Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-03-2015, 08:57 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
Hans627's Avatar

 
2009 25' FB International
Hanover , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 883
Maiden Voyage, at Last!

This Thursday we make our first trip in our '09 25' FB Int. It is a relatively short trip of only about 120 miles and only for two nights. It is mostly a learning trip but we are visiting an 94 year old army buddy of my dear father.

We started looking at AS near Ft. Myers, FL about a year and a half ago. While touring several models some kind folks suggested we check out the Air Forums (probably the best advice we got). I wish we would have gotten their names.

So it's been an interesting journey to get to the point and are excited about finally getting out on the road.

I know that there is still a lot to learn but I guess I'm concerned about the things I don't know that I don't know. The surprises. I think I have the obvious covered (thanks to many answered questions on this forum). What were some of the surprises that you didn't expect on your maiden trip?

Thanks again to all for your patient assistance.
__________________

__________________
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2015, 09:12 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Piggy Bank's Avatar
 
2017 25' Flying Cloud
2015 22' FB Sport
Kansas City , Missouri
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 1,081
We pulled up a YouTube video showing how to unhitch the equalizer, just as a double check.

Also gloves are good so you don't get grease on your hands.

We also forgot to drain out our freshwater holding tank when we broke camp. We remembered on the way back. It took a while to all drain out.

We also didn't know that the campsite electrical hookup would also have a standard outlet too. Next trip we brought an extension cord and fan to use by our chairs.
__________________

__________________

Piggy Bank
Piggy Bank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2015, 02:38 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Hans627's Avatar

 
2009 25' FB International
Hanover , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 883
Quote:
Originally Posted by Piggy Bank View Post
We pulled up a YouTube video showing how to unhitch the equalizer, just as a double check.

Also gloves are good so you don't get grease on your hands.

We also forgot to drain out our freshwater holding tank when we broke camp. We remembered on the way back. It took a while to all drain out.

We also didn't know that the campsite electrical hookup would also have a standard outlet too. Next trip we brought an extension cord and fan to use by our chairs.
Gloves are a good idea. Thanks! I also have several videos just in case!
__________________
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2015, 08:27 PM   #4
3 Rivet Member
 
2015 25' Flying Cloud
Manheim , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 190
You are going to have fun, doing what you dreamed of doing.

That being said, some of my dumbest mistakes happened on my second or third trip out.

No glassware pots! Put the lock in the hitch coupler when towing! Wind up the stabilizers before trying to use the power tongue jack! Don't leave much water in the toilet bowl when heading out! I could go on, but I won't.
__________________
Youtube channel "Airstream Adventurers"
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW4...NOHJQUM1yyDLAw
Jukeboxfun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 06:47 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Hans627's Avatar

 
2009 25' FB International
Hanover , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 883
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jukeboxfun View Post
You are going to have fun, doing what you dreamed of doing.

That being said, some of my dumbest mistakes happened on my second or third trip out.

No glassware pots! Put the lock in the hitch coupler when towing! Wind up the stabilizers before trying to use the power tongue jack! Don't leave much water in the toilet bowl when heading out! I could go on, but I won't.
Steve, thanks for your comments and reminders. I particularly liked the reminder about water in toilet bowl!
__________________
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 11:38 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,828
Quote:
Originally Posted by Piggy Bank View Post
We pulled up a YouTube video showing how to unhitch the equalizer, just as a double check.

Also gloves are good so you don't get grease on your hands.

We also forgot to drain out our freshwater holding tank when we broke camp. We remembered on the way back. It took a while to all drain out.

We also didn't know that the campsite electrical hookup would also have a standard outlet too. Next trip we brought an extension cord and fan to use by our chairs.
You don't have to drain your fresh water tank. The trailer rides smoother if you travel with a full fresh water tank.
__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 10:05 PM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
1976 Argosy 30
Annapolis , Maryland
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 37
Buy extra hitch pins, clevis hooks, etc.

Someone liberated my hitch pin. When I hitched up to leave I got about 30 ft. and the hitch fell out of the TV (tow vehicle).. Had to unhitch; go buy one, come back and start over. Did I mention it was pouring rain?

Also, no matter what the guy at the shop tells you, don't let him thread your brake release cable through the chain to keep it from dragging. That rubs the cable in all the wrong places.
__________________
kaa4111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 10:12 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Piggy Bank's Avatar
 
2017 25' Flying Cloud
2015 22' FB Sport
Kansas City , Missouri
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 1,081
Kaa,
Sorry to hear that.
Curious where did you buy an extra hitch pin?
__________________

Piggy Bank
Piggy Bank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 10:24 PM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
timhortons's Avatar
 
2015 16' Sport
Oakville , Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 234
Images: 29
> Wind up the stabilizers before trying to use the power tongue jack!

this
__________________
timhortons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 11:05 PM   #10
Full Time Adventurer
 
BoldAdventure's Avatar
 
2007 27' International CCD FB
Nomadic , USA
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,743
Have fun, it's easier than you think once you got the basics down.
__________________
Family of 4 living, working & exploring the USA in our Airstream.
OUR BLOG | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM
BoldAdventure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2015, 07:39 AM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
1976 Argosy 30
Annapolis , Maryland
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 37
Any rv dealer; hardware store in a tourist area or farm supply store will have lots of little "pulling parts".
__________________
kaa4111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2015, 09:35 AM   #12
3 Rivet Member
 
2015 27' FB International
Currently Looking...
mesquite , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 105
grade 8 nuts & bolts on hitch. cant be removed without wrenches!
__________________
moxie t. moto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2015, 01:36 PM   #13
New Member
 
1971 31' Excella 500
Marshall , Michigan
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 4
Maiden Voyage!

I just had my first trip with my 1971- 31' Excella 500 I found this spring. I did a lot of polishing and not much else so I felt my way along with some help of a veteran camper. I pulled about 80 miles in S. Michigan to Lake Michigan for a week. 1996 Chevy van pulled it just fine at 55 mph, needs stabilizer bars for over 55. The awning looked new and really made my camp stay nice, no leaks, fridge didn't work, goucho needs to go, lots of compliments. Had a great time!
Attached Images
 
__________________
bingrobinson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2015, 10:16 AM   #14
Rivet Master
 
Hans627's Avatar

 
2009 25' FB International
Hanover , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 883
Home again and almost all went well. There were two lessons.

The first is that my dear wife, Dianne, and I have to learn how to better communicate when backing the AS into its parking space!

The second was that when I unhooked the trailer I also removed the hitch. I placed the hitch pin and spring retainer on the back bumper. We then drove into town for dinner, about 10 miles including 2 on the interstate, and when we got out of the truck at the restaurant Dianne pointed out that the pin and spring retainer were laying on the back bumper. Why they did not bounce off I do not know but it was a good lesson.

I promptly worked on developing a check list!
__________________

__________________
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Back from our Maiden Voyage!! 71Overlander Our Community 12 03-12-2008 08:35 PM
Maiden voyage JLD On The Road... 1 10-19-2006 04:03 AM
Maiden voyage completed Silvertwinkie Our Community 7 04-05-2004 07:04 PM
Maiden Voyage JLD On The Road... 5 02-20-2003 06:57 PM
Maiden Voyage pjtaia On The Road... 3 10-14-2002 09:55 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.