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Alumapalooza 7

If you haven’t seen the Alumapalooza 7 preliminary program yet, it’s now available to download! Remember, the operative word is preliminary—but it gives you a first look at the seminars, entertainment, and fun ‘n games planned for the annual party at the Airstream factory in Ohio.

Do you need repairs on your coach or trailer? Consider scheduling service while you’re at Alumapalooza. Appointments at the factory during (and before and after) Alumapalooza week book up fast, so reserve your time slot sooner rather than later.

Fill out the online form or call the factory service center at 877-596-6111, weekdays from 7am to 4pm EST.

The service center is also a fun place to shop—Airstream collectibles and gear, logo wear, specialty maintenance items and gifts for your Airstreamer friends back home are all in the “Wally Byam” store.


Links You’ll Like

“It may look retro, but this Airstream is probably smarter than your house.” Sleek gadgetry in an Airstream featured at DigitalTrends.com.  “One benefit of a connected home is that it should let you know when there’s a problem, even if you’re not there.”

“Take a peek inside Airstream’s massive RV facility” via bizjournals.com. Nice slide show of the factory and preview of the tour your’ll enjoy while at Alumapalooza.

Meanwhile, in South Florida: The Farmery luncheonette serves up “crop box” fare from a 1968 Airstream.


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“My husband and I are new to camping,” wrote reader Julie G. “We bought a 30-foot Flying Cloud last year and I am still struggling with how to organize and safely pack all the stuff inside our Airstream. I’m especially challenged by the sloping overhead bins. Nothing is shaped like that! And how to store dinnerware and cookware. So, I enjoy articles that come from other campers on their tips and tricks for packing and using space efficiently.”

Julie, we feel your pain. Every Airstreamer copes with The Sloping Wall Problem and the solutions vary from installing customized storage bins to simply piling items in a jumbled heap in the cupboards.

Unfortunately, no specific products are on the market that fit the curved spaces of the upper lockers. Most people seem to get a vertical storage rack for dishes, a flat shelf for clothes, and/or roll up items to fit the space.

The first step to packing well is to pack light. Try to take only what you really need, and don’t duplicate your home kitchen.  It’s best if you get some camping experience and then study what you use the most (and discard what you use the least).

Kitchen Gadgets in a Tiny Trailer

Look for items (especially kitchen tools) that can serve more than one purpose. Then, check out storage solutions in stores like Target, The Container Store, and Cabela’s for ideas. The first time you look, just make notes—don’t buy anything. Then measure your storage spaces and decide how you’ll use each item, and go back to purchase solutions only after you’re sure.

Airstream Cupboard

Choosing shelves, storage boxes, hooks, and organizers isn’t rocket science, and anyone can do it if they take some time to think through their particular needs. If you find something particularly clever or useful to solve a storage problem in your Airstream, let us know so we can share it with other readers.

Got a tough question about Airstreaming and need a reliable answer? Drop a line to editor@randbevents.com and let us know what you’d like us to cover in future editions of Outside Interests. Your RV news for the Airstream community and photos are always welcome, too.