Keeping Your Trailer Safe and Well Cared For

An Airstream or any trailer/RV, for that matter, is a significant investment so keeping it safe and well cared for is incredibly important. Protecting your trailer, regular maintenance, staying on top of minor repairs, being prepared in case of emergency and appropriately setting up camp are all key components.  This has been the most complicated section for me to write. I've spent countless hours researching AirForums, Airstream Addicts, Google and Amazon finding the products that are the most passionately recommended. But, please do your own research and make sure that the products listed below are appropriate for your trailer and situation.  Again, if I have missed something, please visit the "Contact Us" page and let me know.  I am happy to add it. For direct links to some of your favorites on Amazon, scroll below.

For DIY Repairs

  • The (Nearly) Complete Guide to Airstream Maintenance by Rich Luhr
  • Multi-Piece Mixed Tool Set
  • Drill (with various sized bits)
  • Rivet Gun
  • Rivets (appropriate sizes for your year/model)
  • Vice Grip
  • Duct Tape
  • Fuses
  • Plumbers Tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • Eternabond Tape (small quantity for on-the-road leak repair)
  • Zip Ties
  • Utility Knife

Sound the Alarm!

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Fire Alarm

General Maintenance, Washing, Waxing and Sealing

  • Bucket/Soft Exterior Brushes for Washing
  • Clear Coat Safe Exterior Wash
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Glare or Walbernize
  • Tempro or Silkaflex 
  • Parbond or Acrylex-r (Clear listed below. Silver available from other retailers)
  • Silicone Spray
  • 303 Aerospace Protectant

Exterior and Tire Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Tire Gauge
  • Portable Air Compressor (Tire Pump)
  • Roadside Visibility Kit (Reflective Vest, Triangle, Warning Light)
  • Torque Wrench with Socket Set
  • Chocks
  • Levelers 
  • Hitch/Sway Bars (Specific to Your Tow Vehicle and Trailer - Favorites Include Blue Ox, Hensley, Reese, ProPride, Equilizer)
  • Hitch Lock

Hooking Up

  • Black Water Hose 
  • Black Water Hose Support
  • Fresh Water Hose
  • Fresh Water Hose Filter
  • Water Pressure Regulator
  • Power Cord
  • Surge Protector (with or without EMS)
  • Electrical Adapter (50 to 30, or 30 to 110, as applicable)
  • Extra 110 Extension Cord
  • Generator (2000 watt for general electricity, 3000 watt for one air conditioning)
  • CarGenerator (Visit www.cargenerator.com)
  • Cable Cuff (for cord/hose management)
  • Gear Ties (for cord management)

For the Love of Airstreams

Amazon Links - Keep Your Trailer Safe and Well Cared For

 
 

Enjoying the Outdoors

We love adventure and the great outdoors.  Take a look at how other Airstreamers are enjoying their outdoor space. For Amazon links to some of your favorites, scroll below. If you have a favorite that I missed, just visit the "Contact Us" page and let me know.  


For Outdoor Cooking and Serving:

  • BBQ
  • Outdoor Cook Station
  • BBQ Tools
  • Skewers
  • Extended Propane Hose/Regulator
  • Portable Camp Table
  • Silverware Caddy
  • Cooler
  • Lighter

For Relaxation and Enjoyment:

  • Bose Bluetooth Speaker
  • Awning Lights
  • Awning Clips (we found that metal badge clips with PVC straps work great)
  • Outdoor Rug
  • Tablecloth
  • Lantern/Lighting
  • Chairs
  • Fire Pit
  • Lighter/Matches/Fire Sticks
  • Citronella Candles
  • Hammock
  • Outdoor Games
  • Collapsible Garbage/Recycling
  • Collapsible Utility Wagon

For the Love of Airstreams -

Amazon Links - Outdoor Items

 
 

Don't Forget This...... (Useful Items You May Overlook)

There are so many little things you can certainly live without and then there are those little things that make your life so much easier on the road.  Take a look at the list below to see what you may be missing. For direct Amazon links, scroll below. And, if you think I've missed something, just visit the "Contact Us" page and let me know.

