Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-09-2018, 05:48 PM   #113
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Dublin , Ohio
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamespio View Post
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.
As a potential future Airstream owner who retired in 2017 along with my spousal unit, I feel that it is more likely a $100,000 plus investment if you include a tow vehicle with an adequate payload. Payload seems to be a real issue unless you go with a monster truck. I am the type of guy that will not exceed the specs and after considering the passenger weight, the tongue weight, the weight of a bed cover etc some trucks would only allow you to carry a tooth pick. Next add costs for insurance, storage, maintenance etc and I quickly get discouraged. That said, I am smitten and might just go for it!
__________________

__________________
bikechuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 05:55 PM   #114
1 Rivet Member

 
2010 30' Flying Cloud
Toronto , Ontario
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 14
Images: 3
i'll never forget the last trip back from Florida before we had our Airstream. getting later and later on a saturday night and dog-tired as we drove from town to town, another hour and another town hoping to find a hotel with a room available. and now? never ever a problem again. Drive as long as you want, when you're tired use AllStaysRV app to find the closest Cracker Barrel, then stop for the night in our own bed with comfy sheets and our own wine and food easily available. We use our CARGENERATOR to boon dock even in bad weather so we have plenty of power to cook or watch TV computers etc. we love the amazing independence, going shopping and driving the shopping cart right to our AS in the parking lot to fill the fridge. Parking in a mall and I can relax tinker watch tv or cook while my wife and daughter shop their feet off...
Nothing so amazing as pulling away from home fully loaded and ready for any adventure. Regarding the days of packing, the key is to have most of what you need already in the Airstream, thats the magic. we just have a soft sided duffle bag for each family member, then fill the fridge and the water tanks and we're ready to go. no life like it!
__________________

__________________
Jonathan Schloo CEO CarGenerator.com
jschloo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 06:06 PM   #115
Rivet Master
 
2011 23' Flying Cloud
Durango , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 507
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdalrymple View Post
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.



Regards,


JD


Excellent observation!
__________________
Safe Travels,
Joe & Joan Donnaway
Durango, CO
JamuJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 07:11 PM   #116
New Member
 
1976 Argosy 28
Warrenton , Virginia
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 2
To Stream or Not to Stream?

If you look at the money it will cost you it doesn't make sense.

If your afraid your going to hit some bumps in the road, then it doesn't make sense.

If your just a totally practical person looking at the the whole thing from a "practical standpoint" then your going to be regularly disappointed with your choice.

The only real way to look at this is as an adventure.....

Sure some trips just don't go well....so what makes you think that taking a trip in another way would always go well?

Remember that cruise ship that blew it's engines up and then the bathrooms were full and it got really "ripe" as the commodes overflowed and they floated around for days in a living heck...I'll bet that was a bad trip for everyone.

Remember that cruise ship that ran into the island and sank...killed a bunch before that was all over...I would say that was a bad trip for most everyone.

Do a web search for cruise-ship rapes and murders your going to be really surprised what happens on those ships while at sea.

How many people that bought "time-shares" wish they had put that money into an Airstream rather than flushing it down the toilet.

The point here is that regardless of where you go or how you get there it can all go very badly...or it can go really well. The problem is we tend to remember the things that go wrong for a long time.

If your in an Airstream or in something else life's a crap shoot...that's supposed to be the "spice" in your life.

So Airstream camp for a few years and then sell everything and buy a big boat...just so you can really miss the Airstream in a few years.

Stop focusing on the little green pieces of paper with the pictures of dead people on them and lift your head up and smell the breeze.....
__________________
captainkirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2018, 07:39 PM   #117
Some Guy
 
djarrett's Avatar

 
2018 28' Tommy Bahama
Nashville , Tennessee
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 305
I agree with mojo that we all have different motivations. For me, owning an Airstream represents traveling during the summer with my grandparents in their airstreams. Every day I leave for work and see it sitting there calling me to "go" and I can live vicariously through the memories from both my childhood and the trips we've already taken, and pray for the day when those trips come closer together. I know many, many friends who own a timeshare, and year after year, they go to the same place over and over again. For us, the Airstream is our vacation home that we can take whatever we choose as long as time and money allow. Hobbies like owning a boat, classic car, fly fishing, and an airstream represent a commitment, an investment, and a choice. And just like you enter in with all those variables, ... you can exit with them as well. Just like you fall in love ... you can fall out of love as well (and still keep the good memories). I financed my trailer. We own a business and it was the best option to protect cash flow, but I don't see a financial burden when I see the Airstream ... I see adventure. I see independence. I see freedom. And I'll take that at any price.
__________________
The Jarretts
Nashville, Tennessee
2018 27' Tommy Bahama
2015 F250 TV-Petrol
WBCCI # 22342
djarrett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2018, 10:03 AM   #118
4 Rivet Member
 
SuzyHomemakr's Avatar
 
1972 29' Ambassador
Boynton Beach , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 407
We try to keep things in our Airstream as close as possible to what we have at home. This minimizes upsets to our rhythms. We're parked right outside of the side door, so we can get ready at a slow pace days ahead of leaving. The Airstream is re-packed right after a trip with freshly washed clothes, repairs are made right away, and consumables are re-stocked. I print out a departure checklist that items are crossed-off of, so that I don't have to think about a thing more than once.

