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Old 02-13-2018, 08:35 AM   #1
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Hi, we're Ray and Hope. We love to travel and have been thinking about getting an Airstream almost since we met. Now we're getting close to making a decision (and taking some 'scouting' trips to see where to go) and this forum is a wonderful resource for figuring out how to proceed.

Hope to see some of you folks on the road, once I escape from my office once and for all.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:38 AM   #2
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Hi, we're Ray and Hope. We love to travel and have been thinking about getting an Airstream almost since we met. Now we're getting close to making a decision (and taking some 'scouting' trips to see where to go) and this forum is a wonderful resource for figuring out how to proceed.

Hope to see some of you folks on the road, once I escape from my office once and for all.
It's great to have you as a member of the forum. It's a tremendous asset for those that want to know about AS.

One suggestion that might be helpful is to find the local chapter of WBCCI and go to a rally or two as a quest. You will find everyone willing to help and share their experiences.

We will look forward to hearing from you in the future!
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:15 AM   #3
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Nice user name, good luck, it's wonderful out here and everyone loves a Airstream as it starts lots of visits and conversations.
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Hello and welcome from Colorado: "Escape once and for all" sounds like an upcoming retirement. Airstreaming is a great retirement hobby. We like to just play gypsy and bounce from park to park. We like to explore the area we are in. We do not plan or schedule our travels as a few days, or even a week or two makes little difference. It is enjoyable and very relaxing. Many participants here write about their travels and describe interesting things they find while out exploring.

Air Forums is a great Airstream website. Jump in and see all you can learn.

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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you wit us. You sre on the right track for a very happy retirement life.

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I love the idea of attending a rally, we will definitely look into it.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:37 AM   #7
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We plan on getting the truck next year and the trailer the following. That will give us three years of getting used to the whole process, then I retire and we set out for an extended vacation / search for the next place to live.
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This first year you might even consider renting an Airstream already set up in a campground. Kinda like renting an aluminum cabin. This might be a good trial period so you can see how you folks fit in a "small camper" like the Airstream. You can try out the sitting area, the galley, the bed and the bath. It might be revealing to you.

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We plan on getting the truck next year and the trailer the following. That will give us three years of getting used to the whole process, then I retire and we set out for an extended vacation / search for the next place to live.
I know there are many factors to consider but we wish we would have bought our AS sooner! Just sayin'!
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Welcome! As new Airstreamers and retirees, two thumbs up on the adventures in store.
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Well, we're pretty good on the road together. We've rented RVs, camped in tents and last September we did a recon trip from Philly to Seattle and back in a tiny little car built for two people. We are SO ready for this.

I had a head start...my dad was an avid fan of the VW microbus and very long trips....

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Every day I do the math and try to make it happen faster. Maybe if I get a larger than normal bonus this year I we can move up the schedule. We tend to be very methodical about this sort of thing. It took us five years from deciding to buy our little red car to actually finding the perfect one.

But I want to be out in the woods (or more likely this time of year, the desert) sooner rather than later.
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It is always best to pay cash, but sometimes a modest amount of OPM (other peoples money) is also the prudent thing to do. When I got my first Airstream I was still working, but went fulltime anyway. I stayed in one timeshare park most of the time and took mini-vaca's from 2 to 7 days, sometimes even boondocking behind the office.

What convinced me that I had done the right thing even if it was premature was seeing a beautiful new moho with a for sale sign six weeks after purchase. The robustly healthy husband had gone to bed and died in his sleep. The wife couldn't or wouldn't learn to drive the big rig and sold it at a huge loss.

Dreams deferred can be lost all too easily. If you have been deliberate you have savings, insurance and a plan... the best time to be young and impulsive is when you have gray hair. Go! Spend your children's inheritance! Carpe Diem!
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