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Old 12-07-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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Before I Airstreamed...

I hear everyone say that they used to own a "XXX" or SOB before they got their AS. I think many of us have worked our way up the "ranks" of camping in one way or another.

How did you get to where you are with your AS?
We started tent camping in high school and college.
Moved "up" to a Sears pop-up (tent on plywood sheets that folded out of a small 4'X6' trailer)
Moved "up" to a Rockwood 12' pop-up.
Moved UP to our 79 AS Excella MH...
Someday, maybe if AS ever builds it...a new classic MH.

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Old 12-07-2006, 08:14 PM   #2
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Zero to AS!

We went from not camping - tent or otherwise (except on our honeymoon) - to a T@B teardrop, clamshell with the galley in the rear to our 19' Bambi Safari.

LOVE the 25 foot Safari bedroom. But, my rich uncle has to get out of the Poor House before I can swing that deal!


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Old 12-07-2006, 08:18 PM   #3
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hi zam!

good idea 4 a thread...

i started with the engine in the rear....vdub microbus 6-7 years
moved the engine 2 the front............airstream classic moho 25 years
now i got no engine at all.................classic trailer who knows how long

tents, i've had a few, but then again too few to mention....

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:20 PM   #4
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We started with sleeping bags on the ground at Sandy Beach at Rocky Point, Mexico.
Did the tent thing for several years and several tents.
Rented a camping trailer from U-Haul to do a Rushmore - Yellowstone trip
Bought a new popup and used it (alot) for 17 years!
Bought the Trade Wind

These were all great at the time.


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Old 12-07-2006, 08:53 PM   #5
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We tent camped until our son was born.
We pop-up camped until our son went to college.
Now we "camp" in our 19' Bambi...sure don't miss those treks to the outhouse in the middle of the night!
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:53 PM   #6
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I started with a VW bus in 1972..
'57 Chevy pickup with an Alaskan Camper in 1973...
Nothing for too many years...
We got an SOB motorhome in 2004......blew the motor
1985 345 A/S in 2005....until neither of us can drive it....then we might just park it and look at fine art.
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:16 AM   #7
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As a kid, I grew up camping. First a tent, then a cab-over camper that my dad built at home in 1964. 7 kids in the family, bad weather got things a bit crowded inside for 9 people.
The camper was very professionally done by the way, in spite of what my aunt thought it would be.
After I got married, we would camp in a tent, then bought a SixPack camper that went on a 1973 Datsun Pickup. MAJOR upgrade!
After that we had a couple of SOB trailers before moving up to Airstream. I first owned a 1998 Safari 25', now I own a 1972 GT 21'. I'll never go back.
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:26 AM   #8
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This is my first RV, no camping etc.

I have been sailing for 30 years, staying on a boat is very much like camping.

We wanted something to do in the off season, driving back from Calif to NY in a car this summer, seeing just a bit of the beauty out there had us getting this A/S 2 weeks later.

Almost finished with restoring it the way I want and taking our first trip to the Can Opener in Jan.
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Old 12-08-2006, 04:14 AM   #9
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Sandi and I went from a tent right into our Airstream. Totally cut out the middle guy!
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:14 AM   #10
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We went from not camping to the 19' Bambi CCD. We love it!
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:25 AM   #11
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First trailer.
My family had a pop-up when I was younger. Hated it.
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Looking for a 1962 Flying Cloud

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Old 12-08-2006, 07:25 AM   #12
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Our camping began in the mid 70's in a 3-person tent -- made it ourselves from a Frostline kit. The ground did not seem so hard then. No camping to speak of from 1985 to 2002. Then we bought a 16' Scamp and really liked it. And now, our new 22' CCD is the top of the evolutionary ladder.
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:35 AM   #13
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Interesting thread! In the beginning, a Sears Canvas Family Tent, very second hand, very big scalloped awning for Minnesota North Shore vacations. Next, a popup trailer, getting us off the ground. After that, a Caravan, hybrid trailer with popout beds. Then, our Airstream, 30'-NO popouts or sleeping on the ground. She's classic and we love it!
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:59 AM   #14
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I've known nothing but tents for camping from the time I was child. Oh yes, I saw the shiny bright silver Airstreams in the tourist camps and trailer parks in Florida while growing up. "Daddy, can't we have one of those, PLEEEEEZE!"

The older I got, the smaller and lighter the tents got, and the ultralight backpack, and high loft down sleeping bag, and the stove, and titanium cooking gear, and toothbrush with the handle cut off. The backpackers know what I'm talking about.

I haven't done much serious backpacking since 2000. This past summer the smoldering disease acquired from the Airstream bug that bit me when I was a child surfaced as a full blown infection. So I went vintage. It's kind of nice not to fumble through my pack in the morning looking for instant coffee.

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