This is the first in what will most probably be a long list of notes to self as I adapt to Airstream Life.
Airstream Note to Self No. 1:
Deal with the whole key thing FIRST. I know, people will tell you that electrical hook-up is important - water and sewer - but don't let them sway you. First, above all else, figure out where all of your keys are and how you will lock the Airstream - both when you are inside and outside of the thing.
Sounds simple, doesn't it?
First Case in Point...
During my evening in the Airstream, I was cleaning, with two of the dogs (Dan and Stan) inside with me, and Annabelle Lee running around outside. I noticed, for the first time - that I could turn my deadbolt lock from the inside, and thought 'Great, I'll be able to lock myself in at night.' And so I turned the bolt, just to test it out.
I couldn't unlock the door.
No matter which way I turned the bolt, I couldn't get the door open. I'm thinking 'How hard can this be?' but the reality is that it was pretty dang hard. I couldn't do it. I was locked inside the Airstream.
So I had to open the bathroom window - pull out the screen - and with the Airstream deadbolt key in hand, climb outside and open the door.
Second Case in Point...
My case is a bit unusual since my collapsing home is still in use as I make this transition. I'd consider this both a good...and a bad thing.
Last evening, after returning from dinner with friends, I had all three dogs outside when I realized that I had locked myself out of the house after I let the dogs outside. Accidentally (the door knob is loose and sometimes locks itself).
I had put the house key on a different key chain than my car keys - and they were locked in the Airstream. The Airstream key was locked in my car. My car key was locked in the house.
So I had to break into the kitchen window of the house, and get the car key, unlock the front door of the house - and go to the car to get the Airstream key.
Bottomline: Figure out the whole key thing FIRST. Before you deal with electricity, sewer hook-up, water - and internet access.
How did I deal with it? Electric first, internet second.