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Old 10-10-2007, 08:11 PM   #15
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I had to move things around in my garage to get the new Tundra to fit, but it was worth it. I traded in my 03 Tundra for the 07. The performance towing on my trip to New mexico was great. I am very glad i made the move.
Richard...I was wondering how you were liking your new Tundra...sounds like it's been a good move! Glad the trip to the ABQ Ballon Fiesta was a good time and the new truck performed well...

One of these years we will make it there for it...
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Old 10-10-2007, 08:23 PM   #16
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Richard...I was wondering how you were liking your new Tundra...sounds like it's been a good move! Glad the trip to the ABQ Ballon Fiesta was a good time and the new truck performed well...

One of these years we will make it there for it...
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Yes I love the Tundra.

Plans are being made for another 4CU Balloon Fiesta Rally.
You should try and get to the New Years Rally at Picacho Peak. It looks like we will have at least a dozen Airstreams. It will be a fun event!
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:30 PM   #17
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Yes I love the Tundra.

Plans are being made for another 4CU Balloon Fiesta Rally.
You should try and get to the New Years Rally at Picacho Peak. It looks like we will have at least a dozen Airstreams. It will be a fun event!
Richard...Unfortunately, when the Picacho Peak State Park Rally came up we had already made plans to be at Buckskin Mountain State Park on the Lower Colorado River north of Parker from just after Christmas through New Year's...we'll probbaly hang in that general neighborhood through the first week of January. (I think we talked about this already if I remember right.)

You'll have a great time at Picacho...

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Old 10-10-2007, 11:25 PM   #18
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Richard...Unfortunately, when the Picacho Peak State Park Rally came up we had already made plans to be at Buckskin Mountain State Park on the Lower Colorado River north of Parker from just after Christmas through New Year's...we'll probbaly hang in that general neighborhood through the first week of January. (I think we talked about this already if I remember right.)

You'll have a great time at Picacho...

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Your correct, now I remember. There is always the Dead Horse Rally in February. Wait, I have not started that thread yet....
I might be in Parker area right after the first of the year. I normaly stay at the Blue Water Casino Resort and work about 15 miles north of that. If I do, I'll give you a shout and stop by.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:51 AM   #19
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TB – I really like those post-card perfect, colorful pictures!

Thanks for sharing your adventures here.

And for taking the time to do so…

Some people have no idea how much time and effort is involved in doing this.

It usually takes me a day to transfer pictures from camera to computer, select and downsize the appropriate images… and another day to do the commentary… then the late night posting.

When a few people take the time to give positive feedback, it’s gratifying…
And makes it all seem worth it.

And when they don’t, well at least you can take satisfaction in seeing the viewership numbers steadily increase.

Thank you for your contributions to the Airstream Knowledge Sharing Forums!

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Old 10-14-2007, 10:13 PM   #20
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Orr Travel Log Website

Hi All...we will continue to post info and pics from our AS trips on this thread, but I wanted to let you know that I have finally got a web site going that details our trips beginning with our trip to the San Diego State Parks last May... I will add trip logs to the website for previous trips we've made as time and energy allows, so check frequently, and if you wat more specific information about any of the destinations we've visited, just let us know!

In the meantime, as always...Happy Trails!

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Old 10-17-2007, 11:13 PM   #21
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Heading Out for Fool Hollow Lake

Heading out for Fool Hollow Lake State Park near Show Low, AZ tomorrow (18 Oct) for a week (heading home 25 Oct). There's a southern Arizona rally at Fool Hollow next month but we can't make that date...this will be our annual fall trip to Fool Hollow...a very nice park... This time of year it's cool but not too cold yet, and the summer crowds are gone. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say "hey"...

Will post details and pics when we get home...
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Old 10-18-2007, 12:27 PM   #22
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Fantastic Web Site !!!

Hi TBRich,

I just spent about an hour delving thru your web site... It is absolutely fantastic !!!

A thousand thanks for all the work you put in on it. You have also just justified a reason for me to make another trip out to the Southwest one of these days because I would really like to go to some of the places you have shown -- and that is beautiful photography by the way...

One quick question (since you & I have identical Bambi's) is what about the awnings I see on the rear window and drivers side of trailer ??? They really look nice & I wish I would have had something like that last month when I was baking away in the hot sun in NM. Did those come from Airstream ???

At any rate, kudos to your web site...

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Old 10-23-2007, 02:15 PM   #23
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Trial run this last weekend

Came back yesterday from 4 days dry camping at the Chiricahua Bonita Campground. This was our first trip with our new '08 AS Safari Sport 22'. It performed as expected with no real surprises. Coming up from Tuscon we hit some really heavy head winds but experienced no sway at all. We don't use a WDH and tow with a '06 Honda Ridgeline. With air on we got 14mph. Coming back down the cold wind was on our back so no need for AC and we got just over 17mpg so we are extremely happy with our new acquisition.
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:13 AM   #24
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Hi TBRich,

I just spent about an hour delving thru your web site... It is absolutely fantastic !!!

A thousand thanks for all the work you put in on it. You have also just justified a reason for me to make another trip out to the Southwest one of these days because I would really like to go to some of the places you have shown -- and that is beautiful photography by the way...

One quick question (since you & I have identical Bambi's) is what about the awnings I see on the rear window and drivers side of trailer ??? They really look nice & I wish I would have had something like that last month when I was baking away in the hot sun in NM. Did those come from Airstream ???

