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Old 06-24-2014, 07:26 PM   #43
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We use inexpensive WearEver stainless steel cookwear available at Wal-Mart. Just take a magnet with you, if it sticks, it will work on an induction coktop. Our cooktop is a Max Burton (about $75 from Amazon)

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Old 07-01-2014, 04:01 AM   #44
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Thank you so much - this is very helpful!

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Old 08-19-2017, 09:56 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by RoadKingMoe View Post
The first thing you need to get is some Walbernize and wax the trailer. A quart will do a 34'.

You shouldn't NEED this on a new trailer, but if you find gaps in the caulking around windows, etc., the caulk the factory uses is Sika-Flex 221 Gray. I don't know where you find it in single tube quantities, besides the Airstream factory store, where I got mine. Don't be surprised if you do need to fix caulking gaps, and that you can lay a bead nicer than the factory does.

I know the rest here isn't really a shopping list, but it's good advice for every new owner from a former RV tech. Regardless of who does your delivery, do these things YOURSELF:

Check the lug nuts torque and tire pressures! Go back 100 miles or so later and check torque again.

Soap test all LP fittings you can find, in and under the trailer!

While under there, look for any gaps mice could get in (i.e. bigger than your little finger), and seal them with caulk, aluminum wool, or strips of aluminum screening. Don't try to seal every seam. You AREN'T going to stop ants, and you need places for water to escape n the event of a leak.

Run plenty of water in each sink, shower, and toilet, and look in every nook and cranny for evidence of water or drain pipe joint leaks! Check both with city water hooked up and water from the fresh tank.

Make sure there's no AC or DC current to ground when the trailer is plugged in (multimeter set on AC and DC milliamps, one lead on trailer bare metal, the other in the ground).

Use a circuit tester in every electrical outlet to make sure it's wired correctly!

Check all 12V lighter plugs for power and proper polarity.

Check all gas appliances for proper operation (make sure there's water in the water heater before testing it), including refrigerator on gas.

Check the Winegard antenna, both antenna connections, and all electrical appliances, fans, and lights, for proper function.

Make sure all windows and compartment locks function properly. Clean sticking window gaskets and coat with silicone spray.

Open the gravel guards on each side, and make sure they swing freely. Same with the solar guards over the front windows.

Others may remember things I've forgotten.
This such an informative list. It will help us be safer! Getting closer! Thanks so much!
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Old 07-04-2018, 06:46 AM   #46
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Just took delivery, this is what I purchased in the shop, and what I have plans to get.

Wheel chock - I have the X-chocks that fit between the tires.

50-amp voltage regulator

Leveling blocks

150# torque wrench and socket for wheel lugs (my spec is 110#)

Flex hoses
Water filter

Thing on the list:

Spare awning tool (I wore off the plastic tip the second day. Essential item. Get the Airstream one from the dealer)
Ground tarp
Folding chair

I started with a pickup truck full of cardboard boxes of "stuff." Loaded the trailer, heavy items low, and by experience, learned what is "garage" stuff and what is trailer stuff. Now have five large plastic bins in the pickup, two for tools, two for food and household goods, one for pet stuff.
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Old 07-07-2018, 07:28 PM   #47
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I just bought a 2019 sport 16 and I wondered if I should get extended warranty to 6yr covers everything not made by airstream Those things are only for a year and also put special coating on inside outside
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Old 07-07-2018, 08:07 PM   #48
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BB - if you fix stuff yourself - no. If you plan to have AS fix stuff - consider it. If you have to finance the purchase - no.

The sealer - not sure the inside treatment is worth doing. The outside is a good idea if you don't have to finance it. Many folks claim the sealer to be a hoodwink of the customer. My belief is that it has value. There are some threads, so search on sealant and figure out how you really feel about the process. The alternative is to wax the exterior once or twice a year. And even if you do have it sealed, a wax once in a while is still a good idea. Might be worth your time to have the discussion with your high end automotive detail resource.

Good luck with your investigation and enjoy the new shiny. Pat
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:39 PM   #49
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I just bought the SAME trailer! Wondering the same thing. I also would love to know where to purchase some blackout shades or covers for the frosted window on the door and the sink window (with the mini blinds). Thanks in advance for any advice or help. We love our Airstream!!
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:06 PM   #50
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Blackout - get a roll of reflectix (bubble wrap with aluminum foil layers. Cut to fit windows. Does a good job of blocking light, view, and heat. Pat
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:46 AM   #51
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his goggle-fu is feeling weak today........

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