3 Rivet Member
1997 30' Limited
Join Date: Aug 2009
Reflections of the first year
One year ago, we bought our Airstream, a 1997, 30’ Limited. Unknowingly, we joined a unique community, and found we owned an icon everybody seems to relate to in some way. So many people want to share how a close relative owned an AS, or how they wanted an AS, or how they admired how they were made or the high quality of workmanship. If anything, our AS is admired everywhere by almost all campers, no matter if they own a Prevost or are homeless living in a brown canvas tent.
Since purchasing the AS we have driven through and visited the following states: NY, PA, OH, IN IL, WI, MN, IA, NE, MO, KS, KY, TN, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, SD, ND, MT, ID, BC, WA, OR, CA. These states will be added by the time we get back to our Omaha home: NV, UT, WY, CO.
We found our AS to be supremely livable. We didn’t miss the slide-out of our previous SOB. All the systems are the top model. I like having a built in pressure regulator, heat pump, power stabilizers and jacks, windows that open on all 4 sides, Zip Dee awnings, and the list goes on.
Not everything has been rosy, however. On the first day, less than 50 miles from home, we came out of a McDonalds to discover a major crease on a rear curved panel that had just been replace less than a year ago. 100 miles later, construction barrels claimed the middle rafter support for the awning. There was only 6 inches clearance and one barrel was set in a foot. The water pump died in Kalispell, a major leak that wet the carpet between the twin beds showed itself in WA and OR in a two-week continuous rain. A drawer latch and drawer mechanism under the dinette seat gave up the ghost. The black tank cleaner has become a musician (it now hums) rather than cleans. Only the water leak was worrisome in these problems, and that finally has been resolved as well as all the other problems except the singing black tank cleaner.
Someone on Air Forums says, “Nothing tows like an Airstream”, and I think he is right. Our AS is set up with Reese DualCams, Centramatics, and AirSafe Hitch, Hawkshead TPMS and have NEVER had a “white knuckle” moment. We have towed our trailer on the most challenging highways in the West. Southern BC including their #1 rated motorcycle road, highway #101 from Port Townsend, WA to Eureka, Ca, then to Redding, to Sonora, then Highway 49 to Mariposa. Many of these highways, especially highway 49, use the white line on the right as the shoulder. I just hate it when the white line is eroded away.
Most of the time, it is very apparent that I’m pulling an 8500 pound trailer, but truthfully, I’ve had to remind myself on occasion that I am pulling a trailer. With this in mind, I have to be especially careful in wet, slippery situations that might arise with the trailer’s mechanical advantage in curves and slick situations. To repeat, not one “whiteknuckle” situation has been experienced. I sure hope this continues and believe it will as long as I respect the issues of towing.
In summary, living and traveling in our AS has been a supreme life experience on every level. Traveling with and living in our AS is more and greater than we ever expected. I hope we can spend many more years enjoying this lifestyle.
Rig: '97 30' Limited
Towed by: '13 Silverado 2500 Duramax