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Old 11-17-2014, 03:15 PM   #1
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I'm picking up my Airstream next month from Colonial. I would assume they have some aftermarket options/equipment available. Do you guys have any ideas or suggestions? They will be installing my Propride. Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:30 PM   #2
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Colonial has no after market equipment available beyond hitches unless they've added it in the past 3 years.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:42 PM   #3
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Colonial has a selection of common stuff in their service building. Really depends on what you need. They also have a catalog that you can order from. Best to make a list. Check prices at CampingWorld and Amazon. Don't buy everything you think you need until you find that you really really need it.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:52 PM   #4
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Aftermarket meaning water and sewer hoses. etc? Amazon is your best friend for that sort of stuff.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:56 PM   #5
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Dealers will often put together a freebie package for customers buying new. No guarantees, but may include sewer connector and water hose, gloves, emergency equipment, etc.

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Old 11-17-2014, 04:05 PM   #6
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I'm picking up my Airstream next month from Colonial. I would assume they have some aftermarket options/equipment available. Do you guys have any ideas or suggestions? They will be installing my Propride. Thanks.
Get some Centramatic balancers.

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Old 11-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #7
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Colonial has a selection of common stuff in their service building. Really depends on what you need. They also have a catalog that you can order from. Best to make a list. Check prices at CampingWorld and Amazon. Don't buy everything you think you need until you find that you really really need it.
Don't Buy everything you think you need until you find that you really really need it. AMEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS!

The euphoria of having your first Airstream will cause you to enter a manic state. You will want to decorate your Airstream and get all of the goodies - That's why so many rallies feature "swap meets" - to get rid of goodies that take too much space. You don't need a camper egg keeper unless your niece gives you eggs from her really free range chickens when you go visit her. You probably won't need a Keurig - Even if you like those often stale little pods, you can dump the pod into a fine filter and pour boiling water through the filter into your mug. If you're planning to boondock you'll just love anyone who'll give you empty buckets from drywall mud or cat litter. Just too too handy as storage for stinky slinky's or sewer solutions. The round 5 gallon ones can be covered with fabric and seat padded on one side and smooth wood on the other. Great for storage, "coffee tables", hassocks to plop your legs on, and as sit-upons at the campfire. Good for carrying small kindling, charcoal, etc.

There are many adaptive ideas that are pure brilliance - use empty Tic-Tak containers for spices that you only need a little bit of (not practical for full timers who have no home kitchen.) Keep them all in one clear container.

Don't buy a single storage container until you've measured every place you plan to store food - height is also limited by the swing of the cabinet door. When you find a cabinet door that swings down (under the fridge and oven) consider putting a rack on the inside of the door to deliver the goods OUT to you.

You CAN buy in bulk at Sam's Club or Price Costco... But that's best done if you can arrange an "urban rally" of at least 4 to 6 other trailers in their parking lot. OMG - Virginia Beach has a BJ's Wholesale with a HUGE lot! We could take it like Sherman took Savannah! (OK history buffs, what is odd about that last sentence?)

In short, restrain yourself for the first three months or so - or buy from thrift stores. When you buy something you really like AND use often you'll value it more.

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And your new trailer will come with a 'welcome' kit or something similarly named. Stinky slinky, gloves, couple of attachments, toilet paper and chem paks if I remember my delivery earlier in the year.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:49 PM   #9
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Hey Paula, the first thing I bought for my new to me AS was a Keurig coffee maker.

But, hey, I'm weird. I have one at my office, as well as one at home. My pods don't get a chance to get stale. I buy 'em by the cases from a coffee service, and drink coffee all day long, and right up to bedtime.

Yes, it takes up a lot of counter space, but it's worth it.

Oh yeah, Joyce drinks the English Breakfast tea.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:22 PM   #10
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Thanks all.

I have a camper now, so I know the drill. The first time I got it I went out and bought a bunch of stuff I didn't need in the end.

I more or less was looking to see if there is anything I should have the dealer do at the initial purchase, like a built-in surge protector or something of that nature.

I have all the sewer hoses, etc.

BTW, what are Centramatic balancers?
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I'm picking up my Airstream next month from Colonial. I would assume they have some aftermarket options/equipment available. Do you guys have any ideas or suggestions? They will be installing my Propride. Thanks.

Hi Ted,
Congratulations on your new Airstream! We bought a new 2014 FC 20' from Colonial this past spring (picked up in June). Colonial presented us following the 2.5 hr. walk through inspection and operation....with a huge box of RV stuff....cannot remember all the details. Heck, we have been to so many different Walmart RV departments....it is all a blur! But forum folks really provided great tips....do not over due it. You will learn what you need as you begin to use your Airstream...fresh water hose extensions, water containers to refill when hookups not available, electrical connectors, etc. We tried to buy extra odd fuses & they just gave us a couple.
We did buy extra key blanks even though, you will get two sets.

Most importantly, enjoy your new trailer and be sure to take a few pictures as you leave Colonial on your adventure of a lifetime
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:16 AM   #12
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I'm picking up my Airstream next month from Colonial. I would assume they have some aftermarket options/equipment available. Do you guys have any ideas or suggestions? They will be installing my Propride. Thanks.
Ted, we bought our FC25 from Colonial less than two years ago, and you'll not be sorry for buying from Colonial!

I have purchased aftermarket items from Colonial's Parts Department (ask for Brian, who is the manager).

Not only do they have availability to most everything, Brian is willing to price match. Show him (within reason) a better deal and he will match it.

I don't think too many dealers would be willing to go that far. Colonial does.
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Consider stainless exterior touches (furnace * modify to fit 2015*, hot water heater, water and shower doors) ... if they will give you good pricing on the accessories usually available from the AS store - but may be actually manufactured by after market contractors.
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Hey Paula, the first thing I bought for my new to me AS was a Keurig coffee maker.

But, hey, I'm weird. I have one at my office, as well as one at home. My pods don't get a chance to get stale. I buy 'em by the cases from a coffee service, and drink coffee all day long, and right up to bedtime.

Yes, it takes up a lot of counter space, but it's worth it.

Oh yeah, Joyce drinks the English Breakfast tea.
Us too and I wouldn't leave home without it. We have the smallest Keurig they make and it's a no-muss-no-fuss setup. No coffee grounds, no boiled over mess, and I get my coffee in 3 minutes. the wife likes a light grind and I like a French roast; everyone is happy. I don't have to make a whole pot just for one cup. when boondocking I do have an older Revere perc that is fun, but a lot of cleanup with that system.
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