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Old 04-17-2006, 09:53 PM   #1
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Humble Beginnings

I had an idea it might be fun to see what kind of SOBs we have had in our past. Some may be fortunate enough to have an Airstream as their first travel trailer, but I suspect many of us have had a history with many different kinds of units. So just for fun, tell us...where did you begin?

Our first family camping was in a 3 man dome tent for Brad and myself and dog, and two mountain pup tents for our children. That was great to get us outdoors but the disenchantment began with pit toilets, coolers, sleeping on the ground, and exposure to cold and rain.

A Jayco 806 (8 foot box-6 sleeper) was our first towable. Aah the good life began, heat, portapotty, foam mattresses, water feed to a single sink with manual pump from a a 5 gallon totable jug, cooler with drain to let replacable melted ice escape. Appointment included Corelle dishes and sleeping bags. Yes that was good for many years.

But then the Jayco 1406 started looking good. A shower and privacy for the potty, overhead cabinets, and a king bed. Room to spare in extended 27' We were styling then.

Sooner or later as you start to acquire more "stuff" to enhance your camping, making camp and striking camp starts to feel, well, laborious. Standing in the elements unprotected pulling on end bunks and following "sequences" to become mobile again was getting old.

Our first hardsided unit was a 21' Towlite from Hi-Lo. And it was cool. Now the bears would have to work harder to get us. Our "stuff" and dog was more protected in the lockable unit. Setup consisted of pushing a button as hydrolics raised the roof.

Now we were in the habit of looking towards new units, fun to do, but dangerous. A new larger SUV meant we could go bigger still. If we went with a 26' Towlite, we would gain an oven, ducted heating, permanent queen size walkaround bed, and lounge. However by now, we start wondering why we just don't get our first full profile trailer. No buttons to push, full storage top and bottom, no cables, no drafts. Hmmm...no white boxes hubby said. It would have to be an Airstream!

In the fall of 2003 we bought a Safari 25' side sleeper, and within 6 months saw a 25' Classic at the International Rally in Lansing and traded right then. But then came Homecoming 2005 and I saw IT! A 25' Safari FB SE. The floorplan and look of the SE was perfect. Not too plain, not too fancy, but this one was "just right." Many of the Classic and International features with a permanent dinette, queen size walkaround bed, generous L-shaped galley and split bath. Now just how can they get so much in one 25' trailer? And we will have it by Friday!!!! Yeow

Pictures of out last SOB, the 26' Towlite.
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:01 PM   #2
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My current Tradewind is my first ever travel trailer. Prior to this I slept in a tent and did alot of travelling by mountain bike and pulled my gear in a BOB trailer (so technically, I suppose the BOB was my first travel trailer).
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:22 PM   #3
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You really were in touch with your environment with that "rig!" I have never seen a Bob, but have seen motorcycles with trailers in the Smokies. That's one really "green" TV.
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Old 04-18-2006, 12:49 AM   #4
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Ours Argosy is a first trailer for me. I always tent camped in fact I worked for Outward Bound for a while doing survival training. But the last few years... well... the ground started getting harder and those merlot bottled get mighty heavey in a back pack!

We rented a tent trailer for a weekend - glad we did - it left a lot to be desired. Leaky, moldy, not very comfortable and a hassle to put up. We looked at lots of SOBs - and then one day stumbled into an AS dealer - it was all over! We started looking for a used one.
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:04 AM   #5
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Wow Janet! Wouldn't it be great to have a woman's rally and you teach us how to survive while we sip our merlot and have our noshes. Seriously, an outdoors woman training seminar at a place where we can hike and do our outdoor activities would be too cool!!! Please oh please oh please.

I don't know if anyone here has seen Roam Sweet Roam, great Airstream video told from the perspective of a dog. There are the women that sit around the campfire comparing experiences of traveling alone. One woman said a gentleman asked her where her husband was and she told him she shot him for asking silly questions. Another woman said regardless of how many women are gathered in a group a man will invaritably ask are you women alone?
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:19 AM   #6
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My "First" ever....

