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Old 06-19-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Time to introduce myself & our new Flying Cloud

Hello-
I've actually been visiting these forums for a few months. My husband and I purchased our new 2013 28' Flying Cloud on the last day of March 2013. Then we had to go out and purchase a new F150. Wow...two major purchases within a week. It was scary.

So how did we end up with an Airstream? It was totally by chance. A new Airstream dealership opened up right next to Costco, and every time we drove by I would be so impressed with all those shiny trailers!

My husband recently retired and on a whim, we decided to pull in to the Airstream dealership. To be truthful, I was really "just looking". Obviously, he was "seriously looking". When he said he wanted to actually buy one, I looked at him like he had grown two heads! For weeks, we talked, we discussed, we researched, we read, we looked, we argued...and in the end he won.

We bought an Airstream!

It took me a few weeks, but I admit I am very happy to call myself an AS owner!

We've been out several times, had a few problems (broken bedroom window, shattered bathroom mirror), but I was surprised how much I enjoyed "camping" in the woods.

Learning everything about our Flying Cloud has been daunting! First thing I did was organize all those manuals and user guides. I created a manila folder for every single manual. Now it's real easy to find the one I want.

By the way, writing User Guides is my job. My plan is to put together a few quick reference guides for myself, and offer them to anybody here who wants a copy. For example, I already "wrote" one for the microwave/convection oven. I just need to do a final review. I just wish I had more time - unfortunately, I still work full time.

Is it fair my husband is retired and I'm not? Doesn't seem fair to me!

Anyway, thank you all for all the help you've given me so far. You're all a great group of people, I'm glad to be a member here!

Here's a picture of our trailer at the very first park we visited - site #8 at Elwha Dam RV Park in Port Angeles, Washington!



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Old 06-19-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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Welcome, glad to hear you are have come around to your husbands point of view. Really glad you like camping, it took my wife a little while to get into the swing of things now she enjoys camping and has become the guide and campground approver.

Yes it fair that your husband is retired and your not, I know this because my wife is retired and I am not and she tells me it is fair.

Great idea on the manuals, I would love to have a a copy of the Microwave/Convection oven manual. I really need one on the thermostat, it drives me crazy.

Hope you and your DH have many a happy day in your new trailer. I am fond of the 28.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:42 PM   #3
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Hello-
I've actually been visiting these forums for a few months. My husband and I purchased our new 2013 28' Flying Cloud on the last day of March 2013. Then we had to go out and purchase a new F150. Wow...two major purchases within a week. It was scary.

So how did we end up with an Airstream? It was totally by chance. A new Airstream dealership opened up right next to Costco, and every time we drove by I would be so impressed with all those shiny trailers!

My husband recently retired and on a whim, we decided to pull in to the Airstream dealership. To be truthful, I was really "just looking". Obviously, he was "seriously looking". When he said he wanted to actually buy one, I looked at him like he had grown two heads! For weeks, we talked, we discussed, we researched, we read, we looked, we argued...and in the end he won.

We bought an Airstream!

It took me a few weeks, but I admit I am very happy to call myself an AS owner!

We've been out several times, had a few problems (broken bedroom window, shattered bathroom mirror), but I was surprised how much I enjoyed "camping" in the woods.

Learning everything about our Flying Cloud has been daunting! First thing I did was organize all those manuals and user guides. I created a manila folder for every single manual. Now it's real easy to find the one I want.

By the way, writing User Guides is my job. My plan is to put together a few quick reference guides for myself, and offer them to anybody here who wants a copy. For example, I already "wrote" one for the microwave/convection oven. I just need to do a final review. I just wish I had more time - unfortunately, I still work full time.

Is it fair my husband is retired and I'm not? Doesn't seem fair to me!

Anyway, thank you all for all the help you've given me so far. You're all a great group of people, I'm glad to be a member here!

Here's a picture of our trailer at the very first park we visited - site #8 at Elwha Dam RV Park in Port Angeles, Washington!

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Old 06-19-2013, 08:58 PM   #4
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Welcome! Great story, great pic, great adventures ahead. Enjoy!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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SuEllyn retired two years before I did. Is That fair? I guess so. That was twelve years ago. Since then, we have over 1,200 nights in the Airstream all over the country. It has been the greatest time of our lives.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #6
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I have no idea when we're going to be able to retire (if ever) but that's why we got the Tin Goat now. Life is just too short and we're having a BLAST every time out! Just love it!!
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:34 PM   #7
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Thanks all for the warm welcome! This site has been invaluable, we have learned so much here. My husband and I are totally new to RV'ing and we honestly knew nothing! We were like keystone cops on that first day. We parked, then looked at each other and said "Now what?".

Reading instructions and manuals is one thing, actually performing a task is something else entirely. Heck, we even called our brother-in-law, who has a trailer as well (different brand), and asked him why the water wasn't coming out of the faucet. He asked if we had turned on the water pump. Oops, no we hadn't. Like I said...we were keystone cops.

But we got through it, and we had FUN!!

Anyway, again thanks again to all of you. And Jim, as soon as my microwave quick reference guide is done, I'll make it available for you and anyone else here who wants it.

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Old 06-21-2013, 08:07 PM   #8
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...Just so you don't feel dumb. The Sharp Thermal/Convection/Microwave has to be the most complex electronic device for basically simple functions. Part of it is the "pre-programmed" modes. After a year, I became so frustrated that I replaced it with a Cuisinart (which Airstream now uses in some models). Much better experience.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:16 PM   #9
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Welcome from another Washingtonian. Nice picture of your first camp site. Let us know when you get some of the manuals done, should be interesting.

I just retired on the 1st of June and am working harder now than when I was employed, go figure?
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:00 AM   #10
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Hi time2play, We're very interested in a 28' as well, but concerned about storage space, especially regarding food and other kitchen essentials.
There doesn't seem to actually be a "pantry" like any of the 27's.
What's your experience?
BTW, thanks for your replies to my posts.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:39 AM   #11
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Hi Dave-
So far storage hasn't been an issue. But then, our longest trip on the AS has been 4 days. We plan on going for 2 weeks in August, maybe the storage will be an issue for us then.

However, the 28' has overhead cupboards on both sides of the kitchen (above the dinette table and above the stove/sink area). These are roomy cupboards and we have found them to hold quite a bit of food items. I may be wrong, but I believe the 27' has the overhead cupboards only on one side. On the other hand, the 27' has the pantry so that makes up for the cupboard.

I don't know if it evens out or not...I'm certainly no expert. I just know at this point, we haven't utilized half of the storage capabilities of the 28'.

For me personally, I just liked the "look and feel" of the 28' including the separate dining area, plus my husband liked the front-facing couch.
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Thanks so much - this'll help us going forward. We like the 28' for the same reasons as you. Looks like the food/kitchen stuff might not be a problem…
How do you like the convection/microwave? Do you miss having an oven?
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Dave,
Our 28' came installed with a gas oven, but we asked for it to be replaced with a microwave/convection oven. There are varying opinions on this site with regards to this topic, you can do a little research and you'll find lots of threads discussing the oven issue.

I personally like the microwave/convection oven. I've baked cookies, made toasted garlic bread, and used the microwave for popcorn and other items. So far, I think it's great.

Yes, the User Guide is confusing and not very well written. But I learn by writing down my own instructions, which ends up being my own "User Guide". I work in Training, so I guess it's just my nature to turn complicated written instructions into something simple.

If you do end up buying an Airstream - I know you're going to love it!
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My wife wants to know what one does if dry camping with only a MW/CO…do the batteries provide sufficient power?
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