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Old 01-26-2021, 12:44 PM   #1
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Picked up our Flying Cloud this weekend!

My husband and I just took delivery on our FC 28RB twin this weekend and we are so excited! We placed the order back in late October and did our walk-through on Saturday, in the midst of a rare Southern California rain. We are total newbies, neither of us having towed anything before Saturday! Drove home, did a little bit of practicing in the local high school parking lot, then took her home and got her parked. Now we just need to find a few places for shake-down weekends, both with and without hookups, before our vagabond summer begins! (Suggestions welcome!)

Thank you to everyone who answered all my questions while we were looking to buy. We are excited to begin this new chapter in our lives and looking forward to becoming members of this community.
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Old 01-26-2021, 12:48 PM   #2
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Congratulations! What a great looking rig! It sounds like you're off to a terrific start...I envy your weather as we're "winterized" right now in Virginia, anxiously awaiting spring. Enjoy it, stay close to the Forums...a great resource. Congratulations again.
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Old 01-26-2021, 01:18 PM   #3
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Congratulations on your new baby. She sure is pretty. May you have safe travels and many great Airstream Adventures with her.

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Old 01-27-2021, 01:34 AM   #4
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Old 01-27-2021, 01:40 AM   #5
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Congratulations!
We spent a long weekend at Hurkey Creek Campground south of Idylwild in October. Quiet and lots of hiking trails. No hookups so we brought our generator. It's in the Riverside County Park System.
Riverside County also has a nice RV park with full hookups on the Colorado River. Mayflower Regional Park north of Blythe.
Joshua Tree National Park is on our list for late Spring.
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Old 01-27-2021, 05:19 AM   #6
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Congratulations! Great idea practicing at the high school. My wife and I did that 30 years ago. We used the Drivers Ed cones left out to set up spots and backed in a bunch of times. Helped a lot at our first few camping spots. Enjoy!!!! Safe travels!
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Old 01-27-2021, 05:21 AM   #7
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Join Harvest Host, and take some overnight trips within a day's drive of your home. Wineries, museums, breweries, golf courses. All should have spacious parking for you to practice pull through or backing up, and setup of the trailer. This will give you the confidence to make those multi-day journeys on your way to full-timing, and an opportunity to determine the things you need to pack or leave home. Congrats.
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Old 01-27-2021, 05:51 AM   #8
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Welcome to the club. Have fun with your new Airstream! We love our 28' Flying Cloud.
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Old 01-27-2021, 06:41 AM   #9
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Old 01-27-2021, 06:41 AM   #10
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Congrats on your new AS. May it bring you much enjoyment!

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Old 01-27-2021, 07:33 AM   #11
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Go to a CAT scale with your normal traveling family members, fill your truck with fuel, weigh the truck without the trailer and then with the trailer. Weigh the truck and trailer both with and without your Weight Distribution Hitch setup. The scale has three sections. Truck front wheels (steer axles) on the first section, truck treat wheels (drive axles) on section two, and the trailer wheels on the third section. Several good videos on YouTube showing this process. This will give you a good idea of how much and where you will be able load additional items. Congratulations and welcome to the group.
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Old 01-27-2021, 09:35 AM   #12
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Hello.
Your setup from a look at the picture looks perfect.
Rain is good. Check for puddles or dribbles.
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Old 01-27-2021, 09:39 AM   #13
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Welcome and congrats!
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Old 01-27-2021, 01:16 PM   #14
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Welcome aboard and what a beaut'! We just got our first AS in June and it has been so much fun, we bought a house for it...and ourselves!
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Old 01-27-2021, 01:50 PM   #15
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Well Done - Nice looking rig.
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Old 01-27-2021, 02:18 PM   #16
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Congratulations

Glad you were able to pick up your new baby.

We love the the Flying Cloud 28 footers.
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Old 01-27-2021, 02:30 PM   #17
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Checklist

If u like, I can send u my checklist for our FC28 to help u develop your own. My email is “delrossa@hotmail.com”. If u email me I’ll send you the checklist. It will help u develop your own. At your stage it’s a must have.
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Old 01-28-2021, 12:54 PM   #18
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and encouragement. We weighed the truck at the CAT scales when we were shopping, so we are familiar with the procedure and will head there as soon as we have loaded the trailer with what we think are the necessities.

We are pretty much minimalists when it comes to travel. I have also looked into Harvest Host and it looks promising. We wanted to do a bit of full-hook up camping at first, just so we can make sure all systems are working as they should. We definitely ordered our FC with dry camping in mind: only one AC, propane stove (no microwave...I don't really use it at home either) and upgraded solar w/lithium batteries. The ability to dry camp was our big question with the GT after the 2021 changes. Lucky for us they changed many of the things we disliked about the FC prior to 2021. Just meant to be I guess!
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Old 01-28-2021, 01:01 PM   #19
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Congrats!!! Super jealous as I ordered a 28RB Oct 3 and have to wait until April 19th ish! Would not be doing much but sitting anyway here on the right coast anyway. Would be awesome if you keep this thread updated as you travel!!!

Enjoy!
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Old 01-28-2021, 01:45 PM   #20
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Congratulations on getting your Flying Cloud! We picked up our FC 27FBT on December 19th and have been on the road with it ever since. It has performed flawlessly since day one. The quality of the build is what you would hope and expect from Airstream. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we have enjoyed ours!
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