Secret Dump Light

June 24, 2014  |  Airstream Blog

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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  1. 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

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