Secret Dump Light

We’ve been living full time in our Airstream for the past 2 years and 10 months, and this past weekend, Brian discovered a new feature.

Out of nowhere, a light appeared over our dump valves. We don’t know how it got turned on, but it sure was interesting to discover.

Have you discovered something about your RV long after you bought it? I’m wondering if there’s anything else we might be missing.

2014 Cost of Camping:
76 night paid camping – thru Saturday 6/28
101 nights free camping
177 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $2270
Daily average cost of camping: $12.82

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  • Reply Laura Domela June 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

    We had our first Airstream for five whole years before we realized why the ventahood never worked very well.
    Turns out that outside, on the side of the Airstream where the vent opens up, there’s a little twist latch to secure the vent cover (I guess to latch while going down the road so it doesn’t flap?) that you need to unlatch so the ventahood will actually vent. (We learned this by noticing it on our second Airstream not long after purchasing it.) Dur.

    • Reply Leigh June 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

      The only reason we knew about that latch is because during our walk-thru the guy told us we had to have it closed when we towed. I think it’s more important to have it open when you’re fan is on!

      • Reply Laura Domela June 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

        We never close our vent latch while driving. 🙂

        • Reply Kerri June 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

          Both of mine finally fell off. Keeps things simple, because I would always remember to latch it up, but never remember to unlatch.

    • Reply John June 29, 2014 at 7:20 am

      I never knew we had latches on our vent hood until I read this. I thought I knew everything about our 2013 30′ Flying Cloud. We bought it new and they didn’t mention it during the walk thru. One more thing to add to my pre-flight check list.

  • Reply jerry thacker June 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I never realized I had a light in my rear compartment until I noticed a glow from beside the bed while it was in storage.

    • Reply Leigh June 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

      It’s weird how these lights just turn on by themselves!

  • Reply jerry thacker June 24, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I think I bumped my while getting my plastic bins out. I’ll have to look for the sewage light.

  • Reply Deke June 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    It’s not on the airstream, but I just found an odd button on the steering column of our truck. Turns out it moves the foot pedals in and out for different driver heights! Don’t tell my 1-foot-shorter-than-me wife that we’ve had this feature for almost 3 years 🙂

    • Reply Leigh June 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

      I love it! At least you guys discovered it before the big road trip.

  • Reply Kerri June 25, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I didn’t realize until a few months ago, when I saw it on an instagram photo of the same model, that there’s a pull-out that turns my gaucho into a decent-sized bed. I always thought that putting down the dinette table was the only place to do that.

    • Reply Leigh June 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

      That’s crazy! Did you buy your Airstream from a dealer? Whoever sold it to you didn’t do their job!

      • Reply Kerri June 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

        Used from a dealer. They could barely be bothered to clean the thing let along give us a good orientation. The shop guy who installed our hitch was the most thorough guy there.

    • Reply Valerie June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Us, too! I saw it on Currently Wandering – we have a 2008 25FB and had NO idea it existed – even bought it new from a dealer.

      • Reply Leigh June 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        Wow! These dealers aren’t doing their jobs!!

  • Reply Roger June 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

    About 6 years after my parents gave us their last (our first) Airstream (1992 25′ Classic) I removed the pantry to put some stainless steel next to the wall by the sink. What I found were some cinnamon rolls that had an expiration date of 1994. I only found them some 15 years later.

    They didn’t taste that bad…

  • Reply George August 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Spent 20 years working for a fortune 500 company, then got a 2 minute phone call letting me know, good bye, along with several of my colleagues. Have been looking for a job in my technology field for 6 months without success. Might use this opportunity to buy an RV and hit the road. I have begun researching as required and I found your web suite especially helpful, attractive and fun. I appreciate that you date your blog entries, and that you include practical stuff like your budget and how much you spend on camping. So, thanks.

    • Reply Leigh August 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Hi George, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. Let us know if you do decide to get an RV!

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