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Old 07-11-2016, 10:05 PM   #29
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We just got back from our fourth trip in the first year we have owned our 25 ft FB. First trailer we have owned. It was an incredible, wonderful trip ... filled with lots of little problem solving stuff. No damage, no one hurt, but things not always perfect. The stories are those of all newbies. I have concluded that "rving", even when "Airstreaming", means problem solving. This was the trip where my wife and I looked at each other and for a moment wondered if it was all worth it. The answer for us was unequivocally yes. Good luck and keep going!
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Old 07-11-2016, 10:33 PM   #30
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Black Water Flush Connection

I have seen a lot of folks responding that they have connected the city water to the black water flush connection. At first I assumed this was people with new AS units since I have never noticed anything that looked like a black water flush connection on my Airstream.

Then I started noting older rigs were listed on poster's info as well.

So where is this connection? I have always flushed the black water by making sure the grey water connection was closed and running the black garden hose I carry from the flush station water supply to the clear plastic connector window with flush valve hooked to the tank drain connection. If the pressure is good enough, when I turn off the water I get a pretty healthy flow of paper etc for the first times I do this and then ultimately I seem to get it all. If the end of the season I can use a water thief and connect to a flushing hose in the trailer and spray the tank through the open toilet to reach areas the back flush might not get to.

If I have any other black tank flushing connection, I should find it before I get it wrong too. I have a 2004 22foot Safari.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:38 AM   #31
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Silver.Sanctuary -
The black tank flush inlet is just below the city water inlet on my 2016 FC 27 (thank you, Airstream, for that) - There is a caution sticker that says be sure to have the "fullway termination valve" in the open position - I believe that means have the black tank valve open.......

The labels on both inlets are hard to read.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:52 AM   #32
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If going to Meat Cove leave your AS at camp - no easy turaround there. You can drive onto the beach across a small wooden bridge, though. Look for the old rusted motorcycle frame.

Cheticamp has a good camp at the NP.

Have a great trip! Canada is magical and the people are terrific. Oh, yes, do not try to enter Canada if you have EVER a DUI infraction. They are very strict and turn people away at the border.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:01 AM   #33
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We learned the hard way to leave the cutting boards off the sink and stow them while underway. On bumby roads ours come off the sink and bounce around the trailer. AS could have installed latches for them, but that's another thread.
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:38 AM   #34
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I have had the sink covers lift and move over a little, but the covers have never fallen off the counter onto the floor...
I thought US Hwy 82 and 49 and I-20 were rough...
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:10 AM   #35
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It wouldn't hurt to have a checklist for every phase of the trip - planning, preparing the trailer, things to check during rest stops, setting up, preparing to depart, upon safe arrival home. You can also have mini-checklists for various things like dumping your tanks. You might also consider thinking through what you need to do in case of an emergency and write those steps down. I might sound like I'm over doing it, but a 27 year flying career taught me the value of checklists. You can make them as detailed as you like, laminate them, put them in a binder, and use a grease pencil to check-off the items as you go through them. Happy traveling!
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:54 AM   #36
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It wouldn't hurt to have a checklist for every phase of the trip - planning, preparing the trailer, things to check during rest stops, setting up, preparing to depart, upon safe arrival home. You can also have mini-checklists for various things like dumping your tanks. You might also consider thinking through what you need to do in case of an emergency and write those steps down. I might sound like I'm over doing it, but a 27 year flying career taught me the value of checklists. You can make them as detailed as you like, laminate them, put them in a binder, and use a grease pencil to check-off the items as you go through them. Happy traveling!
Great idea regarding checklists. I also really like the idea of laminating it and using a grease pencil.

Kind of related, does anyone have checklists they have used that they would be willing to share?
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Old 07-12-2016, 05:44 PM   #37
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Thanks for all the advice and recommendations!
We stayed at the Hungry Mother SP last night - very nice campground with pull throughs. Tonight we are in Chambersburg,PA at twin Bridges Campground. Tomorrow, we head towards Norwich,VT.

I am definitively looking for diesel at 1/2 tank. I will investigate the fuel filter and tools when I get back home. Check lists that I can carry in my pocket are definitively in my future. I am going to make some temporary ones tonight for checking the inside of the trailer and one for the outside. I have come close to driving off with the steps down more than once. (Better half caught it both times).

The AC vent in the bathroom came loose first stop after Marion and fell on the floor. I had fixed all the others with a Dremel tool but forgot about the one in the bathroom. The hole in the ceiling for the vent has a tab and the vent does not have a matching space so I made one with the Dremel tool.

Really look forward to Cape Breton.
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Old 07-12-2016, 06:08 PM   #38
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At 1/2 tank of fuel, begin looking and using Gas Buddy to see if it is less expensive at the next exit.


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Old 07-12-2016, 06:22 PM   #39
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I have had the sink covers lift and move over a little, but the covers have never fallen off the counter onto the floor...
I thought US Hwy 82 and 49 and I-20 were rough...

Hmmmmm. Every time I drive over a curb my sink cover ends up on the floor!

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Old 07-12-2016, 06:35 PM   #40
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On our first trip out it was raining and I left the jack down after hitching up. After pulling forward and hearing a strange scraping noise, I had to use a sledge hammer ti remove the shaft of the jack (I have a friend who says you can fix anything with duct tape or a big sledge hammer). Later I had to purchase a saws all to remove the remains of the jack in order to install the new jack. The only thing that made me feel better was to be told that I was not the first one to have this happen. I have not done this again (so far).
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Hmmmmm. Every time I drive over a curb my sink cover ends up on the floor!

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I don't recall ever driving over a curb...


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- fill gas every time you reach 1/2 tank
- do not hook hose to black flush, been there done that
- if you are traveling via Scranton, and going to VT, take 84 over get on NY Thuway to Albany and go into Vt, then cross thru NH to ME and stay at Recompense, down the road from LLBean. By Rockland check out Lobster Bouy campground, No need to go near NY City, tunnels which you cant use, pRkways which you cant use and keep away from unneccessary busy roads you can easily avoid.
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