Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-13-2016, 07:46 PM   #21
3 Rivet Member
 
2001 30' Excella
Full-time traveling , Hmmmm. what day of the week is it?
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 134
Blog Entries: 17
See you on the road someday

Quote:
Originally Posted by cazual6 View Post
22 years from now, I will be homeless too. It is one of my goals. I prefer homeless vs full timing term.

Good luck and I will keep an eye out for your blog.
Hope to see you someday on the road. Glad you enjoy our blog, www.LivingInBeauty.net
__________________

__________________
2001 Excella 30' (Beauty)
2014 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4 (The Beast)
http://www.LivingInBeauty.net
JBBeaubeaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2016, 07:47 PM   #22
3 Rivet Member
 
2001 30' Excella
Full-time traveling , Hmmmm. what day of the week is it?
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 134
Blog Entries: 17
I remember when it was 20 years to retirement

Quote:
Originally Posted by Airlovr View Post
I applaud all full timers. You are in inspiration. I too will be retiring in 20 years. And I look forward to joining the ranks.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
The Mini Bar
Keep the faith. You will be surprised how fast those 20 years will go!!
__________________

__________________
2001 Excella 30' (Beauty)
2014 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4 (The Beast)
http://www.LivingInBeauty.net
JBBeaubeaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2016, 08:10 PM   #23
3 Rivet Member
 
2001 30' Excella
Full-time traveling , Hmmmm. what day of the week is it?
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 134
Blog Entries: 17
A lot to think about

Quote:
Originally Posted by slowmover View Post
Other threads on this subject are worth the read if you haven't.

Enjoyed reading yours. And pics.

Which leads to a disquisition on a full timing subject per my experience, some years down the road. (Skip this as it's long; for that crowd).

The eye-opener for those of us without a National Trust estate, or that we keep the lesser Titians in the basement, is that most other folks would pay little for our "possessions". Our children would walk past most of them if they had been mind-wiped their parents had owned those things.

The example of a fire is a good one. Very little is valuable in the true sense. The rest should have been insured.

The RV irony is that the Erma Bombeck rule still applies: stuff accumulates to fill space available. And our kids still won't want it. Unless the RV is included.

Travel full time, and clearing out the RV storage spaces still has meaning. Acquisitive monkeys. The first few years are worst.

One learns, though, that "simplicity" isn't always intuitive, although I do think it's personal. Thus,

Case in point: Clothing. What's "simpler" than cotton? Now, besides the fact that no one has looked other than a fool in a tee shirt and blue jeans since they were nineteen, cotton clothing and RVng really don't go together. Hot in summer and cold in winter. Terrible in rain. Hard to launder, and let's include bedding and bath towels. Mildews. Short life. Takes up too much space to pack or hang efficiently. Etc.

Quite a few advances in synthetic fabrics in the past quarter century. Outdoorsman, military and law enforcement. Ive been transitioning over to such (work, in main, as I no longer need FR clothing) and the ease of laundering, very low space requirements (I'm 6'2" 200# and my clothes are big and long; plus that I must have four season gear to work outside; RV closets are small), very long life, unaffected by humidity and insect resistance really makes them a winner. For me. Retirement is years away.

I use that as preface as this trailer came already equipped with the optional Splendide washer/dryer. A good brand, but RV-sized usually means low performance. Especially drying times. I just figured I'd remove the thing as I've never found using a laundromat an inconvenience. Convert the space to another use.

Then a thread on this forum by a family of seven or eight having installed a dishwasher caught my attention. There's no lack of willing hands. What I hadn't considered was water usage. Storage for a service of six and used less water than washing by hand. Good reliability by those who've posted on same.

Then I got to thinking about an ice maker. I certainly get tired of buying more ice during that long season. It never seems to be a walk, but a drive. Buying yet another ice chest isn't attractive.

So those two things weighed on me: Having to drive to replenish a perishable before anything else was needed (bad type of vehicle wear: cold start and short trip), plus time away from where I'd rather be. And constant use of disposable dining items not quite right.

So the thoughts about the washer/dryer changed as well. This trailer also (not surprisingly) has the optional 95-gl fresh water set of tanks.

So why not use it?

I can't ever say I love time at the laundromat. Longest 2-3 hours x 2 in a month.

Easier to continue converting fabrics (towels and bedding; see marine supply and others) to those which will work well with that Splendide.

