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Old 08-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #113
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Imagine the design possibilities for the Foretravel….

I wonder if they make a pop-up?

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Aaaaaand, here we go!




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Old 08-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #114
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Imagine the design possibilities for the Foretravelů.

I wonder if they make a pop-up?

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No pop-ups, but the newer models come with 4 pop-outs
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:51 PM   #115
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:37 AM   #116
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I want to buy an Airstream trailer. I like the looks of the 90's models. I'm not sure how much they sell for. I want one I can pull with a 1/2 ton vehicle, clean and ready roll.
I want a full or queen bed, bathroom, good air and heater, do they have generators? I have never bought a Airstream travel trailer. Help!
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:53 PM   #117
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Better start savin now lol. A 1/2 ton can pull a 20 footer easily, but Id use a weight distributing hitch for sure. Most AS's came with everything u described (minus the generator... easy add on) and cost depends on a ton of things! The newer 90s models run a bit higher since... well... theyre newer lol. Prolly closer to $10,000 and up. The 80s and on down cost around $6,000 for a good, unmolested one. I just paid $5350 for a 1981 31' with a semi-redone interior. Happy hunting!
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #118
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We have full timed in a 1964 Globe Trotter (19') for 5 years. We did the sell, give-away and storage thing. Took two years to accomplish - but we had been planning for 5 years prior.
BUT, there are more important things to consider than just downsizing and what sort of TV you should pull your AS with. You still have to live somewhere for insurance, vehicle registration, driver's licence and taxes. We rent a legal address which has mail forwarding services. Another factor is how to manage your business affairs while on the road. Well, we do almost everything on-line so there is very little critical mail. Many books have been written on these subjects that are worth reading before you really get serious.

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Old 10-04-2012, 04:55 PM   #119
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I think the responses are probably appreciated by the initial poster as well. even if you never heard back from them.
All,

I do follow this thread and read the replies, and appreciate them.

I find that, as the thread has grown and matured, I am struck by the number of responses from people who have embarked with some degree of success on an adventure of fulltiming. It is reassuring to me to read these, and the wide variety of whys and hows speaks to the many facets of the Airstream community.

A problem endemic to the Internet and its predecessors, since before the September That Never Ended, is that many times the best-written posts are never acknowledged.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:17 AM   #120
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And then there's the other side of the story...

I am the newbie. Looking for my first trailer and I will be a full-timer.

Nope, I've never owned a travel trailer, but I know how to tow one. I do know my limits though and I would prefer a trailer in the 27' range (maximum).

I love. To camp and primitive camping doesn't scare me, so boon docking actually intrigues me. Sailboats are my favorite things on the water and I'm pretty good at old house restoration - which I figure can't hurt since what I want is a vintage trailer. Now, does any of this make me automatically qualified to be a full-timer?

Not in the least. Wanting to do anything in life is all about state of mind, intention, desire.

I've done nothing but research, research, research for the past few weeks and there are things that are going to be issues for me...wait, there are day-to-day life things that are issues for me now! So, that's no stumbling block.

I tend to ask A LOT of questions. That can be annoying to people who have "been there, done that" and who think they no longer need to educate the newbies about the forums because surely that baton should have passed on to someone else by now. Fortunately I've been on the Internet since before the World Wide Web, not everyone has had that luxury.

So, as the non-trailer owning newbie, what would make me disappear from the forums?

Winning the lottery, paying someone else to totally refurbish the vintage trailer of my dreams, going to boot camp to learn everything I need to know and then hitting the road. Seriously though, I have a real desire to see this path I've chosen succeed. Some people don't realize just how much work it will actually take to purchase an older trailer, bring it up to snuff and then learn all of its little quirks on shakedown cruises. I think that's part of what scares them off - actually coming to realize the investment of self that this endeavor actually requires.

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:00 PM   #121
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After not being very active on this forum for a few months, I'm back for a bit. We've been researching for about two years now, and have decided that a motor home would best suit our intended needs, at least at first. We plan to travel a great deal, moving 2-4 times each month. While we're parked, though, we want to explore the area. For us, at least, we think that a DP with an economical toad fits the bill the best.

I'm sure that we'll settle somewhere eventually, and take trips to particular places, being gone for a few days to a few months. At that time an Airstream would probably be a better bet for us.

Yes, I have looked at Airstream motor homes, and they don't fit our needs.

An Airstream isn't for everyone, and it is probably better for one to find that out before purchasing one rather than after. Julianne, I've said that I'd rather ask a thousand questions before writing a large check than ask one question a thousand times afterward. Ask your questions and work on your "mission profile." Airstream people are a pretty friendly group, and generally pretty knowledgeable about their coaches. They'll help you figure out what you need, and they just might lead you to the perfect coach for you.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:57 PM   #122
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i was a newbie in the forums and yes they/ you guys were very helpful. that was 3 years of full timing ago. 100 degree days, 0 degree nights. broken
things, improvised things. everyday a challenge and a victory. it keeps me young so a big thank you too all. especially the cat who turned me on to a free factory service manual. happy trails. would love to share my learnen.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:50 PM   #123
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I don't know about those other guys....

Some of us are unfortunately stuck in our stick homes.

My wife looked at me the other day and asked, "How long until we can downsize and move into our camper?" We both can't wait.

We've determined the best thing for us right now is to wait it out and plan until the kids aren't in school anymore. We've only got six more school years.

Meanwhile....we find every excuse we can to get out in our camper.

Since we've got so many years until this can happen, it should go absolutely perfectly when we get to this point, right?

Unless someone wants to sponsor a full-time traveling family....
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:31 PM   #124
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3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder if any of them made it past six weeks.

It wonders me.
We full timed for 2 years out on the road. Live another 2 1/2 years in our MH on a leased site.

That was too long for mama to go without a bath tub to soak in.

We bought a house, but still have Laverne. Looking forward to some rallies this year. We thought about a name change when we lost our black lab Lou. Now there are 4 dogs as we rescued 2 more from the pound.

When mama gets that itching gypsy feeling in her bones again, there's always the possibility of the open road again. I still have a house for sale sign.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:13 AM   #125
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Bathtub?

50 Gallon Durapride Stock Tank - GEMPLER'S

ta-da. Just need a screen room with solid side panels for privacy


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Old 01-31-2013, 11:30 PM   #126
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I have been quiet, but not gone. I finally made my trailer purchase Monday!

My pretty lady is a 1968 Streamline Empress. At 28' she's larger than I was originally planning on purchasing, but I'm ecstatically happy with her.

My driveway rehab timetable calls for hitting the road in June.
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