We did it!
Well, it was a great day two weeks ago when we settled on the Colonial Airstream dealership for an evening of whimsy and downright giddiness. We had purchased our new 25FB International the week before and had now arrived on-site for our viewing….and well, we were not disappointed. The folks at Colonial did a great job getting her ready for our arrival, the solar panels were installed (two 95W), and the air conditioner had cooled her down nicely as we pulled in around 5pm. Lauren handed us the keys, showed us around, and then we just sat there and started to laugh at how cool this whole thing was.
That night, we headed out for some dinner along the Jersey shore and settled upon Red’s Lobster Pot. Fortunately for us, we had purchased some adult beverages to enjoy on the Airstream that evening but as some of you know, Red’s is BYOB – what luck, we were prepared! After a tasty meal of some lobster and salmon, the misses and I headed back to the ‘Stream for more thorough get to know ya session. We of course tried out as many of the systems as we could prior to the full walk through tomorrow morning with Patrick.
Friday June 3rd was a big day for us. Patrick did a great job walking us through the AS and showing us how everything worked. Fortunately, we videoed much of the walkthrough as I’m sure I’ll need that for a quick refresher on something I may have forgotten. Colonial installed our ProPride we had ordered and Kevin did a great job walking me through that beast of a hitch (which is fantastic by the way). We hooked her up to our Expedition and we were off. But where too?
Well, fortunately for us, my wife’s parents live on Long Island near Port Jefferson and as there was no way I was going to make my first run with the AS anywhere near New York and the GW bridge, I elected to head north into Connecticut. I knew the ferry system from Bridgeport to Port Jeff pretty well and thought that was the best way for us to go….and it was. Although what I didn’t know at the time, was that the 7pm ferry from Bridgeport to Port Jeff was the smallest ferry in the fleet! Yawzaa! It was close – the ferry had an 11’ ft beam in the middle row and we were at 8’6” so there wasn’t much room for error. But…no problem. Pull in straight ahead and we were all set. And then it begins….
Aside from having the only trailer on the Ferry that evening it was a shiny new trailer and boy did it attract a lot of attention. I had no idea but had I not jumped into the Airstream to hang-out on the ferry ride and continue to tinker, I’d have been answering questions all evening! I love it though and people really do seem to appreciate such a beautiful piece of aluminum.
We’ll hang out for another week and then it’s off back to Boulder, Colorado.
More to come - Matt