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Old 03-30-2006, 09:36 AM   #21
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Maurice, my unit takes a 13/16" lug wrench. I personally reccommend a 4 way, NON-CHROME wrench. The 4-way for better leverage, non-chrome, because the chrome will rust and start to peel off, leaving sharp edges and causing very nasty lacerations to your hands when spinning the wrench. Ask me how I know about the lacerations...
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:39 PM   #23
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I am contemplating purchasing either a 19' Bambi Safari, a 22' Safari or a 23' Safari. I will primarily use it for camping with minimal hookups, and plan on alot of backroad travel. I have a full size SUV for towing. Primarily one person, but on occasion maybe two. The typical trip length woud be two-four weeks, twice a year. Probably will purchase a new one. Any advice from users would be appreciated. Thanks
Jim, if you're boondocking quite a bit, and need to keep your batteries charged, consider a solar array:

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Advice for new Airstream purchaser?
I am contemplating purchasing either a 19' Bambi Safari, a 22' Safari or a 23' Safari. I will primarily use it for camping with minimal hookups, and plan on alot of backroad travel. I have a full size SUV for towing. Primarily one person, but on occasion maybe two. The typical trip length woud be two-four weeks, twice a year. Probably will purchase a new one. Any advice from users would be appreciated. Thanks

Wife and I, and 45 lb dog use our 19' Bambi. We've done 5 days without hookups, and with limited sun to recharge the battery with the OEM solar panel. Works pretty well. We conserve, of course. And I carry extra water, since we can go thru one tank of water before filling the waste tanks. We drink from water containers in the back of the truck, not from bambi. Do some hand wash and dish wash there too. I bet we could go 6 or 7 days without having to dump the tanks.

As for size, the 19 is just fine for us. Our bambi has a shower stall and is not a wet bath -- I like that. When I'm out by myself, the space seems totally comfortable. For two of us, we have very few space complaints.

The 19' size is real easy to tow and park. No desire (yet) to move "up". Good luck and have fun! And, do get solar.
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:55 PM   #25
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Still - this is a great "Thread" even if it "bumps" other threads with the same info!
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:46 AM   #26
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This is great! I'm just bringing home my new (to me) AS and wondered about a check list. How do you ever actually get on the road with so much to do?
What do you do about ants (prevention)?
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:40 PM   #27
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Items for new trailer and a question

A few other items my wife and I have acquired for our new Airstream:
Small dish strainer (available at WalMart)
Extra toilet paper and toilet chemicals (also at WalMart)
Dishwashing sponge and/or brush
Plates, bowls, silverware, cooking utensils
Salt, pepper and commonly used spices
Fry pan, sauce pan, baking pan
Leveling blocks and tire chocks
Folding chairs and small table for use under awning
Wine opener, wine glasses, other accessories

Question: can anyone recommend how to store dishes and glassware so it doesn't end up flying around and broken? We're putting in sticky shelf liner material but aren't sure about storage of glass plates, bowls, etc. Any advice for a new Airstreamer?
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:59 PM   #28
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I am about to get the Airstream here in a couple or so more days and i am wondering what would i need.Also what is recomended by all of you who use these products.Such as...Dumping pipes,water hose,Surge protector,Leveling blocks or wheel stops,Awning clamps.etc,etc,etc.
I have been seaching like crazy but i just cant find everything being that there is so much information out there.Any help is greatly appreciated.Thank You.
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We just got our new 16' Sport not too long ago and it came with everything we needed: sewer hose, water hose, etc. Not sure if this is standard or an extra from the dealer. Have fun with your new Airstream!
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This is great! I'm just bringing home my new (to me) AS and wondered about a check list. How do you ever actually get on the road with so much to do?
What do you do about ants (prevention)?
Throw a sacrificial Oreo under the trailer once a week. More often if there are lots of squirrels.

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Question: can anyone recommend how to store dishes and glassware so it doesn't end up flying around and broken? We're putting in sticky shelf liner material but aren't sure about storage of glass plates, bowls, etc. Any advice for a new Airstreamer?

We carry our wine glasses and other breakables in the cardboard boxes they came in. BTW, what is a dish strainer?
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Throw a sacrificial Oreo under the trailer once a week. More often if there are lots of squirrels.
Wouldn't be better to throw it away from the trailer, instead of under it?
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Glass, loose items, all need some security. I use cloth towels and try to have them placed so as to inhibit the movement of plates, bowls, cups, etc. a heavy clean bath towel works. On the counter tops, I have used a strap secured at each end. Then I am able to leave the espresso machine on the counter when traveling.
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Glass, loose items, all need some security.
athletic socks make great protectors for glasses, bottles, and jars. Slip each item into its own sock top-first so the items are still standing on their own bases and will still stand upright.
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:28 PM   #34
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I agree with Protagonist on the athletic socks. Every night, I do dishes and let them drain (in the dish strainer), then simply remove my socks and cover the glasses with them before putting them away. Most of my socks stand on their own without having to worry about using the base of the actual dishware, but I think it's a good approach, regardless.

When I get up in the morning and grab an OJ glass, it's nice to have the sock handy to strain the pulp, then straight into the laundry it goes!

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I agree with Protagonist on the athletic socks. Every night, I do dishes and let them drain (in the dish strainer), then simply remove my socks and cover the glasses with them before putting them away. Most of my socks stand on their own without having to worry about using the base of the actual dishware, but I think it's a good approach, regardless.

When I get up in the morning and grab an OJ glass, it's nice to have the sock handy to strain the pulp, then straight into the laundry it goes!

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To each his own I pad my glassware with clean socks.

Actually, I learned that sock-over-glassware trick from a professional mover who helped us pack when we moved to a new home back when I was a kid. I haven't personally used that trick while camping, because all of my camping glassware is plastic.

Great thing about that trick, if you do happen to break any glassware, it's all contained in the sock, and you can throw away sock and all with fewer worries about getting cut on broken glass.
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We use 1/4 inch sew foam for anything delicate/fragile ie coffee pot carafe, toaster oven, & induction cook top....everything else breakable we leave home. Keep a piece under sofa cushions for contingencies.

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....head snapping and mouth open....did someone say induction cooktop? I hadn't even thought about putting one of those on my wish list. How much power do they pull and can you run on a generator?
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....head snapping and mouth open....did someone say induction cooktop? I hadn't even thought about putting one of those on my wish list. How much power do they pull and can you run on a generator?
Gosh, isn't this what one has in their Prevost?
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