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Old 10-16-2006, 06:15 PM   #1
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What should we bring?

We should have our 79 Sovereign 31' remodeled and ready to roll before long. We were wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what we should bring with us on our first trip out?
The trip we are thinking about would be two nights, 300 mile round trip, the campground has electric/water and dump station.

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Old 10-16-2006, 06:27 PM   #2
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Congrats on getting ready..

Try searching here for "Checklist" and "carry" and other terms as folks before have asked and answered similar questions...

We keep high level checklists to avoid getting stuck in too much detail.. Stocking refrigerator and pantry and closets and bathroom should hopefully follow a pattern of looking at your normal routine and diet and plans at home, and then adding or subtracting based on how you want to enjoy Airstream...

We also try to do quick check by "rooms" in the trailer: Bedroom (linens/pillows/blankets, etc) Bathroom (towels/shower/toiletries/medicine cabinet), Kitchen (Cookware/cutlery/dishes/disposables/cleaning) and Living Room (books/music/entertainment ideas) and Patio (chairs/mat/decorations). We leave extra jackets, sweatshirts or fleeces and swimwear in trailer, just in case.

The items we historically forget include: Paper plates and towels, trash bags of small and large size, breakfast entree's and juice, sandwich condiments and snacks components... Fortunately haven't run out of wine or beer.

There may also be missing fittings for plumbing or sewer or electrical or TV hookups (antenna cable and adapters..) but those can usually be solved at store, unless it is state park kind of campground. If a pet is going along, remember they are "Camping out" too and need their food and dishes and possibly medications...

One useful suggestion repeated from others is to try hooking up electrical and water in driveway or yard and spending the night at home.. That will often be educational as well...

Almost nothing you can forget that is real problem, so long as you have your Visa or Mastercard...


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Old 10-16-2006, 06:30 PM   #3
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Have fun on your first trip.

Even if you are going to a campground with power and water, I would go with a full water tank.
Also make sure your propane tanks are full.
I would also bring...
Firewood and an axe
Flashlight, playing cards, books and games
Propane lantern for outside if you will be out at night
Folding chairs

That a start...
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:44 PM   #4
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Raingear and lots of activities to keep you occupied if you can't be outside. Bring tools and all materials you will need to work on any of those small interior projects that just need those final touches. It will rain on your first trip out. You can lessen the odds if you're really prepared for the worst. Those orange rain ponchos are horrible. Pack them away and hope to never take them out of the package.
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:09 PM   #5
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A good bottle of wine and some fancy wine glasses to toast your first outing in your Airstream!
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Old 10-17-2006, 05:05 AM   #6
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What to bring

Tools -

Take enough tools to perform minor repairs. I carry enough tools (including a 12 ton jack) to change a flat tire or replace brake shoes.

I have had these problems on the road.

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Old 10-17-2006, 07:26 AM   #7
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Smile Checklists are helpful to bring too

Just like Condoluminum said, the checklists help. Things go better with lists for us, and there are some awesome checklists on the forum.

This thread is really helpful post #7 is really comprehensive too. Departure and arrival checklists on what to do in which order are helpful to us.

Bob I couldn't find the link you put up, I noticed it was hard to attach files yesterday, hopefully this one will post properly.
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Okay Steph, I have deleted my original post in 3rd position in this thread -- Just couldn't seem to fix the link at all. I'll try to put some of the enclosed links here. Electrons have bad days too ...

You already included the valuable 'If only I'd thought to bring...' thread.

Here are some more:
1. The Inventory Page claims to be a full-timers checklist (in a Bubble?!?!), but pay special note to the advisory at the bottom -- "Once you have it all loaded up, weigh your rig." Perspective is good.
2. Emergency Parts --
3. Check Lists --
4. Between Trip Maintenance --

I'm sure you've looked into the wheel bearing history and have repacked them if it has been more than 10,000 miles since done last. You will probably want to customize any list for yourself. Remember to do a walk-around every time you hitch up, checking all doors, hatches, windows, awning, roof vents, antenna, look under the trailer, and MOST IMPORTANTLY double check every part of your hitch connection and WD bar setup.

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Old 10-17-2006, 09:00 AM   #9
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Smile Thanks for the info!

Wow Bob! Great info here. I wish we'd had this info when we started streamin'. Thanks!

I hear ya about those electrons...Not to derail the great info here, but I have noticed some days links to those threads don't want to post, they do in preview but not after submission.
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:31 PM   #10
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My Checklist is attached

I have attached the checklist I have cut and pasted
Attached Files
File Type: txt Camping Checklist Revised.txt (33.4 KB, 89 views)
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:16 PM   #11
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Don't forget...

Use the checklist but don't forget your common sense and the beer. If one doesn't work the other one will!
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:55 PM   #12
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Check List......................WOW

Originally Posted by trevisgardne
I have attached the checklist I have cut and pasted
Hi, wow what a list. I think, just the printed version of this list would overload my trailer; And take the first two days of my vacation just to read the list and check it! Oh, and if it's not on this list, I guess you don't need it.

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Your list may be more specific at first, then as you get more comfortable with things, you'll pare them down to a more general list. Some things (dishes, linens, personal items, etc.) you will probably decide to have a set for the house, and one for the trailer - this reduces list items.
Over time, you'll be the expert.

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