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Old 01-05-2009, 07:56 PM   #15
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We love having the Bambi next to the garage under the Bambi port...with it's dedicated 30 amp shore line, cable and even dump capabilities into our sewer line via the clean-out (and about 20' of dump hose)... It makes a great get-away, extra frig and cooking facilities when needed (like Thanksgiving or Christmas) and it's so much less hassle when getting ready for a trip... Do it if you can swing it!
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Old 01-10-2009, 12:18 PM   #16
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If you live in the city I can't be much help on the sewer hookup. here in VA i have the perfect setup in my back yard (septic tank).

Sewer--The septic tank as used here has two concrete hatches on the top. I made a hatch with a short 4 in. dia.. section of plastic pipe through the hatch. Then replaced the original with the new one and ran 4in. pipe in a ditch to where I wanted my dump station about 4 ft. away from the hook up on the A/S. Built a concrete box around the end of the pipe that has a threaded fitting for a plug at the dump end. Didn't put a trap in, did set the drop at 1 in in four feet. (&^%& won't flow up hill.)

Electricity---Ran a dedicated 30 A circuit at the same time I built the dump station. Put a 30 A "camper box " on a pole next to the dump station. Buried the electric and T V in the ditch with the pipe.

Water--- the out side hose bib on the garage is about 30 ft. away.

All the material came from Lowe's

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Old 04-29-2013, 02:51 PM   #17
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We park our TT by our house too. We have a dedicated 30 amp circuit and water within a few feet. I pull the trailer a mile to a Corps of Engineer campground to dump. It works great both as a retreat and guesthouse.

We've kept a log/guest book and have asked everyone who has stayed to sign. We've been delighted with how often the trailer has been used and how much our guests and family have enjoyed it. Also, it's our "lifeboat" when power goes out. I fire up two Honda EU 2000's and we have heat/ac, hot water, and a comfy place to stay until shore power comes back. A million uses and counting.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:22 PM   #18
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We have our AS rigged up under a full cover in the backyard. I just ran a 10/3 ga. elec. cable from my workshop for the 30 amp. and a water hose for the FW hook up. I'll probably pipe the water closer later. For the sewage dump I am in the process of installing a basin to dump the black and gray water into, then pump into the sewer line with a macerator pump, through a 2" pvc line. You find the pumps on ebay for about $100. With the pump set up you don't have to worry about gravity flow. It's really a pretty simple hookup.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:39 AM   #19
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First off, welcome to the Forums; we're glad to have you with us.

We have done home hook-ups for Lucy (our 25FB) twice now. Once at our house in Santa Rosa Beach, and again at SuEllyn's Dad's house in Jacksonville. In both instances, we had a professional electrician add an RV 30 amp dedicated circuit in the garage reachable from Lucy's parking space. The cable TV connection was easily accomplished with 100' of coax to the outside cable television box. Water from a nearby hose bibb was also easy.

The sewer drop connection was a little more challenging. At first we used the standard slinky connection in Jacksonville to the sewer clean-out behind the house. The run from Lucy to the clean-out is about 50 feet and slightly upgrade. This worked OK, but the final clearing of the slinky provided the much needed exercise of having to lift the slinky all the way down the line many times.

Then we found the Sewer Solution, and tried it after it was recommended by one of the guys at Camping World. He told us that this system can easily handle a reasonable upgrade draining situation. It was a little pricey, but not too bad (about $100 for the basic unit and $20 for 10' hose sections) especially considering that most slinkies have a relatively short life expectancy. We first tried the Sewer Solution in Jacksonville using 4 hose sections supplemented with a 10' section of 1' pvc. Boy, did this work great, even with the 2 foot upgrade to the sewer clean-out.

This draining system worked so well that we now use it exclusively everywhere we go. We also have a Sewer Solution set up at our house in Santa Rosa Beach. This is a 70' run to the clean-out. We use 40' of Sewer Solution flex hose coupled with a 30' run of pvc. We always used to arrive home with empty grey and black tanks. Now it doesn't matter.

We have used this system for almost 2 years now, and it has worked flawlessly for hundreds of tank drains.

