Hey Gang! Just a short note of introduction.
My fiance, Samantha, and I are in our early 30s and ready to start our married traveling life in a TT. For 3.5 years we've been doing the car camping/Tumble Inn version of seeing the country, and it's time to step up to a coach. We're both from the Northeast, and have been working on a big construction project on the New Mexico/Texas border. The small oil-patch city we live in doesn't hold a lot of charm for us, so most weekends we try to get out of town. We've been all over NM, CO and other parts of the West, either tent camping, sleeping in the Suburban, or crashing in a mom-and-pop motel for a few days. All well and good, but for the amount of travel we do, we think an Airstream makes a lot of sense as an investment in US.
So with that in mind, we've been doing our research into a vintage trailer. We've decided to go with an older coach for a number of reasons, mostly financial. The forum has proven to be an excellent resource, bolstering the knowledge I already have from being a kid from a family that had a succession of campers. Here's a big 'thank you' to all the members for having the sense of community to pass along all your hard won knowledge.
Most of our searching has been into 20'-22' TTs, and Argosies seem to fit our needs/wants perfectly.
The hope is to find the right coach for the right price before our wedding in early October. Samantha and I couldn't imagine a better honeymoon than heading back west from Pennsylvania and taking a leisurely trip in an Airstream. With one ear on the weather band radio, the plan is to visit Yellowstone and head south to New Mexico from there.
As I assumed when we started dreaming, the financing has been the biggest challenge. Sam and I both make excellent
money, but our cash - for the moment - is tied up in home improvements and wedding expenses. (We're being married at our 1860's farm in central PA.) And, as expected, it's easier to finance a brand new or late model AS than it is to borrow $10K for a 70's-era Argosy. We'd have cash in hand the day after our wedding, but we'd like to have a coach and do a shake down trip or two before spending 3 weeks on the road. We still have our fingers crossed that we'll happen across the right trailer that's in the hands of a dealership or find a lovely seller willing to self-finance for us.
Yeah, we know.
Any and all help pre- and post-purchase will be appreciated. And once we're set up, we hope to contribute back to the forum that has already been a tremendous help to us.
Be well, and safe travels,
Ryan and Samantha