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Old 01-03-2018, 01:14 PM   #15
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Luckily we keep it right here at home. 30 amp here and a private area to store it and use as a guest house/ office when not on the road.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:16 PM   #16
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Camping with our Airstream is sort of like sailing. Itís the journey, not the destination that matters. We have been to and seen places we would never have imagined without a camper. Beautiful parks, waterfalls, animal and marine life, Mountains, canyons, etc. some of the best experiences were serendipitous just because we were on a road less travelled.

We went on our first, and last cruise last year. There was nothing wrong with the ship...just too many folks, and a schedule that was not ours.

Are there hassles with camping? Sure, but the positives far outweigh the problems.

Simplify. Leave some stuff at home. Pack less food. Walmartís abound.

Itís worth it.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:24 PM   #17
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Camping with our Airstream is sort of like sailing. Itís the journey, not the destination that matters. We have been to and seen places we would never have imagined without a camper. Beautiful parks, waterfalls, animal and marine life, Mountains, canyons, etc. some of the best experiences were serendipitous just because we were on a road less travelled.

We went on our first, and last cruise last year. There was nothing wrong with the ship...just too many folks, and a schedule that was not ours.

Are there hassles with camping? Sure, but the positives far outweigh the problems.

Simplify. Leave some stuff at home. Pack less food. Walmartís abound.

Itís worth it.

Great, great points. Good to be away from the masses. Thatís a major plus.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:02 PM   #18
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I also think what weíve got to get in our minds is that it doesnít have to be all or nothing. I think we have built a pressure that, since we have the airstream, that needs to be 100% of our trips. I think mixing it up some may help us appreciate it even more, plus break it up some.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:04 PM   #19
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Hey guys! Well, to set it up, we just came off a 10 day bust of a trip that just didn't go as planned. We did this same trip last year to the beach and it was just like out of a movie....right on the beach, warm everyday, etc. Well, much like the majority of the country this last week, it was ice cold, stormed the entire time, massive winds, etc. So....we were inside 90% of the time which I know has skewed our sights.

But...we do go through this a lot....the ole Love/Hate relationship. We are very involved with the AS community and all of our friends know that's the main enjoyment we have as a family. But, as those of you who are the packers know, it's always a massive preparation time for my wife before we go, packing for days, un-packing for days, etc. Then just the additional trip planning, etc.

In this situation, we spent $1300 on the spot on the beach, $400-500 in fuel (since we were in a 3/4 ton truck).

We are also skewed a bit because this year has been one of out of the ordinary maintenance....all piddly stuff, but annoying. Faucets, minor leaks, some electrical goofy stuff, some awning rot. Plus, we are due for new flooring, as the vinyl is starting to curl in some of the corners. 2009 27FB, so I know we are due for some normal maintenance.

I know this has been a ramble, but I guess I'm just asking if you guys go thorough the similar. Part of us LOVES it and thinks there's NOTHING like it. Then, part of us thinks sell it, put all that cash in a travel fund and just keep it simple.

Thanks for letting me vent/ talk/ ask. Has anyone ever dumped theirs, regretted and came back? Or dumped and glad you're now resorting (which you probably wouldnt be on this forum anymore). Ha!

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I know what you mean! We've had one trip that we had 5 straight days of rain. Not fun! The trailer seems to shrink.

I will give up the trailer when the physical demands dictate or it stops being fun, but that's not likely to be soon.

Getting in the habit of going to the same place repetitively can get boring. But we have one or two that we just love and visit those two or three times per year.

For a short duration/long distance trip we leave the trailer at home sometimes. I think mixing it up makes other ways of travel more enjoyable.

Make it easier on yourselves, stop packing so much. Whatever we need each time we go, we bought it and leave it the trailer. Now clothes and food is all we have to pack. Takes us one, two hours max, now. We keep kitchen stuff, paper goods, non perishables foods, cleaning supplies, linens, etc. in the trailer at all times. Instant ready, kind of like like add water and stir We only remove the freezable during winter.

We enjoy eating at the trailer, but don't like cleaning up. So we eat at a restaurant at least one meal every day (if there is one nearby). Get's us out even on rainy days.

I enjoy the piddling and maintenance, that's part of the fun (except that time I had to replace the sewer dump valves).

Cost of trips is less $ per day with the trailer, even considering dragging that thing across country (if/when time permits).

The real value: that unexpected place we find along the way, the natural wonders we visit, the wildlife we see, the people we meet along the way; a monetary value can't be place on this.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:23 PM   #20
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I know what you mean! We've had one trip that we had 5 straight days of rain. Not fun! The trailer seems to shrink.

I will give up the trailer when the physical demands dictate or it stops being fun, but that's not likely to be soon.

Getting in the habit of going to the same place repetitively can get boring. But we have one or two that we just love and visit those two or three times per year.

For a short duration/long distance trip we leave the trailer at home sometimes. I think mixing it up makes other ways of travel more enjoyable.

Make it easier on yourselves, stop packing so much. Whatever we need each time we go, we bought it and leave it the trailer. Now clothes and food is all we have to pack. Takes us one, two hours max, now. We keep kitchen stuff, paper goods, non perishables foods, cleaning supplies, linens, etc. in the trailer at all times. Instant ready, kind of like like add water and stir We only remove the freezable during winter.