Our primary use of the trailer is as a base camp for weekend kayaking- I lead trips all over Florida for Palm Beach Pack and Paddle. We also love listening to blues music, so we find cool dive bars near campgrounds for our "Nature and Nightlife" club outings. The Airstream is typically Party Central for mostly tent campers, so lots of folks enjoy hanging around the campfire and using the BBQ in our campsite.

The reason that I mention this (horn tooting aside) is that Airstream camping for us isn't an end unto itself- it's a gateway to cool stuff. I've done a ton of landscaping to my back yard, so I can sit out there if I want to hang out in nature, no need to go anywhere. So if the maximum reward I was to get is sitting around a campsite all weekend, I'd sell my rig too!

My advice is to hook up with a group that you share common interests. It doesn't have to be paddling, maybe hunting for fossils, antique shows, music festivals, wine/beer tastings, producing video documentaries of interesting people, whatever floats your boat. Meetup.com is a great way to meet people that have similar interests. Trust me, when you pop out of the Airstream with microwaved popcorn, you'll make lots of friends!
__________________
SuzyHomemakr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2018, 01:15 PM   #119
Rivet Master
 
2017 30' Classic
Anna Maria , Florida
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 970
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuzyHomemakr View Post
We try to keep things in our Airstream as close as possible to what we have at home. This minimizes upsets to our rhythms. We're parked right outside of the side door, so we can get ready at a slow pace days ahead of leaving. The Airstream is re-packed right after a trip with freshly washed clothes, repairs are made right away, and consumables are re-stocked. I print out a departure checklist that items are crossed-off of, so that I don't have to think about a thing more than once.

Our primary use of the trailer is as a base camp for weekend kayaking- I lead trips all over Florida for Palm Beach Pack and Paddle. We also love listening to blues music, so we find cool dive bars near campgrounds for our "Nature and Nightlife" club outings. The Airstream is typically Party Central for mostly tent campers, so lots of folks enjoy hanging around the campfire and using the BBQ in our campsite.

The reason that I mention this (horn tooting aside) is that Airstream camping for us isn't an end unto itself- it's a gateway to cool stuff. I've done a ton of landscaping to my back yard, so I can sit out there if I want to hang out in nature, no need to go anywhere. So if the maximum reward I was to get is sitting around a campsite all weekend, I'd sell my rig too!

My advice is to hook up with a group that you share common interests. It doesn't have to be paddling, maybe hunting for fossils, antique shows, music festivals, wine/beer tastings, producing video documentaries of interesting people, whatever floats your boat. Meetup.com is a great way to meet people that have similar interests. Trust me, when you pop out of the Airstream with microwaved popcorn, you'll make lots of friends!
One of the not too endearing character of us human beings is building a case in our minds to justify an act that may or may not be rational or nice. We will easily rationalize spending money we don't have that we have borrow as driving 25 miles to save 1 dollar on a 3 dollar item.
Spending money on toys is not a rational move nor is it an investment. Mostly we do it to have fun and to add some joy to life to counter the daily grind of living. There I rationalized it .
__________________
franklyfrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 03:09 PM   #120
Rivet Master
 
SARGE/AF's Avatar
 
1996 34' Limited
1976 31' Sovereign
1983 31' Excella
Greeneville , Tennessee
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 527
Images: 2
we found the best way for ours whether we had kids or not, was the only thing that was not left in the trailer was perishables. We kept it stocked with can goods, clothes for 4 days, etc. That way when we was ready to go hook up stop at store and go. When we returned home perishables came out, dirty clothes out washed and put back, then we was ready again. Thank god for second hand clothes stores makes it much easier with the kids and then our grandkids. With the wife and I we had clothes in both home and trailer, mostly because the stuff in the trailer I never wear around the house. We did however pack and unpack 2 sets of nice clothes for just in case.
__________________
Sarge USAF
WBCCI- none
Good Sam Life Mem
NRA, DAV, PGR, DRA
SARGE/AF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2018, 03:35 PM   #121
4 Rivet Member
 
DaveP's Avatar

 
2004 28' Classic
Monument , Colorado
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 271
I raced cars for years. I always found that half the fun was driving them and the other half was fixing them for the next race. The point is, you have to enjoy the whole experience to get the most out of it.

Right now, I am doing some renovation work on my AS. I started planning our trips in December for 2018 and making reservations at the parks and campgrounds as the reservation windows open. Our first trip is in May, and then one+ trip each month through October (average about 6 days per trip). Taking the grand kids to Mesa Verde NP in June and then lots of fly fishing trips. Maintenance between each trip and bigger projects during the winter.

I really enjoy the whole process!
__________________

__________________
DaveP
2004 Airstream Classic 28 "Willard"
2014 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost
DaveP is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how much wind is too much? funkill Off Topic Forum 19 08-21-2009 11:58 PM
how much wind is too much Barry Parkof Awnings 15 04-04-2009 12:19 PM
How much is too much, or too little - 1962 Globetrotter? gduffydc 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 3 01-07-2009 02:39 PM
How much damage is too much? kaulike Ribs, Skins & Rivets 8 01-20-2007 01:10 AM
Carbon Monoxide: How much is too much? Lotek General Appliance Topics 3 01-08-2005 06:06 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.