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I’m a guidebook kind of person. Whenever we go on a trip, I always check out the State Park Guide, and typically try to memorize map locations. It’s just who I am — I function better with visuals.
The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming by Rich Luhr and Brad Cornelius
is really written for people like me. The book contains just the right amount of information to give you full coverage of the basics on owning and operating your Airstream, which then allows you to decide what you might need more help understanding (then you can dive into the incredibly large Airstream manual if you’re up for it).
But I’m not the only one that can benefit from this type of guide. Here’s why you should get this guidebook:
- Terminology. Thank you, Rich, for explaining what a breakaway switch is and what an inverter really does — in a way that doesn’t assume I have an electrical engineering degree. And thank you for providing an amazing Jargon Guide in the back!
- Layout. The guidebook is laid out like a dream. The chapter headings are in bold, tips are in a different font, boxed out and in bold, and really important information is in an even larger font and in bold. This allows you to find what you’re looking for in seconds!
- Helpful tips. On our first day fulltiming in our new Airstream, I walked outside and the door slammed behind me, locking me out. If I’d had this book, on page 7, I would’ve read about how sometimes a slammed Airstream door can lock itself, and I probably would’ve made sure to carry my keys with me. This is just one of Rich’s helpful hints. They’re in bold for a reason!
- Your own trailer specific info. Where would I (or you) go to find out the GAWR or the size of the tires? Honestly, I’d ask Deke. I have no idea where to look for that. But Rich has little sections throughout the guide where you can write down your specific info for quick reference. There’s a space for you to write in everything from brake type to tire pressure to tank size.
- Checklists! I can’t leave the house without a checklist and I often find old ones in my bag, on the refrigerator or in a drawer. Having separate pages for checklists in the book is awesome (as opposed to scrap pieces lying around). As the co-pilot I’m responsible for the external and internal securing of things like cabinet doors, the antenna and the stabilizing jacks. The full list is long and I’m typically terrified I’ll forget something. The Suggested Campsite Departure/Arrival Lists are super helpful, and there’s a bit of white space at the bottom of the page to add a few of your own things if needed as well.
This is a great little guidebook. I can’t believe how much information is packed in and I wish I’d had this when we started. If I know anyone who’s starting out in an Airstream, this will become my go-to welcome to the family present! Definitely worthy of our Weaselmouth Approved stamp!
If you or someone you know could benefit from this guide, you can buy the print edition directly from Airstream Life Magazine, or get the electronic version of The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming on Amazon.com.