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Old 03-04-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Cool Airstream utility system accessories?

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:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-39867-Rh...sewer+hose+kit

2. Hose Support:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-43051-Si...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

3. Initial water filter (I use Zero Water for drinking):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40043-Ta...ESVHSPBB0T5R2V

4. A-Arm level (not sure this is large enough to view via the trucks back-up camera to use with the Anderson levelers):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-25543-T-...KQDJJZ220XJ9MM

5. Donut:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-39313-Se...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

6. Tank Treatment:
http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers-...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

7. Step pads for dog (would this work on AS Classic steps and if so [will the steps close?], and which width):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-42925-Wr...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

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):
http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

9. Heated water hose (50 foot with self regulating thermostat):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-22902-Ta...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

10. Anderson complete level kit:
http://www.amazon.com/Andersen-3600-...7C8HCZ0DZZZBS2

11. Water bandit:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-22484-Wa...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

12. 15amp to 50amp adapter:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55168-Po...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

13. Winterizer:
http://www.amazon.com/Winterize-Moto...A3KARNS5YJNX2D

14. 30 to 50 AMP:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55185-Po...09DBRRHD02RDQF

15. 90 deg hose fitting:
http://www.amazon.com/Valterra-A01-0...JEZFSQMTC38ZB9

16. Copper mesh rodent protection for all the cracks:
http://www.amazon.com/Stuf-Fit-Coppe...ds=copper+mesh

17. Water tank rinse wand for airstream?
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11691-Wa...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

18. Tank/hose flush:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-39062-Fl...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

19. Backup water pressure gauge with meter:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40064-Br...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

20. Insulation to put on interior skin behind every cabinet:
http://www.amazon.com/Reflectix-BP24...3N121AC004H1D1


Is it worth buying caps for your sewer hose? One would think you would want it to air dry open. Also, is the built in sewage storage in an Airstream basically worthless with all of the elbows and connections found on a sewer hose? Anything else to add to the list?
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:12 PM   #2
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Airstream utility system accessories?

The heated hose is great, but it won't do much for the spigot or attachment point on your trailer (on mine there is about 8 inches of exposed pipe). A better alternative to the heated hose, although more space is needed for storage, is to purchase heater tape at Lowes http://www.frostking.com/automatic-e...at-cable-kits/ and Valterra's Ebonyline http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003VA...BFL&ref=plSrch in the length you need. Buy the heat tape a little longer so it covers the spigot and attachment point at your trailer. I had bad luck with Amazon sending me the wrong heat tape twice (a version that didn't kick on until 0 degrees) so I ended up purchasing locally at Lowes.

Wrap aluminum foil around the ebonyline and then secure the heater tape by spiraling electrical tape around the hose for the entire length. Follow this with lengths of foam pipe wrap to enclose the entire hose, and tape and wrap the excess heater tape in foam wherever needed.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:10 PM   #3
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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:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-39867-Rh...sewer+hose+kit
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.

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3. Initial water filter (I use Zero Water for drinking):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40043-Ta...ESVHSPBB0T5R2V
I don't use one. One more thing to fuss with when setting/breaking camp.

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4. A-Arm level (not sure this is large enough to view via the trucks back-up camera to use with the Anderson levelers):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-25543-T-...KQDJJZ220XJ9MM
I like this one better:

https://www.etrailer.com/Tools/Wheel...rs/WM6700.html

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.

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7. Step pads for dog (would this work on AS Classic steps and if so [will the steps close?], and which width):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-42925-Wr...WD3TTBVHPC99J3
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.

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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):
http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In...WD3TTBVHPC99J3
I believe these are a waste of money for reasons I have written about extensively in other threads.

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9. Heated water hose (50 foot with self regulating thermostat):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-22902-Ta...WD3TTBVHPC99J3
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.

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10. Anderson complete level kit:
http://www.amazon.com/Andersen-3600-...7C8HCZ0DZZZBS2
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.

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12. 15amp to 50amp adapter:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55168-Po...WD3TTBVHPC99J3
I would recommend that you get a 30a cord instead, and a 30a-to-15a adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/Conntek-14435-...+50+marinco+rv

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.

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16. Copper mesh rodent protection for all the cracks:
http://www.amazon.com/Stuf-Fit-Coppe...ds=copper+mesh
I use spray foam ("Great stuff")

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17. Water tank rinse wand for airstream?
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-11691-Wa...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

18. Tank/hose flush:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-39062-Fl...WD3TTBVHPC99J3
Not useful, doesn't solve any problem you actually have. Your airstream will have a built-in holding tank flush

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19. Backup water pressure gauge with meter:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40064-Br...WD3TTBVHPC99J3
Not useful, water pressure is rarely a problem and when it is the campground operator will warn you

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20. Insulation to put on interior skin behind every cabinet:
http://www.amazon.com/Reflectix-BP24...3N121AC004H1D1
I've experimented with additional insulation and have not found it helpful

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:21 PM   #4
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Your dealer should provide the basic accessories to get started. Use them first, take some time to see what you really need and suits you. The greatest problem with RV'ing is too much gear rather than not enough.

