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Old 10-30-2006, 06:48 AM   #29
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Full Timin' in aUsed' 34

Hello, My wife and I "Full Timed" it in a 1992 34 Excella for 15 years. We sold our home in 1991 and hit the road full time. We have had RV's for 41 years, but this was our first Airstream. Our log shows that we have towed it over 160,000 miles. Our current tow vechile is a 2003 Ford F250 pickup. We have had our Airstream in 49 of the 50 states (We flew to Hawaii), every one of the Canadian Provinces, and most of Mexico. Go for it, you won't regret it.

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Old 10-30-2006, 12:52 PM   #30
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Yesterday I tried to submit a "New Member Write-up". Today I tried to post an response under "Full Timing". I can't find either submission. I do see that I (billco) did make a submission but I can't get to it.

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Old 10-30-2006, 01:07 PM   #31
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Anyone fulltimin' is my hero. Keep the shiny side up! Wait, it's all shiny.
Dave and Joanne
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Old 10-30-2006, 03:51 PM   #32
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Black and white....or shades of grey ???

I used to daydream about fulltiming. ( But my ladylove will never give up the farm )
My plan was not go full tilt fulltiming. I was planning to get a big trailer
and keep it at a park as a home base and storage unit my shtuff. I would use a small trailer for two long road trips a year.
( TWO Timing ??? or Half timing ???) Dave
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Old 11-11-2006, 10:43 AM   #33
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We've done that

My wife and I have full timed it in a 1992 Excella Model 34 for over 15 years. We have towed it over 160,000 miles. No problems, although a few campgrounds didn't have sites big enough and others were somewhat tight. On the road you can't tell the difference between a 34 and a 29. The last 5 feet just follow the first 29.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:01 PM   #34
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What trailer for full timing!

We bought an 87 34' this summer and although we have put more into refurbishing that I had planned, we love the room in the 34 and would not want anything else now. I did have to buy a larger tow vehicle but the comfort and extra room in the 34 is wonderful. We intend to spend a good deal of time in ours as I can work online remoting to my office.
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Old 07-22-2007, 05:29 PM   #35
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We too are thinking of finding a nearly new 34, with the ultimate goal of full-timing. And, we love the idea of boondocking. Will the 34 keep us out of the really pretty and secluded sites? We'd love to read more discussion of this question; size vs. convenience? Thanks, Tom & Cheryl
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Old 07-22-2007, 05:57 PM   #36
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After 2 yrs of fulltiming in a 25' SOB with my hubby I went with the 34'. It gives us enough space to feel apart when we are shut in. I also realized that I would be happier with a separate dinette and living area. I use the fold out table in the living area to do my paperwork, etc on. I don't have to move it when we are ready to eat. Also, the 34' classic gives me a sense of having different "rooms". I also put a television in the BR in case we want to watch different programs or if I need to make business calls hubby can go to the other room and watch television. Backing just takes patience and practice. It also tows great. I am very happy with my decision. 'shaker
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:03 AM   #37
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Cool Rancho Deluxe

I've been fulltiming in my '92 Excella 1000 34' for three months now on a lot overlooking Lake Travis in Austin, TX and I love it. I did have to throw away 40 years worth of junk accumulation and I've found that I rarely miss any of it. When I get home from work in the afternoon, I go straight to a shady grove in my backyard and smoke a cigar while I listen to the news on NPR and this time is the high point of my day and the extremely quiet nights are a close second. My old tomcat thinks it's just about as good as cottage cheese too.

Here's a few pictures of my AS, which I've named Rancho Deluxe.
Rancho Deluxe

And here's a webcam shot of the Lake Travis main basin. My lot is on a hilltop directly across the lake from the camera location.
"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:39 AM   #38
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Good lookin rig, Crusty,

My 83 has the galley and dinette on the opposite sides. The location on Lake Travis looks primo. I spent 9 years out between Wimberley and Driftwood, and love the area.

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Old 08-10-2007, 05:04 PM   #39
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Smile Full timing in the silver train

I have always wanted an AS but my wife said no; "I like my TrailLite." But I said small white boxes are for little people! I finally found an '86 34' Limited - it was love at first sight. I spent the next 2 years restoring it to its former glory and better. virtually new eveything including granite countertops and dinette- what fun not cheap but worth the price - I'm not done yet. Now to the practical. Yes, a 34'er can be hard to find a place for the night -WalMarts are free - and hard to back until you've done it a lot. Many parks don't really check for size - I have gotten into may a 30' sight. But you learn. The 34 is the best I think for long term living - more room in the livingroom, the wardrobe, the bath, the kitchen has more space and a dinette. The livingroom has two couches and the combination of the living and kitchen offer space to accomodate a larger flatscreen TV. If company comes to stay for a few nights there's room for four more and a "half pint" - no problem. There's more storage thus fewer shopping trips. The 250HD Dodge hardly notices it's there . As to getting it in tight places; it goes into the roughest places - some you wouldn't want to take your car - we go slow and it makes it. The "silver train" comes from the day we pulled into a state park in OR. As I pulled into the space, the kid across the way sitting on his trike, his mouth agape, said to me, "Is that a train?" The name stuck. At times it would be nicer to have a shorter AS; but for living once you're setup the 34 is a dream come true for confort. And it's just nice to have something that is so well built. So coooool! We still have two trailers!

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Old 08-20-2007, 07:20 AM   #40
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Fulltimming for nine years in a 34' and loving it. Florida in the winter and the mountains of NC in the summer or where ever the road leads us. It's a life style that we both want and enjoy. We'll do it until I feel like I'm a threat to others on the road and then we'll settle down with the 34' or a condo. Go for it and enjoy the dream. We've had the dream of owning a home and that's well behind us. Have fun and see this great country before it's too late.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:05 PM   #41
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we a thinking of full timing but i want to do it in anchorage ,ak .
i want out of south texas bad....
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:34 PM   #42
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Homer is the place! In the banana belt of Alaska, it has many wonderful places to hunker down, including the Homer Spit stretching out into the Kahemak Bay. Views of mountains, glaciers, easy access to great coffee shops and bookstores and museums, and a population of involved, education-oriented citizens who love the outdoors.
And some are even from S. Texas!
The hustling burg of Anchorage is only a 4 hr. tow away and it does have a great RV park.

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