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Old 03-27-2016, 07:22 AM   #1
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Greetings all!

Happy Easter everyone!

I've been lurking for the past month and have found this forum to be so helpful and knowledgeable. I'm excited to network with y'all and siphon some valuable advice from you experienced travelers

A little bit about me. I'm 25 years old, married to a beautiful woman who is currently expecting our 2nd child this August We have a 19-month-old daughter and it's really our two children who have inspired us to take the plunge and change our lifestyle to one of adventure and exploration. I grew up as a missionary child traveling and living abroad and I wouldn't trade those memories for the world. I want my children and my wife to be able to say the same!

I'm a cardiac ICU nurse and will be traveling from hospital to hospital. Assignments can last anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months. I've been blessed with a job that is always in demand and pays well enough that we can travel and not miss a beat when it comes to paying bills/living etc. We're currently living in SC and plan on starting this journey May of 2017 with an assignment in our gorgeous home state of Maine!

I'm currently learning about what AS will be right for our growing family. The Bambi 19' is looking good so far .....not a chance! haha. Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge. I look forward to meeting you.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:43 AM   #2
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Hi Mortland, welcome to the forums. Looks like you have a big adventure ahead of you. When we were looking we considered a 17-19' but ended up with a 23'. I'm glad we went with the longer one so we could have extra room and still be able to take it just about anywhere. It's an easy tow on the highway and very maneuverable in parking lots or backing into a site.

Good luck finding the AS that fits you best and best wishes for trouble free traveling.
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:16 AM   #3
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Thanks, Rich!
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:36 AM   #4
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Best wish on embarking on your great adventure.
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Welcome! I'm a newbie myself and like you, we purchased our airstream based on the experiences we'd like for our children to have (3.5 and 1.3). My wife and I have spent time doing missions work and were pursuing full-time missions ministry but never received the funding. Congrats to you and your family on this exciting adventure.
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:34 AM   #7
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You might think about starting out with a gently used unit. The advantages are:

1. Most, if not all, of the bugs will have been addressed by the previous owner (hopefully - inspect carefully).

2. You don't take the early, and steepest, depreciation.

3. A majority of folks start out with an " ideally sized" trailer only too discover that it is too small, too large, wrong layout...kind of like Goldilocks only more expensive when you trade.

4. In some cases, folks discover that they just don't like the Airstream lifestyle (rare, but it happens).

Be patient, don't jump on the first "good deal" -- that shiny aluminum can cloud your judgement!

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Old 03-30-2016, 07:22 AM   #8
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Moose: Thanks, happy I found this site!

Thearnolds: Sorry to hear you couldn't get the funding. I remember that always being a tough thing for my parents. My wife and I plan on doing short-longterm medical missionary work through ABWE and this lifestyle would allow us to do that with ease. I'll be able to earn more as a traveler and will have no longterm commitment to a hospital so when the Lord calls we can just go! Keep in touch!

n2916s: Thanks for the advice. We're looking at a 1990 '34 Excella 1000 this Friday, mostly to get a feel for the layout, dimensions, etc. I definitely believe in the shiny airstream induced "fog" haha.
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