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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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

 

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

 

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.

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How to Setup Camp when Boondocking

 

A Very Trying Day. Where Are We Going to Sleep Tonight?

In today’s video, we leave California and head into Oregon!! We are looking to boondock near-ish Crater Lake. We strike out on our first spot…too sketchy to try the fit the Airstream. So we decide to head North of Crater Lake (another 80 miles) to try a second spot. Little did we know that there was still SNOW there…in June! Our Arizona minds were blown. We eventually decide to head to a National Forest Campground but even that turns out to be more interesting than we expected. In the end, we are safe and sound with a place to lay our heads for a couple of days while we explore Crater Lake but wow….what a day!

Have you had travel days like this? Any advice to us or others out there on travel days? We’d love to hear it!

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Our final spot on Campendium

Trying to Seal Our Leaky Airstream

Our Airstream is leaking!

In this video I reseal a bunch of our windows in order to try and stop the leak. Unfortunately it doesn’t work….. We’re thinking of taking it to professionals to figure out where the leak is through pressurization. If you have any ideas let us know! Luckily the leak isn’t too bad but we have to figure it out…eventually.

 

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We’re Going Camping This Weekend!

One of the things that we are looking forward to the most in our post-retirement lives next year, is that we will be able to move our home where ever we like. We can decide what we will see when we wake up and open the Airstream door. Will it be mountains? A lake? A creek? The middle of the desert with no one within sight? Yes to all of these. While we love living in our Airstream now, and wouldn’t switch back to a sticks and bricks home, we are living a stationary life right now and wake up to the same views and chores each morning. The KOA (Kampgrounds of America) that we are staying at is actually beginning to feel like home. When we had our first move with Steve’s parents a couple of weeks ago it was amazing how just moving to another campground up the street felt like an adventure or a vacation.That got us thinking. Why not spend as many weekends as we can “camping” somewhere new? We had always planned to camp in the future but why not now? Isn’t that one of the golden rules of a happy life, to not put off for tomorrow what you can also enjoy today?Continue Reading

Moving our Tiny Home for the First Time

So if you follow us on social media (specifically Twitter or Instagram) you would have seen us moving our tiny home for the first time this past weekend. We were lucky that Steve’s parents (who were full time RVers for over a decade) volunteered to come down to Tucson and help us work through our checklists and relieve our minds.  Honestly we weren’t too worried about most of the moving process, except for hitching and unhitching the Airstream from the truck, but they caught a number of things that we either didn’t think of or weren’t doing quite right. Nothing that would have ruined our move, but things that would have been seriously annoying.

We hitched up Charlie to Clifford Friday morning and drove about 10-15 minutes down the road to another full-service campground where we unhitched and setup at our new home base. Then on Sunday morning we did it all again (this time with a much better checklist and with Steve’s parents looking on but not participating) and moved back to our original campground but to a new shady spot (just in time for our 1st forecasted 100+ degree day this weekend). While not relaxing, the weekend certainly was not stressful and in fact I think overall it was exciting. It showed we can do this and soon we WILL be doing this whenever we want. Now the hardest thing is to stay put for the rest of the year. You can be sure that on any upcoming weekend that is cool enough we will be out boondocking somewhere in Southern AZ, just because we can and now we know how.

I hope you enjoy our video montage of our move!!