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Old 11-15-2012, 07:48 AM   #29
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Can you travel with a park model?

Hi again Lindsay, Looks like you are getting plenty of advice and opinions. There is some really good info being generated by the posts. As I said, we use our Idle Time park model on the job. We usually move it every couple of weeks along with it's septic and water system. One of the primary reasons for the park model is the good office space that it provides. We bought the Airstream for traveling and camping, but I will also be using it on some of the shorter jobs, more like boondocking, self contained with just a small generator. We do like the AS, we like the retro look and feel, and the way it travels over the road. I can't imagine the AS has many more maintenance or upkeep issues that other brands. There are some good gently used Airstreams available in the 20 to 30K range, just be careful, and get an inspection from someone knowledgeable. (possibly someone like perryg114), sounds like he has been around the block. Plan to pay what the trailer is worth. From what I saw when shopping, if it's too cheap something is not right or the scalpers got there the day before. Again, good luck

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:06 AM   #30
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For $20K to $30K you can buy a new Arctic Fox or Nash and put money in the bank. And that's with a warrantee.
While you won't have the retro look of an A$. You will stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
I'm not bashing A$, I'm just looking at it from the practical side.
Especially if you buy used, there will be issues.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:38 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by TG Twinkie View Post
For $20K to $30K you can buy a new Arctic Fox or Nash and put money in the bank. And that's with a warrantee.
While you won't have the retro look of an A$. You will stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
I'm not bashing A$, I'm just looking at it from the practical side.
Especially if you buy used, there will be issues.
No argument from me, practicality is why we have the Idle Time park model for work. Buying the Airstream is the lest practical thing I have done since I sold the boat.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:26 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by SStar View Post
No argument from me, practicality is why we have the Idle Time park model for work. Buying the Airstream is the lest practical thing I have done since I sold the boat.
Being practical is wise but everybody who throws caution to the wind usually has experiences that people would pay a million bucks for. With that said try looking at this website to try what you want to do without to much risk. Rent an Airstream They appear to be in South California and you may do a trial run in a great RV park and love it or decide nope not for me.

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:16 PM   #33
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Hi Jammer, It seems the cost I found for RV parks in LA are about the same, $800/month. If I were to stay (legally, of course) on private property, would I not have access to electric, water, and sewer hook ups? Do all those have to be installed? Clearly I'm a beginner!

Most private property lacks connections that are suitable for long-term use.

For electric, in order to be able to use the air conditioning and, if present, an electric water heater, you need a dedicated RV-type outlet that is within 25 feet or so of the trailer. Better campsites have this located on the street side (side away from the trailer door) of the parking area so the electric cord does not get in the way.

For water, while you can run a hose in temperate weather, it is preferable for long-term parking to have water within 20' of the trailer or so.

Most private property doesn't have a readily useable sewer connection. Sometimes there's a cleanout or access cover for a septic tank that you can make work but usually they're not anywhere you would want to park.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #34
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Don't listen to the cant's on this one. Everything is possible - I am a professional who sold my 5br house to live in a brand new 2012 airstream (25' International Serenity Edition). Not one person I discussed it with thought it was a god idea and now they envy the simple, clean and active lifestyle I am enjoying. I've encountered problems for sure but none that comprise my safety and none that can't be resolved with intelligence and the need to succeed.

I set up three locations that I can use at anytime...a friend with land (who put in the electrical service in), a campground that enjoys my cool Airstream and sells me a spot to hook up (worked out a volume rate), and finally two public areas that I feel safe to park for a day or two if locatin #1 or location #2 don't work out.

I'm a newbie with no skills at all...I read the forum, read the manuals try to fix what I need to, adjust things as needed and keep moving. When I travel I take my house with me. It's pretty cool. I have not yet encountered a single problem that does not have both a commercial and a DIY solution...just trust this forum and get a reputable RV dealer as you best buddy.

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Old 11-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #35
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Hey Lindsay,
>>Hi Mike 91208, I grew up in the LA area and never experienced 30 degree weather! Nor 40's... 50's were rare, and usually just in the middle of the night. That being said, bring it on 30 degree weather, I have sweaters!

Just checked and the AVERAGE low temp in Dec/Jan/Feb is 41/42/44 respectively for Glendale (a few miles away from downtown LA). That ain't rare, it's average. Daily records of 25 - 27 degrees in those months. That's from Weather Underground. Best of luck with that sweater!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:25 PM   #36
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Hi Lindsay,
I just sold my home and bought a 34' Airstream to live in untill I retire, 32 months or less. I bought the AS for less than 30K and put it in a campground that has full hook up/ full time sites. I did not want to rent and I do want to travel later. The time I have in the full time spot will allow me to get aquanted to the AS and learn what I need to know. So far so good, I really love it. Some things have broken and some things just need replaceing, however it was expected. I had a 34K sq.ft. home and I believe my cost here will be reduced considerably. You can do this! Set a goal with what you are willing to spend, give yourself some leeway and go for it. I live in NC so my cost will be less than CA. So far monthly cost have been less than $500. January and Febuary will be more due to colder temps but my guess is by only $200. Still a cheaper way to live. Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #37
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Living in an Airstream is a great way to go. And, in my experience can be very economical, practical, fun, and above all flexible.

I did live in a 30' Argosy/Airstream for a year and change in the 1990s. It was great to be right on the ocean and paying about 1/2 of what a 1 bedroom apt cost in the city. It teaches you to be compact, frugal, inventive, and you get away from "having lots of stuff." Quite apart from that, I felt free as a bird. Not that I did move it around, but to know that I COULD move it with relative ease should I need or want to.

Park Models are more or less planted in a location. If you buy one, and then don't like the locale, the neighbors, the weather, you have to sell it! Meh!

