Last weekend we were happily towing our Airstream through the Tohono O'odham Nation in southern Arizona. We stopped for fuel and I did my usual quick inspection of the Airstream while I waited for the fuel to pump. It occurred to me that I've done that exact inspection hundreds of times—and it has saved me from disaster more than once.
Good habits are like that; you just do them automatically and painlessly, and eventually they pay off. There's no cost to a quick look-over of the Airstream and truck and it only takes a moment. For that small investment you might catch something that could really cost you later, like a blown tire or a dragging belly pan. Why doesn't everyone do it?
I describe this procedure in my book "The (Nearly) Complete Guide to Airstream Maintenance, 2nd edition" on pages 27-28. If you've got a copy, take a moment to re-read that section and commit to yourself that from now on you'll always take a minute whenever you stop, to check on things that might need attention.
We think this roadside inspection is so important, we also created this step by step procedure and downloadable PDF checklist.
I recommend you teach your co-pilot about things to look for in this inspection. I took a moment to talk to Tothie about it, and walked her though my process. Now we've got four eyes on the job.
And, we shot this quick video to demonstrate the process.