At any rate, kudos to your web site...

best regards, Dave W.
Hey Dave...thanks! So glad you enjoyed our travel log...stay tuned...our most recent trip to Fool Hollow will be up as soon as I can go through the photos, sit down and do it! AZ is full of great places to go...southern AZ in the winter and spring and the northern high country in the fall and spring are great. Arizona State Parks are very nice we've found, and most have at least electic, sometimes water, and a few with full hookups demanded by certain times of the year. Unfortunately, only a very few make reservationis at this point. (Roper Lake State Park..all sites are reservable...and Buckskin Mountain State Park on the Lower Colorado River...the latter is unofficial & unadvertised...they are testing the reservation bit with a small number of reservable sites, and you have to call them.... We are booked for Buckskin Mt. between Christmas through New Year's...been there two previous Christmas/New Year's season in our previous small SOB motor home...this will be be the first time with the Bambi.)

The awnings we added...they are Zip-Dee and match the curbside awning...we ordred then through our Airstream dealer (Oasis RV Center in Tucson) and they installed them... It took about a week and a half to get here and only 2 hours for installation. We really like them for the sun in our part of the country...not to mention how cool they look! They cost a little more than if they had been ordered as an option on the trailer, but since we bought ours off the lot, we didn't have that opportunity. We are hoping that they will help reduce interior temps in full sun...our dealer calls them "portable trees" which I thought was clever of him. They provide quite a bit of additonal "shade" when deployed, and even though we only have the small windows on the street side, the skin is shaded and that counts. We also have noticed that if you are camped next to a larger SOB you get a little more privacy because they are looking down on you...(sometimes in more ways than one)...

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Came back yesterday from 4 days dry camping at the Chiricahua Bonita Campground. This was our first trip with our new '08 AS Safari Sport 22'. It performed as expected with no real surprises. Coming up from Tuscon we hit some really heavy head winds but experienced no sway at all. We don't use a WDH and tow with a '06 Honda Ridgeline. With air on we got 14mph. Coming back down the cold wind was on our back so no need for AC and we got just over 17mpg so we are extremely happy with our new acquisition.
Hey, Ahab...congrats on completing your maiden voiyage unscathed! And welcome to Airstreaming from Tucson metro-ans (is that a word?). Glad you are liking your new 22' Sport...they are sweet! And you even dry camped! Do let us know how the Bonita Campground in the Chiricahuas was...we'd like to get there this winter sometime...beautiful country. Was it busy? It's a small campground and first-come-first-served, and it's a spell from anywhere, so it makes me nervous to drive all that way and not be able to get in... Sounds like you are getting great mileage, too. (We get between 12 and 14 with the 19' Bambi towing with a 2006 Toyota Tacoma TRD Offroad V6...better when it's downhill or the wind is behind us!)

There are a number of great places to go locally within 125 miles, by the way...we go out often for a long weekend...Catalina State Park very near Oro Valley, Gilbert Ray Campground next to the Sonora Desert Museum (county operated), Picacho Peak State Park up the Interstate toward Phx (never in summer except to overnight..maybe), Roper Lake, Karchner Cavern State Park (we have not been there yet), Patagonia Lake State Park, Mt. Lemon for dry camping (pretty dusty/ashy since the fire, and very very busy in the summer)...and we're looking for more all the time.

Many Happy Streaming Times to You!
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[QUOTE=TBRich]Hey, Ahab...congrats on completing your maiden voiyage unscathed! And welcome to Airstreaming from Tucson metro-ans (is that a word?). Glad you are liking your new 22' Sport...they are sweet! And you even dry camped! Do let us know how the Bonita Campground in the Chiricahuas was...we'd like to get there this winter sometime...beautiful country. Was it busy? It's a small campground and first-come-first-served, and it's a spell from anywhere, so it makes me nervous to drive all that way and not be able to get in... Sounds like you are getting great mileage, too. (We get between 12 and 14 with the 19' Bambi towing with a 2006 Toyota Tacoma TRD Offroad V6...better when it's downhill or the wind is behind us!)

We started going to Bonita mid '70s and not much has changed. We try to get there by 11:00am on a Friday so you usually get your pick. No drive throughs, and only 5-7 places where you can easily back in. If full, you can always boondock along Pinery Creek. Pinery Canyon Rd. is gravel and not bad at all. If your really brave, go on up to Rustler Park. Outstanding! The Chiri's have numerous areas like Turkey Creek, Rucker Canyon, Cave Creek, to name a few. Some best approached from the East.

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Hey All...well, I finally got al the photos edited and organized (we got shutter-happy!) and our travel log updated for our trup to Fool Hollow Lake State Park nearl Show Low, AZ, 18-25 October...I've included a few pictures here and the next post, but the blow-by-blow travel log and many more pictures can be found through the link at the bottom in my signature. We had a great trip...and a nice, relaxing week of cooler weather. The day we got home it was still 93 degrees in Tucson! Looking forward to cooler weather so we can make some short trips to local hangouts...

#1..Saguaro Cactus along the Road between Mammoth, AZ and Windleman, AZ...(Trip up)
#2...Viewpoint at Salt River Canyon between Globe and Show Low ...see switchbacks in the background...this is on the north side of the canyon...
#3...Salt River and switchbacks from viewpoint...
#4...Another shot of Salt River Canyon from south side of Canyon...
#5...Bambi and Salt River Canyon viewpoint...at the edge...
#6...Our camp site at Fool Hollow Lake...in "Redhead Loop"...
#7...the Lake from the loop road...
#8...Lake on north side...stone cliffs on north side...
#9...A pine tree "skeleton" near our camp site...
#10...up the hill form our camp site...
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