Airstream Travel Trailer International 2023 General Information and Cleaning User Manual
General Information Cleaning
The interior of all Airstream trailers has been designed for comfort, convenience, durability, and appearance. How you use it and how you take care of it, naturally, depends on you. However, if you learn to operate the interior components and take care of them and the trailer properly, this knowledge will add to your pleasure, as well as the long life of your trailer. All material should be professionally dry cleaned to remove any overall soiled condition.
Spot clean ultra leather regularly with mild soap and water. For stubborn stains, wipe with isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) as soon as possible. Sanitize using a disinfectant such as a 5:1 water/bleach solution. Air dry or dry quickly with a hair dryer on warm setting.
Never remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or washing. Any tumble cleaning method can destroy the backing, and/or shrink or otherwise damage upholstery fabric.
Keep your furniture and family safe from fires caused by careless smoking. Do not smoke when drowsy. Remove immediately any glowing ash or a lighted cigarette that falls onto furniture. Smoldering smoking material can cause upholstered furniture fires.
Interior Aluminum Skin
Interior aluminum skin can be cleaned by washing with any mild non-abrasive soap or detergent. Cleaning should be followed by a thorough clean water rinse. Drying the unit with a chamois or a soft cloth may prevent spots and streaks. Do not use abrasive cleaners or utensils on the aluminum skin as it is coated with a clear coat that could be damaged. Airstream recommends using Pledge® All-Purpose Cleaner to clean interior surfaces including the aluminum skin.
When washing or polishing your trailer, always wipe with the grain of the metal.
The curtains are on a track. Undo the Velcro at the seams to slide them open. Airstream recommends dry cleaning only for the curtains. To remove them, remove the top screw from the endcap of the curtain track, pull the endcap off, and slide the curtains off.
All drapery materials and mattress covers must be professionally dry-cleaned.
The finish on the interior woodwork is a high quality furniture finish and should be treated as any fine furniture finish. Use a high quality furniture cleaner which does NOT contain ammonia or bleach. One good choice is Murphy Oil Soap Clean and Shine.
The solid surface countertops can be cleaned with soap and water, or you can use a common solvent on tough spots. Do not use abrasive cleaners since they could scratch the surface. A protective pad should always be used under hot utensils or pans. Sanding minor damaged areas can repair solid counters.
Cleaning can be accomplished using a mild liquid detergent on a soft cloth. A complete home owner’s guide for your sinks is supplied in your owner’s packet. Please read these instructions before use.
Use a soft broom to sweep the floor. A vacuum cleaner may damage the flooring, especially the type that use beater bars. In most cases, a clean damp cloth or mop will suffice to clean dirty flooring. Use a neutral floor cleaner like Tarkett Sure Shine® Floor Cleaner to clean the floor. Do not use a wire brush or nylon scouring pads, furniture polish, spirit-based polish, powder or liquid abrasive cleaners, bleach or other strong detergents. Scuffs, dirt, and spillages should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Rubber backing on doormats may result in yellow discoloration of the floor immediately beneath. Choose a natural fiber mat. Mats provided by Airstream are intended for use outside of the travel trailer. Rubber feet on furniture may cause staining. Remove them altogether or place coasters or felt pads between them and the floor.
To clean your fiberglass shower stall unit, use warm water and one of the stronger liquid detergents. Do not use abrasive cleaners, as they may scratch and dull the surface of your unit. Stubborn stains can be removed with solvents such as turpentine, paint thinner, or acetone. Restore dulled areas by rubbing with an automotive type liquid cleaner, then put the soft glow back into your unit with a light application of liquid wax.
Applying wax to the base of the shower floor is not recommended, as this could create an unsafe surface.
The shower head is designed to give maximum flexibility in usage, and provides for water-saving techniques when using your trailer on self-containment. It can be held in the hand and moved about the body. Normally, the best water conservation procedure is to wet the entire body and then turn the water off. Apply soap, lather thoroughly, and then rinse the soap off.
A retractable clothesline is installed for your convenience in the shower stall. To use, pull the line from the base and attach it to the holder on the opposite wall. Turning the nut on the base will tighten the line.
