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Old 01-18-2014, 10:52 AM   #15
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I appreciate all of these posts! Today we are purchasing our first AS. A 31 ft. 2008 Classic Limited. I am reading and absorbing all the advice I can get. Thank you.
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:22 AM   #16
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:42 PM   #17
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Thanks to everyone for your helpful replies. I'm sure as we use it this first year we'll acquire and get rid of things along the way.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:50 PM   #18
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At least two flashlights in case the trailer has an electrical issue at night. Disposable rubber gloves for handling waste water pipes. Cheap throw away sneakers in case the sewer pipe comes loose during the dumping process.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:56 PM   #19
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2 flashlight? No! half a dozen! + 1 that can be strapped to yo head!
Ditto on the gloves. Also, in that compartment- channel locks to make sure water connections are tight, extra hose for black tank flush, air fitting for winterizing, extra hose end washers-
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:32 PM   #20
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Ditto on backup flashlights and even the geeky-looking model that straps to your forehead.. My flying friends define flashlights as: tubes with bulbs at the end to hold dead batteries...

For a lot of "Stuff" you really will have to use the trailer a while to determine how you specifically enjoy your Airstream.. Some like to ride bikes, or hike, while others enjoy reading and want a library or hookup for Kindle or Nook. Some like to cook fancy, and others like to throw a frozen entrée into the microwave or hit the local cafe's. Cooking on gas or charcoal grill outside will trigger different requirements.. Until you know how you like to drive, camp and entertain yourselves, a detailed packing list may involve too much stuff...

I think best advice is to go slow, and periodically remove the stuff you DON'T use, since it is heavy.. The stuff you need and don't have will get bought at local RV or superstore, often in a hurry...
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:49 PM   #21
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Oh, yeah, and flashlight batteries...
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:12 PM   #22
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:16 PM   #23
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We just bought our first Airstream....a 2006 31' Classic....and we're working now on getting it ready for the first trip to Virginia Beach in April. Would love some advice on making sure we have all the right gear for the inside and out. Been searching the web for all the leveling, chock blocks etc, along with making sure that everything seems to work. And the Salvation Army got me started on kitchen stuff along with some Amazon purchases. And as soon as we get the recall items taken care of (refrigerator and Actibrakes), we should be 1 step closer.
Any help you all could provide on this topic would be wonderful.
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Darlin's - we do have WalMart, K-mart, Sears, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, et al here. If you need it and don't have it, we can help you find it. No Camping World, but plenty of sports stores. Don't fret - and don't buy too much stuff at the start, you'll end up discarding about half of it anyway. Water hose, Sewer Solution or Stinky Slinky, Toilet paper, soap, toothpaste and brushes, basic clothing and food. The rest will be better chosen as time goes by.

BTW - as a grateful recoverin' Yankee, I should tell help you with your grammar and pronunciation:
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  • hail - the ultimate abode of Gen. William T. Sherman
  • Sheee-it - in the North it's a one syllable word

"no see ums" are microscopic insects that are so numerous and tiny that you'll breathe them in or eat them by mistake. YUK.

First Landing state park is great and not so expensive as the KOA or Holiday Trav'l Park.

Let me know what your dates are.

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Would love some advice on making sure we have all the right gear for the inside and out. Been searching the web for all the leveling, chock blocks etc, along with making sure that everything seems to work.
What I did when I bought my Airstream was this: For the first trip, take only the minimum. Shore power cord, potable water hose, an assortment of fuses, the least amount of clothing I could get away with, food, and the minimum necessary cookware and dinnerware to cook and eat the food.

Then, whenever I ran across a situation where I said to myself, "Self, one of those would sure come in handy right about now," for my next trip I'd make sure I had one of those, whatever "those" happened to be that time.

On the flip side, if I made two consecutive trips and didn't use something I had brought along, for the next trip that item would stay home. Except tools and fuses, which are "better to have them and not need them…" items.

I've gone camping in my Airstream over 30 times in the past two years, and I still find stuff that "sure would come in handy right about now." And I still take stuff out because I haven't used it in two or more trips.

Moral of the story, there is no such thing as "all the right gear." Even if you think you have all the right gear, something will happen and you'll find that it's only almost all the right gear. And sometimes what you thought was the right gear turns out to be not so right after all. As you make more trips, your equipment will evolve.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:43 PM   #25
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Besides the above, our must-haves include a coffee maker and camp chairs to enjoy the great outdoors.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:25 PM   #26
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"Self," says me to myself...
I am of the "It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it" camp-
All we have to add is perishable grocery items when we travel-
It is truly our home away from home-
Everything is in there, and stays in there, as well equipped as our stick and brick home-
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Everything is in there, and stays in there, as well equipped as our stick and brick home-
If I had the storage space in my Interstate that you have in your trailer, I'd do the same. Unfortunately, only on television can you find Airstreams that are bigger on the inside than on the outside. In my case, with the exception of basic hand tools and safety equipment, anything I don't use every trip is something that's in the way of something I would use, if only I had room to bring it.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:25 PM   #28
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If they still made the 34' trailer...
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