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Old 08-07-2017, 08:32 PM   #1
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Hi, Iím new to the Airstream Forum. I donít have an Airstream at this time but as soon as I can retire I plan to live and travel in an Airstream full time.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:34 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum! You are among kindred spirits!
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:01 PM   #3
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Welcome!

If you can afford it, you might consider buying your Airstream before you retire, and take short trips every time you get time off from work.

I did exactly that. I bought my Airstream in December 2011, but didn't retire until January 2015. In the three years in between, I took at least 10 trips a year, ranging from 3 days to 9 days in duration. That gave me plenty of time to get used to all of the systems and decide whether Airstreaming really was a suitable retirement lifestyle for me. Every trip was "retirement practice." Then, when I retired and I could devote more time to Airstreaming, I was already past the steep learning curve and I could jump straight to enjoying the experience. In fact, I celebrated my retirement by going to the 2015 Canopener rally less than a week after I retired, going early and staying late just because I finally could set my own schedule.

In New Orleans, there used to be a radio and television personality named Frank Davis. When he was being interviewed one time, the interviewer asked him, "What is the secret to your success?" He answered, three things: one, find something you really enjoy doing; two, do that thing better than anyone else; and three, find someone who will pay you to do it."

I attempted to apply that philosophy when I tried Airstreaming. I found that I really enjoyed doing it during all of my retirement practice. After three years of practice beforehand, I was pretty good at it, though I'd never presume to call myself the best at Airstreaming. And I consider my monthly retirement check as payment to go Airstreaming. So to my mind that makes me both a successful retiree and a successful Airstreamer.
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:58 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. It's good to have you with us!

Just a comment about buying an AS when you retire, I wish I would have bought mine 10 years sooner! FWIW!

Are you thinking of a new unit or a used one?
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:35 AM   #5
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HighRoad,

Welcome to the forums and a future welcome to Airstreaming. I couldn't agree more with the preceding comments. (Welcome back Pro). We started about 10 years before we retired and because I "vacationed out" at retirement, my first official day as retired we were traveling in our Airstream photographing waterfalls. I loved every job I ever had and every one more that the one before, but this is truly the best job I've ever had. (Airstreaming and the people we've met and now call friends are an important part of that.)

We wish the same for you,

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Hi, Iím new to the Airstream Forum. I donít have an Airstream at this time but as soon as I can retire I plan to live and travel in an Airstream full time.
Hello HighRoad, welcome to the forums. Greetings from central Kentucky. If you're planning on buying a used Airstream, you should start your search now. Hope you enjoy your retirement travels.
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