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Old 11-10-2007, 04:18 PM   #29
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Back and forth about it...
Looking forward to being free, at least for a few months of the year.
I'm gonna hang onto a few acres for a base.
Not sure about house, just gotta have a tinkering shop.
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Old 11-10-2007, 04:56 PM   #30
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A person does need a place for his/her tools, and from what I can see craftsmen are highly revered on this site. Luckily for me my sewing machine fits in anywhere. If I ever get to "full-time" I hope to be using it often.
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:23 PM   #31
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Okay, my top priority item for tomorrow is to photograph (do we still call it this when we are pixel imaging instead of exposing film?) and post here the tool shop end of my truck. It's very, well, tool-like.

We haven't found a place for the sewing machine quite yet but are pretty sure we will depend more on the toolbox to bail us out of trouble. I guess it depends upon one's definition of trouble . . .

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Old 11-11-2007, 10:14 PM   #32
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Hi everyone, Ray Stevens here again, the guy interested in purchasing an Airstream and asking a lot of questions.

I am located in Florida, although I came from SW NY State. I miss the Fall of the the year up north with the changing leaves and the rolling hills.

Have been think about building a small cabin back there (Wellsville, NY). Then the idea of setting up an Airstream on some rural land came to mind. Would need to drill a well and install a septic tank or use a composting toilet with a grey-water run-off. Anyone ever install a small composting toilet in an AS?

My question, if I decided to stay there year around, would I be able to keep nice and warm when winter comes? What about water pipes? Use Heat Tapes? Perhaps putting some form of skirting around the base of the trailer with insulation?

Please share your ideas with me.

Thanks!

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Old 11-11-2007, 10:39 PM   #33
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Spent a few weeks in Colorado Springs area a couple of years ago... lived through 2 Blizzards ( with Interstates closed! Stayed warm in the Airstream but wouldn't recommend it as a lifestyle! We're in ours 9 months of the year now... have a spot yet in Northern MN that we call "home". Don't want to spend the winter where it's that cold tho'!!! Good luck on your decision.

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Old 11-12-2007, 05:44 AM   #34
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Hi everyone, Ray Stevens here again, the guy interested in purchasing an Airstream and asking a lot of questions.

I am located in Florida, although I came from SW NY State. I miss the Fall of the the year up north with the changing leaves and the rolling hills.

Have been think about building a small cabin back there (Wellsville, NY). Then the idea of setting up an Airstream on some rural land came to mind. Would need to drill a well and install a septic tank or use a composting toilet with a grey-water run-off. Anyone ever install a small composting toilet in an AS?

My question, if I decided to stay there year around, would I be able to keep nice and warm when winter comes? What about water pipes? Use Heat Tapes? Perhaps putting some form of skirting around the base of the trailer with insulation?

Please share your ideas with me.

Thanks!

Ray
Ray,
There are electric composting toilets that would work.
We have a y in our septic line with a removable cap at ground level to allow our Airstream's waste to be dumped.
While waiting for our home to be delivered we used the Airstream with hay bales and plastic around the base, cozy.
There are folks that have built structures to keep snow off the roof and prevent the sun beating down on the trailer.
Some areas have restrictive zoning so you might want to check with the town or city hall.
With high fuel costs and as we get older the driving is not as fun, you might be on to something here.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:46 AM   #35
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I wish I could talk Grandma into selling out and going fulltime but she doesn't want to leave the Grandchildren. We do get to "camp" quite often. By the time they are grown, I will be too old to do it. Oh well.

"If wishes were horses, the beggars could ride".
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:29 AM   #36
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[quote=Phil/EdeeStayed warm in the Airstream but wouldn't recommend it as a lifestyle! We're in ours 9 months of the year now...

Owning a 25' Classic and looking into trading up to a 34', I was wondering how living for 9 mo. a year works for you in the 25' ? Do you feel cramped or feel like you really need more room? I really like our 25' Classic but I'm just afraid that once we get on the road it's just going to be to tight. I'm also somewhat fearful that a 34' isn't going to be able to get into some or most of the State and Federal campgrounds.
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:50 AM   #37
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Back and forth about it...
Looking forward to being free, at least for a few months of the year.
I'm gonna hang onto a few acres for a base.
Not sure about house, just gotta have a tinkering shop.
Hi klattu, we are going to do the same thing starting in may, we are going cross country for 3 to 4 months. We wont sell this place for a while, if we ever sell, this lake is really beautiful and Alabama taxes are just about nothing. Where about do you live in Alabama?

After our trip we might go up to mass for a month or two to visit my dad, then head for warmer weather, either in florida or gulf shores, we love the GS's area too. George/Kym
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:29 AM   #38
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Hi..Craftsman.. sounds like you have the same questions we have! We really don't have much of a problem with our space because we put up a 10x10 "bugproof" screen house that has sides that roll up or can be tied down to make it rainproof, too. When you can be outside most of the time, the space doesn't seem a problem. However, we would really like to have the dinette space... and the corner bed....???

But it seems there are issues with the longer AS... we're still reading!

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Old 11-14-2007, 09:36 PM   #39
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Phil/Edee and Craftsman,
We're full-timing in a 2005 CCD 25. It has room for everything we want to take with us but very little extra. We are drastically paring down our possessions and storing only small heirlooms, documents we don't need with us, photo albums, and a few yearbooks. We could go for a larger AS but wanted to try with a 25. One benefit of a longer AS would be a walk-around bed instead of corner bed while keeping sofa and dinette and both closets. We don't mind the corner bed but it is interesting climbing around each other for the night-time bathroom breaks.

We have the AS loaded to the GVWR (6,000) with full propane and fresh water and pantry, fridge, closets, and three of the roof lockers carefully loaded. The rest of the stuff is in the back of the truck, loaded full-width, full-length, and up to the tonneau cover. The truck has our backpacking gear in two totes (two tents, four down bags, three backpacks, pads, boots, poles, clothes, and all the small stuff). Another tote has our spare clothes including cold weather stuff. A tote has books and trail maps, and another two have maintenance and repair parts. We have a generator, air compressor, two golf bags, ez-up canopy, tool chest, four chairs, and carwash bucket. Weighed three times on the cross-country trip to assure we had the weights okay. The truck is well below both the gvwr and gcwr (it's a 2500HD) and hitch weight and contents are within truck's axle ratings.

Our first odyssey of 8,500 miles we spent time in varied activities and places and never felt hemmed in. Yeah, we're glad we have sofa plus dinette. Our first AS (CCD 22) lacked the sofa and we really wanted for it.

Three times this year we've benefited from only having 25. One national park site (Cades Cove in Great Smokies) and one private campground (small one in NC) only had space for maximum 25 trailer. One national park site (Grant in Yellowstone) gave us a primo site we couldn't have used with longer than a 25. (But they did have longer sites) If we had a longer trailer we would just choose to go where there is room for it. No big deal.

So far, so good. We'll keep going at it and if we're wrong, we'll admit it.
Oh, and if you haven't already, check out a synopsis of EF Schumacher's Small Is Beautiful. It helps me rationalize my choice to a smaller living unit.
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