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Alumaflamingo 2017

Escape the cold weather up north and join your Airstreamer friends in sunny Florida this February, 2017! Plans are shaping up: learn more about the new location, onsite seminars, and offsite adventures at the Alumaflamingo blog.

Alumaflamingo is strictly limited to 150 trailers—and sites are booking fast. (More than fifty are already reserved!) Don’t miss out—register today.


Black Friday deal!

Airstream Life’s popular book on Airstream maintenance is going on sale during the Thanksgiving weekend.  From Friday Nov 25 through Monday Nov 28, save $10 —no coupon needed!

This book is regularly $27.95 and normally never discounted, so this is a rare savings opportunity.  Visit the Airstream Life Store for this deal.

  • Fine print:  prior sales are not eligible for this discount.  You must place your order Nov 25 – Nov 28 to save $10.  No limit on quantity, so order one for each Airstream friend!

New Airstream Life shirts!

Looking for a fun for a fellow Airstreamer?  Check out the new Airstream Life t-shirts just released at the Airstream Life Store: 3shirtspromo

Three new designs are now available, starting at just $15 each.  Because they’re new, we can guarantee nobody has one already!  Check ’em out today.


Alumapalooza news

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The 8th annual party at the Airstream factory—Alumapalooza—will be May 30- June 4, 2017, and registration is now open. Stay tuned for info; we’re adding more hands-on workshops!


Correction!

Outside Interests reader Alex M. notes, “in the latest issue of the online magazine’s article on bridges, tunnels and ferries,  you mentioned the Dempster Highway in Alaska. The Dempster Highway is in the Yukon, ending at Inuvik, NWT. This highway was named for Inspector William Dempster of the RCMP. He was born 1897, died 1964, and is buried near Vancouver, BC.” Alex, thanks for the information! Cheers to you and the WBCCI BC Unit.


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Where are the Airstream parks in the U.S. for an overnight stay?

Information about Airstream-only parks can be found in Airstream Life magazine (advertised in every issue), as well as in the Blue Beret if you’re a member of the WBCCI. There are only a handful, and located far apart (making them impractical for an overnight stay), but many Airstreamers have good things to say. For information and user reviews of the Airstream parks in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio, and New Jersey, visit Campendium and type “Airstream” in the search box.


Reader Ralph G. writes, “I hate to bring up an old, well worn topic, but what are the best 15-inch tire brands and models for a trailer? (We have a 27-foot, 2014 Flying Cloud.) We do mostly Interstate highway driving—usually 68 mph.”

Ralph, we have to “tread” carefully on this one. The short answer is, there are no best tires, only opinions. All ST (Special Trailer) type tires are technically limited to 65 MPH, so if you continue to tow at higher speeds you might look into using the LT (Light Truck) designated tires that other Airstreamers have used successfully.

Check out expert Rich Luhr’s blog post on the topic of tires. Hope that helps!


David B asks, “I have a 24-foot 1960 Airstream  Flying Cloud. We used our 2001 Toyota Tundra truck to pull this beauty from the Central Coast of California to Glacier National Park and back again last summer. Our truck performed quite well with its included tow package but unfortunately this old truck was recently in a front-end collision and declared totaled because of extensive repairs needed.

We are now shopping for a new towing vehicle and while we have enjoyed our Tundra for many tasks over the years including towing our Airstream, we are looking at other options for a safe comfortable vehicle. For instance, would a late model V6 Toyota Highlander with a towing package provide us with safe towing? What should we be looking for—only a V8 engine for instance?”

David, thanks for your question. Airstream Life magazine has been running articles for years to explain the nuances of tow vehicles and the “right” answer is still up for discussion. Safe towing isn’t about just buying a particular vehicle; it’s a complex equation involving tow vehicle, trailer design, loaded weights, and hitch configuration. (Check out towing expert Andy Thomson’s many posts on the subject; you might want to start here.)

If we were sitting informally by the campfire, we might say that almost anything with a hitch can tow a 1960 Flying Cloud, provided—and this is very important—that you get the weight distribution correct.

You liked your old Toyota Tundra? Go ahead and get another one. Or maybe the Highlander. Happy trails, and safe towing!


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