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Old 08-08-2015, 10:21 AM   #29
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I think a big point is if a person is going to full time with frequent moves or full time homesteading in a trailer or RV park. Hard to beat an Airstream for towing but if I was going to homestead for any length of time I would get a purpose built park model to call home and travel with the Airstream. I recently spent 4 days in a friends 380 sq ft park model and found it much more comfortable. Wider, higher and fully plumbed. No worries about dumping tanks or broken clogged valves. It had an AC sized correctly for the trailer and apartment sized appliances with full sized fridge. Full sized restroom and shower tub. Double decker with two separate bedrooms and real staircase to the upper deck. Equal to any stick built home with quality construction thruout.

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Old 01-18-2016, 08:23 AM   #30
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Was talking to an AS neighbor yesterday in this NP campground. He said the littler trailers are simpler. I guess. I don't know. Funny the AS has so fewer mechanical things to concern about than your motor coach. I believe it, yet our AS is as complicated as our house was. At least it seems like it.

Two different ways to get our fresh water in
Four different ways to get DC power, (each requiring their own care)
Three water tanks levels to monitor,
Propane tanks that matter a lot in the winter and less so in summer,
Three manual awnings,
Three ways to get television signal in,
Thirty-six G-4 bipin and five 1141 interior lights,
Four sources of heat (aren't we lucky! Running two this a.m.),
Brakes, bearings, and tires to keep it all going and stopping,
A pretty amazing dual-fuel refrigerator,
Manual ventilation control very necessary to control condensation,
Miscellaneous parts that want to fall off going down the road (esp I-5 and I-10)

Ours came with someone to take care of it (me.) What if it didn't? Well, it's true I complicated this one some to suit me (and her) better. She's glad I have "projects" to keep me out of her hair, and I like doing it when we're on the road.

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Old 01-18-2016, 10:39 AM   #31
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I think you have to come to grips with the answers to several questions ...
  1. What is your expected full timing lifestyle - out and about most days (sightseeing, sports) or spending a good amount of time indoors?
  2. Why are you fulltiming?
  3. What is your fulltiming footprint - lots of hobby/recreation stuff or a minimalist footprint?
  4. How active are you in the Airstream community? Are rallies, AS parks or caravans a significant part of your plans?
  5. What is your financial comfort level? Large, high quality class A's are expensive, as is the maintenance and repair. And large class A's are very complex with reliability likely worse than most Airstreams.
  6. Where do you see yourself camping - large sites with 50A service or smaller/older parks?

a large diesel pusher class A has a lot more interior room and storage space. That is traded off against purchase price, operating costs, potential problems requiring professional service, lack of the Airstream community and a more mobile home/apartment feel rather than the Airstream aircraft/yacht feel (this may be a bug or feature).

There is also the consideration that many large coaches have residential appliances that require running the on-board generator for boondocking - this might be a problem is sites are generator restricted or you just don't like the continuous noise (as well as resupplying fuel).

The crux of it is "full timing" means very different things to different people
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Amen, khollister. As for most everything, people view things quite differently. They don't need to care if it suits me unless they're intentionally trying to sell something.

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