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Old 04-25-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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The mysterious disappearance of wannabe fulltimers

Airforums suffers a pattern seen on other RV related websites.

1) People who have never spent a night in an RV show up and ask all kinds of questions about fulltiming.

2) Forum members respond graciously, providing information and gentle hints that maybe it might be a good idea to go on a couple of trips first

3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder whether any of them appreciate the carefully crafted posts, information, and suggestions.

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

It wonders me.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Airforums suffers a pattern seen on other RV related websites.

1) People who have never spent a night in an RV show up and ask all kinds of questions about fulltiming.

2) Forum members respond graciously, providing information and gentle hints that maybe it might be a good idea to go on a couple of trips first

3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder whether any of them appreciate the carefully crafted posts, information, and suggestions.

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

It wonders me.
Hmmm, I don't think think they all disappear.

Some try it and don't like it/their partner doesn't like it.

I'd like to think that any thoughtful post offers something to someone.


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Old 04-25-2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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Maybe the rule should be that you have to own one before you can post questions!
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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If your only reason for owning one would be to full time in it, it's far better to ask questions first, though.

After all, we all benefit from the writing practice, no? ;-)
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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The same thing happens when folks set out to hike the
Appalachian Trail. They last 2 weeks at best and then their feet are too sore and they are too hungry to continue.
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Airforums suffers a pattern seen on other RV related websites.

1) People who have never spent a night in an RV show up and ask all kinds of questions about fulltiming.

2) Forum members respond graciously, providing information and gentle hints that maybe it might be a good idea to go on a couple of trips first

3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder whether any of them appreciate the carefully crafted posts, information, and suggestions.

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

It wonders me.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:23 PM   #6
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I can't speak for the full timers but my husband and I owned a Jayco Eagle for 2 years and took it out about 5 times. Partly due to his crazy work schedule and never knowing when he would have a weekend off.

We are so excited to have an Airstream that we are now making the time to do it. I know for some it's a way of life and for us part timers or even some timers it has to be a passion.

Maybe they're frightened when they see the dedication it takes to even think about restoring or repairing an Airstream.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:27 PM   #7
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Or maybe..... the advice was so good they ARE full timing having a blast and are to busy to use the forum.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:48 PM   #8
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Some of us started reading the forums voraciously, then later bought an AS and moved in, then started asking questions as we encountered them and have been here ever since.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:09 PM   #9
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I tend to dive right in! I posted here only after putting a deposit on our trailer. Our Airstream expectations where tempered by the time we have spent on small boats. That boats are different than trailers is not in question although there are plenty of similarities too. It is impossible for me to remember what expectations I had before I began sailing/cruising. All I can say is that the reality slowly reveals itself with experience!

This forum is a cornucopia of knowledge and experience and as a result of careful moderation and basically polite behavior it is a real asset to anyone thinking of taking the plunge... I hope we all remember this and continue to answer the questions.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:18 PM   #10
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I was into sailboats beforehand too and so far the main difference that I've found is the direction that the water comes in from.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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Probably people who have some early thoughts of full-timing and want to bounce some ideas around.

But there's some pretty big, and gutsy steps between early thoughts and actually doing it. Probably for many, the process gets derailed along the way.

I once in a while dream about it, probably will never do it. But I enjoy reading the threads about the considerations of full-timing.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:52 PM   #12
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We were very grateful that there was an Airforum.com before we purchased. In fact we found our Ocean Breese AS in the forum classifieds. Before we purchased we asked lots of questions to help understand what to look for and get a feel for how big an AS to buy. After the purchased, folks here answered all of my newbie questions. Some day we will have the time to travel on extended trips of 2-4 months. While that isn't full timing, we will learn lots by reading threads on full timing. So, thank you all in advance for sharing your experiences (both good and bad).
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:03 PM   #13
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:09 PM   #14
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I have read the full time posts with great interest, and my in-laws who originally owned our trailer were full timers. My wife and I have great interest in full timing in the future, but will need to deal with life and children for several more years before that can be a reality. For now, I will continue to read the thoughtful, well worked, and insightful posts on full timing. The knowledge will not be wasted, but stored away for future use with thanks to those who have taken the time to share it.
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