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Old 01-05-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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My husband and I just purchased a Classic 28FB...it hasn't even been delivered yet. So excited! My parents own a 5th wheel, but I've never had any sort of motorhome or travel trailer so I'm a little overwhelmed by the prospect of "stocking" our trailer while staying within some sort of reasonable budget (I have *control issues* when it comes to this sort of thing....)
Anyway, we'll be using our AS for travel/camping but I'll also be using it as a "home away from home" when I work part time out of the area. Can anyone offer advice on kitchenware, etc, and/or essential must haves that are nice and lightweight, durable for travel and will provide homey creature comforts? I do love to cook and don't want to be wasteful by using paper plates, etc, while away from home.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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You've got a beautiful Airstream there, congratulations and welcome aboard!

A good rule of thumb for camping equipment, take only what you need and leave half of that at home. Airstreams are especially tiny homes with precious little storage. You can be constantly overwhelmed with too much stuff, you'll be more successful "making do".

Things that do multiple purpose are excellent, for example a medium-sized quality dutch over can be used on the stovetop to brown a roast or boil potatoes, in the oven to bake, roast, or slow cook, or cooking over the campfire.

The Airstream has limited electrical service. Avoid electrical appliances whenever possible. A small RV generator may be needed but if you can live without it, it's a quieter experience for you and all around you.

Clothing takes up lots of space. A wool sweater and light jacket can be layered for cool weather, for example.

We use a small portable rv water softener when at campsites with water hookup. A real luxury that is good for the Airstream plumbing and makes cleaning everything easier.

We use the rechargeable Dyson portable vacuum that stores on the wall to keep the trailer clean.

Plan ahead for food supply, and there are usually places to restock along the way.

Everyones different on what they need, but clutter is avoidable and more pleasant, I think.

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Old 01-05-2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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Welcome!! You are in for some fun! We have a 29 foot Airstream, built before there were wide-body Airstreams, and we have seven kids and their grandmother with us much of the time. You'll have no trouble fitting into yours! We like to keep an extra of everything in the trailer so we have to do as little packing and unpacking as possible. You'll quickly figure out what you need and don't need. Definitely keep tools and a first aid kit even if they're rarely used, but otherwise try to see what you really MUST have. What an adventure you're in for! Welcome to the club.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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Another thing that you hope to never use but should have, make sure you have everything you need to change a tire (sometimes it's nice camping in the middle of nowhere, problem is some areas have no cell phone coverage).
Also wheel chocks and leveling blocks.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:24 AM   #5
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Pre-buying "stuff" can be a mistake. "Mad Men" are in the business of making you think you can't live without zillions of gadgets and gizmos. For the most part, you use 15% of your possessions 90% of the time.

For your first and second trips - take stuff from home that you think you can't live without. Experience will teach you what you really need on the road, and then you can buy intelligently. It's about your lifestyle, not anyone else's. I've gotten very used to not having a microwave and I don't miss it at all. Others would probably have a FIT without one.

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:04 AM   #6
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Congrats on your new AS! The basic essentials you use in the kitchen now is a good place to start. We have a 19' Bambi so our space is very limited compared to your 28' but you still want to pack only what you will use or need. We bought Magma nesting cookware and love it! Lots of space saved and we sill have enough pots and pans. Also melamine is a nice lightweight alternative to normal plates and you don't have to worry about breaking them. there are lots of styles and designs available. We also use polycarbonate glassware for the same reason. I also like lots of storage containers to keep food nice and dry and they also help keep everything organized. You will figure out what works for you but there are lots of threads on this subject. Have fun and after a couple of trips you will figure out what is a must have for the Airstream.

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Old 01-06-2013, 10:58 AM   #7
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Congrats ...you're gong to love your Airstream. I've find that Target and the Container Store have a ton of cute and trailer-friendly items. Love the colorful Target dinnerware and really love all of the collapsible strainers, salad spinner....which can be used for many purposes, measuring cups etc. i also have the portable Dyson vacuum and fan...but an thinking about upgrading to the new Hot/Cold Dyson.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:23 PM   #8
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We have ALWAYS notoriously packed too much. I had a muffin tin in our motorhome! Yeah, like I stood around cooking muffins all the time. Will there be more than two of you traveling? I think the number you expect to house on a regular basis will affect what you carry. There is a member on this forum who has a blog (drool) that I am using as a bit of a guide:

Peek Inside our Airstream Travel Trailer; 2012 27′ FB International Signature » Just 5 More Minutes

We drove from Florida to pick up our AS, so we are having to stock it "on the fly". Amazing what we haven't needed. I hope to pick up a set of Corelle today. I was waffling between melamine and Corelle. I think we can get by with realistically three pots and pans. No muffin tin, haha. And of course since we are currently docked in your home port, no cooking needed!

We hit IKEA pretty hard for a lot of our storage needs. Target, TJMaxx and will be cruising through the Bed, Bath & Beyond later if I am still married, haha. Have fun with it! You know where we are if you need to take a peek or get ideas!

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Old 01-06-2013, 03:12 PM   #9
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congrats...envious...wife and I are waiting till 2014...but will be lurking on here picking up info along the way...tell us all you experiences! Have fun...take care.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:23 PM   #10
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Congrats, you're going to have a lot of fun with your new AS. Everyone is different and needs different things. Just pack what you think you need and go for a short trip! When you get home, you'll know what to add and what to leave behind, and you should keep evaluating that for several trips. Don't worry about it, just go have fun. Whatever it is you realize you should have taken, you can live without for a few days.
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Welcome! Welcome!

I am absolutely in love with my new, mini sized, dish drainer I picked up from Camping World.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:32 PM   #12
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Wow....thanks everyone for the advice! Sounds like I just need to start with the basics and "get to know" the trailer before buying too much. Practicing a little restraint will be good for me!
Becky--I was in BB&B TWICE yesterday for things for the house and was walking around in a daze, drooling over all of the things I could/wanted to buy for the trailer, but I actually made it out of there without pre-buying anything. There were lists made though....
My husband and I both lived the bachelor/bachelorette life for several years before marrying a wee bit late, so in combining our households we have quite a few doubles and triples of things....hopefully I can efficiently sort through those items for some of the kitchen essentials and keep myself from going overboard. I do love a nice warm, fresh baked muffin though!
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PluffMudd I just bought the same dish drainer. It was made for a round AS sink! I did a loop through BB&B today Travelvet. Poor husband ; ) I haven't committed to our dishes yet, ha ha. Too big a decision to make without much wrath and self-doubt. Haven't needed them today. We rode the PCH and enjoyed a huge/delicious lunch at Ragged Point. Should have worn stretch jeans!

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:51 PM   #14
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We have just recently reclaimed our "Silver Belle" from 4.5 years in storage, 3 states away. So, even though we have owned our Belle for several years, I am back in the same boat as newbies with having to re-stock the old girl. I quite like "playing house" and have appreciated everyone's input on where to shop. Of course, you want to be wise with your purchases as they typically have to fit a limited space and probably won't be used full-time. It's an entertaining challenge for sure!!
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