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Old 11-17-2014, 07:33 PM   #435
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Welcome to the world of shiny things and adventure travel.. Another vote for a full-hookup RV park to get started, with a store for supplies and fellow campers for "guidance".. We have friends in Auburn (Lake of the Pines) and there is a nice RV Park north of Grass Valley (may try to sell a space, but not necessary..). Down closer to the ocean there is a KOA near Santa Cruz overlooking the ocean and is pretty nice. Avoid Marina Dunes closer to Monterey as awfully expensive and cramped.. Pelican Point near half Moon Bay also pretty cramped, and State Beach in HMB is nice but limited hookups.. The two private RV Campgrounds in Big Sur are nice but very tight to drive through, and I'd save those for when you get more comfortable maneuvering...

And RickP21 - You are on an OK path, but need to be sure big engine and tow option pkg on vehicle, and then make sure dealer supplies and installs and sets up anti-sway capability for Jeep/Trailer, as shorter wheelbases more prone to wiggle than longer ones.. Lots of people here use them to tow from Bambi's to 25's, but search using key word "Cherokee" above for threads with stories of successes and challenges...
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:00 PM   #436
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We just got her home! She is a 2008 Safari 23 ft, FB SE. She is our first trailer and we are so happy to finally have our dream Airstream! Of course, we got the call that she was ready to pick up right in the middle of having the exterior of our house painted. But we are so lucky to have the best neighbors in the world and they offered to let us park in their RV spot, out of the way of the painters. We will be looking for a place for our maiden voyage soon. We live in the Northern California foothills and it looks like most of the campgrounds in the mountains east of us, towards Lake Tahoe, are closed for the winter. So we'll probably be heading for the coast. Any suggestions of a good spot for first-time Airstream owners would be greatly appreciated! We're so excited to finally be part of the Airstream family!

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Old 11-18-2014, 07:48 PM   #437
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We just got her home! She is a 2008 Safari 23 ft, FB SE. She is our first trailer and we are so happy to finally have our dream Airstream! Of course, we got the call that she was ready to pick up right in the middle of having the exterior of our house painted. But we are so lucky to have the best neighbors in the world and they offered to let us park in their RV spot, out of the way of the painters. We will be looking for a place for our maiden voyage soon. We live in the Northern California foothills and it looks like most of the campgrounds in the mountains east of us, towards Lake Tahoe, are closed for the winter. So we'll probably be heading for the coast. Any suggestions of a good spot for first-time Airstream owners would be greatly appreciated! We're so excited to finally be part of the Airstream family!

Gail, Welcome!

Here's a thread about Norcal Camping. We really like Wrights Beach on the Sonoma Coast State Beach but there are no hook ups. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...nia-61711.html

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Old 01-02-2015, 09:00 PM   #438
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Hello Everybody:

We just ordered a 2015 Classic this week and it is due for delivery in March. Needless to say we are excited.

We are also thankful to this forum, since we used it extensively while we were deciding what to buy.

We do not have a tow vehicle yet, so we'd like your opinion. To pull a 31' Classic, would you choose the new Ford 150 with the max towing package and 3.5L twin turbo, or a Ram 2500 diesel? It would be great to hear your experience with either.

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Old 01-02-2015, 09:41 PM   #439
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Alls I can say is that I love love love my exhaust brake on my diesel - tons and tons and tons of threads on this subject - dive right in

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Old 01-02-2015, 10:12 PM   #440
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There is no perfect tow vehicle, and significant downsides to every option.

I tow with a half-ton SUV (GMC Yukon), and I'm about at my payload limit, so I have been test driving some pickups. I was appalled at how bad the ride was, when test driving the 3/4 ton trucks. The Ram I drove was a 2500 crew cab with 6.4L engine and regular springs (not the air spring option). My wife has back problems and she was on the phone making an appointment with her chiropractor before we got the truck back to the dealership!

The F-150 rides better but with a heavy trailer like the Classic, it is easy to run out of payload capacity. And it is easy to get fooled when buying a 1/2 ton truck. You can find a table of payload capacities on the web or in a brochure when you are shopping, and think you are OK, and then find out you don't really have that payload after you buy the truck. The problem is, the published numbers are based on the most optimistic assumptions--the smallest engine, the lowest trim line, and no options. People towing trailers with their families usually choose the biggest engine, higher trim lines, and at least some options. So before you buy an F-150, be sure to look at the payload number for the actual truck, which is located on a sticker on the driver's door frame.

For 2015 the F-150 does have higher payload numbers, so you might still be OK going that way.

Enjoy your Classic! And good luck on the truck hunt.
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:45 PM   #441
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I am a Dodge/cummins fan, my 2008 2500, crew cab, long bed 4 x 4, has 80,000 miles on it and while emission system issues were present on those models, I do not have any problems,

IMO a diesel should be 6 cylinder like the Cummins. Going up any hill is effortless with this model, more than 650 ft lbs of torque. I think anything less may be frustrating, and the Classic is a good 1500 lbs more than my Serenity 30RB.

My suggestion is this a RAM Cummins diesel.


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Old 01-03-2015, 07:40 AM   #442
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Of those 2, the Ram diesel, for sure.

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Old 01-10-2015, 03:34 PM   #443
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I have just joined this group My husband,son and I have got a 1976 Argosy 28
so excited to get started to redo it I have a question we got a manual for it the only thing is it shows the bath room on the opposite side of the kitchen and ours is on the same side of the kitchen can any tell me why. We have looked all over the internet all so it has twin beds in back
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Old 01-10-2015, 03:50 PM   #444
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I have just joined this group My husband,son and I have got a 1976 Argosy 28

so excited to get started to redo it I have a question we got a manual for it the only thing is it shows the bath room on the opposite side of the kitchen and ours is on the same side of the kitchen can any tell me why. We have looked all over the internet all so it has twin beds in back

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If your bath and kitchen are on the same side your Argosy is probably a '77 model year, at least in plan. My '76 has the, on opposite sides with lots of otherwise unnecessary piping that makes me wish I'd looked longer! There's not much difference other than that, I think.

Our rear-bed center-bath Argosy trailers are a bit rare. I think the rear panorama windows are great! To see if Argosy considered it a '76 or '77 you can check the serial number. It'll be 28A6Vxxxx for a '76, 28A7Vxxxx for a '77.


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Old 05-23-2015, 08:42 AM   #445
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:46 PM   #446
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Hi everyone, Sherry here, just got my 1960s Land Yacht....yeah a total newbie here...I don't even know what year it is exactly. So I'll be haunting this forum absorbing as much info as I can. Thank you to everyone who has come before me to make path much easier to traverse!
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:58 PM   #447
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Hi all! I'm actively looking for a 25-31' rear bedroom AS in the west..trying to digest all i can on these forums!!

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Old 09-16-2015, 09:30 PM   #448
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After pulling our 2013 25FB home with a Mercedes ML320 CDI and loading the 25FB for camping, the CAT scales reported this was not an adequate tow vehicle. So we acquired a 2012 Dodge 2500HD diesel and pulled the 25FB a few times with no issues.

The 25FB was not a favorite with us and a 2014 31' Classic took it's place. The Dodge and trailer are a perfect combination as we roll down the highway at 19,200 pounds for the rig and making 65 mph at 1,650 rpm, the peak torque point. We have no issues going up the mountains and the engine brake makes descents uneventful with hardly any need to touch the brakes.
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