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Old 06-29-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Ohio couple getting set to "full-time" we think?

My wife of 40 yrs and I have decided, after much contemplation, to sell our too expensive Ohio condo and "full-time it" in a 30' AS TT. 8 mos in OH and 4 mos in FL. As several others have posted it is tough to decide what trailer and what tow vehicle is best. Oh, if only money wasn't a factor! Ha. We LOVE the 30' International Signature and a 2015 model seems best because of the new AC duct system but above our initial budget. I saw for sale a 2012 AS Classic and Tow Vehicle for $87,000 ($59k for AS) and that total price seems perfect for us. HOWEVER, I recently read about bad floors in 2012 models and the cabinets were ugly which steers us back to a 2015 Int Sig, hmm. Definitely want to stay below $100k total (TT & TV). Any help? Tons more newbie questions tumbling in our heads and we are cautiously fired up about our decision.


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Old 06-29-2015, 10:03 PM   #2
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We don't think 2012 Classic cabinets are ugly, but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder. They are solid wood (hickory) while the International cabinets are laminate-covered plywood, which is also a good, durable cabinet. The solid wood cabinets can be sanded and refinished to repair damage or wear.

From 2012 and after Airstream began putting a seal around a very leak-prone joint between the rear bumper plate and body shell. This has apparently been very effective. The floors in 2012 models are otherwise the same as any other, plywood subfloor with a vinyl covering of various patterns.

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Old 06-29-2015, 10:08 PM   #3
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Hey, Doug thanks! My wife actually suggested that we could possibly "Gel stain" them and with your reply you have given us confidence in doing just that.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:16 PM   #4
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We follow a couple that attempted full-timing in Ohio, they have decided to stop that after their first year. Because OHIO. I'm in Girard, OH now, I can't imagine why you'd want to stay here.

Not all Airstreams have floor issues, if they are maintained, and a new one can develop the same issue. You're also taking a huge depreciation hit if you buy a 2015.

I only spent $1250.00 to fix my floor and leak on my 2007 myself. And it took two weekends. One to fix the floor, one to put down new flooring.
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:28 PM   #5
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Actually we plan to stay the winter in Nokomis, FL and then the other eight months in Ohio. I still work full-time and FL offers additional opportunity for me, plus it is warm and we are tired of cold winters! Selling our condo and hoping to own an AS by Sept. Thanks for your comments, I am feeling much better about buying an earlier model AS.
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Are you sure you can full time it in an Airstream TT? I have some friends who tried it and gave it up within 6 months. I love our Airstream but living in one full time wouldn't work for us either.

All the more reason to buy used, just in case it really wasn't as good as you expected.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:37 PM   #7
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Are we sure we can go full-time in an Airstream?? Yes, and God willing. Well, my wife and I have good resolve and the fact that we could actually live in FL and OH is the appeal, plus we can live cheaper and business in FL too. We are not doing it for kicks, although we are excited about it, but rather it appears to be a good way to accomplish the goals we have. BTW, I now agree that buying used is the way to go (although the constant improvements of new models truly temps me).

Also, we talked to two couple who did this full-time. One was a couple that was coming off one year full-time (in a 5th wheeler) and who just bought a 28" Eddie Bauer to continue full-time living, even smaller. My wife Julie is at least as "on board" with this as I am. She is a very cool lady.

It is very helpful that you replied, I really appreciate it. We're jumping hurdles to attain this sooner rather than later and July hopes to be huge for us, I'll keep you "posted". Thanks again, Mark
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From a fellow full timer, I wish you both the best of happiness.

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