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Old 08-04-2009, 01:09 PM   #15
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Know the feeling guy's!

I've been homeless since 2000 and have never looked back!

See ya in a Laramie in a few days!

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Old 08-18-2009, 04:05 PM   #16
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My husband and I just went houseless and its been sort of stressful because it's and airstream we are "borrowing" and it was a little run down and we couldn't get hardly anythign to work at first-- but now we have a working stove and fridge, and hot water and our black tank finally emptied (what a scare that was).

We think it needs new batteries because although it says the batteries are charged if we unplug it from both the truck and the the rv park every thing died including the fridge. We had to throw quite a bit of food out in the beginning. I think there wasn't even enough juice to run the controller to tell it to use gas.

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Old 09-05-2009, 10:55 AM   #17
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Glad to hear I'm not the only one. My first post on this forum, I am currently "cleansing" myself. Down to two rooms and about to make the final purge and move into my (new to me) 31'er. Working in the oilfields means the constant threat of layoffs, this way I am free to go anywhere to look for work.

Was amazed to learn that I overbought big-time on my pulling rig, a one-ton Dodge/Cummins is overkill with these beauties. Always heard Airstreams pulled like a dream but this is incredible!
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:41 PM   #18
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Did the same - I had two houses, put them up for sale with hopes of selling one. Both were under contract in 2 to 3 days. Now! Where do I go? I moved into my AS that was/ and is still under complete renovation. Junk in storage locker - biggest mistake I ever made. Paying $ every month for stuff I don't ever need again. Better that you keek only what you need - get rid of everything. When you need it again, go and buy it. Cheaper in the long run. Smartest move I've made in years. Loving living in the AS. Enjoy.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:27 AM   #19
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wonderful! what a wonderful way to live! being a minimalist myself, i could handle living this way, but situational stuff prevents it. however, it's just great KNOWING that people are doing it!
i can never get that Cyndy Lauper video[ title: 'time to time'?] out of my mind wherein she lives in a tiny airstream. it truly captured my imagination.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:58 PM   #20
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I have many questions for those who have gone "houseless" and live FT in an Airstream. I couldn't find the link to post a new thread.

Here are my questions:

a) Are you always on the go? How long do you stay in one place?
b) If you are still working at a job, where do you park? Aren't campsites expensive in the long term? What other options are there?
c) For those who have downsized, I think I can get rid of everything except antiques handed down in the family AND a lot of family photos. Isn't it difficult to get rid of sentimental items? I think I'd regret it the rest of my life because they all bring back memories. Do you have any regrets? What have you kept that you didn't really NEED, but you WANTED?
d) How is your mail handled? Do you rent a local PO box? What if you move around a lot?
e) For those who travel, do you just keep out of the North and Midwest during the winter?
f) What about Internet connections? How are they in campgrounds?
g) Does anyone work remotely from an Airstream via computer? Is your connection stable enough?
h) Is there any way to easily "boondock" and have Internet connection? How about through your cellphone? What about cellphone reception? Advice?


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Old 09-11-2009, 04:23 PM   #21
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I've been houseless for one year now and it was a good decision. I donated everything that my kids didn't need, but I did store a few things such as family photos and documents in an attic. I also temporarily placed some family heirlooms (furniture and tools) with my children.

I had expected to summer in Minnesota near my family, to winter in Texas or the Southwest, and to meander about for a month or so on my way north and south. After this spring's wanderings I found I had less interest in Airstream travel than I expected - perhaps it was the extra expense of daily campground rates, or the hassle of packing up for the road, or the fact that I was already spending most nights in my Airstream. I still have a small camping trailer and also a camping shell on my truck, but I find that I'm more inclined to take frequent daytrips and head "home" each night.

I have learned that the best thing about Airstreams for me is the opportunity to stay in Airstream communities. They are great and also very reasonable. I purchased a share in the Minnesota Airstream Park, and I have rented in the two communities (NTAC and TAHI) in Texas. Each is different but wonderful.

I have been using Wifi and cellular internet access (via a phone) on the road for the past 10 years, and it gets better all of the time. It seems that almost all commercial campgrounds have Wifi, many free of charge, and even many public campgrounds. For reliable service I find it useful to use an amplified, external antenna.

I do have a permanent base here in Minnesota which is also my mailing address. When I'm on the road I have temporarily forwarded mail to one of my sons to catch up with me later. During the winter my mail is forwarded to my rented site. Much of my mail was eliminated by switching to online billing options etc.; also, a lot disappeared just because I no longer own a home.

I use my base here for seasonal storage. I have a shed which is a downsized version of my former garage, and I have a gazebo full of books, magazines, misc. electronic and computer parts, and anything else I didn't want to part with at the time I sold my house. My rule of thumb is that if anything new arrives something old has to go; this works well.

I don't expect to do this forever. Things have a way of changing unexpectedly, but for now my Airstream is working well as a fulltime home. It is also easy to pull, with little more effort than traveling with my smaller trailer. Overall, things have been even better than I expected.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:12 PM   #22
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I lived on my boats for over 22 years and had a class A motorhome. When I sold the fleet and put all my stuff together I had a cargo trailer full and still giving away and selling stuff. It is very difficult to keep things simple and not accumulate stuff. From time to time I would have a storage locker somewhere. I had a real mailing address at my Chicago winter marina which I used for many years. Now, no boats only a 24' AS. I do have a PO Box and can use my home base to receive mail. I have a storage locker, but have plans to be free from that stuff within a couple of months.
The best internet access I found was the pc card from AT&T or Verizon. Little expensive, but works almost everywhere in the US, Mexico & Canada.
I work from my AS (home) full time for West Marine. I work for the Call Center division using my Verizon phone line, real DSL and a full size computer. We use an internet system called "Live Opps" which requires Verizon. Only issue I have had is when it rains really hard - it is hard to hear the customer on the phone. I have kept this job because I can travel and stay anywhere I wish, as long as I can get Verizon & DSL hook-ups.
As to mail, there are many mailing services that will accept your mail & packages and ship to you where ever you wish. Getting used to not being planted in one spot can be very hard for some folks. As far as clothes, you only need a few good pieces for business and a few good evening clothes if you still go out to the fine dinning and drinking places. Our world is so casual almost anything goes anymore. Wonderful life to be free to roam, take your stuff with you, make new friends and met up with some of the old friends from time to time. Good Luck with your new life.

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