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Old 01-02-2014, 04:05 PM   #15
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Hi, we bought our trailer out of state and our learning experience was on our trip home. [10 days]

(1.) Extension mirrors if tow vehicle isn't factory equipped.

(2.) A decent quality sewer hose and fittings. [15 to 20 feet long]

(3.) A few white fresh water hoses. A 10' hose for close connections and a 20' hose for those farther away. [30' total if you ever need it]

(4.) Polarity tester for checking power supply for correct wiring.

(5.) A Kill-a-Watt or other device to check for proper voltage from power supply. [A-C 120 volts]

(6.) Tire pressure gauges.

(7.) A good torque wrench with necessary extensions and sockets for tow vehicle lug nuts, trailer lug nuts, and hitch bolts.

(8.) A multimeter, and/or a good 12 volt test light. [I have both]

(9.) Latex gloves.

(10.) Lubricants: WD-40, Axle/hitch grease, Etc.

There could be hundreds of things to buy, but I think these are the most important items to start with.

This list is very helpful, thank you. We will be picking up ours from out of state, too. Plan on camping nearby first; then the longer drive home.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:10 PM   #16
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My top ten gotta haves for traveling in the Airstream are:

1. Sewer Solution

2. Battery power drill/driver with a 3/4" socket for the stabilizers.

3. Water hose quick-connects. The solid brass ones are the best.

4. A work light for setting up camp after dark.

5. Rough duty leather gloves.

6. A comprehensive tool kit.

7. A set of Lynx Levelers or similar.

8. Pruning shears to trim campsite greenery that might scratch the Airstream.

9. A level

10. A good quality tire pressure gauge.


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Great necessities list - appreciate it very much, Brian. I am thinking a couple of head lamps for setting up at night might be in order.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #17
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Moosetags left a very valuable "guy's" list but you might be interested in something else like kitchen items. Try this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...er-103597.html

You might also find this informative:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...ey-100290.html
These are great, thank you! I have been making housewares lists, trying to go through our current kitchen/bedding/bath items to determine what is necessary and how many to bring, such as sets of sheets and towels for extended stays and full-timing. I am thinking two sets each of towels and sheets (for 2 adults) plus extra doggie towels. Will need to consolidate the pet supplies too.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:16 PM   #18
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The greater risk is not enough stuff, but too much. Hiding in the corners of storage gobbling up valuable space and weight while seldom used.

Proceed slowly with special attention to dual purpose items, particularly kitchen equipment and tool kits. Countertops can quickly become cluttered leaving little space for meal prep.
So true! Love the idea of multi-use equipment and having a space for everything.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:27 PM   #19
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This is very helpful, more appreciated. For a Newbie, Richard Luhr--book Newbies Guide for Airstream in both the Kindle and hard copy has been my go to book while i am awaiting th delivery of my new Airstream, actually i have bought several paper book copies. The best is the actual experience of our Forum members that are willing to share your front line experience.
Hi! I have this too - it's a great book. I would highly recommend it for newbies. I know I will be using this book regularly, reading it cover-to-cover and as a reference guide. I like that the binding is spiral, and the book invites you to write down the basic specs of your rig. Very user-friendly. It is basic information, yet extremely helpful for getting to know your Airstream and the various systems. Love the checklists and jargon guide, which is how I found out what "SOB" means

Agree that the best info. comes from the forum members generously extending their experience and know-how.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:13 PM   #20
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Great thread!


Bob Cross - LOVE the life hacks!

