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Old 03-19-2016, 05:50 PM   #1
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Attending events....

My 15 year old son and I are currently attending the World Track & Field Championships in Portland, Oregon and are using our Airstream as our base of operations (staying in a State Park). Every other time my family and I have used our Airstream we have gone "camping", not driven into a "big city" to attend a four day event like this. But we've been having a blast! The Airstream has been a refuge for me from the city's hustle and bustle. Nice, quiet sleeping.

Got me thinking.......what fun ways have you all used your Airstream when not going "camping"?
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:27 PM   #2
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My grandson is on an SEC football team. The trailer will be there for all the home games. Plus maybe a few road games. It does provide a quiet respite from the activity.
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Two years in a row our kids attended a week-long summer day camp at Cornell University. We camped at a nearby State Park and drove them to the campus each morning, then picked them up each night around 10. During the day we had the chance to explore Ithaca and the surrounding area. These were the longest times we had ever camped in one place, and really enjoyed getting to know an area rather than moving to a new location every day or two.
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State fairs, bluegrass festivals, attending John C. Campbell Folk School, etc. Ends up usually costing as much or more than a hotel but a lot more comfortable.
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Welcome to Oregon. Enjoy your stay. Dave
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Meeks, I would love to connect with you about that experience. My daughter is running for the University of Texas (Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track).
We hope to drag the airstream to the bigger meets like conference championships etc. but haven't really thought through how doable that is.
We actually 'tailgated' for a cross country meet at Texas A&M this past season but not sure if that is doable at other universities/venues.
Did you stay at a nearby campground, RV park etc?
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Welcome to Oregon. Enjoy your stay. Dave
Thanks! Been living in Eugene for 29 years and love it!
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Meeks, I would love to connect with you about that experience. My daughter is running for the University of Texas (Cross Country and Indoor/Outdoor Track).
We hope to drag the airstream to the bigger meets like conference championships etc. but haven't really thought through how doable that is.
We actually 'tailgated' for a cross country meet at Texas A&M this past season but not sure if that is doable at other universities/venues.
Did you stay at a nearby campground, RV park etc?
Hi Runnersg,

We stayed at a state campground that was a 40 minute drive from Portland. It worked well for us.

Your idea of bringing your Airstream along can be a good one if you like the RVing experience coupled with the activity you are doing during the day. And of course, if you have the time for the drive so it is still enjoyable!

We essentially used our Airstream like a nice motel (meaning we were in it for breakfast and then for sleeping but gone during the day) though we used the showers at the campground so we wouldn't fill the gray water tank too quickly. If you are in a parking lot you are "dry camping" and need to have enough battery storage to power the devices you wish to operate, conserve water usage, etc. Plenty here on the forums about dry camping if you haven't done much.

If you're willing to drive from the event to a campground or RV Park you should have plenty of choices.

By the way, if you think your daughter might qualify for the upcoming NCAA Track & Field Championships here in Eugene you could make a reservation at Armitage Park Campground and cancel it if you end up not going to the event.

http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/l...mpground/4716/

Did I answer your questions?

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Thanks for everyone's thoughts and experiences!
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I use minev160 nights a season as I vend at Irish Festivals. 22k miles A Summer. In 24 years of doing this I have never stAyed in a motel, but rather my cottage on wheels. After a very very long hot day working, it is so nice to go home. I stay either on site or nearby. I can last 6 days in a parking lot.mi make my own breakfast lunch and dinner. Best way for me to work and travel.
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I use minev160 nights a season as I vend at Irish Festivals. 22k miles A Summer. In 24 years of doing this I have never stAyed in a motel, but rather my cottage on wheels. After a very very long hot day working, it is so nice to go home. I stay either on site or nearby. I can last 6 days in a parking lot.mi make my own breakfast lunch and dinner. Best way for me to work and travel.
Hey Meeks.... what i THOUGHT I wrote but didn't was that she is attending UT in the fall. She is a senior in high school now. So we are planning ahead to attend cross country meets in the fall and as soon as we get a peak at the indoor/outdoor track schedule for the winter/fall we will plan on that as well. I doubt she will make it past a conference meet her freshman year but you never know!!
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I use minev160 nights a season as I vend at Irish Festivals. 22k miles A Summer. In 24 years of doing this I have never stAyed in a motel, but rather my cottage on wheels. After a very very long hot day working, it is so nice to go home. I stay either on site or nearby. I can last 6 days in a parking lot.mi make my own breakfast lunch and dinner. Best way for me to work and travel.
Sounds perfect! 24 years. Wow!
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