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Old 03-04-2008, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm Mike.

Hello, my user name is hushnel but my name is Mike. I am one of those people that love Airsteams but the closest I’ve ever gotten to owning one was an old Avion I managed to buy after hurricane Andrew, with the thought that I would restore it after the house was finished. Well that didn’t happen after rebuilding the house I was done, I couldn’t stand to see it rotting away in the back yard so I sold it. It was really too big and heavy for us.

Some day I will own one, really nothing else will do, though we do have an old 16’ Sunline built in ’85. I wouldn’t be too sorry if it was damaged in a hurricane, I’ll haul my boat to safety and leave it behind.

I know the Airstream is way above our ability to purchase but I keep my eyes open and some day I will find one. I believe in quality and American made, even though I know Harley Davidson gets a lot of stuff from offshore it’s still the bike I ride, my other loves are Fender and Martin Guitars, maybe if I didn’t have so many of these I could afford a new Airstream

Anyhow I’m here to learn the nuts and bolts of these campers. Maybe if that elusive camper presents itself I will have enough knowledge to asses it’s value and restorability.

This is the only online community I’m a member of that I don’t actually own the common item of discussion. Strange I guess but. I guess I’m a little like those guys that hang around with musicians that aren’t musicians, what do they call them again, oh yeah drummers
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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Welcome Mike....hope you find the perfect trailer for you someday.

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Old 03-04-2008, 02:15 PM   #3
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Hey Mike, Welcome!
This is a great time for you to get educated on the quirks of Airstreams, so when the time come to buy, you don't end up with someones "problem child".
Nice to have you here,
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Hello Mike,
What are you looking for(vintage, almost vintage, new, new-used?)...There are a few of each out there, and there is an Airstream trailer park in Florida with lots of helpful people who might have sourcing...welcome to the finest addiction you'll ever know.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:11 PM   #7
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Thanks Steve, Iím 5 years from having my 30 in with the county. At this point my number one goal is finding the location to retire to so I can get busy doing the stuff that I do. Probably stay in Florida if they let me, defiantly get the heck out of Miami area.

Thanks for the welcome Moosetags.

Hello Dave, yep thatís the idea, learn what it is Iím looking at. Figure out if there is enough room for my wifeís stuff and my guitars, by the way in the most general terms how many guitars are you allowed to carry, and this is my best guess, and that would be up to the ďBossĒ

Michael & Tracy, good question and I lean towards vintage but Iíve learned that sometimes itís best to let ďitĒ find you. If I limit my choices by choosing or deciding exactly what I want I could easily pass on ďtheĒ one. Iíll keep my focus on what we want to do with it and limit our choice by its ability to supply that need, if that makes any sense. Weíre a few years away from getting into an Airstream unless we happen upon one that trips us up. The idea of having one in the back yard when the next storm rolls through terrifies me.

Well Robert, I need another passion like a hole in the head. The Airstream is like the Harley to me. I dreamed about owning one for years and years, then the passionate desire would fade away a bit as I became distracted by another path, it would however return with a more potent venom each time getting harder and harder to ignore. I think Iíve got a few years but you never really know when itís going rear up and takes ya.

And like the Harley I never thought I would own one, now Iíve got two.
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Hello, my user name is hushnel but my name is Mike.

Strange I guess but. I guess Iím a little like those guys that hang around with musicians that arenít musicians, what do they call them again, oh yeah drummers
Hey... hold on there... I'm sitting balanced and drool out of both sides. I thought they called 'em banjo players (or bass players)?

Welcome to the forums! You'll own one soon enough...

So they used to call me speedo, but my real name is Mr. Earl...
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Hey Mike...welcome to the Forums...it's OK you don't have an Airstream (yet)...you have the spirit...that's what's important...your Airstream just hasn't found you yet...but it will!

Glad you could join in...
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Hey... hold on there... I'm sitting balanced and drool out of both sides. I thought they called 'em banjo players (or bass players)?

Welcome to the forums! You'll own one soon enough...

So they used to call me speedo, but my real name is Mr. Earl...
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Welcome!

Don't be intimidated by the sticker shock of new units - there are some great buys on older and vintage units - and in my opinion - a price point for everyone. And besides, if all those aluminum walls could talk! Good luck and enjoy the ride.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:57 AM   #14
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Naw, God created the bass player so the music could have some soul, now the banjo just proves the benevolent creator has a sense of humor I just made this banjo uke and it rides very nicely in the saddle bags of the HD.


Sticker shock is the perfect word for the new Airstream experience but Iím thinking that itís a case of ďYou get what you pay forĒ I swear some of the bread box campers Iíve seen, specifically the cheaper units just donít look road worthy, let alone take them any distance off road. Iíd be perfectly happy with 17' Caravel, 18/19í Bambi, and the similar sized Safari, Globetrotter or Trade Wind there is so much to learn but Iím thinking 23Ē and smaller. Even some of the crazy tear drops are intriguing and would be cool for the quick weekend bike rally or overnight fishing trip.



We still do quite a bit of tent camping, mostly Historical Interpritation with the NMLRA,



There is a wealth of information here, Iíve got to spend some time looking around.
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