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Old 07-29-2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Full Timing

Does one of the forums offer advice for the fulltimer ? My wife and I are considering selling it all and hitting the road for several years. I need advice on the size trailer required. We don't need a 36 footer. Pulled our 17ft Casita to Alaska and back last yr (15,000 miles) and loved it, but that 3 month experience tells me that something in the neighboehood of 28 feet would be a lot more comfortable. Why did I come to Airstream - looks like a great big Casita and we love the quality and innovation in that design. Airstream seems to have a great reputation as well and has been around forever! Have I said enuf to mark me as an idiot ?

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Old 07-29-2004, 03:30 PM   #2
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There are many, many people who full time in an Airstream. And there have been many posts on these forums to that effect. However, there is no specific forum heading for full timing.

Just a few points from my perspective:

1. If buying used, get the size you want as the price variance between a 28' and a 34' Airstream is not significant on the used market.
2. Airstreams are NOT a four season coach, unless all four seasons are spent in Florida. You really need to plan to be somewhere temperate in winter.
3. With that in mind, an Airstream makes a great choice as most RV's cannot handle the moisture generated by people living in them full time. With its aluminum shell, ribs, and interior walls, an Airstream is not affected by this problem.
4. An issue with full timers is carrying capacity. Some year and size model Airstreams offer more than others.
5. I think you will find that an Airstream just feels "right". The interior space is a very comfortable place to be.
6. And if you change your mind, there has always been a good market for used Airstreams.

With any luck some of the full timers will jump in here and help you out.

Good luck to you.


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Old 07-29-2004, 08:16 PM   #3
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I am spending the summer in my 31' Airstream. Since I am a newbie at fulltiming, I decided to rent a space in a campground for the season instead of travelling abound. And I'm glad I did. With the price of gasoline these days, being able to keep the trailer parked and do my commuting with just the tow vehicle has been a real savings.

Another considerable savings has been realized with the cost of the campground. Their seasonal rate from May until October is only $1200CAN. whereas average nightly rates of $25 to $35 would have amounted to over $4500CAN to $6300CAN. With full hook-ups I don't have to worry about the added expense and inconvenience of boondocking. And because the site I chose was for adults only, I don't have too much noise here. There is a beach on Lake Ontario, private showers, jacuzzi, a swimming pool, and a sauna. I have a land phone ($55 hook-up) and an ISP (dial-up only) and I can usually pull in 6 channels from my TV antenna. Life is good!

Also, and most importantly, this has allowed me to make repairs at my leisure to my 30+ year old trailer that I have been neglecting. I would not want to be doing this on the road. In regards to trailer size, I can't imagine fulltiming in anything much smaller than this. Especially if I had to share this with another person. Keep in mind that even a 31' Airstream has less than 200 sq. ft. of living space.

Anyway, just some things to think about.

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Old 07-29-2004, 09:40 PM   #4
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We spent 4 months in our Casita (17-SD) last year touring New England et al. The 25' A/S we now own was bought with the mind-set of 180+ days per year on-the-road with an affordable 'home-base'. Originally we thought of a single or double-wide on a 1/2 acre somewhere in E. Texas or TX Hill country until we found and bought a 'villa' at N.T.A.C. (North Texas Airstream Community) in Hillsboro, TX. NTAC is designed as a home-base for EXTENSIVE 'Airstreaming'! BTY: Our Casita sold for asking price 7 hrs. after posting on net!!!
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:56 AM   #5
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Thanks for your reply. Can you tell me what the actual weight for your 31 footer is ?
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:58 AM   #6
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What are the best internet sites for used Airstreams ??
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:25 PM   #7
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The dry weight of my trailer is just under 5000 lbs. I think its gvwr is 7200 lbs. and because I am a certified pack rat I am probably at its limit. I also carry over 1000 #s of cargo in my tow vehicle which is a 3/4 ton Chev extended cab long box with 350 cu. in. and auto. trans. I purchased the smallest truck I could to pull this trailer. Anything less in engine size, suspension, brakes, tires or wheelbase would have made the 3000 mile journey to my campsite an unenjoyable experience to say the least. And I still won't travel through the mountains with this combination. I would need a 454 cu. in. or diesel engine. Also keep in mind that later models of Airstreams are heavier than earlier models due mostly to more luxurious interiors and wider bodies. is an interesting site which includes airstream, streamline and silver streak trailer info. is an informative site for fulltime RVing. They've also written a book on the subject.

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Old 01-28-2005, 09:32 PM   #8
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Thank you for those two links..

Full timing is the best way to be.. just hanging out with friends you meet from time to time. Whenever we come accross another Airstream we usually get visitors.. I can't wait to get back out again in a couple of weeks.. Just got to do some maintenance..

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Old 01-28-2005, 09:37 PM   #9
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Do a search like this:

Lots of folks do it and have shared tons of info for all interested.
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Old 01-29-2005, 10:01 AM   #10
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Another Fulltiming Book

Here is a site basically pushing a book (that I read) by a couple who went fulltiming in a 5th wheel trailer with no previous RV experience. There is some practical advice and a year's experience in the book.

Now I am waiting on Porky and Petunia to write their book.
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Old 01-29-2005, 11:29 PM   #11
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Now I am waiting on Porky and Petunia to write their book.
No book ... but we are putting the shine on our website. Not ready for prime time yet ... but I'll post the URL when it is near ready ... which should be soon.

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