For International models with a wall-mounted dinette table, lift upward on the front of the table and find the black latch on the front of the table leg. Push the latch downward. The latch will release the table leg and allow you to fold it up and lock it into place on the underside of the tabletop. With the leg locked into place, lift the back of the table off the wall brackets. Once unhooked, the tabletop can swing on its hinge, allowing you to lower the tabletop onto the supports of the dinette seats. Place the backrest cushions over the tabletop to complete the conversion. We recommend that you travel with the table in the lowered position. For International models with a telescoping pedestal leg, release the black compression clamp levers on the pedestal leg and push the table down. Once lowered, clamp the levers back into place to lock the leg into the lowered position. Place the backrest cushions over the tabletop to complete the conversion. For International models with removable pedestal legs, remove the dinette legs by twisting counterclockwise and store them. Lift the seat cushions up and out of the way. Place the tabletop across the gap. There are rubber stoppers on the bottom of the tabletop to keep it in place. Position the seat cushions on the outer part of the bed with the backrests laid in the middle to form a complete bed.
Ceiling and Directional Lighting
All lighting in the Airstream trailer is LED and most will require a replacement fixture should it go out. The main ceiling lights can be turned on/off or dimmed by the switch at the entry door. Some light fixtures may have a push button switch located on the fixture. Gently squeezing the lens in the middle and pulling down will remove the lens. The bed and lounge areas have individually switched directional lighting.
Galley cabinets should have the heaviest items stored on the bottom and lighter items overhead. After loading, put skillets and canned goods on the floor or bottom shelf, and cereals and crackers in the overhead roof locker. Use unbreakable-type plates and saucers, and consider storing your dish towels around them. Clothes hung in wardrobes should be kept on hangers that snap over the clothes rods to keep them from bouncing off on rough roads. Try to avoid large bulky coats. Layers of lighter clothing will usually keep you warmer, are more versatile, and are easier to store.
Keep flammable material away from the furnace.
Water System (Self-Contained)
Fill the water tank by opening the exterior access door and remove screw cap. A drinking water safe hose can now be inserted. It’s a good idea to let the water run through the hose for a short time to flush it out. Experienced Rivers usually fill their tanks with “home” water to avoid strange water that may be distasteful to them. The amount of water in the tank may be checked on the Monitor Panel, or you may fill the tank until water overflows out of the fill. Open the hot side of the galley or lavatory faucet and turn on the water pump switch located on the monitor panel. For a short time, the open faucet will only sputter. This is because air is being pushed out through the lines. Now, open a cold faucet. It will sputter for a short time, but will soon expel a steady stream. All other faucets can now be opened until all air is expelled. Once the system is filled with water and the faucets closed, the water pump will shut off. When a faucet is opened, the pump will come back on automatically. If the faucet is just barely open, it is normal for the pump to cycle on and off rapidly.
The water pump switch (monitor panel mounted, see Appliances in this section) operates the pump. Once the switch is turned on, the pump will run until the water pressure reaches about 55 psi. At this point, an internal pressure switch will shut it off. When a faucet is opened, the water pressure will drop and the pump will start to run again. As a general rule, the water pump should be turned off while using a city water hookup; however, the water pressure at some campgrounds may be low. The water pump can be turned on to assist the city water hookup pressure. Be sure there is some water in the fresh water tank. The pump will only use the water that is needed out of the tank to bring the pressure up to the usual standard of 55 psi. Access to the water pump will be necessary for periodic cleaning of the strainer screen. Refer to Section 8 – Maintenance for water pump access and strainer screen removal.
Turn off the water pump while traveling to prevent water from being pumped in the event a faucet opens in transit.
Fresh Water Lines and Tanks
Fresh water drain valves consist of low point water line drain valves and fresh water tank drain valves. Refer to Section 8 – Maintenance for necessary drain valve locations and draining procedures of fresh water lines and tanks.
Drain and Waste System
Your trailer has a drain and waste system that includes waste-holding tanks made from corrosion-free, molded plastic, with trouble-free dump valves. The main (Black Water) holding tank enables you to use the toilet for several days away from disposal facilities. The wastewater from the sink, shower, bath and lavatory drains into the auxiliary (Gray Water) holding tank. Each tank has its own dump valve with both tanks draining through a common outlet. Therefore, only one sewer hose connection is needed when hooking up to a dump station. Almost all campgrounds will have dumping facilities. Park directories, such as Woodall’s and Rand McNally, also list dumping stations. Refer to Section 8 – Maintenance for important information on Black and Gray Water tanks draining, cleaning, and rinsing procedures. Check your monitor panel frequently (see Appliances in this section). When the Black Water holding tank is completely full, sewage cannot be emptied from the toilet bowl. If the Gray Water holding tank is overfilled, drain water may back up into the shower floor pan and cause an unpleasant cleaning job. Never drain the tanks at any place other than an approved dumping station.
Never put wet strength paper towels or tissues in your holding tank since they won’t dissolve and can catch in the mechanism of the dump valve. Colored toilet tissue is slower to dissolve than white. Most RV-accessory stores offer tissue designed for RVs that will completely dissolve.
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