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Old 03-25-2015, 01:32 PM   #29
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Go for it!

When I was in your area I camped quite often - sometimes within 10 miles of my house! There are so many beautiful, waterfront sites to spend the weekends just chillin' that I couldn't resist. All those short trips prepared me for my cross-country move a few years ago. I towed my 27' vintage gal from Titusville to Reno with only one white-knuckle event: navigating through Dallas at peak traffic/commute time.

Florida was a great place to learn to tow (and backup) - flat and wide roads! Now that I'm in the DC area, I'm learning to get through very tight and congested places.

The single, roof (non-ducted) a/c has always been adequate for me in FL. Not sure how much I'd be willing to spend just to get the ducted unit.

While I'd like to have a 20XX Airstream, I love my 1973 A/S just as much as I would a new one - with the exception of having a grey tank. I've put many miles on my 2000 Yukon XL but will have to replace her this year - albeit with a 2007/2008 model. I've learned that I don't need the newest model anything - and save my $$$$ for the unexpected. I've gone from professional to unemployed, to barely employed, and back. But this year I may say adiós to professional life again. Thinking of heading to Pt St Lucie FL and working at a riverside bar!!! Maybe I'll see you around
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:43 PM   #30
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As I Frequently Remind Male Friends

A sewing machine is a power tool.

There are plenty of men who can't back worth a nickel.

Once in a while I've had to try six or seven times, and it's very bad news when I'm trying to back up tired, but one and done is becoming more and more frequent - even hooking up to the Hensley is something I'v done in one or two tries lately, though last spring it did put me through a 5.5 hour "my life is hell" afternoon. (Do a search: it IS funny in retrospect --- in the "other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?" sense).

As far as used prices - I recently looked at a late model ad, and sent a request only to find that the unit had just sold... It was advertised for "$79,000 priced to sell fast" and a new one lists for $101,000. Now if I called Colonial and said Patrick Botticelli I want to buy that new $101,000 model. I want to pay $80K - there'd be some negotiation back and forth and I'd have to pay taxes title and dealer prep... but we'd come in somewhere pretty close to $80K. And it would be a brand spanking new never had anyone sit on the john or sleep in the bed - full two year warranty unit!

When it comes to bargain prices on used Airstreams let the buyer beware. If you don't know what new list and actual new sale price were your bargain could really be the seller's. Of course I imagine that the seller puts his "I WANT" price out there, then simply hopes that a novice buyer happens along. You could look at an 06 Safari (now Flying Cloud) that in a 2015 model currently lists for over $72K and think that an 06 at $48K is pretty good. Problem is the original buyer paid about $50k. - You've also got to compare upgrades like ultra leather or awnings all around.

I hate to haggle only slightly less than I hate to pay too much!

Happy trails, Paula
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Hitching up solo with a back up camera is easy. They are cheap enough and wireless so the install is not high tech wire pulling. They beat the hell out of a helper that does not communicate clearly. Listen to Paula. She knows her stuff.
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Old 03-25-2015, 02:08 PM   #32
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Get out there! You aint a gittin' any younger, so take the leap, and go on n git u one!
When you wake up everyday with a huge GRIN on yeo face, God will be smilin wit ya too!
Best of luck, and we hope to see you down the road.

Paula, I want you for my neighbor. You're a hoot! Girlpower galore in this thread.

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Old 03-25-2015, 09:58 PM   #33
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:28 PM   #34
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Could make this a "vote" thread. Ask any member who has been here for 2 years or longer - How many times have you seen an ad for an Airstream that is ONE year old or newer for sale with "health issues force sale" as the reason.

It's easy to keep waiting and waiting, because the house needs a new roof, the second car is a beater on it's last leg, we have to save enough that our children can go to Harvard, or it's just not sensible to waste THAT much on a camper... and at age 71 they finally buy their Airstream. And within a a couple of months one partner or the other has a serious medical condition and won't be able to go camping - probably ever again.

Now, unless you're Warren Buffet, or at least Oprah, you have to make choices. You can be frugal and still own a new Airstream. It's just probably has to be your one big indulgence. Wanting an Airstream might mean you shop for a lot of your clothing at thrift stores, or like me don't buy the "Sex in the City" shoes that cost over $600 per pair.

So if you're truly frugal and want an Airstream - buy it in time to be able to enjoy it for years.

Sincerely, Paula
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- buy it in time to be able to enjoy it for years.

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My neighbor, who was an avid camper, came over shortly after I got mine and said "Enjoy it while you can". He died of cancer few weeks later. You can happily camp in a tent. But if you can camp in an Airstream, within your means, why not!
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have you made a decision?
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Everyone, I want to thank you for your thoughtful replies and considered advice. I apologize for the delay in providing an update, but I have been busy finalizing my plans before announcing them. (And I will respond to the PMs shortly). So! Let me see if I can at least generally address the majority of the concerns/considerations I’ve seen mentioned…

Yes, I AM soon to be the proud new owner of that 2010 27FB International Signature. I am SUPER excited. Same monthly payment as what I had (emphasis on past tense) been forking over for my ’09 Honda Fit. I opted against the extended warranty and will take my lumps out of pocket if fate so decrees, but I took the excellent advice offered by Alice & Bud and prodded the dealer for new tires (not needed, as it turns out) and batteries (the others were okay but they will toss brand new Interstates in for me). The 30 day standard warranty period will remain unchanged.

