I'LL TRY TO KEEP THIS TO DESIGN BUT I HAVE SEVERAL COMMENTS FOR THE HUMANS TOO.
: Dude--slow down for the "dip" signs on secondary roads.
2. DOOR LOCK
: After some 126 open and closes of the rarest Airstream Lockset and door handle (the H-20) during the first two hours that is, even my 4 year old learned how to not make daddy freak out, yell, or cringe every time! And once i realized that my wife and
kids were opening and closing it more gentle than me--I knew we were good. I know that I'm way anal on this but for any of you who have searched for parts, installed them and rebuilt the door from the ground up--you know what I mean!
3. SINK DRAIN with no STINKY SLINKY
: I really hated the slow flow of the discharge on the grey water hose adapter i have it reduced down too. In the driveway it drains just fine. Hooked up via a sewer adapter at a campground it is way slow. I"m thinking it might be something with improper venting on the camp side? It's you not me right? I just didn't want to install a giant fitting at the end of my pipe to accept a big slinking stinky hose since I'm not using a toilet. I gotta figure out something different.
4. PENDELTON BLANKETS
: Nice and cozy in the Bubble Bungalo. We found a brand new/vintage design in the arts and craft end of things from the Oregon mill.
5. MANUALS and test light:
I took all my appliance manuals just in case but i forgot one important item--well at least 2. On my way--I lost my running lights? It was daylight so no big deal--turn signals and brake lights were all good on the trailer--but dude--I had all this working for all my in-town test rides and everything. So I drove the rest of the way with that sinking feeling (do i have to cut into this trailer belly to track this down again?) I waited till I got home to save face with the family and quickly figured out with the 12 volt
test light (which i forgot to include in the trailer tool box) and by running a jumper line from my battery to the junction box again --that the problem was on the Honda end. I don't know why I was happy with that but I was. I re-read the Honda install pages that I had memorized 3 months ago and seemingly forgot that there are two
7.5 fuses for the harness. I forgot about the one up front. I was so glad to see a burnt fuse. all is good again--except the fact that I don't know why the fuse did its job in the first place.
6. TOW VEHICLE AND A 16 FOOT TRAILER
: I really kind of liked passing 5th wheels and their smoking mammoths up the steeper hills crossing the coastal mountains. The Honda pulls the Bubble with no problem at all although fuel economy dose drop from it's usual 23-25 mpg.
7. KIDS, smores AND MATH
: If you take enough Hershey's and marshmallows my 9 year old will calculate how many smores each member of the family can have per sitting including breakfast.
8. NO SMURF BLUE CAMP RUGs
: We really liked having a rug under the door outside but we'll have to find another one for when we camp in rainy weather. Do you all know a good place to get one that has more style than the ugly smurf Blue, green astro turf, or camo gear ones that the rv places sell. We took a cool retro cotton loop rug but it won't be good when the rain comes.
9. THE SPACE STATION:
My wife and I realized that how you pack really doesn't mean you'll utilize the space wisely once you're actually camping. Especially when the clothes start flying off--the kids especially, when you cook instead of just eating out of boxes, or various items are hard to get to like tooth brushes or towels---We learned that we want to spend some time figure out how to make the Bubble more "Space Station" ready.
10. AIRSTREAMS STILL ARE THE COOLEST THINGS IN THE CAMPGROUND
. The bubble is similar to my vintage volvo--they just seem to make people smile--that's kind of fun.
I call it a success----------we had a good time, saw some beautiful places and enjoyed our time----cheers friends--ted