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Old 01-05-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Newbie with "full timing" question

Hi everybody !

I'm almost 60, semi-retired and planning to buy anAirstream and go full time in a few months.

Although I'll almost certainly buy used, I've been to the Airstream site to check out things.

In their "Buyer's Guide", if you select "tow", the option for "full time traveler" is NOT AVAILABLE ??

Does this mean that Airstream no longer considers ANY of their trailers appropriate for full timers??


Thanks for your help.


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Old 01-05-2006, 02:36 PM   #2
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If you select the large family and the over 10k size you'll find the larger coaches come up. I think they mean to suggest that you need a large unit to fulltime, which may or may not be true.

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Hey Tom,

Welcome to the forums. While I am not a full timer, I assure you plenty of folks are out there full timing in their trailers. What I gather from my exchanges with people who full time or long time is you need to put some thought into things ahead of time. For example, how many of you will be traveling? Pets? How much of your "stuff" will you feel compelled to drag along? I think there is some consensus, however, that you will want a trailer at least 23 ft or longer:no matter how much you love each other trailers are small on a rainy day, infact I travel alone and wouldnt want to be in a short trailer to many days on end. There are several full timers here who I am sure will weigh in, good luck finding your coach. BTW, many forum members are willing to check out coaches and look for major damge for you when the time comes.

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Old 01-05-2006, 02:43 PM   #4
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Which size you pick will depend on what travel life style you like. If you intend to move frequently (and do not have a mate and a couple of pets) and intend to stay in state parks, you might want to keep under 28 foot length. If you are just move a couple times a year (to follow the weather), you might want to consider a big one and possibly a Florida room (like they have in one section of Travelers' Rest).
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Old 01-05-2006, 05:35 PM   #5
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hi tomcook

very perceptive you are! while people do travel full time and folks here will offer advice about which units are best for full timin'.......the company does not infact endorse using an airstream to full time living.

in fact the owners manual for newer units has a page on this quote just a few lines....

"your trailer was designed primarily for recreational use and short term occupancy."

"your trailer is not designed, not intended, for permanent housing. use of this product for long term or permanent occupancy may lead to premature deterioration of structure, interior finishes, fabrics, carpeting and drapes. damage or deterioration due to long term occupancy may not be considered normal, and my under the terms of the warranty constitute misuse, abuse, or......"

so while some do full time and many love their silver tube for this purpose, the factory has another view....that they distinguish between full time livin' and full time travelin' is a interesting, relative difference. i guess if you are travelin' you are not living?....

see more, do more, live more.......just not full time.

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Old 01-05-2006, 08:03 PM   #6
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.....long term or permanent occupancy may lead to premature deterioration of structure, interior finishes, fabrics, carpeting and drapes
I have found that these things also occur in all residential and commercial buildings as well. Many businesses, such as Home Depot and Lowes have been founded on these premises.
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Welcome aboard and congrats on making it this far.
I've been full time for 5 years now, spend a month here and 2 months there...

I'm loving life in my 28 footer!

Good luck and have fun.

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Old 01-15-2006, 04:18 PM   #8
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I'm fulltiming in a 22 CCD

But I'm not retired.... I thought I'd be semi-retired, but the business has just gone wild, so I'm working 40+ hours. NOT complaining! I own the business and enjoy the customers and co-workers, and like increasing the retirement kitty. But the best laid plans...

I don't spend days at a time in the unit. Truly IF I ever get to actually retire I'll probably upsize to a 25 FB or maybe even a 28 CCD. I enjoy lots of quiet hobbies, but to be a full timer you really need to be prepared to be social and invite people in. A really small trailer inhibits that.

Good luck whatever you choose.

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Old 01-15-2006, 05:56 PM   #9
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Greetings from Virginia!!

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He is also in Salem and is just about to go full time!!

You will find alot of members here in Virginia!!!

Look forward to seeing you soon!!

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