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Old 12-22-2010, 02:27 PM   #1
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Ladies and Full Timing

Hi Ladies (& husbands),

How do you like full-timing? Do you work? Kids? Pets? Cooking? How big is your airstream?

We are in our 40's and looking to possibly sell our FL house and go full-timing. We are currently in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house and rarely use 2 of the bedrooms, one as a guest room (and we hardly have guests) and the other as storage. We have 2 small dogs that would have no problem in the smaller space.

Like most people, we would love to get out of the expense of the house along with everything that goes with it, taxes, water, sewage, lawn care, repairs, etc, you get the idea.

I am currently not working, but would love to do something that would allow me to travel. My husband owns an electronics company and frequently works from home. He would also like to travel more and work from home full-time as he does a lot of his work on the computer.

He can live in a box......I never thought I could live in anything that small!
The traveling and seeing the country side is definitely a selling point! I could easily get rid of all the "junk" I/we have collected over time and store items we don't want to part with.

How has it worked for you and what, if any, sacrifices have you made to make it work and is that a happy thing?

Thanks, and I look forward to your replies.

Donna
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Hi Ladies (& husbands),

How do you like full-timing? Do you work? Kids? Pets? Cooking? How big is your airstream?

We are in our 40's and looking to possibly sell our FL house and go full-timing. We are currently in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house and rarely use 2 of the bedrooms, one as a guest room (and we hardly have guests) and the other as storage. We have 2 small dogs that would have no problem in the smaller space.

Like most people, we would love to get out of the expense of the house along with everything that goes with it, taxes, water, sewage, lawn care, repairs, etc, you get the idea.



I am currently not working, but would love to do something that would allow me to travel. My husband owns an electronics company and frequently works from home. He would also like to travel more and work from home full-time as he does a lot of his work on the computer.

He can live in a box......I never thought I could live in anything that small!
The traveling and seeing the country side is definitely a selling point! I could easily get rid of all the "junk" I/we have collected over time and store items we don't want to part with.

How has it worked for you and what, if any, sacrifices have you made to make it work and is that a happy thing?

Thanks, and I look forward to your replies.

Donna
Donna before you commit - may I humbly submit that you contact som KOA's in your area. Many of them have a deal with Airstream where they have one or more Airstreams for rent on the property. It isn't traveling - but two or three nights spent in one might sway you strongly one way or another - and even at $65+ per night it's teriffically cheaper than buying and finding out the small space makes you stir crazy. If you find you love it and a bedroom with non-curved walls and ceiling seems abnormal... well then you've just contracted "Aluminitis" and it's time to start looking seriously. BATES RV is one of the bigger Airstream Dealers in the country located in Mid Florida on the gulf side.

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Old 12-22-2010, 02:44 PM   #3
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Ladies and Full Timing

Thank you Paula, that is definitely something to consider. We have been to Bates and they do have quite the selection.

Are you a full timer? Alone or with a partner?

Donna
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Donna,

There are many posts on the two blogs, current and past, by Rich Luhr of Airstream Life. Take a look over there about fulltiming: Airstream Life

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Hi Ladies (& husbands),

How do you like full-timing? Do you work? Kids? Pets? Cooking? How big is your airstream?

We are in our 40's and looking to possibly sell our FL house and go full-timing. We are currently in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house and rarely use 2 of the bedrooms, one as a guest room (and we hardly have guests) and the other as storage. We have 2 small dogs that would have no problem in the smaller space.

Like most people, we would love to get out of the expense of the house along with everything that goes with it, taxes, water, sewage, lawn care, repairs, etc, you get the idea.

I am currently not working, but would love to do something that would allow me to travel. My husband owns an electronics company and frequently works from home. He would also like to travel more and work from home full-time as he does a lot of his work on the computer.

He can live in a box......I never thought I could live in anything that small!
The traveling and seeing the country side is definitely a selling point! I could easily get rid of all the "junk" I/we have collected over time and store items we don't want to part with.

How has it worked for you and what, if any, sacrifices have you made to make it work and is that a happy thing?

Thanks, and I look forward to your replies.

Donna
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Thank you Paula, that is definitely something to consider. We have been to Bates and they do have quite the selection.

Are you a full timer? Alone or with a partner?

Donna
Donna I'm living semi-stationary in my Airstream - not married. Had a husband once but he's long gone, forgiven and pretty much forgotten.

I know many couples who happily fulltime and a few others who... well they appear to stay married largely because they have separate lives and abodes.

I can travel for my business but many of our customers like face time with me and while every time I hitch up I get a stupid grin all ovah my face, I just don't know if I'd really enjoy travelling for months at a time... especially alone.

