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Old 08-25-2009, 11:44 PM   #15
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When we were fulltiming, one set of neighbors was a man and woman with their dog living in a 23' Safari. Much of their time was spent in the rec hall, or under the awning, but they had been living in it since 2004, when a hurricane wiped their house off the map.
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:14 AM   #16
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...In the short time I was in his full time home he told the reason for his plight, lost his well paying construction job, found his wife with this best friend, that made him do somethig that put him jail and this was all he had...
Sounds like the basis for every country n' western tune ever written. Too bad this story is true - hopefully he gets back on his feet.

We'll be "fulltiming", if you want to call it that, for a straight month in October, from Chicago to California, all up and down the coast and back home in our 19-footer.

I'll try to remember to dig up this thread when we're done and share our experiences. It'll be an eye-opening experience either way, as we've never spent a night in the trailer together.
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:43 AM   #17
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I too agree with Brian. We took out Tradewind on a 3 week vacation, and Have decided that the bed, which we have modifyed to extend to almost a queen will have to be moved to the front if we decide to to any more extended camping.

I was a PIA to fold it up everyday. especially since by making it wider you had even less space between the edge of the bed and the closet.

When we remodeled we did swapped out the wet bath for a bathroom with a seperate shower and that has worked great, glad we did away with the closet in the bathroom for the shower.

I don't think for us that we could live in anything less than 25 feet, but for 1 person 19 feet might work well.

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Old 08-26-2009, 08:25 AM   #18
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Sounds like the basis for every country n' western tune ever written.
Know what happens when you play C&W music backwards?



Your dog comes back, your get your truck running, you find a girl, you get a new mobile home...
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:31 PM   #19
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Sounds like the basis for every country n' western tune ever written. Too bad this story is true - hopefully he gets back on his feet.

We'll be "fulltiming", if you want to call it that, for a straight month in October, from Chicago to California, all up and down the coast and back home in our 19-footer.

I'll try to remember to dig up this thread when we're done and share our experiences. It'll be an eye-opening experience either way, as we've never spent a night in the trailer together.
hi Brad,

please, do share your experience upon your return. it will be interesting to hear. happy travels.

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Old 09-03-2009, 07:32 PM   #20
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Week long trip on the east coast.
As I was taking the first picture I was thinking, Everything I really need is on that bike. In the second, maybe a spare pair of boots.
With a little practice, traveling light is quite enjoyable.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:22 PM   #21
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I full-timed in a 24' SOB for a little more than 18 months with no issues at all. I know that the 24' SOB was technically 6 feet longer than your Bambi, but considering the very poor utilization of space, it was probably equivalent. I am quite certain that I could live out my remaining days in something with the layout of my 27FB with no problems whatsoever. My lovely bride wants a bit more "stuff" however so we probably won't be hitting the road full-time for a while yet.

Like others have posted - It's all in what you get used to and decide is acceptable. I promise you that humans can adapt when required. All it takes is the right mind-set.

Have fun!

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Old 09-06-2009, 12:30 AM   #22
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I full-timed in a 24' SOB for a little more than 18 months with no issues at all. I know that the 24' SOB was technically 6 feet longer than your Bambi, but considering the very poor utilization of space, it was probably equivalent. I am quite certain that I could live out my remaining days in something with the layout of my 27FB with no problems whatsoever. My lovely bride wants a bit more "stuff" however so we probably won't be hitting the road full-time for a while yet.

Like others have posted - It's all in what you get used to and decide is acceptable. I promise you that humans can adapt when required. All it takes is the right mind-set.

Have fun!

Wayne
thanks Wayne,

yes, the more i read what everyone is sharing here, i am re-thinking my original floorplan. instead of the pull out bed i'm thinking a permanent bed in the front so i can still keep the full bath in the rear as originally planned.

thanks again everbody for all the input...and photos.

happy Labor Day!
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:51 AM   #23
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We spent 3 months traveling in a converted Chevy Van on our honeymoon back in the day and just had the time of ours lives with the bed on the floor, a Coleman gas stove and a 120 pound dog. A few years ago we bought a 19' Bambi and I then I started dreaming about something bigger. Enough! I began thinking like a backpacker and re-worked what we took along, how I prepared meals and the bedding. Then I started to lose weight. It was amazing how must easier it was to manage with less stuff in the airstream and less weight on me! I'm keeping the Bambi and continuing with Weight Watchers for me and the Bambi!

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We spent 3 months traveling in a converted Chevy Van on our honeymoon back in the day and just had the time of ours lives with the bed on the floor, a Coleman gas stove and a 120 pound dog. A few years ago we bought a 19' Bambi and I then I started dreaming about something bigger. Enough! I began thinking like a backpacker and re-worked what we took along, how I prepared meals and the bedding. Then I started to lose weight. It was amazing how must easier it was to manage with less stuff in the airstream and less weight on me! I'm keeping the Bambi and continuing with Weight Watchers for me and the Bambi!

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Hi Caryl,

thanks for sharing your story. keep up the great work with Weight Watchers. it is crazy what these little trailers will make you do....

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Old 12-12-2009, 09:28 AM   #25
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If you do the 'travel everywhere' thing...keep in mind that there are people out there who perceive us as idiots because we choose to live this way-fulltime. Make sure strangers you might have to meet know that you mean business. Especially if you are in REDNECK territory. Have established friends and connections wherever your destinations are at. Keep people out of your house!
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:23 AM   #26
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I "commute" from Germany to Colorado a few times a year for 2 month at a time. I live in my 19Ft. Bambi. Being by myself I find it to be comfortable. The only problem I have encountered is that I seem to sit in the same place all the time watching tv and it has worn down the dinette seat in that particular spot. The other 3 seats are still brand new. I hate looking at that so I move my ars around now to evenly wear the seat. Kinda dumb but true!
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hi there, two years ago i fell in love with the Airstream travel trailers and then subsequently with the airstream life style and the people. last year i bought my first AS, a 58 Traveler '18. i have traveled in it enough to know that i love it. but, my ultimate fantasy is to one day go on the road full time and see the "world". however, i do not see anyone full-timing in an 18' or less. so my question is...has anybody out there ever done this?

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Sandra,
I went for the larger end of the spectrum. I spent three years in my trailer.
The permanent queen bed and "full size shower" made this doable for me. I tend to collect stuff so the 31 footer was perfect. I managed to put 2000 lbs of stuff water, black and grey water into my trailer. I don't tend to travel light.
Travel light and you can do it in a smaller trailer.
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