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Ceci 01-24-2013 09:33 AM

Ceci from HiOSilver
 
Hey, ya'll

Your Airforums should be required reading before purchasing an AS of any style, size, or vintage! We read them and re-read them on many subjects while praying for wisdom in such a sizable investment.

We feel we made the wise choice this past December in Colfax, NC at Outdoors Mart as we proudly selected our very first "cabin on wheels, " a 2012 25 foot rear bed flying cloud. We named her HiOSilver (Away) and immediately took her out for our first of many adventures, (Deo Volente), in Williamsburg Virginia. Two and a half weeks later, another occasion arose to go glam camping as we celebrated the arrival of our first grandchild, again in Virginia.

We have been graciously greeted by our local unit and are a planning to attend our first rally with them in a couple of weeks.

Having been in Boy Scouts for almost 20 years during which all 3 sons made Eagle, we have come to love camping with a group of like minded fun lovin friends. So... HiOSilver Away.....

OregonCanuck 01-24-2013 10:03 AM

Newbie Airsteamer
 
As a long-time Bigfoot owner, I decided to give an AS a try. Just purchased a 2012 Flying Cloud 19'er from my local dealer.
I'm anxious to attend some sort of rally here in the beautiful but rainy Pacific Northwest. I'd like to see what modifications/additions people have done. I spend lots of time in B.C. because, not only am I a dual citizen with Canada, I love the very civil and friendly people there. Very different here in Portland.

coastal me 01-24-2013 11:56 AM

https://www.wbcci.org/home/regions-a-...-10/605-oregon


https://www.wbcci-or.org/WBCCI_OR_web...ssue%20jan.pdf

Welcome. Have you checked out your paperwork from the dealer for a packet about the local airstream club? There is an Oregon Unit of Wally Byam Caravan Club International.
The Oregon Unit has a Facebook page.
The newsletter lists 2013 airstream rally sites.

2PNPOD 04-09-2013 01:34 PM

I couldn't find my intro post and wasn't sure if it needed to be "moderated" first. I waited a while and then checked the FAQ's and other threads (including this one) but never found anything mentioning the waiting for approval of your first posts. Needless to say I reposted and then saw the note about getting approval. D'oh

Thought I'd meantion it so other newbies don't make the mistake of double posting!

Aage 04-09-2013 07:37 PM

Correction
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by valorama (Post 1283866)
I couldn't find my intro post and wasn't sure if it needed to be "moderated" first. I waited a while and then checked the FAQ's and other threads (including this one) but never found anything mentioning the waiting for approval of your first posts. Needless to say I reposted and then saw the note about getting approval. D'oh

Thought I'd mention it so other newbies don't make the mistake of double posting!

Actually, there is no moderation of a new member's posts except for those that contain links.

This is a simple method we use to make it harder for spammers to achieve their goal.

:flowers:

2PNPOD 04-10-2013 07:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aage (Post 1284039)
Actually, there is no moderation of a new member's posts except for those that contain links.

This is a simple method we use to make it harder for spammers to achieve their goal.


:flowers:

D'oh. Sorry, my bad. Newbies, skip what I said!:blink:

JohnGough 04-13-2013 03:59 PM

Newbie...2 weeks to delivery
 
Hello All ... have bought our first airstream and can't wait to pickup in a couple of weeks. If only the weather here in Ontario Canada would cooperate we will be trying it out the first weekend of May!

Bought a 2011 gently used 19' Flying Cloud. Tow vehicle is a 2012 AWD Dodge Journey.

Any tips/ideas are appreciated. Been a park model camper and popup camper for ever. Sold both and now to travel a bit farther afield.

Cheers,
John and Joan.

SteveSueMac 04-14-2013 02:44 AM

Hi John and Joan - congrats and enjoy your new trailer! Sue and I are newbies ourself and literally spending our first night camping as we speak! We're doing this the first night of a 2-day driving training session and that has been INCREDIBLY helpful to us so my tip would be to see if there's a CDL or RV training school you both can attend.

Then enjoy enjoy enjoy :-)

newsgauger 04-14-2013 07:21 AM

Just Missed Beginner's Seminar...
 
JohnGough,

Welcome to Airforums from another Ontarian!

You just missed the Beginner's Seminar held by Can-Am RV in London, which was held on Sunday, March 24th.

They talked about various RV's, Camping, Caravans, Hitches & Tow vehicles, as well as, Insurance options.

You could test drive one, or all, of their TV-Trailer setups.

It was a worthwhile event and they even served lunch!

Seeing that they are just down the street, sort of, keep checking back on thier website. They might offer it again.

Chris

MaxAB 04-14-2013 11:12 AM

Welcome aboard, J&J...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnGough (Post 1285669)
Hello All ... have bought our first airstream and can't wait to pickup in a couple of weeks. If only the weather here in Ontario Canada would cooperate we will be trying it out the first weekend of May!

Bought a 2011 gently used 19' Flying Cloud. Tow vehicle is a 2012 AWD Dodge Journey.