We enjoy eating at the trailer, but don't like cleaning up. So we eat at a restaurant at least one meal every day (if there is one nearby). Get's us out even on rainy days.

I enjoy the piddling and maintenance, that's part of the fun (except that time I had to replace the sewer dump valves).

Cost of trips is less $ per day with the trailer, even considering dragging that thing across country (if/when time permits).

The real value: that unexpected place we find along the way, the natural wonders we visit, the wildlife we see, the people we meet along the way; a monetary value can't be place on this.


You are exactly right. Thank you for taking the time to write this. Thatís the biggest thing you canít get with a resort or Airbnb Ė the remote places we have been able to stay Ė 20 feet off the river, in the middle of nowhere, incredible privacy! And, truth be told, I do like to tinker. I fixed the majority of stuff myself and have actually enjoyed learning how to do it.Innoway, I guess this site today has helped me realize that I appreciate it more than I realize. Sometimes you have to step away for a minute and then come back to it.
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I was just thinking might be time for a cruise to somewhere warm and let someone take care if me for a change.
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Old 01-03-2018, 02:44 PM   #22
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I go through these thoughts every winter up here thinking the money could be better used to go someplace warm each year. Also as was mentioned, places to camp are becoming harder to find open, so spur of the moment camping is harder to do.
Then, first trip out with stocked pantry, cool refreshment a pace away, our own fresh bug free bed with no bags to carry in every night and unpack, great home cooked meals, and all those thoughts get lost for another year. Well at least till it's time to winterize again.


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This is EXCELLENT George! Thank you.
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You guys have made such good points that have reenergized us and reminded us of so many things that we let fall under the radar in the moment of frustration. The meals is a great part that we didnít think about Ė healthwise, we just donít want to eat out every single meal, which was our situation when we stayed in a beautiful hotel recently. The place was gorgeous, but we literally had to go out for every single meal. We are thinking that on this next trip we go very, very minimum and see if we missed the stuff. Plus, we have so many clothes that we may start leaving extra stuff in there so that it will cut down the packing even more.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:15 PM   #24
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So, you are ready to:

Book over-priced flights,

Be strip searched on the way through security,

Get bumped from the flight when you finally make it to the gate,

Sit in a seat that won't fit a skinny 5 year old,

Wait for baggage that was never on the flight to begin with,

Stay in a bed-bug ridden hotel room,

That had a porn movie filmed in it the day before,


Shall I go on?




You had one bad trip, and the weather was 9/10 of the problem.

Re-evaulate what you really use on the trip, eliminate the stuff that would be cool to use if you have time, and enjoy the rig for what you bought it for.



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That's pretty funny. You paint the worst possible picture of one form of travel, then you encourage the OP to recognize that one bad trip is not the totality of AS camping experiences.

To the OP, a $50k trailer is indeed a huge investment, and you should carefully consider whether it is the right investment for your family. The great thing about AS is the resale value. But if you NEVER sell, it's a pointless value. Sounds like you use your trailer a lot, and if with even that much use it's losing its luster, maybe it's time to try something else, since those things JD listed don't happen all that often, just as having a whole week at the beach rained out doesn't happen all that often.
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If you really feel that way - sell. You can always buy another and a hard used rig is a good deal for a AS dreamer with limited funding.

Yes, sometimes it does not work. We got real tired of the heat on our Fall trip and headed home. That dash included dealing with rain, fog and the front edge of a cold snap that included the white stuff. Not fun, but we picked the route, the time of year and the RV parks. It was not forced on us and we rested a week before rolling out again. This RV thing is not the right choice for many. For those that are willing to take the good with bad, learn, plan, and keep on chasing the adventure, there are a lot of green flashes out there to enjoy. But it's not the only way to chase adventure.

So, sit down, rest a bit, review the pictures from prior trips and evaluate where your future needs to go. Life is short. Do not beat yourself up. A luxery hotel room, lodge accomodation, cabin, or tent might just work better.

Hope to see you down the road .... or the new owner of your coach. Pat
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I know not everyone is able to do this but, the best solution to not having to do so much packing and unpacking, is to go out on longer journeys. Instead of doing multiple short trips, just head out for a month or more.

For me, packing for the trip is fun. It's the unpacking and cleaning up that is a lot of work....mainly doing all the laundry (clothes and bedding and towels), and then giving the trailer AND the truck a good exterior and interior washing....lots of work....but I try to think of it like it's my daily exercise for a few days.
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I'll jump on the "don't pack as much" bandwagon with this suggestion: before I became a full-time RVer, I kept my RV stocked with non-perishable food (canned goods, pasta, etc.) and clothes for all seasons. Not that I went out and bought separate outfits for RVing. When a shirt or pair of pants of mine started to get a little old, I'd just move them to the RV and then buy a replacement for everyday wear. I figured that when I was on vacation, I wasn't trying to impress anybody with my fashion sense.

Other things I did: at the end of a trip, whenever possible I'd dump the holding tanks and fill up with water and propane just before getting home. That way the rig would be ready to go anytime. All I'd have to do was start the fridge and drive away, picking up some fresh groceries along the way. I could get on the road in as little as half an hour this way.
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If youíre not enjoying the trip, the destination is not worth it.

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