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Old 05-31-2020, 01:28 PM   #1
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New guy with storage questions

So we just got our first airstream (Basecamp x ), first trailer actually - picked it up Thursday and went straight to a state park. We absolutely loved it - we just got home and our driveway is at an 10.5 degree angle. We are trying to make sure storing it in our driveway is safe and wonít hurt the airstream. We obviously have the wheel chocks and then put the jack on at an angle to make it parallel to the ground. I did the best I could to search for an answer, and I think as long as the trailer is at the same angle as driveway vs. level it should be ok?
Just looking for guidance or suggestions from the experts?
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:13 PM   #2
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Congrats on your first AS and welcome to the forum.

To better answer to your questions it would be very helpful if you could post some pictures.

Are the wheel chocks rubber or plastic (do they "grip" the drive way surface). Some plastic ones are hard and can slide on black top or concrete.

And generally speaking keeping the AS fairly close to level would be best.

I'm not an expert on much of anything but those are my thoughts!
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:20 PM   #3
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We park ours so that it is level. We find that we are always in it while it is parked. Usually working on something or stocking it up. If the floor is not level, it becomes a bit of a chore to work inside it. I guess we are just getting old

Not too sure what the official recommendation is while parked, but I would think that if you wanted to run some of the systems, such as the water, it would be better level.
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:50 PM   #4
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Congrats on your first AS and welcome to the forum.

To better answer to your questions it would be very helpful if you could post some pictures.

Are the wheel chocks rubber or plastic (do they "grip" the drive way surface). Some plastic ones are hard and can slide on black top or concrete.

And generally speaking keeping the AS fairly close to level would be best.

I'm not an expert on much of anything but those are my thoughts!
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:59 PM   #5
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Ok hope this works!
Appreciate the replies , the whole family is loving it!
The chocks are plastic but grooved- next time we hookup Iíll swap out for rubber unless you see pick and think more urgent
Just want to make sure I am not inadvertently doing something irresponsible or damaging to base amp
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:59 PM   #6
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If you're handy you could make a beveled block for the tongue so you don't have to extend the jack as much. I'd park with the rear high (I assume back in) so the rear door is lower.
I like level so you can hang out in it and feel normal.
Regardless, make sure the wheels are chocked well.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:17 AM   #7
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My husband made a mini pallet for the tongue and that keeps our Airstream level when it needs to be. We store at a storage place which is leveled, but sometimes when camping the ground isn't level, so with his pallet and square cinder blocks, we always level it at the tongue. Sorry I don't have pictures, but think of a pallet that you see at BJ's or Sam's club, and miniature it down to where it is portable, and you'll get the idea.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:30 AM   #8
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Welcome and get ready of years of enjoyment this Airstream and the others you will migrate to. Level as best you can with whatever is avail.
And make sure your wheels are locked so it won't run out into the street like mine did.
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I dont see any issue with parking it in your photo as long as your wheels are good. You should level it though if you plan on running the fridge for any length of time. Enjoy
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IMHO chock the wheels (Rubber Chocks) use wood block under the jack so you don't over extend it (level the trailer)

I would suggest removing the safety chains and using a Hitch Lock/Vault so it can't the hi-jacked (only takes about 15 seconds - read my Article on Security

www.marriedwithairstream.com/security-from-theft/
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Harbor Freight has some great rubber wheel chocks. While you are in there, if they got the rubber gloves back in stock, they sell some extra thick ones that are good for dealing with the sewer hose.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:50 AM   #12
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Refrigerator Issue

I would say it all looks safe and parked well.
I would recommend you get very close to level if you plan to run your refrigerator while sitting there or even the night before you leave for a trip. We like to cool ours down the day/night before we leave to give it a good cool down while itís plugged in before taking off and running on propane while on the road or boon-docking.
Enjoy your new AS!
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:55 AM   #13
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After reading the other comments closer, what I should have said is;

RUCOS is right! What he said ��
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My AS is stored in a “well-protected” storage facility and like the others who replied, I use a coupler lock, wheel lock, and a coupler latch lock. I also purchased a Trak-4 GPS unit and set a geo-zone so I know if it leaves the lot and I can track it’s movement. Overboard? Yes. But considering the AS was my most expensive purchase after my house, I feel all the precautions are warranted. Especially since a car was stolen from the lot last year. For your situation with the steep driveway, I agree with the other comment about the wheel lock - harder to steal if it doesn’t roll. And just for extra measure, I also have a propane tank lock, battery box lock, and a rear bumper lock. The very nice SOB next to me just uses a coupler latch lock and I shake my head every time I see it...
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Thank you all

This info is all super helpful! Appreciate the advice and suggestions
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