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Old 12-28-2009, 12:42 PM   #15
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I don't know how well waiting for the toddlers to grow would work out, since at least around here, they start public school at age five at the latest.

Ask yourself who you are doing the trip for, them, or yourselves? Then act based on that.
I had heard if you try turning your back for five minutes the kids will be grown.

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Old 12-28-2009, 04:24 PM   #16
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My wife and I are very close to being able to take off. We aren't retirement age yet, but are about to sell the business and retire anyway. Only thing that concerns me greatly is the health insurance issue, but we're going to do it!!! She want's to have a 'home place' and is negotiable as to where it is, and is still willing to spend months on the road. Can't argue much with that. We'll downsize to a Morton Building with a stall for the Airstream to be the extra bedroom, and a yard that can be mowed with a weed eater. I can almost taste it.

Good luck with your decision. I would prefer a pickup, but vans do have a lot of space and one can get enough engine to pull most of what's offered.

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Old 12-28-2009, 07:07 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
You can get decent deals on gently used Suburbans, quad cab full sized pickups and the like. My personal preference would be a pickup with a cap followed by the Suburban type vehicle then the van.
I have a husband, a toddler, an eight year old and two large dogs. Right now we have a Chevy Silverado crew cab 4x4 as a tow vehicle. It works for now (since it's paid for), but when it dies, I've already told the husband I want a Suburban.
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:53 PM   #18
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Here's one of my favorites travel blogs. The trip has ended but they really did it right.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:57 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Aage View Post
I don't know how well waiting for the toddlers to grow would work out, since at least around here, they start public school at age five at the latest.

Ask yourself who you are doing the trip for, them, or yourselves? Then act based on that.
I agree completely. If you can do it now without amassing debt, by all means GO! Life is short, and you never know what is around the corner.

My only caution would be that you not try to do too much, as you don't want your little ones to spend hours every day strapped into car seats.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:04 AM   #20
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:30 PM   #21
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Just wanted to thank everyone for their comments, suggestions, and opinions. I think the expenditure of cash along with the tightening of loans will put this plan on hold. I throw out "airstream" at least once a day. I also mention how beautiful my wife looks in the airstream we looked at. Still not working. So rather then tap into our retirement fund now, we're going to postpone this activity for a little while. We looked at a brand new '08 classic 27 at camperclinic in Buda, TX. for $75K - seemed like the best bang for the buck. Next to the '07 classic 27 for $55K that's listed in the classifieds on this website - WOW. That's all the looking we've done though. We want it to be more like a real vacation were we both can hang out with the kids.

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Old 01-08-2010, 10:37 PM   #23
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Grammy says go go go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take the wife away, and remember an older airstream can be pulled by a smaller vehicle. Ck the weight. We live in God's country and why not see it while the opportunity can be taken. Happy streamin along.

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