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Old 06-06-2015, 08:11 AM   #85
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The most important trailer advantage

"When we bought the Foretravel two years ago we fully expected that we would be moving an average of every two weeks. Since then, though, I've joined Laborers For Christ, and projects generally last several months."

David, you hit on the most important advantage that trailers provide the RVer. If you are in the same location for weeks or months, with a trailer you don't have that huge investment in diesel engine and transmission sitting idle. And sitting idle is not good for the power train nor the genset.

If your method of RVing involves being in one place for quite a while, a trailer may be best. You can use the TV to run errands and make day trips, so that keeps it's engine active. The trailer doesn't mind being stationary.

I kept a trailer on a site at a north Alabama lake for 20 months before moving it to the Florida panhandle for the winter of '14 to '15. It didn't seem to suffer at all ! Hooked up and towed perfectly. Now it is back at that same lake until I take it to Florida in October where it will move very little until April.

Why would I want to let a diesel engine costing maybe $100,000+ sit idle for months that way ?

Unless you previously owned a trailer, you will have a learning curve to climb as you switch to a towable. Your TV will also be used more day to day as a driver than a TV, so that is something to think about. If you have a 2nd vehicle, a car perhaps, remember not to let that TV sit idle all the time !

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Old 06-06-2015, 08:50 AM   #86
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As a result of our "mods", our 600 amp hour battery feeds a Magnum MS-2812 inverter that will power the microwave and or the air conditioner at a rest stop while taking a lunch break or other necessary activity. The 800 watt solar system will recharge the battery during the next few hours going down the road. We see 575 watts when the sun is out.
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Switz, 70% was the expectation? (800 vs 575).
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Yes 75% or 600 watts of the claimed 800 watts would be a real world output number, not the marketing claim.

Thus the Airstream factory solar system with two 53 watt solar panels or 106 watts in total would create in the real world maybe 74 to 75 watts under optimum conditions.
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Yes 75% or 600 watts of the claimed 800 watts would be a real world output number, not the marketing claim.

Thus the Airstream factory solar system with two 53 watt solar panels or 106 watts in total would create in the real world maybe 74 to 75 watts under optimum conditions.
This is why I think I want to add a 4th panel.
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:54 PM   #90
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We began our RV experience with a heavy 5er almost 20 years ago. Over the following years we traded in and bought two more heavies using 5 different diesel duallys to tow. We decided a couple of years ago the cost of replacing our diesel had simply outstripped our willingness to pay so we sold the truck and the trailer.

We soon discovered we still wanted to enjoy camping with a much smaller RV so we imported a 17' "Casita" and towed it with a caravan. On a month long trip last summer we quickly learned the Casita has most everything an RV'er could ever want except a 'walk around bed'.

The day we returned home we visited our local RV dealer who has always had Airstreams both new and used for sale. He took our Casita on trade for a lightly used 23 Safari SE. We bought a new GMC to tow it as the Safari was a bit of a challenge for the Dodge. We have used and loved this AS23 for the past year or so however, we did quickly discover other than the dinette or bed, there is nowhere to sit just to relax or watch TV.

A few short weeks ago we again visited our friendly dealer. Of course, he just happened to have a new 2015 28' International Signature which has everything the Casita had plus a bed you can walk around and everything the 23' has plus places to sit just to relax and maybe watch TV or enjoy the company of another couple.

So you know the rest of the story. In 6 days we pick up our new Airstream and begin another season of RV travel which will include a visit to Canada's east coast and Newfoundland via ferry. We are excited of course.

Taking a brand new RV, even an Airstream on a long road trip right out of dealer PDI, leaves us a tad uncertain but pretty confident that we enjoy having a walk around bed and a place to relax with our feet up.

We do wish sometimes tho, that we had taken time to look at Airstreams back in the day cause we just might have avoided all the depreciation of trucks and trailers and maybe saved a bundle on fuel.

As new Airstream owners with just a year as "rivets", we are happy to have found our local AS Unit and to have already enjoyed great hospitality and knowledge sharing.
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We began our RV experience with a heavy 5er almost 20 years ago. Over the following years we traded in and bought two more heavies using 5 different diesel duallys to tow. We decided a couple of years ago the cost of replacing our diesel had simply outstripped our willingness to pay so we sold the truck and the trailer.



We soon discovered we still wanted to enjoy camping with a much smaller RV so we imported a 17' "Casita" and towed it with a caravan. On a month long trip last summer we quickly learned the Casita has most everything an RV'er could ever want except a 'walk around bed'.



The day we returned home we visited our local RV dealer who has always had Airstreams both new and used for sale. He took our Casita on trade for a lightly used 23 Safari SE. We bought a new GMC to tow it as the Safari was a bit of a challenge for the Dodge. We have used and loved this AS23 for the past year or so however, we did quickly discover other than the dinette or bed, there is nowhere to sit just to relax or watch TV.



A few short weeks ago we again visited our friendly dealer. Of course, he just happened to have a new 2015 28' International Signature which has everything the Casita had plus a bed you can walk around and everything the 23' has plus places to sit just to relax and maybe watch TV or enjoy the company of another couple.



So you know the rest of the story. In 6 days we pick up our new Airstream and begin another season of RV travel which will include a visit to Canada's east coast and Newfoundland via ferry. We are excited of course.



Taking a brand new RV, even an Airstream on a long road trip right out of dealer PDI, leaves us a tad uncertain but pretty confident that we enjoy having a walk around bed and a place to relax with our feet up.



We do wish sometimes tho, that we had taken time to look at Airstreams back in the day cause we just might have avoided all the depreciation of trucks and trailers and maybe saved a bundle on fuel.



As new Airstream owners with just a year as "rivets", we are happy to have found our local AS Unit and to have already enjoyed great hospitality and knowledge sharing.

It's difficult to get across to folks that "better" is cheaper over the long haul. My parents had the advantage of insight to my grandparents Streamline about ten years in use before they themselves bought a Silver Streak. Which first travelled with our family of five big people behind a luxury sedan, and then a Suburban. Two TVs over twenty-seven years of ownership and travel with one trailer (a 28'; hard to beat the size, isn't it?).

There are those who are going to trade every 3-6 years no matter what. But for those who don't want to, the familiarity of a well sorted trailer is a distinct pleasure over many years.


Which doesn't quite explain why I'm on my third in ten years, ha!
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:44 PM   #92
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Constantly being on the move is definitely my reason for being Class A all the way. I really hope AS starts up their Class A division again as I'm ready to upgrade. I've loved being part of the Airstrean community. You just don't really get that with Newell. My current options are either buying my parents Newell as they're upgrading as well, but it I've also got my eye on a Foretravel. What model is yours David? I'm in the market for a 40-45' and as much as I love the look of a Grand Villa (imo the Grand Villas, AS Classic, and 1980's Vogues are the best looking motorbikes ever made) but entirely not practical for my needs. I'm looking at used Ironhorses. Foretravel did copy my favorite thing about Newell: the flat floor in and out slide outs (the retractable floor is still the coolest thing ever to happen in an RV again IMO...oh and the AS Classic TT with a slideouts).
If I wasn't constantly on the move I would totally go with a TT but I put good use to those $100k Diesel engines (as someone above said)
I say we start a petition for AS to bring back Class As. I've looked at the Interstate seriously. It's usually just myself and one travel companion but the lack of space (interior and storage) just doesn't seem plausible...especially considering I'm bursting at the seams in 36'!
Anyways, as always. Happy trails.
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