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

Shop AMAZON (affiliate): http://amzn.to/2isnFtq

BLOG: http://astreaminlife.com/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/astreaminlife/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AStreaminLife
ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FullTimeExplorers
CONTACT: courtney@astreaminlife.com

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

 

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

 

Tuesday Talk – Our Top Three Renovations for Boondocking

This week we are talking about our top 3 renovations we’ve made to our Airstream for boondocking or free camping in the wilderness. The first major renovation/upgrade we did was solar. Solar power while not necessarily cost-effective when compared to using a generator is much more convenient in our opinion and makes our power a passive process when we’re out in the wilderness. Our 2nd major renovation is our composting toilet. The composting toilet has eliminated the need for our black tank which allows us to double our gray water storage. It also means we don’t waste any of our fresh water on a toilet which allows us to stay out longer. The third renovation we’ve made for boondocking is installing the propane line and our catalytic heater. The catalytic heater allows us to keep the Airstream nice and toasty even in freezing temperatures without using ANY power and only a trickle of propane compared to a typical furnace. We even give you another gadget we love for boondocking, our Valterra shutoff valve which allows us to combine our gray and black tanks. So really it’s 3.5 things!

Links this week:
Our Solar Show & Tell
Installing Our Composting Toilet
Natures Head Composting Toilet (affiliate link)
Installing our Catalytic Heater
Olympian Catalytic Heater (affiliate link)
How to Combine Waste Tanks
Valterra Waste Valve (affiliate link)

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

 

How To Find the Best Hikes Wherever You Travel

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 Find the Best Hikes Wherever You Travel. One of our favorite outdoor activities, as we travel around the US in our Airstream, is to go hiking to fabulous photography spots. We’ve had a number of people ask us how we find our hikes when we are in a brand new area. This is how.

1) Google the area’s hikes. A lot of locals will have private blog entries or websites about what they consider the best hikes in the area and why. They may also have different favorites based on the season.

2) Alltrails. We used the free AllTrails website for years to find the best hikes. People can rate them right on the website and you can sort them by highest rating. We decided to upgrade to AllTrails Pro when we hit the road so we could download the gpx tracks for the hikes we are interested in and open them on Gaia GPS on our phones. This way we never have to worry about getting off trail or not having a cell signal.

3) Ask rangers in the National Forest or National Park. Rangers often know the best hikes for the time of year, or the people you are with, or the animals you want to see. They are a great source of information.

4) If you see a hike mentioned somewhere that is interesting make sure to write it down and save it off. We use a personalized Google Map for this and whenever someone recommends a hike in a comment or a video we save off the information for the next time we are in the area.

This week’s links:
AllTrails
Gaia GPS

 

Tuesday Talk – Our Favorite Airstream Meals

This week we are answering another question from a viewer about what our favorite Airstream meals are. In truth, we feel you can make almost anything you want in an Airstream or RV so our meals haven’t changed a whole lot since we moved out of our house. Our go-to easy travel meals are nachos and tacos and we have them a lot but we also have Mexican hashbrowns, quinoa, stuffed peppers, orange sauce, stir-frys, fried rice and more. We try to stick to a “capsule” kitchen idea where most of the recipes use a lot of the same ingredients so we always have options. We also try not to waste water or dishes and therefore will eat of prep bowls or even the pot!

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

 

How To Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping

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 Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping. We did a video a couple of weeks ago about How to Find Free Camping and mentioned we have created our own Google Map to keep track of good boondocking locations. A few viewers asked for a tutorial so here it is.

The first step is to sign into a Google Account since that is where the map will be saved. Then go to Google maps and click on the menu, then My Places and finally My Maps. At the bottom click the link for Create Map. From there you can name the map, name layers and add new pins for camping locations. Don’t forget to personalize the icon and color and fill in a title and description too. Once there you can open your new map on any device with google maps, including a smart phone, and use it to direct you to all the cool spots you’ve saved!

This week’s links:
How to Find Free Camping
Google Maps
Campendium

 

How To Keep Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness

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 Keep Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness. We try to boondock or camp in the wilderness without hookups as much as we can. We’ve learned that this can mean a very messy Airstream home between us and our dogs. We’ve worked out a method and some tips and tricks that work for us. Keeping the Airstream clean on the inside means taking some preventative measures on the outside. We highly recommend an outdoor area rug right outside your RV door to prevent tracking in mud or dirt. We also have a mat right inside the Airstream to wipe feet on as well. It is also useful to get or make a portable sprayer to spray down muddy feet or animal paws outside on the area rug before stepping inside.

Once inside it’s important to have someplace close to the door to store shoes so that they aren’t worn too far into the RV. We also recommend changing out any carpeting in the entry area as it is hard to clean. We switched ours out to a vinyl plank flooring which is so much easier. We vacuum and Swiffer it every day or two to keep everything nice and clean. A few other tips involve watching for dusty days and dirt coming in the windows, making our own cleaner and covering upholstery with blankets that we can wash instead of having to deal with the upholstery itself.

This week’s links:
Outdoor Rug (Amazon affiliate)
Outdoor Portable Sprayer (Amazon affiliate)

 

Tuesday Talk – Tires, What We Have on our Airstream & Why They Are So Important

This week we’re answering a question from a viewer about tires. We talk about how your tires are one of your most important safety features on both your tow vehicle and your rig. We explain what tires we have on both our Ram 2500 and our Airstream and Steve talks through the stats. We had a major blowout on the truck earlier this year and are very lucky that we were injured in the process. Please check your tires often!

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