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Old 03-15-2017, 03:38 PM   #15
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I-10 is really bad road from PHX to state line, you have to take it slow.

We did 10,000 last year and that was the only bad road, when we got to the CA side open the trailer up and everything that could come loose did.
Thanks dames7! You just convinced me to stick to I-40.

Sounds like I need to look into additional cords and ropes to tie everything down just in case.
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:43 PM   #16
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I-40 is far more scenic IMHO. I have made that trip many times. Keep an eye on the weather though. Spring is around the corner but snow is always a threat in New Mexico and Flagstaff. There are more things to see along I-40 if your time permits.
Kartchner Caverns State Park off I-10 near Benson AZ is very nice if you take that route.
Have a great trip and welcome to the family
Thanks greenflag! Yes, temperamental weather is a big concern of mine considering I am San Diego weather driver. Do I just go to the nearest KOA and wait it out if weather does not cooperate?

I like the I-40 as well.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:46 PM   #17
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I belong to KOA and Good Sam Club.
They both have reasonably good facilities. Get the ALLSTAYS app for your phone or tablet to help locate RV facilities. I was snowed on in New Mexico and Colorado in April one year. I wait out the storm. If I have to cross a mountain pass, I cross in the afternoon. The road tends to be slushy or clear not icy by then.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:43 PM   #18
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You'll love your Sierra with Max Towing. After extending your mirrors and setting Trailer Mode, turn Traction Control off by depressing the second piano key, then hold it down 5 second to turn off StabilTrac. Good luck.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:46 PM   #19
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Hi there-
Ive driven I10 and I40 and would probably pick I40. Lots of nothing for sections on both. Don't know how far you're planning to travel a day but you will need to stop more than once. From Oklahoma City(assuming that is your departure point) to Amarillo would probably be all you want to do on your first day. Since you have no trailering experience you may want to consider renting a U-haul and pulling it around town, backing up, before you leave. Much easier to take rubbing a tire on the U-haul than your new Airstream. Patience on your first pull is key. Take it slow.

Stuff to bring, bedding, a few basic kitchen items, paper plates might be a good option for this trip, basic tools, RV TP, couple of lawn chairs. Owner should give the 30 amp cord and the sewer hose. If they are giving up RVing entirely maybe they will give you their accessories.

If you can't find an inspector, have the owner take it to an Airstream dealer or another dealer of your choice. Camping World for instance. Would not use the owners people unless it was Airstream. Owner sounds upfront so this shouldn't be a problem. Spending the first night near the PO is a good idea. You WILL have questions that first day. Video the hitching and unhitching process. It can be intimidating at first.

Camping: pullthroughs will be your friend on this trip. KOA is a good suggestion. They aren't my first pick usually but you know what you are going to get. When you are at a campground and have a problem, people are usually willing to help. Don't be afraid to ask.

Get a copy of "The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming". Lots of good information. You can download a copy of the owners manual for your Airstream on the Airstream site. Study this before you go and you will have a better idea of what they are talking about when you do the walk through.

Our first trip had its frustrations but we speak often about what a great time we had. You have a lot to learn so remember that it gets easier with time and experience. Good luck.

Happy Travels,
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:54 PM   #20
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We would take I40 and take a coat. We would fill one propane tank and run the furnace if temps dropped below 40 degrees.

We would not move the trailer if the brakes and bearings had not been serviced in the last year. We would replace the tires if they were over three years old. We would replace the batteries if they are more than 2 years old - unless the batteries are of a type that has a better than average lifespan.

We would travel light. We would take bottled drinking water. We would only carry enough water in the fresh tank for using the toilet. We would not expect to travel faster than 55mph.

We would use full hook up pull through commercial RV sites for over night stops on the trip home.

We would rent an enclosed moving trailer and practice towing, backing and parking before heading out to pick up the coach.

We would assume that the coach will have leaks and search for them by running a pressure test on it, when we got home.

We would find inside storage when we got the rig home.

We would smile all the way home. Good luck on your trip. Pat
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:17 PM   #21
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Luforia,
If the brakes and lights work, you are comfortable using the brakes, and the tires and bearings are in decent shape, you will make it home. The rest of the items will wait until you get home.
As far as safety goes:
- space is your friend. Do not tailgate.
- check your mirrors often to see where the trailer is within the lane. It is really easy to have the tow vehicle in the lane and the AS's wheels riding on the fog line/rumble strip or in the shoulder.
- get used to initiating left and especially right turns much later. If your truck's rear wheels just clear a corner, the AS will go over the corner.
I would take I-10. I consistently hit snow in Flagstaff this time of year. But living in San Diego may bias this decision.
Breathe and keep it at 62 mph or less and enjoy the trip.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:18 PM   #22
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You are going to have to back up your trailer sooner or later. The time to learn is not when you are stuck somewhere in the dark by yourself. If you are traveling solo, get a backup camera, and practice a bit in the daylight. If you have a spotter, work clear commands for which way to swing the tail of the trailer.

