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Old 10-09-2007, 12:50 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

i have been looking at Airstreams for 10 months now. i'm still saving up and just learning as much as i can about them. i'm a single mom with a 15 month old son and two dogs and my biggest dream is to travel across the country in my own Airstream. i have never towed a trailer nor have i ever campt in one but, i'm crazy about the silver palace. i live in San Diego and we have many camp sites along the ocean but, the Airstreams are far and few in between so when ever i see one i run up to the owners and ask for a tour. i just can't get enough of them. the Vintage, the New and the Used. they are all fantastic!! i enjoy reading all the posts and living vicariously through you all for now. i'm so inspired. thanks.

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Old 10-09-2007, 01:10 AM   #2
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Hi Sandra, welcome!
There is a bit of that feeling in all of us. This is certainly the place to hang out if you don't mind reading. There is a ton of stuff to learn.
Having said that, don't be intimidated. Nobody learns it all at once.
Do some reading here on tow vehicles, you may have to do a search for that term. You need to make sure that you have an adequate TV for the trailer you wind up with. Or purchase both - but it sounds like money is an issue with you as with most of us.
Since I mentioned tow vehicles, you will find a WIDE variety of opinions on how much is enough. That's all I'll say except that you need to take some of the opinions with a grain of salt. (You DON'T need a 3/4 ton diesel truck to tow a 19' or 23' trailer)
Good luck, post often or as needed. It's nice to have you here.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:10 AM   #3
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Welcome Sandra and good luck fulfilling your dream. Isn't that what life's all about. Your memories camping with your son and dogs will the best!! Our kids are getting older but all of those memories seem like yesterday.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:15 AM   #4
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Oh Sandra, it sounds like you've been bitten by the aluminum bug. You're smart by learning as much as you can. When you plunk down hard-earned money, you will get the most for your dollar when you've educated yourself. Don't let no towing or RV ownership experience keep you from your dream. You can do it! There is a learning curve, but don't let anyone tell you that you won't be able to by yourself, because I know you can.
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Good luck in finding your perfect airstream.
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:05 AM   #6
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Hi Sandra,, welcome to the Forums,,, please do your homework and research well. take your time,, use the Forum, then look, look, look at every Airstream you see,, attend a local rally,, a vintage rally, talk to the owners,,, have fun,, and keep on Dream Streamin,,,, donna
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:23 AM   #7
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Hey Sandra! I'm also a single mother but my girls are grown. I bought a new Bambi 16' in March of this year and I love it! I'm in Huntington Beach...not far from you. You'll have to let me know when you find yours and we'll adventure together!
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Hi Sandra, Welcome to this fine depository of Airstream knowledge. I too was a newbie not so long ago. Having researched for over a year I finally took the plunge and bought one. The only thing have to say is that I wasted about 11 months! Good luck in your quest. If you would like to read about my wife’s views, hit her blog.

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Old 10-09-2007, 07:14 PM   #9
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thanks for the welcome! i'm so excited to hear from you. i feel like a whole new world of information and shared experiences are at my fingertips. oh and Dave...you have a real nice Globtrotter. My SUV is a 2004 Mountaineer V8 so i hope that will do for something around 4500 lbs. the dealer told me it can pull up to 6900 lbs. but, the manual states 3500 lbs. so i figured somewhere in the middle, but i need to look into it further to be more specific. for a first timer it looks like most recommendations are towards a newer trailer. something that is going to be ready to go and without the risk of hight maintenance or repairs.
if anybody knows of an up coming rally around San Diego/ Orange county area please let me know. the only one i have been able to track down is not until next spring in Newport Beach.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:00 PM   #10
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Hi Sandra and welcome in!

You just walked into a whole new world.

Cal. is full of Airstreamers and we love to Rally. Let me invite you to the CalStreamers Fall Rally in Kernville. Bring a tent or rent a room and join us for the first weekend in Nov. Bring the kids and the dogs. You'll have a blast and get to tour and ogle 15 Airstreams. You won't starve either. We'll have a couple of potlucks. No cost to attend. Bring a lawnchair. PM me for the details. I hope you can come hang out with us.

The best way to learn about Airstreams is by being around them and their owners. Go to Rallies.

Have you considerd the new Safari Sport models? Less wieght and cost.

The Silver Sisters is a group of Ladies here that go camping together. I know some of these Stramers and they are a blast to be around.

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Old 10-10-2007, 01:22 AM   #11
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thanks for the supportive words!

i'm not sure if i'm doing this the right way. but, i just wanted to let you know how nice it was to read your welcome. thanks again for the cheerful support.
Sandra

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Old 10-10-2007, 01:27 AM   #12
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hi, i can't wait to one day be able to give you a shout and say lets go!! i love the Bambi. all though i think i need a little more room. especially for my longer tours i'm dreaming about. ) if you are ever down this way let me know and i'll come by and visit you.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:45 AM   #13
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upcoming rally...

it sounds fantastic. i will try to come that weekend. yes, i will bring the kid so i probebly will get a room. because i have only gone camping with a tent once many years ago and i don't own one. so if i could get more details great!! oh, and i have not seen the Safari sport yet, only in the internet catalogue. i have been looking for a trailer that is larger than the 16' Bambi, around 19'-20', with the same floor plan. because i like the rear end bed. i know the earlier Vintage models have them and the really long trailers. well, i can't wait to see all the individual trailers and personalities that comes allong with them.)

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Hi Sandra and welcome in!

You just walked into a whole new world.

Cal. is full of Airstreamers and we love to Rally. Let me invite you to the CalStreamers Fall Rally in Kernville. Bring a tent or rent a room and join us for the first weekend in Nov. Bring the kids and the dogs. You'll have a blast and get to tour and ogle 15 Airstreams. You won't starve either. We'll have a couple of potlucks. No cost to attend. Bring a lawnchair. PM me for the details. I hope you can come hang out with us.

The best way to learn about Airstreams is by being around them and their owners. Go to Rallies.

Have you considerd the new Safari Sport models? Less wieght and cost.

The Silver Sisters is a group of Ladies here that go camping together. I know some of these Stramers and they are a blast to be around.

P.S. Check your messages.

LEGAL NOTICE:
The CalStreamers is not a club and membership is not required. CalStreamers is a crosssection of lunatics that love to Rally.
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