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Old 08-16-2009, 04:54 PM   #15
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Hi Rodney,

Your right about the weight in the front.

I carry the batteries as well as the solar panels on/in my T.V.

I built-in the water tank. I used a water tank from an 80's AS which I picked-up from an Airforms member.

I bought the LED party lights at Costco last Christmas.

I'm using a Verizon air card on a WiFi router, amplifier and external antenna, and yes with this combo I can get a signal up here.

The freezer is an Engel, a very high efficiency compressor freezer. It runs off the diesel starting batteries.

Did I mention the Ice maker

So, as far a weight, I only carry 2 batteries in the Airstream.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:08 PM   #16
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We boondock when we need to, along the road traveling on long trips, or to snag a primo view in a particular place, or even work camping for a time. We don't have a generator (or solar power) yet so in cold weather with the furnace running three nights is tops for the batteries. However during mild weather with judicious use of power and good ambient temperatures we were able to use a honey wagon and connect hoses and extension cords for periodic fillups and charging maintainence. Given my druthers I enjoy the convenience and luxury of full hook-up but will gladly go without for a particular reason. It's nice the Airstream can be so comfortable and versatile wherever it is. I like natural surroundings it just means living a lot more deliberately and investing a greater portion of time to perform routine tasks. We probably use electric only sites most frequently as those campsites are usually abundantly available and we can stay longer without worrying about the batteries.

Where and when we camp may make solar a questionable return and some of our favorite parks do not allow generators. But being off grid really makes you feel free to go where you will in comfort.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:46 PM   #17
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:01 PM   #18
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Without boondocking, we would have missed the best rally of the year!!YouTube - 1st Annual Bakers' Acres Airstream Family Campout
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:22 PM   #19
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Very nice slideshow Doug. The music is cool too. That's a great way to show the rally. Thanks for sharing.
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This thread also discusses this topic..

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...ing-53113.html
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #21
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We're on the road 6-8 weeks of the year, we seldom stay where hookups are available. National Parks and Monuments, National Forests (campgrounds and just off the road) and State parks. The most outstanding campsites we've stayed at don't have hookups.

For many years we just tent and tailgate camped, but a few years ago after shoulder surgery it was just too difficult for wife to climb in and out of tent/sleeping bag, so wife let me buy the Airstream I always wanted.

Now my wife loves camping in the Airstream, particularly having a freezer for ice cream and the occasional hot shower.
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Very nice slideshow Doug. The music is cool too. That's a great way to show the rally. Thanks for sharing.
Picture 15 is my 60 Ambassador out for the 1st time since restoration. Everything worked perfectly. The blond kid with the orange shirt is my grandson out for the first camping trip with us. He says that he's in the Airstream club now
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The rally was at Rob Baker's place. Rob of VAP fame. It was boondocking on top of a hill on his farm. The video was from one of the peolpe there. It was a great Airstream family get together, because we all could boondock.
That's us in the distance.
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I think some Airstreamers boondock most of the time; most Airstreamers boondock some of the time; and some Airstreamers have yet to boondock! But that's one of the things these machines are made for and are good at.

Personally, I've had full hookups exactly two nights, and the rest of my (somewhat limited) experience has been divided more or less evenly between boondocking and electric-only. Quite a bit of the latter has been an extension cord run into someone's barn, etc. for limited power for lights and fridge. Saves the batteries and lpg and generator noise, don't ya' know? My biggest limitation is that when it's 90+ out, I really like to have the air conditioning on some of the time and that either requires a 30 amp hookup or to run the generator. I know; I'm a wimp, but there you have it. That's probably why I like spring and fall outings so much. Easy to boondock in milder weather.
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We love to "boondock!" Our favorite sites don't have hook-ups.
Our travels usually take us to State Parks, Forest Service and BLM campgrounds.
As a rule these places have a water spigot available at the most.
But if we're on a longer trip, we do love the full hook-up stop along the way. During that stay (coming and going) we do laundry, check the emails, watch a little tube, and take long showers.
Then we're back to "roughing it" (In an Airstream? Yeah, right.)
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We go without hook ups about half the nights we camp. The coolest places to camp are non-traditional sites - if they had full services, every one would be there and they would be less cool
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