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Old 04-10-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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HI, I'm Susan. My husband and I drove from New York to New Mexico last month to buy a 25' 2004 Airstream. We drove out there in two VERY long days and back home in six days. On the trip home we stayed in a few parks, parking lots and rest area's. Not that many places are open before April 15th so it wasn't easy finding places to stay.

On our first night in the trailer we learned about smelly water. When we got the trailer it had an empty water tank so we decided to stay in a State Park in Albuquerque that had water and electric hookups. We didn't realize what the terrible sulphur smell was at first, luckily we hooked up to water but didn't fill our tank. It was so bad we didn't even take showers.

On our first trip with our trailer we drove over 2,400 miles and went through 12 states. At this point we feel pretty comfortable driving just about anywhere.

We have three long weekend trips planned so far, but that's just the beginning. )
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Sounds like you'll do just fine, road warriors already. Enjoy your summer and safe travels
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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Thanks, Bruce. It was a little scary buying a used trailer and driving it such a long distance, but it worked out fine. Lots of fun times ahead, our first trailer. It will be quite a change from camping in a tent.

Be safe too and hopefully we'll have nice weather this summer.
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Howdy Susan and welcome. Congrats on the Airstream, and the adventures ahead!
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Susan, Welcome to the forum and congrats on the Airstream.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #7
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Thanks everybody. I've wanted a trailer for a long time and I'm very excited about all the adventures we'll be going on. It's great to know there is a place like this forum with so many people willing to help. I'm sure I will have many questions and hopefully someday I'll have answers. LOL
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Welcome to the forum from a fellow Long Islander! My best advice is to avoid the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) at all times! We just returned from a few days in Lancaster, PA. We drove the BQE going but wisely crossed the GW bridge coming home. The ferries to CT will also increase your enjoyment when traveling north. Good Luck with your trailer.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:16 PM   #9
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Thanks, the BQE is never fun. The worst part of any trip is getting getting off and on Long Island.

Happy camping.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Glad you joined us and hope you enjoy the site. Have many funfilled mile traveling this great country and hope to see you down the road.
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Hi Susan, sounds like you are already seasoned campers. This is the best way to travel and see the country. Another plus for us has been the opportunity to visit friends and family we havn't seen in years. Have fun and safe travels.
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I've been camping in a tent most of my life, we had a pop-up for a few years. This is my first trailer and I already love it. We set up in 15 minutes!! When we go somewhere that we're going to stay it will take a little longer but so much easier than setting up a tent. I can't wait to go on my first trip.
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Welcome. Not new to raving but new to this site. So far it is great!! Airstream. Great
Trailer. My father had a 1965!! Was great back then.
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Yes, I like this forum and I joined the Airstream one too. So much useful information and helpful people in these forums.
It's amazing how long Airstream has been around, so far I love my trailer but we've only used it on our way home from New Mexico. I can't
Wait to go on a real trip.
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