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Old 09-13-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Talking New Parents of a beautiful 2015 FC25' twin

I'm not sure where to put this. I've already introduced myself, but we've been waiting since May for our first Airstream. It's finally here. We picked it up Friday and we are thrilled. BIG shoutout to John's RV in SC.

So, I want to thank everyone here for all the input (holding my hand) through getting to this point - TV, model, etc. Now, I have a few (read 'bazillion') questions to get us on the road. Such as, there's no toilet paper holder - what have your solutions been? I don't/won't use a microwave, but ours has a convection/microwave. Any hints on cooking with the convection oven? And, this seems crazy, I can't figure out how to open the windows (I've done the credit card thing). How to get them to stay open.

The service guide was excellent, there was just so much to go over. We talked about the windows, then forgot to get back to that.

We will be moving to AZ from SC and planning to stay in the AS full-time while we search for property. Anyone have a list of things they keep in the AS?

Oh, and the black tank...they gave us some tabs. What do you use? I don't like to use chemicals, but what are the options?

And a name? We don't have a name yet.

Also, we will be parking at relatives. How do we connect to the house electric power?

Of course, no one is obligated to answer here, but all information is greatly appreciated. I know we will learn over time. For now, I'm going on the premise of "if you don't A.S.K., you don't G.E.T." <close as I can get to happy dance

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Bonnie
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:15 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your new AS! Look inside the top right sliding door next to the toilet - that is where AS often puts the toilet paper holder. Best, Joe
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:37 PM   #3
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Could be your windows are stuck to the rubber gaskets. Release the two clamps at the bottom of the window frame. Lift one of the knobs at the side of the window or both. If there is resistance then don't force. Go outside and try to list the window glass by your fingers. If stuck spray around the window glass edge with silicon spray. Use a dull straight edge to get under the window and carefully lift the window. One of the inside arms should engage the first slot. Go inside and lift the window to the top slot. Go back outside and spray silicon on a sponge or cloth to wipe on the gasket. The window should be able to open from the inside with one lever now. Every 6 months treat the rubber gasket with silicon.

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Old 09-13-2015, 03:39 PM   #4
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We will be moving to AZ from SC and planning to stay in the AS full-time while we search for property. Anyone have a list of things they keep in the AS?

Also, we will be parking at relatives. How do we connect to the house electric power?

Thanks,
Bonnie
Bonnie... congrats on the new AS!!!

Where in Arizona will you be staying and during what months will you be in the RV?

We lived in our 44' Class A motorhome around the Phoenix area, two summers ago, while house hunting in Scottsdale. I learned a few things from that:

Summers in the lower elevation valleys of Arizona are difficult, IF LIVING IN AN RV, due to typical temps being 105-110 each day. We had three roof AC units on our late model, well-insulated coach and needed to run all three of them, pretty much 24/7, to maintain a comfortable temperature in the coach. For that we needed 50 amp power, of course.

Does your Airstream have two AC units/50 amp? If you only have one AC unit on your coach, you will want to park in a shaded place. Even then, running the AC full time, you may not be comfortable in the trailer during the heat of the summer months, if you are in the lower elevation valleys (Phoenix, Tucson, Havasu, etc.) If in the higher elevations, such as Flagstaff, the temps are much lower, all year around.

To hook up, you will need a 30 amp electrical hook up if you want to run a single AC unit. 50 amp, if you have two AC units and want to run them both.

In all likelihood, either of these (30amp or 50amp) will need to be installed for you at the relative's home, to connect to - IF you want to run AC. Hopefully where you will be parked is close to the house electrical panel so that you won't have to have a long run of 30 amp service run to get to the trailer.

If all you will want to power would be the fridge and TV, you could get away with 20 amp and an extension cord, but may not be able to run the water heater, microwave, TV and fridge at the same time. If you only want to run a coffee maker, microwave, TV, and fridge at one time, the 30 amp should do it. To run a single AC unit, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, TV, and water heater simultaneously, you will probably need to have a trailer that is built for 50 amp and connect to 50 amp service.

If you run the fridge and water heater using gas, you can reduce your electrical needs somewhat.
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Old 09-13-2015, 03:53 PM   #5
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Kelvin, I was able to open one of the windows, but it would not engage any of the slots to hold it open. Thanks for the tips on the silicone.
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:03 PM   #6
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DHart, we are quite familiar with the heat island. Although I'm from SC, we lived in the valley for 30 years. We're looking for property north of Prescott. So, we will most likely need to consider cold weather Airstreaming rather than hot. I'm thinking cold may be a bit easier.

