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Old 01-06-2018, 10:40 AM   #99
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I find that the quicker I clean out the trailer and restock with clean bedding, towels etc the easier it is. The longer it sits waiting for me to do this in the driveway, the less motivation I have.
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Yes, I totally agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed in this thread but every time I reconsider the 100 or so hours of labour on my 310 to every 1 hour of actual use, one of those Carnival cruises pulls into harbour with thousands of people spewing body fluids from every orfice....... or I do get into an aircraft with hundreds of people that are potential hazmat material.

I can't do the airplane, cruise thing; just can't.

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Old 01-07-2018, 03:28 AM   #101
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And BTW - why is it just your wife doing all the packing? Could you help?

What trash talk is this? It is 4:22am as I write this...Thank goodness my wife is not up to read such nastiness...(I'm joking of course...still and all, don't want to plant such seeds in her mind...)

Seriously, this is a great thread. I was wavering there for a bit, now I am ready to get back on the "camping" horse!
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Old 01-07-2018, 08:50 AM   #102
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Ultimately, even a rotten day Airstreaming is still a day of Airstreaming, and worth every minute. Next time you have a disappointing trip, just remember that you could be having a disappointing time at home instead, and that puts things in perspective.

And when all else fails, remember my old adage that the only functional difference between a disaster and and adventure is whether you can laugh about it later when you tell the story around a campfire. Every Airstreaming disaster I've ever had has become an adventure; though sometimes it takes a few months to put enough emotional distance between me and the events in question...
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:22 AM   #103
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According to the Airforum member list, there are 116,038 registered members on the forum. The only thing we have in common is that we all own, have owned or want to own an Airstream. Other than that, you will find 116,038 differing opinions on how to use them!

I will agree that the money spent on an Airstrream, tow vehicle, and related costs will buy a whole lot of nights in a resort. But it all depends on what you want. If you ever watch Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel, you might think twice about your future hotel stays. I would rather sleep in my own space than hot bunking in rooms that may not meet my standards for cleanliness.

I agree that being restricted to extended holiday weekends presents a challenge to finding campgrounds in the most desirable places. However, I don't like to plan and reserve every nights stay three months in advance of a trip. Being able to alter plans to move on when the weather changes or a location doesn't live up to the hype is important to not being stuck in a miserable spot. We have been able to find spots on short notice in Yellowstone, Yosemite, and other high demand parks. But you just have to go with the flow....or not!
Not to belabor the point but best times we ever had was when we ended up in places randomly after being forced to change plans for one reason or another. That opened up our eyes. However I confess, for me simply being on the road most of the time is almost as much fun as camping.
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:28 AM   #104
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Yes, I totally agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed in this thread but every time I reconsider the 100 or so hours of labour on my 310 to every 1 hour of actual use, one of those Carnival cruises pulls into harbour with thousands of people spewing body fluids from every orfice....... or I do get into an aircraft with hundreds of people that are potential hazmat material.

I can't do the airplane, cruise thing; just can't.

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One thing I left unmentioned in my epic trip story was that out of the 25 days of traveling all over, airports airplanes and hotels we had the flue for 14 days. Got sick the second day into the trip. Like you noted, hazmat suits should be worn at Airports and Airplanes.
I already swore of this type of travel years ago but I let my wife take advantage of me in a weak moment.
Never again !
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:31 AM   #105
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I find that the quicker I clean out the trailer and restock with clean bedding, towels etc the easier it is. The longer it sits waiting for me to do this in the driveway, the less motivation I have.
We do all of that as soon as we get home.
My wife cleans the interior and I do the outside. Other than food we are ready hit the road in two days.
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Old 01-07-2018, 09:50 AM   #106
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Air travel these days is miserable.

We just returned from a week+ road trip to Shenandoah Valley and Westchester County. NY without the Airstream (no salted roads for the Airstream). We stayed in three different 4 star hotels. It involved packing and repacking and hiking up and down stairs. We have taken the same trip in the Airstream and its is much more enjoyable.


We keep the Airstream packed. Washing/repacking clothes and bed linens when we return. Placing dryer sheets here and there keep things fresh.

Yes the trailer requires maintenance but what we value is....

- We use our own bathroom enroute.
- No interstate fast foods joints for coffee and lunch breaks enroute.
- We sleep in our own clean bed every night
- We have our favorite steaks, wines, ciders and whiskey when we want.....or can try local restaurants when we want.

I will say however for a beach trip, there are more negatives in the Airstream to deal with.
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Old 01-07-2018, 10:25 AM   #107
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I don't mind air travel for shorter trips.

But for long ones the trailer is best!
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PatLee stated:

And BTW - why is it just your wife doing all the packing? Could you help?

What trash talk is this? It is 4:22am as I write this...Thank goodness my wife is not up to read such nastiness...(I'm joking of course...still and all, don't want to plant such seeds in her mind...)

Seriously, this is a great thread. I was wavering there for a bit, now I am ready to get back on the "camping" horse!


Ha! Yes I DO help but she stays home, so usually while I am working shes getting all that stuff together and I take care of everything outside, making sure TV is ready, propane full, loaded etc.
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Wow.... you people who are whining about the trailer, camping etc... have to go try the other side of the hill....

