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Old 10-21-2008, 01:24 AM   #1
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Greetings to ya'll. My bride and I have long admired and coveted Airstream travel trailers. So, this afternoon my honey and I purchased our 2008 19' International from Southwest Coaches. We're really excited to get going, but we're so full of questions. I've visited this web site a few times and found it to be very informative. If you have the time and experience we'd love to hear of your wisdom and suggestions. Needless to say, our heads were swimming after our introductory walk through and trainning. ?#1 Does anyone have a predeparture and/or storage check list............Oh yeah, did I mention that I'm a tow-virgin! I'd love some assistance here on what to do & not to do before each time I put her in Drive! You know, like a preflight check list. ?#2 We no sooner got home (2hrs. drive in L.A. traffic!!!) that when we were showing it off to our neighbors we discovered the Samsung HDTV won't turn on?!*X? During our walk through we mentioned that the original TV was not HD thus in 3 months it would be inoperable............So they replaced it from another trailer..........BUT it doesn't work/turn on! Any thoughts?
Finally, we've been so impressed with EVERYONE to whom we spoke who own an Airstream. All were enthusiacally helpful and pleased with their Airstream! All were eager to share their experience and suggestions............What a community we've joined!
J & B
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:49 AM   #2
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I don't have any wisdom to offer, but welcome to the forums and enjoy your new baby! 'shaker
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:27 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums and congratulations on the new trailer.

Do you need to be connected to shore power for the TV's to operate?
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:28 AM   #4
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Greetings to ya'll. My bride and I have long admired and coveted Airstream travel trailers. So, this afternoon my honey and I purchased our 2008 19' International from Southwest Coaches. We're really excited to get going, but we're so full of questions. I've visited this web site a few times and found it to be very informative. If you have the time and experience we'd love to hear of your wisdom and suggestions. Needless to say, our heads were swimming after our introductory walk through and trainning. ?#1 Does anyone have a predeparture and/or storage check list............Oh yeah, did I mention that I'm a tow-virgin! I'd love some assistance here on what to do & not to do before each time I put her in Drive! You know, like a preflight check list. ?#2 We no sooner got home (2hrs. drive in L.A. traffic!!!) that when we were showing it off to our neighbors we discovered the Samsung HDTV won't turn on?!*X? During our walk through we mentioned that the original TV was not HD thus in 3 months it would be inoperable............So they replaced it from another trailer..........BUT it doesn't work/turn on! Any thoughts?
Finally, we've been so impressed with EVERYONE to whom we spoke who own an Airstream. All were enthusiacally helpful and pleased with their Airstream! All were eager to share their experience and suggestions............What a community we've joined!
J & B
Welcome Aboard!!

Go out to wherever the Stream is parked, take your PJ's, grab the owners manual, stay until youv'e read it thru several times. Check everything out as you read. (the pre and post-flight check list is also there) Anything that isn't quite clear, come back to the Forums and ask away. As far as that new television goes, make that call to the dealer ASAP.

The folks here are the BEST.
Congrats on your purchase.

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Old 10-22-2008, 10:15 AM   #5
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Welcome to the world of streamin'. As to advice, go through your unit and make sure everything works, all appliances, windows etc etc.. When hitting the road, make sure you're hitched properly, check all the lights, make sure the wheel chocks have been put away, and have fun.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:03 AM   #6
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J&B,
Camp out in the AS for a weekend in the yard or the driveway. That way as things come up you can take care of them or write down things that you will need to get. Plus driveway camping is just as fun as commercial campgrounds.

PS welcome to the wonderful world of Airstreaming!!!
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:07 AM   #7
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I agree with all the previous responses. The only way to experience all the Airstream has to offer is to use it. Just about anywhere, there is someone to ask or assist if you have any issues. Welcome to the Forum.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:41 AM   #8
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Welcome to the Airstream world

Congratulations and welcome to Airstreaming. Get yourselves to a rally....there is a Tri Counties WBCCI rally mid November in Buellton. There will be lots of fun folks there that will be very helpful. There are also forum rallys from time to time in Southern CA as well (there was a California Streamers Forum Rally this past weekend in Kernville). Also if you think you need help towing and want a school, we highly recommend Dick Reed's RV School. We store our trailer in Thousand Oaks so again, Welcome!!! Paula
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:32 PM   #9
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Call your dealer and ask them about the TV. It's probably something easy to fix and something they forgot to do. Working with these new TV's can be a trial and error thing. Sometimes you just have the wrong remote or the circuit breakers are off for the install. Congratulations on your new adventure. Could be they didn't change out remotes and you've got the one for the old TV.
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:10 PM   #10
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I am sure it was mention in the walk thru but, just in case it was overlooked..
1..Make sure you have full tank of water in the water heater before you try to turn it on or play with the controls..
2.The propane tanks were filled prior to picking it up?
3.Check your batteries as more often than not, they might need to be replaced with newer ones.(It happens.)
4.Always check your tire pressure before leaving on a trip.
5.Make sure your shore power line is disconnected before leaving a site.
6.Your step should be put away..
7.Your TV antenna should be stowed.
8.Make all "Windows are LOCKED"
9. Lock your door to the unit before driving away..
There's all those product warranty forms to fill out and, mail ASAP..
Remember, things like the water heater, stove, frig, A/C, TV..etc all have a separate warranty from A/S..
Camp out in your driveway..or, at the dealership, if they will let you for a day or two..(This way, if you find something broken or not working, they are right there to help fix it .)
BTW, did they give you an A/S owner's bag.?
Buy yourself another sewer (15 ft min..) hose to extend the one comes with your unit..You will need it..~
WELCOME TO THE Airstream World...
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:42 PM   #11
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How sweet !! your first AS is a brand new 2008. These forums will be a big help to you. Not much should go wrong with it, you will just have to learn all you can about how everything works. Have fun and enjoy.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:12 PM   #12
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Oh, the places you'll go and the things that you'll see! I can't help but smile everytime I hear the excitement conveyed by someone who just got their Airstream. You're going to have sooo much fun.

When we first got ours (just over a year ago -- it was our first travel trailer of any kind) we camped for a week at a local lake campground. We went over the AS from top to bottom and studied the manual extensively. We did not have full hookups so about midweek we got to experience the "dump site".

We later learned when we encountered our first campsite that did have sewer hookup was that you should not leave your drain open all the time. I guess that was in the book somewhere but I didn't get it. They probably told you that at the dealer but we purchased from a private party. Anyway . . . no major problems!

These forums are wonderful and we've learned lots of stuff here -- everyone is so generous with their knowledge.

Congratulations and enjoy!
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:02 PM   #13
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Wow, Thanks for all the great advice and suggestions. Yesterday was my first experience backing up our 19' International baby...........Oh my, thank goodness for an experienced neighbor! We hope to attend the Nov. 15th Buelton, Ca. rally. Again thanks everyone...........The AS family has such a wonderful spirit!
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:21 PM   #14
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Hi J&B and welcome to the Airforums and the sub-family of Bambi owners...they are wonderful little trailers and you are going to have an absolute blast...we have! The advice given above is all good...we'd just add that if you have any questions at all, no matter how "silly" you may think they are, please don't hesitate to ask...there are no silly questions and we've all had to learn this stuff... The depth of experience and knowledge on the forums is astounding and the willingness to share that knowledge is equally prevalent. You are in good company. Before long you'll be helping out the next batch of new owners asking the same set of questions...so just dig in, read all you can and ask about anything that you are not sure about and you'll be fine. And most of all, ENJOY!

We hope to see you down the road soon!
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