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Old 04-26-2016, 01:54 PM   #29
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That was a little deep for a Tuesday (I got this 4/26/16).

All great comments here. Loved reading it.

For me, I was 37 when we bought our 2014 Cloud 19 brand new from the lot. I hear all sorts of great stories RV'ing. I get a lot of nods and people coming up to me about AS (Ramses). It gives me a sense of pride that I never knew about.

AS to me is a finer things in life I am glad we were able to get. I don't drive a fancy car, I don't own a fancy house, but I do own an AS. Now sure what it tells me about my character, but I think I made a good choice. It is pricey, but not once did I regret. I have been wanting one ever since I saw it on History Channel, and one day, pulled the trigger and got it.

To my friends, they can't see the justification for buying an AS. They bought a bigger that cost less and they are happy. But what justification can you really have for buying an excess of something? It is worth what it is worth to you only. I can't imagine buying a $100k car, even IF I could afford it.

My kids are 8 and 11 now and they can enjoy Ramses with me and the wife for a few more years until they get big enough to get their tent :-).

I hope when it is time for me to retire, I still have my AS and enjoy the country.

I love this forum.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:33 PM   #30
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Tangible goodness

I bought my 2012 Airstream a few years ago instead of investing in the market as I have been advised over and over again. "You're making a big mistake" they said. I know a lot of people out there would agree. I could give a rat's a*$@%@. Best money I ever "invested" in was my Airstream. Worth the $40,000 plus just to look at it. Beer tastes better in it.

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Old 04-26-2016, 03:45 PM   #31
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I worked 120 hour weeks for many, many years saving my pennies.
Then the bad economy of 2008...
Opened my eyes-
I decided to enjoy some of my money now rather than wait for retirement.
My money could be gone before retirement.
Now I work 45-50 hours per week and camp a lot...
Stuff- money and things- don't matter.
Relationships matter.
People matter.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:49 PM   #32
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I also worried about the expense of buying one.
I had a different travel trailer for 4 years but always, always, wanted an Airstream. Once I decided that in my retirement I wanted to travel all the states, I wanted something more reliable and comfortable then what I had.
I began seriously looking at Airstreams. Knowing the way I am, I knew I was always going to want one, and wouldnt be happy or satisfied until I got one. So, I just had to do it and I did. I have had it for about a year.
Havent made it to too many states but have done alot of weekend camping in Missouri State Parks.
I just love it, and am very proud to own an Airstream.
Get it, and enjoy it while you can!!
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:51 PM   #33
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I, too, had another brand travel trailer for about 2 years, 4 months.
Always wanted an Airstream-
Could never be satisfied with the other trailer-
Now I have my trailer for life.
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:57 PM   #34
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Our Airstream is easy to justify financially. It's cheaper and far more effective than psychiatric care.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:12 PM   #35
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I think you have confused investment assets with depreciating items. My 2014 cost a lot. I am making a accelerated payments to insure no debt after I retire. I should get 20 years or so of camping enjoyment. My kids will likely use it or sell it when I am gone. It might be "worth" $10k. The value of the time traveling and camping is immeasurable! Enjoy life while you can, you can't take it with you.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:19 PM   #36
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Financially justify the cost of a new Airstream.

Hahahahahaha--funniest thing I've heard in a long time!

Before we retired, I ran a graphic design firm. Just HAD to have one. Airstream or nothing.

What else would match my vintage MacBook Pro 17"?😊
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:16 PM   #37
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Can't put a price on the places we've been, the sights we've seen, the people we've met. Don't forget the conversations we may not have had without our riveted wonders. Thank you Rosie.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:44 PM   #38
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Really...?

I quit justifying myself many years ago.
I am much happier for not justifying myself.
I am a flawed human that likes being.
26,000 miles in the past two years with our Airstream and we love it.
Just bought a new Pendleton.
No justification needed.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:55 PM   #39
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Here is my "justification":

It saved my life as I got outside and reduced my stress! Working 65 hours or more a week was taking it's toll!

Now I should actually live much longer to collect my pension and Social security!

I can't put a price on it all, but I am LIVING MY LIFE and that is worth more that money.
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:14 PM   #40
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If you are blessed with a few hours notice of your death and afforded the opportunity to reflect on your life, you will not remember what things cost - you will remember your experiences.

I figure that with all our travels we have been able to amortize our AS cost to something like 350$ per night at this point. Makes no sense of course- but the friends made, the experiences, adventure and plain old fun and flavouring of life - priceless.
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Justifications? Reasons? I'll take a stab at it:
My 2nd home is INSIDE every National Park in the USA. Try that with your lake cabin.

An Airstream (or other silver trailer) blends into a beautiful landscape by reflecting it. White Box trailers do not blend in.

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Love love love this thread!

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