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Old 08-18-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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First timer setting out

I am a first timer setting out on my first travel trailer / de-housed / semi-mobile (still have a somewhat traditional job but plan on moving as often as possible) / traveling / new life experience in a beautifully restored 1965 Overlander. I have a feeling the previous owners I purchased from are active in this community...

Anyhow I'm excited and will be taking the next couple months to clean my house out and commit to full-time Airstream life! Thanks for all the advice I've already read here and all that I will read as I continue the adventure.

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:31 PM   #2
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Awesome. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:34 PM   #3
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Thanks! Have you done any camping at Jordan Lake? I saw you're in Cary! I have had my airstream less than a week and have been thinking of taking her on her maiden voyage to that area this weekend.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:17 PM   #4
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Thought I'd introduce myself a bit more here since I've been reading everyone else story and getting inspired!

I am in my late 20's and have dreamed of having and living in an airstream travel trailer for a few years now. The freedom to find a new campground, beachside location, or land for rent has always enticed me and I have always lived somewhat minimally. Around a year ago I started game planning more seriously for my lifestyle and didn't tell anyone (to include my family or girlfriend) because I wanted to learn as much as I could to shoot down all the "what about...?" questions from my friends and family.

Roughly three months ago I made the decision that I wasn't getting any younger and there was no better time than now!!! After many hours of searching these forums and the dark corners of the internet I found the perfect 1965 Overlander to suit my needs and was lucky enough to have been able to purchase it from a fantastic couple who have helped me get my feet under me with the purchase.

Before 5 days ago I had never hitched or towed a vehicle in my personal life. Ever. Not even once.

Before 5 days ago I had never seen the interior or an airstream myself. Ever. Not even once.

Before 5 days ago I had a house I was renting, monthly bills, and a somewhat regular life.
Now I own one and am figuring it out as I go along.

Over the next couple months I will be minimizing all my belongings (anyone need a 72" TV?!) until I can move into the Airstream full time around November.

It has been an adventure already, just the way I wanted it. And I'm sure it will continue to be one in the future. But I've always believed in the old maxim that you have to attack life and keep it against the ropes, because no matter what it's going to kill you in the end.

So here I go. Into a new life and a crazy choice that I probably am not prepared for but hey, if not now, when?

Any and all advice or recommendations are appreciated! Take care and happy travels.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:28 PM   #5
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Here's something stupid I did that you can avoid. I put a lot of stuff in storage so I'd have possessions for going back into a house or apartment if I wanted to. Did NOT set a date to unload them... and still have a few that need to go on Craigslist. Planning a yard sale now after all these years to get rid of the crap.

Keep your storage six months, then it becomes obsolete as a safety net.

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Old 08-18-2014, 10:07 PM   #6
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Thanks! Have you done any camping at Jordan Lake? I saw you're in Cary! I have had my airstream less than a week and have been thinking of taking her on her maiden voyage to that area this weekend.
No we've not had the airstream out to Jordan. The closest we have stayed to home is Tobacco Farm Campground in Henderson. Nothing special there to do but it is a nice country setting with big shady spaces on an old tobacco farm. Full hookups.

Here is a pic from a few years ago - I do not know what it is like now, but it is nearby for a maiden voyage.



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Old 08-19-2014, 08:46 PM   #7
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Foiled again, got it. 6 months max. And thanks for the tip Wayward, I'm heading to Jordan Lake this weekend but the Tobacco Farms look great too. We will have to check it out when we have a chance.
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Welcome, there are A LOT of younger folks traveling full time in Airstreams and other vehicles these days, who all decided to give up consumerism and putting off life for their 60's.
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