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Old 01-05-2010, 07:36 PM   #15
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Welcome to the forums. I assume you are pulling Locum Tenens work as a CRNA. If you want worry free, I would suggest looking at a new unit, or having a vintage trailer completely restored. It all depends on how fast you need it.

Another member here names Sugarfoot is a CRNA, and is having a 1956 Sovereign of the road completely restored. You can see her blog at Traveling with Elvis.

Hope to see you down to road, and may all your inductions be slam dunks!


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Old 01-05-2010, 07:59 PM   #16
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Hey Misty, there is something about these silver twinkies that's kind of like an addiction...that shiny metal is pretty mesmerizing. We have been on the road for 7 months in our 2004 19ft. Bambi, it is such a great size to pull around and back into tougher places...but as we continue to travel we are thinking of upgrading to a slightly larger think about your long-term usage.

you can check out our travel blog at Tin Can Travels.

we were southern caly folks as well...


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Old 01-05-2010, 08:52 PM   #17
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It's hard to be patient once you catch a bad case of aluminitus, but you will be rewarded for taking your time and waiting to get the right trailer for your needs. A few more major considerations:

- are you able to handle (skills, tools, and TIME) minor and major repairs and renovations? If so, your first trailer may be the one you "learn Airstream" on. It's incredibly fun in a really painful and exhausting kind of way *(that doesn't sound good, does it?).... If not, you'll be better off finding a REALLY tight trailer that needs little or no work and being near a really good dealer/repair shop that already knows Airstream (don't assume every RV shop does).

- take the time here on the forums to really learn the systems that interact in your trailer: from running gear to plumbing, 12/120 volt electric to buck vs. Olympic rivets.. man, what an education! this forum is amazing! The better you know how the systems work, what distinguishes a good component from a bad one, the more prepared you'll be to make a wise purchase..

- there's also a lot to learn about tow vehicles. I was lucky enough to buy a complete trailer/Tundra package that already had all the good extras you'll need to tow: brake controller, hitch, sway bars, etc. I personally think my 2001 access cab Tundra is one of the best tow vehicles on the road and plan on keeping it at least another 10 years and towing the whole time...

Like the Rod Bernard song (almost) says: "this could go on forever".... but you've got the the fun begins! good luck
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:47 PM   #18
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I've rented a 2007 Mercedes Pleasure Way from a friend for a month. I am traveling along Pacific Coast Hwy 1 in California. I've gone from Venice beach to Big Sur since Jan 1. I am enjoying the experience. I am doing this as a trial to see if I really like the idea of living in a small space for several days at a time as I hope to use my airstream as a second home 2 weeks a month.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:09 PM   #19
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Hi Misty, and welcome to the forums. It's great to see another CRNA here.

Great idea to do a trial with the Pleasure Way. Airstream has a similar product called an Interstate. If you find that space is comfortable for you, I believe you will find an Airstream travel trailer very liveable. Airstreamers also tend to think of the great outdoors as their living room. Kinda adds to the available living space.

Using an Airstream for locums assignments sure beats facility-provided housing and hotels. I have friends that do this with other brand RVs and one of these days I'll probably do the same with my 30-footer when restoration is completed. There is nothing like having your own comfortable space with your own bed after a long day in the OR.

Lots of good advice here. I agree with others, research until you nail down exactly what you want. Then go after it. There are good points to either vintage (if restored properly) or new. But if you are like most CRNA's you have little time to do a restoration yourself. If you're like me, you may not have the entire skill set either. I went vintage because I love the look of the early 'Streams and could customize during a restoration in ways that are important to me.

I can't help much regarding a new or recently pre-owned Airstream purchase. But if you have questions about vintage, feel free to send me a PM.

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