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Old 08-17-2009, 06:04 PM   #15
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Jim, I'll be studying Mechanical Engineering. Looking forward to Monterey, and the long trip there--it should be an adventure.
Rob, thanks for the tips. The gentleman I talked to at Monterey Pines said they do allow fulltiming save for a few weekends out of the year. I will probably do something similar to what you did, and do a bit of traveling on the weekends. I really would prefer to go vintage and redo it, but I don't really have time to get it in shape/remodel it. Plus, I really like the modern interiors and layout, hopefully I get a good one with minimal quality control issues.
Bob, thanks for the info. So are you saying it would be a good idea to avoid an '05 due to the door issue? I'm going to take a look at a new '08 SE on wednesday at Carolina RV.
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:18 PM   #16
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My friend is not aware of anything but she is checking with her Dad who used to work for the NPS and still has some contacts.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:24 PM   #17
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My friend is not aware of anything but she is checking with her Dad who used to work for the NPS and still has some contacts.
Thank you Dannie, I appreciate it.

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Well this was exactly what I was thinking. There's a great list of campsites available to both retired military and active duty personnel. If I could do something over again I might have married a military man just to take advantage of the camping opportunities, LOL. JDTMH!

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Old 08-20-2009, 11:51 AM   #19
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Well, I have officially joined the club, and take delivery of my new '08 Safari SE 25FB on Tuesday from Carolina RV. I paid $43177 out the door, which I am very happy with. If this isn't a good deal, don't tell me, I'm happy Sticker was around $61k or so. I may start another thread in a more appropriate section of the forum and post some photos and such.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:57 AM   #20
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Hi Brian,

Welcome to the forums from another former Sailor. I think you'll find lots of us around Compared to a sub, an AS will be gloriously spacious! I'm in Minnesota, so I don't have any answers for you regarding where you can fulltime while going to school, but I wanted to wish you fair winds and following seas in your adventure. Maybe you can find an Airstream park to stay in...

Best of luck,
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Thanks Chris, the airstream is much more spacious than the sleeping quarters were on the sub, thats for sure, with about 20 times as much storage space. Surprisingly the showers are about the same size--I don't really fit in either one.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #21
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Well, I have officially joined the club, and take delivery of my new '08 Safari SE 25FB on Tuesday from Carolina RV. I paid $43177 out the door, which I am very happy with. If this isn't a good deal, don't tell me, I'm happy Sticker was around $61k or so. I may start another thread in a more appropriate section of the forum and post some photos and such.
Well I guess you won't need to see mine. Congratulations! What color interior did you get? Where are you planning to keep it when you come back to the Beach?

Pictures. We want pictures.

I think you got a decent deal - however do check your tires carefully. They've been sitting for two model years and might not have been new when they were put on the axles. Mine is an '06 and I've been thinking I'd need new tires this fall due to the dreaded dry rot issues... then I found one has a leak from the last time I moved it... so ran it up on my oversized legos, got the spare out, and switched the bad one out. Have to have it water tested to see if I picked up a nail. If so, I'll probably have it repaired and use it as a spare until I replace the whole shebang in late fall.

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Old 08-20-2009, 12:57 PM   #22
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Thanks for the comments Paula. I do intend to keep it. I have always wanted a travel trailer, and this finally pushed me to action. I did take a look at the tires. They are Goodyear Marathons, they didn't look dry rotted or anything and looked brand new. I'm not certain of the interior color, but I'll post photos soon. There is a lot of tan and aluminum going on though. I plan on doing the lot camping thing tuesday night and the dealer was happy to accomodate. Hopefully I got a good one. I didn't see any traces of the dreaded filiform corrosion, so I guess thats a good start.
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I too am in school and living in my A/S full time. I am in Redding though which is northern Ca. The RV park I am in costs $ 375/mo plus electricity. But WiFi is included as is the pool and nice front desk staff. I find my A/S perfect for one to live in full time. I have a 34' and personally I'm not sure I understand how two people could live in one of these guys, I already took up the entire closet myself! Ha. Anyways there are several parks in Redding and the price and availability varies. When I was looking for a park I ran across a classified ad for a private individual offering his land for a full timer. So maybe there is that option too.

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Old 09-07-2009, 07:15 PM   #26
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Nice rig! Good luck in your adventure in Monterey. I hope the Military camping will work out for you... otherwise it will be difficult. There are places to camp, but only briefly for the civilian types. You might look at neighboring little burgs like Spreckles... but even there prices will likely be more than your budget. If you didn't have an Airstream already I would suggest finding someone to let you rent their boat, there are a few liveaboards in the harbor, but the only hope is to rent one or rent a slip from someone... we used to have our sailboat in the harbor and rent was at one time $1 a foot, I am sure it has gone up in the last 6 years since we sold ours.

You might post a craigslist ad looking for a place to stay, maybe some farmer will rent you a little spot if you are out in the county rules and reg's might be less problematic.

At any rate, good luck!
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