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Old 05-20-2014, 10:52 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=Dot Dave;1456352]Hahaha. No, outfitting and accessorizing never seem to end.

It sounds like you have an awesome plan. Good idea to try the boondocking at home for a few days to figure out capacities and such. It has been trial by error for us because we have to store her about an hour from home. We're learning (eg, gray water tank for us goes about a day and a half unless we are very conservative). Haven't tried to see how long we can go without electric connections yet though....Dave

Well we could of waited until fall to purchase but just saw the other identical FC 20'FB was also sold at Colonial. Actually, I really could not have waited. I cannot believe all we accomplished in only one month. AS purchased 4/19, TV purchased 5/3, driveway extension after 4 30" trees downed, bought wall stone to surround driveway extension. Additionally, after making our very first reservations in three states & 4 parks (3 state parks & 1 Airstream only park)...we are well on our way to "fully equipping our new travel home....2000i generator, LLBean Adirondack chairs, outdoor at should all arrive this weekend. Still deciding on pots & grill and organizers for cabinets to be decided after pick up in just two weeks. Working on checklists, supplies needed for first shake down trips....tool kits....first aid kits....bug repellents ....leveling blocks & chocks....Chef'n ice cream maker, mojoitos & IPAs, chips & homemade salsa, new easy pass, kayak registration in two states....I now why some folks sell their homes & travel full time. So much to learn yet but have great fun.
I'm planning to "practice" those navy showers the week prior to pick up ....kinda Flying Cloud Bootcamp! The forum is really great for meeting folks already 'livin the dream '!
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:07 PM   #16
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Welcome to the FC 20' world. After many many Airstreams and Argosy's (including motorhomes) I found my Argosy 20 was the perfect size for me. When I decided to buy my first brand new Airstream last May, the 20' was the plan I liked best, and I knew the size was right. I still have the Argosy 20' too. Both are great units.

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Old 05-29-2014, 09:13 PM   #17
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Hi all,
Our site prep will hopefully be completed next week at this time. We are so excited to bring our Airstream Flying Cloud home! If weather is cooperative this weekend, the top layer of antique red stone will finish off our driveway extension. We were pleased our plan laying length of conduit under the tons on crushed stone base allowed successful threading of outside shore power line ready to wire for connecting to keep batteries charged. Will also come in handy for camping "really" close to home.

Only one more week to go....please be sure to offer any favorite tips on stocking, organizing, and prep for first launch. Want to keep to the basics as do not want to overload the storage cabinets.
Have spent way too many hours reading the forum and dozens of fun blogs by full time travelers.
Our pick up next Friday is scheduled early AM. Has anyone been successful trying to video the prep tour for new owners? Trying to understand how we can get the most out of our scheduled 3 hrs.

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Old 05-31-2014, 07:46 PM   #18
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Hi all,
Flying Cloud landing strip almost completed for next week homecoming!
Here are some pics of our progress-

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Old 06-09-2014, 03:35 PM   #19
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Our new Airstream Flying Cloud leaving Colonial Airstream. The whole experience has grown into me, not merely as memory pictures but part of my mind & being. The Airstream adventure is before us & everyday is like a holiday waiting for us to wander!

The entire experience of discovery & deciding which Airstream was a "good fit for us" was a wonderful venture. Everyone at Colonial Airstream including Patrick, Lauren, Dave, Bill, Keith, Brian & Michael exemplify extraordinary client service welcoming us into the Airstream Lifestyle!

More details to come....thank you forum community for sharing all your knowledge & encouragement!

Here is our new Flying Cloud leaving Colonial Airstream...what a happy day!Click image for larger version

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Beautiful! Congratulations.
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We just purchased (long distance) an Intern'l 23D from Colonial. We are in North Florida.We'll be driving up to New Jersey to pick it up at the end of the month. We are newbies, but are eager to take the plunge. We plan to stay a few nights in VA and then in north GA on the return trip.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:31 PM   #22
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WOW - Congrat's on your new purchase and segment of life!
We are sort of in the same boat as we picked our unit up in April and brought it home 2400KM.
We can totally relate to the excitement you must be feeling!

By the way, nice addition with the building of your "trailer-port" looks very nice!

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We call our trailer-port the "Air-Port".
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:07 PM   #24
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We call our trailer-port the "Air-Port".
- Now that's clever!
Wished I had thought of that!

Heck I guess our storage could be an "Air-Port" as well. As we even has a few planes hanging around......

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Too funny! Now that is an Air-port!
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:37 PM   #26
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We just purchased (long distance) an Intern'l 23D from Colonial. We are in North Florida.We'll be driving up to New Jersey to pick it up at the end of the month. We are newbies, but are eager to take the plunge. We plan to stay a few nights in VA and then in north GA on the return trip.
Axelfish,
I know exactly how "eager" you must be waiting to pick up your new Airstream this month.
We were fortunate our first tow home did not require an overnight stay. All the excitement builds and could hardly sleep night prior. Spent few days prior re-reading manuals & newbie guide.
Went with list of questions for our nearly 3 hr. personalized tour of our Flying Cloud with Kevin at Colonial. Plus unlimited time with Bill going over newly installed equalizer hitch system & brake module. We were impressed with everyone's relaxed style during our scheduled pick up. Left with all our questions answered. Our ride home was stressful towing our as first time Airstream owners. We towed sailboats before & not quite the same experience. But the Flying Cloud paired well with our new to us Tourareg Sport.

Busy this week organizing our gear for first state park weekend next week!
When the skies clear we can finish the Flying Cloud Landing Strip shore power install.
However, boondocking practice now with energy usage will prove helpful.

Congratulations on your new International & will watch for your post after pick up!
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WOW - Congrat's on your new purchase and segment of life!
We are sort of in the same boat as we picked our unit up in April and brought it home 2400KM.
We can totally relate to the excitement you must be feeling!

By the way, nice addition with the building of your "trailer-port" looks very nice!

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Wow Article Fox...nice airport! Our Flying Cloud Landing Strip would pair well with your deluxe airport. We're so happy to have ours within sight when we're home. This whole adventure has been a whirlwind & exhausting as we had tight schedule with later than usual snow melt...and lots of work prepping & building our site. First stage was downing two 30"+ oaks, several populars, root ball removal, excavator, building retaining wall....ready to get enjoy the adventure!

I cannot wait to be on the road & pass another Airstream...and wonder....could that be Articfox or some other AS forum member.

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.” –John Muir 1888
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I cannot wait to be on the road & pass another Airstream...and wonder....could that be Articfox or some other AS forum member.
Thanks for the comment but I think your rocket pad and runway is much nicer than my poor old building! I didn't have to cut down trees, build walls and lord only knows what else. I just happen to have a shop large enough to fit a few of our toys that allows then to stay warm in winter and out of the hale and storms in the summer.

Now your right about passing other airstreams. I live in the sticks so seeing another Airstream is a huge even for us and it actually happened the other day when we drove into town for coffee and to pick up the mail. There it was, an airstream parked in a shopping mall parking lot. We actually waiting around for a bit to see if the owners would show up - but no luck. So yes I can relate to seeing and meeting other birds of a feather.

With luck our paths will cross someday and if your ever up in Canada, drop me a line as we have lots of courtesy parking available...
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