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Old 10-01-2011, 03:26 PM   #29
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Airperson, I've had the Bedslide all summer and have had no problems. I got the stripped-down model from Costco website (no longer available) and did not have side rails. I added slotted angle iron to do that job. Honda gen and Weber Q grill are held in place with velcro straps. I use both in place (unless I'm grilling greasy hamburgers). Unless I am travelling on bumpy Forest Service roads, cargo pretty much stays in place.

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Old 10-01-2011, 03:32 PM   #30
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Airperson, half the fun is getting everyones ideas and pick and choose what work s best for you. In the end we wind up with more enjoyable experiences...Drew
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:20 PM   #31
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Your post is a good read as we should all pay attention to our loaded weight as it will save us a lot of trouble later on. Cheers, AP
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:25 PM   #32
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Drew. You have hit the nail on the head. There are so many options out there to learn about but isn’t it great to be able to make an educated decision. The positive feedback we have shared on this site is indicative of the great people that share a love of the outdoors and camping in their Airstreams. AP
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:15 PM   #33
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AP, I'm a woodworker by trade but the shelves I put in could be done by anyone, using "Loweswood" & skill saw. They work well for me. Chocks, jack stand,leveling blocks,hitch grease, WD bars, all the dirty stuff. The cap has the flip up windows so I can reach in & not crawl in. Still have bed open for whatever else. I keep the hoses & cords in the little compartments located along the lower edge of the trailer, street side, where the hook ups are.
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:36 AM   #35
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Only when you are backing in and setting up. That's when everyone is watching (Airstreams do tend to attract attention). After that we return to our normal unorganized self.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:29 AM   #36
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Sometimes if you get to know your local resturant. NOT MICKY D's or BK,but your real sit down resturant. They buy pickles by the 5 gallon bucket and when empty they throw them away or recycle them. Sometimes you can get em fer free.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:50 AM   #37
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Containers are great...but not so great if they hold rain water. I keep a momma bear sized compressor in the truck bed, a spare tire, 150 ft. of airhose, a hand full of tools, a reese hitch we never use...and thats it.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:41 PM   #38
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We are in the process of provisioning now and enjoying every minute of it. When we decided to take the plunge, we knew we'd be spending lots of time (and cash) stocking up on all the "necessities."

In our younger days when we tent-camped, hunted, fished and even backpacked with some frequency, we were definitely "equipment junkies."
Now we are trying to go minimal/light weight and looking for bargains (Walmart, Ikea, etc.) but it surely is a challenge. We can always think of something else that would be good to have..."just in case."

As usual, the forums are an excellent source for ideas and vendors.
Thanks to everyone.

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Old 10-17-2011, 04:50 PM   #39
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We have a tonneau cover on our truck (short bed), so planning is necessary, but we have it down pretty good. Much depends on where we are going, if we can have a ground fire, if we can use charcoal, if will we need generators, etc. The heaviest and least-used stuff goes all the way forward in plastic totes...the more often used and lighter stuff goes in the back...

(1) We have a tote that is for emergency things that doesn't usually get used, and always goes with...jack, hazard markers, etc...we also carry a 30 amp extension cord and a heavy duty regular extension cord ad jack stands...and a few select tools...

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we need gennys, we have one in a Rubbermaid tote that has all the stuff that goes along with a genny...if we need a 2nd genny, it's just in the bed with it's cover on, not in a tote. Then if we take gennys, we need to take two gas containers...a 5 gal and a 2.5 gal (easier to handle/pour)....

(3) If we are allowed to have a campfire we sometimes take firewood (if we are going to an AZ campground), but more and more often these days we are opting to buy firewood at the campground...saves a lot of space and we don't infest other forests with our local bugs.

(4) We have a tote that has things needed for set-up...leveling blocks, a few tools, also the charcoal lighter and fire-starter and misc odds & ends.

(5) Gas OR charcoal grill...we try not to take both, but we've had to a few times when fire restrictions are iffy. Small bag of charcoal if taking the Weber (small rectangular).

(6) Gas lantern & propane canisters for lantern and grill

(7) A small portable microwave if we think we'll use it and we are going to have electricity.

(8) Sewer line support if we are going to have sewer hookup...

(9) Extra 12-packs of soda if there's room, and there usually is...

(10) Extra dog food if we are going to be out long enough to need extra...

(11) Collapsible extra step which we can use for a number of things...

(12) Kid's small folding table (makes a great little patio table) ...

(13) Rug that is light weight enough to fold up rather than roll...lays across the other stuff...

(14) Portable fire pit if there are no fire rings and we can use our own...folds fairly flat so it lays on top of other stuff...

(15) Solar lights on stakes to put around the campsite...we put sand or rocks in tin cans that we painted silver so we can move them around and put them anywhere even if the ground is too hard to stake them...as is often the case in AZ...

Believe it or not, this (or at least most of it) all fits in a short bed truck... IF you pack well... the firewood and microwave are the first to leave behind if you need more room...

If we take a cooler it's in the AS in the middle of the floor on a rug so it doesn't slide around.

And you know what? We still don't always use everything...we could go with less and still be quite comfortable.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:10 PM   #40
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Along with most of the stuff mentioned above, I also carry a pair if gardners clippers and a small bow saw to do a little light tree pruning when necessary. Sometimes it must be done discretely, but no one wants a tree branch dragging the length of the trailer as you back in. And the next guy in will love you for it. John
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:12 PM   #41
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We always take our propane-powered fire ring with us. It attaches easily to our camper bottle. It's very light weight, takes little space, produces no smoke, doesn't require hauling firewood, and it's easy to turn on, to adjust, and to turn off. It makes organizing our TV a lot simpler and lowers the GVW too! Our brand is the Fire Dancer but there are several others available.

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:01 PM   #42
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That is a great picture, you have all the comforts of home...AP
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