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Some useful resources that I've collected along the way and other interesting things just to share.



Airstream forums
THE forum to talk anything Airstream, especially when you have things that need fixin'

History of Airstreams
A middle-school boy named Malcolm found this page while researching for a paper. Thanks for sharing, Ms. Ward and good find, Malcolm!Lots of good stuff in there.


Other cool Rigs


Lazy Daze


Safari Condo

Lance Truck campers


Tiger Adventure Vehicles



Online Communities:

A community of young full-time RVers. There are more of us than you think.

Airstream forums
THE forum to talk anything Airstream

Cool stuff by, about and for cool chix in trailers. Packed with good stuff!


Fellow travelers I've met along the way:

Gigantor and the Whale
I met Nancy, Matthew, Toby and Kinsey in Southwest Harbor, Maine. They're going to be covering a lot of ground.

RV Skier
Met Kim, Ryan and Radar in Seal Rock, Oregon. They go to the cold places to ski.

Skagway Artworks
Ralf and Tina live in Alaska and travel during the winter with a 19' Airstream Bambi and a pickup camper. We were parked next to each other in Pismo Beach, Calif. Tina makes beautiful watercolors and Ralf carves jewelery and sculpture out of fossil ivory. Don't think they have a travel log, but they've got this great shop in Skagway which I can't wait to visit.

Met Dale in the North Georgia Mountains. He goes the RV way in his Oyster Can of Adventure.

Campground/Overnight Finders:
Mostly like this for the very useful map and links to nearby towns with campgrounds.
Brand new site for campground reviews that also promotes an online community.

Camping with a View
Dedicated to reviewing campgrounds that have stunning views

Flying J truckstops
Use the website to see what amenities and how many dedicated RV parking spaces are at each truckstop. Avoid taking a trucker's spot.

Cracker Barrel
Not all Cracker Barrels have RV parking. Check here for the latest locations and info.

National Forest Campground Guide

Veterinarian Finders:
National AAHA-accredited hospital search and other useful stuff

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
Search for holistic vets

Apps (for the Droid X):

Pandora streaming in the car. A road-tripper's best friend. No need to pay for an XM subscription. Awesome awesomeness.

WeatherBug Elite
Very nicely designed and packed with the stuff you want to know, including current animated radar.

My-Cast Weather
Another great weather tool. I use both.

NPR News

WBEZ - Chicago
The home of This American Life

KCRW - Santa Monica
The home of Morning Becomes Eclectic

Google Earth
Always good to have around

Google Maps
I use this and my stand-alone Garmin too. I find the Garmin's navigation easier.

Google Sky Map
This app alone is worth the cost of a smartphone. So cool.

Another always-gooder

For the grocery store and impulsive food ideas


For help with local eateries

Seafood Watch
Complete information about whether that seafood you want to eat is fished or farmed, along with recommendations and alerts.
To find out property values in the new fab place you just discovered

To find and track gas prices



About the Paskowitz family - nine kids growing up in the 70s on the coast of California in a small RV. Becoming expert surfers, not going to school and how it affected their adult lives.

Wonderfalls - The Complete Series
Jaye, an over-educated 20-something retail clerk lives in an Airstream. Inanimate objects with faces start talking to her. Cute and clever zaniness. Set in Niagara Falls.

Carnivale: Seasons One and Two
Intense archetypal good versus evil plot set amidst a traveling carnival during/in the dustbowl. Beautifully written and produced. And all the characters live in trailers.

Out of Africa
Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. True story of Karen Blixen. Beautiful, inspiring, breathtaking. No trailer-living in this one.


Useful, Fun or Space-saving STUFF

Hamilton Beach Half Pint Ice Cream Maker
Great little size for easy storage and awesome homemade ice cream

Garmin nüvi 2460LMT
for the voice-activation feature

Downtube Nova folding BIKE

Point 65 Tequila! KAYAK -
a curiously awesome take-apart kayak

Wilson Electronics Cell Phone Signal Booster
From zero the three or four bars in the mountains.

iSi Soda Siphon
Great way to have soda water on hand without having to deal with wasteful plastic bottles. Don't forget the iSi Soda Chargers (Gold).

Fusionbrands Ice Orb
For ice cubes - takes a little getting used to, but takes up less space in small freezers - and its multi-functionality and space-age looks wins design points.

Jewelry Organizer
Nice way to keep jewelry organized and out of the way.

Eva-dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier
Beats having those containers of funny chemicals around.

Eva-dry Renewable Wireless Mini Dehumidifer
Nice to have a few of these strategically placed to keep things nice and dry.

Ryobi Inflator
This one is AWESOME because it is cordless and runs on lithium batteries. Get the drill too, as it makes lowering/raising your stabilizer jacks a breeze.

Weber Q 100 Portable Gas Grill

HitchMate TireStep



Reference, U.S. travel:

2010 Exit Now: Interstate Exit Directory

Mountain Directory West for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers

Mountain Directory East for Truckers, RV and Motorhome Drivers

The Rough Guide to USA

Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways

United States on the Road: Insight Guide

Watch It Made in the U.S.A.: A Visitor's Guide to the Best Factory Tours and Company Museums

The Official Guide to America's National Parks

NatGeo Guide to the National Parks of the United States

NatGeo Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways

NatGeo Guide to the State Parks of the United States

NatGeo Road Atlas - RV & Camping Edition

Pacific Northwest Camping Destinations

Acadia, The Complete Guide

Grand Canyon, The Complete Guide

Yosemite, The Complete Guide

Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide

50 Hikes in the North Georgia Mountains

The Carolinas Georgia & the South TRIPS

Frommer's Exploring America by RV

Adventures on America's Public Lands

Camping With the Corps of Engineers

The Complete Book of Boondock RVing: Camping Off the Beaten Path

Reference, birdwatching

The Sibley Guide to Birds

Sibley's Birding Basics

Smithsonian Handbooks: Birds of North America

The Backyard Birdsong Guide

Reference, food & drink

The Joy of Mixology

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

The Art of Simple Food

Weber's Way to Grill: The Step-by-Step Guide to Expert Grilling

Reference, pet health

Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

Tales of Travel, Adventure and Discovery:

The Wind in the Willows

The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings

Party of One

Into the Wild

Into Thin Air

Maiden Voyage

Tales of a Female Nomad

Eat, Pray, Love

Strange Piece of Paradise

Travels with Charley in Search of America

Blue Highways: A Journey into America

An Innocent in Newfoundland

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

N by E

The Discoverers: a History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination

The Seekers: The Story of Man's Continuing Quest to Understand His World

The Valleys of the Assassins

Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark

Gone with the Wind

Their Eyes Were Watching God


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