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Old 01-08-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
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A new generation of Airstreamer... what to do?!

My husband and I are expecting our first child in April and we are going to have make some changes to the trailer to accommodate traveling with a child. We have only ever traveled with our 4 dogs (and yes they will still be coming camping with us).

Does anyone have suggestions for Airstreaming with an infant or trailer mods they have made to make everything work better??

I assume the biggest change will be the shear quantity of extra stuff to bring- diapers, bathtub, bottles, ect. We are considering the "baby hammocks" i see advertised and suspending it above the gaucho from 2 eyebolts in the crown frame piece.

We are going to be using our '61 Overlander!
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Congratulations on your firstborn!

You, your spouse, and baby makes three sounds fine, but I'm sure curious to hear how you work out getting four dogs in there too!

Maybe if you traded some dogs in on smaller models...?
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:27 PM   #3
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You might think this is nuts but I had a similar problem. Except for I had twins!!! Anyway we ran out of bed space real quick. I spent a lot of time and a small fortune restoring my trailer so I didnt want to drill anything or make anything permanent. I ended up building a bunk bed out of pvc pipe. It fits above the back guacho like a loft. It can be broken down and stored away when not in use. With the total structure it is sturdy enough to hold a grown man. You might not catch me up there but a kid will fit just fine. I then purchased a twin single futon mattress from walmart for about $80 bucks. This is also something that can be rolled up and shoved in a closet when not in use. Just a thought it was easy to assemble and very sturdy yet light weight. I can take some pics and send them on if your interested.
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Pics would be great!!
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Old 01-08-2010, 02:49 PM   #5
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Get one of those portable playpens. I think they call them pack and play. There should be room for it in the living area. If the trailer has a bath tub you don't need an extra one. When baby is bigger then I would design a bunk or something. By that point you will need the playpen for #2. Babies don't take up as much space as people think. Most people carry way more "stuff" than they really need. If you think babies bring alot of stuff, wait till you have teenagers!
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This is great that you will be taking baby. You got to "aluminumize" em ' early!
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:45 PM   #7
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You might think this is nuts but I had a similar problem. Except for I had twins!!! Anyway we ran out of bed space real quick. I spent a lot of time and a small fortune restoring my trailer so I didnt want to drill anything or make anything permanent. I ended up building a bunk bed out of pvc pipe. It fits above the back guacho like a loft. It can be broken down and stored away when not in use. With the total structure it is sturdy enough to hold a grown man. You might not catch me up there but a kid will fit just fine. I then purchased a twin single futon mattress from walmart for about $80 bucks. This is also something that can be rolled up and shoved in a closet when not in use. Just a thought it was easy to assemble and very sturdy yet light weight. I can take some pics and send them on if your interested.
I too would love to see some pix of this as my 10 yr old will start bringing friends along pretty soon. we're in a 23' Safari w/gaucho
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:25 PM   #8
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1st Of all congrats April ~a baby in April, what an awesome time to have a baby, springtime, oh what a summer you will have! I have Irish twins, under age 2.

You will need the pack in play for the campground, and also for baby to sleep and to keep the dogs from licking him/her while he/she sleeps. Unsure of safety of hammock, you will most of the time be holding baby or have baby on blanket in the shade at the campsite. Bring also a walker (aka whirly-gig) for outside mealtimes when strong enough to hold head (a few months old).

Take pics! Lots of 'em!
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:34 PM   #9
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Having RV'd with litle ones it can be difficult and fun.

First you need the pack n play, a pack n play with all the bells and whistles bassinette, changer, music lights, diaper wipes holder etc. Next measure where you will put it. In our 30ft Classic we had plenty of space you might not be that lucky. We found after measuring that if you removed the dinette table from the wall you could fit the smaller travel version pack n play in that space on the floor between the seat cushions. I loved my Baby Trend, but Graco makes the smaller size.

Second you need a diaper genie. Not the other one that uses plastic bags but a Diaper Genie (Diaper Genie 2) You want a secure lid and bags to keep smells and your dogs OUT. The other one is nice but not as secure, esp where dogs are concerned.

Third How handy are you? See if you can take out your current sink and exchange it for a deeper single basin version. That 2 inch lip in the shower on the floor does not make a marm easy comfy place to bathe a baby. Having a large deep sink works best and once they out grow the sink it's easy at bath times in the shower when they can sit up by themsleves. If this is too much for you skip the tub and other big apparatuses entirely and use only those large baby sponge bed-bath things for bath time.
Especially for Baby Under the Sea Turtle Sponge - Especially for Baby - Babies "R" Us

Fourth you need a good stroller actually a great stroller. Get a good Jogger like a BOB, Phil and Teds. skip the cheap junk and ESP the "travel systems" The BOB may look big but it folds smaller then your average travel system stroller, and with it's tires you can go over any terrain smoothly rocks, sand, camp roads, and they turn on a dime. Add the Infant carrier adapter and it will work for you for years.

Carry a wash line clothes pins and detergent. Washing stuff in the sink sucks but sometimes you think how'd he get 4 outfits dirty in one day?

Buy some flamless candles, they last for hours give good light and work as great night lights even all night long to see the bathroom kitchen even a sleepying baby.

Hide extra keys outside of the trailer, This can be controversial but I'd rather have stuff stolen then to have my baby locked inside my trailer while I'm outside.

