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Old 03-01-2012, 01:06 PM   #1
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Just placed an order for an International 23FB. My previous experience is with a moderate size pop-up. Any suggestions as to guide books, pamphlets, etc to prepare me and my wife for the trailer life. Things like how to pack and the like. Jim Mohle
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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Blogs and websites are free and there's lots of them. The Newbies Guide To Airstreams is available on Amazon and is very helpful. Welcome!
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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BTW, if you go onto any blog, you'll soon find links to a jillion other blogs--I've a list of them in mine if you want a place to start!
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Welcome to Airstreaming and the Forum!

My only advice is to think like a backpacker: ounces and millimeters matter over the aggregate. Go out a few times and figure out what kind of lifestyle you prefer. Many people go with paper products and instant coffee; we prefer to carry the extra weight of (limited) china and a stovetop espresso maker. (After I said that about backpacking??) But good coffee just seems to taste even better out of china!

It will take time to figure out where you are willing to save weight/space and where the quality of something matters more. Not so many clothes are needed for us; we don't usually go places where dressy is required, except church: we carry one outfit suitable for Sunday mornings.

Don't forget raingear! We live in semi-arid ID (no rain, just snow) and just didn't think of raingear and of course ended up changing a flat in the rain in WA.

Just use your commonsense and WalMart when all else fails! Enjoy your new A/S!

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Old 03-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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Don't pack anything. Your Airstream is a fully equipped little house. Finish it with the basic kitchenware, bedding and bathing gear, only basic clothing, and leave them in the trailer so you are ready to go at a moments notice.

Do not leave food or soap on the trailer (mice), put the essentials in as you are ready to leave. There are stores along the way if you need more.

Travel light.

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Old 03-01-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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Welcome, and you'll learn a LOT on these pages. I know I did and still am. A few things we've found helpful: 24 of those plastic pads, like "Rambler" from Camping World for leveling and under your stabilizers; at least 30' of while water hose (like 10 and 20); Sewer Solution for waste work plus 10-foot extension hose; many brass hose quick connect fittings from Lee Valley or similar; knee pads; portable electrical management (protection between the shore power and your unit); and one of the good weight distribution/sway elimination hitch systems.
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Welcome to the Forums. I am a Newbie also and started a blog b/c of my love for the AS. I gather as much info. on this site, blogs and other places on the web. But, you can find out everything you need on these forums. And, you will meet the nicest and most gracious people here. I can't wait to own our AS and get out there. Have so much fun.
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Just placed an order for an International 23FB. My previous experience is with a moderate size pop-up. Any suggestions as to guide books, pamphlets, etc to prepare me and my wife for the trailer life. Things like how to pack and the like. Jim Mohle
Tool kit is a good place to start.

I found it's best not to say no to the DW, let her thin out the unnessaries on her own.

If you enjoy your coffee bring filtered water from home.

Buy trailer specific items that stay in the coach.

It doesn't take long to get packed correctly.

One rule that's worked for us...if you think of it, you say so and you pack it.

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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Stick around here and do a little reading, and then go out and try out the new Airstream. Before you know it, you'll be an old hand enjoying your Airstream.
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The trailer you're getting is well designed for a couple. You've made a great choice!

Many of the previous posters have made great suggestions. A three inch foam topper is about the only thing I could suggest near term (unless you enjoy sleeping on a board).
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Welcome to the Forums, Jim! This is a great bunch of happy campers...

The 4CU is going to have a rally up above Silverton, CO in June...would love you to come and join us and check out the 4CU! It'll be here before you know it!
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Yipes, remind me to join before then, TB!
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I am a week into the AS habit with getting our "new" 1972 Overlander.... The more I am working on our new baby,, the more I understand the effort the company and owner went to and make things lite.

Keeping that in mind while we transfer our cooking stuff and supplies from our old toothpick and staple wonder,, I will make a pile of dead weight off and outside our new Airstream.
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