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Old 12-22-2009, 12:13 PM   #29
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We've been on the road for going on sixteen years; no debt, just the usual expenses; would not have it any other way! Plus the added excercise of waving to other Airstreamers. I'm sixty-four, and yes, I have a silver ponytail.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:40 AM   #30
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My husband and I have worked so hard to have "stuff".. the homes filled with wondrous antiques and collections, etc. And after mortage and bills and expenses there's nothing left. While it's enjoyable to find and acquire the stuff, and fun for me to decorate, it doesn't replace the security you feel with being debt-free. I was, once, but now no longer. I have often thought- and have said aloud frequently, that it would be better to live much more simply. To simply LIVE instead of always working for everything and everyone else... to me the idea of living full-time might eventually become reality. I certainly have it as a possibility :0) But, if not, I know I will enjoy spending some time traveling in my AS!
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:21 PM   #31
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Homeless... almost.

Well my fiancee and I bought a home after the sale of our other one and we got stuck in those lovely option ARM mortgages... We were sold on the idea of that we could save more money for our wedding that way.. then refi in 3 years. We put a significant amount of money down so we though it would be the best all the way around... Well in those 3 years we both lost our teaching jobs, and our house to foreclosure... in mid january is the deadline..

I posted my passat for trade for an airstream on craigslist and a generous soul is swapping for his 72 Excella. We are so STOKED (maybe me more than her). So we were almost homeless.. As we could not really afford rent yet. Minimum wage is such a joke. My fiancee is working in retail and I just got a job as a security guard at a casino. We are starting back from scratch but this has become a blessing in disguise.

We are still young 30 and 35 so we will rebuild our life and finances... The airstream is stayin.. I dont think we will be getting another home for a long time if ever... But will be looking at a few acres to "park" temporarily.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:38 PM   #32
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Wondering if the same might happen to me also. Haven't lost job yet but they sure have cut back to less then half of normal staff. Don't knock Security Guards been doing that for nearly 30 years. I think I will hold onto my A/S just in case.....
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:59 PM   #33
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Not knocking the security job all.. I am actually forward to it...

Let me ask you this, what room for advancement is there as a security guard... What are the levels etc... I only see 3 from when I was there.. so just curious as where the job will lead.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:39 PM   #34
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jwall- maybe if you got into Homeland Security, it might be better? Or at least a benefit package? A customer of ours does night security at a casino on the blackjack floor. He makes a decent salary, but they've laid a lot of people off too It's very difficult. Our business is restoring classic wooden boats, and whiele it is a niche audience/client base, the money has not been coming in like it should and we're in a bit of financial trouble, ourselves. Being a small business is very difficult right now, everywhere. I'm sorry about your house. My aunt just went through this also.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:24 AM   #35
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Watch the Movie "Christmas Vacation"

You can't help but laugh when Randy Quaid drops in on the Griswalds for the holidays in his RV. too funny but true.

Of course he wasn't in an Airstream so he was a little down and out.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:43 PM   #36
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Ah I would love Homeland security but with the loss of job and house really dinged my credit.. I applied for a job with Law Enforcement in Texas and the Sgt who was interviewing me on the phone was informed by me that there would be credit issues.. I told him the whole ugly truth... then he asked was can you fly out here for an interview? So I booked a flight. The day before the interview, after I flew out there, the Sgt. called me at the Airport between my transfer flight he swore I never told him about my credit dings... I Kept my composure until he said until I clean up the credit he wont interview me... So talk about running around in a circle.. I agree it is tough out there all the way around... Just thankful for the breaks I have gotten this far.. I firmly believe what goes around comes around.
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jwall- maybe if you got into Homeland Security, it might be better? Or at least a benefit package? A customer of ours does night security at a casino on the blackjack floor. He makes a decent salary, but they've laid a lot of people off too It's very difficult. Our business is restoring classic wooden boats, and whiele it is a niche audience/client base, the money has not been coming in like it should and we're in a bit of financial trouble, ourselves. Being a small business is very difficult right now, everywhere. I'm sorry about your house. My aunt just went through this also.
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Update... One week to go and my deal fell thru... If anyone knows anyone in the FL/GA/LA/MS/AL area who may be possibly up for a trade on an Airstream for a 2002 VW Passat... Please shoot me a message. I keep scouring the ads and no luck as of yet..
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What about those poor people on the beach in Florida... no jobs, nothing to do but lay around the beach all day.... hardly any clothes to wear.... nothing to eat but a pineapple full of rum with a little umbrella sticking out of it... then back to their Airstream at night where they are forced to cook supper over a charcoal fire in the front yard... just one piece of meat (4 inches thick) to feed a whole family.

My heart bleeds.
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Or the terrible weather they get in California, sometimes they go for months without a drop of rain, and never any snow at all.
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Don't see many Airstreams here, but plenty of full-time RVers. Some by preference who follow warm weather, a few due to floods or financial difficulties, some full-time due to work.
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An energy-efficient trailer of sound construction is an obvious choice for survival with some sense of dignity. The only problem is where to locate it that operation costs are remain low.

Let's see: the minimum wage doesn't pay half of what it did forty years ago; more than 20% of men age 25-54 are out of work; personal, state and federal debt are higher now than at the opening of the Great Depression; ordinary Americans work longer hours, with fewer benefits, higher taxes and greater fixed expenses for less money than in 1972 (if the growth in income/GDP had been allocated per the post-WW2 social contract of rising production per capita = rising paychecks, median incomes in the US would be $80-100k and not $40k and falling) . . . high medical bills force 47% of bankruptcies and the loss of one income is likely to remove a family from the middle class . . shall we go on about the probability of losing a fixed abode?

New research suggests that when a homeís value falls below 75 percent of the amount owed on the mortgage, the owner starts to think hard about walking away, even if he or she has the money to keep paying.

The number of Americans who owed more than their homes were worth was virtually nil when the real estate collapse began in mid-2006, but by the third quarter of 2009, an estimated 4.5 million homeowners had reached the critical threshold, with their homeís value dropping below 75 percent of the mortgage balance.


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Since the estimated number of foreclosures this year will likely exceed 2.5-million, yeah, I'd say that there will be people looking for alternative homes. And not always out of desperation. Being underwater and not walking away is foolish as it will also be that home prices are unlikely to match pre-crash prices for at least another decade. This won't be much of a choice.

Chest thumping about personal frugality, anecdotal "evidence" of bootstrap prosperity, and the disparagement of those looking for at least a living wage is about what one expects from Fox News, the dissimulation of an enormous, growing problem. Millions of jobs shipped overseas, outsourcing of ANY job that can be done over the Internet . . hey, we're just getting started on a globalized normative wage.

For those determined to spite their own interests, a house (a building) with energy needs that will only rise; fails to produce an offsetting income; and located outside of walking distance from essential services (say, three miles) is going to be the "death" of even more families hold on middle-class status. And, heaven forbid, should that same neighborhood undergo a natural disaster, those few with adequate insurance (and lawyer) to rebuild will find that, like Seabrook, TX (and other examples), their neighbors did not, and can not.

Not everyone can afford to transition easily. I may not know where to go should troubles mount, but I prefer to have the option at all in ownership of a long-lasting mobile "home". Trailers are sort of cheap. But setting them up to travel and live may not be. An interim choice, hopefully.
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To answer the original question... if you own an Airstream you are by definition, not homeless.

Some people called "full timers" have no other home but their Airstream. In most cases they have good incomes from a job or pension, and money in the bank, they prefer to live free as the birds.

There may be a few cases where Airstream owners have lost their jobs, houses, etc and are living in their Airstream but not by choice.

In any case there are a lot worse spots you can be in.
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