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Old 08-02-2015, 10:03 AM   #1
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Video: The More We Explore - Shopping for an RV

Hi everyone. We are "the more we explore." We just sold our house, and we're gearing up to hit the road full time.

We've documented our journeys so far, and we invite you to join along. We are avid oudoorspeople, typically spending 50+ nights a year in a tent backpacking, packrafting, mountain biking, and enjoying the great outdoors.

We've been shopping for RVs lately, and after stopping by our local Airstream dealer in Salt Lake City, UT, I can't imagine us being happy with the quality of anything else. Check out our Airstream shopping video:

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Old 08-12-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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If you have questions about Airstream ownership please ask away.

I watched your videos renting the Class C and will watch your other videos. That is a great way to learn about using an RV.

When we were shopping we decided a preowned Airstream was for us. We didn't want a motorized RV and having to deal with maintaining the automotive side of the RV and having to tow a small car behind it. But as in all RVs there are pros/cons about each.

We decided the 25' size was the optimum size for us, not too big not too small.

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Old 08-12-2015, 01:47 PM   #3
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Charming couple…enjoyed the video

You maybe preaching to the choir on this forum, but this video is great for Youtubers thinking about Airstreams ( Airstream should pay you ha ha )

I really liked Theresas ( sp?) Do Rag. She really " embraced " the " I Love Lucy/ The Long Long Trailer " vibe.

I'll check out your other videos. I'm interested about how folks your age can pull off such an adventure, and your long term plans and goals ( cost of trailer, work, etc , yeah none of my business )

I do have some advice ( maybe I'm preaching to the choir now ) Hiker to outdoors type folks. I'd be prepared to unhitch and leave trailer, when searching for, or getting to trailheads and other out of the way destinations. And I am guessing you know that many of your views out the windows aren't going to be Redwoods and streams. But it's great to see folks follow their dreams.

OOOps just saw your blog….I WAS preaching to the choir. You know your stuff
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Old 08-12-2015, 02:11 PM   #4
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Welcome, what made you want to join those of us of similar age already on the road?
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:09 PM   #5
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Explore More, welcome! Watched your videos and read the blog. Good work.

You look like you are on the right track. Love your enthusiasm. Looks like you are doing lots of research and planning.

There are many different types of folks on this forum but they are overwhelmingly helpful. We're full off opinions, even on things we know nothing about, but mostly want to share, help, be included etc.

Many will also gladly rain on your parade, just put up your umbrella and carry on. Yes you don't have the wealth of experience they have. So what. Learn the basics, put safety high on your list and enjoy and learn as you go.

Check out the blogs for:
Long long honeymoon
RV Sue and her dogs
Technomadia

There are also threads here for the best blogs and someone will likely post a link.

Visit an Airstream Rally, Vintage Airstream Club gathering an Alum(anything) event or Tin Can Tourist get together in your area. They usually have open houses to let you come in and check things out.

Pinterest has lots of Airstream boards now for ideas.

This is your thread now ask whatever you want.

Relax and Stream On!
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:09 PM   #6
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Thumbs up Welcome Aboard....

We look forward to following your assent of the learning curve......

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Old 08-13-2015, 09:33 AM   #7
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Wow, what a friendly forum! We're on a lot of different forums, and while I'm sure there are all types here, we're blown away by the friendliness. Add one more to the "benefits of owning an airstream" tally.

We thought we had instant notifications setup for forum replies, but it looks like we're on a weekly notification.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:41 AM   #8
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If you have questions about Airstream ownership please ask away.
Thank you! We have lots of questions, but we're betting they've been answered before. We'll be sifting through the forum to see if we can find the answers first.

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When we were shopping we decided a preowned Airstream was for us. We didn't want a motorized RV and having to deal with maintaining the automotive side of the RV and having to tow a small car behind it. But as in all RVs there are pros/cons about each.

We decided the 25' size was the optimum size for us, not too big not too small.
We're in a very similar boat. We figured if we had a travel trailer we'd be able to unhook and go exploring more without the airstream, which really appeals. The thought of towing a rig behind a motorhome was overwhelming and overly complicated.

We like the 25' bed in the flying clouds because of how the bed is oriented. We like the 27' too, but we'd rather have the bed oriented sideways than having our heads near the windows. We figure it's easier to look out the windows when they're not by your head. We may look into a rear bedroom option too.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:44 AM   #9
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You maybe preaching to the choir on this forum, but this video is great for Youtubers thinking about Airstreams ( Airstream should pay you ha ha )
Oh man, that would be a dream come true! We'd love to work for Airstream's media team.