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I just ordered an new airstream and want to get the setup you describe above at my house. I also live in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Can you give me the name of the folks you used to install the hook-ups?
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:23 AM   #20
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You might want to send Moosetags a PM, as this thread is really old and he may not be monitoring it.
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Old 01-11-2017, 12:50 PM   #21
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Living in rural area with acreage don't worry about dumping as used to be horse pasture w/houses dist. away, 20 amp out side outlets enough power to use ac but seldom use. Nice extra frig space but frig. quit elect. last summer, still nice to have next house for uses. If to wet in pasture have under ground piping to yard [4 acres grass] away from house then flush with lots of water, water well some dist. away so no ground water pollution also well is very deep . Also have several hose bibs around out side of house. Living rural no sewer or water. No covenants to worry about or home owners board or tree huggers and being zoned agriculture is nice.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:03 PM   #22
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I have my 325 in my yard next to house on a pad its great! my hide out! I had to move fence back 4ft due to bylaw that the unit could not be past front of front entrance door, my house has a recessed front door! I have water hook up 10 ft away electrical 110 is 20 ft away.My electrical panel is only 6ft away have the materials but waiting til summer and my nephew, no sewer, my system is on wrong side of house! Picture tomorrow covered in 2ft snow! Can't wait till spring!!
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Old 12-30-2017, 12:00 PM   #23
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Power on All the Time?

Hi Folks,

Replying to this thread as it seems the most current of the home RV pad discussions. Thank you for your patience with my questions.

My wife and I had a total loss of our home in the Northern California wildfires in 2017. We've been given an "emergency temporary dwelling" permit by the county and we have ordered a 30' International 2018 RB twin (that we're hoping to convert to a king) that should be delivered in February (fingers crossed). We'll be living in the airstream for 2 or 3 years while we rebuild.

We've got an emergency power pole with a 50AMP RV connection installed and some other 110 plugs for various things for Shore Power. The installation was done by an electrician and signed-off by the county.

We'll be doing the sewer run and the water run ourselves over the next few weeks. Still figuring out the IT and AV stuff. One of our neighbors also had a huge tank of propane installed next to his trailer (not an airstream). I figure that might also be an option depending on propane usage.

So HERE's the questions (finally).....

If we leave the property for 3 or 4 days do we need to unhook and winterize the airstream? Do you just leave your airstream connected and "turned-on" the entire time? Our thought was that if we needed to leave for a couple of days (wife and I both travel some for business), we'd just set the thermostat on 50 degrees and leave things be. It can get below freezing on our property but it's a California freeze where it dips below 32 for a few hours then recovers.

Thank you for any suggestions.

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Old 12-30-2017, 06:31 PM   #24
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cold weather

Sorry to hear about your loss.
I would leave heat on 55 when you leave.
In cold weather it is easy to winterize, but you would have to do
it before the cold. I think if it is only 32 for a few hours nothing will happen.
Someone has a post about their airstream and skiing.
I believe they left the heat on. IF you think you will use too much propane
we also use a small heater.
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:04 PM   #25
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I am sorry for your loss. I put a carport cover over a concrete slab to keep my 30' Classic protected. I brought in water and power under ground. I wired in both a 50 amp and a 30 amp RV outlets as well as 15 amp outlets. I paid someone to install the metal roof and septic tank. I made sure the cover was snow rated for the occasional snow fall.
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:15 PM   #27
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I leave the heat set at 65 degrees.
That way nothing inside freezes. Propane is cheaper than plumbing.
I buy a tank of propane every 7 days when it is below freezing here at night.
I bought a electrically heated water hose at camping world to keep it from freezing along with a water filter.
A surge protector is a valuable insurance policy. Keeps your trailer's electrical components safe from power spikes.
The roof and sides keep the sun and hail from damaging the trailer.
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I leave the heat set at 65 degrees.
That way nothing inside freezes. Propane is cheaper than plumbing.
I also have a small ceramic heater to supplement the propane heat.
I buy a tank of propane every 7 days when it is below freezing here at night.
I bought a electrically heated water hose at camping world to keep it from freezing along with a water filter.
A surge protector is a valuable insurance policy. Keeps your trailer's electrical components safe from power spikes.
The roof and sides keep the sun and hail from damaging the trailer.
I leave a dehumidifier plugged in to remove excess moisture from the trailer.
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