Tuesday Talk – Maneuvering in Tight Spots with an Airstream or RV

This week we are answering a request by a viewer to talk about tips and tricks for maneuvering into a tight spot with our Airstream. Our number 1 tip is to practice. The very first thing we did when we picked up our Airstream was to find an empty parking lot on the way home and practice backing into spots. This was good for Steve to learn which way to turn the wheel in order to achieve certain results. It was also good for Courtney to understand how much time she needs to give Steve to have the turn completed correctly. Even with this practice we still made plenty of mistakes once we hit the road.

Remember to get out and look at the spot you are pulling into. Check for trees, rocks, where to power outlets are etc. Figure out a plan of attack and discuss it with your partner. If you have a spotter like Steve has Courtney make sure to communicate hand signals etc so that you understand each other. Walk talkies can also help. The number one thing to remember when working together in tight spots is that neither person is trying to make the other look like a fool. Sometimes it gets very frustrating and embarrassing but you are both doing your best and stick with it. This has saved us from many a fight over frustration.

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

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Heading South for the Winter & 3 Camp Spots in 3 Days

In today’s video, we leave the Pony Express in Salt Lake City after a lovely anniversary meal out and start really heading south for the winter. We overnight at the Fillmore KOA before arriving at a boondocking spot in Virgin Utah outside of Zion National Park. We’re happy to be back in the desert which we both love and look forward to some more explorations in this area over the next week.

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Eva Salt Lake City
Pony Express Campground
Fillmore KOA
Virgin Utah Boondocking

 

Campground Culture Shock After Boondocking Plus Courtney’s San Diego Trip

In today’s video, Steve shows you around the Pony Express Campground in Salt Lake City. He talks about the amenities and the culture shock involved in going from boondocking in the wilderness to an RV Resort next to a highway. Then Courtney gets home from her girls’ weekend in San Diego and shares some of her adventures too!

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Pony Express Campground

 

How We Vlog & the Editing Process

In today’s video, Steve is on his own while Courtney is away so he sits down to chat about video and his editing process. He mentions his setup and his editing software which is Adobe Premiere. He shows a brief example of how he uses Premiere to edit a vlog and he talks tips on shooting better video. Did you like this? Would you like more in-depth videos about vlogging, photo editing, video editing, etc? Let us know in the comments below!

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Adobe Premiere

 

How To Work Full Time In An RV While Traveling

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Work Full Time In An RV While Traveling. We will not be discussing how to find a mobile full-time job in this video, instead, we’ll talk about what you can do to make having a mobile job work from a traveling RV/Airstream.

The first major consideration is Internet since most mobile jobs will be internet dependent. We did a lot of research and decided to purchase a grandfathered Unlimited Verizon Plan from eBay. While this cost us money up front we now pay $70 for unlimited data. Once you have a way of getting internet while on the road the next step is camping where you have a signal. We use Campendium to find the best camping spots (both campgrounds and boondocking) with good Verizon signal so that we can stay connected. However, sometimes you can’t get the best signal. That is why we recommend a cell booster so that 1-2 bars 3G can be boosted up to 1-2 bars 4G. While it can’t make a signal from nothing it can certainly help make an unusable signal usable.

Once your internet requirements are out of the way the next things to think about are a comfortable workspace and a schedule. Steve worked full-time from the Airstream dinette for months but it was very comfortable or conducive to a good workday. So we tore it out and put in a nice desk with plenty of room for his laptops and monitor. We also got him a comfortable work chair. All this has made his workday better. A schedule is also a big issue with working from home, especially when traveling. We recommend trying to set up a schedule that works for you and your lifestyle (if it’s not already set by your company) and sticking to it as best you can.

This week’s links:
Our Unlimited Data Plan
Campendium
Our Cell Booster
Our Desk Install

 

Tuesday Talk – Dealing with Campground Restrictions

This week we are discussing campground restrictions and whether we’ve ever had problems with them. We like to boondock as much as possible but sometimes we need to stay at commercial campgrounds. One thing to keep in mind with any campground is to look into their restrictions and rules. Some campgrounds have rules about the max age a rig can be, or a minimum age of someone in your party (55+ campgrounds) or how many dogs you can bring in, or even breed restrictions. We have luckily never had an issue with any campground we’ve stayed in but it’s important you understand the rules before booking a reservation! Have you ever had issues with a campground and specific restrictions?

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

 

Close to Nature in Idaho, Delicious Mangos & Arriving in Utah

In today’s video, we finish up our time at Jefferson County Lake in Idaho. A bald eagle comes by to hang out on our last day which had us out with our binoculars for quite a while. We then cook up one last summer tropical hoorah with our Mango Cauliflower dinner before hitting the road down to Salt Lake City.

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Jefferson County Lake
Pony Express Campground

 

Jefferson County Lake One Last Time & Checking Out a 2017 Airstream Bambi

In today’s video, we leave Montana and Horse Prarie Campground to head back into Idaho and one of our favorites, Jefferson County Lake. It’s the last week Jefferson County Lake is open and we had to take advantage of another 5 days on the lake with 50amp and water for $15 a night. While we were there we met up with some friends who just purchased a new to them 2017 Airstream Bambi 16′. We take you along as they show off their new home-away-from-home.

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Horse Prarie Campground
Jefferson County Lake

 

Snow on the Airstream & Bannack State Park

In today’s video, we leave Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park and head 2 hours southwest to the Clark Canyon Reservoir and a free campground! Seeing as we’re now in the off-season and we were there during a snow storm we got the whole campground to ourselves! The snow was never that bad at our elevation so we decided to checkout Bannack State Park which is a Ghost Town not too far away. It was really interesting to go through buildings and cabins built in the 1800s and get to see a snapshot of what living in a Montana Gold Rush town was like.

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Horse Prarie Campground
Bannack State Park

 

How To Setup Camp At A Full Hookup Campground

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Setup Camp At A Full Hookup Campground. We’ve done a video about setting up camp while boondocking but thought we should show how to set up camp when we have full hookups as well. We apologize for any noise in this video, the campground is right by the highway. Once you check in at the front office of the campground and find your assigned spot the first step is pulling into the spot. You need to make sure that all your hoses and cords are going to reach to the water, sewer, and electric. You may also want to check that your door won’t hit a tree or that you can open any awnings you would like to.

Once your RV or Airstream is situated its time to level side to side using blocks and chock the other wheels to ensure you are secure. Then it’s time to unhitch if you have a travel trailer of 5th wheel. Now level front to back using the tongue jack. Now that the trailer is nice and level we can put the stabilizers down to keep it from feeling like we’re rocking side to side when walking around inside.

Now it’s time for the hookups. You can do these in any order but we prefer plugging into electric first, especially on hot days, to get the A/C going. So we plug-in electric, then water and the sewer. Lastly, it’s time to set up the fun stuff like the awnings, chairs, grills, etc.

This week’s links:
How to Setup Camp when Boondocking