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Old 01-03-2018, 06:52 PM   #29
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We are both still working, so mostly do weekend trips.

We always put the trailer away clean and dry. During the camping season the trailer is stocked with bedding, toiletries, (yes get a separate hair dryer, shampoo, straightener, brush, toothbrush and set of makeup and leave in the trailer), clean towels, pots and pans, dishes, glasses, booze, condiments, and DVDs and CDs.

On a Friday to leave we need a duffle bag each of clothes, change of towels, cooler with food and drinks, soft cooler and picnic basket with crackers, bread, fruits and veggies, small tin of dog food, bottled water, and then the items that transport in the truck bed like the grill, charcoal, lawn chairs. I can pack that in about 20 minutes.

On Sunday when cleaning up the trailer I put the dirty towels in a duffel bag to take home, and hang up fresh towels in kitchen and bathroom so the trailer is ready to go next time. Duffel bags get repacked with the clothes we brought. Same for food.

I have done my fair share of resort type vacations in my life. They are getting more expensive, more crowded, and less "special". Traveling in our trailer lets us really feel like we ARE where we ARE. Campgrounds in Missouri are different than Kansas, or Minnesota, or Wyoming. City camping is different than nature-area camping in what you do.

Last year on Easter weekend, we camped in a state park not far from home, hiked on Saturday, went into the quaint town for Easter services, got back to the campground, headed back to storage lot, and actually made it to an afternoon MLB baseball game in the city. That's a lot of living in 48 hours.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:46 PM   #30
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Gayle & I have been Airstreaming over 10 years. For the last 4 years we averaged 6 months each year on the road with the Airstream. Is it cheaper that other travel? Hell no. But we get to sleep in our bed and have our own bathroom, and especially traveling with our two spoiled cat's. After each year of traveling we have always had to have some type of work performed on the trailer.

I wouldn't trade our experiences for any amount of money. After being on the road for 6 months we can hardly wait hit the road again.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:18 PM   #31
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:23 PM   #32
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Then, part of us thinks sell it, put all that cash in a travel fund and just keep it simple.
I think most of us have gone through that mental math. As many others have pointed out here, it really depends on what you (as a family) enjoy.

To us it's like a second home, it's our space, we sleep better, we're more comfortable, the kids have a blast running around outside, whereas they are *miserable* in a hotel room where they do insane things like touch the trashcan.

As a huge bonus we can put our second home on the Cape, or Marthas Vineyard, or Acadia, or Mystic CT, or Lake George, or Woodstock VT depending on where you want it to be that week.

It sounds like you've been in it for a while but I think this is why almost everyone here advocates for starting small and growing into it over going out and grabbing a shiny new 33 Classic right out of the gate. If you love to travel you're probably better off starting with a newer low cost trailer and blending your time with more exotic hotel rooms and then figuring out your own balance from there...

Consider trading down to get a better balance, over a straight exit. Perhaps grab something like a CampLite or a newer pre-owned AS 16-23 footer.

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Old 01-03-2018, 08:27 PM   #33
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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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Old 01-03-2018, 08:30 PM   #34
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The need to reserve campsites far in advance is a problem! Hopefully more will be built over time.

We vacation by Airstream occasionally, and by air/VRBO occasionally. But Iím still working, so time is limited. When retired in about 5 years from now I hope to make longer trips, where the trailer would be much better.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:42 PM   #35
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I think most of us have gone through that mental math. As many others have pointed out here, it really depends on what you (as a family) enjoy.

To us it's like a second home, it's our space, we sleep better, we're more comfortable, the kids have a blast running around outside, whereas they are *miserable* in a hotel room where they do insane things like touch the trashcan.

As a huge bonus we can put our second home on the Cape, or Marthas Vineyard, or Acadia, or Mystic CT, or Lake George, or Woodstock VT depending on where you want it to be that week.

It sounds like you've been in it for a while but I think this is why almost everyone here advocates for starting small and growing into it over going out and grabbing a shiny new 33 Classic right out of the gate. If you love to travel you're probably better off starting with a newer low cost trailer and blending your time with more exotic hotel rooms and then figuring out your own balance from there...

Consider trading down to get a better balance, over a straight exit. Perhaps grab something like a CampLite or a newer pre-owned AS 16-23 footer.

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Yes. We have one of the newer 27FB Internationals and love it. We had a 24 previously.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:47 PM   #36
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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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If these are your travel experiences then maybe the universe just doesn't like you A day late to the hotel too.

I travel for work and pleasure, currently just driving around Texas for enjoyment, no trailers, no tents, just a big beautiful Deardorff and a tripod. Sleeping in a motel tonight, just finished a meal at a nice bar in Marathon. I guess I'll get eaten up tonight and wake up with food poisoning.

Alright JD, I'm done ribbing you.

