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Old 08-01-2011, 06:53 PM   #29
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Spearfish, up on the hillside. Nice park, no floods. Can't remember the name. It's right off I 90.

Sioux Falls is 400 miles from Spearfish.

Most people want to see the southern hills, Custer park, and Rushmore. Visit the Borglum Historical Center in Keystone before looking at the mountain. Crazy Horse is up between Hill City and Custer. Don't watch the gunfight in Hill City . . . ever. They've used real bullets . . twice. This year they shot three tourists. For real.

Deadwood's fun. Watch the old people play slots, or watch the bikers slide off light poles if you're there during the rally.
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The caves I've visited are in the southern hills. When I'm in Hot Springs, it's nice to take a swim at Evan's Plunge. The water comes out of the ground warm. They have a rock bottom to the swimming pool and the water is constantly coming up and refilling the pool with warm water. Kids love it.

People in the southern hills use their turned off water heaters to cool the water before drinking in summer. First time I saw it I thought what the heck? In summer they get hot water from the cold tap and cold water from the hot tap.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:03 AM   #31
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ok, well it's been a fun time, made it all the way back to Montana on the return trip from Indiana. Stayed at my first RV park in Wall SD last week, i've decided that a pool is a nice thing to have after traveling all day. learned a lot, and found out that the RV coverage on my AAA does not cover my Airstream when i loose my water heater in the 'burb in Iowa. Lucky for me, AAA sent out a top notch outfit to pick us up and they had us back to the lonely stretch of interstate where I left my trailer in about 4 hours. I was pretty sure it would still be there, but it was awesome to see my belov'd mobile biodome shining in the afternoon Iowa sun... and there was not an 18 wheeler sticking out the back of it.

We've got lots of fun stories of Bison, and prarie dogs, and RV parks, and fun in the car. stay another day here at the in-laws, then off to Cour D'Lane for a night. I think i could get used to disapearing in my Airstream for weeks on end. By far the best vacation.
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What's that about AAA coverage? What won't they cover? What's a water heater in a burb?
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:08 PM   #33
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wow, my bad... i meant water pump in the suburban. About the AAA, it would seem that they have RV coverage, but my membership from Washington didn't cover the tow of my airstream when i was in Iowa. Some of it seems that it may be my fault, i assumed that my premium membership covered the trailer, but it would seem that i misread the information. I guess i need to have a seperate "rider" for the trailer on my membership.
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:55 PM   #34
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I'm gonna check on that AAA RV rider. Thanks for bringing it up. Water pump makes sense:-)
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:37 PM   #35
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Others have reported that AAA coverage is not what it seemed to be and different from state to state.

We have Good Sam.

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We're just back from our first long run, 17 nights from Southern Ontario to Florida then back via New Orleans and Knoxville TN with lots of stops on the way. Our Airstream (28' International Serenity) is new and behaved itself pretty well but we did keep a close eye on tire temps and the like, given the hot weather. With the kids on board we did too many stops so when we do our next big run with them we'll go some place and stop for the week.

There was nothing too testing on that route save for a couple of grades in Tennessee and some awfully bumpy roads, especially in Michigan. Our tow vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Sienna worked really well, turning in around 12 mpg (US) and the only problem was a slow flat on the Sienna that we had fixed in Maryville TN.

Can't wait for the next run out.
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:34 PM   #37
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You are right about AAA coverage. After checking on the coverage that they offer i decided to look elsewhere though I was already a AAA member. By the time I upgraded my membership to cover towing of my AS I found that I could get cheaper coverage with far less restrictions from Airstream. It is provided by Coach Net. My card says "THOR COSTUMER CARE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE AIRSTREAM." I have towed more than 5,000 miles in the last 5 months without an incident so it has not been used and perhaps never will, but I like to know it is there if I need it. I would not be happy leaving my AS on the side of the road.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:25 PM   #38
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interesting, didn't accure to me that i could get roadside from Airstream. I'll have to look into that. I've been happy with AAA, but leaving my trialer on the hiway in Iowa was a bit disapointing... but i suppose theres already a thread going about AAA and Good Sam.

Day 3 of being home from vacation and i find that i'm looking for places that i could tow the trailer here locally. I was going to take it to Home depot, but the wife just looked at me and shook here head. Seems that once you start towing your AS around, it's such a joy, that you want to do it all the time.

I may be going through withdrawls, i've spent everyday home from vacation in the AS doing something. had to fix the wall next to the fridge and put in a new porch light with a fancy LED panel-bulb-thing. I'd post some pics, but i have not a camera to do so. have to bug the wife on that one.

I'm very impressed that we traveled 4k miles and nothing broke on the trailer. My dad stopped by yesterday to "check it out" and was suprised to see that the trailer looked just like it did b4 we left... accept for the extra bugs on the front.
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[QUOTE=Uzzah;1033004 Seems that once you start towing your AS around, it's such a joy, that you want to do it all the time.

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There are threads on AAA, Good Sam and others—use the search function.

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well i'm glad i'm not the only one then trying to tow my 31 footer to Starbucks.... the one that I would normally walk to.

Have to go to actual work tomorow, it's a good thing my work van doesn't have a tow hitch of any sort. My customers may get a little freaked out and think that the cable guy is coming over to stay.

May have to pose a photo of that one... as long as i don't show that actual trailer tongue it might look pretty funny. I can see the page in the wife's scrapbook already.
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Seems that once you start towing your AS around, it's such a joy, that you want to do it all the time.
I've noticed the same thing. I'm actually looking forward to being on the road with it.

Compare this to my B190 - solo, I think the B190 is the best RV while on the road - small, easy to drive, and actually fun. But then you either had to tow a car, rent a car at your destination, or drive the B190 everywhere, and none of those are much fun (I'm a car guy, and the rentals I usually get are annoying).

With the trailer, though, I'm actually looking forward to the drive at least as much as the camping. It's weird.

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well i'm glad i'm not the only one then trying to tow my 31 footer to Starbucks.... the one that I would normally walk to.
I've found, as I drive around, I wonder how I would get in/out of places with the trailer. Not that they're places I'd really go with it in the first place...

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I can see the page in the wife's scrapbook already.
I love photography, my wife loves scrapbooking...our hobbies work well together.
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My wife is a one stop shop. She's got the supper sweet digital canon d7 and the super sweet scrapbook room. I guess all i got was a used trailer, lol, that's what i tell her at least.
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