Advice?
  1. make your own decision - be sensitive to your husband's needs, but if you find you hate traveling and he loves it - be brutally honest rather than long suffering.
  2. If you decide you are ready to "go for it" - start with a limited term commitment and the understanding that after six months or a year you have have the right to call it quits with "a get-out-of jail guilt free card"
  3. If you're going for it you MUST learn to tow. You must be able to hitch up and unhitch unassisted AND learn to back into a parking spot. I can do it all and must because there isn't an invisible man to do it for me, but literally 9 out of 10 women I meet cannot even consider towing a trailer. Then hubby slips on the steps and breaks his arm, collar bone and clavical in six places. Someone has to tow the trailer back home while dear hubby recovers. Not a good time to learn. Duct taping your husbands hands together and putting a spare piece over his mouth helps according to some.
  4. READ and LEARN and take your time before buying. Get a realistic idea of what it will cost to own a trailer. Nothing is maintenance free.
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:23 PM   #6
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Again, thank you Paula,

I am really trying hard to make my "own" decision. I love the thought of seeing the country, changing neighborhoods, and neighbors (hehe) whenever we feel like it. We both enjoy S.FL as well as the Carolina's, etc., and the idea of chasing 75 degrees is not a bad idea.

We have definitely discussed the "get-out-of-jail" guilt free card!

And yes, you are correct, I really do need to learn to tow!

We have had motorhomes and currently own a 5th wheel toy hauler (love to take the bikes with us). So camping in one is not new. We lived in the current one for 3 months this time last year in Dallas, TX. Also learned not to use the propane for heat and bought an electric heater that came in very handy!! Not so bad for 3 months except the location could have been better.

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Old 12-22-2010, 04:29 PM   #7
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This will be followed by all kinds of howling from those who can not think beyond Airstream. While Airstream do have many advantages that command a lot of loyal followers they do have significant limitation in there is very limited exterior storage for you stuff.

There are several full time Airstreamers on the forum and if any of them step forward you want to open that point in your discussion.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:00 PM   #8
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Donna, I'm living full time and working full time in my 24' Airstream. I have no interest in moving back to a conventional house ever. I moved out of a 35' motor home, 4 boats, Chicago Condo, 4 cars and added 2 houses in Florida. I've been living in my AS for over 2 years in Largo, Fl. Getting rid of all the stuff was the hardest part. I finally have only my TV (towing vehicle) small storage shed for storage on my AS lot. and a little bit of out door furniture.
I'm in a clean and very nice RV park that is family owned. The price is very reasonable and Largo is a great community. I'm only one person - if there was another person I would go for the largest VINTAGE I could find. Do a complete redo with the layout that you want. Go with an Airstream instead of a white box - you'll have more fun.
The suggestion to rent an airstream for a few days is a wonderful idea. You then would have a feeling of what you need and where you would like it.
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I think Wally had the right idea when he said Airsteams were never meant to be a permanent residence.Travel,have fun,experiences and park it until the wanderlust feelings resurface.
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First comes to mind - how did I ever collect that much 'junk'???? and, what a relief it will be to get it off my back.

No, don't miss the big house - or the big utility bills, or the daily housekeeping and maintenance - miss a few of the squirrels that I'd watched grow up, but I think I recognize a few of their relatives here.

We have a business and I don't 'work' at the business - but that's where we're parking the AS so I'm always involved with the business - and I like that. I understand better what goes on in the course of my husband's day - that helps - and I think I'll get more and more involved -

No kids, but our dogs are our kids........schnauzers, so they all think they're kids too. They all have their own crates in the AS - and have 'kamped' since they were pups so they're all just fine about living here - . I'm fine with smaller space to maintain. Love my little kitchen - everything within reach.

Haven't seen a 'downside' yet. Just having to retrain myself to stop collecting.......

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Well Merry Christmas,
You are all very helpful, thanks for your input and advice. I'm writing from our fithwheel in central Florida while we visit family for Christmas. Tomorrow we are off to Bates to see what we can do.

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My wife and I don't miss the stuff you accumulate when living in a big house. Once in a while, we miss the space for our dogs to run amok, but overall it is a positive experience. Let us know how your shopping trip goes!
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:43 PM   #13
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Well, we came across 2 we like, a 30' Serenity Int'l and a 31' Classic limited. I (Donna) love the Classic for the warm homey feeling of the wood, wall coverings,
love the all in one bathroom and the extra big closet but the couch in this is not the most comfortable.

My 2nd choice, and my husband (Kelly) liked the best was the Serenity. It's L-shaped couch was the best! I love all of the storage in this one and the LED lighting. I'm just not sure about the all aluminum walls with no coverings, seems a little cold to me.

Getting rid of all of our stuff is the hard part! I don't mind getting rid of the majority of it and keeping what we want in a storage unit, it's just the actual getting rid of it!! What do you do with it!?! Garage sale, flea market, open house.....??? Any recommendations??

Thanks again!
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Go to Bates, we unfortunately bought ours there, then go to JD Sanders in Alachua.....great people to work with. Isn't the TAMPA RV show in Jan? Thats where we bought ours and there is lots to see and walk thru.
JD Sanders is small and very personable and the service dept is wonderful.
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