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Old 11-12-2013, 06:59 AM   #15
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... Never rush, always take your time. Get out walk around and then think about how you are going to do it. When you rush, you make mistakes.
To expand on this a bit. Some find it helpful to develop a checklist for hitching/unhitching to make sure everything is done and in a sequence that make sense. For example once your trailer is level side to side and the front to rear to your satisfaction, then deploy the stabilizer legs. (I purposely do no call them jacks as using them as such is not good). Once they are down, don't mess with the tongue jack and with youngsters around, they have to know not to be playing with the jack switch. When preparing for departure, always retract the stabilizers before raising the tongue. This is an example of things that should be done in a particular order. As wxbouy says, never rush. We learned early on it was best for mom to take the kids for a walk while dad dealt with the hitching/unhitching. Even after 30+ years of doing this, mom knows not to distract dad until all is done.

It is also a really good idea for mom to learn the ropes also. The ordered checklist is really handy here. When mom is ready, let her do the steps. Those wide open roads around Amarillo are the perfect spot for mom to learn how do drive with with that aluminum beauty in tow. You never know when dad might get bit by a snake in the canyon and mom needs the confidence to get dad and the kids home.

Someone else mentioned joining a local RV club. Many with Airstreams think 1st of a WBCCI chapter, but there are other choices if one is not nearby. The Good Sam club has 5 local chapters in the panhandle area. They typically camp once a month and the chapter's activities vary by chapter. While one may go exclusively to RV parks where they can play cards and dominos, another chapter may like the lakes and state parks and enjoy campfires and outdoor cooking. The essential thing is they have been doing this for a while and can pass along their secrets of successful RV living. The styling and construction is what makes an Airstream different from other RVs. The systems and how they work are pretty much common in the industry, so the folks with the Minnie Winnie can certainly help you understand the correct way to use and dump your holding tanks.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:24 AM   #16
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I always stress the point to my wife that things have to be done in a certain order- not randomly-
1. tongue jack up
2. torsion bars off
3. tongue jack down
4. release coupler
5. tongue jack up
6. pull truck forward
7. tongue jack down to level
6. electricity
7. a/c on
8. water
9. water heater on
10. sewer
12. wheel chocks
13. stabilizers
14. awnings
15. chairs
16. campfire
electricity, water, and sewer before stabilizers so she can go ahead inside and start cleaning/straightening/whatever to get out of my way!
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:25 PM   #17
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WOW thanks so much for the info! VERY helpful. I'm a bit overwhelmed, can't wait to dig in.

Desertair - great pic! I love the canyon so much!
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Good Sam is a good group for general camping knowledge and tips. WBCCI local chapter will be a database of nearby, helpful AS owners who can answer just about any questions specific to our aluminum beauties. I tins the WBCCI dues for national and local chapter a bargain. Chick Fil A is one of my favorite on the road stops for Monday through Saturday travel, but Sundays it's Wendy's. Apologize to the cows for me....
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:10 PM   #19
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We were in Palo Duro a couple years ago, the road was no problem at all, but then we have towed some roads that make some of the "10 scariest" lists and not felt too clammy at the end... like all descents, gear way down, save your brakes, and at the bottom you'll wonder why you worried. My son lives in Lubbock, so I'm sure we'll be back through sooner rather than later. You will be glad to start now, life is for Streaming.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:20 PM   #20
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Chocks BEFORE Unhitching

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I always stress the point to my wife that things have to be done in a certain order- not randomly-
1. tongue jack up
2. torsion bars off
3. tongue jack down
4. release coupler
5. tongue jack up
6. pull truck forward
7. tongue jack down to level
6. electricity
7. a/c on
8. water
9. water heater on
10. sewer
12. wheel chocks
13. stabilizers
14. awnings
15. chairs
16. campfire
electricity, water, and sewer before stabilizers so she can go ahead inside and start cleaning/straightening/whatever to get out of my way!
The list is fairly complete but I NEVER unhitch (step 5 above) before putting wheel chocks in place (step 12). If it rolled for any reason, I doubt I could stop it by hand!
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:30 PM   #21
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I mostly camp on level pads. Tongue jack down is enough to keep the trailer from rolling away. The chicks are to keep the trailer from wiggling when we walk.
The order is different when parking on unlevel sites or at the house- chock before unhitching to keep,the trailer from trying to turn sideways putting pressure on the tongue jack.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:40 PM   #23
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The order is affected by which little storage compartment I come to first-
Jack foot, TV cable (if the park has cable) and under tire wheel chocks are in the first compartment under the dinette roadside.
Then water and sewer in the little compartment aft of the wheels roadsides.
Shore cord and water hose in back compartment under bed.
Sewer hose, stabilizer crank, awning rod in bumper.
Between the wheel chocks (x-chocks?) in little compartment aft of wheels curbside.
Steps.
Zip Dee chairs in their little cabinet.
Flamingos and blue pool noodle for awning arm behind the couch.
TV antenna up and program TV's
Back to the rear storage compartment under bed for fire starter and rake for kindling...
I try to go around the trailer one time counter clockwise and get everything one time around, but I end up going twice or three times around...
Rope lights and awning lights are also in little compartment under dinette.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:49 PM   #24
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I forgot rug in rear compartment and step support in compartment under dinette...
And fishing poles in rear bumper...
And firewood and bikes in bed of pickup...
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:54 PM   #25
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And charcoal and lighter fluid in rear compartment and Bluetooth music from iPhone through the trailer's sound system...
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And eating a old cut sandwich and drinking a cold Dr. Pepper...
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I always stress the point to my wife that things have to be done in a certain order- not randomly-
1. tongue jack up
2. torsion bars off
3. tongue jack down
4. release coupler
5. tongue jack up
6. pull truck forward
7. tongue jack down to level
6. electricity
7. a/c on
8. water
9. water heater on
10. sewer
12. wheel chocks
13. stabilizers
14. awnings
15. chairs
16. campfire
electricity, water, and sewer before stabilizers so she can go ahead inside and start cleaning/straightening/whatever to get out of my way!
In addition to the mentioned wheel chocks, between items #5 and #6 add, 'remove safety chains'. If the chocks don't hold the 'Stream from rolling off, the chains will! (Ask me how I know this...)
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:56 PM   #28
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I usually undo safety chains at the same time as uncoupling and unplugging umbilical cord and taking off weight bars...
Please don't ever forget to unplug the umbilical cord...
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