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Old 04-09-2018, 04:42 PM   #1
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Just saying hello for the first time!

Hello, I'm newly registered to the forum but I've been watching & reading this forum for a few years now.
I'm an SOB that got started into trailer camping about 5 years ago when we started a family and decided that tent camping was going to be more trouble than fun, especially considering that we often camp in bear country - all the smells that go along with babies can be attractive to a black bear on the lookout for a midnight snack & my wife said give me solid walls and get us off the ground!
We started with a 2012 Passport hybrid, and with our latest addition to the family, have up sized to a Coleman bunkhouse. Some day, we'll upgrade to an AS.
Way back since my wife and I were young campers, we have always admired the shiny mirror like finish and interior design of an AirStream. Unfortunately for now, we have to settle for SOB to get through till our two girls have education expenses and such all set. But we do whatever we can to keep camping in the meantime!
All that said, I do hope that no-one minds us joining in on AS specific forum when/if the topic can help either way, as I have found a wealth of knowledge here over the years.
FYI, picture attached is before unhitching, but I had already released the weight distribution before I thought to take the pic.
2015 Silverado 1500 Crew 4x4, 5.3, 3.42 gears. 1700 payload, 9200lb towing. I know, nearly at the limits with the 2018 Coleman 285bh, 900 weighed tongue (sherline scale) and about 7000 total weight.
I'm into electronics, mechanics, etc, so I have 2 6 volt trojan setup, solar to charge them, and I've done some misc mods myself through the years.
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:44 PM   #2
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Welcome we’re glad to have you with us.


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Old 04-09-2018, 06:45 PM   #3
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Stay warm based on the picture and welcome to the group!
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Old 04-09-2018, 06:59 PM   #4
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Welcome! I'm sure you'll find threes that are common to aluminum and other things.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:37 PM   #5
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You are certainly welcome here. I agree with your decision to be in a trailer instead of a tent in bear country. Trailers are safer and more comfortable.

We have been traveling in our Airstream since 05. Our trailer is a 86 Limited that has been in the family since new. We're heading out soon for a trip to the southwest. No particular reason, just to travel and be gypsies for a while. We enjoy it.

I enjoy working on these vintage Airstreams. I like making them "travel ready" with modern appliances and systems. Vintage Airstream rallies are fun too.

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Old 04-09-2018, 07:51 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. Most have traveled similar paths to the one on which you are traveling. We did not, so learn from the experiences of all. Appreciate the input of your experience and adventures. Travel safe and stay warm. It looks cold out there. Hope to meet you down the road someday. Pat
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:07 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum Gabertz.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:12 PM   #8
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I started in a SOB too.
Did not get an Airstream till I was an empty nester, when kids were in college.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:03 PM   #9
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Now that was a warm welcome - thanks to all - I'm glad to be here!

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