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Old 11-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #1
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We might have a full house for the holidays and I'm thinking of using the trailer as a guest room. Any tips? Decor ideas, to make it homey for guests? Should I skirt it/partially winterize it? (We've never winterized it before either!) Thanks!
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:45 AM   #2
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You are going to have to keep it heated if you don't winterize it. When your guests are gone you can keep it heated or winterize again. You might want to practice winterizing it and get it down to an art. I am going to have to face the same issues around Christmas with the mother-in-law comes to visit. Have good bedding and maybe even a TV that works and figure out how to deal with waste issues because they will want to use the bathroom.

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Old 11-01-2011, 09:18 PM   #3
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"Keeping it heated" is exponential to one's fondness towards their guest.

Okay. In all seriousness, I am surprised you have never had to winterize - I thought Oregon could get pretty cold too. I am currently in winterize crisis mode (see my last thread).

Aside from that, I think your Airstream would be a cute Christmas guest house.

A live potted mini Christmas tree on the dinette would be cute. Some Christmas throw cushions on lounge/bed would make it really homey and seasonal. Make sure the fridge is stocked with some goodies. A plug-in coffee maker and kettle for tea/hot chocolate mix would be good too; a guest would be intimidated about lighting the range top.

Most guests really appreciate using their own shower. I'm sure they would also like to use the trailer washroom too. I am kinda funny about other peoples' "waste issues" with my new trailer, but that's my hang up.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:52 PM   #4
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We might have a full house for the holidays and I'm thinking of using the trailer as a guest room. Any tips? Decor ideas, to make it homey for guests? Should I skirt it/partially winterize it? (We've never winterized it before either!) Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:13 AM   #5
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We use ours as a guest room too. Has a TV and we bought a ceramic heater which is quiet and does a great job of keeping the interior cozy.
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Most of the time when we have family staying over and the 'spare' bedroom isn't enough for any overflow the front room becomes a campground....especially in winter. The fireplace is a magnet. However, our grandaughters, 17 and 23, really enjoyed the Airstream. I placed an oil radiator heater in it aleviating their need to fiddle with the propane heater....and the oil heater left on low keeps the trailer really cozy.
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I don't know anything about where you live, but around HERE the local constabulary will not allow us to keep our AS in the driveway for more than 48 hours - some local ordinance about multiple dwellings or gypsies. If your city council is as vigilant as ours, you may want to check with them first ...
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Seriously.

YOU stay in the Airstream. Let your guests have the master bedroom.

Someone will flush a tampon or worse! Someone will turn the Gas on the stove without realizing they need to turn the clicker or light the burner with a match. Someone will wash their undies in the bathroom sink and walk away for 7 minutes with the water running. Your Airstream isn't safe in the hands of the unsupervised and inexperienced guest.

I've loaned mine out after running a thorough training session. No permanent damage, but how can I say this nicely? One of my guests needs more fiber in his diet. I use a Sewer Solution - and getting rid of the "Captain's Logs" was an hour and a half process with the mascerator. The boy must eat plaster of paris by the kilo!

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Listen to Paula, she is correct! The unsupervised and inexperienced can destroy more stuff in a day than you can repair all year.
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Listen to Paula, she is correct! The unsupervised and inexperienced can destroy more stuff in a day than you can repair all year.
I can tell you from experience, that if there are children involved, it will take more like minutes rather a day.

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I've loaned mine out after running a thorough training session. No permanent damage, but how can I say this nicely? One of my guests needs more fiber in his diet. I use a Sewer Solution - and getting rid of the "Captain's Logs" was an hour and a half process with the mascerator. The boy must eat plaster of paris by the kilo!

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I can tell you from experience, that if there are children involved, it will take more like minutes rather a day.

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Old 11-02-2011, 01:42 PM   #12
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Well you have to make a judgement call. Is it better to have the mother in law in the trailer or in the house where she can do some real damage to your mental health. I would use it as a bedroom and don't turn on any gas so they can't get into too much trouble. Tell them only to pee in the toilet. They can come inside to launch the Titanic. Also not a bad idea to just run off the fresh water tank because they can only use as much water as is in the tank.

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Well you have to make a judgement call. Is it better to have the mother in law in the trailer or in the house where she can do some real damage to your mental health. I would use it as a bedroom and don't turn on any gas so they can't get into too much trouble. Tell them only to pee in the toilet. They can come inside to launch the Titanic. Also not a bad idea to just run off the fresh water tank because they can only use as much water as is in the tank.

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"Launch the Titanic?" Oh pleeeeeeeeze....there goes my peppermint tea all over the screen.

How apro pos, since many also recommend putting a bag of ice into the tank.
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OMG!! I hadn't thought about a lot of this! Great advice, folks, thanks!! More?
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