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Old 04-08-2005, 11:54 AM   #15
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Good choice on the CCD28'. Let me know if your floor squeeks by the dinette & sink. Our dealer was able to fix our by dropping the belly pan & reinforcing the floor. Also, get yourself a battery powered drill and a deep set (3/4" I think) socket. That makes quick work raising and lowering the jacks.
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:11 PM   #16
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I don't have any advice to add BUT.....

Don't forget to bring a Mandolin Player. They come in very handy if your stereo breaks. And if it is muddy.....you can use them as a door mat
(if you can 't find a banjo player) .

Your trip sounds wonderful. Stay safe, stay rested, stay alert.
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Old 04-08-2005, 03:47 PM   #17
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good East Bay RV spot

I'd suggest the Pleasanton Fair grounds to test out a new RV. They have full hook ups, easy parking and it's quiet. Check out their web site at http://www.alamedacountyfair.com/new3/. It's $25 a night. You can pay at the guard shack as you enter. It's near the 580/680 intersection, Take the Bernal exit off of 680.
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Old 04-08-2005, 04:41 PM   #18
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Thanks all!

Wow. That's more info than I had hoped for! Thanks everyone.

Yes, the waiting is the biggest problem. The CCD is at the dealer, but we are busy moving out of our house (we sold the home, thus we now have $ for a CCD and TV - maybe some will be left over for the kids, MAYBE...), taking care of our affairs, etc. Oh yes, and PLANNING THE TRIP!!!!

So hopefully the days will go by quickly!

Kathy - we just might be in the Jackson Hole/Yellowstone area when you are. Would love to meet! I'll contact you through the airstream forum as our plans solidify...but right now we sort of have an open ticket, open dates, and best of all, open roads.....

Brad - our CCD should sleep 6. Angela and I have the queen bed, our dog Kenzie has the rest. We have two friends traveling with us for about a month, but other than that, we have extended an open invitation to all our friends and family to fly in and join us on the road whenever they want. Mi casa es su casa...ahem, mi CCD es su CCD?

David - my research has shown that the facility fees seem to run around $20 - 80 a night, depending on what kind of amenities, full hook up, partial, etc. For example, places with pools, restaurants, activities, etc. charge more, the basic places seem to charge around $20 - 35 a night. Am told that joining one of the clubs (KOA, Good Sam, etc.) can help with discounts. Hope that helps with the budget. And don't forget, your AS can be self sustaining for a while, so some nights you can just find a nice place and snooze!

Tin Hut - will let you know if our model squeeks. I didn't notice it when I was checking it out last, but then I was pretty distracted trying to negotiate a better deal....

Thanks again everyone. If there are any more suggestions, keep 'em coming!

See everyone DOWN the road! (Thanks for the suggestion RivetEd!)

- Mike & Angela & Kenzie
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Old 04-08-2005, 04:42 PM   #19
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Woo hoo! My wife and I just spent a ton of money on a 2005 28 ft CCD Int'l. Our dealer was a new Airstream dealer located near Concord, CA (http://www.EastBayRV.com). Since our VW Toureg had insufficient towing capacity, we ended up spending an even bigger amount of money on a new TV, a 2005 Ford Excursion Limited with a 6.0L powerstroke turbo diesel engine and a 3.73 rear axle. So much for leaving an inheritance for the kids!

We'll be on the road the first/second week of May 2005, with a tentative intinerary of the following locales:

SF to Yosemite
to Hwy 395 down to Las Vegas
to the Grand Canyon
to Zion Nat'l Park
To Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park
to Arches Nat'l Park
to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos
To Denver and Boulder, CO
to Jackson Hole, WY
to Bozeman and Missoula, MT
to Lake Louise, Banff & Jasper, Canada
to Whistler-Blackombe, Canada
to Vancouver, BC
to Seattle, WA
down the coast of Oregon
back to SF.

Whew! We estimate about a 4-6 mo road trip. We can't wait! If any of you will be in any of those locations, pls let us know. Perhaps we can meet on the road and share stories over wine, beer, or soda!

Since this is our first RV ever (we used to back pack a lot, but Angela had back surgery and can't carry a load for a while), we would like to perform a dry run prior to our trip. Can anyone recommend a trailer park between San Francisco and San Jose where we can hook up and test out our new trailer? We need to figure out how to drive it, dock it, level it, etc. We also need to figure out what else we should buy, such as 20 and 50 amp plug converters, extra long water hose, etc. Any recommendations on must haves would be helpful.

See you all on the road and thanks for all the advice so far!

- Mike & Angela (and our dog Kenzie)

If you're near Finley Point on Flathead Lake Montana, stop by we will no doubt have all the adult beverages on hand. We'll be in the camp host spot late May thru mid July.
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Old 04-08-2005, 05:50 PM   #20
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We always head out the drive for a camping trip pulling Gypsy with Willie crooning "On the road again. . ." So, only positive vibes for ." . .on the road. . ." from these Willie and Airstream fans and if anyone tries to make it something negative, shame on him!
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Old 04-08-2005, 06:38 PM   #21
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A 50 to 30 amp adapter, a 30 to 20 amp adapter, two sections of 25' potable water hose I cut one into a 10' and 15' section for the times when I am really close to the supply. A walmart T adapter with a faucet. I connect the potable water to the straight side and a green hose 50' to the faucet. Wally also carries a roll up table that is compact and convient for happy hour. One great thing about our country you are never very far from somewhere that you can purchase what you left behind. Go out with what you think you will need and don't buy the other mess until you have a need for it. I have bought hundreds of dollars worth of stuff that I have given away at flea markets. Enjoy your new Airstream it sounds like a beauty.
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Old 04-08-2005, 07:25 PM   #22
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Congratulations.

