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Old 04-02-2021, 10:18 PM   #21
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Happy Birthday and Welcome to the Airstream Family. It is an exciting time for you for sure.

Be sure and ask away here so we can do our best to help you from our experiences.
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Old 04-02-2021, 10:32 PM   #22
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum.


One important item for your list: Do you have a place to park it at home? It's never too early to start looking if you need to rent a storage space.
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:11 PM   #23
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BogeyPro, THX for the post. We purchased our 27 Flying Cloud, FBQ in 2018. The Queen has corner windows the twin does not have.
No wait, found what we wanted through internet search and phone calls to dealers--had some competition for pricing. Good for me, the closer dealer matched the best out of state price. Hope the delay passes quickly.
If you ask about tow vehicles (TV), you will get a lot of individual preferences. But, we are happy with our truck. And, it seems in the forum that most people like whatever they have (Chevy, Dodge, or Ford), as long as it is 3/4 ton. We got the 6' bed, and except for parking, wonder if that was the best decision. If you ever need a little more room, it is too late to get it. But, that has not been a concern.
We bought a 2018 Chevy 2500 Duramax, Crew Cab. Most were 5 seaters. We wanted 6 seats. So, couldn't find one in Silver in CA! Had to visit our daughter in Phoenix to get the exact truck we wanted. There again, negotiation between dealers (even with the wrong color) was helpful. It is the nicest vehicle I ever owned (including a '57 Chevy Handiman 2 Door wagon, '55 Chevy Nomad, '60 Chevy El Camino, '78 Corvette, '66 El Camino, and '95 Impala SS (it was pretty nice, maybe about equal in comfort and power) (but none were new).
Our big trip so far, Apple Valley, CA through Denver, CO, to Melbourne, FL summer of 2020. We were moving, so carried more than usual. I never noticed the trailer going up or down mountains, or when trucks passed. The dealer included an Equal-i-zer hitch and installed it on the truck.

Happy and Patient Waiting.
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Old 04-03-2021, 06:22 AM   #24
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Great Quote!

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Remember, follow the weather, don't fight it.Thats why these things have wheels
Love this way of thinking. Words to live by.
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Old 04-03-2021, 11:35 PM   #25
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I turn 62 years old tomorrow (2 April), which makes me officially eligible for Social Security...but...not...just...yet!



So I celebrated by making a bold decision...I put my money down on a 2022 27FB Queen Globetrotter in Dublin Slate! I am beside myself with excitement, a completely new lifestyle is about to begin!



But I have to be patient. The factory is so far behind in product backlog, the dealer told me not to expect delivery in early November!



Not a problem, this will allow me the time needed to research and then to acquire the next big item, a qualified tow vehicle!



I want to thank all of you Airstreamers out there for helping me in this decision making process. The information offered on these forums is extremely valuable. I will be coming "back to the well" for more inside information, as I have much more to learn...and enjoy!



I hope to meet some of you on the road, someday in the future. Thank you again



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Awesome! Enjoy! Well be waiting on ya!
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Old 04-04-2021, 11:55 AM   #26
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Thanks for the information, PC. Yes, that is the next project, the tow vehicle. Right now I have my eye on the Ford F-150 with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost Hybrid engine, heavy duty tow package. Heard a lot of good things about it. And yes, the color MUST be silver...LOL
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Old 04-04-2021, 12:09 PM   #27
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Yes, SSquared...I have a friend in Elk Grove, CA with three acres...he offered to let me store it there for the winter...but it is uncovered. I'll have to search the forums under the storage topic...covered or uncovered. I do plan on installing a solar package too.
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Old 04-06-2021, 06:47 AM   #28
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Good choice! And Happy BDay! Not the trailer we have, but your situation is different than mine. I think you chose wisely. Congrats, who knows maybe they’ll speed up production and you’ll get it a bit sooner than you thought. Well,,,, Ya never know. Ha
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:20 AM   #29
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Congratulations on your retirement and purchase. I also purchased my 2021 Globetrotter 27 Queen on my birthday in November. We expect delivery mid May. We have used our time getting a parking spot leveled for the short time it will spend in our driveway. In preparation for our 2021 Globetrotter, I downloaded a owners manual and have been studying it. It has been helpful for readiness. Good luck and hope to cross your path someday.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:21 AM   #30
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I have a 2018 27 Globetrotter. I pulled our previous 25 ft Airstream with a F150 3.5 ecoboost and it did well with prior AS.

My towing experience deteriorated with the longer AS so I went with a F250 Diesel. All the difference in the world. Didn't see what you are towing with but stay within your payload.

