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Old 05-07-2010, 09:36 AM   #15
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Lightbulb Not rude...just not thinking outside the box far enough!

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Sorry if this comes off as rude, but for those of us who would never have anything but an Airstream, we are now unable to be in this contest.
What? You never left home or went on vacation before you owned an Airstream?? How sad...

Come on, get creative...I never owned another RV before our Airstreams...and I entered!

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Old 05-07-2010, 09:52 AM   #16
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After never RVing in my life, I bought a used 2003 Four Winds so that I could bow hunt a little more comfortably. I branched out and started camping at the state parks in the summer so often that I decided to invest in something a little larger and more excessive, since the decade of the 2000s was the age of excess, and at the time bigger was better.

That trailer was a brand new 2007 Keystone Laredo ordered from the factory just the way I wanted it. It's one of only two vehicles that I ever bought new (vs. used) and I was planning to keep it for many, many years. Well, after only one year I came back from a morning of deer hunting to find just a frame. The cause will never be known, but four months later I received a Dometic fridge recall notice.

I had always loved Airstream but couldn't really afford Airstream. The combination of a really great deal and a nice insurance check made the dream come true, although bittersweet.

So that's my progression, and it happened all in the lifespan of a single tow vehicle (2000 Excursion diesel).
What a wonderful bittersweet story. After seeing the progression of life's RVs in this contest {Hey, Bob, is the winner's prize a Stars and Stripes banner?) I am motivated to dig into my archive's of 70 years of camping photos. I may even throw in some photo's of my Dad's campings begining in the '20's. I got some 'diggin' to do. Busy now trying to install a cork floor in our Trade Wind.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:50 AM   #17
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We were tent campers for 20+ years, always dreaming about owning an Airstream. Our dream became reality last Fall, and we're on cloud 9 !

Joshua Tree is our trailer pic, we'll be pulling out for 2 weeks in the Eastern Sierra on Sunday morning, pictures of that trip when we return,

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Old 05-07-2010, 02:11 PM   #18
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Ok, the first is our Kip kompakt, and the second one our new 74 sovereign


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Old 05-08-2010, 02:42 PM   #19
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Our first was a 1967 24 ft. Tradewind that we worked on restoring and we sold it when we were about 90% complete with the restoration. Now we regret having sold it and wish we still had it along with our second one.

Our second (and current) is a 1988 32 ft. Excella that we are in process of restoring.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:54 AM   #20
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What a great selection of photos, and great theme.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:08 PM   #21
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In a previous life, I full timed all across Europe in a 18' trailer, towed behind my BMW 328 Touring...
Fond memories of my stays in Holland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and best of all, Tuscany, Italy.

Favorite Pics...
I lived on a grove of Olive trees for about a year just outside Pisa....


But when my job finished, I had to drive thru the Mt Blanc Tunnel, where the weather in Courmayer, Italy was good....


But upon emerging from the tunnel, the drive down was a little scary!


That rig was sold when I moved to California in 1998.
I loved to camp, and used my 1987 Suburban to get to the Racetrack in Death Valley...


I needed a 4x4, so I built this...


Into this....


A pair of big dogs and a new lady, dictated more space and comforts like A/C, bathroom and a generator, but I still wanted 4x4.. or 6x6 so this was my choice, and an ongoing project...


Which brings me to the comfort zone and my Airstream...


My trips just keep getting better!
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:30 PM   #22
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I forgot the prize for the winner.

Hi, for the winner of this month's photo contest, is: Ten very rare [sew-on] patches for your hat, jacket, or whatever. Five in dark blue and five with a light gray/silver image. [4 1/2"s wide and 2 1/2"s high] Now lets see more photos.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:04 PM   #23
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From our first camping trip Plaskett Creek California with Ari.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:37 PM   #24
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Movin on up...

Our SOB trailer finally got to the point where the siding began coming off traveling down I-5. I pulled over and began trying to screw the metal back on - there was so much dry rot that it was hard to do. I sold it and bought my first A/S. I've now owned 3, the second photo shows my 72 Globetrotter which I sold, and my current Safari.
Great thread!
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:46 PM   #25
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We've had tents, pop-ups, Tow-Lites and now Airstreams. It was so nice to have our first full profile trailer and an Airstream!!!!

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Old 05-28-2010, 02:53 PM   #26
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Only four days left!

Hi, only four days left, any more pictures of your campers?
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:49 AM   #27
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Downsize but upscale

In April '08 we decided to downsize from a 1983 Sovereign 31' (which Airstream never officially made) to a 2008 Safari Sport 22'

The four of us including my wife, me, George the dog and Lollypop the cat are perfectly comfortable on our vacations and I don't worry about all those little maintenance issues like I did before.

Towing weight dropped from about 8,000 lb. to about 3,800 lb.

Less room but a good decision.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:34 PM   #28
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There's still a wee bit of May left. Lynn and I just returned from helping our daughter and family move...nothing good about moving a family except the move was just a mile.

Man I gotta lot of pics. Some that dad took in the begining. I can divide my camping years by decades except my first decade...the late 30's....don't rememeber those days so I will begin in 1943.

Number one picture is..
1; My brother at the lake which is Glorita Beach near Lexington, Mich, on Lake Huron
2; Me, same place but notice the trailers camped in the background.
3; 1952. Rte 66 and our 'rig'.
4; 1952. I was the 'hitcher-upper'.
5; Early 60's I pup tented a lot.
6; 1969, Lynn and I trailer camped in Death Valley.
7; 1970's we famly tent camped.
8; We had a great time touring the Southwest with this set up.
9; 1990's and a bigger pop up with A Jeep for some off the beaten track camping.
10; 21 Century...kids gone so Lynn and I joined a 'cult' ans became 'Streamers. Love the rallies but we still have the kids...and their kids join us when they can. (I guess it's in their blood too...overheard their 'discussion' to which gets the Airstream...eventually)

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