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Old 06-05-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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My wife tells me that she has wanted an Airstream Bambi since she was 4 years old and stayed in one while her father was building air bases during WWII. I have always longed for a spot in the mountains where I could go, do some trout fishing, and maybe volunteer to work on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic narrow gauge railroad that runs between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado. But we had never been able to settle on one state, much less one area, or one town. Then a couple of months ago inspiration struck.

Last month we took delivery on an 2013 Interstate lounge model and I baptized it with a 2300 mile round trip to ride the C&TSRR. I was very pleased with both the performance and comfort of the Interstate and can vouch for the fact the air conditioner is up to the challenge of 100 plus desert temperatures and the furnace is more than enough for sub-freezing temperatures and snow in the mountains. Going I averaged 17.5 mpg and coming back 18.5 to 19 mpg which I did not think is bad for a stiff new engine (1015 miles on the odometer when I started) and the cruise control set on 70 to 75 mph (depending on the speed limit).

This is not our first camper, when our children were small we owned a Wheel Camper tent trailer and later a Chinook on a Toyota chassis, but that was well over 25 years ago and we have not camped since. Certainly the Interstate is a HUGE step up from those days and camping has evolved over the years so we feel not only like new Airstream Interstate owners but new campers as well. We are already planning a trip to our home away from home, Walt Disney World, Florida. Another to explore the area of Kentucky both of our families emigrated to Texas from just after statehood and before the civil war, and a shorter trip to the towns in the Texas hill country they founded and/or settled in.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the noble ranks of Airstream Interstate owners! Glad to have you with us!

I've had my 2012 Interstate for almost a year and a half now, and wouldn't trade it for anything.

Don't forget to check out the "Sprinter and B-van" section of AirForums, where you'll be able to read all the Interstate's praises, gripes, and the fixes and work-arounds that go along with the gripes.
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