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Old 05-07-2012, 12:34 AM   #71
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Maybe the space aliens will be handling warranty work for Airstream.

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Of course the space aliens handle warrantee work for Airstream. Why do you think they refer to it as "going to the the Mother Ship"!
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:26 PM   #72
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Why do potential full-timers disappear from the forum? Well let's see - right now we've got a thread going about stirring the "mountain of" c**p in your toilet with a stick, an Airstream dealer telling a new buyer not to drink the water at the campground, experienced owners telling the same new owner not to drink the water in the fresh water tank because it gets algae in it and/or smells funny, owners complaining about the build quality of their brand-new Airstream - and this is on top of the almost innumerable leaky roof, rotted floor, heater won't heat, A/C won't cool, refrigerator won't cool threads. And all the Airstream owners that tell people "If you want to go full-time, do it in a fifth wheel or motorhome." I know that there are many people on this forum that enjoy dealing with these issues (and more power to you), but most retirees are looking to avoid work, not seek it out.

Incidentally, the dealer that told someone not to drink the campground water is the same one that told me I should stay close to home for the first few months after buying an Airstream because "There's bound to be a lot of problems with it that we'll have to fix - there always are."
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:49 PM   #73
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It would appear that owning an Airstream is not for sissies.
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Or, one could just pack a giant portable kitchen, multiple water containers, portable toilet & shower, plus a break-down iron panel packers stove that also heats water and load it all into the back of the pickemup. And a wall tent. With more of those wooden poles than might be needed in case a few break.

Set up, shower, cook supper and have a drink . . . ought to be about five hours all told. One will rest well that night.

Next morning, the aerobic exercise of doing it again. Wait for the sun to dry the condensation on the canvas prior to take-down. Breakfast 'fore dawn plus a cold lunch put together and expect to git to rollin' around 10:30. Wolf down lunch at the fuel stop.

By 1530, start over again at the farthest point possible.

And another day, another 90-miles . . . . sure beats usin' mules.

Nothing stops folks from informing themselves about what works or doesn't.

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Old 05-20-2012, 03:01 PM   #75
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I like Mr. Bill's sentiment: "most retirees are looking to avoid work, not seek it out." I like the idea of avoiding work if possible. This side of heaven, though, I don't think that is entirely possible. If I can't avoid work, I like to be able to call on those who know how to get the work taken care of in the best and easiest possible way.

"Best" and "easiest" aren't always mutually exclusive. Sometimes the easiest way is to fix it with plastic, but frequently such repairs need to be repeated. Fixing it myself, with the advice of those who know what they're talking about, is a better way. Better yet, be aware of potential problems and take care of them before they become major problems. The wisdom of this groups really shines here.

Thanks again to all who have so graciously answered my many questions and given us lots of food for thought.
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I'll bet that folks with 5th Wheels have the same problems as folks with Airstreams, maybe even more problems. Anything mechanical can break, and the quality of build is what I would look for in a new unit. Some folks like rebuilding old units because they know exactly what is in it when they are done.
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Some folks like rebuilding old units because they know exactly what is in it when they are done.
I agree completely. One thing that I have learned from this forum is that if I ever do get an Airstream it will be a small, old one that I will convert to being all electric, including the heater. I will get rid of the freshwater tank and blackwater tank and install a regular flush toilet that I can connect directly to the sewer connection at my space in the campground. Or maybe just eliminate the toilet all together. In other words I will exchange the ability to boondock for a simple rig with less to go wrong.
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A few of us wannabes (or soon to bes) are still kicking around.

We are headed out June 15. Google search does well for most of my questions and no time to hang out in threads.. too much to do.
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I'll bet that folks with 5th Wheels have the same problems as folks with Airstreams, maybe even more problems. Anything mechanical can break, and the quality of build is what I would look for in a new unit. Some folks like rebuilding old units because they know exactly what is in it when they are done.
They tend to just trade them after five or so years.

