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Old 06-04-2009, 07:56 AM   #1
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What do you carry in your AS?

I am a rank newbie, having picked up our used Airstream (1997 Excella 25') this week. I have noted that many of you seasoned AS'ers have said that the tendency is to take too much "stuff" when you travel. Is there anywhere on the Airstream Forum where folks ave posted a listing or inventory of what you should take with you and what to leave at home?

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Old 06-04-2009, 08:49 AM   #2
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Food and plenty of it. Chairs for sitting in, nice soft cozy ones, don't buy the cheap ones..

It's always good to have a tool box w/ wrenches hammer screw driver all the essentials., I carry wire, tape to fix stuff with. If your trailer is older you may want to bring more things for fixing things.

And any toys you like, Boats, bikes etc.

There are some list of stuff people bring, hopefully someone will post a link for you.

The tendency is to bring to much stuff. After your first few trips take out the stuff you don't use and add stuff you want..
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:14 AM   #3
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A fairly complete tool box is number one including an 18 volt cordless drill (so that it can also be used for the stabilizers) and a variety of screws, bolts, and nuts.

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I'm like Brian ,a 18 Volt Cordless Drill and several size rivets, rivet gun (Manual) Screwdrivers and a box full of wrenches. Oh I forgot a 12volt compressor and an 8ft stepladder. Why,Cause I got caught in Michigan last yr with the tv antenna up and could not get it down. I had to move a 150gal oil tank around and a short step ladder to get on top of the AS. Never again,as long as I have room in the truck for the ladder.
Wire,wire strippers,krimp connectors, 12volt test light .I probably could go on but U get the idea.I'm fairly well prepared for any emergency on the road. This is mostly the stuff I carried as a trucker,except for the ladder.
We always carry both summer clothes and winter jackets and raincoats.
You just never know.
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:56 AM   #5
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We always carry both summer clothes and winter jackets and raincoats.
You just never know.
Yes, you do know: if you don't have it, you'll need it for sure and it'll be a long drive to get it. If you take it along, chances are you won't need it and that's really good!

And that's especially true of clothes for us Northern folks - it's always cool of a morning, and it's almost certain to rain just when we want to be out hitching up, etc.

So - take it ALL along ... that's what trucks are for as tow vehicles!
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What do you carry in your AS?

Greetings Mike!

Welcome to the Forums!

To an extent, what needs to be packed is dependent upon the type of trip that is being planned. I tend to caravann and attend rallys during most of my expeditions. When rallying or caravanning, I always make sure that I have packed:
  • Free-flowing metal water hose "Y" (for daisy-chaining water connection).
  • Three 50' 3/4" potable water hoses (for daisy-chaining water connection when a neighbor leaves before the end of the rally).
  • Hose mounted external water pressure regulator.
  • Supply of extra hose washers for potable water hoses.
  • One 25' and one 50' 30-AMP RV extensions cord (rally and caravan parking often places electric service further than normal from the coach).
  • A selection of electrical adapters -- 15-AMP to 30-AMP, 50-AMP to 30-AMP -- I carry two of each being sure that at least one has a short cord to permit connection to a crowded service box.
  • A black washing machine hose (to connect to the dump valve cap) to drain graywater into blue-boy tank.
  • Thetford dump valve cap with hose adapter (best to carry two or more spares as Thetford caps can be difficult to find when on road).
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:45 AM   #7
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All the above plus 2 Waterford crystal wine glasses. (They're well packed.)
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:12 PM   #8
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First aid kit, incluuding sunblock, bandaids etc paper products-when its just the two of us we wash dishes, bug spray, flashlights and batteries, sketch book, camera among the other routine stuff.
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:20 PM   #9
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Make sure you carry some blocks for leveling in addition to all the above. Take only what you need, as too much stuff will make life difficult as you sort through it at the campsite.
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:36 PM   #10
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Don't forget the wine for the wine glasses.
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:58 PM   #11
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Our "just in case" kit includes pretty much all of the tools and accessories mentioned here, and some more, with the possible exception of the 8 foot step ladder - but I would offer that a step stool will meet most of your needs EXCEPT actually getting up to the roof (if you actually have to get up there just about every coach and big 5th wheel in the campground will have something that will do the trick).

Not mentioned that we include on every trip is:

Spare bulbs and spare fuses.

12 volt compressor.

I assume you have a bottle jack already - but what works well with it is a single axle stand - ours has bailed us out of a number of situations - but has rarely seen an actual axle!

Another handy item to have when crawling under the trailer is a short version of one of those high-density foam mattresses.

We also carry small spray bombs of a number of lubricants: WD40, silicone and graphite as well as small squeeze tubes of di-electric and lithium grease.

The only really big items in my tool kit are an adjustable wrench, pipe wrench and torque wrench.

My last item is a 4 foot length of iron pipe that will give me the leverage to change any tire in the middle of nowhere ..... you know, those spots where you don't have the cell phone coverage to call your Emergency Road Service folks .....



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Mike I forgot to say "Welcome to the forums" Do you find it amazing that we carry all that stuff. I do. I also carry alot of the things that other people mentioned. Its amazing what you can get into a 8 ft pickup bed. Some of the things are carried in the Airstream but most I think are in the truck.
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:31 AM   #13
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Extra wheel bearing set, grease and a grease seal for the trailer. A repair manual for the trailer and one for the tow vehicle.
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Zip lock bags with ice in the freezer for the party once you get all set up in the park!!!!
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