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Old 10-30-2004, 01:13 PM   #1
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Substitute for a House?

Hello folks, I'm new here. Here's what I'd like to know; What's your opinion about using an airstream as a full-time, one-site (most of the time) home?

Currently I'm renting a house but it's only a matter of time before the bulldozer comes. My fantasy is to buy some acres and live in a travel trailer full time, untill the neighborhood gets crowded, and I can move further out again.

Chris Stevens (the mythical Northern Exposure character) lived in one in Alaska!

I'm a healthy, single, 50 y/o guy, and wouldn't think of doing this if I were married.

My family & freinds don't like the idea, probably thinking I'm reverting back to my ancestrial "trailer-trash" genes, but I think I can manage a quality life this way, lightening my load, and making a clean exit twenty or thirty years from now.

Wadda ya think? Do you know of anybody else doing this? And what do I need to know? Thanks in advance. -Jimmy
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Old 10-30-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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Welcome! There are lots of folks that live in Airstreams full time - just think of all the snowbirds in Florida and Pheonix - so its entirely possible - I think you will need to decide if its enough space for you. Worse case is you buy the Airstream, find it too small and confining and you can always find an inexpensive mobile home to put on your land or even a smaller house.

For one person I think its a great idea

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Old 10-30-2004, 09:22 PM   #3
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Hello jimbo
I know it can be done. I live in mine at least 7 months a year.I do leave when it gets to cold( as Im on a mtn and about 7500 ft) Yes it does snow.I close the place up and return in late march.I do not move the trailer and have things permantely fixed, such as bigger water heater and skirting underneath. Being that cooped up in very cold weather isnt fun, but I suppose could be done. I like being outside alot so this works very well.I think somehow you can click on my name or some link here to view photos....( Ill add some recent ones soon) I added a roof/awning this year which really helped. But Like you I am single and a family would be hard to convinve this the right thing to do.
Hope you decide to try it.
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Old 10-31-2004, 12:29 AM   #4
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Lots of folks do what you are considering. It's not all that crazy as some might think. Make sure you get one that is large enough so that you don't feel cabin fever (even if it is just you).

Also being in the southern states, extreme cold isn't a big issue, but you might consider getting a large(r) propane tank.
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I agree..I do have a large propane tank whick is always filled.....and used...It was rather cool this summer and sure makes for all the comforts of a home when needed. I also have a large shed which I can store all outside furnature and extra stuff in....
All the water connections are underground now.
The nice thing is you dont have to buy alot to furnish it. I also have dish tv...a internet connection....and a view! I dont have stores nearby( 150 miles awy to the nearest wallmart) so makes for limited shopping. But UPS works well.
I also have an extra fridge in my shed for food storage. No lawnmower tho, you learn whats really important.
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Old 10-31-2004, 12:49 AM   #6
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I bet you have some great views of the stars at night!
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Old 10-31-2004, 09:57 AM   #7
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There is a 1987 34' Excella at Eastside Auto Sales on Memorial Drive in Southeast Atlanta that is in very good condition. It might just fit your needs.

I checked it out a couple of weeks ago. It needs new carpet and new upholtry on the sofa and swivel chair, but all of the tambours work perfectly and looks to have been taken good care of. It has a dinette and rear twins with a mid/stret side bath and good amount of storage. All of the awnings are in good condition. The asking price is $12,975. The phone number is 404-584-2008.

It is too big for my needs and not set up for my family, but for a single person, it might be ideal. Good luck!
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Hey I Also Plan To Live In My Airstream In Upstate Ny This Is The Thread I Started I Wounderr If They Can Be Merged?? Im Going To Try To Convince Airstream Life That There Should Be A Permenent Sectuion In The Mag About Doing This It Seems To Be Becomming Very Popular!!!
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Hey I Also Plan To Live In My Airstream In Upstate Ny This Is The Thread I Started I Wounderr If They Can Be Merged?? Im Going To Try To Convince Airstream Life That There Should Be A Permenent Sectuion In The Mag About Doing This It Seems To Be Becomming Very Popular!!!

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Old 10-31-2004, 09:50 PM   #10
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Thank you all!

Wow, what a friendly bunch you all are!

NYAirdream, Minnie's Mate, Silvertwinkle, Summerwine, Ken J, and Mr. Goate.

You've all been very encouraging and I think NYairdream's idea of turning this into a permanent topic would be a good one because I've got a lot to learn.

Thank you much Minnie's Mate for the heads up on that $12,000 model. I'm checking it out tomorrow. If I knab it I'll have to figure out how I'm going to hide the thing behind my house without upsetting the the zoning police (probably build a shed over it).

Anyway, I'll keep checking this thread, NYdream's, and keep you all posted on my progress.
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Old 10-31-2004, 11:41 PM   #11
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Airstream prices run strange. Bigger isn't more expensive. In fact smaller costs more all things being equal. Since you aren't going to be moving it but rarely you don't need to worry about how big it is. Hire someone local to get it to where it will be sitting. You don't have to be concerned about the axels, the tires, and alittle frame rust shouldn't be a problem either. You should be able to get a great buy and if you are handy make a great home. If you have a fulltime hook up you can even have a real toilet.
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You've all been very encouraging and I think NYairdream's idea of turning this into a permanent topic would be a good one because I've got a lot to learn.
I've added a new Forum Section...'Full-Timing'...enjoy!

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Old 11-01-2004, 06:47 PM   #13
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Recalled and loving it!

In 1998, I went out and bought my 1985 34' Limited Airstream. As a single Marine Major, I was able to use my housing allowance, live in my Airstream in Monterey, CA out behind the fiargrounds at the Navy Campground on the golf course, write my thesis for my Masters and even tow it up to Tahoe, or Yosemite on long weekends. I loved it. I then moved to Quantico, VA where I lived in it around the DC area, mainly on the base campground next to the FBI Academy....nothing like waking up with a new FBI academy class running by your AS. I paid it off in two years with my housing allowance...what a deal. I then got married (meeting women was a challenge when they asked where you lived) and bought a real house in Fredericksburg. The AS then was a guest house for the inlaws, and the rallies. Then, when I got out in 2002, the Airstream became the launch pad after we sold our house in Fredericksburg, and moved to NY where we bought a 100 year old farm house. As we gutted the house, the AS was crucial - for a kitchen, etc. Four month after I got out, I was recalled back to the Marine Corps, to Camp Lejuene, NC. Since Jan 2003, I've been living in the AS, my 1985 34' Limited. The wife and two kids stayed in NY as I was told I'd be deployed. Well, except for two months this summer, when I deployed to Iraq, I've been right here. The wife and two kids come down every so often for a month or so, then go back to NY...but the Airstream is serving us, and the country well. Since I've been down here, I've used local Marine upholsterers to redo all the interior cushions, and I've put in a new wood laminate Armstrong knotty pine floor. I've got Direct TV, Road Runner cable modem, and regular phone line. In January, this all comes to an end when I get to go home after two years...and I can't wait, but will miss my home away from home. I'll keep the Limited here in the south until Spring hits up north...can't see taking her into the winter...although I did winter in Quantico, Va back in 98...awesome to see the ice all over the trailer, but everything still working. Heat tapes work great.

Enough for now.

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You might also do a search on this forum for "So you want to buy [an Airstream] three states away?" Not real sure of the exact wording. You might be able to find someone with more knowlege about condition and problems than I have that can take a look at it for you and give you an honest appraisal of the unit. It is a good size unit to live in, but not a great unit for week ending or short trips because of the size, but the weight isn't too bad since it was before the wide bodies came out.
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