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Old 03-29-2011, 12:02 PM   #29
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Here we are!

Well we did the deal and here we are in Dallas, TX in our new 2011 Int'l Serenity AS and love it!! At this time there is nothing I would change in it. The L shaped ultra leather couch is comfortable and fits my 5'1" height as well as Kelly's 6' height. The queen bed is plenty big enough for the two of us as well as one of our yorkies (he slept with us in our queen size bed at home also). We have yet to fill all the storage space but then again we came here after trading our 5th wheel via Colonial in NJ and we still have a house to empty and sell back in FL.

Thanks for all of the wonderful advise!
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:04 PM   #30
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Sorry, advice! Lol
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:07 PM   #31
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Congratulations on your new trailer!!! You will love it .

Have fun fulltimng.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:21 PM   #32
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:30 PM   #33
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Glad to hear everything is working out well for you, Donn.

It's a beautiful trailer!

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Old 04-12-2011, 02:16 PM   #34
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Ready to make the leap - need input from those who have

Hi
I think this is a good place to post my "subject" but if not, please re-direct. I am 64, female and live with a long time male mate who is 8 yrs younger and a loving old dog. We moved to coastal Georgia 8 yrs. ago and have rented a series of homes - some better - most worse. Now ready to leave 2br beach cottage as the rent is too high in hopes of finding something much cheaper than the $950/month and large yard we have maintained for 6 years as of April 2012. I have little in savings and don't plan to retire for at least 6 years. I want to use my $22,000 401k this year to purchase a 31' airstream and have someone rehab it for us. Then we want to live in it full-time for 3-5 yrs, using what we will save in expenses to replenish/max out the 401k (now at 80% match).
The longer term plans involve buying a moderately priced home eventually and doing a reverse mortgage to pay for long term care if needed.
I understand the reverse mortgage process very well as I am a RM counselor.
What I need schooling on is the best way to use the $22K on an airstream
which will pretty much stay put in one or two close by scenic locations.
  • We definitely want to have it rehabbed to our specific tastes which are closer to Deam and/or Victoronix (streamlined and modern with lots of light and green materials) than traditional vacation home decor.
  • Not sure we could stand to live together in anything smaller than a 35' - but open to advice on the whole process.
  • Buy guttted or find one with a suitable floor plan then demo/rebuild to spec?
  • Where to look?
  • How to locate a rehab company?
  • What can be done with $100/sq' to spend?
Am I crazy to attempt this? (already know the answer to that!)
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:46 PM   #35
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If you meant to mention April 2012 as your target date for launching into an AS, then a full refurb/reno is possible in that time frame.

But I would point out that you can easily see by following some of the major refurb projects here takes at least a year (often more) if the owner is still working (as you say you will) and does a lot of the work themselves.

You can speed it up by pouring money in faster, but in that case, your $22k isn't enough to come up with the trailer you describe in your wish list. I really wonder if that trailer can be done at all within that budget...

Turning to sports, I don't understand why you picked an AS as a trailer for this project; a park unit will be much roomier plus a lot easier to refurb yourselves.

AS TTs are made for travelling, not parking. That's why they call the ones you park, "park units".
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:21 PM   #36
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Hi Donna:

I am looking at the exact model you and your husband bought.

How has the stroage worked out? Was your purchase experience w/ Colonial a good one?

Thanks
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:24 PM   #37
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The Serenity looks great! What are you using for a tow vehicle and are you happy with the towing?
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:40 PM   #38
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Trust me....it takes longer than you think, to re-model a 31' airstream. Also, beware of frame problems with the longer airstreams, with the rear bathroom. Aage is correct about taking years to finish a re-model...it can consume your life.

Also the axles need to be replaced after approx. 15 years of use...or if it hasn't been used and sitting in a park or someone's yard, you will still need to replace the axles.

Make sure you take the time to read some of the other threads concerning remodelling the type/model of airstream you plan to purchase.

But if you love to work with your hands...go for it!
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amuse- my pristine/barely used 05 safari was 20k. so, ditch the boy, and go newer and smaller!
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:45 PM   #40
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How about a 2000 27' Safari in Alabama that's ready to go with no work needed?


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Hi
I think this is a good place to post my "subject" but if not, please re-direct. I am 64, female and live with a long time male mate who is 8 yrs younger and a loving old dog. We moved to coastal Georgia 8 yrs. ago and have rented a series of homes - some better - most worse. Now ready to leave 2br beach cottage as the rent is too high in hopes of finding something much cheaper than the $950/month and large yard we have maintained for 6 years as of April 2012. I have little in savings and don't plan to retire for at least 6 years. I want to use my $22,000 401k this year to purchase a 31' airstream and have someone rehab it for us. Then we want to live in it full-time for 3-5 yrs, using what we will save in expenses to replenish/max out the 401k (now at 80% match).
The longer term plans involve buying a moderately priced home eventually and doing a reverse mortgage to pay for long term care if needed.
I understand the reverse mortgage process very well as I am a RM counselor.
What I need schooling on is the best way to use the $22K on an airstream

which will pretty much stay put in one or two close by scenic locations.
  • We definitely want to have it rehabbed to our specific tastes which are closer to Deam and/or Victoronix (streamlined and modern with lots of light and green materials) than traditional vacation home decor.
  • Not sure we could stand to live together in anything smaller than a 35' - but open to advice on the whole process.
  • Buy guttted or find one with a suitable floor plan then demo/rebuild to spec?
  • Where to look?
  • How to locate a rehab company?
  • What can be done with $100/sq' to spend?
Am I crazy to attempt this? (already know the answer to that!)
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:26 AM   #41
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Hi Donna:

I am looking at the exact model you and your husband bought.

How has the stroage worked out? Was your purchase experience w/ Colonial a good one?

Thanks
Tim
Hi Tim,

So far the storage is great, although we have not been back home to finish loading, I believe we can fit everything we need. Plenty of storage.

As a group, everyone was great to deal with at Colonial. We would do it again.

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Old 04-16-2011, 11:32 AM   #42
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The Serenity looks great! What are you using for a tow vehicle and are you happy with the towing?
Thanks! We tow with a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel and are very happy with it. It tows like it's not even back there. As I type this we are getting 14.1 mpg as opposed to 9 mpg we got towing the 5th wheel. We also got rid of the 5th wheel hitch and put a hard tonneau cover on it which didn't hurt.

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