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Old 02-21-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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Airstream Newbie - Where do I start?

My parents are the proud new owners of a 2005 28' Classic. They have never owned a travel trailer before, and I am helping them go through it, and get it in shape. Where would you recommend we start? We are in the Central Florida area. They bought it privately, but I called Bates in Tampa and asked if they held any kind of classes, and they said no. Are there any general overview thread areas for newbies on the forum? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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David I am staying in Mims Florida which is about 28 miles from you. I would be willing to drop over some day and help you go through it and give you a quick tutorial in using the trailer. If you send me a private message with a phone number we can get in touch and set something up if you like.
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Welcome to the forums David, and congrats on having parents with an AS!
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My parents are the proud new owners of a 2005 28' Classic. They have never owned a travel trailer before, and I am helping them go through it, and get it in shape. Where would you recommend we start? We are in the Central Florida area. They bought it privately, but I called Bates in Tampa and asked if they held any kind of classes, and they said no. Are there any general overview thread areas for newbies on the forum? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

David
Well, David, I guess you found out where to start. Welcome. I see that you already have a volunteer to help you. Don't be surprised if others join in. THAT'S what our Community is all about. Keep us informed how it works for you.

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:03 PM   #5
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Very kind offer, and PM sent. I'm excited Mom and Dad are getting out. They've always wanted an Airstream, and I want it to be a good experience for them!

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Welcome and congratulations on your folks new Airstream. You took the important first step in signing on to this forum. See where it got you? A mighty nice offer from Chris.

I spent a few hours in Sanford about 5 years ago. It is a real nice place.

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If you stay in the warm, you won't have to worry about dealing with winterizing like lots of us. Basically they just need a primer on hooking up, appliances like the water heater fridge (propane powered), water system basics... and it's all fairly easy stuff. If the can, find a shop familiar with hitch set ups, as the biggest safety issue is making sure you are towing safe, and have a working brake system.
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Just an update; Chris came by and was a huge help in getting us up to speed with the Airstream. Great guy, and so cool to have a forum like this. Thanks Chris!

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Welcome to AIR! As you found out already, it's a great place to be. Here is a link for the Airstream guide for noobs. It's a great book for your parents to have on hand in the AS.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004SUOZCC

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