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Old 09-12-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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Talking Ecstatic new Airstream owner!

First post - my wife and I are extremely excited to be picking up our new 2012 28' International in Orange County, CA this Wednesday. This will be our first Airstream, and second trailer.

We are trading in a 23' 2008 Jayco that we've had for just over 3 years. Back when we bought that, we looked Airstreams but couldn't afford one yet and wanted to ease into camping with something easy to tow and light on the wallet. But recently we'd been wanting something bigger and got a rude awakening when we found out that our Jayco had dropped in value so fast that we were under-water on it. We realized buying another box trailer would be a mistake. We're so happy with our Airstream purchase, as they seem to hold their value over time, and hey - it's what we wanted all along!

We feel like we're buying a second home, a beach house, and a guest house all in one! Except when we have guests, we'll let them stay in the house, and we'll stay in the AS!

I think it's great that so many folks are buying used Airstreams and fixing them up as that really speaks to the quality. I'm not nearly handy enough to take on something like rehabbing a used model, so we decided to buy new - but the sense of community in buying an Airstream is awesome. I'm looking forward to being here and swapping stories and photos with everyone.

My first challenge - getting used to driving a 28' as opposed to our old 24' trailer! If you have any tips or links to resources about backing into spots let me know!
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:13 PM   #2
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Congrats! We bought our 20' new in '07 and have loved it. We've spent 5 of the past 12 months on the road. I'm sure you will enjoy your new home on wheels.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:19 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums and congratulations! The 28' is a very nice rig! You're going to love it.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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Welcome and congrats on the 28. We have an 05 28 Safari and love it. Backing up takes only a little learning vs the smaller trailer. You just have to pull forward a little more before you start backing up. Otherwise its a snap to adjust.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:38 PM   #5
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Congrat's on the new Stream, don't come back without pic's, we love 'em here!!!

Ask plenty of questions on the dealer walk thru, take notes or better yet video the whole thing, others have done it!

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Old 09-12-2011, 04:02 PM   #6
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Welcome to the foums. And, congrats!

I bet the 28' AS isn't really much different to tow than the other trailer, if one gets the hitch all set.

Have fun!
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:51 PM   #7
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Congrat's on the new Stream, don't come back without pic's, we love 'em here!!!
Definitely! I do video production for a living, so I'll have some nice photos/footage to show!
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:19 PM   #8
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Definitely! I do video production for a living, so I'll have some nice photos/footage to show!

What a great service to offer new AS owners, Mention THAT to the selling dealer.

I tried taking notes...but the walk thru was so inept it wouldn't have been worth taping. Dealer principle knew less about AS's than I.

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Old 09-12-2011, 07:30 PM   #9
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I think you will find little difference in the new 28 vs. the 24 you had. It will probably tow better, as it is an Airstream. I have always found that the longer trailers are easier to back up than short ones. They turn slower, and don't jackknife as rapidly. Be very sure you have your hitch set up right, proper height, and spring bar capacity to equalize the weight correctly.

Enjoy it and the community.
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:08 PM   #10
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Thats great! Congratulations. We had a 19 Bambi but found out fast that it was too small for our needs so we sold it. We are looking for a 23FB so our Tahoe can pull it safely. What are you towing it with? Can't wait for those pictures.
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Congratulations. Hope you have many enjoyable years in your new AS.
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Thats great! Congratulations. We had a 19 Bambi but found out fast that it was too small for our needs so we sold it. We are looking for a 23FB so our Tahoe can pull it safely. What are you towing it with? Can't wait for those pictures.
Yeah, we went small with our first trailer too. Our 2 boys have turned into teenagers pushing 6 ft tall, so we needed bigger beds!

We have a 2008 Sequoia which tows 10,000 lbs so I think we will be great. We could barely feel our last trailer.
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Be very sure you have your hitch set up right, proper height, and spring bar capacity to equalize the weight correctly.

Enjoy it and the community.
The dealer set up the hitch height last time, so that's the one area I'll need help with when we pick it up. We have the Equalizer hitch rated for 10,000lbs.

I've seen recommendations here for the Hensley Arrow and some other ones, with others saying the Equalizer works just fine. We're used to the Equalizer and my wife can hitch up and tow with it, so I'm hoping it will still work fine.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:40 PM   #14
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Photos!

Finally got around to taking some photos! Here's our 28' at the Pechanga RV Resort in Temecula, CA.

The bottom 2 make nice desktop backgrounds!





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