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Old 01-21-2006, 03:11 PM   #1
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Talking It's Official!

We finalzied the deal on OUR 2005 22' Safari this morning. I still can't believe it and am really looking forward to picking her up. We hope to drive down Thursday and take delivery of her on Friday!!!

Now for the other stuff-brake controller, sway bar.....what else?!?!? Ah, let the fun begin! Wow, the thought that this coming Friday, we could be camping in our Airstream is just too cool!!!
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Old 01-21-2006, 03:34 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Let the fun begin! You're fortunate to live in an area where you can enjoy your trailer year round. Ours is in storage until April. Good Luck and Enoy! Dennis
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Old 01-21-2006, 03:46 PM   #3
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Congratulations and enjoy your new Airstream. Buying the accessories is the fun part. Don't forget the lawn chairs, BBQ grill, wine glasses and cooler.
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Old 01-21-2006, 03:47 PM   #4
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Congratulations!

Great to hear all worked out well... Based on some other sad stories, I'd like to offer a few more bits of advice..

1. Do walkaround very carefully, and remain patient while they FIX things in need of fixing before you drive home.. Stories of unanchored cabinets, leaky plumbing, antenna wires and speaker wires not connected can spoil your satisfaction if you discover only after driving home several hours...

2. Take advantage of anti-sway options, and study tire pressure specs and threads here. Handling and tire life can be impacted by pressures a lot...

3. Makeyour own check-list for hookup and set-ups.. There are threads here for "dumb things we've done.." and you'd rather learn from it than add to it... Read the owner's manual... Zzzzzz

4. Make sure you have extra keys, and know where to stash them safely and find them...

5. Finally, a short trip to spend a night or two and test stuff is easier to recover from than long initial adventure, and it's a lot quicker to get the stuff you left behind or should have brought if it is just an hour away...

We'd love to see pictures, and hear about happy new outings!

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We finalzied the deal on OUR 2005 22' Safari this morning. I still can't believe it and am really looking forward to picking her up. We hope to drive down Thursday and take delivery of her on Friday!!!

Now for the other stuff-brake controller, sway bar.....what else?!?!? Ah, let the fun begin! Wow, the thought that this coming Friday, we could be camping in our Airstream is just too cool!!!
WAY TO GO GIRL!!! I probably should have gone new over Vintage...I might be camping instead of fixing

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Old 01-21-2006, 07:45 PM   #6
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There is a campground right outside the dealership (although I don't know if they're "related") and we're going to get set up there on Friday (assuming all goes as planned). My parents are going to keep the kids so we can "test everything out"- ! Will be nice to go through all the "stuff" without having to worry about the kids!
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Old 01-21-2006, 07:52 PM   #7
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yeah! Now you can change your avatar subtitle from "currently looking..." to something more satisfying. Take a flashlight - or 2 on your first outing. never know what you'll need to cope with after dark.
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Old 01-21-2006, 07:56 PM   #8
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Ha Ha ...

check those axles!
But seriously, have FUN with your new trailer! I wish we could be going out right now... well, we COULD, but it'd be a sloppy mess right now. My favorite advice for backing in is to go slow, have one of you hop out, and back in with the person on the driver's side of the rear of the trailer. Smile, and don't yell at each other (I've seen this too many times elsewhere!). The trailer will get in there fine.

I read somewhere where someone videotaped while the dealer was doing the walkaround. It may sound silly, but there is so much info to go through, that it really makes a good idea for later reference.

I'd also allow enough time for the dealer to do any last minute (or complete) hitch hookup adjustments so everything should be alright when you tow away. I assume you'll have your WD hitch and sway control ready, as your brake controller. Prodigy is a good brand, and forums searches will show you more.

P.S. - I like a sweep brush and pan for all the needles, dirt that gets in someway!
Let us know how it goes!
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Old 01-21-2006, 08:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice! With our pop up, we didn't need ANYTHING on the hitch, so now we need it all!

Should we get the stuff from Camping World, local auto place, or have the dealer do it?
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Old 01-21-2006, 08:59 PM   #10
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Congratulations!

