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Old 09-27-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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New Owner in Georgia

Hello all,

I finally did it. I purchased an Airstream. It's a 2010 Flying Cloud 23FB. I've only been thinking of doing this for more than a year. Why? I don't know! I tell you...this has been the hardest decision that I have had to make in a long time.

I want to thank you AS'ers on this forum for helping me make the decision. You gave me courage to plunk down the $$$. I'm still not certain about it (for health reasons), but you only live once and I was to travel to see parts of this country that I've not seen. I tell my friends when they ask me why I don't fly to my destination: "It's not the destination; it's the journey."

I worked hard for more than 33 years. It's time to have some fun. Again, thank you for all the support and I still marvel at all things Airstream and I love this forum. I will be a single woman traveling...but that's the only way I will have it these days. Look forward to meeting up with some of you on my journey to no particular place.

Again, thank you for all your support.

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Old 09-27-2010, 01:51 PM   #2
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Great news, benjisgal, congratulations on your purchase!

Um, so when do we get to see some photos of it!?

If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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Congratulations on the FC. Purchasing a new(er) rig is a big decision to many of us and a sizable financial commitment as well.

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Old 09-27-2010, 02:26 PM   #4
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Congratulations! I am next door in Peachtree City if I can be of any help. Feel free to PM me.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:47 PM   #5
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congrat's on the new AS. I said when we bought ours with the plan to retire and travel that we were either going to run out of money or run out of health, so let's just do it! Now, we're planning a trip to Alaska next summer, when we finish the retirment process. I'm very impressed that you're going by yourself. Good luck, and happy trails.
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:35 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your new 2010 Flying Cloud. Please post pictures asap.

Happy streaming ..................................................
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:57 PM   #7
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Start with some short trips to get used to it, learn things close to home, and to see what warranty work needs to be done. If you haven't got a lot of tools, start buying them too.

Backing up is one of those things you'll have to learn. Do it slowly, get out and look when in doubt (or even if not), and do it slowly.

Sanitize the fresh water tank right away as you don't know when or if it was cleaned properly.

Sounds like you haven't picked it up yet. The dealer will go over things with you, but usually schedules 2 hours. That's a short time to be familiar with everything. Don't let them rush yor and ask for more time if you need it. Make a list of questions and prepare to take notes. It has been suggested to videotape the event because when you leave you will be confused and not sure what just happened. Make sure the weight distributing hitch is adjusted properly—some dealers do a sloppy job.

See if the dealer will give you the Owner's Manual now so when you get there to pick up the trailer you know more to ask about.

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Old 09-27-2010, 05:48 PM   #8
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Congratulations and happy venturing!! You're absolutely right, there's a lot to see in this great land, and it can't be seen from 30,000 feet!
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:05 PM   #9
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Great advice by CrawfordGene. In addition to the above tips, try and sleep over in your AS at the dealership that way you use the shower, toilet, water pump, AC, Heater / funace, radio & Televesion. Test all electrical outlets with your cell phone charger and play with the fantastic fan. The following day try and dump the dark & grey water under your dealer's supervision and same goes for hitching and unhitching. If you were to be purchasing your AS at Colonia AS in NJ, this is the process you will have to go thru. They make you / advice you to stay overnight so that you can use your rig and ask more questions or fix whatever need fix. Water leak might occur & this is no biggy. Besh wishes.

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