Yep you can get a BNB... of course then their is the family who lets their little munchkins run up and down the hallway all night... till one of them falls... and then the screaming, whining and crying starts... Oh and lets not forget the bonehead that leaves his TV turned up all night so that he/they don't hear the little munchkins out in the hallway...

Head into the restraunt.. and its the same thing... people just think that they can let their kids run wild... chasing each other....and in one case throwing food... really... yep oh and the pool.... well we won't even go their... and will just let your imagination run wild with the comment... OH LOOK brown spotted wrinkle neck trout ... yep kids will be kids... I guess...

And while the RV industry has exploded.. its the dealers that are selling the prom'as'ed land of carefree living... so next time that jerk tries to get that 55 foot 5th wheel into a 30 ft spot... at 11 pm at night... and all the yelling and screaming... you might like the fact that after they get 'er in... all the slide outs ... out... and open up the outdoor theater and watch movies all night long.... one can consider boondocking somewhat a more traditional way to go these days... and save not only on san'ty but also money that these RESORTS and charging for glamping these days...

OH and lest we forget the other side of the coin... the homeless that are trashing the places... and beg'n from every newbie that come in... my old saying still holds true... 'don't feed the bears and they will move on'.... but a lot of these sympthy ding dongs.. just have to try and help out... by donating or providing for 'em...

Yet these are the same people that then ... just can't understand why their favorite campground has gone south.... and turned into a mess... go figure....

Nope camping in the trailer is still the better way to go... as we have tried the motel/hotel BNB's etc... and while their are a lot of the out their that do a good deed... they too have suffered the wrath of the un-desirable constant complaint sue happy idiots...

So until the campgrounds get back to camping... and yes you will need a lot of rules... to keep the boneheads in line... or else they get booted... things won't improve... after all one told me.. they have their rights... and people should respect their kids being monsters....

I had one mother come over to my campground.. after I told her munchkin .. not to run through my camp spot... he tripped on the water hose... and slid in home...

She started off with I am going to sue you... and ended up with how dare you tell my kid what to do... really.... When I got done... expanding my naval seamans verbage... her eyes got as big as coffee cups... and red'er than a bull in heat.... but... I asked for her name, address and all.. as I showed the hose to her and the ranger... that was damaged by her munchkin... and said not only would she be paying for the hose replacement... but any other damage that her kid did when he ran through the campsite... She told the ranger to call the cops.. .which he had to... and when they showed up... I explaned to them what happened and the damage...

To her frustration.. he wrote out a ticket to her.. and her kid... and the ranger added that they were to leave immediately... boy was she a red hen ...

and grabbed her kid and started to manhandle 'em... I took out the cell phone and video'd it... and then told the cop .. hey isn't that child abuse... she was doing... he ran after her and yep.. .she got her's... as he put her in handcuffs behind her back... and called for CPS...

oh joy... isn't camping fun with the boneheads today... a campground is not a playground for munchkins to disrespect others at...

So yep go try the motel/hotel/BNB's... and see how much fun you have... not to mention the expense... vs wheeling it...
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I had one mother come over to my campground.. after I told her munchkin .. not to run through my camp spot... he tripped on the water hose... and slid in home...

She started off with I am going to sue you... and ended up with how dare you tell my kid what to do... really.... When I got done... expanding my naval seamans verbage... her eyes got as big as coffee cups... and red'er than a bull in heat.... but... I asked for her name, address and all.. as I showed the hose to her and the ranger... that was damaged by her munchkin... and said not only would she be paying for the hose replacement... but any other damage that her kid did when he ran through the campsite... She told the ranger to call the cops.. .which he had to... and when they showed up... I explaned to them what happened and the damage...

To her frustration.. he wrote out a ticket to her.. and her kid... and the ranger added that they were to leave immediately... boy was she a red hen ...

and grabbed her kid and started to manhandle 'em... I took out the cell phone and video'd it... and then told the cop .. hey isn't that child abuse... she was doing... he ran after her and yep.. .she got her's... as he put her in handcuffs behind her back... and called for CPS...
You prove my point. What was a disaster is now an adventure in hindsight when you tell the tale...
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Keep the AS. Buy some land to park it on.
My old beater gets moved about 100' twice a year to mow under it.
It's still fun to go camping. Basecamp for some hunting and fishing. Drive up to the lake in the Camry - beats the 3/4 ton.
You don't have to plan weeks ahead or spend a lot of dough.
Thursday evening: Me, "Honey, you got any big plans this weekend? Want to go up to the land?"
Her, "I could use a new pair of shoes but that can wait. Yeah, let's go."
Friday after work, off we go.
Simple, better investment, relaxing.
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Lots of extreme positions being posted here. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. I like cruises, resorts, flying commercially, flying in my small plane, and camping. Each has joys and limitations. My only concerns about our Airstream are:

- Traveling very far takes a lot of time, which is difficult for those of us who still work.
- Campgrounds... most of the commercial ones feel like a trashy mobile home park (some actually are!). The state and national park and forest campgrounds are booked solid during summer season.
- Hail!

Maintenance of the trailer is not a problem, just keep it under a roof and learn how to DIY.
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