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.
In today’s video, we travel from North Yellowstone to Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. On the way, we stop at Costco and randomly meet up with Suburban Pilgrims, another Youtube traveling family. How random and awesome! We find a 50amp spot at the campground in the state park and settle in before doing the cave tour, which was AMAZING. This is one of Courtney’s top 5 things we’ve seen/experienced since hitting the road. Really magnificent and the video does not even come close to doing it justice. We highly recommend a tour here!
The past 3 days the outside temperature has been above 110º F. It’s officially summer in Southern AZ and everyone is now counting down the days until the monsoon storms help bring the temperatures back down. Our number one priority is keeping cool. We’ve both lived here in Tucson for over 7 years, so we know what a Tucson summer entails. It is never fun. You spend A LOT of time inside. This summer we have the added fun of living inside a 30ft Airstream. We understood that these few months were going to be rough when we decided to move up our plans and move into our Airstream back in April. If we can live happily in this tiny space without being able to go outside much for a couple of months we should have no issues once we start traveling, that’s for sure!
I posted on Instagram this weekend about our indoor activities given the weather and had a commenter mention moving their home away from the heat. We wish we could! I still work full-time in an office here in Tucson and will until February. Steve works from home, so I am the only thing holding us here. Me quitting early is not something we’re willing to entertain. We thought about having Steve and the girls move somewhere cooler and me finding a place to stay and work but decided we’d rather suffer together as a family then split up (aww thanks guys). So we deal with the heat. I’ve had a couple of questions regarding our methods. So here are some of our tricks to keeping cool so far.Continue Reading