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Old 02-24-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Well, we pulled the trigger on getting a trailer and an Airstream at that! Amazing how long a research process it was to select one that fit our needs. I'll be honest though, the time and money invested is quite a commitment and I sure didn't want to mess it up. We still have yet to camp with it, but just towing it for the first time and setting the trailer up to be travel ready has already assured me we made the right choice. Living in the Willamette Valley with mountain ranges on both sides and plenty of fishing rivers, we needed/wanted a top notch trailer for boondocking to get away from it all on the weekends yet have the comforts for a long haul. I've enjoyed reading the comments and look forward to learning and sharing with this community. A special thanks in advance to all you folks who put in the time and effort to help others with your experienced advice. Newly retired Air Force Chief and our silver bullet is referred to as the Chief Suite. Would love to hear from any fellow brothers and sisters-in-arms. Blessings - Tom and Kristine

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Old 02-24-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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Congratulations, Tom and Kristine!!! I am on "the search" as we speak so I can understand totally what you mean. Good luck and post some pics. We all love looking at pics. Cheers!!
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:31 AM   #4
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Congratulations on your recent retirement AND new Airstream! Great size for boondocking. You may wish to read posts on this site regarding solar and generators, if you plan to be off-the-grid a lot. Then, when your OEM tires need replacement, check out tire-related posts. Also, lots of good tips on camping locations.

Happy trails!
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:36 AM   #5
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Congratulations, welcome to the Forums, and thank you very much for your Service.

Only question is, why aren't you out camping in it right now?

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Old 02-24-2012, 12:05 PM   #6
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Welcome! Thank you for your service, and congratulations on both your retirement and your new acquisition--yay 19' Bambis! Obviously, I think you've made a great choice. Hope to see you on the road, and looking forward to having you here on the forums!

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Old 02-24-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Forum: glad to have you with us.

Congratulations on both your retirement and choice of RV! Shows a great deal of intelligence, ahem. And thank you for your service to our country: you service men and women can never get too much praise.

Maybe if you head to Yellowstone we could offer you a parking place: we're in Idaho.

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Old 02-24-2012, 12:58 PM   #8
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Good for you Chief - I myself was and probably am still an Airforce Brat, just all grown up. But a lot of my sisters and brothers were airforce, including my step dad. Have fun!!
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #9
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Head on down to AM Solar on Springfield, Or where they will give you an education on solar installations for boondocking. For boondocking or dry camping I would recommend a Honda 2000i generator which will run everything on your AS except air conditioning.

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #10
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Thanks for warm welcome everyone!
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:09 PM   #11
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Welcome to airstreaming, Chief. My dad served USAF 26 years (1941 - 1967) and while often tough duty for him it was pretty great for us. Thank you for your service.

Our first airstream, 8 years ago, was a 22' CCD International. Still our favorite airstream of all with its 7' galley and high front bed, great looks. We grew up and decided to live full time in rv so bumped up a little, to a 25'.

Check out our website on airstreaming, info on improvements, mistakes, and faq.

We hope to see you down the road!
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:29 PM   #12
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Hi Tom and Kristine-
Congratulations on all of the new changes in your life! We're up near Pullman, Washington so fellow Pacific Northwesterner's! We've spent a lot of time camping all over Oregon. We usually spend a week each year on the Oregon coast. There are some really beautiful spots to camp. For a luxury stop, I'd recommend the 7 Feathers RV park (part of the casino) in Canyonville, OR. It's a great stop when you need full hook-up.
Best of luck!
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forum, brother!

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:03 PM   #14
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AirChief, I'd tell you to run now whileyou still have a chance, but it's too late. If you've already bought the Airstream, you're on the rapid downhill slide.

I'm sure you will find nothing but joy and fun with your new toy... Congrats to you, and thanks to both you and Kristine for all that you've committed for us.

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