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Old 09-19-2016, 09:39 AM   #15
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Hi from AZ. . . Welcome to the clan. . . we had the same options as Silver
Gate done by our dealer on our previous AS & it worked out well. Those are the options I'd put on any AS. . . travel safe, Craig

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Old 09-19-2016, 11:24 AM   #16
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You should request the Factory increase the wheel openings in anticipation of your later purchasing 16" wheels and tires. If you go the next step and buy the 16" rims and Michelin tires from Airstream, it's about $1800 and no credit for the 15" wheels and tires you won't be using.

The Factory rep told me it's no big deal to slightly open up the length of wheel openings if they know about it before the trailer enters production. I wish I had done this.

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Old 09-19-2016, 05:06 PM   #17
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#1 If you are going to spend anytime in the Desert SW during hotter months, or anyplace where it will be hot and sunny for any length of time, the get the rear and streetside awnings to help keep your trailer cool, especially if you plan on boondocking without a generator.

#2 If you don't anticipate using the gas oven much, then if you get the optional Convection microwave instead, you will gain some extra storage space.

#3 Upgrade to the Ultraleather. If you are ordering, you might also be able to choose a different flooring option or countertop color option, but not sure about that.

#4 I notice now that they are prewired for solar and backup camera:
Rear View Camera Pre-wire STD
Solar Pre-wire (Rooftop & Front Access Points) STD
I think you can actually go ahead and get a rear view camera from the factory, definitely from your dealer.
From what I have read on this forum about the factory solar, I would pass and add it on later.

#5 Plan on camping a night or two near your dealer for any problems that pop up after using and or any questions you might have after first use.

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Old 10-07-2016, 01:31 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by FCStreamer View Post
Nothing you can't add cheaper and better later if you find you need it.

Good luck and congrats!
We have had our 19' International for 3 months now and I agree with FCStreamer, 90% of everything you will want add can be done aftermarket MUCH cheaper and better quality.

#1 Replace the Parallax charge controller with a multi-stage charge controller. I purchased the Progressive Dynamics model which is basically a drop-in plug and play charge controller. The single-stage charge which comes with the Airstream will cook your batteries and you'll be buying new ones in 18-24 months time from what I have heard.

The UltraLeather I would definitely opt for. It's been very durable with our furry child and extremely soft.

We had our dealer install the Dexter Axle lift kit. Maybe they can do it from the factory. We purchased the Blue Ox weight distribution hitch and the bar ends scraped on every speed bump no matter the angle. We also scraped on several driveways. I just towed our Airstream 3,100 miles in the last 3 weeks and never scraped once since our Dexter Axle lift kit was installed.

For the same cost to install the small factory solar system, we used the factory pre-wiring and installed two 100 watt (200 watt total) GoPower Flex Panels, a GoPower Solar Controller and Victron Energy Battery Monitor. We have more solar than needed to charge our batteries but this has proven to work as intended in cloudy/overcast days or when around tall trees which block sunlight. It also kept us from having to use a generator all but once during our 21 day trip throughout CA, OR, WA and NV.

My next order of business is to upgrade to 16" rims (about $150 each) and better quality tires. Our ST tires had bulging on the side from the factory and we were told they are made that way. Several people I have spoken with say the ST tires are garbage. There are numerous people here on the forum who have suffered blowouts and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

None of this is necessary to get on the road but it's peace of mind and convenience. Congrats on your new purchase and good luck!

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