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Old 01-19-2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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First time Airstream owners, Fort Worth/Dallas area

Having already posted a couple of questions, and receiving excellent answers, it's time for a proper introduction.

We are Rob and Linda, living in Hurst, Texas, about mid-way between Dallas and Fort Worth. We just purchased a gorgeous and essentially unused 2014 23D International Serenity that we found right here in the classifieds from the most delightful gentleman. We just couldn't be happier, as a couple of 76-year-olds, this beautiful Airstream is the RV of our dreams; we simply love it!

We are coming out of a really nice 2010 Casita 17-footer, so the Airstream seems positively cavernous! Our Casita was nice, although we bought it new, I replaced 100% of the factory "woodwork" (MDF) with my own, constructed of ash. I have been asked if I intended to do similar "mods" to the Airstream... "no way, folks," we're loving this Airstream just the way it is!

We were pulling our Casita with a '96 Toyota Land Cruiser that we've had nearly a decade, but sadly, the 'Cruiser just won't be up to the task of hauling the 23D... especially when we head to the mountains. So, the Land Cruiser must go and we've pretty well narrowed the search for a new tow vehicle to the new Ford F150 3.5 EcoBoost or the Toyota Tundra 5.7.

We are so excited to be new Airstreamers!

All the best to all,

Rob & Linda

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Old 01-19-2016, 09:25 AM   #2
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Looks like you have it all figured out. Good luck, you have a great trailer tv combo. Good camping.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:53 AM   #3
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WE have been very pleased with our F150 with 3.5EB.
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Old 01-19-2016, 02:31 PM   #4
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Welcome to the club! There is a great Airstream park in Hillsboro, where you can camp overnight, and enjoy meeting other Airstream folks who can assist with issues which may surface. Also, consider joining the club at www.wbcci.org, for great times camping with friends you haven't met yet! 5809 will be looking for you on the road. We haul our 30 ft '08 Classic with our '13 F150 Ecoboost with ease.


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Old 01-19-2016, 03:15 PM   #5
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Hi from AZ. . . Welcome to the clan. . . we too are happy with our F150 Ecoboost, after 80k miles.. . . and come visit us at a 4CU Rally when you go West, love to have you...................travel safe, Craig
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Old 01-19-2016, 04:15 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard the Airstream experience.

A truck is NOT necessary for towing the Airstream 23D. We tow ours with a 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI V6 diesel.

There are lots of rallies posted under the "rallies" tab at the top of the page where you can meet kindred spirits and talk Airstream issues and solutions all the time.

Enjoy the experiences!
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:46 PM   #7
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We bought our Tundra in 2011 specifically to tow our 2006 Safari 23 and have been very happy with it.


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Old 01-19-2016, 09:27 PM   #8
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I will be using a 2014 5.7L Tundra to tow our new 26U that I pick up next week. Just moved up from a 17.5' Bigfoot, so extra space will be something else. The Toyota Tundra is a wonderful vehicle. Get some running boards on it so getting in and out isn't a chore for us older folks.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:50 PM   #9
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Congratulations.

You know I'm sure that the Tundra is built just down the street from you in Santonio.

We have a 2014 5.7 V8 crew cab.

Love love love the fully rolling down rear window. Lets the fresh air in without blowing everything around in the front of the cab.

I'm biased, but that would get my vote. Also I hear the 2016 will have a integrated trailer brake and 38 gallon fuel tank option.
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:11 PM   #10
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Congratulations and welcome to the AS family! Since you're already familiar with camping, I don't need to tell you all the great things that are out there to see!

Have fun and be safe.
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