I am a telecommuter so I can continue to work in the AS (though I see I’ll need to give some careful thought to boosting wireless signals). I’m definitely not Oprah and not swimming in cash, yet at the same time no 401ks were harmed in the making of this dream, heh. I have no kiddos, no husband, no one to complain I’m spending an inheritance (and I’d pay no mind if they did). I own my home on a ½ acre, but a couple years ago moved all my things into my smallest room and rented the rest of the place out to roommates – a move I made to better facilitate international travel, since all I need for my job is a computer and an internet connection. I have spent several months out of each of the past few years traveling overseas for pleasure, continuing to work while there. (I just got back from several months in New Zealand – my 3rd trip). I envision my step into the AS family as a lateral move from the sort of travel I’ve been doing… now being able to bring my own things/environment/kitty along for the ride more easily.

I love Clayton’s comment about ‘adaptability’ – I am indeed an adaptable person. I’m also used to getting an idea stuck in my head, researching it to death, then making a gut call based on the gathered info whether it truly was a good option for me or not. This approach has rarely steered me wrong. I’m a taker of calculated risks. AND a believer in emergency savings AND being generally super-thrifty, except for when it comes to (1) travel, (2) good food, and (3) treats for the people I care about. Otherwise, I’m a cheap-a$$ tightwad. That helps fund the things that ARE important, I feel.

One thing I’m not, though, is Canadian – Paula’s comments were excellent and very detailed, though it seems she attempted to export me somewhere along the line. I’m just an American girl in Orlando, FL. So no currency conversions or universal health care need be considered here.

I haven’t yet set a date for delivery (or pickup); I’ll be getting a permit from the county and moving around some fencing first to allow for a nice big ol’ parking space in the sheltered backyard. I’m currently wrestling with tow vehicles; I’ll be paying cash for an oldie, and I’ve been seemingly all over the state seeing and crawling under Tundras, Titan/Armadas, Silverados, and Ram 1500s. Hard to find something DD-suitable yet also rated to easily handle the 7,300 GVWR of my fully laden TT. Wayyyy too many would-be sellers saying “oh! the manufacturer plays those tow ratings really conservatively – you can totally use [insert undersized vehicle here] for that.” Or claiming Tundras/Nissans have a ‘tow package’ when what they really mean is it has a hitch. (But that’s a complaint for another thread; I have indeed read almost all 30 pages of the Tundra one as well as other pertinent threads in that forum area.)

I’ll stick with the included Reese hitch (and sway bars from prior owner) for now, though I will delve into the hitch thread when I am ready to change that up for easier use/fewer wrenches/less greasiness. And I am DEFINITELY liking the idea of a backup camera from Costco…. My parents got off easy this year when I was 8000 miles away for Xmas and my b-day, but they’ll be presented with a heavy-handed hint about that soon.

Thanks again, all. Be seeing you out there soon!

- Dara
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Old 03-27-2015, 05:15 PM   #38
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congratulations! Sounds like you've been doing your homework and listening to the advise of others. I hope you have many good years in your new Airstream.

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congrats ! sound wonderful.

no 401k were harmed in the making of this dream.
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A sewing machine is a power tool.

There are plenty of men who can't back worth a nickel.

Once in a while I've had to try six or seven times, and it's very bad news when I'm trying to back up tired, but one and done is becoming more and more frequent - even hooking up to the Hensley is something I'v done in one or two tries lately, though last spring it did put me through a 5.5 hour "my life is hell" afternoon. (Do a search: it IS funny in retrospect --- in the "other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?" sense).

As far as used prices - I recently looked at a late model ad, and sent a request only to find that the unit had just sold... It was advertised for "$79,000 priced to sell fast" and a new one lists for $101,000. Now if I called Colonial and said Patrick Botticelli I want to buy that new $101,000 model. I want to pay $80K - there'd be some negotiation back and forth and I'd have to pay taxes title and dealer prep... but we'd come in somewhere pretty close to $80K. And it would be a brand spanking new never had anyone sit on the john or sleep in the bed - full two year warranty unit!

When it comes to bargain prices on used Airstreams let the buyer beware. If you don't know what new list and actual new sale price were your bargain could really be the seller's. Of course I imagine that the seller puts his "I WANT" price out there, then simply hopes that a novice buyer happens along. You could look at an 06 Safari (now Flying Cloud) that in a 2015 model currently lists for over $72K and think that an 06 at $48K is pretty good. Problem is the original buyer paid about $50k. - You've also got to compare upgrades like ultra leather or awnings all around.

I hate to haggle only slightly less than I hate to pay too much!

Happy trails, Paula
Patrick at Colonial seemed like a good fellow when I spoke to him.

If you're bored with that 2012 EB, you could sell it to me !
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arg! and just realized have posted in wrong area. >_< Am off to a good forums start, heh.

This site is a bit confusing. I read posts, reply to posts, try to create new posts. Anybody out there? Ha
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:37 PM   #42
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Clif hang in there you will get used to it. Looks like have only made 2 posts. Not every time you post or comment will get a reply. Many people read but move along if it's not of interest to them or they have nothing of value to add.

If you post a question that you really would like answered make your question well worded and part of the title and if possible part of the correct thread. If you post a plumbing question in a tire thread a moderator can move it for you.

Occasionally you can "bump" your own question again so it goes back up to the top of the new comments.

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