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Old 07-29-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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Woot!! so excited> we are picking up our EB tomorrow... nicknaming it "The Cabin" . This is our first Airstream and any helpful hints would be appreciated!!
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Woot!! so excited> we are picking up our EB tomorrow... nicknaming it "The Cabin" . This is our first Airstream and any helpful hints would be appreciated!!
Welcome!

Are you new to RVing? Or just to AS.

The EB is a unique AS - you should really enjoy the flexibility and open feeling when the back door is open.

We have really enjoyed the fellow Airstreamers we have met over the years and the freedom that our AS allows us to see the country, or a quick weekend get away.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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Welcome, yea for you, enjoy the Cabin, sounds like a beauty.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #4
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Be VERY choosy about what you carry for cookware/cooking. The kitchen cabinets are small and awkward for anything big like a stew pot or pressure cooker. With virtually no counter space, you'll find it hard to have any countertop appliances like a toaster or coffee maker. Think essentials and go for multipurpose tools.

Do you have the oven or the microwave/convection oven combo?

Have you figured out a cool way to screen in the "back porch"?

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Old 07-30-2013, 05:58 AM   #5
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Read up about weight distributing hitches. The dealer I bought mine didn't sell Reese hitches so I had to buy one online and install it myself on the dealer lot.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:20 AM   #6
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Read the forums

Here is my tip as I am also a newbie. Spend a considerable amount of time browsing this forum. I learned a whole lot before I picked up our AS and I am still learning a lot. For example, how was I to know there is a power transfer switch on the AC shorepower connections, which has had some problems? I saw nothing in the manual about this piece of equipment, or I did not pay attention to it. I also made a decision on my WD hitch after extensive study on the forum.
Unfortunately, this will also provoke some modifications that you will want to make, but that is the nature of ownership, I think. Welcome!
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:48 AM   #7
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I was a newbie a year and a half ago. My tips are all things I either figured out on my own, or things someone told me either before or (usually) after I messed up:

1 - Don't be afraid to make a mistake. Most mistakes are survivable, and make for good stories around the campfire when the embarassment has worn off.

2 - Make your first camping trip close to home, so if you forget something important, you don't have far to go to fetch it.

3 - Also for your first camping trip, go someplace with full hookups (including sewer). That way, you don't have to hold up the line at the dump station while you figure out how to dump the waste tanks without making a mess. Remember that scene in Robin Williams's movie "RV".

4 - Take only the basics (clothes, cookware, food, first aid kit, essential tools and safety gear) the first time. Then, whenever you say, "Gee, I wish I had…" add that item for the next trip. And conversely, if there's anything you carry along on two consecutive trips without using, leave it at home the next time because you obviously don't really need it after all.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:21 PM   #8
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congrats on your purchase!

My wife and I purchased an Eddie Bauer 27' a few weeks ago. We love the versatility. Plus our 2 retrievers love it too

The previous owner threw in 2 Honda 2000 gennies, an Equilizer distro hitch, and other goodies. I have already added a flipjack, 5' ladder that fits in bumper (from camping world, folds into 3.5" square, 30 amp surge guard, tool bag with tools and rivitng set, dyson hot cool fan, dyson battery vac......

well you get the point. we are preparing for a 4 month long journey from Colorado to Carolina to florida.
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My wife and I purchased an Eddie Bauer 27' a few weeks ago. We love the versatility. Plus our 2 retrievers love it too
As do ours .... http://mackenzi.net/blog/wp-content/...2/11/photo.jpg
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:33 PM   #10
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get ready to offer tours if you go to a crowded campground. I'm in Virginia Beach where half of the French speaking Canadians come to vacation in August. They are nice people but I've had visitors every day wanting to see the EB.

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how was I to know there is a power transfer switch on the AC shorepower connections, which has had some problems?
Uh-oh, didn't know about this. Got a link?

I was reading that the battery charger (120V AC to 14V DC) being single stage and cooking batteries by overcharging them. What fixes this is an upgrading to a multi-stage battery charger. Is this the same issue or is there another issue?

I would like to continue comparing notes. Mine are on google docs...

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing
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I also have a 2012 1/2 EB. The transfer switch went out the first night we camped in the trailer. I also did not know what had happened when we lost power in the trailer. I could have move the shore power to the front and was told later that would have reset my power. It is behind the main power panel. The dealer ordered a new one and we have not had any trouble since.

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Auto transfer issues

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/...cle-98059.html

And this one
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449...r-93065-4.html

Have fun with your hatchback, , ,
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Oh funny! I hit this twice. Had no idea what was going on. I moved the cable to the front and all was good. Moved the cable back to the back and it most have switched back so I shrugged it off and finished setting up camp.
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