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Old 09-17-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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Hey everyone
I am completely new here. I am a 27 male, that is not really ready to settle down in a house yet. I live in an apartment in Saint Paul, MN.

I love making money online, and I'd love to do it full time.

I also love airstreams, although I've never seen one up close or inside.

I love the city life, yet I also love the thought of living in an airstream on a beautiful plot of land, with some solar panels hooked up and the night sky above me.

I realize that living full time in one might be an issue up here in MN?

I currently pay 675 in rent and have a 800 square foot apt, but only use a tiny part of it. I'd rather be in my little airstream somewhere.


So, how feasable is this fantasy life that I dream of? If I did buy one this fall, and lived in it in the winter, where would I park it? Do people allow you to park an airstream on their land if you pay rent?

Could I park it in a trailer park? (I'd not like that, but I'd do it if needed)

I am completely naive to this, and I'd appreciate your feedback. I respect your wonderful hobby.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:27 PM   #2
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Love your dream! And welcome to the forums. I do think you would be a might cold and cramped during the winter up North, otherwise during moderate temperatures you would probably love it finding the perfect location and all. Airstreams are great for travel. If you want to season somewhere perhaps a thermal insulated unit with slide outs would be more of that home you may be seeking.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:35 PM   #3
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Oops looks like I gave myself a thumbs down. I didn't really look at that icon.

What do you mean by a thermal insulated unit? Can I get an old one for under 10k that could do this? What are slide outs?
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hi momo3 and welcome to the forums....

others have asked YOUR question, like here....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f314...ity-26143.html

as for winter living in minnytoeta....

start reading the many winter threads...

here is my favorite and harsh with clarity...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f462...ving-2738.html

like taking a cold shower

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this might be better suited to the location and an a/s could fit inside too!

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Old 09-17-2007, 10:41 PM   #5
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Oops looks like I gave myself a thumbs down. I didn't really look at that icon.

What do you mean by a thermal insulated unit? Can I get an old one for under 10k that could do this? What are slide outs?

No prob - downward thumb is toast.

The Airstream part sounds good, fulltiming in lutefisk land may be a challange. Would you consider doing it in a warmer place?

Welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:42 PM   #6
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Oops looks like I gave myself a thumbs down. I didn't really look at that icon.

What do you mean by a thermal insulated unit? Can I get an old one for under 10k that could do this? What are slide outs?
I know some trailers and 5th wheels have thermal windows and extra r value insulation in the walls and floors and are built to keep you toasty or cool in extremes such as Arctic Fox and Big Foot manufacturers of RVs. A slide out is a section of living space such that travels pushed in while traveling and extends out to nearly double your living space when set up, usually a dinette area or couch and dinette or wardrobe and bedroom area.

I am sure you could find used units on their forums as well as used units here of Airstreams.

I bet you would enjoy a couple of nice RV ers manuals and books and they usually tell you all you need to know even on how to find the right unit for you and purchase one. Good Luck! And there is plenty of information and people here to help. You've found yourself a great community.
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oh and there is an a/s only park not far from you to the northwest...

Minnesota Airstream Park

it's not open year round and too far 2 commute,

but might be a place to visit and look at a few trailers....

they often have 1-2 for sale and time shares too.

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Old 09-17-2007, 11:39 PM   #8
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Your dream is not that far fetched. If you can make your career on the internet, you can make it work. We actually have the internet down south where you can spend the winter, and then go back and stay in St. Paul when it is more Airstream friendly.

Best of luck in your endeavor.
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Look into places like Top of GA. It's $7.00 a night or $180 a month to park there with your Airstream. That includes everything to hook up, and has free wifi. Not sure on staying year round, but worth a look.
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We are thinking of full timing next year. We are not sure whether to sell the lake house we own or just close it up. We own a 2006 23 which is way to small to live in for us. It is also not the best insulated RV that is for sure. In full sun hot weather, it still gets in the low 80's inside during the day. I don't even want to think about the winter in MN. It is great for traveling but limited to live in unless you travel when the weather changes. We are thinking of upgrading to a diesel and getting a 5th wheel to live in, we are looking at a cameo. We enjoyed our AS so much we want to be on the road more, maybe move it around 2-4 times a year. We would keep the airstream for long trips, i wouldn't want to haul that big clunker around the country that is for sure. I'd rather pay the 675 unless you want to travel when the weather gets bad where you are. JMO
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:37 PM   #11
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Hey Momo3...

You have a great dream and your age is to your advantage...I wish I'd started thinking about such a life at your age! If you can make your living and not have to be in any given place, why not do it while you're traveling?... Plenty of folks do it...here's a thread about just that: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...eam-35802.html What an exciting way to live your life...and you can always buy a house later!

The winters up north are brutal as you know, and winter camping is difficult at best...but there is plenty of warmth in the south and southwest...and vice versa in the summer...too hot in the desert and just right in the north...

Poke around in the subforums for topics that you might be interested in learning more about and don't be afraid to ask questions if you can't find info the want... There's a search function, too, where you can locate threads containing buzz words...

Glad you could join us and good luck with your dream..and let know how it's developing...
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:43 PM   #13
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Hey Momo3,

I'm 24 and working toward the same thing, so maybe some of my experience thus far will help. My move-in goal is this coming spring; that allows me time to upgrade the AS and avoid winter problems this year.

If campgrounds there close for the winter (they do here), check out mobile home parks.

I got a lot of ideas and learned the most from reading through the full monty threads here. You see what other people improve and what factors they are considering, and can apply those to your situation.

It takes some looking and fast negotiations, but you can get an inexpensive older AS. Mine was way under $10k and is in decent shape. I found it on Craigslist. I'm putting the money I saved into rebuilding it.

The hardest part for me was finding a good way to make money mobilely (mobily..?), and if you got that covered, then wow! Ahead of me there..

Would love to hear your progress if you decide to tackle it. Best of luck!
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Since you make money online, and would love to do that full time, that's a portable skill - take it with you. I live in arizona (a little too warm in summer) but in winter, we have what are called "Snowbirds"... people who winter here and go back to whereever it is they came from (usually a cold state) when it begins to warm up. You can travel all over if you make your money online. I'd procure a backup generator for those not-so-sunny days so you have electricity though no matter where you are. Even ever-sunny Arizona has foul weather from time to time.
2Air pointed you to some really great forums for fulltiming, the winter forum is especially good if you're going to stay in a cold state.
I say GO FOR IT!
Just do all your research in advance and that way you can shop wisely and be well prepared.
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