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Old 05-25-2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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Shaker Cruise Complete!

Well, we're back...and it's amazing how smart we are now! After trying so hard to remember everything, we forgot the most basic things. The following narrates my newbie shortcomings:

We brought plates, but no silverware. We brought pancake mix, milk, and eggs, but no butter, syrup, mixing bowl, or measuring cup. I brought coffee, filters, cream, sugar, and the coffee maker, but no scoop (the first pot was stronger than Vin Diesel).

We also learned about the workings of the wastewater system in a vintage Airstream. Did you know that not only do I NOT have a gray tank, but my gray water doesn't even run into ANY tank? My gray water bypasses the dump valve completely and is designed to drain the entire time I'm camping. Who would'a thought?!? I learned this when I went to pull the cover off of the sewer nozzle to dump the tank and it spewed out all over my hands...thank god it was gray water! If it weren't for a cracked gray pipe in my rear bumper, the gray water wouldn've backed up into the sinks and tub and I would've had a heck of a time figuring out why.

I also learned that my sewer dump nozzle is bigger than the fitting on a standard sewer hose. I'm sure I'll have a good time finding that...fortunately for me, I work at a dealership.

Fortunately, our maiden trip was to my grandfather's land (it's just over the river and through the woods ) where he's got a camp site with power and water set up in the middle of his 40 acres. All we had to do was venture to thier house and borrow what we forgot.

On the brighter side of things, we had a great time. We found out that our Welsh Corgi, Zoe, is a great camping companion, and we figured out what all we needed to bring to the homecoming. I look so forward to going and seeing some of you there.

Peace.
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Old 05-25-2005, 04:52 PM   #2
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What a story! Congratulations on your shake down cruise. Dare I suggest that you really will get better at provisioning, but you'll always end up with 1. still forgetting the most important thing (whatever that turns out to be) or 2. overstocking on every thing from paranoia about getting out in the boondocks with out that ____________ (fill in the blank)! By the way, there are several good "lists" available on the forum if you run a search for provisioning or stocking a trailer. These cover everything from the "stuff" for the inside (kitchen, bath, etc) to mechanical "stuff" to keep everything running to steps to remember before heading out and also for breaking camp. Best wishes and may you have MANY more happy camping trips with Corgi and family!
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Silverware??!! You don't need no stinking silverware camping! That's what yer hands is for. Ditto measuring coffee- one handful per person. No napkins either, that's why you wear a dark t-shirt.
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The most important thing to bring....

a pencil and paper. So you can write down everything you forgot or you'll forget it again!

Congrats on your first outing!
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Grandpa must have let the girls have silverware! They look like they love camping out!

Yeah, the grey water always will dribble out, but it won't back up, that is, unless you decide to put in your own grey tank and let it back up. That's life with an old Airstream. If you put a blue boy under the dump valve area, it will catch the grey water.

It's right--not having something necessary seems to be just part of the trip...But look at your kids--they'd love it more without silverware!

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great story - great picture, thanks for sharing
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We also learned about the workings of the wastewater system in a vintage Airstream. Did you know that not only do I NOT have a gray tank, but my gray water doesn't even run into ANY tank? My gray water bypasses the dump valve completely and is designed to drain the entire time I'm camping. Who would'a thought?!? I learned this when I went to pull the cover off of the sewer nozzle to dump the tank and it spewed out all over my hands...thank god it was gray water! If it weren't for a cracked gray pipe in my rear bumper, the gray water wouldn've backed up into the sinks and tub and I would've had a heck of a time figuring out why.

I also learned that my sewer dump nozzle is bigger than the fitting on a standard sewer hose. I'm sure I'll have a good time finding that...fortunately for me, I work at a dealership
Ben, your (and most every other 1970's Airstream product) dump valves are made by Thetford, and are a little oversized. You can get the proper adapter from select Camping World locations, as well as most Airstream dealers.
Since you don't have a grey tank, like a lot of us vintage people, uh, vintage trailer owners, you can get a 10-20 gallon portable blue dump tank. I prefer the 10 gallon size, because I can still lift it if I have to when it is full (water weighs 8 # per gallon, or close to it), a 10 gallon tank would weich about 90 pounds. The 20 gallon size may be more practical for you, with your family. You just will need to get Magilla Gorilla to help you dump it.
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Lists ... Lists and more lists...

Welcome to the community... We live by lists on our camping trips... A short funny story... My wife refers to my taking off checklist (which I keep on a clipboard) my Wally Byam list. Last year after preparing for 2 days to go to a regional rally we arrived and I had lost my list... We looked everywhere in the trailer but could not find it... Fortunately we had used our trailer a few times and I pretty much had the routine down but I really like checking the list to assure I have not done anything like leaving up the antenna or leaving the electric plugged in. Well to keep the story short we found the clipboard at home on the picnic table when we returned right where I had left it after the final check.... Now the final item on the "Taking Off" checklist is to BRING THE CHECKLIST. Happy Airstreaming...
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The girls did have a blast. That was our first pancake breakfast. I bought a tether for Zoe for the homecoming, but at my G-pa's I just let her run loose...but she stayed right around the camper like a good girl. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot to tell you... After telling a million customers to not forget to put down their TV antennas...I actually forgot about it myself...I only drove about 6 feet before I remembered it though so no problem.

I was actually able to find the fittings at my parts department this morning. I got the angled adaptor (gotta mount the sewer hose) and the cap that receives a garden hose for gray water draining. $28 for the both of them. That's with my employee discount! I'm going to go to Ace or Lowes and get the garden hose for gray water draining. I'm also going to buy the fittings necessary to fix my gray water pipe that's cracked. Looks like it's going to be pretty difficult to get to. It's cracked under the ceiling of the rear bumber storage compartment. It'll be easy to put back in but it's going to be a bear to get out. Wish me luck!

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