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Old 09-18-2012, 05:19 PM   #15
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Okay. By my calculations you are approaching 10,000 pounds GVW. What kind of tow vehicle do you have?

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:27 PM   #16
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and a couple more, too

Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
What everyone else said, plus the little things…
Caps for the ends of your fresh-water hoses, to keep them clean inside.
Disposable gloves for handling your discharge hose.
Tire pressure gauge.
Torpedo level or bubble level for leveling your trailer.
Shop towels in your toolbox so you don't get your bath towels dirty after you've worked on something. Also helps stop your toolbox from rattling in transit.
I liked this list of "little things" and would add a couple more:

a small container of heavy duty work-in-the-garage-type hand soap to go with those shop towels (just in case)

take stuff to treat your black tank (this was what we forgot the first time we went.)


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Old 09-18-2012, 06:48 PM   #17
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I would add a water line pressure regulator. It's extra insurance...
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:26 PM   #18
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A pair of work gloves, grease for hitch ball, silicone spray for awning struts, tent pegs for tarp, broom and dust pan, and a water pressure regulator
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:33 PM   #19
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Wow! Thanks for all the all have been so helpful! It is scary the amount of information we need to know. We will definitely start checking into the items everyone mentioned. By the way, alumaholic, we are towing with a 2011 explorer (it can only tow about 5000 lbs, but our airstream is only a 19 footer). Thanks, again, everyone!
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:23 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
Caps for the ends of your fresh-water hoses, to keep them clean inside.
Hi, I roll my hoses and connect the ends to keep them clean. I always connect my water hose to the spigot, turn the water on, and after the water flows out the end, I turn off the water before connecting it to my trailer. [then turn it back on] I bundle all of my hoses and power cords with old dog collars that I have saved.

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Old 09-18-2012, 11:23 PM   #21
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The above lists are really super! I can only add that a lot depends upon the kind of camping you do. If you plan to stay in RV parks with full hook-ups in the Middle West, that is different than spending a couple of weeks in the back-country in southern Utah.

If you get up to provincial parks in Ontario, Canada, a long extention cord comes in mighty handy, as the electrical hook-up may be a ways a way from your actual site.

For a more "primitive" camping experiences in the western states and BC we take: generator (Honda 2000), gas can for said generator, a 7-gallon plastic jerry can of water plus a lot of smaller water bottles, a funnel for pouring water from the jerry can into the freshwater tank, an axe or hatchet. Then we basically make sure we have a duplicate of any really essential system, such as flashlights/lanterns, extra beding for cold nights, perhaps a small backpacking stove, and tons of matches.

The other issue for more primitive camping is not only what to take, but how to conserve what you have, such as power and water.

Murphy's law can kick in on camping trips. In fact, I am pretty sure Murphy was an RVer.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:48 AM   #22
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You are forgetting the important stuff!

#1 Mandolin
#2 Spare mandolin strings
#3 A big dog to chase off banjo players
#4 A spare big dog to chase off people who forgot spare mandolin strings
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #23
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Good lists. Might want to get a copy of "The Newbies Guide to Airsteaming".
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:18 PM   #24
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Get the Airstream Newby book
All the above lists are great but get yourselves a checklist for leaving and arriving. Follow it without fail each and every time!! Avoid damage and insult!
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:13 PM   #25
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A martini shaker and plenty of vodka.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #26
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I would also add:
2x6 boards in 2' and 4' lengths (we find these more versatile than the leveling blocks)
a binder to hold trailer related info: registration, instructions, reservations, etc.
duct tape and gaffer tape because you just never know

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