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Old 07-03-2015, 12:32 AM   #15
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Full Time Streamer versus other full time RVs

I chose my airstream with the idea that I would full time in it while working at my job in Texas, I didn't want to be stuck in a lease or living above or below anyone, and the SOB types felt super cheap to me, though they do have more creature comforts.

I had this vision of sitting under my awning reading a book on this gorgeous property my friend let me park on...but the reality of living in a field was much less glamorous, lol! It involved pumping my septic every five days and bugs, spiders, and a little mouse buddy that moved into my kitchen drawer while I was back in Phoenix visiting my husband. I had to find another place to land because of all of the flooding that happened here in TX, luckily I had taken my trailer back to PHX for some warranty work, it would have been a total loss as her property was under three feet of water!

Now that I'm full timing in a park I really appreciate the little things, like concrete and neighbors who totally get it. I did upgrade my water heater to an on demand unit which is awesome. I am a bit of a recovering hoarder and I work a corporate job as an experience architect, so I have lots of clothes and shoes crammed in here. I think people are surprised when they see me get out of my huge truck in a suit and 4 inch heels and hop into my Airstream every night

If I had it to do over again I would do it the same way...though if they made a washer and dryer that would fit in here omg I'd be in heaven!
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:49 PM   #16
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Interestingly, we chose our '79 Argosy 27' specifically for full-time boondocking – with 3 kids no less. We're in the process of remodeling it right now.

It was the perfect choice because it was completely gutted when we bought it.

We tried full-timing once before in a decked-out 34' SOB. It was terrible.

The reason it was terrible is because almost no thought is put in to making them livable.
They aren't made for full-timing, much less boondocking. They're made for weekend trips with hookups, or at most a week without hook-ups with extreme conservation.

This time, we've got a blank canvas. We're putting a lot of thought into making every inch usable.

One reason we chose the Argosy is because they're beautiful. This one has panoramic windows in the front and back plus several other big windows, so natural light will be abundant.

Part of what makes full-time living comfortable is not having to rely on the "grid". A composting toilet means you don't need to empty a tank. Solar power means no need for electric hookups.

Most trailers are made for the masses. You have to customize it to fit your needs. Airstreams perform wonderfully in this regard, in many ways due to the community.
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Old 08-05-2015, 06:53 PM   #17
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One thing I forgot to mention is that many manufacturers use slide-outs as a way to not have to think about how to make efficient use of space.

We'll be cutting our total square feet in half from our last RV, but usable space will probably double.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:13 PM   #18
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One thing I forgot to mention is that many manufacturers use slide-outs as a way to not have to think about how to make efficient use of space.

We'll be cutting our total square feet in half from our last RV, but usable space will probably double.
True. On the other hand, slides do add elbow room. We're in a WB no-slide coach and don't really have any problems, but we've also learned our "breakfast dance" so each of us can do our own jobs without getting in the other's way. The Airstreams we're considering also are no-slide coaches.
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Old 08-07-2015, 02:46 PM   #19
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Two adults is very doable but with three kids, much doubt it. I would change my TV to a small Class A or B or C RV just to have extra room for when your little kids become teenagers.


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Old 08-07-2015, 02:54 PM   #20
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Two adults is very doable but with three kids, much doubt it. I would change my TV to a small Class A or B or C RV just to have extra room for when your little kids become teenagers.
If we're still full-timing it by the time our kids are teens, we'll upgrade to something bigger. For now, with the size of our kids (7, 5, 2), our renovated layout and as much as we are outside, it should work albeit cozy.
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Old 08-07-2015, 04:43 PM   #21
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"I don't believe that fulltimers select an Airstream to fulltime in; I believe that some Airstreamers decide to fulltime. (There is a difference.)" We're fulltimers who are considering an Airstream to replace our DP.
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Old 08-07-2015, 04:45 PM   #22
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Much doubt, lol. I love these people that say this. HOT AIR. I can count off the top of my head 7 people with 2+ kids in an Airstream full timing.


PS: We selected an Airstream to full-time in. Cheers.
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Old 08-07-2015, 05:18 PM   #23
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We decided full timing was the preferred lifestyle for the next few years, shopped around comparing various RV styles and sizes for both liveability and ease of towing, a 1975 AS Overlander 28' won.

I've fulltimed before. One aspect I appreciated was that the smallness of the living space contributes to getting out of the house, and at the same time that smallness is delightfully cozy when indoors.

If it doesn't work out, maybe it will show up in the classifieds some day.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:54 PM   #24
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I stand corrected.


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Old 08-07-2015, 08:08 PM   #25
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Most Airstream owners I know spend a lot of time outside (weather permitting). We have the awnings out, chairs deployed, etc. We socialize a lot (when in the company of other Airstreamers) and don't tend to sit in the trailer all day unless it's raining.

When we camp in state parks here in FL in the winter, most of the people I see in class A coaches or large fifth wheels rarely seem to spend much time outside or socializing with anybody.

I think if you intended to use an RV as a substitute for an apartment or home where you spend most of your time indoors, an Airstream would be a poor choice. I spend 4-5 months in mine every summer, but I'm usually outside doing something, talking to the neighbors, telling stories at happy hour under a tree, etc. I think Airstreamers who fulltime have a different lifestyle than the classic fulltimer in a 40' coach or fifth wheel.
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Old 08-07-2015, 09:04 PM   #26
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As wanna-be fulltimers, we looked at coaches with an eye to what we would do if we were stuck inside for a couple of days. We decided that we needed some way for each of us to do our own thing without getting in the way of the other one. This spring "a couple of days" turned into weeks of rainy weather. We were very thankful we had plenty of space.

Don't get me wrong. We do spend time outside, but we treat our coach as an apartment on wheels. It is a home base to let us explore the area. For example, we're in Saint Croix Falls, WI for the next couple of weeks for a Care-A-Vanners build (thanks to this forum for giving us the tip). The build doesn't start until Sunday, but we arrived today. We spend this afternoon and evening getting set up and doing some shopping while checking out the area. Tomorrow we'll do some proper exploring. Having an RV makes this possible.
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:16 PM   #27
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Having just spent 7 weeks in our 25FB, I have to say I'm very surprised by how "roomy" it stayed. We were in one spot primarily and used it as a base of operations rather than a temporary home. Most shocking to me was how good we (wife and 6 yr old plus two dogs) got used to the smaller space and began to function "normally" in it. It takes a while to develop the situational awareness of where things are, how to drink from the tiny faucet, take "Navy showers," and most importantly when to get OUT of the AS and out of each other's way. For that 7 week setup, I could definitely stand to have some slide outs and more space but I would have literally never gotten a 5th wheel out of the place we parked it. (Long story about poor drainage)

The two mentalities are very different. AS's, while nearly twice the price, become part of the adventure and a member of the family. We literally miss ours when she is in storage.
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Sorry, I am full of "Hot Air". I forgot how flexible, I was as a kid.Between the ages of 7 to 14, I spent my summer vacations with my uncle and my two older cousins in his AS in Florida. Those summers were the best time of my life.
Your kids are so lucky. I remember running around with camp kids; we played Cowboys & Indians, fished, catching frogs, hiking and had hotdogs or hamburgers for dinner. My uncle and his shiny Airstream in a camp full of SOBs stood out like a beacon in the moon light. Boy, that gleaming AS was a sight to remember at night!
My memories of my uncle's AS are one of the reasons why, I now own an AS.
I hope your family will create super memories as good or better as I had when I was between 7 and 14 in my uncle's AS.
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