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Old 02-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Now what is needed for first trip??

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Sold my 19' bambi 2 years ago. Left all supplies with new owner. Well, had seller remorse and finally found 97 safari 25' and bought her.
The unit needs supplied before traveling.
Of course bedding, linens, cook ware are no a no-brainer.
Seems like the bambi was over supplied and want to pack the basics. Is their a "what to pack list" out there??

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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As one fairly new to camping coming up on my first anniversary to the fray I've spent the past year adding, buying and fixing. I would say to consider what you need to be able to do and how long an interval you plan to camp at a time then add the features you need. Obviously you are already familiar with camping. Once you get past the hook-up equipment, tools and cookware, the rest is choice.

Hook up items I was told to buy:
drinking water hose (2)
Hose Y adapter
water pressure regulator for tap end of hook-up
Electrical surge/protection device (Surge Guard 30 amp)
Electrical Adapters for 50amp and 20amp service
Extension cords (2)
Staged Battery Charger for storage (unless you upgrade the converter/charger- got a ProMarine highly recommended by my dad who works in electrical mechanics)
High power air compressor for tires (bought the Slime)
Plexus Cleaner for plastic coat clean ups on exterior
Tool box with assorted tools
Leveling squares kit - side leveling
Patio mat
Chairs
Propane grill to cook outside
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A pad and pencil to make the list while on a trip and some cash to get the things you have listed.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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Take only what you need, then leave half of that at home.

Pack like a backpacker, travel light.

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c'mon Doug, you need to have some fun - not just sit in the camper!

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #7
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Gosh. A place to park, fishing gear, pocket knife and perculator coffee pot. That's all folks.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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Ok we are really new to Airstream and we bought an International 19 footer. Any ideas in real basics we need to get like plates, etc? Loved the above replies on traveling Light by bringing everything not light!! Just looking for a practical list to start out with.
Thanks, Martha Wild King
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:38 PM   #9
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My thoughts on the subject, for what they're worth. A year ago, I was a complete newbie, too, but now that I've got a dozen camping trips under my belt, I'm still a newbie!

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drinking water hose (2)
Hose Y adapter
water pressure regulator for tap end of hook-up
Electrical surge/protection device (Surge Guard 30 amp)
Electrical Adapters for 50amp and 20amp service
Extension cords (2)
Staged Battery Charger for storage (unless you upgrade the converter/charger- got a ProMarine highly recommended by my dad who works in electrical mechanics)
High power air compressor for tires (bought the Slime)
Plexus Cleaner for plastic coat clean ups on exterior
Tool box with assorted tools
Leveling squares kit - side leveling
Patio mat
Chairs
Propane grill to cook outside
You only need a "Y" adaptor if you're going to a rally where hookups are all temporary and you'll be daisy-chained along with half-a-dozen other trailers all off of one faucet. Good to have then, but not essential otherwise.

Most trailers have a built-in pressure regulator, so if you buy a water hose that will handle the city water pressure, you don't need a separate regulator.


Electrical adaptors are also good to have, but if you know what hookups are available where you're going, you'll also know whether or not you'll need the adaptors. So, if your first trip is to a place where you know there's 30amp power, the adapators can be purchased later.


Plexus cleaner can be left at home unless you plan to clean the trailer while you're at the campsite. Bring dish soap, though. Dawn dishwashing liquid can be used as a hand cleaner, body wash, and even shampoo, if necessary, in addition to washing pots and pans with it.


The need for a patio mat is also uncertain. I've got one, but only use it on rare occasions. Most of the time I get by fine without one. I wouldn't put one out over grass, and don't need one put out over pavement or gravel; I only need it if the area under my awning would be dusty or muddy.


Propane grill for outdoor cooking is only needed if there's no fire pit or fire ring with a grate at your campsite. Cooking over a wood fire feels more like camping, anyway.

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1-Evinrude motor
1-Kayak
1-bicycle
1-fishing pole
I carry a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak, when I'm going camping someplace that has a decent lake. No motor. And what good is a bicycle on a boat, anyway?

For the REAL basics, as requested by Captain King, all you really need for a starter kit is (and all I had as my starting kit, because I was so anxious to get started that I didn't wait to accumulate more):
Paper plates, plastic utinsels, paper towels.
Simple cookware (a Dutch oven can do it all, if you're cooking on a wood fire).
Food.
Basic toiletries.
Clothing, as few changes of clothes as you can manage.
Bed linens, or sleeping bags, whichever you prefer.
Bath towels.
Reading material for rainy days ("How to" books are good, if you don't like novels).
Leveling blocks, jack pads, wheel chocks.
Full propane tanks.
Duct tape.
Water hose.
Shore power cord.

Camp someplace within an easy drive of home for your first trip. That way, if you have a "Darn, I forgot to bring…" moment, you don't have far to go to fetch whatever it is. I forgot my medication once, and remembered it only half an hour into a seven-hour drive, so I still arrived at the campsite before dark even though I had to detour back home.

Beyond that, as you gain experience, make a note whenever you have a "Gee, I sure wish I had…" moment, so you'll know to bring whatever it is for the next trip. And if you bring something, but don't use it for two consecutive trips, leave it home next time because you obviously don't need it after all.
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Now what is needed for first trip??

Greetings Captain King!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Airstream ownership!

