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Old 01-25-2007, 08:54 AM   #43
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I completely understand the WalMart overnights....we drive a 35' Airstream Motorhome and stay in a WalMart, Truck Stop, etc when enroute to somewhere else for the very same reasons; it's typically late when we pull off for the night, it's easy to negotiate into an "out of the way" parking space, there are typically roadside services nearby (fuel, food, supplies) and it's well lit and relatively secure (cameras, other overnighters, open 24 hours, etc.). Actually, if we run our generator (AC) for a few hours and buy some supplies it's more expensive than if we stayed in a KOA.

Many times I've nestle in between two or three or sometimes ten big motorhomes along with small trailers and people sleeping in their MiniVans.

Who cares what you drive and how much it costs and what you do with it? My tent camping friends are only now warming up to the idea of a trailer. They see my motorhome as an expensive luxury. But for me...it's perfect. If someone drives a $2M Prevost...good for them.

I love my Airstream but I can certainly appreciate what a Prevost has to offer. Not all of them are my tastes but if you think about it, when you purchase a $250K used Prevost what still has another 800,000 miles left on the chassis and drivetrain it kind of makes sense over an entry level diesel pusher.

It kind of reminds my of what I saw when I worked at small airport FBOs. Some people fly Piper Cubs and some fly Gulfstreams...but they all LOVE flying.
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:45 AM   #44
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It kind of reminds my of what I saw when I worked at small airport FBOs. Some people fly Piper Cubs and some fly Gulfstreams...but they all LOVE flying.
I must admit, I have had my airstream parked on the ramp at the local FBO, and I have landed a helicopter at a truck weigh station for an overnight stay along a Kentucky interstate due to bad weather, but I've never seen a Gulfstream jet aircraft parked at a WalMart.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:49 AM   #45
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Thank You

SWEBSTER thank you, as someone recently said to me your spot on with your comments. I could not have said it better myself.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:16 PM   #46
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Wow guys!!!

First of all what difference does it make what you camp in as long as you camp. We have an Airstream and a Prevost and they are both fun to camp in. As to the ones that don't get the million plus price tag of a Prevost, all I have to say is "You get what you pay for". Though we love our Airstream, I have to say the Prevost is a lot more comfortable for traveling. I for one, can sit in the back while my husband drives and enjoy a movie with a glass of wine.
What's the saying? "Different strokes for different folkes"
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:19 PM   #47
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Guess I'll let the WalMart thing go

but nearly everyone missed the more important point, IMO.

AirStreams 'speak' to you.... If you listen... and if it's the right one, it fairly shouts at you. Then again, maybe its just me and mine that hears it.

While that 2M Prevost maybe comfortable for 8/ 10 hours on the road, what is the point? I've found that 300miles a day, or so, is about a great limit. More than that and I start having riots from the co-pilot and passengers. If I need to do a 2 day NM to NC blitz.... then I DO NOT take SilverToy and I will likely drive alone. Get it done.

As I said numerous times, I have NO problem with with SOB MH owners, NOR where they park - that's their issue. It's a big country after all.

When I was at the Grand Canyon North Rim - Jacob Lake campground, there were 3 HUGE MH's. All had a least 3 slides. All 3 had toads - Jeep, Caddy, and a Saturn. The cars left in the AM, came back in the PM, the owners disappeared.

I went to the Campfire ring nightly. Folks from trailers, Class C's, tents, all came around - including another AS owner. All of them, ALL OF THEM, commented on the mega-MH owners, and their seemingly self-imposed seperation. We all had a blast! Guitars came out, song books, more wood x2, marshmallows! A few beverages came out, coffee too! What a great time. All under the tall pines on the NR!!! And Yes, I did get a LOT of questions about SilverToy - gave 3 tours - and nearly all loved the space inside (if not my 'housekeeping'). Maybe SilverToy spoke to them also!? I can't say. But then there were no MH tours, not any C-class tours either... Maybe I DO have something special, SilverToy, afterall?!

Back to the MH comments I made that seem to have some hot and bothered - all comments were my opinion only.

I did say that those MH's do nothing for me. Spending that kind of $ for something that offers me nothing, looks like every other offering out there, and then driving the daylights out of it.... I don't get it. And judging by this forum, I am not the only one that doesn't get it.

