Wacky Wanderers

exploring on the road as a family

Giving our Airstream a lift

The Airstream Sport 22 unfortunately comes out of the factory with very low ground clearance.  The grey water tank hangs down below the frame of the camper at the rear, where it drags pulling into and out of driveways that have more than a negligible slope.  More than once we’ve winced as the tank made a terrible grinding sound as it dragged across the asphalt on the way out of a gas station parking lot.  It was time to give this Airstream a lift.

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Airstream electrical system upgrade: Phase I

The electrical system that our 2018 Airstream Sport 22′ camping trailer came from the factory with was pretty basic.  It had a single open cell lead-acid battery capable of powering the lights, the furnace blower, water pump, stereo, and a few USB outlets.  However, it didn’t come with an inverter, needed to run any AC appliances (microwave, toaster, blender, etc) while off grid.  It also came with only a very basic voltage-based battery monitor that doesn’t give much information about how much battery capacity is being used or is remaining.  In this post, I’ll describe the first set of electrical system upgrades we’ve installed in the trailer.

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First weekend trip in “Wobbles” the Airstream

Our first trip in Wobbles was a one night weekend trip to Champoeg State Park, just to try things out.  The trip was great, we found a few warranty issues with the trailer, and we learned a lot.

We had a number of areas where we wanted to try things out on the first trip:

  1. Cooking
  2. Bath time
  3. Showering
  4. Movie Time
  5. Bed time
  6. Using the toilet
  7. Dumping the grey/black tanks

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Meet “Wobbles”, our new Airstream travel trailer

When I first proposed to Sarah that I quit my job to travel by RV for 6+ months, she was naturally a bit nervous.  It didn’t take long, however, for her to come around and realize the opportunity we had.  From the day that Sarah said “ok, let’s do this”, it was only a few weeks later that we found ourselves towing home a new Airstream camping trailer.  Let me tell you about how we made the decision.

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