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Old 10-08-2010, 07:55 AM   #1
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Bought a '98 Safari 25'. Found a nice, clean one in Northeast Texas that had the rear bed (and not twin beds). Going to pick it up and take 2/3 days to drive it back home ( around 300 miles).

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Old 10-08-2010, 08:33 AM   #2
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Congradulations! Have a blast with your new AS!
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:37 AM   #3
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Congrats on your new baby. Have a great maiden voyage and safe travels.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:50 AM   #4
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Welcome, and a nice Stream you have!
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:21 PM   #5
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Made it Home

Thanks for the welcome -

Drove a round trip total of 620 miles this weekend - 320 of that was towing the trailer. The Airstream is nicer than expected - very clean and well maintained. The only items it needs are a new crank handle for the TV antenna, and a new fan for the bathroom. The rest of the trailer is very, very clean and looks like it was rarely used. I took apart the stove to clean it and did not find a crumb or speck of grease stain anywhere - and the fridge/shower, bath, etc. are all spotless. There are a few stains in the carpet - and there is a couple of minor scratches/dents - but for a 10 year old trailer it is in far above average condition. We intend to replace the carpet with either a nice linoleum or bamboo flooring within the year.

I need to put new tires on it and repair the two items noted above - and then it will be good for now.

As for tow vehicles - I have a 2005 Dodge 1500 4x4 with the 5.7 Hemi. It does have the towing package - and is rated for around 9K load. Exact specs are surprisingly hard to find from Dodge. The Airstream has a load leveling hitch and the truck didn't drop an inch. Plenty of power for pulling on the highway and up hills - The only negative is the mpg - I averaged spot-on 10mpg for the return trip. For me it is a balance of buying a new diesel (big $$$) - or just living with the low mpg on a paid for (and very nice) gas truck.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:28 PM   #6
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Just for a data point:

We went from Kansas out to Virginia and back (about 3600 miles) this past Spring and averaged 10 mpg with our '83 31' AS and our '95 Suburban as a TV.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:09 PM   #7
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Congratulations on your AS....we are neighbors. We just got our 1969 Caravel three weeks ago but had to go a lot further but made it fun.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:41 AM   #8
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Some Photos of the Airstreams

3 trips down so far - just a few issue to clear:

1. Bathroom fan blades
2. Heater quit igniting (working on that today ...) Was plenty warm with the roof heater in our Texas winter
3. Going to replace the carpet with a hard-wood type floor. We are looking at bamboo flooring.

These photos show my old tow vehicle - it has been replaced with a 2010 2500 mega-cab with the cummins diesel (HUGE improvement)











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Nice looking trailer, but the awning is not setup correctly. The rafter arms should be attached to the roller and not main arms. The way you are doing it may bend the main arms.

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Old 01-02-2011, 09:16 AM   #10
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Nice looking trailer, but the awning is not setup correctly. The rafter arms should be attached to the roller and not main arms. The way you are doing it may bend the main arms.

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Thanks for the note - that picture is from the previous owner - in his ad photos. We had set up the awning in the same manner. It was a bear to put up, so I guess this explains part of the difficulty.

I am going to go outside and put it up per your instructions in a few minutes to test the difference.

Thanks again !
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