Originally Posted by OliverB
Thanks TBRich... you snuck your post in befor eI could respond but I appreciate your suggestions!
Are portable generators a viable option? speaking of sewage and flush toilets... how exactly does THIS work in an Airstream? I'd really like to refashion and customize to best suit our own independance, without having to rely on public use of facilities as I'd really love to be as sustainable as possible and preferably avoid the larger public campsites (if at all possible) in favor of more remote forested areas that don't draw crowds. If it were only possible to 'modernize' (albeit not aesthetically speaking) in order to accommodate all these conveniences, it would truly be fantastic!
Yes, portable generators are very viable alternatives when you need them...many of us here use them... The most highly recommended brands are Hondas and Yamahas...there are many threads here that discuss the ins and outs of generators. Modern Airstreams have three tanks...one for fresh water, one for grey water (waste water from kitchen sink, vanity and shower) and one for black water (sewage). Older models may not have a grey water tank, but they can be retrofitted. Different sizes of trailers have different capacities of tanks. OUr 19' for instance has about 21 gal of fresh water (which we run out of first), 20 gal gray and 18 black. We can go about a week without dumping our black water and grey water if we are mindful of the length of showers and dish-washing. The grey and black tanks are isolated by seals and such so they do not smell if everything is as it should be. And breakdown of sewage and odors can be managed chemically if necessary (most necessary in warm weather, of course). We tend to use showers in a campground if they have them, because then we can take longer showers and not worry about usage and filling up the gray tank...but we always use our own toilet...some on the other hand, tend not to use their toilets at all (which I'm not sure I understand)...I guess it's a personal preference, but Airstreams are completely capable of being self-sufficient in that area.
You mentioned freezers in another post. We have a relatively small frig with a freezer compartment in it... we can get quite a bit of frozen food in it. Another thing we do is freeze things ahead of time, and leave them in the frig compartment to help cool and to thaw slowly so that by the time we re ready to use them they are thawed and ready...that allows us to take other frozen foods in the freezer. Don't forget, too, that you can usually buy some supplies on the way to (or not far from) your camp, depending on where you are, of course. We also use a cooler on longer trips to store less perishable items and lots of ice.