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Old 10-14-2011, 08:40 PM   #15
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Congratulations on your sweet Bambi, Lisa and Paul (from another Lisa and Paul!). We hope to see you at a rally some time soon. In July, the Wally Byam club (WBCCI) will be having a Region 10 rally in Alberta. It's a way for you to go, but it will be a big rally, so the trip will be worth it. Have lots of fun with camping.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:16 PM   #16
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hey , those are some great pix...have not been to tofino....oh well... it doesnt matter how many years....have a lot of good times in your new baby.
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:13 AM   #17
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Thanks cameront120-looking forward to being neighbors
Hope to make the Rally in Alberta bolerama-we're always up for a road trip!
Come to Tofino norbert, it's beautiful!
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:12 PM   #18
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That looks like a fabulous set-up. Congratulations! We had our minivan set-up at CanAm and bought our Argosy from them - good folks.

Is the Golf a manual or DSG? Just curious.

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Old 10-18-2011, 10:05 PM   #19
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Lisa & Paul

Congrats on your new Airstream! I hope you have a blast traveling in it.

l love my Tradewind, but I would also like to own a vintage Caravel. I would tow it with a TDI just like yours.

Just curious, but how much did the Bambi affect your fuel economy? What was your milage east without the Bambi versus west with the Bambi?

I hope to make it out to BC someday.

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Old 10-18-2011, 11:10 PM   #20
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Hey mutcth, it's a DSG...we're both typically manual drivers but automatic has definitely made more sense for towing. Yes, the folks at CanAm were great to us!

Hi TouringDan, we bought the car specifically to tow the airstream so we only have towing stats. We got about half the manufacturers numbers when towing.
Please look us up when you get out to BC!

Happy travels,
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:04 AM   #21
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Oh, to kinda touch on your second question TouringDan...we just had to take the car to get a Provincial safety (since we bought it in Ontario and live in BC) and because we live in the boonies the closest town to do that is about a 250km round trip. Without the Bambi attached and driving through pretty steep grade mountains the gas gauge barely moved!
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:46 AM   #22
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To chip in on the gas mileage, we tow with a minvan and when towing usually get about half of the normal non-towing gas figures. We can improve by being gentle and can lose out when the wind blows hard, as it has done this year!
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:47 AM   #23
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Mojave,

If a guy wanted to visit your beautiful island, what might be the best way to get there? Using the Washington State Ferry system is very expen$ive.

Next summer we want to spend some time in B.C.

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:26 AM   #24
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If you visit the island make it a least a week, or longer, to offset the cost of getting here. A month and you will only have started to explore the many POI's. If you like fishing/boating plan on staying all year.
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If a guy wanted to visit your beautiful island, what might be the best way to get there? Using the Washington State Ferry system is very expen$ive.

Next summer we want to spend some time in B.C.

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Old 10-19-2011, 10:58 AM   #25
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The wind was SUPER brutal on the drive home! We were very gentle on the gas pedal and used cruise control when possible and I think that helped a lot. I saw a mini-van towing an AS when we were at CanAm earlier this month. Was that you MrUKToad?

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- I have to agree with massyfarm and planning to stay for a while. It will feel like you're getting more for your money Plus there's lots to do and see once you get here but that unfortunate ferry cost sucks even if you're not towing. The other option is the BC Ferries. We've taken the US ferries and although a bit cheaper they start charging you on overall vehicle size at 18' and BC ferries is 20'. In the end I assume it would be about a few dollars difference.
A few tips however:
Off season is cheaper if you can swing it.
Mid-week sailing are also cheaper with BC Ferries.

For example, we took our Golf towing a 16' and paid $116 for a mid-week off season sailing from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Duke Point (Nanaimo).

Hope to see you out here soon. Be sure to give us a shout when you do!
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:09 AM   #26
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Hey mutcth, it's a DSG...we're both typically manual drivers but automatic has definitely made more sense for towing. Yes, the folks at CanAm were great to us!

Hi TouringDan, we bought the car specifically to tow the airstream so we only have towing stats. We got about half the manufacturers numbers when towing.
Please look us up when you get out to BC!

Happy travels,
Lisa
Did CanAm have anything to say one way or the other about the DSG? I can see how a conventional automatic simplifies things when towing, with the torque converter to help get things rolling. I wonder if the extra mass is an issue for longevity of the DSG clutches, since the system probably isn't programmed to detect/compensate for doubling the mass it's dealing with.
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:40 AM   #27
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Definitely a good point DKB_SATX. It's something we're gonna have to be mindful of in the maintenance of the TV. We just recently blew out the clutch on our X-Terra (not towing) so I'm hyper sensitive to the issue now (after it happening going up hill during rush hour with no shoulder and nearly getting smoked by an 18 wheeler and a few cars...one day I'll be able to drive that pass again without white knuckles). The term the mechanic used at Nissan was 'grenaded'.

We drove the TV over to CanAm so Andy could have a look at it and give us the go ahead before buying it and we got the thumbs up. We even had to look for a specific year because not all would have been ideal. They were pretty thorough and after the cross country trip and we're happy with the combo. Appreciate your thoughts, it's definitely something to think about.

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:03 PM   #28
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The wind was SUPER brutal on the drive home! We were very gentle on the gas pedal and used cruise control when possible and I think that helped a lot. I saw a mini-van towing an AS when we were at CanAm earlier this month. Was that you MrUKToad? [B]


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Probably not, Mojave, I think we were last there (with Airstream) in September and that was just a flying visit as we were passing by. Andy has a lot of minivan customers so you can see them quite frequently up there.

I was really excited to see another forum member using a smaller tow vehicle; we are very much in the minority and thought of (by some) as dangerous lunatics who have been ripped off by nasty Andy Thompson in his quest to sell trailers. You and I both know the real story and Andy will not let you off his dealership if he doesn't think the set up he's sold you will work.

Anyway, I'm constantly beating the drum for the smaller tow vehicle and it's good to see another Airstream/car combination out there.
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