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Ok we are really new to Airstream and we bought an International 19 footer. Any ideas in real basics we need to get like plates, etc? Loved the above replies on traveling Light by bringing everything not light!! Just looking for a practical list to start out with.
Thanks, Martha Wild King
The following are some of the things that I pack in a newly acquired coach:
  • Safety and Emergency Preparedness
    • Large 4-Way Lug Wrench that fits lugs on Airstream
    • Heavy Duty (4-ton) Bottle Jack (for Single Axle Airstream)
    • Roadside Safety Reflectors
    • 4-Heavy Duty Wheel Chocks (single axle) 8-Heavy Duty Wheel Chocks (tandem axle)
    • Leveling Boards/Ramps (better for changing flat on tandem axle than using jack under most conditions)
    • CB Radio -- Hard-wired Mounted in Coach
    • Weather Radio permanently mounted in coach
    • Wrench (if Needed) for LP Tank Fittings
    • Assorted Sizes Vice Grips Pliers (handy for making water connections in some places)
    • Flexible Bottle Cleaning Brush (helpful in cleaning spider nests/wasp/mud dauber nests from water heater tube)
    • Can PB Blaster (helpful for loosening corroded fasteners)
    • Assorted Phillips and Slot screw drivers
    • Basic Rivet Gun and Assorted aluminum pop rivets
    • Basic Wire Crimp Tool and Assorted Crimp connectors
    • Spare 12-volt Fuses for trailer DC fuse panel
    • Spare house supply fuse or fusible link (in 12-volt lines on batteries)
    • Spare light bulbs for all exterior and interior lights
    • Spare lenses for clearance lights, marker lights, and tail lights
    • Spare water filter for built-in filter
    • Silcone Spray Lubricant for Awning Arms and Various Hinges
    • Spare Trailer End Bargman Connector (7-pole connector), and matching end for tow vehicle (particularly if using something other than the typical 7-flat-blade type connector)
    • Spare Breakaway Switch
    • 12-Volt Test Light
    • Plug-in 120-Volt AC tester
    • Heavy Duty 12-volt Air Compressor (handy for adjusting pressure in tires while cold in AM prior to departure)
    • Set "Leg-O-Block" levelers (usually orange or yellow plastic)
    • 12-Volt Drill with Socket Adapter to drive Stabilizers
    • Spare Locking Pins and/or wear fittings for hitch that may be prone to loss or breakage
    • Wrench for manually operating electic tongue jack
    • Spare Breakaway Switch Cable
    • Assorted Bungee Cords and Gorilla/Duct Tape for emergence securing of wayard trim/hatches/windows
    • Touch-up material for PlastiCoat and trim paints
    • Aersol Flat Tire Repair (for emergency use where changing a flat could be dangerous)
  • Accessories for day-to-day living
    • Small "blue-boy" waste tote (handy for handling excess gray water while dry camping) or Large "blue-boy" if the coach doesn't have gray water tank
    • 10-foot and two 25-foot drinking water hoses (a ten foot drinking water hose suffices in many modern RV parks and is far easier to manage than a 25-foot)
    • Pressure regulator for water supply hose
    • 10-foot and 25-foot Heavy Duty RV Extension cords (it seems like my Airstream's standard cord is just a little short for many places where I stay so the ten foot cord is needed often with the 25-foot cord seeing use possibly once or twice per year)
    • Short Cable Power Cord Adapters
      • 30-AMP trailer to 50-AMP Campground
      • 30-AMP trailer to 20-AMP Campground
    • Solid Power Cord Adapters
      • 30-AMP trailer to 50-AMP Campground
      • 30-AMP trailer to 20-AMP Campground
    • Two Spare Thetford sewer hose adapters
    • 12-foot Heavy Duty sewer hose
    • "L" campground sewer adapter with garden hose/graywater adapter
    • Ground mat for entry-way/under awning
    • Two-or-Three-Step ladder/step stool (helpful for deploying awning/accessing rear of tall tow vehicle)
    • Brightly colored ribbon to tie on window that may pose a hazard to those walking near coach (also useful if guy-lines are used with awning)
    • Flag Holder, flag poles, and flags . . . optional, but lots of fun for displaying your flags at rallys.
  • Basic Linens (I keep a set of linens in each coach)
    • Two each of the following for each person typically traveling in the unit
      • Medium-Weight Terry-Cloth Bath Sheets
      • Medium-Weight Terry-Cloth Hand Towels
      • Medium-Weight Terry-Cloth Washcloths
    • Eight Medium-Weight Terry-Cloth Dishtowels
    • Pair Oven Mits
    • Pair Fireproof Bar-B-Que Mits
    • Six Pot Holders
    • Two bed pillows of the preferred size/type for each person typically traveling in the unit
    • Two sets of bed linens for each sleeping space in the unit
      • Top sheets
      • Fitted bottom sheets
      • Mattress pad/cover
      • Sheet Blanket (one for each sleeping space in the unit)
      • Flannel Blanket (one for each sleeping space in the unit)
  • Kitchen Supplies
    • Butane Lighter
    • Set of Bar-B-Que Implements (tongs, fork, spatula, basting brush, burger baskets, pop corn basket, cleaning brush)
    • Cast Iron Dutch Oven
    • 8-inch fry pan, 2-quart saucepan, 4-quart saucepan, double boiler, stock-pot/pasta pot, and griddle
    • Stovetop coffee maker
    • Tea Kettle
    • Assorted Tupperware Food Storage Containers
    • Four Cast Iron Trivets
    • Two Each of the Following Stainless Pieces
      • Small Spatula
      • Large Spatula
      • Serving Fork
      • Serving Spoon (solid)
      • Serving Spoon (slotted)
      • Soup Ladle
      • Pasta Fork
      • Strainer
      • Wire Wisk
    • Collander
    • Food Mill/Ricer
    • Four Medium Texas-Ware Mixing/Serving Bowls
    • Stainless Steel Tableware Service for 8
    • Correlle Service For 8
    • Eight Anondized Aluminum Iced Tea glasses
    • Heavy Duty Manual Can Opener
I try to keep as many thing in the Airstream as is possible so that loading for an outing isn't overly traumatic.

Kevin
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