Here's an incomplete list:

1) safe RV driving lessons at a CDL training center near you (required - well, ok, STRONGLY recommended)

2) iPad with:
- Rich Luhr's book
- videos of your walk through at the dealer
- YouTube for everything you forgot
- PDF of your user manuals for TV, TT, appliances, etc
- camping apps (Allstays, gas buddy, cat scale app, GPS, google maps, etc)

3) don't bring THAT (you don't need everything you think you do)

4) home-made fire starters - put sawdust and/or dryer lint in egg cartons and fill with parafin wax. Much cheaper and just as effective as the stuff you pay more than a buck for at the campsite store

5) thin square reusable ice packs - place in your refer the day before you leave and turn it on so it's cool at the campground. Frozen bottled water is good too (and then useable at the campsite) but you gotta let some out of each bottle before freezing (ask me how I know)

6) patience and a sense of humor. Stuff happens - but you're camping. If I may quote myself - the worst day camping is a thousand times better than the best day in the office. You may quote me too :-)

7) wet weather shoes (I like LL Bean low cut boots). It's a drag getting sneakers, socks and feet soaked in wet grassy campsites during or after rain.

8) people and/or pets you want to spend time with.

9) first aid kit including an extra day of meds you take regularly (and if you take multiple meds, have all your rx numbers with you). Yes, adult beverages and cigars count in this category.

10) your own list based on whatever works best for you.

Have fun!!!
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Good one. Thanks. Added to home screen for easy reference. Jim
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We are in the midst of compiling an upgrades/gear/necessities list, which is a bit daunting! I am curious, if anyone would like to list their Top Ten (or more!) recommendations for upgrades/gear/necessity items for a newbie trailer owner, what would they be? Specifics would be great!
All the previous advice is great (and ditto on the life hacks - both funny and practical).

My list (not really in any order of priority, just off the top of my head):

1. A good co-pilot who is good at hand signals (if not, bring a walkie talkie or use your cell phone on speaker while you make a cell call) to help you back in or maneuver in/out/around tight spaces that might be hard for you to see (bonus - this person is your significant other).

2. Heavy duty latex or vinyl gloves to keep your hands clean when working on sewage connections

3. Foldable clothes hanger/dryer

4. Go to TJ Maxx, Ross, or other discount stores and buy nice wine glasses. They come in boxes with separators, and if they break, well, only about $1 each so you don't really care (and much nicer to drink out of glass than plastic or other). I have at least a dozen on hand and use for both wine, water, juice, etc and the two boxes containing six each take up little space, and have only broken one when I dropped it, not during transport. Just store so they don't move around (put clothing or other stuff around it, pack under your bed cover on your bed, etc.).

5. Comfortable lounge chairs

6. Artificial roll of grass, say 8x10 or bigger

7. Favorite board games to entertain you (and the kids or make a drinking game out of it with adult friends)

8. A GPS tracking device hidden in your AS in case it's ever stolen (do an internet search for GPS Tracking for cars / trailers)

9. Small, sturdy foldable table for your BBQ (I like and use the Weber Q, and there is a propane hose adapter you can hook up to your AS propane hose so that you can use the Q - or other propane BBQs - off your trailer tanks and now don't need to carry an extra propane tank).

10. Your kids. They make every trip enjoyable.

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Hi, Oh, I almost forgot; All newbies are required to watch two movies from start to finish before your first night/day in an RV.

(1.) "R.V." with Robin Williams.

(2.) "The Long Long Trailer" with Lucy and Desi.
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Hi, Oh, I almost forgot; All newbies are required to watch two movies from start to finish before your first night/day in an RV.

(1.) "R.V." with Robin Williams.

(2.) "The Long Long Trailer" with Lucy and Desi.
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I can agree with 1. I can't recommend 2. Sorry - I know it's a classic....

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Hi, Oh, I almost forgot; All newbies are required to watch two movies from start to finish before your first night/day in an RV.

(1.) "R.V." with Robin Williams.

(2.) "The Long Long Trailer" with Lucy and Desi.
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I can agree with 1. I can't recommend 2. Sorry - I know it's a classic....

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Hi, I have to include number 2. because my wife was also known for collecting rocks and plants while traveling.
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Hi, I have to include number 2. because my wife was also known for collecting rocks and plants while traveling.
Well, that 'splains it :-)
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