How To Combine Gray & Black Waste Tanks in an RV & Why You Want To

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 Combine Gray & Black Waste Tanks in an RV & Why You Want To. There are two main ways to combine tanks. The first is to actually get a new combined tank and the second is to get a valve like the Valterra Valve which allows you to close off the sewer connection and let the existing tanks equalize. Obviously having more gray water storage is a huge help when trying to extend time boondocking without having to go into town to dump tanks.

If you have a composting toilet like we do, and no longer have sewage in your RV then combining tanks is a no-brainer. However, even if you still have a typical RV toilet combining tanks can still benefit you as well. If your black tank doesn’t fill near as quick as you gray tank you can allow some of the gray water to fill the black tank and again extend your gray tank life. This also has the added benefit of cleaning the black tank. Win Win.

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Tuesday Talk – We Love Propane, What We Use it for & How Much We Use & Spend

This week we’re answering a question from a viewer regarding propane. We absolutely love Propane and use it as our main source of heat/power for everything we can. In this video, we discuss what we use propane for, why we love it so much, how much we use and what it costs.

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.

 

Arriving on the Oregon Coast in Florence

In today’s video, we spend our first night free Casino camping at the Three Rivers Casino before heading to a rental home to meet up with our families on the Coast. Steve did an AMAZING job parking the Airstream on the very steep driveway and we can hear the ocean from inside. Meanwhile more hitch receiver issues and a quick tour of the rental home we’re staying in with the family. Finally, we do a little bit of sightseeing at the Heceta Lighthouse and running on the beach. More exploring the coast coming soon.

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Three Rivers Casino Free Camping
Heceta Light House

 

So Many Waterfalls & Last Night in Bend

In today’s video, we take McKenzie Pass Highway through a bunch of lava rock to go and see some waterfall not far from the Sisters. The first waterfall hike was Proxy Falls, which is our absolute favorite falls hike we’ve ever seen. The Lower Falls was AMAZING! We highly recommend it! We then stop and see Sahalie Falls which was roaring and took the quick walk down to Koosah Falls as well. We love waterfalls! Lastly, we share our last night in Bend before we head West towards the Coast.

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Proxy Falls
Sahalie & Koosah Falls

 

How To Fit an Entire Wardrobe in an RV/Airstream

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 Fit an Entire Wardrobe in an RV/Airstream. We live full-time all year in our Airstream and travel around the country encountering freezing temperatures and temperatures as high as 100. This means we need our entire wardrobe with us. In this video, I show how many clothes I own in my tiny home and how I manage to store them all so I have easy access when needed. The major tip is to stack clothing storage containers so you can easily get to the things at the bottom without disturbing the top. In other words, use your vertical space as much as possible since there tends to be more of that.

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Tuesday Talk – Our Power Usage/ Strategy While Boondocking

This week we’re answering a question from a past video. “Have we used our generator? Every morning for appliances? 12v appliances? Hows solar?” So, in general, we answer what is our strategy for power while boondocking and how is our solar system and generator working out for us.

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Steelhead Falls and Smith Rock State Park

In today’s video, we take a day trip to Terrebonne Oregon. First stop is the hike to Steelhead Falls which was lovely and very secluded. Steve made some great waterfall photography and shares some tips on how to photograph waterfalls. The next stop is Smith Rock State Park where we hike Misery Ridge and walk along the River Trail. The rock formations were awesome!

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Steelhead Falls
Smith Rock State Park

 

Exploring Bend Oregon & Getting Mountain Bikes

In today’s video, we explore Bend Oregon which is a beautiful city and walk one of the parks along the Deschutes River. We take care of poor Penny who gets an injury while running around before we head back into town to get some new to us mountain bikes at a used bike shop. We really liked the people at GearFix if you are ever in the Bend area and need any used outdoor equipment or any work done on your bike or climbing gear. Lastly, we share the adventure we had with an unexpected and unwanted visitor in the Airstream. Yuck!

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How To Get A Good Nights Sleep in an RV No Matter Where You Are

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 Get A Good Nights Sleep in an RV No Matter Where You Are. We’ve been living and sleeping in our Airstream for over a year now and we have some tips on how to ensure the best night’s sleep whether at a campground, boondocking in the woods, or beside a semi in a Walmart parking lot. Make sure to set and follow a relaxing routine in your RV (similar to what you would do in a house). Ensure your bed is comfortable and your sheets and comforter appropriate for the season. Keep the RV at the right temperature and level of darkness for sweet dreams and think about using a noise generator every night to maintain consistency and block out any new noises.

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Mattress Pad (Amazon affiliate)
Flannel Sheets (Amazon affiliate)
Down Comforter (Amazon affiliate)
Reflectix (Amazon affiliate)