Rethink what you NEED. You'll find that in a small space that in all reality you don't need the bottle rack drier when bottles nipples etc can dry on a clean towel. Buy in bulk from costco if you can. Carrying extra wipes without the big plastic boxes works better. This helps in many situations.

Lastly take lots of pictures.

I'll probaly think of more.... Hope this helps

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Old 01-08-2010, 07:36 PM   #10
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Hi.

I loaned my niece my trailer when I was going out of town for 2 weeks - she and hubby's first baby was walking but not yet 2 at the time.

We took down the dinette table - and actually popped it off of the wall bracket, flipped the table upside down, and put it on the floor. The portable crib fit in the space like a glove. All the rest of the baby's stuff fit under the crib or the benches. It worked fine, because they were able to eat off of a tray table or outside.

They got a cheap vacation... and my now 4 year old grand nephew camps with me even when I'm visiting them and "camping" in their driveway.

Airstreamers - get 'em young.

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First thing you'll need to do is get rid of that pesky, tiny Bambi. We'll take that off your hands for you.
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:33 PM   #12
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Congratulations!!! As my husband and I are expecting our first child in July, I've also been giving this a lot of thought! Great recommendations so far. There is another Airstreaming couple that are currently traveling with a toddler and an infant. Their website is Mali Mish - An Airstream Travel Blog. and they may have some recommendations as well. You might want to check out their site and maybe contact them.

Look forward to pictures and hearing about any changes you may make to the Airstream.
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Our son is 3, and was the reason we sold our motorhome and got our first airstream. We found the cabinet latches designed to keep cabinets from coming open from Airstream were also very difficult for little ones to open. We installed an extra sliding bolt latch on the screen door to keep him from leaning on the screen and falling out. We used a play'n'pack portible playpen/crib in the isle at night, which easily folded away and stored under the goucho (or in the tub) during the day. He's graduated to sleeping on the goucho now, but our second little one is due this spring, so here we go again.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:29 AM   #14
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Having RV'd with litle ones it can be difficult and fun.

First you need the pack n play, a pack n play with all the bells and whistles bassinette, changer, music lights, diaper wipes holder etc. Next measure where you will put it. In our 30ft Classic we had plenty of space you might not be that lucky. We found after measuring that if you removed the dinette table from the wall you could fit the smaller travel version pack n play in that space on the floor between the seat cushions. I loved my Baby Trend, but Graco makes the smaller size.

Second you need a diaper genie. Not the other one that uses plastic bags but a Diaper Genie (Diaper Genie 2) You want a secure lid and bags to keep smells and your dogs OUT. The other one is nice but not as secure, esp where dogs are concerned.

Third How handy are you? See if you can take out your current sink and exchange it for a deeper single basin version. That 2 inch lip in the shower on the floor does not make a marm easy comfy place to bathe a baby. Having a large deep sink works best and once they out grow the sink it's easy at bath times in the shower when they can sit up by themsleves. If this is too much for you skip the tub and other big apparatuses entirely and use only those large baby sponge bed-bath things for bath time.
Especially for Baby Under the Sea Turtle Sponge - Especially for Baby - Babies "R" Us

Fourth you need a good stroller actually a great stroller. Get a good Jogger like a BOB, Phil and Teds. skip the cheap junk and ESP the "travel systems" The BOB may look big but it folds smaller then your average travel system stroller, and with it's tires you can go over any terrain smoothly rocks, sand, camp roads, and they turn on a dime. Add the Infant carrier adapter and it will work for you for years.

Carry a wash line clothes pins and detergent. Washing stuff in the sink sucks but sometimes you think how'd he get 4 outfits dirty in one day?

Buy some flamless candles, they last for hours give good light and work as great night lights even all night long to see the bathroom kitchen even a sleepying baby.

Hide extra keys outside of the trailer, This can be controversial but I'd rather have stuff stolen then to have my baby locked inside my trailer while I'm outside.

Rethink what you NEED. You'll find that in a small space that in all reality you don't need the bottle rack drier when bottles nipples etc can dry on a clean towel. Buy in bulk from costco if you can. Carrying extra wipes without the big plastic boxes works better. This helps in many situations.

Lastly take lots of pictures.

I'll probaly think of more.... Hope this helps

Amber wife to Steve mom to boys Daniel and Ethan

Wow- some great suggestions so far!!! Keep them all coming too!

There should be enough room in our living area for a pack n' play. We are already registered for the BOB (we were at the San Diego Zoo this year and that stroller was by far the most popular choice- everyone had one). Thanks for the heads up about the Diaper Genie vs. the other brand- logged in to the registry this morning to switch those! Dogs sure do like anything stinky!

Amazon.com: Hushamok Organic Hammock, Natural

I hope the link above works- this is what I meant by "hammock" they are becoming very popular and supposedly the baby sleeps better too!

Already leave an extra key outside- locked ourselves out of our 2005 Intl CCD once and had to break a window to get back in- glass everywhere and of course we broke the window that cost 3 times as much to replace!!! Lesson learned there!

We have traveled quite a bit in the '61 Overlander (done a 3 week trip with the 4 dogs 2 years ago) and I have never filled all the storage areas- so as long as we maintain a "less is more" approach than I think we will be okay with all the bottles and what nots!

I already take LOTS of photos and am looking forward to an excuse to finally get a video camera!

Keep the suggestions rolling- we appreciate it!!
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