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Old 07-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Picked up our new baby today!!!

My husband, Ron, and I picked up our new AS today from Bates RV in Dover, FL. We purchased a 2011 27FB International Serenity. Oh my goodness! We are like two little kids - once we picked her up (we think she's a she) didn't want to stop driving. No doubt our questions will really begin now that we'll start taking her out until we get to full-timing. Here's a picture we took at a rest stop on the way:
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #2
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Congrats on the rig.


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Old 07-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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Too bad you're not enjoying it :-)

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #4
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Congratulations! We have the 27 FB layout too and love it.

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #5
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I love your photo, no need to Keep Calm and Carry On when you own an AS, just simply go! Congrats.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:37 AM   #7
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Congratulations, I know you will really enjoy the Coach!
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:27 AM   #8
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:39 AM   #9
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m.hony - We signed up before we even got the rig! We can't wait :-) Now we're working on giving "her" a name - along with her big brother truck we just bought too! Oh the joys of new toys!
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:10 PM   #10
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Okay - I just have to share some photos - after I spent THREE hours at Bed Bath & Beyond. Ron insisted on having glass/ceramic tableware since we'll be full-timers. Even though he was supposed to be working hard today to catch up from yesterday, he managed to stop by Pier One and then find me at BB&B to show off what he got. Gotta love a man who sets the color palette for you ;-) Off of the few decorative plates he bought, I built our color scheme and just have to share with folks who will truly understand my excitement! That would be you guys, right?

By the way, being new to the AS Forums - I'm not sure I'm posting in the right category. I didn't see one titled "Gloating Over Decorating".

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My first haul of goodies.

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Our dining table settings.

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Our new bedding - hope Ron likes it after he set the tone for the colors and mentioned he wanted something bold!

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Yep - another angle.

I'm quickly finding out how small the storage areas are in the kitchen after trying to find space to store extra plates, etc. Multi-level shelves, while very helpful, seem to be hard to find in just the right dimensions. Better do some more shopping :-)

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Old 07-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #11
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I can feel and relate to your excitement. BB&B can be addictive when rigging out a trailer. Does your trailer have an oven or microwave/convection set-up? As awesome as your table setting looks and speaking for myself, its difficult to maintain that level of "elegance" while under way. I've always admired Airstream's ability to generate the most awesome trailer pictures (interior with the scenery outside in view) and your table setting borders on that level.

I have a 28' Intn'l Signature...with the VistaView windows, it cuts into the storage space quickly. I'm thinking of using multi-level shelving in the closet next to the refrigerator for additional storage. Currently, I have canned goods in the compartments below my dinette (mine is in the center of the trailer) and it isn't the most convenient. But as time goes on, you seem to adapt to what you have to work with. The key for me is keeping the same things in the same place every time so I can find the item when needed.

I also have a Classic 30 (31' long) and it has 5x the storage of my International which is good. I don't use it all but what I like is that it seems to be better placed. My older AS's had two-door pantries in the kitchen area that were huge...probably too huge as it was easy to over-shop for groceries with that much available space. Any way you slice it in an AS, its camping in style. No two AS are identical in the end and it looks like you are well on your way to having a rolling show-place.

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Old 07-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #12
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I'm all too familiar with "underway" reality having worked in the yachting industry. I already have spots allocated for table settings so that once we settle into camp I can stage the beauty again.

We have a microwave to the left of the stove/oven in one of the pantry roll-out shelves. I'll start off with it there and, depending on how much we use it, may or may not keep it as it eats away at valuable real estate in the galley! Since we will be full-timing, I want to build our "inventory" slowly so we don't run out of room before we log our first mile. I also don't want to go broke before our first diesel fill up is required :-)

Now I'm going through my kitchen and pulling out my "must have's" - I'm hoping to outfit the galley with what I already own. There's something about new table settings and bedding, however, that says "new".

Thank you for sharing in my excitement! I'll post more as I go along (I've already added to the table decor - have to stage it just right since my parents are coming to see our rig for the first time tonight).

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Old 07-16-2013, 06:37 PM   #13
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I really enjoyed your pictures - thank you for sharing. We bought our Airstream in April and I'm still trying to find ways to make it more homey. You did a great job so far, and your trailer is beautiful!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:55 PM   #14
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Congrats on your new rig! It's beautiful, but I'm not sure you are excited enough! Your decorating and place settings are lovely. Storage is always a problem, but you will figure it out. I bet your husband is glad you don't collect rocks and preserves like Lucy in the Long, Long, Trailer!

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