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Old 08-28-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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Our time is almost over!

So Brooke the kids and I have spent the summer in our tin can, down here in Southern Arizona. Full timing has taught us several important lessons:

1) Space is a wonderful thing, especially when you hear, "Mom, I'm bored!" twenty million times a day.

2) Sleep number beds are infinitely more comfortable than a sofa bed.

3) 31' might sound big, but nothing beats a three-story home.

As our trip comes to an end, we are left with the dilema: Do we sell, or do we hang on to this luxuriously restored silver twinkie?

Frederic & Brooke
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:49 PM   #2
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We love Lucy's bed, but we have a real house to return to, We are spending about 25 percent of our time inlucy. We have four boys; the youngest is 28. We don't hear any complaints.
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Old 08-28-2006, 10:19 PM   #3
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Alice is a great rig, don't get me wrong. We have really learned to appreciate the value of a big fridge, which holds more than a six pack of beer and other "essentials". Renee and Mikey have been real little troopers, but they are really itching to get home too. Added to this, we just bought a horse trailer about 20 minutes ago on Ebay. Nothing fancy, but it's ours. Now it's time to spend some time with our "neglected" horses. While we were here, our trainer up and left our mare without even so much as a phone call to us. What a mess.

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Old 08-28-2006, 10:32 PM   #4
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As our trip comes to an end, we are left with the dilema: Do we sell, or do we hang on to this luxuriously restored silver twinkie?

Dilemma? I'm confused..... Did you trash it? Was the summer filled with bad memories? Did the family hate the summer dream of traveling the countryside?

Where in AZ?

You've seen a lot of country... I can't wait to take 5 weeks to do the same...
We have an Alaska trip in the long term planning stages... Unless it sucks, I can't imagine wanting to sell my Tin Cabin after a long summer. Sure will make your primary residence seem like a mansion once you get home.

Think this thru this….she is not just a trailer anymore it's your second home.
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Old 08-28-2006, 10:53 PM   #5
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Sell it? Won't there be a summer next year? Next spring after being cooped up all winter won't you want to run away for weekends?
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Old 08-28-2006, 10:55 PM   #6
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Hi, Frederic,

That's your choice, of course. Might you not, after all the effort put into it, keep it around for the occasional jaunt? Or has this tired you of the entire scene? My friend, you've made it across the USA, haven't you?

Not nearly at the same speeds a certain cookbook was passed around and appreciated.

Home is a wonderful thing, and your time in the Airstream can only have made you all closer. Do what you feel is right.

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Lamar, you sure do have a way with words....touche.

No, we didn't trash the trailer, AZstreamin (we're in between Tombstone and Huachuca City)....it's still in wonderful shape, given two kids and two little dogs.

Goin camping, I think that you're right, that there will be a next summer....I think that I'm just feeling the excitement of the fact that my military schooling is almost over, I feel like I have cabin fever, and I really just want to get home as soon as possible....

I dunno.

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Old 08-28-2006, 11:12 PM   #8
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Cabin fever?

Of course you have Cabin fever. You've been cooped up in a trailer for five weeks with kids and pets!! Egad man I'm surprised you have'nt gone on a shooting spree. However this cabin fever will return after a winter in Maryland and then you will need the trailer to escape the house. As gratefull as you will be to get home now you will be as eager to leave home again about mid winter.
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! No effing way are we ever taking Alice out in the middle of winter ever again! We tried that in February and froze our a$$es off, as well as the rear end of the trailer. What a miserable experience! The sewer pipe froze (we have no grey tank, only direct connect or Little Boy Blue), the water froze.....cripes, that weekend sucked so bad, LOL. I can laugh about it now.

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Frederic,
Your next post is the big 500....I have to assume by your participation, you love your AS, if only based upon your commitment in time to this forum.
Two things IMO.... do not sell you baby.. tow her home to your beautiful state of Maryland... it may be cold in the winter but there sure are a lot of great summer places to take her next year...In the meantime take the kids to Ramsey Canyon and Kartchner Caverns before leaving S. AZ both are very cool destinations for AZ visitors.....
Safe Travels my friend.
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I think I know what part of the cabin fever problem stems from......HEAT!
It is HOT in Southern AZ in the Summer.
There is NO WAY I do that trip in Summer.....I would kill somebody before it was done.
Give me North Rim Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Brian Head, Flagstaff, mountains....but no lower desert in the summer....that is what Winter is made for.....
I have been to Phoenix, Tuscon, Ajo, Why, Lukeville, etc in Winter....just wonderful...but no way in Summer.
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Frederic,
Drive over to Bisbee and buy the Shady Dell. It was listed on ebay a few time, but never sold. Your trailer would be right at home with the rest of the restored beauties they have there! I think you could get it for around half a million. http://www.theshadydell.com/index.html
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Frederic, you are close to my brother! He is building a house in Benson, and is building houses for the Military where you were. Nice area!

We have two horses and would miss them too. Sorry to hear about your mare. What kind of horse trailer did you buy?
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Oh wow, I did hit 500, didn't I?....wasn't even keeping track. dscluchfc, actually the heat isn't bad at all here. It hasn't gotten over 92 once here, and it has rained pretty consistently the entire summer. The average, I'd say, was around 85, tops, a good 15 degrees cooler than Tucson or Phoenix. Brad, I took a look at that Shady Dell....very neat place indeed, but they don't take kids under 10 Pick, I bought Brooke a 4-horse straight load gooseneck, by Gore, out of NC. It's a 1980 with very slight surface rust in just a few small spots.

For the record, Brooke is trying to talk me out of selling the Sovereign. With her and you guys ganging up on me, I probably won't. Besides, I'd kick myself later on, if I did sell it.

AZstreamin, I would love to go to Kartchner Caverns.....I hear it's pretty cool, but I've never heard of Ramsey Canyon.....where is that?

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