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Old 07-12-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Newbie report

I've written a four-page report on what my wife and I learned while preparing for and taking the first trip with our new Airstream. It is available as an attachment to this post (if I uploaded it right), or at (if I didn't). My goal was to document surprises, not rehash common knowledge. Feedback welcome. Many thanks to all the advice I found here - without it things would not have gone so well!
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Nice report! re: Propane, when the active bottle is empty, that little green line does indeed turn to red. The switch over is automatic. When you see red, look at the arrow on the tank selector, it will be pointing at the EMPTY bottle. Turn it to the other bottle, and the indicator once again turns to green. Now you can disconnect the empty bottle and refill it at your convenience.

I'm glad you enjoyed your first experience!

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums! Airstreaming is a hobby, lot's of fun!
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:03 AM   #4
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Nicely written summary report, David, and thanks for the extra effort. We, too, love our Hensley hitch system. Another member here on AIR, I think it was Cloudsplitter, pointed me to the "Hitchin' Posts" from Camping World. One on the stinger and one on the HAHA and I can (and did) hitch up solo much faster. Keep On Pullin'
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:49 AM   #5
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Nice report; we're only in our second season so all the things you mentioned were things that we'd recently been through. I have something similar to the Roto-chock and they have been used since day one. I did buy some padlocks for them but I think they're more likely to stop the chocks from being stolen rather than the trailer, but it's all peace of mind, and inexpensive at that.

Backing the trailer up comes with practice. On our third trip out we parked way too close to a tree (well, it was 1am) and had a tricky job getting out again. However, it all adds to that bank of experience :~)
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