Originally Posted by Zybane
As I wait for my 2016 Classic to be built, I've been searching for the usual accessories to go with the trailer. With the ton of experience here I'd like to know if anyone would swap out any of these components for something else. Long term reliability is my #1 consideration.
1. Sewer hose:
I think you would be happier with the Valterra Viper as in my experience it is more durable. Be aware that neither one will fit in the storage tube, you'll have to store them elsewhere.
Probably not necessary except for really long stays at full hookup locations. I use the lynx blocks instead on the rare occasions I need something.
I don't use one. One more thing to fuss with when setting/breaking camp.
I like this one better:
Not that useful, I do have one that came with my garden-hose greywater setup but I hardly ever use it. The elbow that comes with your sewer use is really all you need.
Seems like everyone has an opinion on these. My opinion is that the only thing that works is Aqua Chem, but in most situations it isn't necessary.
I doubt if the steps would close with that in place. I used to have a dog and she never had trouble with the stock steps.
8. Electrical protection (or was thinking maybe something mounted permanently inside the trailer in-between the electrical receptacle of the trailer and power distribution box as that would be one less thing to worry about and get stolen):
I believe these are a waste of money for reasons I have written about extensively in other threads.
Special purpose product for specific situations, not a general purpose tool. In most cases in freezing weather you're better off filling the tank and stowing the hose when finished.
You need to have something. I like the lynx blocks.
Occasionally useful but not as often as you might think. I carry 5 gallon moller scepter tanks and sometimes bring a battery powered pump if I think access to water will be a problem.
I would recommend that you get a 30a cord instead, and a 30a-to-15a adapter.
I have one made from $10 of parts from the hardware store, just a hose bib and the air connector and fittings to join them.
Get the cord instead as noted upthread
Not necessary or even useful with the Airstream hose inlet location. I have one for my truck camper where the water inlet is chest high, and it's great for that.
I use spray foam ("Great stuff")
Not useful, doesn't solve any problem you actually have. Your airstream will have a built-in holding tank flush
Not useful, water pressure is rarely a problem and when it is the campground operator will warn you
I've experimented with additional insulation and have not found it helpful
Is it worth buying caps for your sewer hose? One would think you would want it to air dry open.
Depends. I typically cap both ends for the hose I have in the bumper drawer, which is the Valterra Viper that I use for full hookups. Helps keep the drawer clean. The one in the storage tube (that I use for ordinary dump stations) doesn't have caps.
Also, is the built in sewage storage in an Airstream basically worthless with all of the elbows and connections found on a sewer hose?
I find that it is useful to carry several sewer hoses given the wide variety of situations I encounter. For dump stations, the stock hose (or one like it) really does work best, only one fitting on it because anything more gets in the way, basic hose, inexpensive, easy to store, fits in the tube. There is no reason for this hose to be longer than 10'.
For full hookups the hose has a harder life. It will get stepped on and will move around somewhat on an abrasive surface (gravel, sand, tar, concrete), and it has to have the outlet fitting and an elbow. There is no ideal length but I find 15' to be the most useful length. I also carry a longer inexpensive hose that I can either couple to it for more length or use as a backup in case someone runs over it with a golf cart or something. All this goes in the bumper drawer.
I also carry a rubber garden hose with adapters that I use for full hookups for greywater only, because it can be run over by vehicle traffic without being damaged, and isn't as ugly.
Anything else to add to the list?
Depends where you're camping.
I find that an additional 25' extension cord (30a) is useful once in about 10 trips. I also carry a 100' 20a extension cord which is useful if you're staying in someone's driveway or another improvised spot. I carry a spare 30a fuse (a few campsite pedestals still use them), and a three-light outlet checker.
You don't mention fresh water hoses. Your trailer should come with a 25', I carry a 25' and a 50'.
I carry a "power squid" adapter for sharing power at ersatz and unimproved sites, and a garden hose Y adapter. I only have used them once in a while but it's great to be a good neighbor in the rare situation where it's necessary.