And though a built-in dishwasher and ice maker are fairly far down the list of things needing doing, I won't lose any significant space or pay any weight penalties of note. Easy to incorporate. An upgrade to the water heater (which already needs replacing) and a "big" water pump plus accumulator tank are easy to do. Enough that I could also add an external hose outlet for washing truck, trailer, what-have-you.

Same for adding extensive water filtration and softening.

("Huh, I think I just increased the attractiveness of this Silver Streak were I to sell it").

I sold myself on the idea that In needing a cabinet maker to install those appliances, I could finish it off with a drinks cabinet. I'd also no longer need a double sink. More counter space, which I really could use.

So, to the OP, don't be surprised that a few years down the road if "simplicity" is a bit different than where the thing started, ha!

At this point simplicity to me means I want functionality built-in. But it follows that an original interior is preferable. The more modifications, it's not uncommon to find compromises. Most restorations/renovations that are personalized miss the difficult choices done by full time OEM design staff. Easy to make mistakes. (A balancing act). What's great today isn't in five years.

Understand, though, that all this also must fit into what I consider to be genuinely important. Overarching. And that is maximizing dry camping ability. Big as my trailer is, two weeks is pretty easy (given short sleeve weather). A month, and one has to start making lists and testing. What is possible? Add in "hot" weather (needs AC) or "cold" (increased propane consumption; trailer skirting, tank heat, interior storm windows, etc), and it starts to become interesting as sub-sets of problems.

Having started and run three businesses I know none of this is surprising to you. Problems and their sub-sets. So I'd like to recommend a broad view of how an RV can be used. Not just as it first appears. Where you are now. How you "think" you will use it.

I'm third generation with these trailers going back more than fifty years. But my use is different than those ancestors. It's more important to me, for example, that I be able to "run the trailer" on propane OR 12V DC or 120V-AC. The most from each. Losing no functions. (Solar dead last as propane is rarely maximized).

The full panoply while parked with full hookups. Close to it with at least sewer. And maximize what is possible with nothing at all in the way of services when parked.

Call it redundancy.

As I said, my idea of simplicity is personal. As will be yours. But I'd sure like to emphasize large guiding concept over a narrow approach. I believe we all start from something narrow, to be generous.

I cast no aspersions in noting that many wish to have television and Internet access wherever and whenever. Many threads to this effect. No matter how outdoorsy one is, an illness and/or bad weather mean confinement. Don't skimp. Same for a full set of awnings.

I'm not in favor of carrying liquid fuel (generators) except what is already built in; safety primarily. What isn't integral -- or can't be made to be -- starts a downhill slope. Again, in my opinion. As simplicity determines.

One of the latest things is a smaller than normal "inverter " generator that with a solar electric system of a given size can run an AC unit. Lighter generator and less fuel. (This is advocacy for this forum. Some decent tech heads).

The folks who overwinter at Quartzite are inspiration for many ideas.

Hope you have fun with this use of concept as guidance and others as they occur to you. There are those who give up full timing after a few years. Seen all the national parks and visited all the relatives sort of thing. Every bucket list golf course.

AIR is a pretty decent enthusiast forum. More depth than at first glance. (The first couple of years). The itch to have a home returns prior to its need. Plan that, sure, as it's not good to fail on an exit. Always a sad story, that.

It's a whole new Forum when "new" is over. Is the recommendation.

Good luck.
Thank you for all your comments, advice and suggestions. A lot to think about.
__________________
2001 Excella 30' (Beauty)
2014 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4 (The Beast)
http://www.LivingInBeauty.net
JBBeaubeaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2016, 08:16 PM   #24
3 Rivet Member
 
2001 30' Excella
Full-time traveling , Hmmmm. what day of the week is it?
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 134
Blog Entries: 17
We did it ourselves

Quote:
Originally Posted by gesam View Post
We are thinking very seriously about going the estate sale route. We really can't fathom doing multiple garage sales. We are about 1 1/2 years out from retirement and have been looking at estate sale companies on the internet. Wow, pretty overwhelming! How did you go about choosing a company? And, looking back, would you do anything different? As for the things we will be storing, we are debating between Pods, Two Men and a Truck or a national moving company. Right now it all seems a bit daunting, but, it will all be worth it when we ar fully on the road in our Airstream!
We did not hire an estate company to liquidate our stuff. We did it all ourselves over a 2 year period....very slowly. And, yes, it was a lot of work and emotional at times. Would we do anything different? Hmmmmmm. Yes, probably call the Goodwill or Salvation Army or someone and have them haul all the stuff away in one day. What we would lose doing that is the joy of someone responding to a yard sale ad on our local Facebook yard sale, and knowing that piece of our history is finding a new home. That happened over and over, hundreds of times over the years. I would miss that. We also put all the money we made selling stuff in a special fund and when it was all over, there was over $5,000 in it. So we would miss that also.
__________________
2001 Excella 30' (Beauty)
2014 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4 (The Beast)
http://www.LivingInBeauty.net
JBBeaubeaux is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2016, 11:18 PM   #25
4 Rivet Member
 
