Done Lurking (2nd try to post it correctly)
I've been lurking on the sidelines for a while now and decided it's time to log my first post and say hello. My wife Carol and I retired to AZ in 2004 from Cape Ann, Massachusetts. We towed a 17' fiberglass shell "Burro" I built from a kit, which included installing all gas, water, and electric systems, cabinets, appliances, and custom modifications. It was a good start to learn basic RV systems - and learn I did!
We hurried across country to get to our new house in AZ before the moving van - which turned out to be almost 2 weeks late in arriving. To pass the time, we looked around the Tucson area RV dealers. My wife spotted our 2004 25' CCD International (9 months old) in the used section of a dealer's lot. I had been dreaming of owning an AS for several years, and knew right away this was the one for us. It was already equipped with solar panels and charging unit, folding dish/broadcast tv antenna, awnings all around, and many other extras.
Our tow vehicle is a 2004 Ford Explorer with factory installed class III-IV tow package, 3.73 LS rear axle, 4.6L V8. We only have one vehicle and a golf cart, and find the Ford to be an excellent choice for around town/long range driving and tow vehicle. The weight of the loaded AS and TV combo is within factory specs and tows like a dream.
Our first time out with the Ford/AS we drove over the Grapevine pass north of LA in 95+ degree fall heat. This was a real rite of passage for me, and I learned fast what worked and what didn't as far as towing speed and gear selection was concerned. We drove to Lake Tahoe last summer with no problems on those passes. We camp often in AZ's terrific state and national parks. We love living out West.
I have had several minor repair issues on our AS, all repaired under warrenty. Airstream stands behind their product 100%, and we have outstanding dealer service and repair here in the Tucson area.
We are happy and enthusiastic Airsream campers, and are looking forward to get to know you all on line.