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Old 05-20-2018, 12:16 AM   #1
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Hi there,

After renting an RV a couple times and it being the best family trips we have had, we went and bought a Flying Cloud 23cb (w/ bunk). We have a 5 year old boy and 1.5 year old girl. Picking it up in 2 weeks!

I grew up boating most of my life which has a similar feel, but neither of us have any camping / Rv'ing experience. Would appreciate point us to the best threads for recommendations that will help us along the learning curve. Everything from practical tips on what to buy, things you wish you would have done when buying your first AS, etc.

Looking forward to hopefully seeing some of you, and appreciate the help in advance!

eric
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Old 05-20-2018, 12:26 AM   #2
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Hi there,

After renting an RV a couple times and it being the best family trips we have had, we went and bought a Flying Cloud 23cb (w/ bunk). We have a 5 year old boy and 1.5 year old girl. Picking it up in 2 weeks!

I grew up boating most of my life which has a similar feel, but neither of us have any camping / Rv'ing experience. Would appreciate point us to the best threads for recommendations that will help us along the learning curve. Everything from practical tips on what to buy, things you wish you would have done when buying your first AS, etc.

Looking forward to hopefully seeing some of you, and appreciate the help in advance!

eric

That's a pretty big question, so I'll answer with some larger scale comments:

-- RVing with kids (me too) puts you in the minority, so add salt to much of the conventional wisdom.

-- My guess is that you'll want a bigger trailer pretty soon, so you might want to move to a 25 before you sign. (I am a fan of smaller trailers and traveling light... so the salt has already been applied to this comment! I have two teens and the four of us travel in a 25.)

-- So much depends on how you travel. If you use private campgrounds and full hookups you can do everything with the stock trailer. If you want to boondock and be off grid, you'll need to make mods. If you like to hike and cook and hang out by the fire, then the entertainment is built in; but if you like to go to attractions then you'll need to think about how to simplify the process of getting you trailer set up and then LEAVING to see the sites.

-- Many of the questions and conundrums of RV travel can be solved with money and a cell phone. If you've got those resources and value those solutions, no one will judge you for writing the check. (Heck, there are people on here that own batteries that cost thousands of dollars!) If you don't, then enjoy the process of figuring out how to make things happen without opening your wallet; this too gets plenty of respect. (Plenty of folks in this category too!) I suspect this latter approach is more rewarding... but I personally think it's more important to decide which way you're going to go: end that debate early and you'll have a much more enjoyable time.

I hope that helps. Happy to share the nitty gritty details anytime. I particularly enjoy working those out!
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Old 05-20-2018, 04:38 AM   #3
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... Would appreciate point us to the best threads for recommendations that will help us along the learning curve. Everything from practical tips on what to buy, things you wish you would have done when buying your first AS, etc....
Finding the "Long Long Honeymoon" channel on YouTube and watching their earlier videos would be a good place to start. After that search for other how-to videos that you might want to see - How to use a Zip-Dee awning for example.
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Old 05-20-2018, 04:51 AM   #4
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Congratulations on getting your AS. You'll make so many great memories for you and your children. And also welcome to the forum. It's great to have you with us.

There is a lot to learn but I found that to be part of the fun. One thing that might prove useful is to find the local chapter of WBCCI (the AS club). Contact them and see about local rallies. You can attend any of the rallies as a guest. There you will find many experienced "streamers". Learning from the forum and YouTube is great but to have some actually show you is even better.

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Old 05-20-2018, 06:57 AM   #5
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All of the advice above is good, but here’s a sure fire way to get it right.
Do your first camping trip in your driveway.
Move out into the camper and stay a few days. Whatever you forgot is within easy reach, and you make a note of that item for the next trip.
If your first trip is 300 miles away and you forgot, for example, your insulin, well, that’s a problem!
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:12 AM   #6
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There is a 23CB thread on the forum. It has lots of info. It’s become very large with a lot of info that may not apply to you. A quick scan through It will be beneficial. I am pretty sure one of the guys that contributes to that thread regularly, camps with kids. I’d track him down, send him a PM. Maybe make arrangements to call him direct.
When we camped with kids, we had a pop up. It was fantastic. Took it back into some crazy locations, with five bikes on the pop up, and two canoes on the SUV. Pictures from those trips are all over the inside of our AS.
We never made it to Disney World, but all three learned to fly fish, mountain bike, and paddle a canoe. Great memories. I remember the RV salesman telling me to add an air conditioner. I told him, we will not be hanging out in this trailer. If it’s that hot we are home. We sure used the little propane furnace a lot though.
You’re going to have a blast. What great memories.
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Old 05-20-2018, 05:27 PM   #7
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Welcome from Colorado: Hey, we were all newbies once. You will learn from the first day you take ownership and on for the next 15 years or so. I learn something new all the time.

