Tested the Waters, Literally

It is getting close to my departure date, so I figured it was about time to actually spend some trial time in the Airstream. I successfully made it through two days and one stormy night in my new aluminum home; parked in a campground just outside Joliet, IL. I didn’t think it would ever stop raining, but everything (and everyone) held up just fine. Talk about crazy weather for my first night in it!

Even the Touareg is all wired up and ready to go. Steve at US Adventure RV is the man! I got the chance to hook it up myself and take everything out for a test drive (with adult supervision, of course). For the first time ever towing anything, it went pretty well. (Remind me to share the story of the flying blender!) We took the Touareg/Airstream on some side roads, out on I-80, and back to a parking lot to practice backing up. And, yes, backing up is confusing, but I think I have the hang of it!

Not too many photos to share until I get everything unpacked and set up. The maiden voyage will begin on Friday, May 1, with a trip down to St. Louis. I will post plenty of photos then. For now, here was my stellar view last night. Lovely, huh?

Martin Campground
Martin Campground

  • Roger

    A tip for backing up, you may have heard it already. Put your hand on the bottom of your steering wheel. Move your hand the direction you want the tail of your trailer to go.

    Practice, practice, practice.

  • Meredith

    Would a flying blender be a Black & Deck-u? Hehe. (Whoa, that was cheesy.) You better proceed with caution. Airborn appliances could be an unexpected travel risk.

  • Dale Rehus


    I’ve towed a boat and backed it into my driveway thousands of times and there are a few things I’ve learned along the way. Going forward, make square corners. The trailer will follow tow vehicle but when going around things like curbs and gas station islands, square off those corners. Watch your trailer on the onside mirror while turning.

    As for backing up, put your right arm over the seat while backing up and look out your back window. Don’t think about which way to turn the wheel and all that stuff. Just make MINOR moves to the wheel and slowly back up. In minutes you’ll be a master. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you which way to turn the bottom of the wheel to go which way, but I can back my trailer down a launch ramp with boats on all sides no prob!

    I’m not sure how your trailer bearings are greased, but do it regularly like oil changes. When you stop to get fuel, get in the habit of touching your trailer wheels (not tires) to see if there’s overheating. Nothing will stop you quicker than a burned out wheel bearing.