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Old 09-22-2017, 08:57 AM   #1
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No turning back now.

Well, it's official.
I picked up my 2017 FC 26U on Wednesday.

During hurricane Irma the dealer moved all the Airstreams into their giant service building, so my new pride and joy didn't get clobbered outside. Thanks, North Trail!

I've already dented my bank account with the endless stream of "necessaries" such as air compressor, surge protector, coupler lock, tire ramp, and it never ends.
I still have a storage room full of stuff from the MH, so I'm good on tableware, bedding, etc.
I digress.
The dealer was great on the walkthrough, I'd seen the AS several times already, so this was a double check, they had addressed all my little nits like one pull down curtain missing a knob, etc., and the GYE were mounted as promised.
I already had the hitch, so their guy mounted the trailer part, and did the adjustment. After he was satisfied, he left the bars on the ground for me to learn how to put them in the first time. Damn, they're stiff! Push, pry, shove, cajole.
Finally, I drove away.
I have to say, it towed much better than I feared. Within five miles I had it on cruise control between 60-65. No sway, no jerking. Every so often a semi passing would move me sideways maybe an inch, just enough to notice but not requiring any conscious adjustment.
In my excitement, I forgot to mount the tow mirrors, but in reality I could see the lanes on either side well behind the trailer with the stock mirrors.
A couple hours later I was backing into my storage slot and thinking, "Please Lord, don't let me back into a post."
...and I didn't. Unhitching was pretty easy, I had prepared a wood block for under the jack, lifted it up until I took most of the pressure off the bars, and pulled them off their pads. (Equalizer). I left the hitch on the truck for the ride home.
At parking lot speeds the hitch sure makes a lot of creaking noise! I expected it, and didn't hear any during the drive.

I stayed in "tow/haul" all the way, and the gas mileage was better than I expected for a Tundra. 12.4. It seemed to work better on cruise control because small hills ate up the momentum since I wasn't used to the weight yet.
It's odd to look in the rear view mirror and see a slab of aluminum so close to the end of the truck bed!

Yes, the tailgate hits the tongue jack, so I have to decide if I'll rotate the jack head or try to find a shank that's 2" longer.

This is where storing at your house is a big advantage. I like my storage lot, but it's 25 miles away, and I try to organize a lot before going. It would be easier to just walk out the door.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:02 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new addition to the family. The 26U is a nice unit and it sounds like you have a good dealer.

Plus glad to hear you didn't back into a post! That would be a real bummer!

Enjoy!
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:12 AM   #3
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Congratulations, and kudos for waiting until after Irma to pick her up.

Have fun!

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Old 09-22-2017, 09:23 AM   #4
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Congrats on your 26U! We also have the 2017 26U and really like it so far. A very nice layout. Must have been a big relief to pick it up after all the stress of Irma bearing down on FL.
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:11 PM   #5
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We've had our 26U since May.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do ours.
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:17 PM   #6
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Congratulations, and kudos for waiting until after Irma to pick her up.
Thanks. As Irma was approaching Florida, I was scheduled to pick it up on the Friday. However, no companies would write a insurance policy once the storm was close, and I sure wasn't going to go without. My storage yard has a 120mph roof, so it would have been safe, but....
In hindsight, it all worked out well.

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Congrats on your 26U! We also have the 2017 26U and really like it so far. A very nice layout. Must have been a big relief to pick it up after all the stress of Irma bearing down on FL.
No kidding!
I fled Florida and it would have been nice to take with me. Also, there was the worry that my house might be damaged AND the Airstream damaged too!
As it turned out, neither was.
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:22 PM   #7
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Yes, the tailgate hits the tongue jack, so I have to decide if I'll rotate the jack head or try to find a shank that's 2" longer.
Congrats. Always an exciting day.

Just rotate the jack head. 10 minutes and it's free. And it lessens the chance of shin-busting on an extended hitch shank.
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:23 PM   #8
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Congrats Mollysdad! I'm sure you'll never forget that arrival!! Enjoy every minute and please give us a pic when you can !!
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:12 AM   #9
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Congrats!

Congrats on your new AS!

You said, "Within five miles I had it on cruise control between 60-65."

This may not apply to you, but you might check your TV manual. We tow with a Dodge Durango and the manual clearly states that we can't use cruise control while towing. I don't know why, but that's what it says.

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Old 09-23-2017, 09:37 AM   #10
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Congratulations on your new unit and being able to avoid Irma. Many pleasant trips for you !
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:44 AM   #11
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Hi

Congratulations !!!

Good to hear that everything / everybody made it through ok. I've been wondering how well the dealer did / didn't weather the storm.

