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Old 02-20-2021, 03:48 PM   #1
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Newbies here (kinda)

Hello all!

I say newbie but I've been lurking on here for over a year. Hopefully we are getting a 2008 Airstream Safari tomorrow. Any advice for someone who has never owned/towed an Airstream? Thank you!
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Old 02-20-2021, 04:16 PM   #2
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Hello all!

I say newbie but I've been lurking on here for over a year. Hopefully we are getting a 2008 Airstream Safari tomorrow. Any advice for someone who has never owned/towed an Airstream? Thank you!
If new to towing larger bumper pull trailers, like a Airstream, go slow.Stay 55 max in far right lane, on Interstate.
Theres a lot of reasons for that.#1 is it keeps vehicles off both your sides, until your skills improve.
Check your tire pressures on tow vehicle+ trailer pre trip and post trip.
Inflate tires to Max Cold pressure( when tires cold) on sidewall of tires.
Always chock your tires, before hooking/ unhooking trailer.Use the black rubber chocks, not little yellow plastic type chocks.Those are for tiny lawn trailers, with a lawn mower on them.
Load weight in bumper pull trailers in front of axle(s), not behind axles.Thats cause of dangerous trailer sway.
Keep the rig straight while braking.Swerving combination vehicles is dangerous.Thats reason #2 for keeping speed down.Watch far ahead, for traffic slowing or stopping.Brake early, not late panic braking.
Excessive speed is leading cause of wrecks.The posted speed limit may very well be excessive for a new combination vehicle driver.
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Old 02-20-2021, 05:22 PM   #3
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That was a good year. I had a 2008 25SS international. Before you accept delivery check the rear interior of the trailer for soft spots on the floor, at the back wall. There was a known issue of water leaking in this area due to gaps in the our skin/lower belt trim above the bumper. Ours leaked for 6 years before we found it. $6k repair bill to replace the floor.

All that being said it was a good year for airstream quality in my opinion.

Enjoy the trailer!
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:33 AM   #4
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Thank you for the suggestions, this eased my mind purchasing the AS yesterday! Now comes the hotly debated question of sticking with my current Toyota Tacoma or upgrade to a bigger TV.
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:47 AM   #5
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Here is a "checklist" that a member from the forum shared with me when we got our 2018 22FB Sport this past summer. You can adapt it to your needs!
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:49 AM   #6
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Thank you for the suggestions, this eased my mind purchasing the AS yesterday! Now comes the hotly debated question of sticking with my current Toyota Tacoma or upgrade to a bigger TV.
Your current tv should handle the 22ft Safari, but if it is time to upgrade your tv, go bigger.
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