The Airstream is a no-brainer. You'll love it. But congrats as well on the BEST tow vehicle! You'll love it... it makes for effortless towing. What kind of hitch will you be using?

We love our Hensley... though you can read lots of feedback on lots of hitches on here.

Finally, I HATE the leveler crank contraption and carry a cordless power drill with the right size socket... putting out all four levelers takes about a minute with this.


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Old 04-08-2005, 09:04 PM   #23
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Sarmimi,
I know this is short notice but you could go up to the Nor Cal Forum rally at Casini Ranch this weekend and Have plenty of Airstreamers help you out with your trial run. I am sure there would be extra sites available and anything you forget we would probably have. I would love to see you and your trailer and would be more than willing to help in any way that I can. Things are so much less stressful if you have someone to help guide you thru the first time.
We will be leaving in the morning to go over. Come on by we would love to meet you.
Even If you can't bring the trailer you might come over for the day and see how everything is set up.
I have been up thru Montana and Wyo down thru Wash and the Ore coast . I know Big Dee has spent alot of time on the Ore coast and would love to share our experiences with you.

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Old 04-09-2005, 01:05 PM   #24
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You will have sooooo much fun. Enjoy!!!!
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Old 04-09-2005, 03:38 PM   #25
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We'll be on the road the first/second week of May 2005, with a tentative intinerary of the following locales:

SF to Yosemite
to Hwy 395 down to Las Vegas
to the Grand Canyon
to Zion Nat'l Park
To Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park
to Arches Nat'l Park
to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos
To Denver and Boulder, CO
to Jackson Hole, WY
to Bozeman and Missoula, MT
to Lake Louise, Banff & Jasper, Canada
to Whistler-Blackombe, Canada
to Vancouver, BC
to Seattle, WA
down the coast of Oregon
back to SF.
OK...I'm showing my newbie colors. I went to reserveamerica to see if I could reserve an RV site at a couple of state parks on our trip. A lot of them were already fully booked. I'm starting to worry about us being able to camp at state parks. What do most of you do? Just go to a private RV camp? We ordered the Woodall's RV Camping Guide, which we hope will help (still yet to receive it).

Any favorite camp grounds you'd recommend on our route? Being able to plan for the trip but having to wait is TORTURE for us!!!

Thanks again!

- M & A & K
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Old 04-09-2005, 04:50 PM   #26
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If you don't have to or can't 'Plan ahead'

Last Spring/Summer, 16000 + miles around America, I was successful by driving in one direction each day and when I decided where I might end up I would search in Woodalls/and-or/Trailer Campground reference books, call the local number listed and ask if they had a site avaliable.

Many of these campgrounds have spaces that they don't allow to be reserved and are first-come-first-serve basis. Call the ranger or camp host on your cellular, if there is one avaliable - well you may have to rush there and hope it is empty when you arrive. Personally, its exciting for me - not for all!

There is also a National Forest Guide I purchased online that was quite helpful. None of the 'Big-Rigs' can get in to those and many are quite quaint & woodsy.

You also have BLM areas. Someone within our Forum may be able to inform you where to acquire that guide.

On your route, there will always be a commercial campground nearby.

Aditionally, when you get near Seattle, I recommend Anacortes Washington area. There is a great commercial campground http://www.fidalgobay.com/
with wireless internet, and in town a fantastic State Campground in the woods and on the water. Three others nearby. Super day trips around this area - Deception Pass !!!! Yeah!
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We've reported on this campground before on this forum, but we still believe it is a fine central location for enjoying both the Tetons/Jackson Hole and the Yellowstone areas. Flag Ranch is located just south of Yellowstone. It is a large commercial campground that accomodates the largest to the smallest. It offers an excellent lodge with restaurant, gift shop, grocery, and fuel. The campground is not "spacious" but it does offer enough space with pine shade for most sites to make you feel comfortable. Flag Ranch has all the ammenities you need when on the road, in addition to being a comfortable stay while you go day tripping north into Yellowstone or day tripping south into the Tetons. We would stay again. You might check it out since no one can go to this area and just drive through. Gotta stay a few day to take it all in! Your new rig and your trip agenda sound like dreams. Enjoy and keep us posted
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We'll be on the road the first/second week of May 2005, with a tentative intinerary of the following locales:

SF to Yosemite
to Hwy 395 down to Las Vegas
to the Grand Canyon
to Zion Nat'l Park
To Bryce Canyon Nat'l Park
to Arches Nat'l Park
to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos
To Denver and Boulder, CO
to Jackson Hole, WY
to Bozeman and Missoula, MT
to Lake Louise, Banff & Jasper, Canada
to Whistler-Blackombe, Canada
to Vancouver, BC
to Seattle, WA
down the coast of Oregon
back to SF.
If you need info on the Moab/Arches area, PM me. You might also consider checking out Canyonlands NP and/or Deadhorse Point SP while your in that area, if you haven't already. I'll be there (Castle Valley, UT) around 4/27 thru 5/10 and again around 5/24 thru 6/2, if you care to meet up or if you need assistance while in the area.

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