We picked up our Airstream on Saturday and are on Day 2 of Practice Trip #1!
It has been very educational. When we picked up the trailer we did one last walkthrough and checkout with the service department, and a driving lesson with the dealer. (And later we went to an empty school parking lot to practice backing up–I am TERRIBLE. If you have a trick to flipping your brain around to push the trailer in the right direction, please share!)
We chose a campground about 10 miles from the dealership so that we can pop back over to the service department when we leave to ask a few questions. We got our power and cable hooked up just fine, and then started the unwinterizing process, basically:
- Connect city water
- Open one faucet (kitchen, bathroom, shower–we didn’t bother with the outdoor shower) at a time, cold then hot, until they run clear
- Open low water valves until any pink water is gone
- Un-bypass the hot water heater, and turn it on after it has had a few minutes to fill
It froze at night, so when the sun went down we switched over to our freshwater tanks, and back to city water in the morning.
On day 2 we dumped the holding tanks, which wasn’t as bad as we expected. Yes, we are using the bathroom as a regular bathroom, not saving any business for the campground bathrooms.
Bugsy is a little confused about this new home, but is figuring out where her comfy spots are (for now, blankets under the dinette, and on our bed). The campground is sparsely populated due to the cold snap, so our timid girl hasn’t had to bark at many unfamiliar sounds.