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Old 03-21-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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What else do I need to get? New Airstream owner

We are picking up our trailer in early April. I know it comes with a power cord. So what else should I buy before now and then? Sewer hose., Potable water hose etc?

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Old 03-21-2015, 07:29 PM   #2
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Excellent thread from a year ago

Here is a thread that covered a lot of ground. Don't spend BIG money up front - thrift stores are your friend.

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Old 03-21-2015, 07:59 PM   #3
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Anything you use in your house you can use in an Airstream. Your days of roughing it are just about over.

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Old 03-21-2015, 09:20 PM   #4
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A few things that you will need for sure

Here are a few things you will need immediately. I would do ahead and pick up some black water tank chemicals and either the RV toilet paper (it is pricey) or the thinnest cheapest store brand, single ply. Extra fuses are very handy. A blown fuse can cause a disastrous camping trip.

You will also need a door mat outside to wipe your feet on. A good lantern or flashlight is a must. If you plan on going where there is cable TV you will need a coax cable to hook it up.

I totally agree with Paula on the thrift store. Some of my favorite kitchen items came from a thrift store. Don't buy too much for the kitchen until you see what your cooking and dining style will be. Some people swear by paper plates for most meals while others like real dishes, flatware, and glasses for beverages.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:34 PM   #5
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A bucket full of patience and a wheelbarrow full of caution. Both won't cost you anything, but not using them, could cost you everything.

Write a depature check list up on everything you NEED to check or do BEFORE you start the TV and pull away.

If you're unsure of what lies ahead around the campground corner or how to get to your site, walk it first, look for low hanging branches, obstacles and tight corners.

Having the very best time with your Airstream is easy if you have peace of mind that you're methodical with the details.

Happy Airstreaming.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:42 PM   #6
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Acquire slowly. The problem will soon become too much stuff, leading to consider a larger Airstream. Then soon, too much stuff.

Look for simple, lightweight, quality equipment. Especially good if it can perform more than one function.

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Old 03-21-2015, 10:10 PM   #7
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Welcome and congratulations. Each dealer may be different, the one where we bought ours (used) gave us a "welcome wagon kit" that included a sewer hose and fittings, a fresh water hose and pressure regulator, a pack of toilet paper, tank chemicals and maybe a couple of other things that I don't recall now. They should give you a walk through explaining how to operate everything. If you are new to this, don't be surprised if you forget 90% of it before you get home. Much of it is in the Owner's Manual, but there are lots of friendly folks here that will help explain things if you ask. To me, understanding how to safely hitch and unhitched is very important. Distractions are not your friends. If you don't have hookups at home, spend a weekend with it at a local RV park, some place close to home or a Walmart where you can easily pick up the things you find you need. Join a local Airstream or Good Sam chapter and go to their campouts where you can learn the ins and outs from your peers. The basics are the same regardless of brand. Most of all, enjoy!
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:30 AM   #8
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An excellent addition to the library of any Airstream owner,

Newbies Guide To Airstreaming: Rich Luhr, Brad Cornelius: 9780983345800: Books

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Old 03-22-2015, 10:58 AM   #9
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Best purchase we have made is a 12v portable fan - by the Fantasic Fan company, Model is called Endless Breeze. It is pricy - around $70 - but you can use it off the grid and it sure is nice to have it circulate the air most evenings. We tried a cheaper version first - that was money wasted. Go straight for this one instead: Fan-Tastic Vent's Retail Stand Alone Fans

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Old 03-22-2015, 12:07 PM   #10
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If you're starting from scratch to outfit your camper, get the really cool collapsible bowls and colander for your kitchen. Acrylic wine glasses are a must! ENJOY! Congrats on the new rig! Welcome to the AS family! This forum is the VERY BEST place to get information - ask away - that is what I do!

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Old 03-22-2015, 12:09 PM   #11
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If you are like us, ya just gotta buy some 'stuff' to go in the new trailer! Grab $100 and go crazy...then go camping and see what you REALLY need (chances are pretty good that most of the $100 stuff won't be used).

Like others have said, avoid the urge to blow a ton of money before you really have a chance to go out and try it out.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:36 PM   #12
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The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming should come with your case of owner's manuals, etc. It contains GREAT information about everything AS. AS also provides the "basics" starter kit - electric cable, water hose, sewer hose, chemical starter kit, toilet paper, etc. The dealer should spend a long time (hours) going over how everything works. Be sure to ask questions if you are not sure. When we got our first AS we took 2 shake down trips - one to a campground with no hookups, the other with full hookups, so that we knew how to work with everything. Next we ventured out on a 10,500 trip cross country. We still have detailed lists of equipment that we need for every type of trip, from basic camping, kayaking trip, biking trips, rock climbing trips, etc. We are major into our lists.
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Buy as little as possible at first and only put things in the trailer that you know you will use often to avoid the scenario where you have a trailer full of things you thought you needed but never used.

When you do have to buy something, do your research and opt for small size and lowe weight.

One thing we didn't see on the Newbie Guide checklist was a heated mattress pad which we generally use when we have shore power and it is colder than 40 degrees at night. This has been a life saver for us through two cold winters. And finally, for those cool nights when you are boondocking and can't use the heated mattress pad, sleeping in merino wool pajamas (top, pants and socks) underneath a quality down comforter will usually do the trick.

Good luck!
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Disposable nitrile or rubber gloves. You don't want to be without them when setting up or breaking down.

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