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Old 07-25-2011, 11:29 PM   #1
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Newbie - first Trailer, a 30 ft International

Hi everyone, wanted to introduce ourselves.

I (Andrew) fell in love with Air Stream when looking for a travel Trailer.
My beautiful wife (Stacey) and I will be doing a 10 month trip in North America starting Mid September.

I wanted to purchase a 25 ft International, Stacey (my better half) fell in love with the 30 ft International.

I put my foot down and got the 30 foot for her (yeah I know I have all the control

Well I have never, ever driven a trailer, let alone backed one up, now I have a 30 foot to fret about.

We are so excited to start our trip (1.5 months east coast of Canada, then down the east coast of the USA) other then that, all we know is Alaska in May!

Can't wait to get started!

We pick up the 30 ft next week....

Andrew and Stacey!
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:35 PM   #2
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Welcome and happy streaming and sight seeing!
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:35 PM   #3
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Welcome Alozier!

Its great to have you here on the forums with us...
The good news is that its easier to back a longer trailer up vs. a smaller one.. true story!

You will find lots of information here just ask away..

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Old 07-26-2011, 01:30 AM   #4
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Welcome Welcome Welcome. I am also a newbie!!! Just bought a 27 FB a couple of weeks ago. It's still sitting in our driveway while we we are trying to figure everything out. Can't wait to hear about your adventures!
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:00 AM   #5
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Welcome!

We just bought our AS four weeks ago. You have found probably the best place to learn and ask questions that you could ever hope for. Enjoy your trip!

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Old 07-26-2011, 06:33 AM   #6
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Alozier,
Welcome to a great, caring, and sharing community. Linda and I got our 30-footer just a few months ago. We've learned So Much from the wonderful people here on the forum. So far we've pulled over 10,000 miles, 18 states, and 1 province. Like you, we had never pulled or backed a trailer before. Just Go Slow when backing up, and use the technique of placing your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Move your hand in the direction you want the tail of the AS to go. Get out and look. Most of all, plan to travel fewer miles each day than you might want to at first. We pushed too hard many days. The next big trip is to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:27 AM   #7
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Thumbs up Welcome Aboard....

Our "first" camping trip was on the parking pad next to the house, would have done it on the dealers lot had that option been available. An overnight stay at the dealer gives you the chance to ask the questions that may not have come up on the original walk-thru. Don't be afraid to ask, take notes if needed.

Try every door, latch, accessory, appliance, gizmo and do-dad. Take your time, and oh yes...ask more questions.

Make sure you have a good understanding of the proper/safe hitching procedure. Take the time to make sure the brake controller is adjusted properly. Stop frequently and do a walk-around, (the trailer plug, has separated on more than one trip home), it did on ours. I now zip-tie the cover on all our trips.

The search function in the tool bar can be your friend, get used to using it.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ler-77664.html

Very Good Luck...

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ps...you have a great dealer in London..take advantage!!!
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:39 AM   #8
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Welcome.

Oh, I am so jealous of you having your dealer nearby. Our 30' International was just delivered...with no manuals and NO INSTRUCTIONS. We will have to figure
out everything for ourselves. We could not do it without these forums. Just keep reading and you will learn a lot!
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:57 AM   #9
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Welcome.

Oh, I am so jealous of you having your dealer nearby. Our 30' International was just delivered...with no manuals and NO INSTRUCTIONS. We will have to figure
out everything for ourselves. We could not do it without these forums. Just keep reading and you will learn a lot!

And I thought we had a dealer that dropped the ball....although we were his LAST customer.

Still without a stocking dealer in NYS!!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:10 AM   #10
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You will never regret the larger trailer.

Pick an nice cool day when you are relaxed, find a great big parking lot, several nice soft plastic trash cans, and learn how to back your trailer into a rectangular space.

Going forward is easy.

And have fun.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:14 AM   #11
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Welcome and congrats on your new AS! We had set out to get a 28 foot trailer. I had always thought the 30 classic was the perfect trailer. I spotted the 30 foot international online and was amazed. Our dealer had one in stock and we knew within 10 seconds of walking through that this was our next trailer.

I'm so glad they made them in this length. We plan to full time one day and it's a very nice layout. Your DW is a smart woman.

We are less than two weeks away from taking delivery of our 30 international in serenity. So which interior did you get? Did you get the lounge or recliners?

Congrats again.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:25 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the replies!

We choose the Serenity with the lounge, Stacey fell in love with that layout (looked at the 28 as well) Actually almost bought the 28, but in the end they gave us a great deal on the 2011 30 foot Serenity they had on the lot. Storage made more sense since we will be 9 or 10 months full timing in the AS.

thanks again!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:41 AM   #13
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Congratulations on the new Airstream. What do you plan to tow it with?

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Old 07-26-2011, 11:44 AM   #14
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Congratulations on the new Airstream. What do you plan to tow it with?

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Thanks pretty excited!

We have a 2010 dodge Ram 1500 with the hemi

Canam rv tells us it will be fine with a Hensley hitch.
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