Originally Posted by SalKy
We are in the midst of a decision. We have a 5 year plan because I love to research and plan and my hubby loves to make sure that we can financially make happen what I plan.
We are planning to full time and trying to decide about the RV flavors out there. My folks started with a 23 ft. frolic before upgrading to a 31 ft Airstream. I believe it was a 67-ish international but both are gone so it is too late to get specifics.
We have narrowed the field to either a Class A with a toed or if we go the TT route, an older (but not super vintage) Airstream. We do enjoy a bit of demolition (destroyed the breakfast bar and designed and built an island) but not sure how much restoration work we are capable of yet.
We will have a limited budget as I currently am a teacher and he drives in county transit. As we get closer, we will know a bit more about budget but for now, we are wondering, " can you please share why you chose an airstream? (Especially if it is a pre-2000 one) Would you make the same choice if you were buying today having had it a few years now?
I can find lots of info about different types of RVs all over the net but little with respect to this is why I chose it, these are the pros
and these are the cons
Thanks in advance,
Sally and Kyle
Hi sunshine state neighbors!
My wife and I are planning on purchasing our first Airstream this fall after we settle on a tow vehicle and sell our current vehicles.
We've got several reasons for choosing Airstream, most are personal preferences, that can vary from person to person.
For us, we're young, I'm 32 and my wife is 29 and we have one child. I grew up spending summers with my grandfather in a TT camping. I know what TT's typically look like inside. And to be honest, all the wood, the floral prints, the lack of windows are a major turn off for us personally. It just feels like most TT's are designed for people in their 70's and not anyone who actually cares about aesthetics.
I'm not the kind of person who buys a car because it gets them from point A to point B. I own a 1980 Corvette Stingray because it's bold, brash and I love the curves. It doesn't handle like a new Corvette and it's certainly not as fast, but I love it's personality.
This can be hard to explain, but that's how I feel about the Airstreams.
The other reason is they are somewhat an American icon. Still hand crafted in the USA. Most TT's are still made in the US, but a lot are now importing wood, parts and other things from China. I feel like more of my money is staying here.
The American icon part is also a part of it. I'm a web developer by trade, and well I kind of plan on using my Airstream as part of changing my business and doing some tax write offs.
Riveted Labs, get it
Anyways, I had considered RV's earlier, but one of the things that came up is this, if your RV breaks down your home is broken down. And when your home is in the shop, where will you be? But if your tow vehicle breaks down, you can usually get a rental TV and you don't have to pay for a hotel.
BTW, I'm not looking to break the bank either. After nearly a year of research, I've found that life on the road fulltime is cheaper than our 2200sqft home and living in one place.
We believe we can live on the road for 2000 a month if not less.