Enjoy... and from my perspective, DON'T be in too big of a hurry to buy EVERYTHING... you'll be replacing half of it with other stuff within six months because there are better, cheaper alternatives.

Example, the elaborate stinky slinky hose ramps. Many experineced campers use a section or two of vinyl guttering. Prop the high end up with a brick or block of wood, run the low end down to the drain. Use two pieces and slide one inside the other to adjust for length. (I use a Sewer Solution with a 1 inch hose, which I think is much less yucky than any slinky.)

Cookware. I took stuff from my home... that took a lot of space and didn't really have everything I needed. Just bought a set of nesting pans with removable handles from camping world. LOVE THEM! Might want one more big "lobster pot/chili maker" but I've used the nesting stuff every day. Choose multi-functional items whenever possible. If you get one or two really good knives you'll probably never miss your mandolin, food processor or salad shooter.

Clothing - Here's one thing I did right. Got some of those hangers they sell on the Shopping Channel with the fuzzy surface. You really don't find your clothes on the floor when you get to your destination.

Zip Lock bags - or any other brand. Tupperware, etc. really doesn't fit in the overhead storage... and a big box of corn flakes, fergit aboutit! Put your staples in zip lock bags. You can see what you've got and you don't waste storage space. I double bag really messy stuff like flour and sugar. Splurge and get the best ones with the tab you move to zip and unzip them. I'm using the same ones I bought almost a year ago. Herbs and spices - I keep a few of the basics, but buy the rest fresh whenever I need them.

Most important - depending on how much time you spend camping (I'm full-timing) EDIT the stuff you carry. When you're getting ready to stuff something ELSE into a drawer or cabinet, get ambitious enough to go through the cabinet and throw unused stuff OUT.

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Old 01-22-2006, 08:27 AM   #11
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Pop Up taught me a lot!

Camping in the pop up, we've got a ton of "things" already that we'll move over to the Airstream. We keep looking over the pictures I took of the AS and are excited with the amount of STORAGE SPACE it has-lol!

But what we are wondering is should we purchase the wdh/sway bar/hitch from the dealer or have it done somewhere else? If so, where?
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Hitch and brakes

The easy way is to take it to the dealer where you bought it and hand them a credit card.
Alternatives:
Go to a Hitch shop. There should be several in a large town (>100,000 pop). They are specialists in this sort of thing and should have the parts in-stock. They might even come to you. The simpler WD hitches only requre bolting a couple of bracketsto the A frame of the trailer. The rest is attached to the tow vehicle. The hitch shop can wire a brake controller in and give you the appropriate connector.

Plan B: Do it all yourself. Order online or purchase yourself the hardware. The brake controllers are very simple to install if your tow vehicle had a trailer tow package. You just get a connector kit appropriate to your vehicle and plug it into a socket under the dash. Many of the Forum users that have spoken about models have recommended the Tenkosha Prodigy. The simpler WD hitches are self contained and just slide into the receiver at the back of your vehicle. If your vehicle does NOT have a trailer tow package installed, I would recommend going with the hitch place. They are more experienced in running new wiring and installing the transmission aux. cooler. They can also handle the installation of a class IV or V receiver much easier than you.

Your decision depends on what is already installed in your tow vehicle and how much work you want to do yourself. Many of the parts are pretty heavy, but if you enjoy working on your vehicles, go for it!

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Old 01-22-2006, 07:53 PM   #13
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We do have the tow package, just not sure WHAT all it is we need--didn't realize that the wdh did NOT have the "ball" part we need. We're learning a lot quickly, though!
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Old 01-22-2006, 10:02 PM   #14
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Tip of the Day... FRS Radios..

WE used to LOVE watching people try to back into spaces in the dark after Happy Hour and get into yelling matches as trailers banged into power poles and trees, etc...

We started with fixed and handheld CB radios, but new std is $20 pair of FRS handheld walkie talkies.. One stands behind trailer in space with calm instructions for trailer rear left or right or slow or stop, and other backs in knowing what is back there. With practice, you can make leveling easier, and get very close to hookups and look very professional...

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