Also, highly second the Allstays app for your phone or tablet. You can see the parks, then user reviews of the parks. Very helpful.

Also, stop in at a Home Depot or the like for some disposable latex gloves for dealing with your black and grey water tanks.

Always have a good flashlight/trouble light you can use to illuminate whatever you have to work on while your hands are holding wrenches and screws, or whatever.

General purpose spray lube, plus some silicon spray, always good to have.

A volt meter tester is handy. Spare fuses too. A tire gauge.

Hopefully that will get you to San Diego.

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Old 03-15-2017, 07:19 PM   #23
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You'll love your Sierra with Max Towing. After extending your mirrors and setting Trailer Mode, turn Traction Control off by depressing the second piano key, then hold it down 5 second to turn off StabilTrac. Good luck.
Thanks Johndews! Didn't even think about that...can you explain why those need to be off?
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:25 PM   #24
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Let me make a suggestion to you. We made exactly this same trip a year ago. Since you are driving to Oklahoma from Cal. and pulling the Airstream back to Cal. Knowing both I-40 and I-10 let me suggest you drive to Oklahoma on I-40 without the trailer. It is a beautiful drive and you might want to go further north into some beautiful country. Hook onto the trailer and take I-10 back to Cal. Reason being, the road is not mountainous, good running, plenty of places to stay. You are going to have difficulty planning ahead on places to stay. You are in less inhabited areas than what you are accustomed to, probably.

So far as your lack of experience in towing - that would be another reason to run on I-10. Actually, when you drop south from Okla, you may be on I-20 for a period of time. They are both excellent highways. The truck traffic is very heavy on I-40. Not that this should bother you. I pulled a 25' with a 1/2 ton Z71 - with a tow package - and never felt a pull from a truck or bus. You are never on a 2 lane area on I-20 or I-10. You will be fine. Good luck and make the most out of your trip to our area. We are 40 miles N. of Dallas.
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:34 PM   #25
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Another reason to take I-10 - pulling the trailer - would be lack of concern re: snow and bad weather. Does not sound as though you have a specific time line. Watch your weather forecast as to expected weather. We drove from the Yosemite area back to Denton, TX in a little less than 3 days, taking our time. Again, best wishes.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:12 PM   #26
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Having just bought my first AS in November...

1. Get an inspector to help you look the trailer over. That was an $6000 mistake I made--seemed like too much trouble. Don't make the same mistake. There's a fair chance that the trailer has some subfloor rot somewhere. It may not, but the inspector will help figure out what you're looking at.

2. And this is the hard one... be prepared to walk away without the trailer. You can avoid a coin toss if the inspector can look at the trailer before you make the trip to Oklahoma. You'll have info of what you're getting. You drive to Oklahoma without knowing the condition of the trailer and there's a real good chance that you're buying the trailer, regardless of condition.

It's an amazing step--getting an Airstream--just do it eyes wide open.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:09 PM   #27
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Let me make a suggestion to you. We made exactly this same trip a year ago. Since you are driving to Oklahoma from Cal. and pulling the Airstream back to Cal. Knowing both I-40 and I-10 let me suggest you drive to Oklahoma on I-40 without the trailer. It is a beautiful drive and you might want to go further north into some beautiful country. Hook onto the trailer and take I-10 back to Cal. Reason being, the road is not mountainous, good running, plenty of places to stay. You are going to have difficulty planning ahead on places to stay. You are in less inhabited areas than what you are accustomed to, probably.

So far as your lack of experience in towing - that would be another reason to run on I-10. Actually, when you drop south from Okla, you may be on I-20 for a period of time. They are both excellent highways. The truck traffic is very heavy on I-40. Not that this should bother you. I pulled a 25' with a 1/2 ton Z71 - with a tow package - and never felt a pull from a truck or bus. You are never on a 2 lane area on I-20 or I-10. You will be fine. Good luck and make the most out of your trip to our area. We are 40 miles N. of Dallas.
Thanks Betty! This is what google maps suggest, https://goo.gl/maps/F3zzsi45YgP2, not sure if it's trailer driving friendly if I don't use the I-20.

Very reassuring to hear you have similar vehicle and did well with 25'. I have driven I-70 and I-40 before but not so much of I-10, this will be a treat to see so many different parts of the country.
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First of all...it's not a race. Take your time and camp. Enjoy the adventure. Do not travel at night. Highway 40 is really nice with parts of Route 66. Enjoy the adventure!
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