Alluminati's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
St. Louis , Missouri
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 414
Images: 3
Four years ago we downsized from a 2650 sq ft house to a 1000 sq ft apartment. Mixed emotions, but what a load off the shoulders. Now with retirement just around the corner, we’re eyeing everything with suspicion again. It seems the previous downsize should make the next one a breeze, but I know it will be a tough one, lol.

We are playing with the idea of trailer life for an extended period, but not permanently. There seems to be a cottage with a large parking pad in our future. Traveling light is the way to go. Your blog is inspiring.
__________________
The Morgans
1989 Avion 34VB
Alluminati is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2016, 02:24 PM   #26
2 Rivet Member
 
Tokyotea's Avatar
 
Far West , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 35
Our countdown has officially begun with delivery of our 30FB set for mid March. We are a young family of four who will be stationary during the week and will travel the weekends. Our plan is to give away furniture to family and have garage sales over the next few months. We are going to attempt to designate our daughter's bedroom for the "keep" pile that we plan to put in the Airstream. We are currently pricing storage units to find the smallest we can find for family heirlooms and irreplaceable items. We want to have our new home parked in our driveway for a month as we learn how and what needs to be stored. I imagine we will be making a few trips to The Container Store along the way. ( I should also mention that our lease is up in May so we definitely have a deadline to follow. )
__________________
It's fun to be weird...I mean have you seen what "NORMAL" looks like?!
Tokyotea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2016, 03:28 PM   #27
E Pluribus Aluminus
 
Jaxon's Avatar
 
2008 34' Classic S/O
1967 22' Safari
2005 30' Classic
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,260
Images: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tokyotea View Post
I imagine we will be making a few trips to The Container Store along the way.
.
While the container store has some really spiffy containers, we found that Walmart has some of the larger, clear bins with latch-down lids that work very well and are significantly cheaper...

Good luck on y’alls adventure!
.
__________________
Bill & Kim
WBCCI 7005 * AIR 9218
The trouble with trouble is it always starts out as fun...
Jaxon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2016, 08:57 PM   #28
2 Rivet Member
 
Tokyotea's Avatar
 
Far West , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 35
Thanks for the tip! Just curious, what are some recommendations you have for specific sizes that would fit in the curved overhead cabinets?

I was also looking at At Home ( Garden Ridge). They have some nifty storage solutions, as well.
__________________
It's fun to be weird...I mean have you seen what "NORMAL" looks like?!
Tokyotea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2016, 09:22 PM   #29
Rivet Master
 
Piggy Bank's Avatar
 
2019 27' Flying Cloud
Kansas City , Missouri
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 1,485
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tokyotea View Post
Thanks for the tip! Just curious, what are some recommendations you have for specific sizes that would fit in the curved overhead cabinets?
Oddly enough I have found that one of the handiest containers for AS use are the containers made for keeping ice cubes in the freezer. They are not too expensive. They are relatively narrow and high enough that the keep things upright in them. The have a solid bottom that contains spills. I have even shaved the little handles on the ends a bit and crammed one under the sink in the vanity, fitting behind the hinge. These come in handy for CDs and DVDs, spices, toiletries, small parts.

Here is the type I mean. I have some that were less expensive that are not Rubbermaid name brand that I got at Big Lots.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rubbermai...White/16664775
__________________

__________________

Piggy Bank
Piggy Bank is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Full Time Streamer versus other full time RVs rodsterinfl Full-Timing 31 01-18-2016 06:31 PM
FULL time Trailer or FULL time Motel? Ray Eklund Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 40 07-06-2015 07:11 AM
Selling Home and Going Full-Time clipper30 Full-Timing 36 01-06-2015 07:52 AM
When you are old, all you have left is philosophy. hshovic Off Topic Forum 6 02-18-2008 08:02 AM
hello when you think you have it all watchout housebg Member Introductions 1 11-28-2005 05:20 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.