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Old 11-23-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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We are about to purchase 25' Flying Cloud and are new to RVing. Any suggestions for a maiden voyage would be very much appreciated. How far from home should we go and for how long, etc...? Also, when it takes a day or two to reach a destination, what's the best way to plan for stops/overnights? Many thanks!

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Old 11-23-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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We use an Android app called RVPARKY to locate campgrounds as we travel. Depending on the circumstances, we sometimes overnight at a Wal-Mart parking lot or a truck plaza.

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Old 11-23-2014, 07:43 PM   #3
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Welcome and congrats. Where are you? Up North where weather can be a pain? Or more South? Just make a plan and go, travel maybe four hours or so away since it gets dark early and you really want to take your time enjoying your new adventure. Perhaps stay in full hookup place so you can try all your bells and whistles.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:58 PM   #4
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I agree with Sbb some where close with hookups and enjoy your adventures!
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:53 PM   #5
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I agree...not to far from home and with full hookups would be good. I think we went 45 miles to a state park. While you are there check all the systems both with and without your hookups... run your frig on both propane and electric to make sure everything is working to your expectations. Practice your holding tank dumping routine, etc etc ... in short, try everything out, including your AC and furnace even though you may not need them. You can do alot of systems checks in your driveway, actually, except for the AC ...and even that if you've had a 30-amp service installed.

But most of all enjoy yourselves and have a great time! Welcome to the good life!
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:20 AM   #6
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Many thanks, all very good suggestions and you all seem to be in agreement that the first trip should not be too "adventurous" and more to check out all the systems. Very helpful. Thank you. We look forward to if!

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Old 11-24-2014, 06:33 AM   #7
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Short trips at first are best. You also need to shake down your kitchen and other take along stuff to find the compromise between what you think you need and what you really need.
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:18 AM   #8
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You might consider close to the AS dealer if possible. In that way if something goes wrong they can usually get you in ahead of the line and get the warranty work done. Trying all the systems is key. We had 30AMP installed in the garage so we could test systems, now gone to 50AMP but can still test everything except both ACs running. Word of caution if you do have it installed make sure they do 110V, despite being told three times our licensed electrician installed 220V and when we "tested" his installation boom, converter blew. $1,500 later all was well with the AS and house, he paid for everything without any discussion.

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Old 11-24-2014, 07:51 AM   #9
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Go online and search out a book.... Spend a few hours just walking around becoming familiar with all the check list items before departing, hook and unhook two or three times and when you are ready head out on the road. Stop rest areas, check the trailer again, then find a large empty parking lot and practice backing...SLOWLY... so you can drop it between trucks at the Flying J and not be embarrassed

But read all the books from Airstream on pulling a trailer, especially following the safety precautions

Then, enjoy..... Most of us consider pulling an Airstream the finest way to travel. While I am clearly biased, I consider Airstream the Prevost of the trailer trade.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:00 AM   #10
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I towed the trailer 120 miles to get it home, but our shakedown trip was to a KOA just a few miles from home. It was a great opportunity to be in a full service campground and just a few miles from all of my tools and stuff.
I had a moderate list of desires after spending a few days in the trailer...
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:20 AM   #11
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:40 AM   #12
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I could not check out my tank draining setup in my driveway, but I do agree you can check out everything else.
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:29 PM   #13
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Enjoy your new A/S. Close to home is a good place to start just to do a complete systems check and to get comfortable with hitching and towing.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:27 AM   #14
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Thanks to all for really good advice. Can't say enough about how good if feels to have knowledgable AS owners as a resource. Absolutely, first trip will be close to home (maybe close to dealer) to check everything out. Many thanks again for your help.
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Read the thread " What is your favorite OOPS story" It'll give you a handle on what not to do.
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Two hours or so for travel, but get to the destination before dark. That way, it is easier to see the site, to back in. Have a spotter, with some inexpensive walkie talkies, to make this easier. The close in distance allows enough travel to feel how you combo tows, but, not to far to go get important but fogotten items, or to go buy replacements.
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:21 PM   #17
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Oops stories are very enlightening - lessons learned. Thanks for reference.
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Understood, spotter is a must! Thanks.
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