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Old 04-15-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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Just Returned from Purchasing Our First Airstream

After years of looking and pondering we purchased our first Airstream last week. It is a 2010 Flying Cloud 30 with the recliners. We drove down to Gulfport, MS and purchased it. We then camped there on the Gulf for a few days in Mississippi before heading over to Navarre, Florida. Then we tackled the long drive home to North Carolina...through what seemed like a monsoon! This is our first RV ever and we had our share of learning and challenges, but it was a great (and tiring) trip. We are happy to join the Airstream community.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:40 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard.

If this is your FIRST trailer let us know what you are towing with and who and what they set you up with for a hitch.

A picture would be helpful.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:43 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Did you buy it from Foley RV?
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:00 PM   #4
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Hey, I looked at that one. Congratulations!! I just purchased a 25 foot International and drove it home from Austin in a couple of monsoons
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:06 PM   #5
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Welcome, and congratulations on your purchase.

Lots of memories ahead!
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:34 PM   #6
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This is our first travel trailer. I have been boating my whole life so I am very used to towing, but there are certainly some differences. My wife and I had been camping with my parents several times, but never on our own until now. I purchased a Blue Ox Sway Pro. I did a lot of research and set it up myself, but to be honest it still had a lot of sway on our trip from Mississippi to Florida. A combination of more tension on the bars, more air in the trailer tires, and replacing two older tires (one with tread separating) made a huge difference. I am towing with a 2007 Silverado 1500 with the larger 6.0L "Vortec Max" engine, huge transmission cooler, and load range E tires. It did great on the 600+ mile trip home. I will try to get a picture to upload and place it here.
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Old 04-15-2015, 07:42 PM   #7
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We did purchase it from Foley's. Here is a picture (if it uploads correctly). This was taken at the Silver Slipper Casino RV park. Other than the dealership, this is the first place we camped.

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Old 04-15-2015, 07:45 PM   #8
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From the mountains of N.C., congratulations.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:10 PM   #9
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I also use the Blue Ox Pro, but had the guys at Foley install and set it up. As I am sure you know it is crucial to get the trailer and TV as level as you can. I hook up, park on level ground and then measure from the top of the wheel wells on the TV and from the frame of the trailer front and back to the ground to make sure everything is level. Once you get it dialed in it is a rock solid hitch.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:16 PM   #10
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We changed to the Blue Ox when we purchased our 25fb at Foley. I think our old Husky had more adjustability.....I was able to fine-tune the setup more so than the Blue Ox. However, I really love the ease of hooking up and not messing with the friction sway bars. AND I'm not getting big grease stains on my pants anymore.


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Old 04-16-2015, 11:46 AM   #11
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Your new baby !

Purchased our Airstream and Blue Ox from them at the same time. Love them both. That Blue Ox is so easy to operate. They suggested Blue Ox and we are glad we went with it. Great sales and service staff. Can't ask for better. Congrats from Louisiana and enjoy your silver travels !
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:48 AM   #12
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Isn't it crucial to make sure your refrigerator is level when parked?
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:19 PM   #13
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This is our first travel trailer. I have been boating my whole life so I am very used to towing, but there are certainly some differences. My wife and I had been camping with my parents several times, but never on our own until now. I purchased a Blue Ox Sway Pro. I did a lot of research and set it up myself, but to be honest it still had a lot of sway on our trip from Mississippi to Florida. A combination of more tension on the bars, more air in the trailer tires, and replacing two older tires (one with tread separating) made a huge difference. I am towing with a 2007 Silverado 1500 with the larger 6.0L "Vortec Max" engine, huge transmission cooler, and load range E tires. It did great on the 600+ mile trip home. I will try to get a picture to upload and place it here.
Congratulations! Your rig looks beautiful!
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:31 PM   #14
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Isn't it crucial to make sure your refrigerator is level when parked?
On vintage units yes, not so much on newer ones.
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