View Poll Results: How do you (mostly) use your AS?
Camping in the lap of luxury 92 39.83%
Stylish lodging, wherever my destination may be 107 46.32%
Sumptuous guest house 4 1.73%
Other (please post details) 28 12.12%
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Old 08-25-2004, 02:28 PM   #29
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The 24ft '78 Argosy that I recently purchased with garage sale $ will be my home for however long it takes while I rent out my home....It was the only way that I could get my 20 y/o son out of my house...and a solution to save $ for an early retirement...I'll be able to live my life simply w/o "things" communing with nature, clearing blackberry bushes instead of mowing lawns and vacuuming a 1700 sq foot house...and pretending to be in the "witness protection program" in my lovely pasture...ready to take off when the urge hits me...

If anyone would have predicted this is what I would be doing a year ago I would have said that they were off their rocker...

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Old 08-25-2004, 02:54 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Edie G
It seems to me that some of us use our Airstreams to camp in style, and others of us use our Airstreams as stylish travel lodgings.

Which category do you fall into?
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Old 08-25-2004, 04:38 PM   #31
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Camper or Traveler?

I must admit having forgotten why I enjoyed my Airstream and Argosy so much - - then both of my tow vehicles went on strike at the same time just before the WBCCI Rocky Mountain Region VAC Rally. Since I didn't want to miss the rally, I chose to attend using the old "motel" route. The experience reminded me how important having my own bed and bathroom at my convenience in the coach; and reaffirmed my distaste for the daily hassle of packing and repacking luggage in the car's trunk. My Airstream and Argosy will have a place in my life as "stylish travel accommodations" for many years to come.

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Old 09-29-2004, 10:38 AM   #32
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Our current 1956 22 foot AS trailer is currently being used as a beautiful deco yard ornament! The day that it is ready to roll out of the gates again, it will be mainly used for camping in the Cascades and Coastal ranges of the Pacific Northwest.

singing....oh how nice it will be...the day I can give away my tent!
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Old 09-29-2004, 11:16 AM   #33
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Just about everything from living in it full time for 3+ months in Florida, boondocking in Indiana, camping out in luxury in Pennsylvania and Ohio, to Disney World in Florida. Nothing but great people and great memories.
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Old 09-29-2004, 11:33 AM   #34
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This is the fourth season with our A/S. We have towed the unit over 28,000 miles, we are on our second set of tires, our second set of batteries, and I've lost count of the number of times I've refilled the gas bottles. We've been to every state in the union except Rhode Island, Michigan, North Dakota, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. I don't know when we will ever be to North Dakota, maybe when we go to Alaska.

Sure is great to travel with. This past summer, just my wife and I traveled with our little Pug. This is the first time since we've been married that we ever spent 4 weeks together. We had a great time and the check book shows it.
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Old 09-29-2004, 01:07 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Pick
Just about everything from living in it full time for 3+ months in Florida, boondocking in Indiana, camping out in luxury in Pennsylvania and Ohio, to Disney World in Florida. Nothing but great people and great memories.
How did you like Disney World's camp ground? We are big Disney fans and look forward to at least one stay at Ft. Wilderness. (We usually stay at The Animal Kingdom Lodge or Swan, but want to try roughing it in an Airstream just once! LOL )
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Old 09-29-2004, 01:20 PM   #36
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I know that you asked the question of Pick, but I will interject my comments.
We have been going to Fort Wilderness since 1986 and will continue to make periodic visits because it is one of the most relaxing places to go when a hurricane is no where in site. Our fondest memory was a rainy Thanksgiving; a turkey in the oven; kids happy with a video; and a dry Airstream.
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Old 09-29-2004, 02:34 PM   #37
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Glad to hear there are other Disney fans on this forum that like to visit WDW often. We drive down from Atlanta about three times a year and have been regulars since our oldest was 2 years old (his first visit was at 10 mos. old, if you don't count the trip in Mommy's tummy). We have gone as many as five times but that included one annual passholder week end and another 4-day week end in July. My oldest's current teacher is going the same time we are this next trip (12/18-12/24/04) and her hubby's goal is to stay in every Disney hotel at WDW!

Once we purchase our Airstream, I'm sure my wife and I will view our travels as stylish lodgings, but I know our boys will view them as luxurious camping. Heck, at 4 & 7, they will just view them as camping. The boys are the biggest part of our decision to buy a travel they can see the country from up close and personal and not through a tiny window from an air plane seat.

The reason we decided on an Airstream is Mom and Dad's desire for the style, comfort, and luxury of an Airstream. Yes, we are spoilt. Especially Mom. Don't tell her I said that. But she will agree if you do.
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:46 PM   #38
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This is our second Airstream. We owned the first one - a 1964 Globetrotter for 7 1/2 years and towed it across the country at least twice and camped in most of the western states.

For us the choice to buy an older Airstream was a no-brainer. What else can you buy that's 30 years old and put thousands of miles on it and then sell it and get your money back out of it? And what else can you buy for the money that exudes such quality?
I'd rather camp in my 34 year old LandYacht than in the fanciest 5th Wheel on the road!
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Old 06-25-2005, 04:56 PM   #39
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A distraction

I was looking for a project to provide a distraction to my every day world...I found it in the Airstream.
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Old 06-25-2005, 08:47 PM   #40
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Hi, folks,

I live in my Excella and work on my Argosy... I started living in a travel trailer in 1992 because I needed a residence on-site where I worked at the time. I was surprised to find that it was adequate for for my needs and comfortable enough. This year I "upgraded" to the Excella, found this forum, and am now restoring the Argosy. I haven't decided if I'll sell the Argosy when I'm done with it or keep it for my camper and use the Excella as my "cottage." Then again, my cottage rolls and it needs to roll. I'm about to start on my NEXT project, which will be a vintage tow vehichle to tow my vintage cottage... which I made a 2,750 mile round trip to obtain. I'm still as pleased as dirt with the Excella, by the way.
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Old 06-26-2005, 05:00 AM   #41
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Camping in the lap of Luxury

We're DEFINITELY camping in the lap of luxury. Kacy and I put almost 250,000 miles on our 1991 VW Westfalia campermobile before eBaying it and moving WAY UP to an AS. What a PALACE in comparison!!! My dinette is about the size of the entire VW living space.

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Old 06-26-2005, 07:29 AM   #42
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All of the above

We were not campers, in any sense of the word. We mainly were looking for a way to incorporate travel into our homeschool curriculum. And to increase our visitations to relatives by taking our own lodgings with us.

I, quite snobbishly, used to say to my husband, "we will be travelers, right, and not campers" . Two months ago we picked up our first AS (or RV of any type, for that matter). We have visited the relatives, attended an Airstream rally, and visited several state parks. Boy, have I had to eat my words , we have had a fabulous time exploring the area. Our girls (8 and 3) have loved every minute of the camping. Our general plan is to stay close to home this year, figure out how everything operates, and work out a few kinks that have surfaced. We hope to travel more next year.

This weekend we didn't make any reservations; my husband and I keep looking at each other and sighing, "sure wish we were camping right now".

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