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Old 11-12-2019, 10:59 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!

All of my adult life, I have been dreaming of owning an Airstream. The bug bit me so hard. We live in Northern California. During this last evacuation for the Kincade Fire, we decided to make this dream a reality both for quality of life recreationally and evacuation preparation. We finally took the plunge and signed the papers on a 2020 Bambi 19CB this week from Bay Area Airstream Adventures. We will be taking delivery this weekend and doing our first camp out at the dealership. We are adding rock panels and solar to complete her. I can’t wait to post pictures of our Rosie the Rivet.

Our TV is a 2019 Subaru Ascent. Any other Ascent drivers out there?

The Forum has been invaluable. I’ve already printed off a checklist for pick up. Every free second I’m on here reading and absorbing. Thank you all for your words of wisdom and experience.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:52 AM   #2
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welcome to the AS life! as a fellow nor cal AS owner i look forward to you posts on your adventures! kurt
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:54 PM   #3
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Another Nor Cal welcome. Congrats on making your dream come true and on taking a negative (evacuation) and turning it to a positive (AS purchase). I assume all was good when you were able to get back home. We only had the minor inconvenience of the power outages.
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Old 11-15-2019, 12:19 AM   #4
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Another Nor Cal welcome. Congrats on making your dream come true and on taking a negative (evacuation) and turning it to a positive (AS purchase). I assume all was good when you were able to get back home. We only had the minor inconvenience of the power outages.
Thanks for asking. We were 6 days without power or gas. Lost all the food in the fridge and freezer. Thankfully the house was fine. We also evacuated with pets which was a huge inconvenience trying to find places to stay. Next time, it won't be an issue now.
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:55 PM   #5
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Welcome from Colorado: We have wildfires also, but not the intensity of California. At least not yet. Wildfires are frightening to me.

Your Airstream will make a great escape pod. If we have to evacuate, we will hitch up and go. The Airstream will keep us comfortable. We can park almost anywhere. I can run the generator for a few hours to keep the batteries charged up. Our two beagles will be comfortable too.

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Old 11-15-2019, 09:41 PM   #6
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Congrats and welcome!

Hope you are safe from all the fires, they looked really bad and widespread from national news.

You are going to have years of awesome trips in your AS and see a lot of awesome things you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise - we certainly have!
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Old 11-16-2019, 07:45 AM   #7
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Welcome KHMZ to the Airstream family.

I hadn't thought of it, but what a great solution for you to what looks like an ongoing problem for California over the next 10 years or longer. The utility problems there have changed the lifestyles of many and your's for the better I hope.

We were in Northern California last year and soon to be there next month. Our son told us last year to buy breathing masks filters as all the stores were sold out. We carry them now when we visit. Kinda sad.
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:00 AM   #10
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... During this last evacuation for the Kincade Fire, we decided to make this dream a reality both for quality of life recreationally and evacuation preparation. ...
Glad your family and house are OK and hope you are enjoying your first weekend in your AS “escape pod”.

We have wild fires here in central Texas. Not as bad as in Calif; but they can still be life threatening. We live in the country. So we keep our AS NEST in the tractor shed carport with a full hook up. Your post made me rethink how we stock our NEST between trips. From now on we’ll keep it stocked with fresh bedding, towels, spare clothes, bottled water, staple foods, etc..

Your post just changed our NEST from a nice to have “luxury item” to a must have “safety item”
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:34 AM   #11
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Welcome!
Let us know how the towing goes with the Subaru.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:39 PM   #13
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Welcome from Colorado: We have wildfires also, but not the intensity of California. At least not yet. Wildfires are frightening to me.

Your Airstream will make a great escape pod. If we have to evacuate, we will hitch up and go. The Airstream will keep us comfortable. We can park almost anywhere. I can run the generator for a few hours to keep the batteries charged up. Our two beagles will be comfortable too.

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We added 2 - 100 Kw panels from Zamp on top. Keeps it powered up fairly nicely.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:42 PM   #14
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Let us know how the towing goes with the Subaru.


We drove it 1.5 hours home today after doing an overnight at the dealership. Smooth and easy on the flats. Could feel the strain chugging up hills. Backing and maneuvering is better than expected due to the Subaru “turn on a dime” platform.

A few more adventures before we can truly pass judgment. We love the Ascent and don’t want to upgrade unless we have to.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:43 PM   #15
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How exciting and welcome! She's gorgeous
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Old 11-24-2019, 10:24 AM   #18
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During the recent Kindade Fire, we evacuated from Healdsburg for 5 days with our 22FB Sport and were quite comfortable. Anticipating evacuation we put important items and papers in the AS ahead of time. We also used our AS last year for a previous fire evacuation.

We have 280Ah Lithiums and didn't need shore power while away.
We had no idea when we bought the AS we would use it for these events but are almost smug about 'how smart we were'. We keep the AS close to our house and are very very happy with it when we travel as well.
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Old 11-24-2019, 10:25 AM   #19
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Our situation is very similar to yours. Recently retired to Austin after 30 years in Silicon Valley, bought a 2019 Sport 22FB and a Subaru Ascent. Have had it out on two long trips and the combination of the Airstream and the Ascent has been everything we wanted (we're not pickup people). More experienced campers who come over to check out the Ascent caution that it may not be sufficient for the mountains. So that's TBD.

Good luck; hope you enjoy it as much as we have so far.



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Hello everyone!

All of my adult life, I have been dreaming of owning an Airstream. The bug bit me so hard. We live in Northern California. During this last evacuation for the Kincade Fire, we decided to make this dream a reality both for quality of life recreationally and evacuation preparation. We finally took the plunge and signed the papers on a 2020 Bambi 19CB this week from Bay Area Airstream Adventures. We will be taking delivery this weekend and doing our first camp out at the dealership. We are adding rock panels and solar to complete her. I can’t wait to post pictures of our Rosie the Rivet.

Our TV is a 2019 Subaru Ascent. Any other Ascent drivers out there?

The Forum has been invaluable. I’ve already printed off a checklist for pick up. Every free second I’m on here reading and absorbing. Thank you all for your words of wisdom and experience.
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Old 11-24-2019, 12:10 PM   #20
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Congrats and welcome from another NorCal Airstreamer. Glad your family and home were safe from the fire. We pulled ours out of storage and put it at the house just to use the fridge during outages, which ended up not hitting us in Livermore. The AS as an evacuation residence is a great idea, as long as you're proactive in getting out. Many in the Paradise fire didn't even have time to hitch up. The evacuation map for rural Sonoma was pretty aggressive during the Kinkade fire so it looks like county was doing their best to prevent that from happening.
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