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Old 08-30-2013, 11:48 PM   #1
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EB 27FB Full-timing starting 9/1

We didn't quite expect to be full-timing so soon, but sometimes life just go along as planned. My job assignment might be ending within the next few weeks, so we are placing our home furniture into a 10x30 storage, as we weren't prepared to give up all of our stuff.

Now I will say- the EB 27FB is perhaps not my first choice for full-timing due to space. Wife, 2 Chessies (retrievers), and myself... we might go mad. Luckily for the first few months we are staying on a large piece of land with hookups. Maybe for the winter we will visit family in Florida.

The hardest thing right now is figuring out what to take for clothes. We have a new TV (Ram 3500 with topper), which will be used to carry gennies, gas, dogs, tools, etc.

A few mods / purchases that I have already made which we are using:
- Dyson Hot / cold fan
- Surgegaurd with box
- Dyson animal vac mounted in rear bedroom below tv
- memory foam topper for bed (maybe need a new mattress)
- flipjack
- shower head oxygenics
- magnetic spice canisters
- universal remote
- dc converters from Target ($30) to power TV, laptop, charge phones, etc
- 5' ladder that folds to 3.5" depth stored in bumper
- Nespresso
- storage bins

Well if anyone has a more tips for packing the EB, send them my way. I am jealous of the folks with the FB and full dressers. Yet I do like our windows. Also I am finding the EB rear cargo door to be a great benefit. great for storage access, cross draft, and letting the outdoors in.

I will be setting up a website over the next few days to document our Airstream Adventures!

Jason
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:58 AM   #2
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Carefully evaluate all clothing and shoes. Most of us don't need more than 5 pairs of shoes - one pair of dress shoes, two sneakers or jogging, and two sandals. Again one dress-up suit or skirt and blouse, and multfunction sport clothing. Dry clean only? Ditch it. Look for things that can be layered, a light coat is usually enough if you have a heavy sweater or sweatshirt. A raincoat with zip out lining is good, too. Anything that can do double or triple duty is good. If you'll have to lose more than 5 pounds to fit in it - get rid of it.

You can store 4 totes of clothing, bedding, etc. under the bed. So at the most, have one tote of out of season clothing. Space bags are good for winter bedding. You need only one spare set of sheets and towels. (I do carry LOTS of washcloths - they get mildewy fast in summer.)

I've also tossed a LOT of cleaning products. I carry Barkeepers Friend and Clorox cleanser and Dawn Detergent. I used to have half a dozen different ones. Don't buy anything at Sam's Club or Costco - unless you're splitting with a couple of friends.

Get nesting pots and pans if you can, and store them under the side couch in a basket if there's no room in the kitchen cupboard.

If you don't know you'll use it frequently - leave it behind (you can always buy something later if you find you can't live without it.)

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Old 08-31-2013, 12:21 PM   #3
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I'm working on a similar problem, downsizing from a ten years on the road fulltimer 40' 5er toyhouse. What tools & toys I can take along, and that stuff which makes a home.
My best plan is to acquire an enclosed cargo trailer for storage, so as to be mobile for access for the wintering months, & fast 'n light for the summer adventures.

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Old 08-31-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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25 vs 27 Eddie Bauer

I have a 25 EB - after a 25 Safari. Single female, so I like the long hanging closet.

In terms of storage your 27's gain another foot of long hanging closet. Some have put shelves in, but let me suggest that you look at the BACK of that space for more storage. Clothing leaves about six inches of void behind it at he bottom of the closet, and the top shelf - room enough to make two stacks of T-shirts - except getting to the ones in the back is a PITA. Unfortunately some organizers USE as much space as they purport to save. I put a few rings up, and stretched bungee cords from the top to bottom of the closet. I store out of season clothing in vacuum bags behind the bungees. (Space Bags - OK, but ordinary kitchen bags can be vacuum closed, twisted and taped down, too.) Alternatively this would be good space for towels, sheets, etc.

The space under the closet contains the water pump - and a furnace air vent, but can be used to store small stuff like a household toolbox.

I have the crossways Queen which is more of a pain in the neck to make, and harder to get stored stuff in and out of, but that's where the out of season clothing goes, as well as everything related to the Hensley hitch, power jack,

The over the bed cabinet would be more user friendly with a 27, consequently if I need it every day, it doesn't go in there.

Just keep working on it. Paula
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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In our current 25FB, that cross frame queen can be a real challenge for two people every night and some days trying to access stuff in the overhead compartment. I think the dents are just in the top of my head from sitting up in bed because they do not show in the formica....

Thus our transition to the 27FB model with twin beds to resolve storage and access issues.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:24 AM   #6
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That for all the responses! I write this from the Airstream sitting in the driveway before turning the keys back in to the rental company. Over the last few months, we have sold and liquidated a good amount of stuff. Heck I am hooping to get a $$$ write-off from all the Goodwill receipts :-) The rest of the sentimental things we were able to store in a 10x30 storage facility. Yea I know we really still have a lot of material objects. However there are old family things, and possessions that we were not ready yet to sell. Plus the Airstreams just are loaded with extra space :-)

Anyways, thanks to Paula's recommendations I have went through my clothes a 3rd time, and wow- I fit everything in the bedroom. Now if I could only get my wife to give you her juicer machine which takes up the whole shelf below the microwave (LOL). I am sure I still have to many cloths, but overtime I will start cutting back.

