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Old 07-26-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Are there any single full-timers?

Hi!

I just joined the forum and I am seriously considering full-timing. However, my current trailer is a Teardrop! Not conducive to the Full-Time Lifestyle, although nice for a week or so.

I am single, and I will be selling my house in the next year or so. I think a few years as a full-timer might be just the thing, and I have started reading up. One of the things I have noticed is that I haven't yet seen any posts that don't allude to a partner.

Are there single people doing this? Do you think a single woman in her late 50's would fit into the social scene at a park? Is a travel trailer even a good idea for a person on her own?
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Air Forums Kalam.

You are a young woman that probably enjoys conversation. (most woman do) and I would think that travel alone would make for some long journeys.

If you plan on staying in one place, maybe a park model would suit your purpose and allow a close social connection to the park activities.

Like you recognize, most travelers already have a partner, and these females are usually very protective of what they have. (otherwise they would have been long gone! )

There are a few females that post here that may or maynot travel alone, and they might want to contact you with some experienced advice.

All I can advise is, if thats what you want to try, go for it. Life only goes around once and you are still young enough to learn new tricks.

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Old 07-26-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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I don't have a partner! I'm going to be living in my new (to me) Airstream on a remote ranch in northern New Mexico, but I wouldn't hesitate to travel alone. I worked and traveled all over Alaska and some lower 48 states when I was working in construction management. Didn't bother me a bit. I liked it. I worked on several cattle ranches in different states, too. Even though I was by myself sometimes, I wouldn't have missed it for anything. Certainly not for the lack of a man!

I'm not much of a club person. I think you would encounter the same single troubles as anywhere else. I'm 63 and it seems about the same as when I was 30. Haha. Some things never change I guess.

You will have a lot of fun!
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Please go to this Yahoo group and say hi to Hunter. I hope I do get booted off of here for referring you.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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I have been freewheeling (single) fulltiming since 2005.

Every now and then it can get awkward - like the campground which made me get a bumpersticker that says "keep paddling, I hear banjos". Most of the time I meet nice people who are glad to know me, and every now and then help me when I have a problem.

I have a home campground where I spend a lot of time, and I'm the example to the non-towing wives.... "Look Honey, she tows that Airstream all over the place and you could learn to do it too."

Be more friendly to the wife than the husband when you meet couples. Simple.

You'll be as lonely or as companionable as you want to be. Make the effort.

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Old 07-26-2013, 11:34 PM   #7
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There are all women travel groups. You could spend part of your time traveling with them. Then there is Sisters on the Fly, not full time, but a good amt of time!
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Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We need to pull up our socks men. This is not good. Soon man will be like that old 8 track player that no one even remembers existed.

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Even though I was by myself sometimes, I wouldn't have missed it for anything. Certainly not for the lack of a man!
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:49 AM   #9
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Yes there is a lot of single folks out there. Keep in mind that many over the age of 55 don't have a personal connection to forums like this. Just pick your camps and if you have a yucky feeling with one, move on. There is AS camps around the nation and seem to bring in the best of people!!!
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:25 AM   #10
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I am actively in the process of creating what you're talking about. I've thought about it for years, and now that I'm making it a reality, it's amazingly liberating. I can't wait. I know there will be challenges as a solo traveler, but I also know I'll meet more people than I would if I were traveling with a partner. I think you should go for it! Good luck. Annie
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:19 AM   #11
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It is an awesome fact that you will meet so many more people when you are traveling alone than if you are traveling with either a male or female. Especially if you have a dog.
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Single and loving it for 10 years now. Not yet fulltiming, but will do so single too.

Well, except for my dogs...
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I know a lot of single women who travel and camp and are having a great time. Sister's on the Fly is a group you could look into and maybe contact a few of their members, (Peggy Guice-via FB). Here's a few you can check out; Sharon Pieniak The Silver Snail, via Facebook

Hunter Airstreamingypsy, via Facebook

There are many others not all in Airstreams but travel single...and they're others who have Airstreams that are not part of the Airforums or the WBCCI. Check out the TCT. I'm sure there will be somewhat of a learning curve but-Go For It!, you'll have a blast I'm sure.

My brother full times in his Airstream...he loves it. He has a home base in Cocoa Beach, FL but travels when he can...we just completed a 3 week trip along the Old Lincoln Hwy from Ohio to Nebraska in celebration of it's 100 Year Anniversary. Traveled 4100 miles and had a blast and saw a lot of rural America. BTW, we're both single. I don't full time tho.

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Old 07-27-2013, 08:00 AM   #14
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Over the years, I've met quite a few folks traveling solo. (Usually meet more folks when I'm going solo than when 2-up ... folks just think you're occupied when you have someone else along.) Many were female, some male. When you're towing a trailer, and especially an Airstream, people just want to chat with you about the trailer, your experiences, how long you're on the road for, where you'll go next, etc.

Seemed to me that the ones who were the friendliest (of either gender) were also the ones who had some basic skills as to repair, etc. and so could talk intelligently about the experience. It IS different from living in a stick house ... there are downsides and lots of plusses as well - so ask lots of questions, read a lot here, and maybe drop in to a nearby rally to talk with folks who own Airstreams. You'll really learn a lot that way.

Good luck with your decision.
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