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Old 12-04-2022, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hi from Chuck and Jilla

Hi Everyone!

I'm Chuck and my love is Jilla. We are 'bi-coastal' with homes in St. Petersburg, FL and Buckley, WA. I spent 6 months in my '18 FC23CBB travelling the country and met Jilla on a cruise from Seattle to Alaska in August of 2021. We have been inseparable since :kiss
We traded in the FC in August of '22 for a 2022 International 27' FB with a hatch and spent a month in it getting from FL to WA.

We are happy to be a part of this community and will contribute . Hope to hit some rallies in the next year to meet you!
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Old 12-04-2022, 07:07 PM   #2
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Welcome from Colorado: You folks are certainly experienced Airstreamers. Your new trailer will make traveling more comfortable I bet.

And welcome to these Forums of all things Airstream. There are lots of good folks who participate and are willing to help answer any questions that may come up.

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Old 12-04-2022, 08:14 PM   #3
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Hi Chuck and Jilla. A warm welcome from PA and FL (our winter home).

Looking forward to your contributions to the forum.

Which Airstream Club units have you joined? FL or WS, or both. Just curious.
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:16 PM   #4
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Hi Chuck and Jilla. A warm welcome from PA and FL (our winter home).

Looking forward to your contributions to the forum.

Which Airstream Club units have you joined? FL or WS, or both. Just curious.
We are new to the Airforums and don't know much about the Clubs. Right now we are at a real nice RV park outside of Seattle, and expecting to be here for a few months... so perhaps we should check it out. mostly we want to roam.
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:25 PM   #5
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Welcome from Colorado: You folks are certainly experienced Airstreamers. Your new trailer will make traveling more comfortable I bet.

And welcome to these Forums of all things Airstream. There are lots of good folks who participate and are willing to help answer any questions that may come up.

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Thank you David!!

We are snuggled into our Airstream right now. Weather has been snowy and sub-freezing at nights, and it has been fun to tweak our heating game plan. Good to have full hookups here and heated hose...
Interesting note on the new models with tankless water heater.... IMO they not proving to be great. This is my observation after having been hooked up at both houses and about a dozen camps in the last 3 months... Consistently... there is not enough pressure from the camps/city (not sure if that is the onboard pressure control valve protecting pipes), so heater won't kick on as it needs more flow to work. So to get enough flow we have to turn on the pump (or two faucets on hot at the same time). So now, ironically, we are consuming way more water that what I did with a hot water tank in my old Flying Cloud in order to get a hot shower or wash dishes. I'm thinking I could change out some of the plumping to increase pipe size from heater to shower and kitchen (bath is slow, but its right above the heater and has barely enough flow to get the heater to fire up.) and then get more flow... but hate to even think about that with a brand new rig. anyways... just filling up and emptying tanks every other day for now. hence my happiness with full hookups. cheers!
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Old 12-05-2022, 05:33 AM   #6
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Old 12-05-2022, 07:44 AM   #7
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with. We are one county east in Walton County.

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So sweet!!!!!!! Wishing you healthy and happy travels with your shmoopie!
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Old 12-06-2022, 12:16 AM   #9
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Old 12-06-2022, 07:30 PM   #10
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Your assessment of a tankless water heater is the same as mine. The idea is "endless hot showers" I guess. But you have to run a lot of water first before the thing starts producing the hot water. Why waste the water? Actually the standard 6 gallon RV water heater takes about 30 minutes to heat up in the morning and then keeps the water hot until you turn it off at bedtime. The new ones are set for really hot water so when mixed with cold will run a rather long shower. But is a long shower really necessary? There is a cold and hot water mixing valve in the new models that gives trouble sometimes.

Fancy isn't always better.

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Old 12-06-2022, 10:32 PM   #11
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Your assessment of a tankless water heater is the same as mine. The idea is "endless hot showers" I guess. But you have to run a lot of water first before the thing starts producing the hot water. Why waste the water? Actually the standard 6 gallon RV water heater takes about 30 minutes to heat up in the morning and then keeps the water hot until you turn it off at bedtime. The new ones are set for really hot water so when mixed with cold will run a rather long shower. But is a long shower really necessary? There is a cold and hot water mixing valve in the new models that gives trouble sometimes.



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Agreed. My goal is to have the water running for less than 60 seconds in total. (It helps to have short, thinning hair.).

For showering and washing dishes, I’d be happy with a 3 gallon water heater. We tend to have ours on for about 20 minutes twice per day.
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Agreed on the water heaters… the only satisfied experience I’ve had with a tankless is in my “shop” hand-sink where the heater sits 12-inches from the hot water tap.

(But even then, on a really frigid day, with the incoming water below 40F, it takes a painful-forever (30-secs of cold water is forever) with hands in cold water before it gets to 115-degrees.)

We’ll keep our 6-gal conventional water heater.
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Old 12-07-2022, 09:33 AM   #13
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We've never run out of hot water when showering with our 6 gallon water heater. I also like that it has a dual heat source, electric or propane. When camped with hookups it's on electric mode 24/7 so hot water is always available.

Do the new tankless water heaters have an electric or propane switch too? Sounds like these tankless water heaters are a big step backwards for Airstream.
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Old 12-07-2022, 07:03 PM   #14
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Welcome - and come back!

Now that you have cruised Alaska and seen/experienced about 10%, come back by road and see another 10-15%! It is all awesome.

Or you could park the AS and go off-road or in-air to enjoy even more. the options are nearly endless and diverse.
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Old 12-07-2022, 08:36 PM   #15
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Agreed. I bet they change this or at least give the buyer an option.
The other annoyance is if you’re actually trying to save water and you turn the shower off and on while in there, the hot water stops each time you turn it off and you end up having to dump a bunch of cold water each time you turn it back on I’m pretty sure you’re losing more water with this and there’s no real way in an airstream to take an endless hot shower unless you’re connected to city water, have the pump running to get enough pressure, and have your grey water tank opened and connected to a sewer. All of that seems pretty absurd.
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We've never run out of hot water when showering with our 6 gallon water heater. I also like that it has a dual heat source, electric or propane. When camped with hookups it's on electric mode 24/7 so hot water is always available.

Do the new tankless water heaters have an electric or propane switch too? Sounds like these tankless water heaters are a big step backwards for Airstream.
I think the new tankless ones are propane only.
I'm thinking they will give an option on new ones to go back to the tank.
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