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Old 09-07-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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Full-Timing in Jacksonville

Due to family circumstances, we find ourselves full-timing in Lucy in Jacksonville, Florida. SuEllyn's Dad was in the hospital with a heart problem. He is home now and doing well, but she needs to stay close-by for a while longer.

We have been here camped in Lucy since July, 20th. Lucy is set-up in Daddy's yard with full five point hook-ups. We will need to stay for a while, making us kinda-sorta full-timers. Even though we have camped in Lucy quite a bit (450 nights and 50,000 miles in three years), we have never had her active for so long without moving.

Lucy is in a very nice park-like setting with plenty of room. SuEllyn's Dad's place in on over an acre.

Are there any things that we need to be doing or not doing while full-timing at a single campsite? Are there any tank dumping matters that need to be handled differently in our static situation?

Any other suggestions would greatly appreciated.

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Brian,
Make sure if you use the black tank you hold and dump. Check the tire pressure as you would on the road. The lower pressures will put more stress on the stabilization jacks.
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Isn't it just so very handy to have your own home-on-wheels to take wherever you want or need to? Our only advice, just from what we hear from others, is to take special precautions against mice and insects----the likelihood of infestations increase when you are in one place for extended periods of time.

Hope SueEllyn's Dad continues to make a good recovery.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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Make sure if you use the black tank you hold and dump. Check the tire pressure as you would on the road. The lower pressures will put more stress on the stabilization jacks.
I have been keeping the black tank closed except while actually dumping. I'm also keeping the gray closed except during dumps.

I will check the trailer tire pressure to see how they are doing.

Thanx, Brian
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Hi Brian,

Best of luck to SuEllyn's Dad!. I hope everything goes well.

The replies you have gotten cover it pretty well. I leave the gray valve open sometimes and close it regularly and allow the tank to mostly fill to get a more complete rinse. Black, only open to dump, like you.

That's a nice looking place, Lucy looks happy.
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Don't gain too much weight!

Collecting extra "stuff" is One BIG temptation when stationary for a period of time.


If you do bring anything new on board, ask yourself what you would do with it if you moved tomorrow. And, keep checking all systems out just as you would when traveling.

Michelle is spot on with the holding tank & tire advice.

All the best to SueEllyn's dad.
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you might need to snug up the stabilizers if the ground compresses more undrer them than the tires.
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Hey Brian,

It's nice for you to open up the question to the group however we think you are probably the guru when it comes to all things Airstream. Ever consider writing a book?

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Isn't it just so very handy to have your own home-on-wheels to take wherever you want or need to? Our only advice, just from what we hear from others, is to take special precautions against mice and insects----the likelihood of infestations increase when you are in one place for extended periods of time.

Hope SueEllyn's Dad continues to make a good recovery.
It's funny you should mention that. One day last week the exterminator came for his routine visit to SuEllyn's Dad's house. SuEllyn had him spray both the inside and around and under the Airstream. That will hopefully hold us for a little while.

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Isn't it great to have a home on wheels that will allow you to help family and loved ones while not infringing on their "space" and yet be right there for them. Lynn and I did a six week stay in Kansas this summer for our daughter and family and used the Pod to not have to stay right under their feet. It was great. We moved a few times for various reasons such as needing a change of scenery or neighbors. It looks like you don't need to worry about either of those issues!
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Hey Brian,

It's nice for you to open up the question to the group however we think you are probably the guru when it comes to all things Airstream. Ever consider writing a book?

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Thank you very much for your most kind words. The basis for whatever Airstream knowledge that I may have came from these Forums. I am just fortunate to have had the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice.

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Isn't it great to have a home on wheels that will allow you to help family and loved ones while not infringing on their "space" and yet be right there for them. Lynn and I did a six week stay in Kansas this summer for our daughter and family and used the Pod to not have to stay right under their feet. It was great. We moved a few times for various reasons such as needing a change of scenery or neighbors. It looks like you don't need to worry about either of those issues!
We have found this to be very true. Lucy has been our savior during our visits to Jacksonville. We have five point hook-up in the yard, and love being able to go back to "our house" for the night, and yet be right there.

We have also found that we have nicer visits with friends and family in far away cities when we have our dear Lucy in a nearby campground.

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