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Old 10-25-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Hello! I am an Airstream lurker. The wife and I are about 3 years out from going fulltime in retirement. We are heading for a launch in a full-blown diesel pusher motorhome. I, however, have a fantasy of making a big Airstream work. I know it is not even a consideration for the wife, so I'll keep my Airstream fantasy to myself. If she gets hit by a transit bus between now and then, I'll get an Airstream, and customize it for fulltime use. But, she's more important to me than the RV, so I'll just keep talking up the Airstream idea and lurking here among you all.


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Old 10-25-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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Welcome HighwayRanger!
I do hope that your lovely wife does not have access to your account here...
Good luck!

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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The Dream will NEVER come true if you keep it to yourself.

You can always defer to the D.W. - but you owe it to yourself to tell her how you feel.... and I'd do it right after she's been inside a NEW shiny 34 footer (and a few other large ones too!).

Also I strongly recommend that you RENT a moho for a couple of weeks before you even consider buying. While traveling look for quaint wonderful places on small two lane roads that are inconvenient or impossible to go to in a MOHO... Point out "Now if we had an Airstream we could park it at the local campground and explore (Amish country in the hills of eastern PA, back roads in the Poconos, the switchback roads of northern Arizona, etc.) to our hearts content." The fact that a big honkin' tow vehicle is still almost a normal car - but a moho is useless for a backup "grocery getter" may start to work on her consciousness.

Ask... and lose gracefully only if you have to.

Best of luck either way. Paula
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:14 PM   #4
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We have a Class C moho now, so she's got that experience under her belt, along with owning a nice pop-up trailer. She and I both see the limitations of a travel trailer for fulltime use. I just have a hankering for an Airstream.

The most important thing is that she and I enjoy the fulltime RV lifestyle. Perhaps an Airstream will be our downsize RV plan after a few years in the big rig.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:20 AM   #5
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full time life style

People differ how they live their on the road lifestyle. Some like the single unit others like the pull along car or trailer. The trailer offers the most flexibility. It is a smaller $ step to take.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:58 AM   #6
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Welcome! You may be able to talk your wife into an Airstream. My husband is close to retirement and we want to travel more. He wanted to trade our AS in on a big motor home. I humored him and we looked at some, but they just weren't the same. He finally agreed that a bigger AS would do just fine after looking at a few. It was much cheaper than the big motor homes we had been looking at.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:29 AM   #7
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We are not full timers, but are half timers. We have camped in our Airstream for 1,170 nights in the past 6 years, and have towed it over 100,000 miles in all of the lower 48 states. During this same period, our several tow vehicle have covered about 200,000 miles.

About two years ago, we seriously considered going Class A Moho. After extensive consideration and research, we decided to stay with the our 25 foot Airstream and add a pop-up truck camper to the mix. We now tow the Airstream with the truck camper rig. This allows us to set the Airstream up as a base camp and venture into the back country with the truck camper for several days at a time. We decided that a motor home would not be a good fit for our style of RV travel and camping.

The bottom line is that the selection of an RV type is a very personal choice that needs to be made based upon the needs and desires of the individual. This RV thing is not "one size fits all". Our selection of RV hardware works for us, but would not be everyone's cup of tea. Best of luck in your RV pursuits.

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:06 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again View Post
The Dream will NEVER come true if you keep it to yourself.


You have to work this out among both of you.


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