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Old 01-04-2016, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Around a month ago we made the decision to live on the road. A couple days ago we ended up buying a 2016 30' Flying Cloud, and have until the end of January to dispense with anything that won't fit in it... then me, my lovely wife, and my dog will take to the road full-time.

Some things I learned in the last month:

1) Entering "site:airforums.com" along with the rest of a google search became a habit.

2) I don't want to learn anything more about tow vehicles or payload. The tow vehicle part of my brain is full.

3) What a Moosetag is. Which took longer than expected to run across.

4) That the more I analyze pros/cons of any given decision, the bigger and more expensive things get. I started thinking of a 23 or 25... struggled with the pros/cons of 27FB vs. 28... then bought a 30 at the last minute.

5) That no matter what the question was, someone (or many someones) had already figured out the options and discussed (or argued) them. How to establish a domicile and deal with mail, options for boosting cell or wi-fi signals, to plan my cross-country route to go past Jackson Center so I can have the 5 to 25 items wrong with my trailer fixed... etc. The info was out there, I just had to take it.

I just wanted to say thanks to all you folks that took the time to put your thoughts on this forum. I'm still figuring things out, but wouldn't have gotten this far without you all.
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:13 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard!
Sounds to me like you about to depart on an adventure you will not soon forget.
So where is your first planned adventure?

Oh and pictures of your rig and adventure stops are always popular.....lol

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Old 01-04-2016, 11:45 PM   #3
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We too have until the end of January to dispense with whatever won't fit in our trailer. I'm amazed that you made the decision only a month ago. We've been planning for 4 years, and still I'm a frazzled mess right now. SO. MUCH. TO. DO. Plus we'll be away for the next 8 days between Canopener and a driving course.

So, have you RV'ed before? For us, not having RV'ed before, I think towing, backing up, and figuring out how to care for our rig are the most intimidating aspects of this whole thing. In comparison, giving up almost everything we own is a piece of cake.

I definitely agree with you on #4!
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Old 01-05-2016, 07:06 AM   #4
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle.

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. It sounds like you are prepared as one can be to make this life change.

May you have many great Airstream Adventures, and a wonderful journey.
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Old 01-05-2016, 07:27 AM   #5
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Well, there's one guy who figured out how to use the search function before asking the same questions over and over! Congratulations, welcome, and bets of fortune in your new lifestyle!
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:18 AM   #6
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Welcome to club.
I hope you have many enjoyable miles pass under the axels of your trailer.
I have now had my 684 since 2008 and travelled thousands of miles in and around Europe and I love it.
Take care, happy streaming.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:11 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard! and congrats on the decision!

As you can see, there are some of us here who currently live nearby and have or are considering the same decision...

If interested, Ping with a PM anytime.. perhaps we can discuss
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:27 AM   #8
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You will soon find the 30 was an excellent choice. We have a 2008 30' Classic, live full time on the road, and never looked back. Dealt with the house, sold, contents, which went to family first, leftovers were garage sale, and after that, remains were donated to Goodwill. Look at www.escapees.com for a great support network regarding domicile issues, mail forwarding services, and information on inexpensive to free places to stay a night. Also, a great network of friends, fun, travel and memories await at the Airstream Owners Club. Check out www.wbcci.org for more. 5809 will be looking for you out there!


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Old 01-05-2016, 09:38 AM   #9
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Welcome, I enjoyed your comments as they were spot on.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:56 AM   #10
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Hi from AZ. . . Great, another Texan !, Seriously, welcome to our world. You have already learned more than some I could mention who've been here a while. If you / no when you find yourself in the Southwest, look up a 4CU of the 'club' rally & come on by. We'd enjoy having you & I think you'd find it fun. . . .Regards, Craig
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:32 PM   #11
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Welcome and congratulations on taking the plunge. You won't regret that 30 footer one bit. Now you can chase after good weather, and have many wonderful adventures in this great country of ours.

Maybe we will meet someday. I like to flash my headlights when I see another Airstream on the road.

Take a look at these beautiful photos of a new Airstream in Colorado during the aspen fall season. I think they are special.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...do-145225.html

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Old 01-06-2016, 05:20 PM   #12
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So where is your first planned adventure?
We're going to go west from Austin for a bit, over to Marfa and down to Big Bend -- maybe take a jaunt into New Mexico in between the two. Then we're heading east - and will be hitting family, friends, new spots, and old favorites. I know I'll be in York, SC in May -- Geneva, OH in July -- near Boston, MA in August -- and in Maine in September. Other than that, the rest is sketched in pencil. I don't really have a clue whether we'll want to move a lot or if we'll hang in places for a longer periods of time.

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So, have you RV'ed before? For us, not having RV'ed before, I think towing, backing up, and figuring out how to care for our rig are the most intimidating aspects of this whole thing.
Not really. I have some memories as a kid of going near Pymatuning Lake, Ohio with family where we had a small trailer (which blew away in a tornado one year - though without us in it). I haven't driven anything with a trailer in 20 or so years, not since I had worked in landscaping/lawn-care and drove fairly big truck/trailer combos - 25' enclosed trailers behind dump trucks - around the same total length of my newest purchases but with totally different weight characteristics. We'll see if it is like riding a bike, or like falling off one.

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Hi from AZ. . . Great, another Texan !
To be fair to Texans, I haven't been here long -- the last year living full-time, and then a year before that commuting to/from Washington, DC. I grew up near the PA/Ohio border and lived most of my adult life in DC. Though I'll have an address in Livingston, TX for the foreseeable future... so maybe I'll finally buy some cowboy boots so I match the license plate. But I doubt it... ;-)
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:25 PM   #13
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You can get some silver boots made to match the AS! There are places in Austin that make 'em.. to fit!
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:30 PM   #14
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I grew up near the PA/Ohio border
Congratulations!! We actually just ordered a new 30' Serenity and are set to take delivery in April. I work from home and have two little ones, one who's in kindergarten. We are semi considering homeschooling and taking our circus on the road once we get comfortable

Actually.. the real reason I responded is that I also grew up near the PA/OH border in a small town, Grove City (PA). You made it a lot further away than I did... we live in a suburb of Pittsburgh. Where did you grow up? Probably not far from GC if you spent time at Pymatuning!

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