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Old 09-13-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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It's a 2013 30' Classic and Ram 2012 Longhorn

Just want to say a sincere thanks to all members of this forum who help prepare me to purchase our Special Order Airstream and 2500 Ram Diesel (also a special order) at the end of August 2012.

This is forum is awesome for member patience and concern shown to newbies. Just about everything I learned about Airstreams I learned form this forum. BTW, we have never owned or pulled anything, except a U-Haul trailer. After, a RV expo, we knew a Airstream was for us.

We live in Maryland but purchased in Michigan. We included most options that could possible cause concerns: 2nd AC, 600W inverter, Solar Charging System, 16" rims and Michelin LT Ribs, Centramatic Balancers, and we decided to go with the Andersen Hitch.

There are so many questions and so little time. I have to go to NJ in the morning for a wedding. Can't wait to get back to find out what you guys do going into the winter months.

Until the next post, THANKS AGAIN.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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Freedomrider, before you know it, you will be a seasoned Streamer yourself and will be passing along good insight to the next newbie.

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Old 09-14-2012, 03:44 PM   #3
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oooo.......ahhhhh.......ooooooh. Sounds deeliteful. Please post pix.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
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oooo.......ahhhhh.......ooooooh. Sounds deeliteful. Please post pix.
Yes pictures please of that awesome combo!
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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We do the same in the winter as we do in the summer.............travel! Just stay away from ice & snow!
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:25 AM   #6
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Thanks all for all the kind words. Will definitely post photos after both deliveries. This thing is soo overwhelming I don't know what to do next but its exciting. Thanks, Howard L, you were on the money.


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Congrats - now show us some pictures....
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:09 PM   #8
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New TV

Thanks all. Just wanted to post a photo of our new baby. Brought it home a couple of days ago. Already put 900 miles on it, no tow. Gas milage was 13.6 mpg at 75 mph and 16.6 mpg at 70 mph. Will lower speed next time out. Sure hope it gets better! Also, just added a cap.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:21 AM   #9
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May want to re-think that hitch. Doesn't look as though it has what is necessary -- leverage -- to properly distribute tongue weight from a heavier trailer. A certified scale will give the answer if one wishes to be persistent.

Better to get a PRO-PRIDE (or PULLRITE) and be done with this question. An inferior hitch (even if it operated correctly) is not one's friend when it matters.

Good to see the tire upsize, etc. And, as with others, congratulations on a very, very nice rig!

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Great combination. We had a 2005 Classic 30 and have a 2005 Dodge Cummins. I never had any problems towing.

I get 13 mpg (plus or minus 1 mpg) pulling an Airstream Classic 34 and about 18 mpg for combined city / highway. For highway alone I get about 22 mpg.

Your milage should go up once the engine is "broken in". However that may take 40,000 mile.
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"Break-in" (as a concept used loosely) will see mpg improvements past 100k miles.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:05 AM   #12
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The mileage improvements in my 2009 truck arrived around 25k.
You need to post more pictures!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:11 AM   #13
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More TV Photos

Shocked to hear how long it may takes for the mileage to increase. I am optimistic that it will be sooner.

Is there anything that your have done to increase your milage during the break-in period without voiding any warranties?

I have joined the Cummins Forum, in hopes of educating myself on the finer points of owning the Ram.

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Old 11-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #14
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I like the colors of your new truck. My brother brought home a 2012 back in August to tease me.......
There really isn't anything you can do to fix the mileage except drive slower and get rid of emission equipment - warranty void. The nature of the Cummins engine is that it takes awhile to it to break-in and loosen up. They have always been this was as far as I know.
Keep it under 70 mph and you will see improvements. These trucks are much heavier, have larger engines and choked down with emissions versus their predecessors. Too bad the big three have got caught up in the horsepower/torque wars - they needed to mix it up with mileage gains too. I understand the 2013 Dodge has up the ante with 850 lbs of torque. I suppose rolling condo 5th wheels and hot shotters need all this power.
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