We camped next to a family with a 2 year old and a baby just last month. They were in a new Globetrotter 28 $$$$. Very nice trailer but maybe not so great for two youngsters. My point is people travel with youngsters all the time. Your focus will be on your children's care, not so much sightseeing. Feeding, naps, early to bed, up three times during the night, taking them to the playground. I have three grandchildren, I know the routine. Love it.

You need to learn how to hitch and tow your new trailer safely. Maybe it's like towing your boat. Start easy and don't drive through a busy city at first. Your "vehicle dynamics" change significantly. Acceleration is slow, braking distances are much longer, wide turns needed, sharp curves taken slowly, visibility restricted, etc. etc.

Your good dealer will teach you the trailer's systems. Not show you, but watch you do it successfully. Hook ups, draining tanks, propane, leveling, 12v systems, and on.

I agree you should camp in your driveway for a night or two.

Buy Rich Luhr's book "Airstreaming for Newbies" at his Airstream Life store. His maintenance book is good too. I recommend both of them.

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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new baby. May you have safe travels and many great Airstream Adventures with her.


Just remember, RVing/Airstrteaming is not that difficult. There is a learning curve, but it's not launching rockets.. Ask whatever you want here on AirForums, and you will get answers.


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Old 05-20-2018, 06:01 PM   #9
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I think you may want to take a real good look at a 25. 2 adults plus 2 Children is stretching things a bit thin IMHO. Either way, enjoy the travel with your family.
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:04 PM   #10
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There is a 23CB thread on the forum. It has lots of info. It’s become very large with a lot of info that may not apply to you. A quick scan through It will be beneficial. I am pretty sure one of the guys that contributes to that thread regularly, camps with kids. I’d track him down, send him a PM. Maybe make arrangements to call him direct.
When we camped with kids, we had a pop up. It was fantastic. Took it back into some crazy locations, with five bikes on the pop up, and two canoes on the SUV. Pictures from those trips are all over the inside of our AS.
We never made it to Disney World, but all three learned to fly fish, mountain bike, and paddle a canoe. Great memories. I remember the RV salesman telling me to add an air conditioner. I told him, we will not be hanging out in this trailer. If it’s that hot we are home. We sure used the little propane furnace a lot though.
You’re going to have a blast. What great memories.
That’s me... PM me and I would be glad to talk. We travel with 2 kids all the time in our 23D. Headed to Disney World next week.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:22 PM   #11
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Hi there,

After renting an RV a couple times and it being the best family trips we have had, we went and bought a Flying Cloud 23cb (w/ bunk). We have a 5 year old boy and 1.5 year old girl. Picking it up in 2 weeks!

I grew up boating most of my life which has a similar feel, but neither of us have any camping / Rv'ing experience. Would appreciate point us to the best threads for recommendations that will help us along the learning curve. Everything from practical tips on what to buy, things you wish you would have done when buying your first AS, etc.

Looking forward to hopefully seeing some of you, and appreciate the help in advance!

eric
Wow, 10 replies in less than 24 hours! Really appreciate everyone's feedback (even the "go bigger" which I was forewarned...LOL) and will be taking a look at the sites and books recommended.

I'm from BC and picking up our AS from the Seattle dealer as no one in Western Canada had the CB model. So much for camping in our driveway....trial by fire, here we come!

Thanks again!

Eric & Elise
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Old 05-21-2018, 08:24 AM   #12
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.....they are very similar.
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Disclaimer....Though we have spent less on both.🤗

Sweet Streams...👍

BTW....'camp' overnight in the Dealers driveway, after the orientation walk thru. 😳

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Old 05-21-2018, 08:36 AM   #13
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Just go out and do it. Experience is the best teacher. You won't regret the memories you make.
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Start at Porteau Cove. If things go haywire you can sneak home. Next, Alice Lake PP. I think the only thing you need is a dump hose and a fresh water hose. All else you will figure out after a week end. Start as soon as you can because your area will soon be overrun with folks like me. Jim
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