C est la vie!

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Old 01-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #48
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Diffierent strokes....

BlkCat -

Firstly, Welcome!!!

Secondly, I salute you, your AS, your Prevost and your enjoyment of them all. Enjoy!

Lastly, I am clearly getting the message that I am not expressing myself in a way that is coming accross to anyone else.... guess I better cancel that book deal! I'm having that kind of week anyway

Hopefully everyone has a camping conveyance that they love, use and enjoy. Park it where ever the heck you want!! SYDTR!!!

I'll be the one with the big Silver Camper on the back Look for me and flash a "Hello" when you see me coming - I promise to flash back!

Peace everyone!

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Old 01-25-2007, 01:30 PM   #49
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I'll never be able to afford one, so that's not a consideration.
I do see your point, but if money was not an object and I was going to full time it, this MOHO is now my house. Why not have nice? I would want it big enough to entertain, etc. - just like I now do at my house.
If I try to see it from their perspective it makes more sense to me.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:39 PM   #50
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Let me try just one more time.
I think you are trying to explain the equivalent of why on earth someone who owns a $90,000 BMW 725 shops at Wal-Mart. They may spend $200 every time they go in there to shop, but if they can afford to spend $200 in one shopping spree, why do it at Wal-Mart? Simple, there is a lot more selection of items at Wal-Mart than there is at Nieman-Marcus. It's a matter of convenience.

I live in an upscale community (highest per capita income in the Southeast) and there are plenty of Beemers in the parking lot at the local Wal-Mart on any given Saturday.
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A BMW at WalMart? - now that I have a problem with !!!!
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SilverToy,
No problems...we're all just campers. My AS MoHo spoke to me...and still does so I know exactly what you mean. I'm way more of a motorhome guy than a trailer guy based on personal interests...just the same way someone is a tenter or pop-up, etc. In fact one of my neighbors with a pop up looks down on my MH because "it's not real camping" - whatever (talk to the hand).

To each their own...
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A BMW at WalMart? - now that I have a problem with !!!!
...Mercedes C-Class, Range Rovers, Porches, you name it. I have even run into Evander Holyfield in our Wal-Mart...and he lives in a $22 million dollar house near me with six car garages and they are all filled.

BTW, while visiting my Mom once, I saw a Rolls Royce parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot...the owner came out and got in it while I was parking.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:01 PM   #54
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Oh good! Someone else hears it too!

SWebster -

Oh Good!!! Somebody else hears it too!!!! Glad that I'm not the only one

In reading several of the "Full Monte" threads, it is clear that many follow that AS muse... and make terrific trailers/MH's out of what was often a mess, actual or metaphorical.

And THAT really is the point of what I was trying to convey. AS's, IMO!!, have that certain 'something', and no SOB of any brand, cost or type, has 'it'.

There, got that out. Feeling better - thanks for the ear and the reply Stephen.

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Old 01-25-2007, 03:12 PM   #55
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It's what you do with it...

Gotta share short story about purchase of first Nomad trailer...

I'd talked with great salesman for 4 years at RV shows in Bay Area about buying trailer when children were young, and finally visited the lot to get serious. He almost refused to sell us box trailer, as he wanted us to buy pop-up which he also carried. He claimed "I don't want you to be one of those that sit sealed inside your trailer and watch TV..." Since my wife insisted on Air Conditioning and flush plumbing and I needed a working shower, the Pop-up wasn't going to work..

Finally he sold us the Nomad Weekender when I promised we'd use it properly, and enjoy the activities outside, and not just watch TV in it. Turned out to be a good deal! Thankfully, he also made me buy full sway protection for our Ford Bronco, as a condition of sale, and kept us on the highway a few times.

Sometimes the folks in the motorhomes with the satellite TV dish just need to be invited out for a glass of wine or a beer and a chance to talk.

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>> And I'll never apologize for a night at Wal-Mart or a truckstop either... It's all part of the glamor of life on the road, and there are magic moments and mere moments along the way to some great destinations...
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The point is, it really doesn’t matter if you sleep on the bear ground in the fetal position in a drunken stupor by the camp fire, or sleep in a 2 million dollar MH in a king size bed.
Wonder which sleeping arrangement induces speaking Airstreams
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