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Old 04-28-2016, 06:00 PM   #15
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I vote for ANY AS from 1964 to 1979 as they are consistent, pretty bullet proof and if your lucky to find the orig owner (ive done that at least 4 times with the 10 I owned from 1998 to 2009 ) they are usually well taken care of. 1974 was when they put grey water tanks in them and 68 I think was the year they changed to a body style that lasted into the 80s . in the old days they came in many bed configs like year twins, mid ship twins or full jackknife on one side with full wardrobe on the other. google vintage airstream images to see all the diferent options then. since about 1980 I dont get turned on by them, but that how Im wired! good luck and HAVE FUN!

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Old 04-28-2016, 07:07 PM   #16
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So far so good!

We have traveled 7000+ miles with our 2016 25 ft FC... No problems! Many reads on the forum outline problems that can and do occur... We have made some changes early on.... Michelin 16 inch tires being the most major after reading problems with the stock tires. Mostly the forum outlines great ideas and tips... Read it daily. Are AS's without fault?.. Nope! I feel there are many corners cut and much could be of higher quality... too bad, but would buy again and thoroughly enjoy our travels ! IMHO get the 25ff
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:15 PM   #17
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Greetings from Orlando

I second Foley RV in Gulfport, MS. Ron is awesome and fair.
He can find you a good price on new and used ASs.
We started with a 25' and ended up with a 30' within a year and a half.
It's very nice to have that extra space!
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:24 PM   #18
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Question, getting ready for first trip. We are going to make it a short one, but would like to know if you put water in the tank before you take off?? No laughing!!
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:48 PM   #19
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Question, getting ready for first trip. We are going to make it a short one, but would like to know if you put water in the tank before you take off?? No laughing!!

We do, because we will often stop for lunch at a roadside park, where no restrooms of any vintage are available, and, we may boondock enroute, and need to cook, wash dishes, shower, etc.


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Old 04-29-2016, 07:54 PM   #20
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A full water tank lowers the center of gravity on the trailer. Full also keeps sloshing to a minimum.

We have also stopped at campgrounds on the way somewhere and discovered that the local water was pretty poor -- when that happens we just use our own.

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Old 04-29-2016, 08:05 PM   #21
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Just to jump in here: I would not consider travelling with a full water tank. We normally put about a 1/4 tank in and that is enough for lunch stops of bathroom breaks if needed. The (only) time I would fill my tank is if I'm going to boondocks for a few days and then I would fill the tank as close to the location I plan on stating as possible. No sense dragging all that weight around that a full tank would cause.

Just my .02 and how we do it.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:03 PM   #22
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Our water tank sits centered between the axles and at its lowest point, there is no better place to add weight to the trailer. I believe it stabilizes it, offsets some of the added travel weight and moves the center of gravity nearer the center and lower.

I recall Airstream shop owner and expert Inland Andy recommended many times to fill the tank for a better towing Airstream.

So we do.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:01 PM   #23
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We always travel with at least a half tank of fresh water. This allows us to make a quick overnight stop at a campground and hook up electric only.

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Old 04-30-2016, 12:44 AM   #24
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Question, getting ready for first trip. We are going to make it a short one, but would like to know if you put water in the tank before you take off?? No laughing!!

Don't forget to sanitize the fresh water tank before filling it up.

I fill the tank before leaving home, even if I know the water source is good at my destination. It's better to have it onboard and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:36 AM   #25
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Welcome! You are wise to first consider how you will use your coach. The advice to "live" in the coach for a bit as if it was a rainy day is spot on.

As for what year to get, that's up to you and your budget. Buying used is generally the best choice for the first couple of times, as someone else has taken the biggest depreciation hit.

While you are considering your options, start thinking about your tow vehicle. Unless you are already planning to get a different vehicle, find out what your current one can tow. Lots of threads here about how to do that. Compare the heaviest gross weight from the trailers you are considering to what your vehicle can tow. If the towing capacity isn't greater than what you are looking at you will need to either go with a smaller (lighter) trailer or a more capable tow vehicle.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:30 AM   #26
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I am so grateful for this forum (can't say that enough). We will keep an eye on inventory re: Foleu and JdSanders (esp since it isn't that far from us here in Bradenton). We are overwhelmed w the Airstream Classifieds and such, and being novices that we are, we would have no clue what to look for in any 70s models for example. It was nice to see that the Safari 25 SE has very similar floor plan to the flying cloud. I also noticed that the Tradewinds and Overlanders (?) w the mid twins and rear bath (but big center winder and lots of light) were tempting vintage models to me - still NO experience (except fixing up a house in Brandenton which is MORE than enough surprises and wallet hits). 1. So, do we "call" JD Sanders and such and tell them we are hoping to find say an older model of a safari se 25 or flying cloud and give them some years to work with?? There aren't many in the airstream classifieds that's for sure. 2. I looked at theWBCI (sp?) clubs (the Tampa is nearest one to us) - i emailed the contact on that site, but no response so far (about 7 days). Noticed there are no rallys until Sept for many. I would love to find some Airstream commerediere/knowledge and even though the ages look a little more 'mature' than us - we would do our best to befriend regardless. Any suggestions on who to contact during this summer (and how)? What clubs near us besides the WBCI (i looked in list - no rallys and some clubs are far - next closest one had no contacts listed?
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Lots of wbcci members in fl go north for rally's etc in the summer, hence not much in fl then. Call sanders and let them know what you are looking for, ask for Ben. Good luck.
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