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Old 05-29-2014, 08:57 AM   #15
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Since we just had our first trip, here are a few things I was very glad to have along:

Walkie Talkies - so you don't have to shout at the driver and wake your neighbors

Leveling blocks (we use lynx levelers) with the interlinking chocks, so we can level out the trailer side to side on a hill

We determined to go slow, and even though we got passed all the time, we stayed at or under our tire's max speed of 55 mph. Don't let people stuck behind you push you to go faster than you are comfortable with.

Oh, and install a brake controller

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Old 05-29-2014, 09:06 AM   #16
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Rich's list is a great one. Particularly the "Go slow with everything…". Newly retired, I still have a tendency to try and get things done ASAP. Slowing down isn't easy--but it does work!

We were new to RVing so one of the best things we did is get some professional driving lessons. I'd trailered a bit before, but my wife had not. The lessons proved invaluable--both from the perspective of "helpful hints and rules" to just getting comfortable backing and maneuvering. My wife now shares the driving--which is GREAT.

We, too, stay between 60 and 65 MPH. If you do the math is doesn't make that much difference from 70 or 75 BUT materially improves performance, safety, and stress levels. We get there when we get there…

Finally….laugh a lot! There will be plenty of opportunities to.

We blog to chronicle our adventures. You can check it our at Aphrodite on the Road.

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Old 06-03-2014, 08:59 AM   #17
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We brought our 2014 27FB home this weekend. It was a seven hour drive from the dealership. Trailers like dream.
Upon arrival at home, only found a couple seat cushions had made their way onto the floor (weren't snapped on). Once parked at the house, we found opening the windows was a pain. We could only get the fore and aft windows open. We think the glass is just stuck to the window gaskets. Some gentle prying and ArmorAll on the gaskets should take care of that.
More to follow.....!
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:45 PM   #18
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They told us that the windows would be tight when we picked ours up. We fiddled with it and got them open and were able to leave them open while we worked inside it. Our biggest lesson learned was to remember to raise the jack before we hook the trailer up to the TV. No disaster occurred....but close. Thank goodness he listened when I asked if the back jacks were supposed to have that much stress on them!
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:56 PM   #19
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What did you learn....

We just completed our first weekend at a nearby state park & we're happy campers despite few problems.

First, our state online reservation made six weeks prior confirmed our site selection & confirmation stated "yes" pets permitted but when we noted a check-in/ & check/out time discrepancy on our reservation compared to website info few days prior to departure; made a phone inquiry & then coincidentally learned our site was "just outside the pet zone". Despite a few more phone calls up the chain of command, our state "reservation resolution department" did not even follow through with email or call. Change of plans finding a pet sitter at last minute was somewhat stressful as our pup will be 18 yrs. this week & totally blind for approx. last six months.

Second, "anxious moment" during hitching evening prior when marker lights began flashing after connecting Tourareg ....pretty yellow strobe light effect but knew all was not well...started to think might be failure to launch. Did some researching & unplugged & reattached and tested all safety systems and no more flashing.

Next up, despite following checklists for our first launch.... approx. 5 miles from park entrance (only realized this from SIRI) our written directions (yes...this is our first vehicle w. navigation & we have been to this state park dozens of times...35 yrs. ago) ....we either missed a turn & needed to carefully pull over. Pulled out trusted iPhone & SIRI helped us out. Lesson learned...don't leave home w/o a map even if you think you know where you are going....very humbling.

Towing was effortless on both busy highway & many miles over windy, hilly, narrow country roads.
As this was only the second backup for my spouse, I apologized I did not video as he maneuvered like a pro! He was quite pleased with himself upon exiting to our site & realized campers next to us were watching the scene. We were too busy to time the camp set up time ( a practice we'd grown accustom to during our tenting & sailing days) but before you know it...we were enjoying mojitos under our zip-dee awning & breathed a sigh of relief!

It was then while sipping our mojitos we noticed the park post directly across from our site entrance for those campers with dogs & complimentary disposal bags!

Although there were no wooded pet friendly sites left, we had a nice site with added bonus. Our first night, I fell asleep watching two campfires of nearby sites viewed from our FB panoramic window!

We enjoyed great meals during our weekend all prepared in our wonderful kitchen learning to utilize all appliances with success. A good purchase for the kitchen was pretty accent rug which also serve well as a "sit upon" while finishing off the pan seared steaks in the convection oven ( yes need to sit on the floor to see what you're doing but knew this when purchased) and results were excellent.

Next day...intermittent rain but we hiked through the park grounds & noted which sites we would select next time. Unfortunately, we did not have an opportunity to use our kayak but rather enjoyed our campsite relaxing on our last day.

We also learned more about our energy & water consumption so were are prepared for no hook ups when we head North. Only electric at this site & our trip to the dump as we left went so well....not sure why we had such anxiety about pulling a few handles.

