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Old 10-11-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Hi all -- my wife Sue and I (Steve) have decided to dive in. We pick up our truck tomorrow (2013 Silverado HD Diesel) and are planning on picking up a 2013 Flying Cloud 27FB in early 2013. I've enjoyed "lurking" in the forum trying to learn everything I can to get prepared. SO much to learn! Especially about WD/Sway control hitch set ups (Andersen thread anyone? :-) ) Looking forward to learning more, contributing when I've learned enough to make it worth it, gettting on the road and hopefully bumping in to you at an AS-fest sometime soon!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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Lurk no more! Welcome to the board
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:26 PM   #3
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Well - 6 months later and we've finally actually camped!!! I LOVE OUR AIRSTREAM!!! :-)

We went to a driving school and learned a ton of tricks we're going to have to practice a lot. My wife Sue did a MUCH better job than I did backing the rig up and even parallel parking it!! So I have some catching up to do. It was just ridiculously cool to drive somewhere with your house hanging off the back of your truck and then park it, hook it up and enjoy the hell out of it!

I gotta reach out to Sean Woodruff. The instructor had no idea what the PP was and he had to adjust his thinking a bit and ultimately decided it would make us better drivers. He also thought the thing couldn't be stolen since only a handful of people in any situation would know what they needed to connect to it :-)

Well - just thought I'd update my intro thread with this tidbit and thank everyone for your amazing insights and help along the way. Hoping to be of some help to others as I learn more myself. Hope to see you in the road!!

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Old 04-14-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Congrats and welcome aboard! Get a good camera and document all the events as everyone is an adventure. Before you know it you'll have thousand of miles on the odometer and behind you and the reminder will be either rotating tires or buying new ones.

Have fun, enjoy and live life to the fullest!
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome aboard! Get a good camera and document all the events as everyone is an adventure. Before you know it you'll have thousand of miles on the odometer and behind you and the reminder will be either rotating tires or buying new ones.

Have fun, enjoy and live life to the fullest!
Thanks sl4bllt (great name btw).

Here are a couple from last night.

We're calling her the Tin Goat - we know she's aluminum - but on one trip last year we picked up this really neat tin goat (you can see it in both pics) and that was our inspiration for the name. The second pic shows we were not the only Airstreamers in the park last night (though unfortunately it was a quick stay and we didn't meet our neighbors).
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Welcome to the forum! I am also making the hitch decision and lean more and more to the PP and Sean. Thanks for describing your driving/learning experience.
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Welcome to the forum! I am also making the hitch decision and lean more and more to the PP and Sean. Thanks for describing your driving/learning experience.
Hi airseneca - your dog is adorable!

I'm embarrassed to tell you how many texts, emails and calls I've placed to Sean but he has been amazing dealing with every question (even the dumb ones!). He gave me some suggestions on resolving the porpoising we will try on our drive tomorrow and I'll keep you posted.

Good luck!!
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:52 PM   #8
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Update: Sean Woodruff (who probably deserves a medal) suggested a few things to help with the porpoising. MUCH much better. Was able to get 6" on the ProPride jacks and that made a ton of difference - except on Rte 88 in NY - sort of 80 miles of washboard. :grrrr: Slowed down to about 50 at points but that's a hopeless situation. Other than that, just towed like a dream!

Passed by dozens of 18 wheelers - not a hint of sway! By the way - people drive like crap trying to get around you in an RV - but you already knew that.

Scales on the way back - couldn't do it this morning.

Now just to get hot water :-/
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Off to a good start. Good for you!!

Thanks for updating intro thread, most appropriate.

We'll enjoy pics and captions as you choose to post them. Or, anything else.

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Slowmover - we got in to Watkins Glen NY literally finishing our set up 5 minutes before a torrential downpour and tornado warnings! Just slightly panicked until about 7:30. Been hanging out inside with Daisy - I'm going to say she's adjusting well :-)


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We call her The Tin Goat.



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And you rarely see the "business side" on the forums :-)



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And a nice excursion to wine country today where Daisy enjoyed the view!

By the way - the white spots on her are snowflakes - it snowed this morning at Keyuka and we had a tornado watch last night. Go figure!

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