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Old 11-18-2014, 11:43 AM   #15
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Not sure what size your past trail was but a word of advice if it was smaller -
Plan your return trip around NYC. Maybe up the NY thruway and over to the Ma Pike. I picked up our AS from Colonial and ended up over the George Washington, through the City and Into Conn. Was not the first adventure I would have planned.
Also spend time with the guy installing your hitch. Get the install run down and any tricks to make it easier
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:58 AM   #16
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Interesting how we get fixated on coffee. The first year (when I didn't have 120V), I'd boil water and make instant coffee. My motivation for installing a 2000W inverter was SPECIFICALLY so I could have the smallest model Keurig and have REAL coffee (without fuss, grounds, etc) on the road. That later led to installing 400W of solar panels, etc. Trust me. One thing adds to another and another. Half the fun of the Airstream is making it truly your own. You'll figure this out after you take delivery...

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Old 11-18-2014, 02:18 PM   #17
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When we first got a trailer and set up camp, we assessed our needs and made a run to Walmart. As time goes on, we buy more things that enhance the experience, but nothing we don't need. Hoses, levelers, water pressure regulator, sewer hose connections, area rugs, charcoal, and bedding were among the first purchases. Many things were supplied from the house- more bedding and dishes and food.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by waterspan View Post
I picked up our AS from Colonial and ended up over the George Washington, through the City and Into Conn. Was not the first adventure I would have planned.

The George Washington Bridge. I can tell you the rudest toll both attendant I have ever met, I met there.

We'll go around.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:43 PM   #19
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What ever you buy, and when ever you buy it, check other RV places to see what the are charging for the same thing. Send me a PM if you would like to know why I say that.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:54 PM   #20
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If you have an E-Z Pass you don't have to stop at the tolls. It will add in the trailer automatically. It wasn't the toll booths but the three lanes of bumper-to-bumper New York drivers. The advice of picking a lane and staying in it was never truer.
If you can arrange it plan to pick it up early. It will feel much better with extra time to get home.
Be safe and take it easy
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:09 AM   #21
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Don't listen to these people...they're not REAL one has mentioned pink flamingos. You'll need only two...coincidentally they come in packages of 2...with the brightest pink at Home Deport for about $15. jon
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:27 AM   #22
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You may want to consider having them order and install the Airstream flag box. I purchased one about 4 years ago and installed it myself. It is an Airstream item so it has to be ordered from a dealer. I don't have the dimensions of the box but have found it very useful for storing long items, particularly if seldom used. Basically it provides additional storage option. It attaches to the underbelly. Not a big deal to install yourself. I can provide details if interested.
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:49 AM   #23
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Aftermarket Equipment from Dealer

A few things we did add via the dealer and that we like:
* Fantastic Fan vent covers so we can leave the fans open all the time without fear of rain
* Flamma bike rack on the back of the trailer. We just love it - super easy to use, as long as you're riding conventional bikes.
* Voyager rear view camera.
* A Tire Pressure / temperature Monitoring System (TPMS) (we had the dealer install a repeater to ensure the signal reached our cab)

Agreed, don't go nuts buying stuff before you go camping a couple of times. Bring along the things you'll obviously need, and feel free to start with disposable dishes / utensils until you figure out what you really want in the trailer. Keep notes of the "Ah, I wish we had a ____" moments and see what comes of that.

When you do buy something for your trailer, make it count - it should be something you'll use pretty much every time you go out. We started out with a Keurig that we inherited, but then we found our classic stainless LL Bean percolator that we'd had pretty much forever. With good beans, the right grind and just a few minutes of attention on the propane stove, it makes absolutely fantastic coffee. We make delicious coffee anywhere, anytime, with zero electricity and less wasted space. It turns out we don't need an outsized inverter or shore power to get our camping days off to a wonderful start. The perc pot is also great at heating up tea water between rounds of coffee.

An estate sale can be an amazing cost-effective way to quickly get a bunch of stuff you're going to use all the time: dishes, silverware, pots/pans, knives, and the like. We pretty much emptied my parents' kitchen into the RV when we closed up their house for sale, and that has worked out quite well for us. You could achieve the same at any estate sale. OTOH, if you prefer to add "permanent" items one at a time, there are incredibly cute things you can add, such as melamine "happy camper" plates and cups, GoVino or stainless steel wine glasses, insulated tumblers, stacking camp pots/pans, etc. The list of awesome, cute and retro opportunities goes on forever. Just go slowly and be sure you're really going to use them on every trip. Also, keep track of what you use and what you don't. Emergency equipment aside, if you don't use something on two camping trips in a row, consider ditching it or leaving it at home.

We see lots of Airstream photos with beautifully decorated interiors...and then we realize that such a space would likely require an hour or two of set-up and tear-down at every stop. So we've stayed with a relatively Spartan look. No table lamps or tchotchkes that require getting out and putting away at each camping stop. The trailer already looks great, so we don't feel like that's needed given how we camp today. That said, we do like to add colorful touches via bathroom and kitchen towels, a throw rug on the floor, and retro placemats on the table. Once we wear out or get tired of the AS-provided comforter, which is nice but very plain, we'll add a touch of color there, too.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:27 PM   #24
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Hi All

My trailer is in at Colonial, I had them install the Propride Hitch and a built in surge protector. I feel these are good things for them to do, the surge protector can only be installed by a licensed RV dealer according to the literature.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:12 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again View Post

We could take it like Sherman took Savannah! (OK history buffs, what is odd about that last sentence?)


Good trivia question!

Sherman didn't 'take' Savannah in the same manner as he 'took' the other parts of the south in his path of destruction. When Savannah surrendered, he "saved" it and gave the unmolested Savannah to Lincoln as a Christmas present.

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