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Old 12-21-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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Countdown to Pick-Up -- 2012 Sport

Hi, Airstreamers!

We've been lurking for weeks, justifying our rivet-envy and trying to decide if the time was right. We have the good fortune to live just an hour away from an award-winning Airstream dealer, and one trip to the lot earlier in the month was all it took - they really ARE that beautiful, the whole product line. In one week, we drive to Alachua, FL to get our new Sport 16 - in MochaBlue, just in time to start the New Year right!

Our shared love of travel, nature and adventure has marked our relationship since Day 1, and ultimately took us into RVing shortly after we married nearly 19 years ago. Our first RV was a used 21' Winnebago Class C that we parked at the small municipal airport where we went skydiving on weekends. Weary of the extra vehicle maintenance, in 2002 we sold the MH in favor of a new PUP, which we are currently towing with an '08 Toyota RAV4. We like summer camping in the Blue Ridge Mts., and fall/winter weekend camping in local state parks throughout north and north-central FL.

After an especially bothersome PUP trip last summer - multiple set-ups, breaking camp (had to happen sooner or later) in the rain - we started talking about at least a new ultra lite TT which can still be towed without an immediate TV upgrade. With DH coming off a 2nd deployment and soon to retire at least from the military, we realized we'd have even more time to pursue what we love, but we assumed we'd have to "settle" in the interim, deferring The Dream until full retirement. We still typically spend more time on the trails than we spend in the trailer, but we're at a stage in life where the creature comforts are particularly appreciated! Enter the Sport 16. So glad we found a way with the Little One to cut to the chase!

We're thinking the maiden voyage will follow in the tradition of her family RV predecessors - an inaugural weekend at the DZ (drop zone), but this time the view of the little airfield and western sky will be framed by Airstream PANOS!!
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:46 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and Congratulations on your new AS! Like you, we loved to camp, but setting up and tearing down camp in the rain just began to suck too much. That used to be part of the adventure, but it is so much nicer to pull into your site, hop out of the truck and get into a snug, warm, and DRY Airstream.

Have fun,
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:42 AM   #3
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Congratulations on your new Bambi and welcome to the 16' Airstream club!
We love ours and I suspect you will too.
Enjoy your travels and report back with lots of pictures (or video's).
Have fun!
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:15 AM   #4
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Welcome Air Monkeys! So glad to have you.Congratulation on your new sport. You chose a great Airstream and dealer. I have known them for years.
If you have been lurking, you no doubt have seen the Canopener threads. You may as well come on out and take the plunge with the other 80 rigs. It is a great rally to meet folks from all over the country who love camping Airstream style.
Also, the Florida Unit of the WBCCI is having a rally in your back yard January 17-21 at Hannah Park in Atlantic Beach. You are more than welcome to come for all or any part you can make. Please PM us if you want more information on the rallys or if we can help while your over this way.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! Annette & Joe, the Canopener rallies look like a great time and a great venue - we were just at Ft. Pickens in the panhandle over Thanksgiving visiting family nearby, in full use of our "rolling guest house", even if still in the PUP at the time - and WE got to stay at the BEACH, right? We're planning to camp with friends near Fernandina over MLK weekend (WBCCI rally), but that's just minutes north of Hanna Park, so shouldn't be difficult to arrange a "drive by" somewhere in transit. By that time, we'll be Airstream owners all of three weeks! Looking forward to good advice and of course great stories!

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Congrats on your new AS!!! Do you have some pics to share? Merry Christmas!!
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Congrats on your new AS!!! Do you have some pics to share? Merry Christmas!!
Thanks, Travel Bird. Merry Christmas indeed! Took delivery on the 28th, maiden voyage New Year's Eve. Photos at this stage pretty much reflect the A/S brochure, but I'll share a couple of my faves from our trip.
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Thanks, Travel Bird. Merry Christmas indeed! Took delivery on the 28th, maiden voyage New Year's Eve. Photos at this stage pretty much reflect the A/S brochure, but I'll share a couple of my faves from our trip.
Oh my, your AS is so darling!!!! I just love it. Congrats and many safe and wonderful experiences for you in 2013!!
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Welcome to the great adventure of a 16' Bambi. You are going to love it!

Safe and happy travels.

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