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Old 11-21-2014, 04:04 PM   #15
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Looking to downsize and simplify. Is airstream a good option? Why? why not?

I have watched a few of the "tiny house" shows on TV, the notion seems more like trendy "stuff" than a practical lifestyle.

I have about 20K in my old 70s Airstream, nothing really "high end" in its construction, just rustic functionality. But it is very comfortable, very towable, and built to be reliable as a product of its simplicity. Click image for larger version

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More of a studio apartment than a tiny house though.

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Old 11-21-2014, 05:52 PM   #16
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Seems to me you would get a whole lot more for a whole lot less $ and work by just buying a new fifth wheel trailer. It will have far more storage space than an Airstream, and I think be much more practical for close to full time living.

Of course folk do live full time in Airstreams if that is what your "Mrs" really prefers.

I wouldn't want to try it in less than 30 or 34 footer, although again, some do. I think some people full time in Airstream Interstate B class van campers.

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Old 11-21-2014, 07:33 PM   #17
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You could buy a new TV and a BIG fifth wheeler for what you will pay for a new A$.
IMHO the 5th wheel is more akin to full timing.


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Old 11-21-2014, 07:58 PM   #18
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The wifey and I live here in Sonoma County (Northern California). We have been spending the last year downsizing (3 bedroom house to an apartment), and are currently looking at moving to a small home on wheels. This could be an airstream or it could be a small house like the ones these folks make. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company



We do not plan on moving this often, as we will either buy or rent the land where it sits, however according to Sonoma County zoning codes, it must be on wheels. Being able to tow the thing around would be a nice bounus.



We are leaning towards an airstream for the following reasons.

1) Cost

2) Ease of construction (we do not have to build a shell, it is already there)

3) When we do want to move it it is lighter and easier to tow.

4) Wifey likes the exterior appearance of the airstream more.



Wifey has high standards for interior finish (bamboo floors, diamond plate shower, concrete countertops ect.) I figure a can do this for about $12k on an airstream less the cost of the trailer itself. I have the required plumbing, electrical, and carpentry skills to do these things to a house(not sure about airstream). We would be looking for something gutted. Am I way off on this cost estimate? Would we be better of going the tiny house on wheels route?



Your input is appreciated.

We are looking to live full time in calif, can you live in a airstream in Sonoma full time if you buy land
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:48 AM   #19
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I have owned several trailers since the late 1960's my first was an Airstream. Whatever you do DON'T buy a Fifth Wheel! I had one in the 1990's and it was the only non-Airstream trailer I owned and it was nowhere near the quality or engineering design of an Airstream. It leaked in the walls, roof and floor. It had a lots of electrical issues and cheap materials used in the construction.

You can't beat the Airstream when it comes to quality and durability. Yes they do have problems - but not near as much as my friends who do not have Airstreams. Airstreams can last forever if you take care of them and they can be remodeled / updated much easier unlike most RV trailers. Lots of old Airstreams out there thats have been remodeled and have good structural integrity.

Go with a 27' or > Airstream. Internationalss and Classics are great - Flying Clouds are nice too.
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So many people crying about storage. Well buy a truck like mine and you can store the whole store inside if you want. Remember it is just STUFF. Buy thrift in the winter and give back in the spring. Go camping in the wildeness for a few weeks and see what you really need to live.
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:11 PM   #21
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After Hurricane Andrew passed directly overhead in 1992, my wife and I discovered just how much useless crap we had owned. Now that it was spread as far west as Naples, we vowed not to replace it with new crap.

Wrong. Despite good intentions, the new supply of useless stuff quickly occupied the available storage.

Moral of story: no matter where you live from Buckingham Palace to Cassita, your stuff (which is likely to be mostly stuff you don't need) will self replicate to 105% of the space available for storage.

Choose the lifestyle, not the hardware.

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Where's the OP? Looks like he hasnt posted in over two years. Guess he made a decision one way or another...
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Where's the OP? Looks like he hasnt posted in over two years. Guess he made a decision one way or another...
Ha ha, good point! I guess these things have a life of their own
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:34 PM   #24
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He bought a tiny house,,, and now he and the wifey cant stand the sight of the other.

CQS,,, close quarter syndrome...


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