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Old 04-10-2018, 04:11 PM   #15
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Do not be in a rush.

Take the time to test the unit as much as you can. You won't be sorry you did!
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Old 04-10-2018, 04:29 PM   #16
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Yes, it is expected of you to stay the night at Colonial. The point is to test out EVERY system, every electrical outlet, check for plumbing leaks, use EVERY appliance, look under and behind every cabinet for leaks, wiring issues, crushed duct work.

I found MANY issues that needed repair.
Sounds close to an “all nighter” with flashlight and screw gun in hand.
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:30 PM   #17
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Hello and welcome to the Airstream community. You can tell from the posts that folks are happy for you and offer some pretty good advice. There is a lot to learn about traveling with an Airstream.

One thing to check is the battery. It is not uncommon for a new battery to be "ruined" due to being completely discharged by sitting on a sales lot for many weeks. Sometimes these fully discharged batteries are toast. Maybe your dealer can perform a battery load test, or confirm you will not have problems with the battery on your first trip. Your new Airstream will want a "battery tender" or some trickle charging system while in storage.

Here is a photo of my new, old Airstream, a 1975 Overlander 27'. Not near as nice as your new one. Airstreams last a very long time and hold their value quite well. At least in this market.

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Old 04-10-2018, 08:18 PM   #18
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Hello and welcome to the Airstream community. You can tell from the posts that folks are happy for you and offer some pretty good advice. There is a lot to learn about traveling with an Airstream.

One thing to check is the battery. It is not uncommon for a new battery to be "ruined" due to being completely discharged by sitting on a sales lot for many weeks. Sometimes these fully discharged batteries are toast. Maybe your dealer can perform a battery load test, or confirm you will not have problems with the battery on your first trip. Your new Airstream will want a "battery tender" or some trickle charging system while in storage.

Here is a photo of my new, old Airstream, a 1975 Overlander 27'. Not near as nice as your new one. Airstreams last a very long time and hold their value quite well. At least in this market.

David
10-4 on the battery tip. Thank you for sharing. You guys and gals are so unselfish guiding new buyers like myself. I’m honored to be in your company.
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:29 PM   #19
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We bought our 2005 Classic back in 2009 from a private party. But I have purchased a number of parts from Colonial. And I have always been treated professionally and honestly. In fact, we ordered a part while in Florida and they mistakenly shipped the part to our home in Omaha. When I called to check on the status of the part and they recognized their error, they sent us another new part to Florida via overnight delivery for no charge. Since then I have purchased several parts from them, including a new microwave. I would drive to NJ if I was in the market for a new AS. But with regular maintenance Airstreams will last years and years and thousands upon thousands of miles.

Congratulations on the new TT. (Oh ... one disadvantage of owning an AS, you will not be able to travel "under the radar". People will be approaching you all the time and commenting about your TT.)
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10-4 on the battery tip. Thank you for sharing. You guys and gals are so unselfish guiding new buyers like myself. I’m honored to be in your company.
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Congratulations on your new Airstream! Glad to have you with us.

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Old 04-10-2018, 09:42 PM   #21
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Yes, it is expected of you to stay the night at Colonial. The point is to test out EVERY system, every electrical outlet, check for plumbing leaks, use EVERY appliance, look under and behind every cabinet for leaks, wiring issues, crushed duct work.

I found MANY issues that needed repair.

We didn't stay over. I assumed that had we stayed, we might have found a few issues that wouldn't have prevented us from using the camper but would have taken a whole day to work out. I'm glad that I just started using the camper and built a list of items to address as we moved on...
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Congratulations Bruce! Your thorough research paid off. IMO spending the night would be a good investment, and Patrick can answer your questions about meals etc.. Does your unit have a microwave? Buy some frozen dinners and eat in your new home!

Bring some paper plates and basic cutlery, spatulas etc. from home. If you get some ice, the fridge can be cold quickly for beer etc.. Advisable to have Patrick review propane operations for fridge, furnace and water heater.

Happy Trails!

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As part of the deal, make sure you negotiate a pop rivet gun , Supply rivets and a bottle of corrosionx before you sign on the dotted line. LOL
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:28 AM   #24
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We didn't stay, both because it wasn't offered and we needed to get back to FL. It was also December and pretty cold. If we had stayed, and if we knew what we know now, we would have probably brought some food in a cooler that we could move to the refrigerator and use to exercise the stove/oven/microwave. You could also just go out to eat and come back to the trailer.
I actually camped 2 nights at Colonial. I arrived late in the afternoon, got the keys and we did a brief walkthrough. The trailer was plugged in with the fridge already cold when I got there. I had brought a bin of kitchen stuff with me (from the previous trailer) and went to ShopRite for some groceries. I spent the evening flipping all the switches and checking all the plugs and using all the systems, though since it was about 45 degrees I didn't really get a chance to test the cooling side of the HVAC. The next day I gave them a short punchlist of what I'd found, those items were addressed and we did the more instructional walk-through while their tech was setting up the hitch. I spent part of the day working from the trailer as well, but we got all of the business done that day. I headed out early the next morning, well before they opened, to start my trip back home.
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As part of the deal, make sure you negotiate a pop rivet gun , Supply rivets and a bottle of corrosionx before you sign on the dotted line. LOL
Seriously?
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Those of you who did the overnight, does Colonial have dump facilities so I can drive home empty?
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:43 AM   #27
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Congratulations Bruce! Your thorough research paid off. IMO spending the night would be a good investment, and Patrick can answer your questions about meals etc.. Does your unit have a microwave? Buy some frozen dinners and eat in your new home!

Bring some paper plates and basic cutlery, spatulas etc. from home. If you get some ice, the fridge can be cold quickly for beer etc.. Advisable to have Patrick review propane operations for fridge, furnace and water heater.

Happy Trails!

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Good advice. Thanks Peter. Maybe we’ll cross paths in this neck of the woods.
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Old 04-11-2018, 09:54 AM   #28
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New to TT. With retirement this summer and after many, many months of researching SOBs (especially videos), we did it!
We selected our 2018 Airstream 23CB International Serenity last Friday from Patrick at Colonial Airstream. Class operation!
Pickup and orientation will be on April 25. I feel like a new father again!
This is gonna be fun!
Congratulations on your new Airstream... we have a bit of an earlier version of your 'Serenity' and absolutely love it.

Let me invite you to come hang out over at the "23D" thread with other like minded folks... you can find us here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ad-166085.html and I'm sure you will find that thread informative and occasionally entertaining.

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