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Old 06-17-2017, 01:46 PM   #15
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Please don't let yourself get too overwhelmed. I very recently lost my husband, best friend and sole mate so I kinda know how you must be feeling. I bought a 2017 Classic in December all on my own, having never done any RVING before and I must say it was the best thing I could have done for myself. These wonderful, non-judgmental folks here on the forum have helped me get through the tough spots and at the absolute worst time in my 57 years. There are lots of solo Airstreamers and lots of female solo Airstreamer who can totally relate. Please come and read the forum as often as possible, you will learn so much and so far everyone has been awesome and very willing to share their knowledge. If often come and read the posts late at night, well because the nights are always the hardest to get through. Hang in there, you can do this, we are all here for you and no question is too silly to ask, well, then again maybe some really are but I won't go there today : ). Please let us know how the trip went.

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Old 06-17-2017, 02:35 PM   #16
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Another thing you might do is check out the WA WBCCI Unit (Wally Byam Caravan Club International)...the Airstream Owner's Club. (Or any other Unit for that matter.) You will find plenty of support there and if you can attend a rally you can ask a bazillion questions and ask folks to walk you through some things... it's a great support group for someone in your situation. We have learned a lot from our fellow Airstreamers...both here on the Airforums and through our WBCCI Unit. You are now part of a dynamic family of Airstreamers! Good luck! You'll be giving advice to others soon...

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Old 06-17-2017, 02:43 PM   #17
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Since you really don't know the state of the tank .... fill it all the way full and then dump the whole thing. Run it through every faucet you have (hot and cold). If you are a bit paranoid, do the fill and dump a second time. It's not so much there likely anything dangerous in there. It's mostly that things like RV antifreeze taste really weird.

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Old 06-19-2017, 03:03 PM   #18
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Hi all - We made it out and back in one piece!

We had a good time and it was great to have our cozy trailer since it rained all weekend.

After the water snafus were resolved, everything was pretty smooth except backing up! (I've got some driving lessons scheduled next month, which should help with that.)

The learning curve feels steep, but I made progress.

I really appreciate all the advice, encouragement and tips that everyone provided. I can tell the forum is going to be a valuable source of information for me.
Thanks again!
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:15 PM   #19
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As you have already discovered there are a lot of caring, helpful people here to assist in any way they can.

Wishing you many happy adventures!
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:48 PM   #20
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Backing up --- Read some of the threads here, better yet have several people read them. Retention is better that way.

Take a day off and find a big open parking lot. The remote lot at the mall is good on weekdays. The empty lot by the factory is better on the weekends. Be polite and don't go where the signs say not to go.

Out in the open with no schedule and no yelling, *slowly* back the trailer. Try this, try that. See what works for you. Once you have decided on an approach, stick with it. Practice some more. Take some time off. Watch the birds, fix lunch. Go back and practice a bit. Take some more time off.

If multiple drivers will be handling the trailer, let each of them give backing up a try. That lets the others relax a bit. The key is not to hurry and not to get excited about it.

Yes, when you do it two weeks later, it will feel a bit like you have never done it. That's normal. I can remember every single time in the last 50 years I've had trouble backing up. I can not remember any single time I've ever done it right, other than the last time. That's despite doing it right far more times than getting in trouble. Welcome to human nature ...


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