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Old 04-24-2009, 07:46 AM   #1
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Got her home!

Brought our baby home last night. Patrick and the gang at Colonial started with us at one o'clock and we finished up at 4:30. Driving home was different. As someone who hasn't towed before, it was a new experience to have that "play" in the vehicle, even with the sway control. This I can get used to, though. For now it's into storage. Next days off, we stock it. Then after that a night down at Jersey Shore to test it out. We're going to do some overnighters through the summer. Can't stray too far just yet, still caring for my wife's mom.
October will be our first serious road trip, two weeks. Already got reservations at Bluewater Key RV Resort. $400,000 pad that I'm renting for $95 a night! I know $95 is alot, but this place looks beautiful. Anyhow, I know I'm rambling, call it newbie excitement. I'll be back with lots of questions, thank you all in advance and for your past advice!
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:52 AM   #2
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She's a BEAUTY!!!!
Be careful backing her out!
You'll get used to towing in no time, but don't get comfortable with it.
Always remember you've got 3 to 4 tons behind you - go slow (we never exceed 60), pull into a turn a little more than without a trailer behind you and anticipate hills. And don't tow when you are tired.
You'll also be more attentive to what others are doing on the road as your ability to react quickly is somewhat slowed.
Your AS will make that lot look like $1,000,000 - not $400,000!
And guess what, that 'newbie excitement' won't wear off for years, if ever because


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Old 04-24-2009, 08:00 AM   #3
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Congratulations! What a good looking rig. You are going to have so many wonderful adventures. I see you tow with a Chrysler Aspen. My wife wants one of those in the worst way. Look forward to the pictures..

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Old 04-24-2009, 09:24 AM   #4
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Another congratulations and welcome to the forum.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:22 AM   #5
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She's beautiful. Have a great time, and take a little champagne to celebrate your first trip in her!
🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:45 AM   #6
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Beautiful! How about some inside pictures? Congrats!
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:04 PM   #7
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Congrats!! Why does your 27' look twice as long as mine? Maybe it's your shine???

Have fun at the Jersey Shore!
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:12 PM   #8
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Congratulations!!!!! What, only three photos? What gives?! That's not the first Chrysler Aspen I've seen pulling a long Airstream. Should do the job nicely.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:16 PM   #9
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WOW she's stunning!!! I'd camp in my driveway if it was me I'm so happy for you and your family. What fun. What are you pulling her with? Did you get a sway/distribution hitch? Happy Camping!

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Old 04-24-2009, 04:16 PM   #10
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We are trying to decide between the 27FB and the 28 ft. How did you decide on the 27FB? Dazed & Confused......
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:30 PM   #11
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Still learning

Every day is a learning experience. Sadly, had to take our baby to storage (association rules). We're teaching ourselves the procedure for getting ready to travel. Yes, we did get sway/dist. bars/hitch. It makes a big difference!
We chose the 27' because we felt that the 25' was a little snug, but felt that once we got past 27', it would be too much to handle/justify. Besides, I'm told that some state parks limit you on size.
Stopped by my mech., and got some input on servicing my tv. We'll be going to Wal-mart and bed,bath & beyond to stock up this Thurs. The Thurs after that, we're going for one night to Jersey Shore Park for one night.
Someone had mentioned the leaky shower in a post I saw a while ago. The last thing that Colonial did before they turned it over to us was to caulk and test the shower because of a service notice.
We want to avoid for now the temptation of running out and buying every cool gadget. We're going to just get out there and see what we need, what common sense tells us and what seasoned 'streamers advise us.
Good night all!

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