So, we have one A/C unit in the 25' and a 30 amp electrical cable. My question is - where/how do we plug it in? They have 30 amp plugs at most campgrounds, but they look like the dryer plugs in the laundry room. I can't figure out where we might plug into at our relatives' home. It's not like a regular 110 outlet and we wouldn't want to 'alter' their home.

Just wondering how to connect into the power supply.
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:06 PM   #7
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Yes, temps in Prescott will be much cooler. And, yes, in the winter there... you will need to consider the cold temps!

If your relative has a 30-amp outlet with the proper jack, within reach of your trailer's power cord, you're fine. If not, you will probably need the service of an electrician to provide a 30-amp circuit and jack in proximity to your trailer.
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:08 PM   #8
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The goal to equipping the Airstream is to only have to worry about loading food and a few clothes when you want to take a trip.

So this means duplicating much of the kitchen cutlery and utensils as you have in the house. For plates and bowls use paper plates. We use Corelle plates and bowls and paper. You may want to purchase a small appliance or two. A portable propane BBQ is a must. We have an O'Grill. Gotta haves some folding reclining chairs and small table. Patio mat is a must.

For the bath we keep soap, shampoo and and extra set of razors. I have a spare electric razor because I always forget mine in the house. The trailer should have its own towels and wash cloths, cleaning supplies etc.

A small toolset is nice to have. I purchase a toolset that comes in a case from Home Depot to keep in the trailer.

As you use the trailer you figure out things that need to be in their full time.

As for hooking up to a friend's house electricity you whole purchase a 30 amp extension cord so you have 50 feet of combined length. You may/may not get away with running the AC on it. might be best to find an RV park to stay in on a monthly basis especially if your friends house is in a HOA. Purchase a 15/30 amp adapter.

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Old 09-13-2015, 04:17 PM   #9
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Toilet chemical help break down solids but are not necessary.all the time. If you are at full hookups you can use the black water flush to help rinse out the black tank. Also laundry detergent can be used to help clean out the black water tank while towing. Usually if at a water electric only site I'll fill the black tank up full before I go to the dump station then fill the tank with a few gallons of water and put some detergent down the toilet for the trip home.

Ther are numerous non-formaldehyde products available.

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Old 09-13-2015, 04:26 PM   #10
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Thanks Kelvin, I think we will be past the hot weather by the time we get there. So, I hope it will be easier dealing with colder weather. HOA not a problem - it's on a large ranch. So, I will look into the adapter to plug into the house electric, and we will probably use some propane as well.

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Old 09-13-2015, 04:37 PM   #11
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Congrats on the be AS, Bonnie. We bought our 23D at John's (their first AS sold) last summer. Great experience. They did a fantastic job on prep and we have had no warranty issues to speak of.

Regarding 30 amp plug, it is a special configuration that is only used for rv's. If you wire a dedicated receptacle you will want to install a female 30 amp/120 volt rv receptacle on a dedicated circuit from the house panel. They are available at Lowes. You can also buy an adapter to plug into a standard residential receptacle (maybe at Lowes, definitely at Camping World) but be advised that you will have to be cautious not to overload the circuit. Generally that means no a/c but everything else is OK.

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For cooler weather just use a couple of ceramic heaters. They will heat the 25 fine if it doesn't get too cold. You can run the propane furnace to get up to desire temps and maybe with the ceramic heater and heat pump you'll be OK. When one tank empties take it off to get it filled. You could also run the heat pump too if the temperatures are not below 40F.

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FollySteve?!! It looks like we are nearly neighbors. I'm in West Ashley, actually, but try to get out to Folly often. So, I take it you know Ron, and the gang. We started out looking at 23's then went to 25's. Turns out, the original buyer of our 25 (in March) had it 2 months and decided he wanted a 30' Classic. Ron ordered his Classic. He traded back the 25FC and Ron called us to come see it. So we got a good deal on a barely used 25'. Thanks for the helpful info. I'll check out the options.

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Your Airstream may trip any ground fault protected household circuit, so you may need a special circuit for your Airstream. Realistically you will need a special 30 amp RV circuit.

We don't like or use chemicals either, but dump and rinse the black tank at every opportunity. I figured our Airstream Flying already has two names on it, and that's enough.

Az winters can be cold at night, we use a Dyson Hot heater placed in the living area and aimed toward the bedroom, supplemented by the Airstream propane furnace when below freezing. This combo keeps consistent, comfortable temperatures and the plumbing from freezing up under the floor.
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