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Why do potential full-timers disappear from the forum? Well let's see - right now we've got a thread going about stirring the "mountain of" c**p in your toilet with a stick, an Airstream dealer telling a new buyer not to drink the water at the campground, experienced owners telling the same new owner not to drink the water in the fresh water tank because it gets algae in it and/or smells funny, owners complaining about the build quality of their brand-new Airstream - and this is on top of the almost innumerable leaky roof, rotted floor, heater won't heat, A/C won't cool, refrigerator won't cool threads. And all the Airstream owners that tell people "If you want to go full-time, do it in a fifth wheel or motorhome." I know that there are many people on this forum that enjoy dealing with these issues (and more power to you), but most retirees are looking to avoid work, not seek it out.

Incidentally, the dealer that told someone not to drink the campground water is the same one that told me I should stay close to home for the first few months after buying an Airstream because "There's bound to be a lot of problems with it that we'll have to fix - there always are."
I've been offline for a while - but been busy having fun )) Almost 2 years now - not looking back AT ALL........loving tin can living and am happy to be a 'non-conventional' liver of 'the life' )

There is a bit of adjustment - and funny things tend to take new meaning. Flooring should really be somekind of 'hard' flooring - especially with dogs - more so with multiples. A porcelain toilet is a real luxury )) Our Bravura was due for an update so we went with The Style II - and it's wonderful (really wasn't supposed to fit but hubby made an agreement with it - LOL, it's wonderful to have a bodyshop and tons of tools - note to self - men with LOTS of toos are wonderful )) New flooring is going in next month........

We've turned our 'courtyard' into an outdoor room - 5 fountains - and stockade fencing makes us feel like we're NOT in a city - and the fountains are drawing all kinds of 'wildlife' - we're seeing birds we never dreamed were 'city birds', squirrels, and even a family of chipmunks.........we even put in a filtered sunken swimming pool for the dogs ))

We don't even consider going back to a stick and brick house. My housework is finished about 30 minutes after I start it - Husband walks across the parking lot to work. Money saved is HUGE. I really can't think of a downside. There isn't one. Do I miss the 'things'??? No. I do sometimes looks at what I haven't parted with as yet and wonder, 'what was I thinking when I bought that?' - and walk away shaking my head. Live and learn - for sure!!!

October 31st, will be the end of year two. One of the other changes we made was pulling out the loveseat and recliner and getting two matching leather power recliners. When the weather drives us inside, hubby can have his remote control in the living room and I can go to the bedroom with my computer or tv - and neither of us bother the other. Amazing as it may be - I can still 'lose' things ))

The dogs love it too...........

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Nicely said, Jan K.
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I want you guys to know that the help you give is greatly appreciated. I posted a question in "on the road" about "5th wheels versus trailers" and answers by guys like Rednax and Gene and Dave and others have actually convinced me to at least look into the Airstream. I'm willing to bet that your time and effort in answering the simple-minded questions of newbies like me have helped orient other people besides myself.

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Harry, thanks for the compliment. You have to look at all sides of this, weigh all the possibilities and make the decision that is right for you. Airstreams, like all RV's, have plusses and minusses.

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Nicely said, Jan K.
Thank you )

I got to thinking about more about the thread - I've never lived any place where there wasn't a degree of maintenance but in the Airstream it's a lot easier than most. Most of the maintenance is easy compared to my house. I've never had any 'leaks' - had to rework a furnace (happens a lot in houses) - put in a new toilet (had three to do in the house), got a new stove (just because I wanted to) and now drop off my laundry (cheaper in the long run).

If a dealer told me to stick close to their shop, I think I'd have a serious talk with the owner of that dealership. Tainted water in the fresh water tank???? Isn't that why the good L-rd invented Clorox???? Put some in and run down the road - no problem after that. Sewer tank problems - a little Calgon liquid from time to time makes things 'slip out' easier........nothing that cant be dealt with is there???

As far as 5th Wheels are concerned - give me my tincan all the time. I have NO problem with leaks = water or wind. My 34' coach tows like a dream - and gives me great living space. My family started out in an 18' Caravelle - that was workable too. I even 'lived' in it one semester of college - and loved it )

No, again I don't look back. I won't move into conventional housing again - I want to know I can go somewhere else whenever I want to - even if I never want to. I guess I'm the kind of person who could live on a boat, or an RV with no problem. Living in a house has no appeal. Give me a big shiny aluminum can and I'll call it "HOME SWEET HOME" - and be happy with it. The 'faint of heart' need to live in a 'stick and brick' house -

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