I subscribe to a looser philosophy than others I guess, but I enjoy everything from hitting the road by myself to the chaos of a flight with my wife and children. My trailer(s) are an accessory to my life and not a definition of me. I could sell all of them for more than I paid, but you'll pry my truck from my cold dead hands (figuratively of course, if you really need it, it's yours).

I appreciate the OP's open and honest pondering, Recreational Vehicaling is a pain in the astronaut for sure, but if my children have one good memory from traveling in a trailer, then everything has been worth it. The blood, money, sweat, tears and invented profanities all add to my evolving character anyway.
Plus, without adversity, all the great times would just be... normal.

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Old 01-03-2018, 08:51 PM   #37
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If these are your travel experiences then maybe the universe just doesn't like you A day late to the hotel too.



I travel for work and pleasure, currently just driving around Texas for enjoyment, no trailers, no tents, just a big beautiful Deardorff and a tripod. Sleeping in a motel tonight, just finished a meal at a nice bar in Marathon. I guess I'll get eaten up tonight and wake up with food poisoning.



Alright JD, I'm done ribbing you.



I subscribe to a looser philosophy than others I guess, but I enjoy everything from hitting the road by myself to the chaos of a flight with my wife and children. My trailer(s) are an accessory to my life and not a definition of me. I could sell all of them for more than I paid, but you'll pry my truck from my cold dead hands (figuratively of course, if you really need it, it's yours).



I appreciate the OP's open and honest pondering, Recreational Vehicaling is a pain in the astronaut for sure, but if my children have one good memory from traveling in a trailer, then everything has been worth it. The blood, money, sweat, tears and invented profanities all add to my evolving character anyway.

Plus, without adversity, all the great times would just be... normal.



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Very true brother! Truth of it is the boys loved having the days inside for us to all just lay in the bed and watch lots of movies and make popcorn on the stove. I think itís us adults that put the pressure on it to be ďamazing.Ē My best memories are in that trailer on adventures together. I may be answering my own question
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Plus, one of our frustrations has been the fact that, especially in our area of Tennessee, camping has exploded, so we are rarely able to get a site anymore without advanced notice. That kind of kills some of the spontaneity.

We too are in Nashville - We were once able to book stays 20 minutes away at Percy Priest Lake to Seven Points (great campground) and stay the weekend. No more. They are booked a year out. It's gotten crazy. We can't plan ... rather, we have to be on standby for a cancellation. Sort of makes it tough to get out ....
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Very true brother! Truth of it is the boys loved having the days inside for us to all just lay in the bed and watch lots of movies and make popcorn on the stove. I think itís us adults that put the pressure on it to be ďamazing.Ē My best memories are in that trailer on adventures together. I may be answering my own question
There it is... as far as I know, we get one spin around on this ride called life. At least that's what my past lives told me when I ate some questionable mushrooms once. But seriously though, with all that I try to be my best at, parenting is my loftiest aspiration. Just so happens that aluminum travel trailers are a fantastic way to instill life lessons on the little ones. From tool use, to being a part of the team, to just spending time together in a bed made for Fraggles... I'm trying more and more to let go of the strain of expectations and just be a leaf in a stream, with a sail, and maybe a motor... now how many solar panels would I need to power the InstaPot and go upstream?

My 6yo can curse like a drunken sailor, so I must be doing something right.

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There it is... as far as I know, we get one spin around on this ride called life. At least that's what my past lives told me when I ate some questionable mushrooms once. But seriously though, with all that I try to be my best at, parenting is my loftiest aspiration. Just so happens that aluminum travel trailers are a fantastic way to instill life lessons on the little ones. From tool use, to being a part of the team, to just spending time together in a bed made for Fraggles... I'm trying more and more to let go of the strain of expectations and just be a leaf in a stream, with a sail, and maybe a motor... now how many solar panels would I need to power the InstaPot and go upstream?



My 6yo can curse like a drunken sailor, so I must be doing something right.



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My take on this, is that a lot of pain is the packing. So you want to give up your own bed and space, for hotels and Airbnb, how would you pack for one of those trips? Why should you pack any differently for using your in stuff? What, just because you have the space to bring it all? Leave the basics in the trailer and pack a bag like your going to the airport.

The rest are conveniences not necessaries, don't make them inconveniences and you will enjoy it all so much more. It definitely takes practice though.
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My take on this, is that a lot of pain is the packing. So you want to give up your own bed and space, for hotels and Airbnb, how would you pack for one of those trips? Why should you pack any differently for using your in stuff? What, just because you have the space to bring it all? Leave the basics in the trailer and pack a bag like your going to the airport.

The rest are conveniences not necessaries, don't make them inconveniences and you will enjoy it all so much more. It definitely takes practice though.


Thatís exactly what we were discussing last night. With any trip, there is packing, laundry, work. And I think thatís the bad thing sometimes about a lot of different storage areas Ė do you feel like you can go ahead and take whateverÖ Because you have the space. On our next trip, we are going to try the suggestion that someone else mentioned about the one duffel bag per person and just see if we missed anything! Thanks for taking the time to respond!
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