Cleaning/Maintenance Supplies

  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mop/Swiffer
  • Clorox Wipes
  • General Cleaning Supplies (Windex, 409, Pledge Orange, etc)
  • Microfiber cloths/Extra Towels/Rags
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Holding Tank Chemicals

General Use

  • Scissors
  • Tape (Scott, Masking, Duct, Packing - whatever you need!)
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Post-It Notes/Memo Pad
  • Super Glue
  • Sharpie
  • Reading Glasses/Magnifying Glass
  • Flashlights
  • Solar Powered Luci Light
  • Headlamp
  • Lighters
  • Tape Measure
  • Extension Cord
  • Clock
  • Garbage Can (with pedal lid)
  • Stepstool
  • Batteries
  • Fly Swatter
  • Fuses
  • Fan
  • Heater
  • Dehumidifier
  • Games (dice, cards, etc.)

Laundry

  • Quarters
  • Laundry Pod/Detergent, Stain Fighter, Dryer Sheets
  • Collapsible Hamper
  • Small Sewing Kit

Hanging and Securing Your Belongings

  • Velcro
  • Command Hooks
  • Anti-Slip Drawer and Shelf Liner
  • Zip Ties
  • Carabiners

Entertainment/Media

  • CD's and DVD's
  • Aux Cord
  • Tablet (iPad)/HDMI Connector
  • Laptop/HDMI Connector
  • HDMI TV/Projector Stick (Wireless Connection)
  • Headphones
  • Phone Chargers
  • Bose Bluetooth Speaker

For the Love of Airstreams - 

Amazon Links - Useful Items You May Overlook

 
 

Traveling With Dogs

Dogs can make great travel companions, but you don't want to either over-pack or under-pack for your four-legged friend. Take a look at the checklist below to see what you might want to include on your next trip. If you think I missed something, feel free to visit the "Contact Us" page and let me know. I'm happy to include it. For direct Amazon links to some of your favorites, see below.

 
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  • Shot/Medical Records/Meds (Stay up to date on flea and tick treatment!)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food, Water and Treats
  • No-Spill Water Bowl  
  • Portable Bowl 
  • Leash and Collar/Harness
  • Collapsible Crate
  • Outdoor Pen
  • Heat Sensor
  • Backpack 
  • Outdoor Tie-Down
  • Dog Bed
  • Car Seat Cover
  • Sweaters (No comments from big dog owners! Ha! Ha!)

For the Love of Airstreams - 

Amazon Links - Traveling with Dogs

 
 
 

Setting Up Your Trailer Kitchen

Setting up your Airstream kitchen is a matter of personal preference; do you cook inside or out? Do you like simplicity or a variety of gadgets and appliances?  Do you have an oven or microwave? How much storage space and weight are you willing to dedicate? When asked, this is what Facebook's Airstream Addicts said they use in their trailers.  Take a look below and see what makes sense for you! For direct links to some of your favorites on Amazon, scroll below.

 
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Cookware and Appliances

  • Magma Cookware
  • Small Fry Pan
  • Cast Iron Fry Pan
  • Stovetop Toaster
  • Griddle
  • NuWave Induction Cooker
  • Breville Smart Oven
  • Instant Pot
  • Tea Kettle
  • Blender

Eating and Drinking

  • Silverware
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Cupboard Storage 
  • Hydroflasks
  • Brita

Coffee

  • Coffee Machine: Percolator, French Press, Stovetop Espresso, Pour Over, Electric Coffee Maker, Single Serv, or Instant
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Carafe
  • Milk Frother

Kitchen Tools

  • Knives
  • Knife Sharpener
  • Mixing Spoons
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Multi Chopper/Grater
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Magnetic Spice Holders
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Cookie/Baking Sheet
  • Silicone Bakeware
  • Nested Mixing Bowls
  • Colander
  • Cutting Board
  • Cheese Slicer/Grater
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Chip Clips
  • Ice Trays
  • Skewers
  • BBQ Tools
  • Plastic Platter/Serving Tray
  • Hot Pads
  • Paper Towel Holder

Doing The Dishes

  • Collapsible Dish Draining Board
  • Dish Tub and Rack 
  • Collapsible Over the Sink Dish Drainer 
  • Drying Mat
  • Sponge or Brush for Doing the Dishes
  • Dish Towels
  • Liquid Dish Soap

Setting Up The Bar

  • Bottle Opener
  • Wine Opener
  • Non-Breakable Wine Glasses
  • Copper Mugs
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Foil Cutter
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Lime Juicer
  • Ice Bucket

Disposables

  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Paper Plates
  • Red Solo Cups
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Baggies
  • Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Garbage Bags

For the Love of Airstreams -

Amazon Links - Kitchen Supplies