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Old 09-13-2010, 03:31 PM   #15
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Robbie, whatever you will get for your Airstream today is possibly what you could get for your Airstream in another year or two. The big hits have been taken and now it will just be a matter of listing and finding the right buyer. With the pressure off and realizing every little thing will no longer weaken its value you might just take it out somewhere and use it hard and enjoy what you paid for and perhaps the trip will change your perspective and if not then you will sell it. Maybe even storing it, or trying a seasonal site, or renting it out may buy you enough of a breather that you can approach your Airstream with an entirely different frame of mind. I am not sure there is a rush to relinquish ownership through these Airstream Blues. However if it is indeed the albatross you feel it to be and cannot shake those feelings than it is certainly a good plan to fail fast and move onto happier pursuits. But sometimes when the pressure is off, as with relationships and high expectations, enjoyment and appreciation can return unhindered. Have a last trip, you may be surprised at how much you are able to relax.

I had upgraded several units and then recently went backwards in time and current value, pocketing some money but still having an Airstream fully capable of pursuing fun and adventure. Take a breather, clear your mind, try to alter the pattern of thinking...you have nothing to lose by not hurrying your decision. Sometimes acceptance goes long and a veil lifts.
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:34 PM   #16
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Robbie, feeling guilty about not knowing everything gets you nowhere. Sorry this hasn't worked out for you. Therapy or meds might help, but it looks like the decision is made and if I were looking for a 31' 2000 model I'd sure check out yours because it must be in perfect condition.

Good luck with your next purchase.

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Old 09-13-2010, 03:39 PM   #17
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Robbie - Some people never even take a chance. You sound like a person who knows himself very well. If it doesn't feel right, don't think twice about your decision to let it go. Live and learn and be a Happy Camper for once!
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:46 PM   #18
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Hi Robbie,

I went through a bunch of counseling for anxiety not too many years ago. I learned that it is not unusual for people in a stressful job, to not even recognize the stress when they are working, but when they retire, somehow the stress finds other things to focus on.

One of the many tools I learned was pretty obvious when I thought about it.

If you recognize a source of stress and can reasonably eliminate it, then do it. That seems to be what you have done.

So far I haven't offed anyone.

Good luck with it whatever you decide, and perhaps if you take a bit of time and figure out whether the things you worry about would really have that bad a consequence if they came true, you might come to a different conclusion.

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Old 09-13-2010, 03:55 PM   #19
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And a dude is not necessarily a man.

If it were, a dude ranch would be a stag club.

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Old 09-13-2010, 04:32 PM   #20
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Thanks again for the laughs.

I am fine and no meds or counseling needed here........

I am very appreciative of the different points of views. I feel sad but mostly dissapointed I could not warm up to it.

A few have said I did not give it long enough and a few have said I dry camped and made it too hard.

I tried both.........most trips were horrible and I came home tired and beat down.

I am envious of those who can go camping and relax and enjoy and not worry if the refrig. is cold enough or the hot water heater was turned off during my nightly walk or if the water pump is off at bed time.

I hope I never make this mistake again.

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Old 09-13-2010, 04:39 PM   #21
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It did perfect.......I am the one that failed it because I am a worry wart......
I had a similar problem with a 68 corvette roadster (red, of course) I owned for a few years. Only a few, because it was a constant worry to me. Not only was it a classic car, so it came with all the usual classic car problems, little breakdowns, leaky top, and whatnot, but it had a beautiful paint job, tons of chrome inside and out, and attracted a crowd everywhere it went. Couldn't stop for gas without people drifting over to see it. All I did was worry about it. I spent more time polishing chrome than driving it. I couldn't drive it to the mall or leave it at the theater to go see a movie without worrying about it the whole time.

After a while I bought a beat up little Miata with high miles, and used that for my daily driver - rain or snow, hot or cold. I never worried a bit about that car, used it for everything. Pretty soon I realized I had no desire to drive that vette anymore, and all I did was worry about the chrome tarnishing or the dogs putting their paws on it when we were out in the garage. I was happy to see it drive away with it's new owner!

For some reason I don't worry about the Airstream like that. I guess mine is old enough I figure it's made it this far, there's not much I can do to it that it hasn't already survived!

So don't feel guilty, just find it a new home and move on. Hobbies are supposed to be fun!
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:41 PM   #22
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Best of luck, we've heard other stories like yours, which is why there are so many coaches for sale in Arizona.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:50 PM   #23
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Me too with motorcycles. After 2 close calls with drivers not seeing me?, I rode white knuckeled every time! Soon, my stomach hurt when I rode. Party was over. Haven't ridden since. Still love them, just not going to ride them.
I get it, Robbie.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:54 PM   #24
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Thanks again for the laughs.

I am fine and no meds or counseling needed here........

I am very appreciative of the different points of views. I feel sad but mostly dissapointed I could not warm up to it.

A few have said I did not give it long enough and a few have said I dry camped and made it too hard.

I tried both.........most trips were horrible and I came home tired and beat down.

I am envious of those who can go camping and relax and enjoy and not worry if the refrig. is cold enough or the hot water heater was turned off during my nightly walk or if the water pump is off at bed time.

I hope I never make this mistake again.

Robbie R.
Robbie,

That's why there are:

Camping cabins in campgrounds,
Beach campgrounds and beach resorts,
On and on...

Oh yeah,
NASCAR infield campsites and suites above the whole uncivilized world!
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:20 PM   #25
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i ... geez, i better go play the banjo a little-that always helps..
It is relaxing isn't it! Ive been trying to learn clawhammer style for the last year or so - not much good at it but I surely do enjoy it! Always comes with us in teh Airstream - much to my wifes chagrin no doubt! (and probably that of my fellow RVers!)


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Tell you what, just to be a good member of the community, I will haul it off for you just for the price of the diesel........
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:12 PM   #27
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Mistakes? I have made them. Man, have I made them. Found out a few things though. First, it's better to give something a whirl even if it turns out to be a disaster, than to chicken out and never do anything. Next, if you make a mistake, admit it, get out of it the best way you can and move on to something better. Even if you have to take a loss.

Sounds like this is your situation. You tried something new, it turned out not to be for you, time to get out and go do something else.

Best of luck, and it's been nice knowing you.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:42 PM   #28
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I'm heartened that a guy can stand up and say "I made a mistake."

I'm double super heartened that the following 30-odd posters were all supportive, helpful and cool with it.

It's great that you figured an Airstream is not for you, but while you may not miss your A/S, you'll definitely miss the people
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