We too are prepairing to fulltime it. My wife and I have been researching this form of lifestyle for about 1.5 years now and I can actually say this is gonna be the grooviest adventure my wife and I have ever taken upon ourselves!
FIRST: Prepair yourself mentally for the journey. Know that you will have obsticals to overcome while living in the Airstream fulltime.
SECOND: Read, Read and then Read some more! know what type and year Airstream you are purchasing, make sure ALL your systems are in tip-top shape, and most of all Read all that you read... AGAIN...
THIRD: Begin to shop around for the Airstream of your dreams. Once you find that perfect one that matches your personality, BUY IT.
FOURTH: Once you pay your Airstream off (New or Old) begin restoration and or repairs. You want your rig to be at its best prior to moving into her. She will be your new home, so treat it as if you just bought a new house and fit her to your liking.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Shop around when you are looking at places to park her. When you are full timing you want contingancy plans for contingancy plans... don't rule out any scenario and remember - If something can go wrong it will.
Now a little about where we are at and what stage we are in at the moment. We just purchased a beautiful shinney 1978 Airstream Sovereign
form the AirClassifieds.com and absolutely love it! We paid $5,800 which I thought was a great price due to the condition of the rig. It is in move in condition with a clean bill of health from Jackson Center (The Airstream Manufacturer) - The couple we purchased it from fixed most everything that needed fixing and even shinned her up for us! how cool is that.
We are to pick our airstream up at the end of July and have planned a Rally here in our hometown of Gatlinburg Tennessee to try her out and get advice from some of the Airstreamers who have been in the circle for quite some time. That input on our airstream will help immensly when it comes to prepairing our shinney tube for fulltiming.
We have picked out 2 primo parks here in town to full time it in and have 4 others in the close vacinity to move to for variety.
One of the parks we will be fulltiming it in will run us $350 per month and that includes our electric and water hookups. The park has a dump station that is free for park members.
The other park is a little further up in the mountains and has a pool, jacuzzie, sauna and pond stocked with fish. The owner of the lot in this RV Park is going to rent to us for 6 month blocks at $2500 for the full 6 months. This park also has electric and water but also has the convieniance of digital cable and internet included.
The moral of the story... Do your homework in the areas you want to fulltime it in...
If you plan on working as I do, you may want to get out and meet some of the park owners and if you get to know them good enough they may cut you a deal. Who knows anything is possible.
Excitement... We have tried to curb our excitement for doing this, yet it must have shone through because some freinds of ours here locally are going to purchase an airstream and fulltime it with us.
If you can find a counterpart to park next to you it will make your life easier and make the journey more fun as well. That way when stuff goes wrong, and it will... you at least have someone you can trust within 20 feet of you.
Hope this helps and if you want to join us at our Rally this August come on down!
Go to: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...way-40186.html
and read a little about it, you are welcome to rent one of the RV parks tent sites and join us .. they have about 25 tent sites and 90 or so RV sites with hookups.
Good luck in your adventure, look us up if your ever in the area (Gatlinburg Tennessee)