Hope you have a world of fun.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:39 AM   #31
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Your going to love it. Im 66 and grew up traveling with my parents in their airstream. Now I'm on my 4th one. Its like going home.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:52 AM   #32
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Sittin on the river

Were 80 and going strong. Wear out dont rust out
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:00 AM   #33
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Congratulations on your purchase! You will love it. We have a 2009 Classic 27FB that we have owned since 2011. We have driven from CA to FL twice and many other trips in between. I pull it with a 2013 Tundra Limited double cab equipped with Firestone airbags. I have never had a problem and it has the power to pull the AS anywhere weve traveled. However, I am very careful not to exceed the weight limits since it is a half ton truck. If I were looking for a new truck, I would also look at the Ford F-250 7.3 gasser.
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:21 AM   #34
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Congrats on your purchase! We were in the same position last year. We just got our new 27 Flying Cloud this last November after waiting many months.... Haven't done much with it over the winter but really looking forward to spring and summer!
As for the TV, the thing you want to be aware of is that the limiting factor is the payload, not the pulling power. At the risk of starting a battle in this thread, you may want to consider going with a 3/4 ton or bigger. I'm not going to go into great detail as there are about a million threads already on this, but when you go to buy, look closely at the payload capacity....
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:23 AM   #35
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Yes, SSquared...I have a friend in Elk Grove, CA with three acres...he offered to let me store it there for the winter...but it is uncovered. I'll have to search the forums under the storage topic...covered or uncovered. I do plan on installing a solar package too.
Congrats on retiring, we are getting closer by the day.
So we sold our 2017 25FB Serenity in December and promptly ordered a 27 FB Globetrotter in London Grey. We had originally scheduled a pick up at the factory in late May early June, the date has been pushed out to late August Early September. Airstream is having issues getting components in like the furnace, fridge, and other. A summer in Colorado without our Airstream, sad. Looking forward to the pickup trip.
We purchased a 2018 F150 Lariat with Ecoboost and tow package to tow the 25FB, and in Colorado we have a lot of long run steep grades to tackle, the F150 with the ecoboost has had no problem meeting these challenges and has plenty of power headroom if needed.
Our use has been as much time in the national forest/national parks as in RV parks. Solar was a must.
Upgrades to the 25FB:
Solar 300watts
Charge controller
SiMarine battery monitor
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:42 AM   #36
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Congratulations and welcome to Airstreaming. We have over 2,200 nights of Airstream camping in the past fifteen years, and we still love it. The 27FB is a good choice.

We are not much on silver trucks. We like to stand out.

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Old 04-07-2021, 10:42 AM   #37
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Congratulations on your purchase! You will love it. We have a 2009 Classic 27FB that we have owned since 2011. We have driven from CA to FL twice and many other trips in between. I pull it with a 2013 Tundra Limited double cab equipped with Firestone airbags. I have never had a problem and it has the power to pull the AS anywhere we’ve traveled. However, I am very careful not to exceed the weight limits since it is a half ton truck. If I we’re looking for a new truck, I would also look at the Ford F-250 7.3 gasser.
Good advice on the big Ford 7.3 L gas engine.
It's a very powerfull engine, in the same class as its distant Ford cousin, the 7.5 L gas big block ( 460 cubic inch) used from 1968-1997.
As much smack as I talk about Fords, I've driven a lot of 460 powered trucks and motorhomes.Lots of power, the 7.3 L gasser is good choice for a future F-250 3/4 Ton.
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:49 AM   #38
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Congratulations on your purchase! You will love it. We have a 2009 Classic 27FB that we have owned since 2011. We have driven from CA to FL twice and many other trips in between. I pull it with a 2013 Tundra Limited double cab equipped with Firestone airbags. I have never had a problem and it has the power to pull the AS anywhere we’ve traveled. However, I am very careful not to exceed the weight limits since it is a half ton truck. If I we’re looking for a new truck, I would also look at the Ford F-250 7.3 gasser.
Good advice on the big Ford 7.3 L gas engine.
It's a very powerfull engine, in the same class as its distant Ford cousin, the 7.5 L gas ( 460 cubic inch) used from 1968-1997.
As much smack as I talk about Fords, I've driven a lot of 460 powered trucks and motorhomes.Lots of power, good choice for a future F-250 3/4 Ton.
Bigger is always better for a tow vehicle, and with that F-250, you don't need to worry about shifting weight, to keep the front steers down...
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:47 AM   #39
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We recently upgraded from a 23CB International to a 27FB Globetrotter, and it necessitated an up grade in our tow vehicle. We had an amazing 2020 RAM 1500 Limited--had everything possible on it and drove like a dream. We took our truck to be weighed--as suggested and realized that we needed a beefier truck for safety reasons and bought a used 2020 RAM Laramie 2500 diesel this past week. We were disappointed to lose our Limited, but we feel safer with the new(used) truck. If we wanted to spend without limits, we would probably be choosing the Limited 2500 in a diesel, but we are happy to have found a certified pre owned truck that will make us feel like we're now "real" truck people!
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Im still dreaming but see a lot of good things about AM Solar. I believe that they do components as well as installs.
https://amsolar.com/airstream-trailers
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