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Old 01-03-2012, 12:26 AM   #1
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First trip

Got back several days ago from our first trip in our new 25FB Flying Cloud. We made a loop trip around the Olympic peninsula. We visited Dungeness Spit,Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge, Sol-Duc Hot Springs, the rain forest (and yes it was raining),Kalaloch, Forks, Neah Bay, Copalis Beach, Ocean City and then made our way back to Gig Harbor. We call this our back yard and have tent camped this area for 30 years. As you can imagine this was quite different. And I have to say as I am getting older all of the differences were good.
The trailer towed nicely with our Tahoe. We encountered lots of curvy hilly roads and while I was very well aware I was towing, I felt comfortable with the load. No leaks but the CCC started acting up and near the end of the trip quit working entirely. We were towing with a Hensley Arrow and since it is the only hitch I have towed a trailer with I will tell you it worked very well.
I am a commercial salmon fisherman and have spent most of my adult life repairing, restoring and making do with all manner of equipment. I also have a PE in mechanical engineering and feel I had the knowledge to evaluate the relative merits of new vs restored. I have seen all manner of arguments on this forum on this subject and I feel I am somewhat qualified to say that for us new was the only way to go. I chose this route for two main reasons. 1. I am sick of working on things that go bump in the night. 2. I saw a lot of thought and quality in the new construction.
Anyway we had a blast on our trip. Felt pampered the whole time
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:27 AM   #2
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What a great area for the maiden 'voyage'... Did you take any pic's to share?

Lots of years ago, I spent the summer up there in the Elwha River Basin for the NPS, working on trails, etc., with a group of fellow high school students from around the country...

We even camped out down on the beach part of the park for a couple of days, building several 'forts' out of the plentiful drift wood there...The star shows during the clear evenings were a senses overload...!
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Sounds like you had a great maiden voyage. Hopefully, it was the first of many wonderful Airstream adventures.
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