Any tips/ideas are appreciated. Been a park model camper and popup camper for ever. Sold both and now to travel a bit farther afield.

Cheers,
John and Joan.

Congrats on the new member of your family! Try a few long weekends on for size and find out what load-out works for you both. We've even simply used our driveway as our "camp site" in the early stages of our Airstream upgrades project to find out what we need and even more importantly - what we DON'T need. Space being a premium, we've learned that "less is more."

Just finishing a 3-week road trip through the SW US, we stayed and hiked the Grand Canyon last week and Zion NP prior to that. Timing is everything - April in those areas are essentially free of huge crowds and includes very pleasant weather.

General advice: We go south in the cold months of December/Jan/Feb, usually Death Valley and Quartzite. As our weather starts warming up, we go north in the Rockies - Antelope Rally in WY in September should be a good one!

Try NM in October for the Balloon Fiesta - its a great time and Airstream friendly for sure!

Best of Luck!

Art

JohnGough 04-14-2013 02:29 PM

Thanks alot... fyi ... we are very excited to get going.... will stay close to home the first few times but will be ready for summer vacation time.

Chris ... we did go to Can-AM rv seminar in March and found our unit on that day.... great experience.

froggsafield 05-22-2013 07:50 PM

Hello,
We just arrived back to home base after our second 'shake down cruise' to eastern WA and Idaho. New 2012 MB3500 Airstream Interstate (lounge). Have a couple of question prior to "rhapsodising" over our A/S choice.
The hose reel mechanism (that empties the black and grey water tanks) has failed to reel in after using. We were able to hand wind the hose back using a pair of hand pliers. Contacted our local A/S dealer and followed the techs suggestions but no solution. Will be taking vehicle in so they can diagnose problem....appointment in two weeks time!
Anyone have/had such a problem and have a solution two newbies to A/S Interstate ownership could attempt?
Thanks..fn

Protagonist 05-23-2013 07:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by froggsafield (Post 1302631)
The hose reel mechanism (that empties the black and grey water tanks) has failed to reel in after using. We were able to hand wind the hose back using a pair of hand pliers. Contacted our local A/S dealer and followed the techs suggestions but no solution. Will be taking vehicle in so they can diagnose problem....appointment in two weeks time!
Anyone have/had such a problem and have a solution two newbies to A/S Interstate ownership could attempt?
Thanks..fn

Welcome to the AirForums! Glad to have you with us. Glad to have you among the ranks of Interste owners, too.

My first trip, I burned out the fuse for the power hose reel, twice, trying to reel the hose back in. I forget which fuse, exactly, but it's in the fuse panel next to the battery disconnect under the rear sofa. (Always carry spare fuses!)

The reel winds up entirely too fast, and if the hose gets wound crooked, it can jam, and the fuse will blow. Once you replace the fuse, try this in the future… One hand on the hose to guide it, one hand on the switch for the reel. Flick the switch back and forth, winding the hose in a foot or two at a time and then stopping. Any time it feels like it's about to jam, stop and partially unreel it again, and take another stab at getting the hose to coil up properly.

Since I learned that trick, I've only blown the fuse one other time in over a dozen trips, and then it was pouring rain and I was in too much of a hurry. Lot of good being in a hurry did; after replacing the fuse and starting over, I got even wetter.

I genuinely don't understand why they don't put a resistor in the line to slow down the reel, or start using reels that have guide rollers, or both. Next time I have my Interstate in for service, I'll have to see about getting a resistor installed; I'd do it myself but I'm too much of a klutz to risk doing my own electrical work. Or maybe a rheostat, so I can adjust the resistance to find the best take-up speed for the reel.

Dickandvicki 06-23-2013 03:56 PM

Need Advice and where to look...
 
Hello All,

I am still trying to figure my way around these forums... This is kind of a test to see where this posts and hopefully who sees it...

My name is Vickie (married with furkinds) and looking at buying either a used Argosy or Airstream.. 20ft or so that I can enjoy with my husband and puppers.

I am ready to find my dream trailer! I hope to find a great solid trailer that doesn't need extensive repair work and will be reliable. I have actually found a trailer that I am very interested in and am hoping for advice and information seasoned members who are far more knowledgeable than I... Am I in the right spot?

I have posted in a couple other spots and haven't had any replays..

Thanks so much,
Vickie

SteveSueMac 06-23-2013 04:15 PM

Hi. You're in the right place for more seasoned folks who can help you. Unfortunately I'm not one if them being new to this myself. If you've found one you think might be for you, you can search the forum for experienced inspectors who might e in your area and able to inspect the trailer with you. You can also use the search feature to find checklists for inspection that may be helpful too and of course there is tons of good advice here. I find using the search feature with a few words relevant to what I'm looking for will show lots of results without my having to know which forum or topic they were first posted in. Hope that's of some help, now let the pros take over :-)

Rollster 06-23-2013 04:21 PM

Hi Vickie,


Welcome to the forums; yes, this is the place to get all that expert advice. We joined last November after buying our "DreamStream" and have gotten lots of helpful advice.