We made a few notes to expand our first aid kit, tool kit, a few other items for longer trips planned later this summer. Thanks to all the excellent advice & product reviews here on the forum,we are happy with many accessories & gear we accumulated over the past few weeks for a great first shake down trip!

BTW...we really enjoyed when other campers stopped by to admire the Flying Cloud!
Had to keep pinching myself )
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:16 PM   #20
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Yay! Congratulations! You've survived the first of (hopefully) many more, not quite so stressful

Originally Posted by FCloud9 View Post
Lesson learned...don't leave home w/o a map even if you think you know where you are going....very humbling.
We just got back from a trip. On the second day our Garmin took us on all back roads, barely 2 lanes wide, rarely any cars. When we were crossing the Interstate for the second time I wised up and ignored it. On the fourth day it took us on one lane gravel roads in a national forest. People were pointing and yelling "you missed your turn", but we hadn't. It finally said we had arrived at the campground as we sat in the middle of the forest, nothing but trees. Kept going and in another mile we came out to the main road and the campground.

Interesting journey but I totally agree with your map assessment. I'm going to look for an Atlas that I used so many years ago and never got me lost.

Originally Posted by FCloud9 View Post
l....not sure why we had such anxiety about pulling a few handles.
On our first trip, pulling the handles was OK until I heard that sound of the sewer backing up, you know, like when your gas tank nears the top. I got the black handle closed almost in the nick of time; almost. We had to stow everything and loop around to use one of the other ones. At the gate the guard said "Oh yeah, that one has had problems" I guess they never thought about posting a sign.

Just keep smiling, the sour moments wear off quickly. You'll know your past them when you can look back and laugh

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Old 06-23-2014, 08:15 PM   #21
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We picked up our EB from Colonial last week.
They did a great job with the walk thru, hitching up with the ProPride and having our EB ready to go for camping. Thanks so much to everyone there.
The water tank and propane tanks were full.
Starter kit included chemicals for the black tank and a dump hose with elbow.
The batteries were fully charged.
We purchased a set of chocks, a spare fuse for the tongue jack and a third set of keys
(to leave where we can get to, if locked out).
We towed back to Lower Alabama at 55 to 65 mph and 45 mph up hills. Took our time going home. Stopped in Hershey PA for two days and took the grandkids to Chocolate World.
What we would bring if doing it again....we would change out the shocks on our 2007 Suburban and take more time off from work so we could stop at more places to see the attractions on the way home.
On a side note we did bring a well stocked first aid kit that came in handy on the fourth day
camping on our way back home, so don't leave home without one.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:18 PM   #22
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I'm not new to Airstreaming - had a '71 18ft Caravelle back in the 90's that we towed once around the planet - but this was our first trip in our new, slightly used '12 FC27FB. It was an eight-day learning curve! We figured out all the systems (What? No pilot lights?) and discovered our gray water tank was good for 5 days' use. I think the biggest learning curve was the microwave! Why can't they come up with a standard so they all operate the same? Our windows and fantastic fans were all stuck shut and needed a little coaxing to get them loose from the gaskets.

And I learned that the 27, with its longer hitch-to-axle distance, and a tandem axle, turns a whole lot slower when backing. That's a good thing, granted, but it takes some adjustment from my old ways.

The hitch worked fine, and the Tundra got about 13 mpg, which is pretty good. We loaf along under the speed limit, 50-60 mph. All in all, a successful trip.

My one screwup was leaving the forward stowage compartment hatch open on the night it rained. A bit of bailing was needed the next morning, but everything dried out OK.
Like the tortoise, travelin' slow with the house on our back
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:59 PM   #23
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I find things via Google Earth to help my GPS keep its "head" straight. Once I'm happy that I have located the location I'm looking for, I can find those coords via GE.

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Old 07-05-2014, 09:01 AM   #24
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Get a good sewer hose, at least 18 - 20 mil and throw out the starter hose the dealer gave you. On the second use of my starter hose, it blew open. Hazmat time.

If you arrive late at night and setup near a farm, make sure your turn off the light in any hatches and close the doors before settling down. A rooster crowing at 2:00 am below your pillow is pretty exciting.

Also, if you're setting up in a rainstorm, make sure all the hatches are closed before you hurry inside. Fortunately, I had a couple of rolls of paper towel in the hatch that soaked up all the water and prevented any disaster.

Fantastic Fans really can stand to be driven down the highway at 60 mph, with the top open, but save the stress and make sure the switch is off and the fan hadn't just closed on its own from the morning dew.

Fun times! I'm sure you'll have some to share as well.


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Old 07-05-2014, 09:23 AM   #25
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following....picking up my new FC25FB from Colonial in August...
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:02 AM   #26
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Swing wide in the curves. Now swing even wider in the curves.

Once you've got that mastered, then do this:


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