I must admit, I didn't read every post here. I am on the road in our Airstream now and have some stuff to do this evening. But I just wanted to put in a good word for living in an Airstream, and how it might be better than a park model.

I had ZERO problems with the room in a 30 footer. I had enough clothes, enough food, and enough to entertain me. I had ZERO junk. Everything I had was useful - if not - out it went! One of the best times of my life.

In a couple years, we are going to rent the house out and go full time. I can't wait. And that's in a 25!

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Old 12-20-2012, 08:20 PM   #38
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Check out some camp grounds and trailer parks. See if you can find one that suits you. It will probably be one of the more expensive ones, there are some dodgy ones out there and they tend to be the cheapest.

If you find a location you like see if there are any trailers for sale. There usually are. These can be a good buy, as they are already set up on the site. Sometimes they seem expensive. This is a sign the park is desirable, the sites are oversubscribed, and the only way to get in is to pay a premium for the trailer.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:17 PM   #39
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Welcome to the forums. Your life will be forever changed.

Follow your dream. It can be done. You are single- this is good. Trailers accomodate a single person better than a couple because they are a small space. You have already decided that you can and want to live in a small space, so this is also good.

The hardest part will be where to park it. Find a campground for starters, but this will be the most expensive way to go. While you are living in it in a campground, try to come up with an alternative cheaper location. This may be a challenge. Zoning issues will be a problem. Maybe if you get out into a rural area you can just park it on some farm land that you rent. Providing electrical power and water should not be a major problem for whoever you are renting the land from. The sewer will be the biggest problem. One option is to pump the sewage using an emaceator(sp) pump to a septic tank or just the clean out fitting for the septic tank. Solving the sewage problem can be simplified somewhat if you change the toilet to a composting toilet. There are a few folks on the forum that use them and they seem to work fine.

You may need to think outside the box a bit to find a good home for you and your Airstream. You won't find any adds looking to rent you space for your trailer. However there maybe some retired folks that own some land with a limited income that would love to have you park your Airstream on it in exchange for about $300 per month extra income for them. Your water usage will be minimal. You can pay them extra for the electricity that you use. You may have to pay for the electrical hookup for your Airstream and the emaceator pump to pump the sewage to the septic tank, but these are only one time costs and minimal.

Once you find a place to park it, then go find an Airstream. Age really does not matter all that much. What really matters is the condition. Buy one that you like and think that will work for you. Buy one that has been very well cared for, does not leak, and where all the appliances work. Have a knowledgable Airstream person inspect it for you. Oh and look at lots of them. It will help you get an idea of the value and help you figure out what you really want and like.

Don't be afraid to contact the positive posters on this thread. Their experience will help you a lot.

You are about to embark on a new voyage with lots of knowledge to be gained. Enjoy it and good luck. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 12-22-2012, 03:17 PM   #40
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When you say "The L.A. area" you do realize this place is huge!? There is a long term RV park in Northridge and I think the rent is approx. $750.00 per month, pretty cheap for the LA basin!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #41
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If this thread is still alive and kicking--go for it Lindsay! My husband and I and our young Doberman are now living in our 1986 34' Limited for the 9mo academic year (2012-2013) in College Station, TX, and are very comfortable. We are in an RV park, and short of buying land and paying for a septic system and a well to be installed, that's the simplest way to go. We're paying $400/mo and that includes water and electricity, cable TV. We buy our own propane for the stove and furnace, but the AC (electrical) has a heatpump that does a good job unless freezing weather lasts more than a day or two. There is a laundry facility here and shower rooms, all pretty nice, and this is much cheaper than building your own for the relative short term.

The people are friendly here, too, and look out for each other when people are gone. This friendliness and back-watching is also an improvement over apts or a lot in the boonies. There is just a camaraderie among trailer folks that doesn't seem to show up reliably in other groups.

And of course nothing beats an Airstream, whether going down the road or stationary and hooked up. I think you have a smart idea if you can find a reasonable RV park. I wish you all the best!

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:47 PM   #42
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I'm doing this too, 2 years and counting. I wanted a "Tiny House", but it was much easier to buy and transport an Airstream. And Airstreams have a better resale value when you eventually decide to cash out. I considered a fiberglass RV, but they don't feel the same, and don't hold their value as well. Airstreams are special, particularly the CCD models. I regret the lack of insulation when it's cold, but I deal with it.
I'm in a park that allows indefinite stays, but I had to really look for one. The first one I landed in had a time limit, and then you had to move. But that gave me enough time to find a better park.
Keep in mind that parks that allow indefinite stays can have "trailer park people" problems, like drugs, drunken late-night police raids, etc. Really research the park and neighborhood carefully. Management of a long-term-stay park can also be less, umm, quality-oriented, than at a resort campground. But despite all that, people are equal no matter how much they earn, and if you greet your new neighbors without prejudice and an open heart, you'll probably be meeting someone very nice.
As far as maintenance, you will need to tow it to a dealer about once a year for waterproofing, or else find someone experienced to drive to you to do it. (And check your tires and brakes before you tow it after all that sitting around!)
And you'll have to wash and polish your house! Frequently. Or pay someone to do it. CA sun really ages the seals on the roof, and there are a lot of seals to maintain! Just because it isn't raining doesn't mean you shouldn't keep up with the seals. All it takes is one downpour to saturate your chipboard floor, and then it's game over.
And I can attest to the floor rot problem. It's my greatest fear and biggest reason for keeping up with the waterproofing.
Based on my research, most good communities have zoning laws that prevent camping on residential property. You can store a trailer on a domestic-zoned lot, but you can't live in it. YMMV.
I pay more to stay at a park than in someone's back yard, but the hookups, internet, and convenience are worth it to me. PM me for more details on anything.

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