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Old 03-20-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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Greetings. We haven't even picked up the '05 International 16 that we bought on E-Bay a couple days ago, but joined this group so we could learn something about trailer travel.
We're serious overland expedition people, and just purchased a roof-top tent for our Nissan a few months ago which greatly simplifies setting up camp. We still have (but use less) a '95 Defender 90, also for expedition use. We only camp in remote and primitive sites, haven't used a campground in 15 years, and don't plan on starting even with our new Airstream. I'm sure the sites will be a lot less remote and primitive, but we'll probably be testing the limits of the brand. Can you fit larger wheels and tires? Seems that would be a good upgrade.
I'll take some photos once we pick it up in Sonoma and head north along the Pacific Coast on our way back home.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:35 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new purchase. We had a 16' trailer and they are great for backwoods camping, but we did not do to much of that. The wheel well on AS trailers is pretty small so I do not think there is much chance of putting on bigger tires unless there is someway of lifting the trailer. I am the president of the Oregon Unit WBCCI and live just miles of you. If you are interested in joining our rallies let me know.

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Old 03-20-2008, 08:36 PM   #3
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Welcome to the party Ed & Meredith.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:46 PM   #4
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Welcome to the pack!

Regarding larger wheels and tires, there is limited space in the wheel wells, but I managed to replace the stock 15" rims and 15" trailer tires on my 19CCD with 16" alloys and BFG Commercial T/A 225-75/16 tires with no clearance problems. Got about an inch of extra clearance, but the commercial quality of the tires really adds to the piece of mind factor.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:05 PM   #6
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I am the president of the Oregon Unit WBCCI and live just miles of you. If you are interested in joining our rallies let me know.

Mike Rogers
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Mike, I'm so new I just had to do a search to find out what WBCCI is! Yes, I've certainly heard of WB, and we'd definitely be interested in joining in on a rally. Let me know how to find out more about it. I've admired Airstreams for decades but until pretty recently, never thought we'd own one.
We've got a lot to learn, that's for sure. Thanks for the welcomes.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:34 PM   #7
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Welcome! You live in a great state for camping. I love the Oregon Coast. It's the best coastal camping in the US.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:03 PM   #8
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I hope you enjoy your trailer as much as we are enjoying ours!!

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Old 03-21-2008, 02:59 AM   #9
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Welcome to the group ! We have a pretty active group up here in the NW. I have taken my AS into the backwoods. I think you'll be fine with it.
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Greetings. We haven't even picked up the '05 International 16 that we bought on E-Bay a couple days ago, but joined this group so we could learn something about trailer travel. ... We only camp in remote and primitive sites, haven't used a campground in 15 years, and don't plan on starting even with our new Airstream. I'm sure the sites will be a lot less remote and primitive, but we'll probably be testing the limits of the brand. Can you fit larger wheels and tires? Seems that would be a good upgrade. Ed and Meredith
Hi Ed and Meredith:

Welcome aboard! You have a kindred spirit on these forums named Ray Eklund, who lives in Colorado. For a spiritual convergence, use the "Search" feature above to locate his many postings about his favorite pasttime, "rockdocking".
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