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Hiker to outdoors type folks. I'd be prepared to unhitch and leave trailer, when searching for, or getting to trailheads and other out of the way destinations.
That's exactly what we're thinking. We've narrowed it down to a travel trailer, and we haven't found any other travel trailers we like half as much as an AS.
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Welcome, what made you want to join those of us of similar age already on the road?
We're excited to join people of all ages on the road. One of our biggest fears is that we'll be lonely and we won't have many friends while on the road. We love hiking and camping in groups, and all our hiking buddies are here in Utah.

We love the outdoors, we don't like the confining feeling of home ownership, and we realized we could do anything in the world that we wanted.

We initially wanted to backpack europe and asia for a year or two, but then we realized we've hardly even seen our great country. Even though we've spent almost every other weekend of the past 5 years exploring Utah, there's still so much more of Utah we want to explore. Which led us to realize there's so much to see in this great country.

We initially wanted to get a tiny house, but as we started researching those, we decided that we'd rather be more mobile and be able to travel. Then blogs like Gone With the Wynns and Technomadia inspired us that it was possible.
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I was checking out one of your youTube videos about your requirements for an RV and one was a place to store the bikes and another was having additional ground clearance for taking an RV off improved highways. The Airstream will not meet those requirements. You can purchase external bike racks for the Airstream but Airstreams have lower ground clearance but that what makes them tow well.

One other note is you mention using an induction cook top. You will have to run a generator to power it while boondocking. To run it off an inverter you'd have to have a lot of battery and solar capacity. I'm not sure why you are into using induction cooking appliance over a propane cook top.

Another requirement is a 4 season RV. Airstreams are not a 4 season RV and are not as well insulated as conventional trailers due to the design the roofs are not as deep as conventional RVs. One brand that is 4 season is Arctic Fox but you may not like the build quality as much. You'll need a 3/4T truck to pull it so you have payload capacity.

We plan to fulltime or travel 6 months at a time in our 25fb. We are looking to have the queen front bedroom converted to twins. It opens up the trailer and allows more convenient storage. Hate lifting the bed to get to everyday stuff. The Airstream Flying Cloud series offers twin bed floorplans.

Another disadvantage but also an advantage is the aluminum construction. The shell wont take hail and if damaged very expensive to repair or replace. The advantage is if you do get a roof leak there is no wood involved unless the water run downs the wall interior to the wood subfloor. Conventional trailers have luan under the roof membrane. Once water gets past the outer surface the luan can rot. Many conventional trailers while having aluminum siding use wooden roof trusses. The fiberglass siding is usually backed by luan so any window/roof leaks can cause the sides to delaminate over time.

But for the price of an Airstream you can buy two or more conventionally built trailers.

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I'm interested about how folks your age can pull off such an adventure, and your long term plans and goals ( cost of trailer, work, etc , yeah none of my business )
We'll be interested to see how we pull this off too.

Very valid questions; we're happy to answer. Here's the answer: we don't have it all figured out yet. But we're highly motivated, and we'll find a way to make it work. We're flexible and hard workers.

We've been pretty good with money. We don't have any debt. We've always paid cash for vehicles, and we don't use a credit card. We got a little equity back when we sold our house, and that will cover the cost of a used AS, or a down payment on a new one. We'd like to pay cash for our trailer so we don't have any debt, but that will probably mean waiting a few more months so our savings doesn't get depleted with the purchase of a trailer. Most people our age don't understand the concept of paying for vehicles and large purchases with money you actually have, so we get a lot of weird looks from our friends.

We both worked hard to get a good education and go into good fields that we love. We're blessed to have good paying jobs, but after embracing a minimalist lifestyle, it's amazing how much money we've saved already. Once we're on the road we won't have to make as much money as we do now.

How will we make money on the road? We're still figuring that one out, but we will be working full-time. Tess has a good, solid plan, and Steve has a MS in Instructional Design and lots of skills (video production, product reviews, program evaluation, instructional design, teaching, welding, repairs, fabrication, etc), but we're working on marketing them and deciding which ones to pursue.

The dream would be to work for an RV company doing media/promotions/how-to videos, etc. while on the road. We've got a handful of business ideas that could all be great, or they could all be flops. We're still working on this element. We're lucky to have stability and great jobs right now, but it'll be a little scary (and exciting at the same time) walking away from those to start this adventure. We have a place to live in an AS on family's property until we figure this part out.

We're always game to suggestions. We figure there are plenty of jobs where we could download our work online once a week, the upload it the next week.
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You didn't mention what vehicle you currently have. Could it tow a 25 or larger Airstream or conventional trailer?

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Check this blog out about a young women who works seasonal jobs while living full time in a Casita travel trailer. She is currently working for a concessionaire in Yellowstone NP.
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