminates most braking. Going up step grades I can pass big rigs at will. Really cool feature: The back up camera with aiming lines that's built in to the tail gate and rear view mirror makes hitching up a cake walk, even hooking up by myself.

Hope this helps,
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Old 09-27-2009, 01:27 PM   #8
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Like you, I went from a large, ( Monaco 38' triple slide) MH to an Airstream. It is so much simpler, easy, less expensive and just plain more enjoyable.

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Old 09-28-2009, 12:33 PM   #9
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Another Reason For Switching to Airstream

I failed to mention another reason for not buying another diesel pusher. We had a new '06 40FT Beaver Marquis towing a GMC Yukon. Over 55,000 lbs. Long story short, a senior that should NOT have been driving according to the police, turned left into our path and our right of way. We T-boned this little Toyota Corolla at about 25 MPH. Thankfully they survived somehow. We were not hurt either (hardly felt the impact), but this small car destroyed the entire front of our coach and the passenger door when flying, exposing my wife to flying plastic. Took five months and $92,000 to repair.

I realized that most motor homes have no crunch zones in front. This little car took our coach down to the frame rails. With our Airstream and F250 we now have a big crumple zone and engine out front. Much more peace of mind. I'd also be interested in the panic stop distances with our rig compared to a large pusher. Unlike the car mags you never see this data posted. Driving both, I feel much more in control with the Airstream.

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Bill;

You ARE much more in control with the Airstream.

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Old 09-28-2009, 01:54 PM   #11
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I am trying to sell my pusher and buy an airstream, where did you have luck selling. Gerry
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:11 PM   #12
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the several new members who have signed on this thread. We're glad to have you all with us.

It is interesting to read about campers who come to Airstream travel trailer from big mohos. I'll bet that doesn't happen with any other brand of travel trailer.

We have pulled our Lucy ('05 Safari 25FB) over 50,000 miles and have spent almost 500 nights in her. We still very much enjoy the experience. Occasionally, we think it might be nice to try a moho. We have done some looking, and if we ever did make the move, we would try to find a really nice '05 Airstream 30' Land Yacht.
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Thanks for the MPG info. Like you moosetags, I have thought of one day trying the class a motorhome... i keep thinking it would be nice to be driving along the road and have all the comforts of the living quarters available.... but then when we unhitch and get to drive around in my regular pickup, I'm pretty happy. Never thought of the crumple zone factor, now I will. I had to make an emergency stop on a steep mountain road in Az, heading downhill. I was at full speed (65 or so) and stopping distance was definitely quite a bit longer than without the 28' airstream behind me.. but it was "what i would expect". In other words, you know how you get that feeling of how long it takes to stop... and the ratio your truck has between a normal and emergency stop? It seems the same. In my experience, when in emergency mode, the complete rig CAN stop a little faster than you might imagine, but you still need the room.... so in general that "instinct" that tells you to follow at a distance is correct. I've just upgraded the "2 second rule" to the "4 second at a minimum, but 8 second on the open interstate" rule... doesn't hurt when you are way out there anyway. And I try to pull in and stop an hour before the sun sets everyday. (at 41 years old, I doubt I could claim my eyes are bad yet, but I just don't want to drive at night after a long day on the road.)

Anyone have a solution to keep the airstream cool while you are towing it? This summer it got super hot inside while we were towing during the day.
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:58 AM   #14
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I am trying to sell my pusher and buy an airstream, where did you have luck selling. Gerry
Sold on RV Trader in 30-days in '07 just before things got ugly. An RV manager told me the other day that motor homes are now 50% off usual values1. They look at auction numbers now to get values. If you sell online, offer great photos and good copy. Keep lowering the price $5K to 10K every two weeks until sold.
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