Why don't you give more specifics about the trailer you're interested in and pictures if you can? Also, you might be able to find a volunteer inspector in your area who can look at the trailer before you buy it. Also, the forum classifieds is a great place to browse for Airstreams, and you can also get a good idea of asking prices for units similar to what you want.

We bought a 25 footer after having a smaller SOB (square old box) for years. That helped us determine what we wanted in our eventual Airstream (like walk-around bed!). We have a large dog who goes everywhere with us, so the extra room is great. Also, we wanted something that would be big enough for extended travels in our retirement, but not too big to be cumbersome. Of course, everybody's needs and wants are different.

I would recommend getting one as new as you can afford or a vintage trailer that has already been restored (plumbing, electric, flooring, axles, etc.).

Good luck with your search - it's so exciting!

Dickandvicki 06-24-2013 08:36 AM

Need Advice.....
 
Thank you so much for your replies!

The trailer I'm interested in is is a 1974 Argosy. It is listed in the classifieds on this site. The seller is asking $8,500. Here is a link to the ad.

http://www.airstreamclassifieds.com/showproduct.php?product=18222&cat=6"]https://http://www.airstreamclassifieds.com/showproduct.php?product=18222&cat=6[/URL]

The seller has also sent me additional photo's, but I don't see how to post them..

Anyway, I really like the vintage looks of this Argosy and it appears to be in very good shape. After doing a bit of research the price seems a bit high for the age and original state. The seller has indicated that all maintenance has been done and that everything is in working order.

My concerns are:

- The age 40 years old with all original wiring, plumbing, appliances. Possible leaks, rot and that type of thing. Basically buying a money pit.

We live in Oklahoma and the trailer is in California.. I don't mind driving out to pick it up.. We are originally from that area and I would love a visit with friends, but I would want to be pretty sure about making an offer before making the trip.

My husband is trying to get me to look at newer model trailers, but the newer Airstreams are so expensive. We could go up in price, but this would be our first travel trailer and I would really like to start out slow and not make a big investment..

Anyway, your thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated... My husband is trying to get me to at least consider a Winnebago Mini :(, it just doesn't have the class or look of an Airstream/Argosy...

Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out...

Vickie

Condoluminum 06-26-2013 02:50 PM

Looks like that one is sold already.. Looked to be in great shape, and even with modestly high price, those sell faster than tired ones with broken things, generally.. (Though that one appeared to have been sitting for sale a while...)

For size and age range you are looking at, be prepared for national market of buyers to look at and be ready to move quickly on good deals. Those are light, easy to pull, and ready to use without a great deal of repairs or surprises..

Without trying to be Dr. Phil, if your husband wants mini-motorhome and you want vintage trailer, you should probably keep talking a while longer to get clearer on budget and objective.. Motorhomes and trailers are like different religions, and few people convert from one to the other, even though it may seem the missions are the same (travel, camp, enjoy outdoors, etc.. ) It usually comes down to whether you want to separate and drive off in tow vehicle, or pull something behind MH, or live with bikes and walking and leave MH hooked up in campsite.. Maybe trying rental MH, or going with friends with trailer and watching how it works on trip where a run into town is needed would help...

Winnebago's are OK, but their construction ("stick and tin" over truck chassis) really doesn't hold up very well over long term, and having an engine, transmission and battery, etc. sitting idle waiting to "go bad" when you need it is a potential extra expense, if you can tow a small trailer with an existing vehicle.. The Argosy 20s were light enough a small truck or SUV with V-6 is enough tow vehicle, and a good shop can rig a towing setup for a lot of other vehicles for that size trailer...

Good luck in your searching..

Dickandvicki 06-27-2013 07:26 AM

Thank you for your post. I've just begun my search for my "dream" trailer. I think someone was able to pick up a real gem. I didn't know what to be on the look out for when when I saw this beauty. I feel much more educated on older trailers and hopefully will be able to move a bit faster should another one comes along.

I have alway loved the Airstream, and had never heard of the Argosy. My husband wants me to at least consider a newer trailer (don't want a motorhome), but I pretty much have my mind set on vintage ..

Happy Trails,
Vickie

Rrroberts40 06-27-2013 09:48 AM

learning to get around the site.
 
Hello all,
Finally after 2+ years of contemplating we purchased our 1st RV and of course, our first Airstream. We bought it at the Seattle (Covington) Airstream NW dealer and must say they were great to work with. The RV is a 23D International Signature and our 2002 Tundra tow vehicle determined the final outcome as well as parking area size. We did want the larger bed of the 23FB and would have got it all with the 25 but the seating in the 23FB was lacking and the truck (I felt) couldn't handle the 25's weight. We are pleased with it so far but have only stayed in it in the driveway so far but do plan an outing soon. Many family members have trailers and have been waiting for us to join them and now we can. I have lots of newbe things to learn (inc. learning to backup smoother and quicker) but it will come I am sure. Anyway great site and much info to pruse and learn. :)


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