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Old 03-14-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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First timer, long trip.

Assuming the deal goes through, my wife and I will be excited first time Streamers in a couple of days. Tomorrow I fly to Virginia to close the deal. Then I find and buy a TV. Then roll that baby 3000 miles cross-country to our home in northwest Washington.

It has taken 5 years of reading, searching, learning, and false starts to get here, but I think it is finally going to happen. This forum has been invaluable. What a great resource.

The weather across the country is unusually balmy so maybe I can take the direct route home instead of the original plan to run I-10 across to California then north.

Really looking forward to this. I have driven cross country multiple times and love the open road. My experience includes most types of vehicles except a heavy trailer on a bumper hitch. Hopefully the learning curve will not be too steep.

Any comments/suggestions are most welcome.

Paul and Carol

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:12 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. What a great adventure you have ahead of you. Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

" My experience includes most types of vehicles except a heavy trailer on a bumper hitch. Hopefully the learning curve will not be too steep."

I'm especially curious about your rig.

Safe travels.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:30 AM   #3
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Port Townsend!!!!!!! YAY We live in Gig Harbor. Look us up when you get back. We can usually be found in the vicinity of the Tides Tavern.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:01 AM   #4
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Welcome Paul & Carol!!! I'm so excited for you guys!! I live in Oregon and tow a cute little 16" Bambi Sport. I love it!

Have a safe trip to pick up your Airstream and coming back. I'm sure I'll see you two down the road! Take care.
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Take each day as it's own trip or adventure. If little things happen try to shrug them off. Safety first, pravado second. Sometimes it is best to take things slow and deliberate when towing. Just a few thoughts. jim
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Paul and Carol,
Hi from Central Virginia! We started our AS adventure last year about this time and have really enjoyed it. Are you new to Airstream, too?
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Hi from GA. . . welcome to the group ! Now that's my kind of adventure! ! We bought ours in Tucson & brought it home to Atlanta (only 1744 miles) May I suggest you stay at a campground close to purchase point for a night or two, trying,practicing, using all systems. We did that & felt some comfort in having service center folks close for dumb questions. Love to hear how it goes, and regards, Craig
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As long as you have good running gear, you're set! We took a big adventure with our AS, and I felt like as long as it was rolling happily along behind us, everything was fine.

Congrats on your new toy and your big adventure, and maybe we'll see you around the NW sometime
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

It's sounds like a great adventure. Enjoy the ride!
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:33 AM   #11
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My experience includes most types of vehicles except a heavy trailer on a bumper hitch.
This quote causes a bit of concern. Hopefully you are planning to get a weight distribution hitch for your tow back home. Depending on the size of the trailer and tow vehicle, all that weight on the bumper could result in a bad experience.
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"Really looking forward to this. I have driven cross country multiple times and love the open road. My experience includes most types of vehicles except a heavy trailer on a bumper hitch. Hopefully the learning curve will not be too steep."

KTTW,

The adventure begins, congrats on your find. More info Please...remember we LOVE pic's around here.

One question out of the above quote....is it actually a "bumper hitch"? or the receiver type. Rented tow vehicle?

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Old 03-15-2012, 09:45 AM   #13
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Thx for all the welcoming smiles. Right now it really feels like a big adventure.

The planned rig is a 5 year old 27fb and a used F150.
We are hoping for lots of local 3 day weekends to start. I'm retired but Carol still works part time. Gig Harbor, absolutely.
Positive? For sure. The difference between adventure and a hassle.
New to AS, new to this kind of camping. Both of us did the tent & popup thing when young and for 30 yrs have said we paid our dues and don't have to do that again.
May I suggest you stay at a campground close to purchase point for a night or two, trying,practicing, using all systems. We did that & felt some comfort in having service center folks close for dumb questions. Love to hear how it goes, and regards, Craig Thanks, that just the sort of info I was hoping for. As luck would have it, I get to do just that pretty near to the PO while I try to find a TV.
We have been following the AS community for awhile and are really hoping to become part of and contribute to all the fun.

Paul off to the airport.
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Bumper hitch was the wrong term, sorry. My larger rig experience is with hitches over the rear axle or wagon style trailers.

The AS includes a weight distributing hitch. And looking for a F150 with the extra 10% capacity.

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