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Old 12-18-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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What Did You Add......?

I'm not sure if this is the best place for this question, but it seems to fit better here than anyplace else. When you started 'streaming, your vehicle (moho, TT, camper....) came with some basic equipment. Once you got started, I'm betting you needed to replace or add something to make the touring easier, better, more convenient or whatever...What did you add???
I'm not interested in the surfboard that might be tied to the top, but what piece of equipment or traveling equipment did you find it necessary to add on once you got under way? It might be a GPS, satellite t.v. or radio, a crock-pot or something else. As my wife and I start out 'streaming, this will give us something to think about during the long COLD winter months. Thank you for giving this some thought and responding.
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:35 AM   #2
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Well, you sure can pack a lot of stuff in a 25' AS! We keep our little 23' packed at all times readty to go on the road in a New York Minute! Full supply of pots and pans, cookware, spices, glasses etc. Weber Baby Q, chairs, tables, batteries, weather radio, a new movie DVD or two just in case of bad weather. The list is big and differs between families.
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:37 AM   #3
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Pilgrim,
For starters: satellite dish, extra flat screen tv mounted on bedroom wall, crock pot, mini library (books on trees, reptiles/amphibians, insects, birds, stars and constellations), first aid kit, alarm clocks, wall clock, dishes, flatware, cookware, etc, etc.
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:44 AM   #4
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We have a nice espresso maker at home, and when we bought that one we relegated the older one to the trailer. We also use a stovetop espresso maker when boondocking. We don't leave home without quality coffee...
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:01 PM   #5
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The above made me re-think my answer...
Add anything that will make it nice for your co-pilot, and you will have much better trips.
I don't even drink coffee, but was one of the first things to make sure was available with an endless supply.

Other than that...
Ice Maker is surprizingly nice.
GPS is fun, although I still have to have a hard copy (map)

Beef jerky and some sunglasses and I'm ready to go.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:23 PM   #6
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We also use a stovetop espresso maker when boondocking. We don't leave home without quality coffee...
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This might be a hijack, but if you boondock, cleaning coffee makers uses way too much water. Use a Melitta filter and just throw the mess away.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:23 PM   #7
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:36 PM   #8
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What did I add?

After a few years of traveling I decided to add a storage and cover system to the top of my truck. After the bikes, generator,and everything else was put in the bed there was the trailer spare tire, trailer jacks, blue boy, hoses, etc,etc.
I wanted to make something that would use the space above the cab, be wind resistant, and be accessable from the bed of the truck.
I also did not want a full time cap as to be able to get in and out of the bed and stand up while in the bed. So I made up canvas covers for the top and sides that could be set up within a few minutes if needed.
This is built on Yakima Racks and the front top box is hinged at the front and is lockable. That is where I keep the trailer spare, and lots of other spare stuff. It is weird but is really handy while travelling. Blue boy mounts overhead also.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:42 PM   #9
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Slunky sewer hose support to ensure everything drains, coffee maker ( we use a vintage percolator), DVDs, deck of cards, crock pot, cheap rain panchos, duct tape, and wooden matches to name a few.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:42 PM   #10
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We were already towing other trailers so everything from the last one went into the Airstream, after we first decided to grenade anything we hadn't used for some time.

After that though we found we wanted things that complemented the Airstream look so the perfectly good toaster, coffee pot, and kettle all got replaced with shiny stainless or aluminum ones to suit the trailer. Then lots of trinket stuff like Airstream salt and pepper shakers, a vintage looking radio and the list of that kind of stuff continues to expand . It's all Donna's fault. Oh yeah, candles. The electric ones in particular. There's something really relaxing about sitting in the trailer at night kicking back with a couple of candles throwing off very soft light and with the electric ones there is no worry about fire. They are tough to blow out though .

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Old 12-18-2007, 01:21 PM   #11
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This might be a hijack, but if you boondock, cleaning coffee makers uses way too much water. Use a Melitta filter and just throw the mess away.
Nope, it's a simple rinse with the stove-top espresso maker. Been doing it for years.
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:26 PM   #12
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hi pilgrim...

seems others have thought about this a time or 2, so here's some light reading 4 ya...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ring-3099.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ing-21910.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ory-25125.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ies-24744.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...get-27685.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...ory-31739.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...eam-30527.html

there are some basic or common themes...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...0-a-19725.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ill-20888.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...use-15687.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f444...ote-34319.html

including the kitchen...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...chen-5410.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...hes-28954.html

and don't forget the food!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ips-36249.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ine-20163.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...one-34953.html

or the toolbox...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...box-30378.html

and the connection...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ide-26279.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...cle-29377.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...tor-21638.html

don't forget safety issues...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...des-37028.html

and something to read and wear ...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f318...nts-20812.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...get-22803.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f224...you-19027.html


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Old 12-18-2007, 01:28 PM   #13
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2air, that took you more than a minute or two to research...
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:57 PM   #14
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When you started 'streaming, your vehicle (moho, TT, camper....) came with some basic equipment. Once you got started, I'm betting you needed to replace or add something to make the touring easier, better, more convenient or whatever...What did you add???
First and most important fix was to rip out the TV - hard to imagine a more useless piece of camp equipment ;-)

Second was putting in a tempurpedic mattress.

Third was installing a AGM battery.
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