Your new Airstream comes with the promise of high adventure and memorable experiences, but you're likely facing a fair amount of questions too as you plan your first road trip.
While the learning curve may feel daunting, rest assured that with practice, the fine art of Airstream living becomes second nature. You'll begin to see the setup and tear-down tasks, the simple maintenance checks, and the process of hitching up as an essential and fulfilling part of the experience. Like the captain of ship at sea, you are in charge of your destiny. Your destination is wherever you want it to be, and the folks along for the ride are your crew. Everyone works together to make the trip happen, and through teamwork the value of the experience increases.
You'll also learn that the Airstreamer community is one of the most helpful resources for solving everyday issues. That includes the Airstream Knowledge Base, where you can search for solutions to hundreds of common questions, and get help from the experts at Airstream's headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio.
We've also drawn on our Airstream Ambassadors to glean helpful tips and recommend the gear they can't travel without. And we've rounded up our favorite essentials from across Airstream Supply Company here in this handy Beginner's Guide to Airstreaming, organized into helpful lists that'll get you out on the road quicker and save you time and energy in the long run.
One of the best things about your Airstream is that you can stock it with all your gear so it's ready to head out on a moments notice. Sure, you can lug silverware, plates, and pots and pans out from your brick-and-mortar kitchen, but investing in dedicated tools, kitchen essentials, and servingware means you never have to worry about packing those items again.
Airstream Supply Company is excited to offer a wide variety of bedding solutions. Stock your Airstream with high-thread count sheets, pillow cases, mattress toppers, and airflow pads. We even offer custom-made mattresses if you ever need to replace one. With so many products, we've created an Airstream Mattress + Sheets Guide (click here).
With an Airstream, you really can bring along everything – and the kitchen sink. In RV-speak, the onboard kitchen is called a galley. But this space in an Airstream is far more than a simple shipboard cooking space. Depending on the Airstream model, your galley comes equipped with an oven, microwave, sink, refrigerator, and gas cooktop.
Remember that you're pulling a house down the highway. Potholes, sudden swerves to avoid debris, and changes in speed can jostle objects inside their cabinets. Stock your Airstream galley with sturdy, shatter-proof plates, cups, and bowls to ensure they arrive in one piece at the campsite. Take along a nice cast iron skillet and it'll double up on duties if you decide to cook over the open campfire. Stock your silverware drawer with American-made silverware, handmade wooden spoons, and cork bowls that are both sustainable and practical.
Your new Airstream comes with a variety of equipment and tools that are essential to ensuring your trip goes off without a hitch. This includes your sewer hose, fresh water hose, and an electrical cord (commonly referred to as a "cordset") to hookup to shore power when you're at the campsite. But if you should ever need to replace any of these RV basics, Airstream Supply Company is well stocked.
We answer the call to natural spaces because because they calm us, rejuvenate us, and inspire us. But there's another "call of nature" that none of us can avoid. Luckily our Airstreams come equipped with all the comforts of home – including an on-board bathroom (a "lavatory" in or simply "lavy" in RV parlance), sink, and shower. Keep your toilet fresh, and ensure your black tank below is in good working condition with toilet chemicals and RV-friendly toilet paper. A clear plastic sewer hose adapter is a godsend for ensuring your black tank is completely empty. And when it comes time to empty the black tank, you'll be happy you invested in a box of disposable gloves.
Airstream travel trailers come equipped with leveling jacks that eliminate wobbles as you walk around inside your Airstream. But these leveling jacks only support stability after you've leveled your Airstream where it's parked. Leveling pads help with adjustments on uneven ground, and a good set of tire chocks ensure that your trailer doesn't move once you have it leveled.
A good headlamp may not hit the top of your must-have list, but one experience trying to find your keys in the wet grass at night and you'll realize the importance of light as an essential tool. We've tried a lot of headlamps over the years and found that most require disposable batteries, are difficult to use, or uncomfortable to wear. We love the HEADSPIN Convertible Light System because it solves all those problems, while giving us a variety of features we never knew we wanted. The HEADSPIN comes with an interchangeable, rechargeable light that can be swapped between a headband, a hand-held flashlight, or a rail-mount. Once you use the HEADSPIN, you'll never leave home without it again.