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Old 01-03-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Airstreams just for 'older' people?

I am 40 years old and am going through a divorce. It's taken me a long time to realize that chasing dollars and things did not make me happy and I want to make a drastic change by simplifying my life. I have been fortunate to have had some really good years in spinal implant sales and will continue to work however, I'm anxious to choose a AS and as said, simplify my life.

So, what would be considered the biggest and "best" AS for living in full time? I own land and may choose to travel with it occasionally however, the primary purpose is to live in it full time. Storage is not a concern as I will have a storage building on site.

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By the way, I will purchase a new AS so any advice would be appreciated. As a general rule of thumb, what % discount can I expect to get off the sticker price?

I just purchased a new F-250 diesel so towing will not be a problem.

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Old 01-03-2009, 09:36 PM   #3
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Hello divorced and welcome to Air Forums!

'Older' people? 20 somethings only flit about in Airstreams on MTV. I apologize to my children that I'm neither dying soon nor independently wealthy; therefore they have to earn it on their own ... and a determined 40 year old fits into the right time to get RV'ing. I hope you plan on doing some traveling with your find.

Hang out. Spend some time reading. There are many solo people on the boards -- some fully mobile, some part-time mobile and some parked for the duration. The more static you are, the more you might like something in the 28-34' range. Depending on mobility and tow vehicle you might look from that size and downward to the 25' range.

There's no one answer... Wait! There are many, many answers. Only you can choose among and make work any of the multiple choices. You'll find many willing sources of advice if you look around. Members will respond to some degree but there are many layers of info/advice in the archives. Hang out.
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Diesel? I like the rear dinette back in the scenic area of any campsite. Be sure and look at the 28' International. It's way cool!
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Interesting thoughts. Although older,but not much, and now just spent over 130 nights in the 28 in just over 14 months I can say the following:

You will love the streamer for its unique design and beauty. Pride will always be with you. I live in her currently for 1-2 months traveling the west coast and find her a real source of pride.

However, it is a space challenged product. Really, full time in any of these puppies is going to be one a great personal sacrifice. Single possibly, but with 2 or more, well each his own, but so many other RVs offer so much more space.I would suggest a 28 or less, I take this thing anywhere and really the limit for really tight travel and parking spaces. I wish you good luck, just did hwy 1 from lompoc to moss bay. A beautiful and challenging drive and heading to Oregon. Take care.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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wait a minute,you can replace a spine? if you can do that anything in your life has got to be simpler.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:58 PM   #7
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I don't think age is a factor. There's a survey somewhere on the Forums, and it indicates a fairly young average age.

But: these things are meant to travel. They tow like dreams and are terrific at making miles wity style. They seem to me to be less comfortable just "sitting." So, if you're gonna' just park it, you can get a lot more square footage with an SOB trailer. They're not nearly as "cool" or pretty or tow as well for the most part, but tend to have more room.

But in the end, only you can decide. Look at a bunch of 'em. Lie on the beds. Sit on the sofas and in the dinettes and imagine a week of rain (maybe you don't have that there?) and try to think what you'd do. Where will you put damp towels after your shower? How much food will you have on board in the fridge and the pantry (how often will you want to go to the store?)? How's the viewing angle for the television if that's important to you? Etc. Have fun deciding; I think that's half the fun of ownership ... just deciding what you want and then hunting it down!

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Welcome from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We have a 25FB that we have pulled over 40,000 miles and spent 340 nights in over the past 2 1/2 years. Full time is easily doable of one person. It is also easy to tow. Look at all the Airstream models before deciding.

Good luck in your new life.
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Whatever you decide on for a trailer, think long and hard about your "storage" building. A friend of mine built a 40' deep by 30' wide building. He included large windows, tall garage doors, sewer, water, and electric hookups indoors, and a nice wood stove. This kept his trailer covered and his toys (wood and metal shop tools) warm and dry and just outside his front door. He ran everything on electric -- no propane indoors.
That's what I want when I grow up! (Your toys can be different)
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What size you select will be dictated by the campsites you wish to frequent. If you are into state parks and smaller older off the grid campgrounds you will want to stay under 30 ft. The Front bedroom double bed models are nice for singles or couples. You can get really good deals at the moment because the dealers can not move them. I would pick a dealer close to where you intend to spend most of your time. You can look up new prices on the web from a number of dealers that have websites and use those prices to take in to talk to the dealer you really want to do business with.

I would encourage you to go to a Rich Luhr's Airstream life travelog of the 3 years of full timing with his wife and child in a 28 footer to get some insight.

Here is a link to his site Tour of America

He has many other links there to full timers and their experience.
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for real now dude,if you want the biggest,the best,and travel occasionally,consider two airstreams! its' not unheard of for people on this site to list having more than one trailer.you have the land,the storage space and probably the time to not only maintain one but also restore another of vintage years.hang out like the man says and enjoy this huge support group.click on some of those things like faq and links for enough info to zone out for a long time.have fun ,play safe.
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As a recipient of 2 spinal surgeries and seeing the $100K BILLS. I think that this would fit your lifestyle. YouTube - airstream mobitat by Fitzsimons Design Build
At just 200k( check classifieds) you could be rebounding w/ fashion models.
All jokes aside I am 37 w/ A family and have been dreaming about Airstreams since I was in my 20's and free as a bird.
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I can see your point in seeing older people in Airstreams, but at the tender age of 22, I have my own Airstream, so if you can believe it, young people love airstreams, seeingthem MTV is just a perk!!
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22, wow and good for you!

I wish that I would have had the insight at 22 that you have! However, at 40 I guess it's better late than never. Given the suburban lifestyle, house on the golf course (now my ex-wife's house), this is what my friends would consider a drastic move. Actually, they consider it radical in the fact that it seems to them that I am resigning or giving up on life.

I view it as waking up and realizing that it's what life is all about rather than pursuing all the "things" that never make us happy. Good luck with your AS!
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