Great thread!

My "First" ever was also my current. SilverToy. What a way to go!

NEVER went camping with the family coming up - my dad would never willingly sleep on the ground. Former military training?! He has never, to my knowledge, and likely never will - till he is put "in" it.

Did one tent camping trip - carry everthing in AND out - on the Buffalo River in NW ARK for 10 days - AWESOME!!!!! But that was the extent of it.

Started looking at TT's and AirStream has SUCH!!!!!!!!! a classic line.... It speaks to you - if you listen. ALL of them.

Even my dad ( see above ) who has NEVER camped, said he would sleep in the AS! He loved the AS look, even when confronted with 'Millionaire Row' at the campground in Michigan. Believe me, there was SERIOUS $ on that aisle! AS won the day. Simple, elegant and WOW!

Enough said.

My "First Ever" is an AS, likely be my last - will stay with AS! Where do I go from here? The wife has become the staunchest supporter!

Can't wait to quit the rat race and join the Full Time crowd! Is there any dream finer!?!?!!!!

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Old 04-18-2006, 01:22 AM   #7
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Can I come too!??

Wheel and Janet -

Could I possibly sneak in too? Know that I am of 'the other gender' but I think that sounds like a KILLER idea! Plus I'd be amidst....

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Old 04-18-2006, 01:24 AM   #8
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Zing, Whizz!

Zing, Whizz, Pwang, Pawow....

What???

Are you alone?! Zing, Whizz, Pwang.....

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Old 04-18-2006, 01:27 AM   #9
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We started with tents and bought this new in 1987. It's a smaller Starcraft Popup. Sold it last year after we bought the Trade Wind. The SOB went everywhere with us, too many fishing trips to count and several journeys to Yellowstone. Lots of great memories and I still keep in touch with the new owner.
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:45 AM   #10
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Sometimes I think we need another pop-up for the yard as a moving gazebo! Such memories your picture brings back. Thanks for posting it Azflycaster. We only made it as far as the Dakotas with the pop-up. Yellowstone took years of begging and longer vacation benefits to acquire.

Axel I think I was shortsighted making gender distictions. Help convince Janet to put something together and you can sit at the place of honor between the tiki tourches at our "survivor" campfire.

Janet, we'll pay you!

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Old 04-18-2006, 03:52 AM   #11
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We started with a tent then moved up to a VW Van, not a camper but one I converted to be a camper. It was great fun but now I wonder how we got two kids, two adults and a dog in that thing for camping trips. Our Tradewind was the first trailer and now we brought Chummy into the family.
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Old 04-18-2006, 04:57 AM   #12
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We went as a family to Mammoth Cave (pre-camping years) with two active school age children and a Shepherd/Collie and a car full of "paisley" zippered suitcases in a Ford Pinto. It sort of looked like the car full of clowns spilling out at the circus! Now that we are empty nesters we have the big SUV to seat a crowd. The early years although the hardest always draw the best memories...
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Old 04-18-2006, 06:37 AM   #13
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My first ever was a 40' Monaco Dynasty 325hp diesel motor home. All the comforts of home.......and then some . Only way the wife would go 'camping'. We actually full timed in that for 5 years! Sold it last year and bought the 19CCD so I could 'hit the road' again....mostly by my self.

Before the hard sided road worthy appliances, it was whatever you could carry in a back pack hiking in the woods.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:26 AM   #14
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We started out tent campers after just a few short weekends we started looking at pop-up's. Our Jayco 1206 was fun for 2 years we had many weekends camping at all the local campgrounds. Last year we had a new canvas put on and everything checked out and headed to Disney World when we got there we broke a cable (broom handles come in handy) and we had some sway problems the whole way. So we decided we wanted something just to pull in and your there. We bought our Airstream last Nov. and will never go back to sob.



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