How To Be The Best RV Co-Pilot

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 Be The Best RV Co-Pilot. If you missed it last week, make sure to check out How to Be the Best RV Driver.

If you are lucky enough to have an RV Co-Pilot and the Driver doesn’t have to do all of these things themselves these are the roles we think an RV Co-Pilot should take on. Number 1 the RV Co-Pilot should be the planner. They should plan or help plan the route and keep track of all the stops along the way including gas stations and rest-stops. They should also be aware at all times so they can support the Driver who is trying to get them wherever they are going safely. This means anticipating the Driver’s needs and staying alert to help in any unexpected situations. Lastly, a good RV Co-Pilot is often the spotter as well at campgrounds or in tight gas stations. They get out of the rig and help the Driver maneuver when necessary.

 

How To Plan The Best Driving Route For Your RV

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 Plan The Best Driving Route For Your RV or Airstream. The first step in planning your route is figuring out your starting point and ending point. We try to limit our travel days to about 3 hours and plan accordingly. Meanwhile, remember that when driving an RV you tend not to go the speed limit on some roads, therefore make sure to expand your time estimate based on this.

The second step is using a GPS or map to figure out your route. We use Google Maps to start. Once we see the route it plans we check AllStays to ensure that the route looks good in terms of road restrictions, low bridges, and road grades. We will also google the route if it looks particularly curvy or we have any questions. In general truck routes are okay.

Once we have the route planned we use AllStays and the RestStops app to find our planned stops along that route. We aim for 1 stop every 1-2 hours depending on how we are feeling. Not all Rest stops have truck parking so make sure to check ahead. If we need to find diesel on our route we will use AllStays to find gas stations with RV lanes or at least truck parking and an RV dump (this implies they are big rig friendly). If we don’t have the Airstream attached we use GasBuddy to find the best prices.

A last note, remember to plan WHEN you are going too. Avoiding rush hour in cities when you are able makes for a much nicer driving day.

This week’s links:
Google Maps
AllStays
Rest Stops App
Gas Buddy

 

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

 

Airstream Life – Our Oregon Solar Install Trip – Part 1

We’re on our way to AM Solar in Oregon to get our solar installed! Join us as we drive all the way from Tucson AZ to Springfield OR all 1500 miles in 3 days. We learn some lessons along the way too…like what to check if the Airstream’s brakes suddenly lock up, to look for truck stops with RV lanes!, and that Steve is a great Airstream driver in all sorts of weather. We finally get to AM Solar and start deciding what system we want…. We’ll show you what we decided and our trip back in the next video.

We had an amazing experience with AM Solar. If you are thinking of getting solar installed or looking to buy a solar package to install yourself we highly recommend them.

Check them out: http://amsolar.com/

Let us know what you think! Have any suggestions for us? Any questions about Airstream Life? Let us know!