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Old 11-01-2008, 10:23 PM   #15
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Congratulations!

I'm a relative newbie too - bought my A/S in September.

Here's a couple of things I've found I needed - I bought two 30' fresh water hoses - (Wal Mart sells a flat one that comes on a wind up frame which is easy to store and doesn't kink). It's a bummer to be a few feet short to reach the tap in a campground. Also get a heavy duty exterior extension cord and adapters in case you are too far from the electric hookup for your cord to reach it.

I also bought an inexpensive hose to use for putting water into the sewer flusher (if you have one) and washing up the sewer hose etc. after dumping. It's used exclusively for those jobs.

I got the dealer to supply me with a set of extra fuses for everything on delivery - if you need 'em you got 'em - it's cheap insurance against lots of frustration.

I second reading the owner's manual - it's got almost everything you need to know. You can download a copy from the airstream web site and print it out and cut it up and make notes - or take the section you want with you for on the spot reference when you are working on something, and you won't get your original all marked up or dirty.

And finally when you are ready to depart - don't hurry for any reason - and don't let anyone else hurry you either. Walk around the rig a couple of times inside and out and check that everything is secured, stowed and that the hitch and power and break away switch are all as they should be. Take your time and check it all out fully and then go have fun!
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:03 PM   #16
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You have received some good advice. Try and develop a good preflight checklist.....and use it. Some of us become complacent after awhile and try to rely on a mental checklist......and that's the time one tends to drive off with the TV antenna up!

I didn't see where anyone had answered your Samsung TV question. If you were trying to turn it on without being hooked up to shore power....it won't work on house batteries alone.

Good luck with the new coach and welcome to the forum. Spend lots of time getting familiar with it. Ours is parked next to our garage and always hooked up to power......it is a rare day that I don't find an excuse to go inside for something. My wife has caught me twice, napping in the new recliner that I just installed.....I told here that it had to be broken in!

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Old 11-01-2008, 11:29 PM   #17
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I also bought an inexpensive hose to use for putting water into the sewer flusher (if you have one) and washing up the sewer hose etc. after dumping. It's used exclusively for those jobs
I suggest that you add several things to your compartment near this work area.
1. A box of latex gloves. (available for wearing a pair while handling the sewer hose.)
2.A plastic bottle with (hand sprayer) bleach/water for sanitize and cleaning up those areas assocatied with the sewer hoses..
3.The bleach/water contents of the bottle can also be used to spray clean the city water connection pipes each time you move to a new campground and/or site.
Also, just a quick add on your thoughts about doing a walk around before leaving..Always make sure that your windows are properly secured and, locked~ Nothing ruins a vacation trip quicker then having an Greyhound bus suck out your window as it passes you~
Good Luck..
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:40 AM   #18
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Welcome to the Forus.

You are invited to join in on any California Streamers Rally. Over Thanksgiving weekend we will be in Quartzsite. Come on out or Caravan out with one of us.

The manuel won't answer all your questions so post any questions you have or feel free to PM me as I had an 07 19 footer.

The best way to learn your trailer is to use it. So camp in the driveway or head out to a local campground and make the usual mistakes. A sense of humor helps.

Backing up is an easily learned skill if you take your time and not get flustered.

A great hint for backing up is to put your hands at the bottom of the wheel and push in the direction you want the back bumper of the trailer to go. Want the back bumper on the trailer to go to the right? Move your hands at the bottom of the steering wheel to the right. Easy. Now go practice in a parking lot.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:04 PM   #19
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Greetings to you all,
Again thanks for the continued advice and recommendations! Pudentane, I'm moving on your suggestions ASAP! Finally, with a little "egg on my face"..............I discovered that, yes indeed, I do need to be hooked up to shore power before my TV to work...Duh! Oh well, little by little these kind of things will hopefully settle in! I'm sure more time in the old owners would help too!
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:38 PM   #20
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Glad I could be of help - I've certainly gotten more than my fair share from this forum. The water hose advice came from 2air, and I'm grateful to him - it saved a weekend for me - I didn't have to go shopping for another hose in an area that didn't have a WalMart nearby. It's the little things that can drive you crazy - also always take your basic tools with you - pliers, vice grips, hammer, adjustable crescent wrench, 4 way screwdriver, pry bar, etc. etc. and don't forget the duct tape and WD-40!

Cheers!
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:46 AM   #21
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Greetings to you all,
Again thanks for the continued advice and recommendations! Pudentane, I'm moving on your suggestions ASAP! Finally, with a little "egg on my face"..............I discovered that, yes indeed, I do need to be hooked up to shore power before my TV to work...Duh! Oh well, little by little these kind of things will hopefully settle in! I'm sure more time in the old owners would help too!
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:26 AM   #22
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Holiday Greetings to ya'll,
This newbee and his bride now must store our silver bullett until after the holidays:-(
Any suggestions on short term storage. We fortunately don't have to worry about freezing temps. I took the batteries out and intend on storing & charging them in our garage..........We visited Sears to investigate their deep-cell charging units. Wow, from $80-$200! One even comes with an air pump! Any suggestions, does and don'ts? We love our AS and can't wait to get out on the road again with her!
Again, abundant season's blessings to one and all!
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Welcome Aboard!!!

If your coach has AGM's this is a very good choice. If not the standard Battery Minder will work fine.


Model 12118 AGM/Optima BatteryMINDer PLUS® 12V 1Amp

If you want an all-around charger/maintainer I have been using this, works great!!
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