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Old 01-04-2018, 02:44 PM   #71
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I started a discussion about this topic a couple of years ago:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...ty-153453.html

Still feel the same way. Streaming is great fun, but you have to earn it.

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Old 01-04-2018, 02:47 PM   #72
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Possibly no more air travel for me.
Commercial airlines are terrible with security and baggage claim.
You spend more time in airports than in the air.
The last time I flew commercially was in 2012.
The last time I flew in a private plane was also in 2012.
The difference is in a private plane there is no security or check in or baggage claim.
You ride out onto the tarmac in a car, get in the plane, and go.
When you arrive at your destination, you land, get out of the plane, and wait for a ride- no security or baggage claim...
I would never get my wife on a plane anyway.
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Old 01-04-2018, 02:51 PM   #73
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Yes it is expensive, but I am sleeping in my own bed and my dog is with me.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:05 PM   #74
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Are we burned out? Airstream versus resorts? Too much prep?

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I agree. After our summer trip we sold everything, tv and trailer. Just too much expense and hassle anymore! Still enjoy the forums though! Its like reading the comic strips! Dont miss the bs of rving though. My admiration to those who do enjoy it. I just couldnt justify the hassle and expense since we are limited dollars wise. Tough decision. Lets see other comments.


We all have personal preferences and comfort zones, and trailering or road trips or camping isnt for everyone. My wife and I take the bad with the good and consider the entire package to be part of the adventure. Recovering from a travel FUBAR situation, either real or perceived, can also be part of the fun of travel if one embraces it and views it as a challenge to master. Guess its a glass half full, or half empty, thing.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:11 PM   #75
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Nope, the glass is just the wrong size....
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:14 PM   #76
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Hi Justin,Reading your post got me to thinking...thank you.
I've owned several boats and I'm glad they are all gone. I've owned several Harley's...same thing. Now I have a 34' Classic and even with all the issues you mention I couldn't be happier with it. I'm not sure there is a way to sell it and dump the $$ in a pot and keep it any more simple. Every trip requires planning and preparation, we pretty much keep the camper stocked with everything we need but the groceries and sometimes we wait to get those when we reach our destination. We can be gone in 90 minutes if we choose.
For us the AS is a tool. Other trailers would suffice but if we're gonna travel and stay in a box we want this one. That said; we travel to see the country, to take pictures(I've been a photographer for 35 years), and meet people, play music and write songs.
Being outdoors, hiking, and exploring new surroundings is fun for us. When it's cold or rainy we dress for it and go out in it. It makes coming back to our camper and making some hot cocoa that much more pleasant. Leslie and I love each other's company, we talk, play cribbage and read books. We have a television and a dvd player(I think they work) that we never use.
Part of the price I pay to do those things in my Classic is install a new water pump(last week), replace a sky light (last Summer), and take a few minutes every trip to handle the little things that happen. For us it is all worthwhile, for now. We're 60ish and we probably won't be up for it for too much longer, once loading and unloading are too much work.
The Airstream is just a 'thing'. Use it to do the other things in life that you love to do. AS or not, there's always a price to pay. And better weather is just around the corner! See you on the road.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:21 PM   #77
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Really not many negatives to report in 40 years of camping.
I guess I'm made for it.
Camping is my favorite thing to do.
Gives me something to look forward to.
I keep reservations 6 months - 2 years out.
That also helps with the money part.
When you travel and are buying gas now, the campsite was paid for a long time ago.
Then there is also the impromptu get up and go trip... Just go on a whim or fancy...
We attend the same 3 rallies every year. We go on every holiday weekend. We go for special events like bluegrass festivals. We go to 2-3 different other rallies each year. We go to visit people, weddings, funerals and stay in a campground.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:28 PM   #78
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Were feeling this misery right now as I type my response. Were at a rally with many nice people...but this unbearable cold has us trapped in the Airstream and...day 5 of this!
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:38 PM   #79
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Thumbs up Class B Airstream RV

We have owned two Aitsteams, a 16' Bambi and a 23' Intrnational Serenity. We'ed towed with a new Ram 1500/5.7L hemi or a 2011 Ford 250 6.7L TD. Our trips are never more than 4-5'days and have decided the prep and finish phases are too long and reserving camping sites in the NE US inconvenient. We will purchase a class B RV to ease some of the pre/post requirements realizing the obvious limitations.....drive around vehicle on site. We won't sacrifice the "campimg" experience but will ease the beginning and end phase by camping in the vehicle we "get there and camp in." We are looking for a late model prior owned unit and hoping our camping experiences will be easier and more stress free.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:01 PM   #80
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We went to Canopener in 2014.
January is just too unpredictable- too cold- too rainy- daylight hours too short-
The trailer is parked in January now...
We're pretty much wide open from March till November, but the shorter days and cooler temperatures between fall back and spring forward make that time not so desirable for camping or travel unless you are retired and can go to the Keys, Arizona, or southern California.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:57 PM   #81
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By far, our 'bad' camping experiences have been when we broke our mantra.
'never go camping on a holiday weekend'
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No, no. I completely agree with those. And Im not meaning even necessarily flying. There are tons of great Airbnb that we have stayed in, etc. Our frustration was more of the additional complication of having the trailer versus driving one of our other cars, quick and easy, and staying in a resort. I think Ive gotten a skewed view from a frustrating last year of isolated situations.

As for the days of packing prior for my wife, how do you guys find you streamline that process more efficiently?

We take ours out several times per month to give an idea of usage/frequency.

Our suggestion: FWIW, Before you sell the Airstream take your wife to a nice resort a couple times per year first. We really love the luxury of both forms of travel. Nothing like hiring a driver or being pampered at a world class hotel. Other times nothing beats your own bed and the locations where you have no hotel options and enjoying the luxury of the Airstream. Different styles; different packing and planning but both fabulous...sure better than staying home even when you live in a resort destination. Count blessings.
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:09 PM   #83
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The points have all been made except for my favorite. My trailer has wheels and, whenever the weather is bad, we move to another location.
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