Newbies in New Mexico
We just bought a new 2015 23D Flying Cloud from the A/S dealer in Boise ID. Our maiden voyage was getting it back to Santa Fe while good weather lasted. We fell into lots of newbie mistakes--at least one crisis a day during the 6 days it took us to drive back--but the trailer, the outside world, and our marriage survived, and we're now pretty good at hitching and unhitching.
We've never had a trailer before, but I grew up trailering and my husband is game for pretty much anything. Plus, in 1979 we spent 6 months traveling around Europe in an old VW bus with a new camper interior--the 23 ft A/S seems like a palace by comparison. It even seems like a palace by comparison to the 14 ft. Lakewood my family traveled all over the U.S., southern Canada, and Mexico in back in the 1950s and 1960s. That one didn't even have a toilet, much less a shower! (I don't really recall the 30 ft Spartenette I lived in from age 1 to 3, while my dad was in the army and my mom and I lived near him when we could and elsewhere when we couldn't.) But it's amazing how much I remember about how to live comfortably in a trailer, and even about backing (I never actually drove while we towed the trailer, since I was a kid).
We've been playing with the idea of an A/S for at least 20 years and are really glad we finally bought one. We like the trailer a lot (except that the gray water tank is too small--had a backup in the shower on day 2). We're just sorry that it's already below freezing every night here in Santa Fe--we're at 7000 ft--and we have to put the trailer into storage until the spring. We could take a trip south, but we're not sure we could get home again--it's supposed to be a very snowy winter in northern New Mexico because of El Nino. But I've already decided which drawer my art supplies will be going into--I'm a professional artist and my husband is retired--and we're planning our first spring trip.
I'm enjoying reading on Air Forums and am very happy to join the community!