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Old 03-29-2013, 08:22 PM   #1
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Fulltiming in my 28' AS

Wrote many months ago about never being in an AS but wanting to fulltime in one. It has happened and is so far a wonderful expereince. Love how so many things are simple. Had the brakes and bearings done. Leaving N.O. on Friday for Chicot State Park so we can go to Fred's Lounge in Mamou on Saturday morning for cajun music. Then off we go slowly to the NW waiting on the snowfall to turn to spring. We have a website www.lifeonthebluethehighways.com after Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon with his blessing. Great book. Stay tuned..
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:01 PM   #2
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Sounds like a wonderful adventure and Chicot State Park & Cajun music is a great way to start! Good luck.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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The Mamou two-step, have fun.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:47 AM   #4
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:13 AM   #5
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Mmmmmm, leaving NOLA and heading to Chicot State Park. Love them both,

We found our Miss Lily at Chicot in October 2010.

Life on the road is a grand experience. Have fun and travel safe.


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Old 04-02-2013, 10:29 AM   #6
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Since we are fulltiming and have learned a lot about our AS with much more to come..need help with the fresh water tank. How much water does one normally carry, how often should you change and how do you empty it? Does that sound like a newbie are what? thanks for any and all help!
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:34 AM   #7
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I'm envious, wish I was with you, maybe in September. If you know you are going to be in a park with full hookups there is no reason to keep your FW tank full. Just keep enough for flushing while on the road. Water at 8.34 ppg = 300 pounds of additional weight for a full tank= fuel usage. To empty the FW tank just turn the shore water off and run your water pump to empty it into the grey/blackwater tanks, then dump it. Don't leave fresh water in the tank for any length of time, especially in hot weather, bacterial will grow. A few drops of clorox in the tank will kill bacteria, there are also various commercial products. Don't drink the water coming through your water system, too much possibility of contamination. Good luck and good travels, we'll watch your progress.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:40 AM   #8
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Thanks...will get it done!
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:06 PM   #9
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Since we are fulltiming and have learned a lot about our AS with much more to come..need help with the fresh water tank. How much water does one normally carry, how often should you change and how do you empty it? Does that sound like a newbie are what? thanks for any and all help!
Your Excella is the same year as ours. Nice choice. Fill the fresh tank until it overflows out of the little hole next to the input opening. We try to travel with at least half a tank for flexibility in choosing a site, but I often start with a full tank. Some folks tell us you get better mileage by running nearly empty, and fill up at the camp. You empty it from underneath. There are two ways: A small white "spigot" valve between the tires on the Curb Side (which you will likely break at least once), OR a bigger drain plug underneath, which you get to by unscrewing the cover plate on the bottom of the underbelly, just behind that little plastic spigot thing after you break it <grin>.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:22 PM   #10
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Too funny....the whole campground heard me laughing.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:10 PM   #11
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As I said, we drain ours through the sink, haven't been able to talk the missus into crawling under the trailer since she did it the first time. Dang narrow minded woman anyway!
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Hello BadKat , if you go to Fred's this weekend you will see The Cajun Caravan there. We were ther 3 weeks ago and had a Blast. There should be about 50 people there from the Airstream Group. Have Fun !! AirstreamHobo
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:16 AM   #13
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WOW..thanks for the heads up!
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BadKat--- put some water in the holding tank --- curb side of trailer --- add some Clorox --- let it set for awhile or drive around to stir it up --- reach between the curb side wheels and open the drain valve and let the water drain out --- when the water stops coming out, add some more water to the tank and let that water run out---this is to rense out the tank.then close the valve between the wheels and add some water for use. Remember when using the water from the holding tank for drinking or cooking run the water through the water filter on the counter. I keep about 10 gal in the holding tank when traveling so I can use bathroom and sinks. I usually drain the holding tanks about every 2 weeks if I don't use the water up when traveling.Hope this helps ---Bill
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