Our trailer is about 20 minutes (40 minute round trip) away from the house. That does make loading / unloading a bit problematic. Our neighbors / police / crooks all have been pretty good so far about us parking on the street to load and unload. I'm not quite sure I'd want to chance it with the garbage guy running past ....

Enjoy !!

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Old 09-23-2017, 10:06 AM   #12
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We bought our 2017 25' FB from North Trail earlier this year. Really liked the dealership. Glad you had a good experience as well. They have significantly ramped up their AS department. We left with the trailer on the Thursday before Irma as we were supposed to really get smacked and we wanted to make sure we had something to live in. We got lucky with minimal damage to the property.
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Woot ! Congrats!

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Congrats on your new AS!

You said, "Within five miles I had it on cruise control between 60-65."

This may not apply to you, but you might check your TV manual. We tow with a Dodge Durango and the manual clearly states that we can't use cruise control while towing. I don't know why, but that's what it says.

Safe travels!
I can hear the happiness heheh, congratulations friend.

Interesting about the cruise control, any other folks have this restriction on their tow vehicle of choice?

I know my foot has it's own cruise control, I swear it's accurate like a swiss watch, set it and forget it LOL
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:30 AM   #14
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MollysDad, congratulations on your new AS. We live on the east coast of Florida and finally made the decision to leave with our AS. Even though we wound up in parking lots three nights in a row, I felt comfortable that I was protecting her from getting battered during the brunt of the storm. All in all it was a pretty nice way to avoid the the storm.

At home we lost power for 5 days so we stayed away until we knew power was back on. I know you will love your AS as much as we do. -John
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:01 AM   #15
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Congrats. You have a nice set up and I know you are going to love it.

We have to store ours away from home but it is only something like 12 miles away. I am still envious of those who have a place at home and even more so if it is an inside storage spot.

When I drop mine off I leave the hitch head and bars in the trailer. The last thing that goes in is the hitch and it is the first thing out when I come to pick the trailer up. I have a 2 by 4 with some newspaper. I lay out the paper and use the 2 by to rest the greasy ends of the WD bars on. This works for me and keeps me from having to drive around with that big hitch sticking out the back of the truck.

My Tundra tows my 25 nicely. I do use cruise control when on a level stretch but here in the NW it is often hard to find such roads. I have not heard of any issue with using the Toyota cruise control when towing.
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Good job, and congratulations!

The part about the noisy hitch bars can be easily be fixed. I tried greasing them in a number of places, but the location that did the most good was at the point where they pivot/rotate on the hitch itself. When I used the Equal-i-zer lube at those points, the squeal I had dealt with for so long magically disappeared.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:10 AM   #17
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Good job, and congratulations!

The part about the noisy hitch bars can be easily be fixed. I tried greasing them in a number of places, but the location that did the most good was at the point where they pivot/rotate on the hitch itself. When I used the Equal-i-zer lube at those points, the squeal I had dealt with for so long magically disappeared.
I squirted some WD40's "White Lithium Grease" on those pivots and didn't hear a thing until I got at parking lot speeds. Then the creaking. I'll try the Equilizer lube next, I think the spray grease is too thin.
I did use the pads Equilizer sells for the "L" brackets so no lube there.

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We bought our 2017 25' FB from North Trail earlier this year. Really liked the dealership. Glad you had a good experience as well. They have significantly ramped up their AS department. We left with the trailer on the Thursday before Irma as we were supposed to really get smacked and we wanted to make sure we had something to live in. We got lucky with minimal damage to the property.
Wow! You were there the day before I was supposed to pick mine up.
By Friday they were scrambling and I couldn't get insurance.
Their new service center is very impressive. I didn't even know it was back there. I wondered how they'd put all the Airstreams inside, now I see.
I didn't see any damage there. I'm sure they had tree limbs down.
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So glad to hear all went well. I'm over on the other side of the state but went up to north Georgia while Irma did her thing. Next time you have to leave because of a hurricane I can tell you it is much nicer to have your own place right behind you. Much easier than trying to find a hotel that allows dogs.
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Glad everything worked out great for y'all. Now go out and enjoy your new toy because its not worth a dime if you don't use it. I'm retired and able to use it on short trips once a month and able to keep it under cover on our property.
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Regarding the tailgate hitting the screwjack; my 4-Runner, had a back window that opened so that I could access 'gizmos' as required.
The heavy spring bars, I removed and placed on the ground before hitching up.
Didn't need to open the tailgate, as everything was in reach, or on the ground already.
My F-150, has a cargo cap; same story.

I do lubricate the moving parts, especially those under extreme pressure.
I use C-5 Colloidal Copper extreme pressure lube, (450,000 P.S.I. protection.)
including the ball.
And I do cover all the greasy bits with plastic shopping bags, and a dedicated cover for the ball, to prevent 'wearing' it.
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