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Old 05-22-2014, 06:54 PM   #379
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Gharp and others-
If you haven't learned the ways of the "Search" Tab above (in blue bar at right), that is the key to finding thousands of prior message threads on almost every topic imaginable.. For favorite parks, for example, there are long discussions about benefits of state/national parks versus commercial campgrounds from KOA to Jellystone.. General consensus is that state/national parks offer more space, more quiet and interesting locations, at cost of full hookups (especially electricity for A/C). Those who travel without a large generator, or in areas where A/C not needed can usually spend 2 or 3 days at a time (before upgrading to powerful smart solar systems) with no water or electrical connections, as Airstreams were designed to do.. There are a lot of great state parks in Georgia and Florida near the coasts.. There are also a number of great state and national parks in New England, and upstate New York... The "Airstream only" parks advertised in Blue Beret (magazine is for WBCCI members, but parks open to any Airstream) or "Airstream life" are also more spacious, and quiet, and do include full hookups.
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Old 06-06-2014, 10:03 PM   #380
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I'm new to forum, although I've looking at the forum since 2007 when my wife and I bought our 19 ft Bambi. We have traveled up and down the coast of Calif. from San Diego to Monterey. Shaver Lake , Camp Edison, on the west side of the Sierra is great. Bring a boat or kayak ( Advanced Elements is great). East side of the Sierra, you can't beat the views. Boulder Park , Lone Pine is a great stop to look at Mt. Whitney, explore the the Bristlecone Pines. Travel up 395 to June Lake, great views and fishing.
Big trip Yellowstone, Tetons, Zion. We will be going back.
i need to grade my truck, and I did test drive the new Ram 1500 diesel. Will this truck be able to pull a 25 ft. AS up MtS.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:35 PM   #381
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Hello, new to forum. Just bought my tow vehicle; a 2015 Chevy Tahoe with max towing package, 2WD. We want to buy the 2015 25 Flying Cloud, twin bed. Visited Colonial in NJ last week. Here's my concern. Am I going to have problems towing the 25 FC with this SUV which is rated up to 8,500 towing capacity? Everyone keeps telling me "no problem" but I'm still not convinced, particularly after driving I-26 between I-81 and Asheville NC last week on way back to GA from NJ. I bought an SUV because I really don't like pickups. Did I make a mistake and have to drop down to the 23 FC or Bambi?



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Old 07-02-2014, 04:55 AM   #382
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DeltaRon and Coach,
The trick to understanding tow vehicles is not only their towing capacity but their cargo capacity as well. By the time you hang the loaded tongue weight of a 25' AS on a 1/2 ton truck, you simply do not have much cargo capacity left. By the way passengers and the dog count as cargo. So the carrying capacity of the tow vehicle can quickly become an issue depending on how much stuff you want to carry.

With that said, the 25 footers can be pulled well by a 1/2 ton truck. Just remember you are likely not going to have the carrying capacity left to load the tow vehicle down heavily with additional cargo. Of course good weight distribution within the specs of the manufacturer is critical (i.e. weight distributing hitch and scale tickets to prove the numbers).

This topic of tow vehicle capacity gets a lot of attention here on the forum and you can spend days reading opinions on this one. That said, the subject matter of vehicle dynamics is complicated and needs to be given a great deal of respect. The safest bet is to stay within stated capacities and recommendations from the vehicle manufacturer.
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:37 AM   #383
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:09 PM   #384
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DeltaRon- A new Chevy Tahoe with HD Towing package can easily tow a 25FC.. Dropping down to a 23 would only shave a couple hundred pounds off empty weight, and you'd lose a lot of storage and living area.. We've owned our Excella 25 more than 10 years, and towed with '94 Suburban (200 hp 5.7L V8) and with '02 Ford Excursion (250 hp 5.4L V8) and both did very well.. As long as you have WD hitch and set up correctly, you can go anywhere.. You have option to increase or decrease weight of trailer almost 500# by controlling fluid levels in fresh, gray and black water tanks before a drive. If you are going to be doing serious mountain driving, you can lighten trailer by emptying tanks, and worst possible case is to slow down to 50 or 55 mph for a few miles, while thinking about all the money saved by not investing in a 3/4 Ton or larger truck...
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:47 PM   #385
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First timer here... bought a 1977 29' Ambassador in June from a great couple who had it since new in St. George Utah and they had kept her stored indoors! Got everything to function properly before we put 3800 miles on her from AZ to Chicago and back... now I need a few little parts, knobs for the refrigerator controls at the bottom and looking to put new curtains all the way around the interior... Having lots of fun beating the AZ heat this summer. Thanks for the tips! All the best!
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Welcome and Congratulations Pulverizer! Looks like a great Airstream, and in great shape... Glad you've already road-tested it, and started the process of "fixing it" to meet your needs.. Great advice for others as well, to go slow with investing and fixing until you really get clear on how you will be using and traveling with your Airstream... Kind of like a new pair of shoes, your Airstream may not be perfect fit on Day 1, but with time and use it will become a very comfortable place to unwind and enjoy the good things in life!
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Hello all this is my first time on the forums. Just had a 2005 safari 28 delivered on Sunday. I was wondering where I would look for information on what sort of microwave I could put in there. Glad to be here and excited for my new AS!Click image for larger version

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Old 07-23-2014, 06:00 AM   #390
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Hello all this is my first time on the forums. Just had a 2005 safari 28 delivered on Sunday. I was wondering where I would look for information on what sort of microwave I could put in there. Glad to be here and excited for my new AS!Attachment 217153
Do you want to mount in cabinet or sit on flat surface. Either way a visit to Loews, etc should give you some ideas.
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Hello! New to Forums and New Airstream Owner!

We are new to the forums and we just bought our first Airstream! I can't believe the wealth of information this community has to offer. I am having a hard time getting anything done because I can't tear myself away from the forums
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We just bought a 1975, 27 ft. Overlander. We know nothing about what type of insurance we should put on it? Help!
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