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Old 02-22-2015, 11:05 AM   #15
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works for me

This works for me, 4 years now, the trailer has held up very well sitting up on cinder blocks (every 6 mo. I let it sit on the tires for a week because I've heard it's good for the axels).
Surrounded by farm land but only 15min from anything I want/need.
I think it's important to find a place you like, with good people.
Living in a trailer outside - in this rainy climate - would be not so nice.

It can get below freezing in the barn during rare Northerlies/snow so I
have contingency plans and back up heat options.

Only thing I would do different (and am doing now) is restoring and outfitting an 50 year old trailer to my specs. Because it's a bit of a waste that this '05 25' is not being used as it was intended...out on the road justifying the annual tags and insurance cost.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:17 PM   #16
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Sorry I don't check back here often...
It seems that small scraps of food which get down into the tank and kind of ferment there is the issue. Here's what we do now: leave gray tank valve open when camped (with a sewer connection) and only close it a day or two prior to draining the black tank. You always want a full or nearly full tank when you drain. The gray tank when full is used to flush the p00p out of your sewer line after draining black tank.
Also, add a little RidX to the tanks. These practices have kept us much less stinky.
Cheers!
Also, get a fine mesh strainer at the .99 store or hardware store for the kitchen sink. This helps A LOT to stop food from going down the drain.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:40 PM   #17
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We tried to account for ALL expenses of living full time in the Airstream including health insurance, etc. It is certainly way more expensive if you maintain an empty house while you full time. Living full time in an RV is not necessarily the lowest cost way to live in retirement. But it can be a lot of fun!

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Old 03-13-2015, 02:41 PM   #18
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pro and con

Living in the Airstream fulltime has been a great experience. It is so quiet I can hear the clock tick.
Owning your domicile is a cheaper way to live if you can fix things that invariably break.
Keeping a trailer clean is a breeze. With so little square footage, I take out the trash every day, and only keep the essential things.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:17 PM   #19
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We have been full timing in a 29' 1976 AS for over 7 years and put on over 140,000 miles during that time. Have had a wonderful time exploring the US and met lots of great folks along the way. We bought everything that we thought we needed before we left, eat well (at home) and get by on about $3800 a month. You will need to have a separate fund for tow vehicle repairs if you are on the road much. If you want to attend concerts, go on a cruise, travel to Asia or Europe, eat out more than once a week, etc., I'd guess that $4500 a month would do the trick. Installing a solar panel allows us to boondock on BLM and USFS land and save what we would have spent on an RV space.
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:19 AM   #20
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Full timers: how long, and what have you learned?

Eagle & Bear, when you say you bought everything before you started out, does that mean your monthly expenses DON'T include TV and TT loan payments? What is your single biggest monthly expense?

Wendy, still looking
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:18 AM   #21
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Welcome WendyW from Wayzata. We're just down the road from you. The "still looking" phase lasts a long time. You are wise to learn all you can about the Airstream lifestyle. It sounds adventuresome, but it isn't for everyone.

I sometimes read threads talking about the simple, low cost life of living full time in an RV. I would submit it is not the cheapest way to live. Full timing may be fun, but it is costly.

We tried to explore some monthly budgets living in an Airstream full time. There are huge variations of course. An Airstream is one of the more expensive RVs on the market, and one of the smallest square footage wise. Well built luxury in a small space. Ideal for traveling well. The monthly budget includes some major expenses that don't go away because you elect to live in an RV, such as insurances.

Take a look at this thread if you haven't already. We discuss most of the expenses necessary living full time.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...et-127358.html

Hope this helps.

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Old 03-22-2015, 07:59 AM   #22
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Me and Angel have full timed for about 7 years now. We landed by fate in the busy city of Espanola N.M.. I swear I have now idea where all the traffic comes from but several RVs are always mixed into the bustle. Thanks to the ad on my tailgate, a man came up and asked if could replace his worn out decals on his rig. So since then I have done about 30 fiberglass rigs. I don't think I can post a photo in here but I will show you my CL link. Now people bring their rigs to me and I do them in my front yard. This allows me to make $$, stay at home, take care of five white cats, and tend to Angel who is just now learning how to walk on a prosthetic. Fix the OLD DECALS/RV-5th Wheels
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Old 03-22-2015, 04:34 PM   #23
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How long have you been full-timing?
~Over a year

Do you park rooted in one place, or do you travel?
~We Travel

How long will you continue?
~Until we no longer enjoy it.

