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Old 03-12-2009, 05:30 PM   #1
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Are any Airstreamers Homeless?

i've been seeing on the news a good deal about folks who have as their only home, a RV. many of these folks were hardworking people who've recently become homeless. they owned stationary homes. even worse, are people who live in tent cities. such a tragic situation indeed. my heart goes out to any homeless person, whether 'hidden', or in the worst case scenario, on the streets.
anyway, i am wondering if any Airstream owners have as their only home, their Airstream.
i give to a charitable organization who helps the hardcore homeless who are often addicted. these people are given a new lease on life: not a hand out, but a hand up.

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Old 03-12-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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I live in mine. I don't consider myself homeless, my home is where I go.


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Old 03-12-2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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We only own our truck, some stuff in storage, and our BambI. Got lucky in the real estate sweepstakes, sold out just as it was starting down. Retired at that time also, doing great, no debt, love the life style, and living within our means. So are we "homeless"?
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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One of the reasons we thought an Airstream was practical is so we would always have a place to go...not sure where... but will certainly be comfortable whereever we are. Actually we will be spending 5 or more months away from home this year trying to reinvent ourselves as work campers. This is an experiment in progress...

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Old 03-12-2009, 07:46 PM   #5
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Let me tell you...I or Angel would not stand for a house...we don't need one. We are free from to to change what we see out the front door at anytime. Sometimes some people get jealous as they see us and possibly realize they should be doing what we are free with the winds of life blowing into our face. Homeless people had to get to that place because of some sort of choice they made, or by some disaster, or drugs, or hiding...we feel for homeless people too, but remember we used to be homeless too. And it's true it is a terrible cold place to be stuck in...don't ever go there. We are working people and this AS is Gods blessing to us...When we see some of our homeless people around town, we just keep going, one day they will figure it out, maybe they won't...but we did through trial and error, and today I encourage anyone to go out in a remote alley for a night or two and curl up in a card board box or crate, and re-think their life and pray and ask for deliverance.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:26 PM   #6
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Homeowner or HomeOwned!

I watched too many episodes of "This Old House" and caught the bug.... then wasted too much time, energy and money on a huge money pit.

Home ownership is something we should all be rethinking - because of the bubble and the economy. Let us consider the myths:
  1. it's a great tax deduction (BULL) - the government subsidizes the interest you pay by letting you deduct 20% or so of it.
  2. it's a great investment - (MAYBE) - so if you buy ignorantly in a period of wild price speculaiton with the thought that the bubble can't burst, you've probably figured out - that's an activity called "gambling" not investing. If you buy and later sell in a normal market it often does look like a great investment, but... what about the maintenance you've had to do on that "investment"? Well, let's see.. you paint, mow the lawn, do landscaping, replace the odd water heater, maintain the furnace, buy a new dishwasher, maintain the plumbing... ad nauseum. When she sold her house in the early 70's, my mother's tax advisor said that there wasn't an exemption for capital gains from the sale of the house (was added later)... but nitpicker that she was, she had every record from 1947 through 1974 and after all of the costs were added up her long term capital gain was very modest.
  3. freedom - do you have to have a tall fence, a stout dog, a gun or at least an alarm system to feel secure? Does all your valuable stuff just become a chain around your neck?
  4. free time - how much time are your family and social activities severely limited by all of the routine cleaning and lawn care the BIG old honkin house requires? My money pit took six hours to vacuum!
So does a home own me now? NO. Free at last!

Of course I do have to clean my Airstream - and right now, it needs more than a lick and a promise. Nonetheless, I'll have it done in 2 hours including changing the bed linens and thoroughly cleaning the shower. And the neat part is that I can choose to pay someone to do most of the outside maintenance if I don't want to do it myself. I can afford it because of the lower costs of my tiny tube house.

Homeless? Or just reducing my carbon footprint in ridiculous comfort?

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Old 03-12-2009, 09:13 PM   #7
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    free time - how much time are your family and social activities severely limited by all of the routine cleaning and lawn care the BIG old honkin house requires? My money pit took six hours to vacuum!Paula
Paula.....What were you using? a Dust Buster? or did it just have dead batteries? Or just a really huge house?
See, I read these post all the way through sometimes

But on a serious note, I did see the news report on all of those funky RV's parked along residential streets out west. And the tent city popping up outside of Sacramento, CA
Not good.......
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:31 PM   #8
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Great thread. I'll comment* later... and probably have my post deleted...

*well, some would call it comment. I'll try to "stick to the facts mam, just the facts."

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Old 03-12-2009, 09:34 PM   #9
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Good post Paula !

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Old 03-12-2009, 10:07 PM   #10
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I say 'you're never homeless in an airstream'.

I like our home. I like having three acres of space (I'd like even more). I like having a garden and an orchard and seeing how the trees grow from year to year. I like sitting out under the stars with no one else around. I like having room to let my dog run safely off leash. But of all the things we have, if it got down to it and it was just my husband and I and our pets in the Airstream, that would be ok with me.

So in this economy everything is for sale, except the Airstream!

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Old 03-12-2009, 10:24 PM   #11
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Lets all just be watching out that little curved window...and we'll see as we go...
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:49 AM   #12
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I must agree with Stephanie, I love my home and the land. My dogs can run free and I have a big swing to sit in on the patio and watch the world go by. I love my trees and flowers and plants. I hate the mowing, but Spring and Summer are so beautiful that I get over it. I could live in the old Sovereign, but coming HOME is such a comfort.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:25 AM   #13
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thankyou, all, for replying

indeed, it does seem that the sense of being 'homeless' can sometimes be one of perspective. if people CHOOSE to live full time in an RV, more power to 'em! i would hardly call that being homeless. i would love to do so, too, but, alas, i don't drive/nor can afford a car.
i also agree with the person who made some cogent points against stationary home ownership. sure doesn't seem like the investment it once was thought to be. on the other hand, though, paying rent for decades certainly is a total loss. you never get any of all that money paid in back.
yes, in some circumstances, people who are hardcore homeless do make some poor choices. i also have to wonder why people don't save when times are prosperous for them. even though i have been low income much of the time i've lived independantly, i have always saved as much as i could. i've known people who make many times my income who don't have a dime to their name. it does require dicipline to save. but, like the user who'd mentioned that having lots of possesions can be a millstone around one's neck, i never have had the desire to be aquisitive. that being said, i do have my little luxuries, but at the same time, i consider having money in the bank as the ultimate luxury. there's a rule of thumb that a person should have at least 6 months living expenses in their savings accounts. having no money to fall back on would make me very anxious!

anyhoo, i wonder if the RV owners mentioned in the news coverage could drive their RV's to an RV park...
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:17 AM   #14
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Peace of mind... We avoided all of the fun involved in buying a home and finding out it was a mistake. We've been in the same house for 25 years and although it was worth a lot more before the crash than now, we still have equity. None the less.... the twink in the back yard and a serviceable TV makes the concern about an unexpected turn about in our fortunes much less threatening. This unexpected benefit to owning our camper really does matter - to us.

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