One week from today we will be at the dealer to pick up our brand new 2013 Airstream 25FB Flying Cloud! Are we excited? Understatement of the month. Are we busier than normal? Ditto. For the next few days, we’ll be running full speed to check the boxes on one of Janet's world famous to-do lists:
- Packing our recently purchased items for the galley. The biggie here of course is the coffee pot.
- Pack plastic storage boxes with bedding, pillows and other bedroom necessities.
- Complete inventory and pack tools, hoses, and other items to carry on the road.
- Gadget had her bath this weekend but according to Janet, she needs a manicure at PetSmart before departure.
The Tundra, aka Louie, is sitting patiently in the garage ready to go. He can't wait to meet Thelma.
We ordered a new ProPride 3P hitch last week and was assured by Sean Woodruff at ProPride that it would be delivered to our dealer by Friday in time for the Monday morning installation. He has a great reputation for customer service, so fingers are crossed that he's a man of his word.
So, here we are in the final countdown. As I write this I feel like it's all a dream. In just a few days we will standing at the door of Thelma for the first time and at long last, owners of our very own Airstream.
Louise: Well, we're not in the middle of nowhere, but we can see it from here.
That's us. A guy and a girl who caught the Airstream bug and went right over the cliff like Thelma and Louise.
In fact, we named our beautiful Airstream Thelma and our Toyota Tundra Platinum tow vehicle Louie.
It's crazy but, like the movie, it sure is fun.
According to Toyota, the Made in America 2013 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Platinum with iForce 5.7L V8 will take your toys just about anywhere. Sounds good to me.
The Tundra Platinum edition is a great looking Silver Sky Metallic that matches our Airstream. It's a beast of a truck but ries and handles extremely well for the size. We had the front windows tinted to match the factory rear tint and added a black, Undercover Classic tonneau bed cover. The factory TRD dual exhaust note sounds pretty sweet if you like the sound of dual exhausts and makes it difficult to focus on gas mileage.
The legendary iForce 5.7L V8 engine delivers 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft of torque and is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission—a combo ideal for heavy-duty towing.
Unfortunately, the Toyota Tundra was not the right truck for us. A couple of months after purchasing it, we decided the dated interior of the 2013 Tundra was not a place we wanted to spend our time while traveling. Simple things like the location of the radio controls and Navigation system were located just out of reach of the driver. Of course one could always stretch to reach it, but why should one need to stretch to turn up the radio? The Tundra had no problem towing our Airstream but seemed to constantly shift gears on the Interstate. Even on level ground the transmission was in a constant state of searching for the right gear. Since we enjoy life on the road, we wanted a tow vehicle with more low RPM torque and less gear shifting.
To Toyota's credit, the 2014 Tundra interior was updated and has excellent looking ergonomics.
The Tundra was replaced with a new 2013 Ford F-150 Platinum EcoBoost. Watch for an updated post with my impressions on our new F-150. In the meantime, here's a parting photo of our 2013 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Platinum. Best wishes to you and your new owner.