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Old 05-12-2013, 02:37 PM   #15
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Sense of humor. The first few times you try backing it into a spot, the driver will decide that the guide is insane and vice versa. Sometimes you may detect your temper rising a mite. Same with hitching up. You will find what works for you.

Stop. Stretch, laugh. Try again. It's camping -- no one is keeping score. Take your time.

Most of all, get out and put some nights aboard.

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:52 PM   #16
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Congratulations and welcome aboard ... you have a great adventure ahead of you!
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:18 PM   #17
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Enjoy, and Happy Camping!

My suggestion on what "extra's" to have.... take a little shake down trip, maybe only a few miles away overnight and make a list of what you wish you had brought, or what you wish you would have left home! After about a year of traveling you will likely generate two lists (either written or mental) one for short weekend jaunts and the other for extended trips...

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Old 05-12-2013, 05:39 PM   #18
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Congratulations! I know how excited you must be! Caddygreen has some good advice. Just take it out and start using it and your needs will fall into place. Talk to other campers nearby for advice. Make yourself a travel checklist for such things as what to bring, and the steps you need to go through to secure the Bambi for travel. My checklist is securely implanted in whats left of my mind, and my lovely wife double checks everything for me! More importantly, go slow and have fun with it!

On a side note, the Sport does not have rock guards. I'm not sure what you are towing with, but in the future, you may consider some mud/rock flaps for your TV. Traveling on a freshly chip sealed road can put some nasty dings in that beautiful aluminum!
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:14 PM   #19
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Welcome Arob. I am a newbie, too. We brought our Bambi Flying Cloud home in February and already have 1,500 miles on it. We are now at the point of leaving some stuff behind we don't need, make a list every trip of things we need to add. Learning curve on making sure drawers and doors (especially refrigerator!) are closed properly before heading down the road.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #20
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Congrats! I have the 2012 version of that same AS and love it! You are wise to get some tips. A close by shake down trip is a good idea. It will help you know what you must have. It is a well designed small trailer and space is at a premium. One change I made was to remove the table and put in a small plastic table I got at Costco. Opens up the room inside greatly. Only downside is you don't have that extra bed. But letting someone sleep there is VERY crowded.

Be sure to check out how well everything works. You have 2 years to get warranty repairs. I had problems with my refrigerator and the water/electrical monitor. Found a good place that did only Airstream repairs. They took care of contacting Airstream, fixed the problems with no out of pocket from me whatsoever.

Read through the owners manual and the Newbies guide that should have come with your unit. Use your bathroom and get familiar with how to drain/clean it, etc. I use the Sewer Solution. Very clean and easy to use. Fortunately you have that nice outside-accessible storage under the bed, and all those plastic rubbermaid boxes. They come in real handy.

On my very first trip I rented a larger drive-thru space, usually used by large motorhomes. That was great. I just drove into it with no backing up. Saved that learned curve for later. I am still learning how to properly back up.

Anyway, enjoy! You have a lot of new things to experience. This weekend will be my first time dry-camping (no hookups). Up to now I have gone to the beach and Palm Springs several times, with full hookups. Always something new to do.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:47 PM   #21
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I would add trailer insurance( one of mine was destroyed by a blown tire) , and AAA or a rood service of some sort. Enjoy have fun. Rangerjay, what size lug do you have? I just got 15/16 forgot to test and see if correct size.
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