Hi Myra, and yes, most certainly, Welcome to the forum!!
I have sat here this morning with my fresh "cuppajoe' and read your entire thread with great interest.... To say the very least, I can sincerely relate to your desire to just "light out" and see the country and just take some quality time out to live a little, smell the roses, and regain your sanity.
I find my self here this morning a 46 yr old divorced guy with two younger kids (10 and 12) and basically a classic case of a dead end job, huge house payments (had to buy my childhood home here in a very UMC neighborhood twice!!---- once from my father almost 20 yrs ago, then secondly from my ex)
Most certainly this is not where I envisioned myself being at this stage of my life......starting over at 46..... but no one sez life is always wrapped up in a neat little rosy red bow...right??
But all things considered, i think I am slowly regaining my sanity-- and serenity is just around the bend, i think I can see a bit of it peeking through the gray rain clouds now!!! haha!! But I can certainly relate to your itching desire to do something new and adventurous, and what better way to do it than in an Airstream.
My particular experiences with Airstreaming came many many years ago, as a very young boy, and I was fortunate enough to be given the awesome opportunity to travel extensively with my Grandparents every summer starting when I was 8 yrs old, And from the summer of 1969 to when Gramps had to sell the beloved 69 23 Safari in 1976 due to health reasons, we sure did put some serious miles on the rig, and to say the least, it gave me enough memories to last me my lifetime. There is a small fraternity of us here on the forum that have come to be known as the "Airstream Brats", and as young kids (many yrs ago!!) we were exposed to this wonderful free and nearly vagabond lifestyle.... I wear that title with a smile!! Looking back and reminiscing about those days with these guys is a hoot!!
With me, as in so many different instances, it is not so much a case of trying something completely new, as it is to revisit something that was so near and dear to my heart as a youngster.... They say that sometimes (especially with us guys) that we spend our adult lives just trying to get back all the cool stuff we had as children....I think I may be taking it to the next level too, and I desire to expose my own two children to some of the awesome life changing experiences that I was awarded by my own Grandparents.
So, all of that said, after many yrs of searching, and after the wife "hitting the highway" (figuratively, of course...)
... I was free to finally pursue my dream of owning my own little Airstream. I finally found the exact clone to my Grandparents trailer last year, down in South Florida....actually i thought for the first couple days after conferring with the owner , that it WAS my Grandparents trailer..... but we found original paperwork hidden away, and it was owned new by a couple from Northern Michigan.
But with the help of my kids, and this forum especially, I am making huge progress on putting this vintage twinkie back in tip top shape. The kids and i have spent several nights in the trailer, even in the cold winter, and we love it.... Last weekend we took it on our inaugural trip away from it's spot next to the garage, and though we only went 12 miles there and back, we really enjoyed the experience. I overhear my kids talking to people sometimes discussing our trailer, and how much they are looking forward to seeing "The Presidents Heads in the Mountains, in South Carolina!!!"
And also they really want to see Yellowstone--- Old Faithful, and all the bears n mooses!! Though they are 10 and 12 respectively, I believe they will appreciate the travels we will embark on immensely....maybe not as much right today, in this time frame, as they will learn to appreciate it in later years.
I wish i was in a position like you where I could just sell it all, "the hell with these house payments".... all these high taxes.... putting up with this terrible economy here in Michigan, and I would love to tell my boss, as Johnny Paycheck did in the early eighties to "Take This Job and Shove It"..... and i would be in the Safari headed west before you could say "Catch me if you can"......
But for now, i hafta plug along for awhile longer....but you'd better believe I'll keep hopin n wishin, and playin the lottery too!!!! haha!!
In regards to a trailer that would suit you, I may be a bit biased about the vintage units---- Maybe the finances play a big part in that too, but from a strictly practical standpoint, my '69 23' Safari suits my (and my kids) needs to a "T". Some say the single axle configuration is a down side.... me, I disagree..... but I have the exact size bathroom in my 23 footer that the big monster 31 footer had.... I have the "booth seating" up front, and the fold down gaucho on the curbside aft of the door.... everything I need.... actually VERY roomy and comfy for the three of us, almost TOO much room for just me!!
I will concur with the pros here on the forum that one hasta be VERRRRRY careful about picking out a vintage trailer, esp. if one does not plan on doing the majority of the work ones self... I suppose it could hypothetically turn into a real "money pit" and possibly even a disaster in short order, one that may end up discouraging you in the long run from your dream.... This is not to say there are some real cream puff vintage trailers out there...lovingly maintained since new, and don't be afraid to pay for one if it comes along... Remember to keep a level head in this instance.... "If it looks just too good to be true.....it probably is" !!!!!!
(I use this philosophy often in dating)... oooh...did i just say THAT??
Tow vehicle wise, that is almost a no brainer here these days.... you want dependability, simplicity and safety.... I pull with a vintage 1977 Lincoln Town Car....that has a bigger platform and larger engine than most large Pickups and SUVs built today...but vintage TV is most likely not in your sights, so i would suggest a Ford F 150, or a Chevy 1500
2wd loaded out n comfy... If you feel like splurging, go with a Suburban or the all new Extended length Ford Expedition.... but whoa buddy... $$$$$$$$$$$$
All in all, and in summation (whew, when is he gonna shut up??) I would say don't be in a huge rush, think it all through, keep an eye on your checkbook, consult the forum often--- "If we can't dazzle ya with our brilliance, then we'll baffle ya with our Bull***t"...
Please keep us in tune with all your developments as they occur!!!
have a great day..