I'll bet most of us have a box or two of accessories in the garage we thought we needed but didn't. Many have traded trailers and /or trucks to carry the increasing volume of stuff.

Your goal should be to keep it simple and light.
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There are lots of lists around and all kinds of goofy things people bring along. The other critical items for you to think about are:

- A wrench that is capable of removing the lug nuts on the wheels
- A jack capable of lifting the trailer
- Some sort of additional pad to place under the stabilizers to keep them from sinking into the ground. I use pieces of scrap plywood, but there is a product called "elephant feet" you might like
- camp chairs of some kind, the zip dee chairs are ideal inside the trailer but only ok for outdoor use
- Some sort of mat or rug both inside and outside the door. Usually the dealer will give you an Airstream doormat, but I find it's best to have two.

Most people have some sort of bbq grill that they bring. Mine is gas and connects to the trailer's propane system.

I would suggest upgrading the fire extinguisher. Amerex makes a nice chrome one that looks a lot more at home in the Airstream than the painted red one. I use a 5 pounder, which in my case involved relocating the magazine rack slightly, not sure how the newer ones fit. You want an extinguisher with a vehicle bracket:

https://fireextinguisherdepot.com/fi...inguisher.html
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For interior stuff, the major item is bed linens, which aren't included. AB Lifestyles makes the best ones for Airstreams. Everyone outfits the galley a little differently, I use corelle plates and glass glassware that I keep in the dinette drawer in a box with cardboard dividers.

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Great stuff guys!
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I created a list as well over a years worth of "oh crap I need that" see it here to add to your list

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8.... 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 ...

16. Copper mesh rodent protection for all the cracks:

In more than forty years of trailering adventures around North America, I have never had anything stolen from my trailer, either on the road, camped, or parked at home. What is this regularly voiced concern with theft (and, I might add, defending oneself with firearms?)

Aluminum will be very susceptible to galvanic corrosion in contact with copper, which argues against cramming copper mesh in "all the cracks."

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I created a list as well over a years worth of "oh crap I need that" see it here to add to your list

http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...ferrerid=90554
Nice, I will pick up a few of those items.

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In more than forty years of trailering adventures around North America, I have never had anything stolen from my trailer, either on the road, camped, or parked at home. What is this regularly voiced concern with theft (and, I might add, defending oneself with firearms?)

Aluminum will be very susceptible to galvanic corrosion in contact with copper, which argues against cramming copper mesh in "all the cracks."

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Mike, I hear where you are coming from but that is anecdotal. I have a "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" mentality.

Good thoughts about the copper. I will switch it to stainless steel mesh. I've heard reports of rodents still chewing through the spray in foam. Maybe I will use both.
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I find two 10' water hoses much easier to handle and store than the 25'. Also check out you converter/charger. If is the standard one stage and not a three stage charger/converter replace it immediately! Its not worth #!@. It will kill your batteries! We have a new 2016 Flying cloud which is not even 5 months old and the batteries are already shot due to using the supplied one stage converter/charger.
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Also thinking about upgrading the inverter to a 3000w unit:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

In preparation for a possible ~1000 AH lithium bank+solar install.
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7. Step pads for dog (would this work on AS Classic steps and if so [will the steps close?], and which width):
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-42925-Wr...WD3TTBVHPC99J3

The step covers fit nicely and do not hinder closing.
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Speaking for myself, and I hear some others echoing this too, a lot of the stuff I bought in advance of using the trailer turned out to be not what I would have chosen if I had waited, and in some cases not things I would have bought at all. So to the extent you can put off some of these purchases until you have some experience with the trailer, you may be better off. The dealer threw in a starter kit containing some hoses, etc., most of which I still use. The sewer hose they threw in works fine, and stores fine in the built in sewer hose storage tube. I just disconnect the right-angle fitting and store it separately in the rear bumper storage compartment, with some other stuff that can get and stay dirty.

I don't know if you mentioned it, but a locking trailer hitch pin is a good idea, as trailer hitches have been known to disappear. I remember after my first trip in the AS, I was so relieved to have arrived in one piece and to park it without any dents or scratches that I went to the beach to celebrate with my dog. When I came back, my truck was all alone in the parking lot with the hitch silhouetted against the setting sun, and it struck me what a hassle it would be in that remote spot if it had disappeared.


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