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Old 05-20-2016, 11:59 AM   #15
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Dear FCStreamer,

My best to your & your family with your new Airstream adventure.

My experience is having been "messing around with boats," largely with sail but more recently with power, since summer camp on an island in Puget Sound while in grade school, too many decades ago to count. Last year, we got our first Airstream, and I have yet to have any regrets about it.

In the interest of boating, however, I don't recall ever hearing anybody say or write:

"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about with travel trailers. Simply messing... about in — or with travel trailers. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."

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Old 05-20-2016, 12:40 PM   #16
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Your 5 phase trip plan looks good. We have stayed at Cherry Hill (although years ago). It was pretty neat then. The kids enjoyed it too. As for your learning curve, by the time you get home, most hook-up, set-up and idiosyncrasies of your Airstream will be old hat. The winterization issue will clarify for you quickly. You'll get great help from the forum and your common sense will prevail. Have a great trip. We will watch your blog with great enthusiasm! Take some trips soon.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:03 PM   #17
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Thanks for your reply! Yes, the weather at Colonial will be in the 60s, so it should be perfect for us. We also planned on coming back and taking the whole week to do it. We planned a 5 phase trip:

http://www.ourflyingcloud.com/2016/0...ning-trip.html

I literally guessed where to say, and based on forum feedback I kept each leg short (some a lot shorter) so I could just enjoy the experience. Might as well, since I probably won't be back to New Jersey. Ever. There are 7000 places out West I'd rather go if I had that kind of time. Mount Rushmore is in my bucket list.

I read all those posts about winterization and storing the trailer through winter and just shake my head...
Mt Rushmore is terrific. I am even more amazed with nearby Crazy Horse.

Great camp for AS is the Bar J in Hill City.
http://www.rafterj.com/
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:48 PM   #18
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Download and read Rich Luhr's "Newbies Guide to Airstreaming". A hard copy may come with your trailer, but you will feel more confidant if you have read it in advance. I was petrified at the thought of messing with the sewer hose, etc. but a piece of cake. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 05-20-2016, 03:53 PM   #19
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You will be fine and have a fantastic time because you have the right attitude, some good skills and this forum when all else fails.

We salute you, safe travels in your new shore yacht.
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:47 PM   #20
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We enjoy Wind Cave National Park just south of Custer Stare Park. Bison roam through campground along with other wildlife. Rangers said you can always get a spot even during Sturgis! Recliners! Wish we had them. Enjoy!
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:53 PM   #21
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We did it last September.. Drover from Tampa back to Houston. It really went smoothly. We were quite nervous too but the Airstream tracked perfectly. It was an easy trip with a few great stops along the way. Print a check list before you leave and go over it before you head out. We did not unhook along the way so that was great. Backing in to a space was a little intimidating but after a few tries it was fine.
Good luck, do t worry to much. You'll never look back!
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:57 PM   #22
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Thanks to all for the great advice and well wishes! I'll be sure to post some pictures on the blog as I go.
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Old 05-20-2016, 05:28 PM   #23
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I read all those posts about winterization and storing the trailer through winter and just shake my head...
My favorite method of Winterizing is to tow the trailer to Florida for the Winter...
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:15 PM   #24
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Would you be interested in trading wives???...wives that pester a husband to buy a boat are few and far in between. Safe travels. jon.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:39 PM   #25
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Love your writing style FC! Look forward to more in your blog. May your travels be safe and trouble-free. Well, almost trouble free. Maybe sort of trouble-free. Ah heck, just have fun!
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Old 05-25-2016, 03:54 PM   #26
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Safe travels FCStreamer! We just picked up our 16 FC25reartwin in Tampa, last Monday and spent a few nights near the dealer in Dover and at Fort Desoto near St. Pete. Good to stay close to the dealer as we had a few hiccups and had a Voyager installed after realizing the add on mirrors are a liability! Love it and you will, too. Back at home on Lookout Mountain and looking forward to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho later this summer!
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Old 05-25-2016, 04:08 PM   #27
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Thanks all. I've been updating the blog at

http://www.ourflyingcloud.com/

as we make our way back home to Florida. Haven't been able to write much but have posted some pics. Today I'll be washing my Airstream if I can muster the energy. Two more days until we get home!
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Old 05-25-2016, 05:00 PM   #28
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Interesting post and blog FCStreamer. Glad to hear the purchase all went well and that your on the road. We're planning a trip down the Eastern Seaboard next fall. So we might actually be covering some of the same country.

Good luck with the new adventure and with luck our paths will cross at some point.

By the way - how does one subscribe to your blog so we get a notice when you update it?

Thanks

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