Animals. We have 2 Chessies (80lb dogs) and a cat. Surprising, it still feels very spacious as I write this. The pups have taken over the single bench (not the table bench's) as their 'place', which is fine as they are not under foot. The cat found the space between the bed and the nightstand to call his own. Speaking of the cat, does anyone have recommendations for a litterbox and location? At this stage we are considering letting my sister watch him. However if I can find a place to put a litter box (maybe under the benches?), we might keep him :-)

Wednesday night we leave from Colorado Springs to Charlotte NC. My wife is celebrating her 40th birthday Thursday- so I told her the present is the "adventure". OK- I'll pick her up something good too :-)
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #7
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Well- it has been nearly 1 month since my wife, 2 retrievers, cat, and myself have relocated to the Airstream for full-timing. Surprisingly- we are really loving it. The deletion of monthly home bills is fun.

Its the little things we are learning.
1. Replace the mattress with Sleep Number - NICE!!
2. Sewer Solution - sold at Camping World. No more stinky slinky.
3. Wall mounted shower shampoo, conditioner, soap dispenser
4. LED 40' lights for awning
5. Hardwired the trailer hitch footer, as the fuse kept blowing!
6. Upgraded shower head to Oxygenics - NICE!

Things I "think" I wish we had...
1. 50amp with 2 AC units.
2. Solar / Inverter
3. Still looking for a TV / Internet solution. We put our DirecTV contract on hold, so maybe Dish? I want my HDTV, and there is not an inexpensive RV mobile solution for DirecTV. Maybe internet based TV, but again not a good solution for unlimited mobile internet.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:37 AM   #8
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Yep, you'll find lots of little things that make daily life a bit more organized and, therefore, easier.

And, ain't it grand!

Enjoy and travel safe,


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Old 09-27-2013, 12:04 PM   #9
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My fix for Direct HDTV is just the slimline dish on a tripod. I "shoot" satellites with an installer grade signal meter (Channel master 1004IFD) @ $80. and 30 minutes time.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:23 PM   #10
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How to block out the sun from the fantastic fans

I love our fantastic fans. They can create a cross breeze, and then close when its raining. However my wife works nights and sleeps during the day. So when the fantastic fan vent opens (its a smoked vent), the sun come blaring into the bedroom. How to easily block the block the sun?

WalMart to the rescue again. In the potting section, they sold a 11.5" lightweight Pot Filler (a 3M screen product, that is ~1.5" thick and circular, with dark tint).

This is basically a round 11.5" screen that is thick enough to block out 80% of the sun, yet let air breath. Basically its creates a air filter effect with the fantastic fans. A little piece of adhesive Velcro or double sided tape and bing- you have yourself a professional looking fantastic fan vent shade, which allows air to circulate, and that fits perfectly over the screen on sunny days. If you don't want to use tape, the suction from the fantastic fan holds it in place.

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Garden Genius - Lightweight Pot Filler
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:28 PM   #11
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How to use that Airstream outside outlet

At Lowes we found 2 18' white LED White strips, that can hang on our awning. Now me being a techie, I wanted to turn on the lights from inside the AS. So I found this little device also at Lowes for $16. I mounted the switch with double sides tape under the upper cabinets to the left before you exit the door. Presto, on / off of outside lights!

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Old 11-10-2013, 10:11 PM   #12
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For the past few weeks we have been setup in York, South Carolina. However for Thanksgiving we are heading South to the Florida Keys. As its the Keys, I have heard boon-docking horror stories. Therefore we opted to rent a location for a week at Boyds campground. Personally I am more of the State / National Park camping kinda guy. However in the Keys there just doesn't look like there is a lot of land to camp at!

Let me know what everyone thinks. We are driving down Wednesday before Thanksgiving and staying 7 days.

They have a Navy campground there too for us folks associated with the services- but I have heard hit and miss things about that too.

http://www.boydscampground.com/contact-us.htm
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Living the dream! When you get to the Keys do check out the Navy Key West Campground. Hard to beat for location, facilities and of course reasonable cost. The trick this time of year is getting a spot. You can get on a stand by list if a spot does open up. Catch is if called you have to be able and ready to move in quickly.
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We didn't quite expect to be full-timing so soon, but sometimes life just go along as planned. My job assignment might be ending within the next few weeks, so we are placing our home furniture into a 10x30 storage, as we weren't prepared to give up all of our stuff.

Now I will say- the EB 27FB is perhaps not my first choice for full-timing due to space. Wife, 2 Chessies (retrievers), and myself... we might go mad. Luckily for the first few months we are staying on a large piece of land with hookups. Maybe for the winter we will visit family in Florida.

The hardest thing right now is figuring out what to take for clothes. We have a new TV (Ram 3500 with topper), which will be used to carry gennies, gas, dogs, tools, etc.

A few mods / purchases that I have already made which we are using:
- Dyson Hot / cold fan
- Surgegaurd with box
- Dyson animal vac mounted in rear bedroom below tv
- memory foam topper for bed (maybe need a new mattress)
- flipjack
- shower head oxygenics
- magnetic spice canisters
- universal remote
- dc converters from Target ($30) to power TV, laptop, charge phones, etc
- 5' ladder that folds to 3.5" depth stored in bumper
- Nespresso
- storage bins

Well if anyone has a more tips for packing the EB, send them my way. I am jealous of the folks with the FB and full dressers. Yet I do like our windows. Also I am finding the EB rear cargo door to be a great benefit. great for storage access, cross draft, and letting the outdoors in.

I will be setting up a website over the next few days to document our Airstream Adventures!

Jason
We have been full timers for over a year now and we love it!

One mistake we made was taking too many clothes. Found out that we really like getting away from Texas in the hotter months. So far have spent a few months in Colorado and Montana with visits to Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon along the way.
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