What led you to full-timing, and what would make you stop?
~Wanted to see this Great country of ours. If anyone in our family no longer enjoyed this way of life.

What would you do differently if you could?
~Planned more, saved more prep money.

How much space is enough?
~Never enough with kids, but it’s not about the space, but the places you get to see.

Do you ever dream about a Tiny House instead of your AS?
~Not really

How do you handle maintenance in something you'd rather not tow to a dealer (and become temporarily homeless)?
~My husband’s pretty handy

What other thoughts would you want prospective full-timers to know?
~Research! Research! Research! You can never prep too much in my opinion.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:09 PM   #24
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Welcome WendyW from Wayzata. We're just down the road from you. The "still looking" phase lasts a long time. You are wise to learn all you can about the Airstream lifestyle. It sounds adventuresome, but it isn't for everyone.

I sometimes read threads talking about the simple, low cost life of living full time in an RV. I would submit it is not the cheapest way to live. Full timing may be fun, but it is costly.

We tried to explore some monthly budgets living in an Airstream full time. There are huge variations of course. An Airstream is one of the more expensive RVs on the market, and one of the smallest square footage wise. Well built luxury in a small space. Ideal for traveling well. The monthly budget includes some major expenses that don't go away because you elect to live in an RV, such as insurances.

Take a look at this thread if you haven't already. We discuss most of the expenses necessary living full time.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...et-127358.html

Hope this helps.

David
David: I'm planning for full timing next year and appreciate the thread. In my budgeting I've been thinking about $2500 a month to cover all of the basic expenses (I own both my AS and tow vehicle free and clear) with medicare costs of $140 a month. Is the $300 in your budget for two people? What are your annual registrations charges for auto and AS. I'm looking at Nevada, but they appear to be hefty for either one year or three registrations.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:44 PM   #25
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We own our rig and tow vehicle also. Can one person live on $2500..I say absolutely...definitely out West. We have read a lot of blogs of great places to boondock that have been beautiful. Takes reseach. If over 62 even easier. All of our tires are reality new and so is the refrigerator. There are some unexpected repairs. It is doable. Good luck!
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:42 PM   #26
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Yes, my budget planning was for the two of us. Health insurance is for two. Then we carry pick up and Airstream insurance. And the dog gone smart phone and hot spot costs a fortune per month!

The point it living full time on the road in an Airstream is more expensive than some folks think it is.

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Old 03-30-2015, 12:46 PM   #27
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Lots of thoughtful advice and information on full timing in this thread.
As for us, we have found that there is a significant difference in the camping costs depending on the length of your stay in most places (excepting national and state parks). We have no trouble finding plenty of RV parks for under $600 monthly and quite a few at considerably less cost than that. We have a place reserved in Oregon on the coast for $425 monthly + electric. When camped in national and state parks, it is a daily rate and your stay is limited. So often we have found daily rates at private parks for $40-$50+ but once you extend that to two weeks or more the rates drop considerably. Monthly and multiple month stays are the best rates of all. In a resort community near Palm Springs, California where we are now, it is about $600 monthly not including electric which hasn't been over $40 so far. So many activities for free and great hot mineral and other pools to use too. Our next monthly rate on the central coast of California is $525 + electric and that is a real deal for overpriced California camping. So, having your rates lowered by longer stays coupled with eating at 'home' more often, you will radically lower your costs.
Don't forget Passport America, Good Sam's, AAA etc. for discounts.
Just depends on what you want to do...
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:44 PM   #28
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Del Gurney: interesting — it looks like you are living in your AS while it's inside a butler-style building. Is that your living situation? A great way to keep that showroom shine!
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