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Old 03-07-2015, 11:08 PM   #1
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Talking 10 year plan

Good evening everyone. I've loved the airstream for as long as I can remember and I've finally decided to make the jump. I still have 10 years left in the army before I make my 20 year retirement. And when that day comes the wife and I have decided to take a couple years off and nomad around the US. I've had a lot of time of late do to a knee surgery, and I've spent it researching. I want to take my time and fully renovate a 29 to 30 footer. Something in an earlier model. The ruff flore plan I've come up with is a full size bed in the back and a kinda U shape kitchen in the very front. Every thing else in between the 2. Any thoughts?

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Old 03-08-2015, 06:13 AM   #2
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That sounds like a fun plan and something to keep you going for the next ten years��. You have lots of time to research, check out other floor plans and get a good feel for what you like. I see you're not too far from Santa Rosa Beach, FL. You might want to consider dropping by the Canopener next January at Topsail State Park. There will be over 100 Airstreams there and they'll do an open house on Saturday so you get to see lots of interiors ( old and new) and talk to the owners about what they like or don't like about their floor plans and trailer size.

Good luck!

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Old 03-08-2015, 07:01 AM   #3
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I second karenjude's suggestion. There is a Canopener 2016 thread already in full swing to inform you as to dates and the open house schedule. You'll see and walk through so many floor plans, remodels, solutions to storage concerns and talk to many knowledgeable Airstreamers it'd be worth your time!
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:02 AM   #4
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Sounds like a plan. You've found the right place for all things Airstream.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:22 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I will be marking the event on my calendar. So very excited. I look forward to reading your threads on builds and adventures.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:37 AM   #6
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If you do not have to take the shell off to replace the floor, folks take 2-3 years to renovate a vintage AS. That will give you several years to look for the ideal AS for you. In 2006 I bought a 1976 29' AS for $5000. It was in good condition but I replaced the axles, tires, AC, converter, water pump and hot water heater before we got on the road. Think about going with 4000# rated axles.
Last year a couple found a 1977 29' AS that had been in a garage for 20 years. Others buy one only to find that the frame is broken, outriggers are rusted or the floor is no longer intact. Since you have the time, you should be able to find a great AS, make it your own and travel comfortably for many years.
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Old 03-08-2015, 04:54 PM   #7
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It would be awesome to find an AS that doesn't need frame off work. On a non related note, after some research I've discovered that my jeep Rubicon will not be up to the task of towing. :'( so that adds another element to the project.
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Greetings! Welcome aboard. Take a stroll thru some of these threads. Lots of reading here, lots of good info.

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