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Old 08-22-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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Definition of Full-Timing?

Hey guys! Some of you know I am currently searching for my piece of vintage history! So I joined this forum to make sure I know what Im getting into. Then I came accross this "full-time" forum. What is meant by the term ful-time? Is it traveling the country and camping at any campground for a few weeks/months then picking up and moving again? Or is it parking the airstream on solid ground and living in it like a house? I have debated doing the 2nd option since houses are expensive and Im only working part time right now. Im just unsure of the space. So, which is it?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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To me full timing is using an Airstream as it was intended, that is on the road traveling from place to place at a take it easy pace. Working for a while in one place if needed and then moving on.
Parking it more or less permently is homesteading. I don't think an Airstream is really the best trailer for that. There are many "park" trailers that would be better suited. I am sure that there are many people using Airstreams as "park" trailers and are perfectly happy with their decision.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:20 AM   #3
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When you move into the RV full-time, you are full-timing.

Not reasonable in Illinois winters, and may not be a solution to the expensive housing problem. The bargain house prices today are in little mid-western towns, we just sold an old house on a corner lot that had been in the family for $1,000 at auction. One bid.

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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^^^ I think I could afford that lol. I came aweful close to buyng a small 700 sq ft house with an acre of land for under $25k... Someone beat me to it lol. Iv definitly been considering the whole "real estate auction" scene. Seems thats the best way to get a good deal these days!
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:49 AM   #5
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Full timing usually has more to do with whether you have a domicile somewhere to return to, or if the camper is your home.

That said, there are people who spend 6 months out of the year in their camper (the couple that run the advice column in Good Sam's magazine come to mind). They do have a home somewhere, but they also spend quite a bit of time on the road. That situation is a little more gray.

But the label isn't important - what's important is what you want to do.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:58 AM   #6
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Id love to spend 6 months camping lol. But I wouldnt have a source of income for 6 months lol. Thats where it gets foggy... Youd have to be retired and drawing social security/pension/etc to live this lifestyle wouldnt ya? Or have a boat load of cash layin around to fund such lifestyle?
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:10 PM   #7
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on fulltiming..

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When you move into the RV full-time, you are full-timing.

Not reasonable in Illinois winters, and may not be a solution to the expensive housing problem. The bargain house prices today are in little mid-western towns, we just sold an old house on a corner lot that had been in the family for $1,000 at auction. One bid.

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Unfortunately, if one is unemployed or underemployed, buying one of the gems in the small mid-western town won't help much, as jobs are scarce and most likely minimum wage-part time.

My Airstream is indeed my only (thus fulltime) residence. While I would never consider trying to winter north of Oklahoma, it serves my purposes. I grew up in small town mid-western America, and appreciate the lifestyle, but can't afford to go back. So, while the Airstream is sort of permanantly based today, it still has wheels. If a better opportunity surfaces, changing my address is very easy. That fits my definition of a full-timer.
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Plenty of ways to make $$ while on the road. I'm a middle aged web developer and can work almost anywhere. Though I wish I had boat loads of cash.

Currently full-timing for 2 months and counting.
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We currently spend 8 months of the year traveling in the Airstream. Have been doing this for the past 5 years. Pretty much in search of 72 degree weather. So far we have kept our brick and mortar house and are glad we did. It is always nice to have a place to come back to. Couldn't help notice the Olney, Il address. One of our favorite towns to stop at while traveling across the country on US 50.
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When you move into the RV full-time, you are full-timing.

Not reasonable in Illinois winters, and may not be a solution to the expensive housing problem. The bargain house prices today are in little mid-western towns, we just sold an old house on a corner lot that had been in the family for $1,000 at auction. One bid.

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Hi doug
just curious , where was the house?
do you have another one?
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:52 PM   #11
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Hey thats our park! Lol. Small world huh? And ya get to be entertained by white squirrels!
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We met a guy backpacking on the Appalachian Trail almost ten years ago, he was very nicely defending different modes of through-hiking the trail. While he seemed a purist (and was on his umpteenth through-hike of that 2,200 mile trail), he stated that through-hiking could take any number of different shapes or appearances.

The only important thing, he said, is what it means to the individual doing it.

Full-timing, as far as we are concerned, is the same thing. We've met full-timers with two big airstreams, one in mountains and one on the Florida Atlantic coast, and no other house. We know fuil-timers who own a lot in Minnesota and one in Benson AZ, they tow their airstream twice a year. We know full-timers living in a tiny airstream who take vacations during the year without their airstream.

Lots of other variants, probably, in full-timing.
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