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Old 01-17-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Hey! A New Member!!!

Hello everyone,

My name is Starr. I live in Asheville, NC and I am currently looking for a vintage Airstream in which to live full-time. It has been a long-ignored dream of mine to leave the world of stationary housing and enter the exciting realm of mobile living! The Airstream aspect of it is fairly new, though. I figured, hey, if I'm going to live in a camper, I might as well do it in style! I've already got my first two trips planned, and I'm so excited! Anyway, I'm pleased to be here on the forum, and I look forward to meeting some of you someday in the not-too-distant future...

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Old 01-17-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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Hi Starr, welcome! Check out the Full Timing forum for lots of good reading. Do you have a tow vehicle yet?
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:18 PM   #3
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Nope, no tow vehicle yet, either. But I am so gung-ho about this that I am doing some major downsizing of worldly possessions right now, pretty much selling all my furniture, my twenty-five years worth of books (totalling over 400), and other random stuff, because it all seems so boring compared to living in an Airstream, travelling around the country! Right now with my meager savings I'm a little over halfway to the amount I think I'll need to do this right. But where there's a will, there's a way, and where there's a house full of unneeded crap, there's probably a couple thousand dollars!

Thanks for the tip on the Full Timing forum. I think I'll go check it out now.

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Old 01-17-2008, 03:23 PM   #4
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Hi Starr, Welcome!
We enjoy meeting new people here on the forums.
You have some homework ahead of you.
Choosing the right trailer for you (model/length/weight) is of course a matter of personal choice, and you may have limitations due to the vehicle you would be towing with.
There are many threads here on these subjects, it does take some reading and searching to get to the bottom of it all.
Don't let that discourage you, it's fun and interesting learning about the trailers.
Check out the Classified section here, you will find quite a few trailers and motorhomes to look at.
Nice to have you, keep us up to date in your ventures.
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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Oh no, not the books.....that's the reason we could never fulltime. I'd have to part with my books and I think I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than do that .

Welcome Starr. There's a lot of knowledge on the Forum. Just play with the search feature and you'll learn more about each trailer and recommended tow vehicles (TV) in short order that when you do get into the purchasing mode you'll be absolutely dangerous.

Have fun and we'll be watcing for your updates.

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Old 01-17-2008, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the warm welcome, guys! I'm definitely learning a lot. I've been perusing this site for the past couple of weeks already.

My plan is to get my trailer first (a friend with a big truck has offered to go with me on a roadtrip to wherever to pick it up) and then park it at an inexpensive campground and stay put until I find a tow vehicle. It just makes more sense to me to do it that way than to get the vehicle first and then try to find a trailer based upon what type of tow vehicle I have.

Yes, and I thought I would never sell my books too, but I just don't really need most of them anymore (I am keeping about 40 or so). I'm actually having a lot of fun getting rid of all this random stuff. I'm doing a mystery box auction on ebay. Whoever came up with the "mystery auction" category is a freakin' genius! So if any of you folks still in stationary dwellings want some of my stuff, check it out!

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Old 01-17-2008, 09:15 PM   #7
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If your tow vehicle is still in the future, then you are absolutely right to buy the trailer that fits your needs, then purchase a T.V. to match the trailer.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:26 PM   #8
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It's good to see another person with Airstream fever. I was hoping you might show up here - I put the first bid on your mystery box earlier today. Good Luck with your dream.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:28 PM   #9
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A-ha! Thanks for bidding on my mystery box. There's some pretty good stuff in there.

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Old 01-17-2008, 09:37 PM   #10
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Welcome! After Katrina we, too, felt the exhilaration of lightening up on many personal possessions (although not voluntarily ;-) and really, there is no substitute for absolute freedom. consider:

- possibly keeping a 'home base' from which to operate (hometown, parents house, siblings, etc.) in case you ever need to just veg out in one place for a while

- your friend's tow vehicle will want to have the right class of hitch for your size of trailer. bigger OK, too small: not OK sway bars are also a wonderful luxury, some would say necessity. I'm glad my Tundra's got 'em. And you'll probably want a brake controller too, most AS's don't do well without them,

- another wonderful addition would be to have internet connectivity while you're on the road...if only to keep checking the forums!

-some way to check weather forecasts will be necessary if your north of Baton Rouge ("up north" to us) or anywhere snowstorms are possible. You might make out OK with just a transistor radio for that,

- do A LOT of homework before you buy. for example, MOST vintage units really need new axles (mine does, a '69) and often the bath floor will need replacing due to rot (mine does, again) which is a HUGE job for the do it yourselfer. Not trying to scare you off, just give you a head's up. As you search the forums you'll see the most AMAZING renovations being done. check out Carlos Ferguson's "view pod", for example...mind blowing!

-often a Google search followed by "site:airforums.com" will search much faster than this forum's search function....wish they could fix that...

- use the VAC classifieds too. that's how I found my Safari/Tundra combo. also use "crazedlist.org" to search EVERY craigslist in the country. beware of scammers lurking there, though, fyi...

Learn as you go. Pretty much everything you need to learn is right here!
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-some way to check weather forecasts will be necessary if your north of Baton Rouge ("up north" to us) or anywhere snowstorms are possible. You might make out OK with just a transistor radio for that,
Or just head for California and don't sweat the weather.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:57 PM   #12
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Starr,

Check out the classifieds link at the top of the portal page. There are several really nice trailers there (a 72 Globetrotter in particular). How much space will you require to be comfortable? A vintage unit will be less of a weight burden than a newer trailer for sure and can be towed with an SUV or 1/2 ton truck (Depending on what size you go with).

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Or just head for California and don't sweat the weather.
He said, As he stood in the doorway, His knees buckling from the Earthquake tremors!
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Starr, Welcome Aboard! Hope you find just the right size A/S to suit your needs. Happy Trails, Ed
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