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Old 01-01-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Top Ten Items for Newbie Trailer Owners?

Hi! I have been reading up in the forums and getting awesome feedback and advice from several kind and generous members - thank you! 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!

On a related note, if there are any threads already addressing this topic, could someone point me in that direction? I have been searching key terms but am still getting used to the search feature

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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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Old 01-01-2014, 10:42 PM   #3
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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
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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.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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SeeMore--the links were awesome thank you. My wife said they were most helpful on her top ten and added many items. Talk about a leap of faith, we are going from many,many years of tent camping to a 30ft Flying Cloud with delivery after a 6 month wait in January or early February.
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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.
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Hi! I have been reading up in the forums and getting awesome feedback and advice from several kind and generous members - thank you! 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!

On a related note, if there are any threads already addressing this topic, could someone point me in that direction? I have been searching key terms but am still getting used to the search feature

Thanks again, and Happy New Year!
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.
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1-5.....WD40 if it's stuck or dirty.

6-10....zip-ties and duct-tape if it's not.

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Just my meager two cents worth (just a couple months full-time so far), but the best thing we stumbled on is a pair of clear plastic, hang-off-the-closet-door shoe organizers. Had to cut down from 4-wide to 3-wide to attach to the inside of the closet doors, but we now have a couple visible "junk drawers" for all of the batteries, tote/trash bags, small electronics, camera/computer connectors, tape, suction hooks, flash lights, right-now tools, and bric-a-brac that you can never quite locate in the bottom of a box or back of a drawer.
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#1 on my list of multipurpose items:
Hospital scrubs!
Worn by themselves, you can use them as pajamas. You can also wear them for lounging around the campfire, or for a quick drive into town to buy groceries. Scrub shirts are a comfortable alternative to T-shirts in summer. If worn over other clothing they make an excellent substitute for coveralls when fixing stuff. You can wear them instead of an apron while cooking, too.
Scrubs don't take up much space, and it doesn't matter if they wrinkle so they never need ironing. They're machine-washable or hand-washable, and dry quickly when wet.
My Airstream never leaves home without at least one set of hospital scrubs folded up on the closet shelf. Clothing— both clean and awaiting laundering— takes up an inordinate amount of space for the amount of time it's used; you basically have to store whatever you're not wearing right now. So anything you can do to minimize the amount of clothing you have to carry is a Good Thing™.
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Just my meager two cents worth (just a couple months full-time so far), but the best thing we stumbled on is a pair of clear plastic, hang-off-the-closet-door shoe organizers. Had to cut down from 4-wide to 3-wide to attach to the inside of the closet doors, but we now have a couple visible "junk drawers" for all of the batteries, tote/trash bags, small electronics, camera/computer connectors, tape, suction hooks, flash lights, right-now tools, and bric-a-brac that you can never quite locate in the bottom of a box or back of a drawer.
Reminds me of this link I got in an email.....

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Anti-bacterial wipes or hand sanitizer in the TV glove box. And a pair of heavy duty rubber gloves for dump station duty.

A bag of two-foot cable ties from one of the big box stores..... they come in handy for so many fastening jobs

100 foot utility extension cord on one of those cord reels. Coupled with a power strip lets me set up coffeemaker and toaster (I have yet to make toast inside the AS without setting of the smoke alarm, no matter what windows or vents I open) on the outdoor picnic table to start breakfast without disturbing DW who prefers her camping with a late wakeup call :-)
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These are great! I am beginning to realize how much stuff we have in the house, and the fact there will only be a fraction of the space in the AS. Many current household items we already have seem too bulky and heavy, like dishes, glassware and heavy pots and pans. We will need to consolidate pet supplies as well.
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Love the idea of scrubs for multi-purpose casual camping wear!
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