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Old 01-16-2009, 11:30 PM   #71
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Aw PUPPY!!!! I cant wait to meet more Air Stream people. Im hoping to hit the road in May down the California coast. Ill be on the lookout for silver.... Especially with doggies!!! My plan is to run all over California going to dog parks to promote my site and sign people up. If they travel in silver.... all the better!
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:58 PM   #72
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Thanks so much for your good wishes and kind words they help a great deal ( more than you know ) Some people can be quite sarcastic and uncaring believe it or not. But it takes all kinds I guess. You know what they say there is always someone to kick you when your down!!

Our plans have been on hold as my 44 year old brother commited suicide on 12/13/08 he fought with depression for years and lost that fight leaving behind his wife and two children. This has left our family devastated and torn apart. And the guilt this leaves you with is unbearable. All the pain he left behind is the pain we now bear each day. Our only comfort is now he is at peace.

My husband is healing but is totally disabled, still cannot walk but we are hopeful. They have not yet arrested the drunk driver that hit him.

We have received an outpouring of support from our community, church, family and friends through this difficult time.

We are on the lookout now for a 30-34' avion travel trailer because we feel they are comparable to an airstream but priced more in our budget, we have to be out of our home within 90 days so if anyone out there knows or comes across one reasonably priced less than $5,000.00 please email me whyled@hotmail.com I would post on here but do not know how or if I can do that.

Thanks again!!
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:59 PM   #73
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My heart goes out to your husband and to you and your family for having this horrible obstacle to overcome. You are right....thank God he is alive.
With the help and support of friends, family and church you will make it.
Sometimes it's hard to accept help from others. Please allow others help you. These are blessings, some need them, some give them. They will help heal everyone.

Keep your chin up.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:29 PM   #74
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We had just accumulated a back pay from SSI for a friend I take care of and watch over...and we had to make some sort of decision quick...and social would not just GIVE him the $$ unless he had a house find or something...soooo, we were out one day metal detecting in a antique district of Amarillo Tx. And walked past a AS parked there with a for sale sign in the window.....Eureka! This is it! And the rest is history. That Airstream found us I swear on it. It was an answered prayer for sure from God...we have never been big on settleing into a house and fenced in with neighbors-and being stuck there. Our 1970 airstream came up after we had looked formerly at some square trailer options and I said well they look real good, but how long will they hold up? But when we saw the AS opportunity we took it right away, and have never regretted that. Our society has been moving gradually to a survival thing and we are both getting older so we knew after thinking it out, that a retirment plan would be to find a campground somewhere that offered fishing and other things at hand...we are still looking for the best place to settle in to, and if anyone of you airstreamer have a recommendation feel free to throw a suggestion out there on the picnic table!
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:37 PM   #75
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red - It's a trailer, just keep moving till you find a place you like. Many folks like Quartzite, Arizona a great place to spend the winter months and it is very inexpensive as well. You have to be out by summer, it's just too darn hot.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:08 PM   #76
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We will look more into Quartzite....does it really get that hot?
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:15 AM   #77
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Summer temps in the Quartzsite / Parker area often hover in the 115 -123 degrees F. range! It would be a good time to be in Prescott, Payson, or Flagstaff.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:31 AM   #78
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Bob is correct about the summer temperatures in Quartzsite. One time I had a flat with my work truck in Parker and when I tried to jack it, the jack sank in the blacktop. But it is a dry heat...

Other cool area in Arizona include Show Low, Lakeside, Pinetop, Greer and Alpine. There is an Airstream only park (you buy a share) in Show Low. It is the Ponderosa Shadows. It is open in the summer and there is an age restriction. I am not a member, but a few of my friends are.
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #79
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I always remember what our good friend Brad (flysher) says about dry heat - "so is fire"

Too bad your not old enough to get a spot in that park...

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Old 02-07-2009, 09:24 PM   #80
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We live outside Quartzsite in the winter...the BLM(Bureau of Land Management) has several 14 day free camp areas(no facilities) and four VERY large areas with accessible water and dump for $40/14 days, or $180/7 months(Sept 15-April 15)...these areas also offer dumpsters and, if yer brave or conserving the tank, pit toilets...the $180 permit, if you use it all, is about 85 CENTS a night...there are no 'designated' campsites...pretty much, if you can park there, it's yours, and there is a LOT of 'it's yours' to be had...we discovered that we really like the area, and the price is impossible to beat...I suspect the economy will drive up the Q population in the following years.
If you want, need, or desire full hook-ups, there are...well..like over 80 RV parks in the town area...
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:32 PM   #81
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PM me...I can't seem to connect on your post...I've had similar catastrophic events that turned into a great source of lemonade...we are doing what we are, now, because of it, and LOVE it...things have a way of working out, no matter how you try to improve them and screw it up...go with the flow, trust your instincts, ask for help when you need it(HARD ONE), and laugh everytime you get the chance...
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:42 AM   #82
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Indyanne, I can feel what you are going through!! The only thing I can say is, my heart is so with you!! I had the same situation,but a different ending, my husband was killed by a non-insured, non-liscensed, drunk driver. If you need to ever vent, I have been there. My brother also was in an alcohol related crash on his bike. He did not survive, I am sure thinking about you! God Bless!!
I know after a tough day, I come here and love hearing all the talk and wonderful people,I don't even have an airstream and they are awesome, (I have a cousin) I am looking forward to the rally in Branson, or the one here, it restores your faith in things, just being a part of this possitive group. Can you tell I just love these people?
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:01 PM   #83
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We have always lived in a small home and are spending retirement traveling for 8-10 weeks at a time, several times a year, in a 22' Airstream Interstate. We are of modest income, but enjoy nice surroundings. Staying small allows us to have a very nicely appointed home, and a very nicely appointed RV.

Living in a small space quickly teaches you to keep unnecessary items weeded out, and to use every available inch of storage wisely. We didn't use our between-the-benches table in our rear-sleeper, so took it out and use the space for storage. Extra clothing and shoes are in large plastic bags, stuck into empty spots throughout our rig. We have found many lightweight kitchen organization items at the Container Store, also get rid of outer food packaging whenever possible. Bed pillows are covered and sit on the rear benches during the day. We have good quality, black rear-seat-organizers from Duluth behind the passenger seat, where we keep instruction manuals, charge cords, etc., and carry a small laptop. We had a carpenter make racks to match our interior, for books, magazines, cookbooks, etc., we put hooks inside our single closet and behind the driver's seat, and added an adjustable pole shelf unit to a bathroom corner. We are very comfortable on our long trips, and have everything we need.

We also prefer to travel backroads, at 50-55 mph, and average 25 mpg with the diesel engine in our Interstate. We boondock occasionally, but stay in campsites most nights at $20 per nite or less. We like State and National parks and use Passport America. We prepare most of our own meals, but eat out several times each week. We have found the cost of travel in the Interstate to be much less than we expected, and consistent with our spend less-do more philosophy.

Life in a small RV isn't for everyone, but it works very well for us. We are not very techno-savvy, so are not posting photos with this, but would be happy to answer any questions anyone considering downsizing might have.

We are enjoying the forums, but still doing more reading than responding!
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:58 PM   #84
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Found a new one on CNN. At least they chose the right camper! From Beverly Hills to shoveling manure on a farm - CNN.com
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