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Old 12-06-2014, 08:36 PM   #15
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You can have a tent and a trailer. They're not mutually exclusive.
We keep a tent in our trailer and have used it on a few occasions.
Most recently,we used it at White Sands National Monument. (No RV camping there.)
In 2011 we just happened to need a tent.
In 2010 we took a tent to Hawaii. (Cost prohibitive to get our Airstream there.)
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:50 PM   #16
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That's right. We still use our tent when we bicycle tour. 😊


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Old 12-06-2014, 08:59 PM   #17
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Since I got my Avion, I'm hoping the tents stay in the attic!!
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:17 PM   #18
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Wally Byam started Airstream to provide all the comforts of home while away from home. Fabulous concept that tent camping does not provide.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:45 PM   #19
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Have experience with both, but have yet to figure out how to take my 'stream to the top when mountain climbing so my tent is restricted to that venue.
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:03 AM   #20
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Although I'm third generation on this trailer type since the 1950's I've done my share of tent camping. Adding a screen room under the awning (and they can be more fully enclosed) gives much of what appeals to me about a nice tent setup. Turn off the trailer so to speak.

There are plenty around here who never leave home without Coleman lantern, stove and Dutch Oven. In fact I recommend you search out those threads.
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:27 AM   #21
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We were tent campers before buying our 19' FC in August '13. We camp more often and enjoy it more. One of the best decisions we've ever made. Heat, comfortable bed, we can get dressed standing up, pee, and make coffee without ever going outside. Shoulder seasons are awesome. Not a single regret. LOVE!
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Old 12-07-2014, 01:12 AM   #22
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Like many of you I have gone from tent camping, then a pop-up and recently to a 16' Sport. Yes after 60 I was looking for something more comfortable but did not want to give up camping. After having the airstream I wouldn't go back to anything else.


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Old 12-07-2014, 01:43 AM   #23
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Papa Smurf,
Since I was a baby my family, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friend all camped in tents. I raised my kids camping out in tents. The kids are all grown and the wife was the one who suggested the AS. It has many advantages like Security and the convenience of a full pantry and kitchen with stove and oven, table, bed and bath with shower and hot water and flush toilet. We love, love , love it. We go camping more often now that we have it. Once we got ours 64 safari it seemed to consume most of our time and thoughts finding new places we had not been. Whether it is a good thing or not, we meet so many people in the AS, folks seem to be very curious about these beauties or they have fond stories of family camping in one. The wife wont go camping any were without it now. We booney camp as often as possible. I still like to back pack the wilderness areas here in California, get up high 9000+ and catch golden trout. So we use the trailer for the wife and dogs to base camp, and I can get my tent fix hiking and fishing the wilderness. No regrets!
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Old 12-07-2014, 04:17 AM   #24
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Old 12-07-2014, 04:21 AM   #25
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Sorry bout the double post. Started camping in the back yard 60 years ago. Air streaming for ten years. Had to prove to myself I could still rough it last summer. Used a folding stool like a walker to get up off the ground, Gatorade bottle to stay in the tent all night. That sums it up. Go Airstream!


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Old 12-07-2014, 07:33 AM   #26
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Funny, if I ever feel I need to prove to myself I can still tent camp, it will likely be in my backyard.
So to end the guessing game, where is the picture of your tent camp from? Looks beautiful!
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:58 AM   #27
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We've tented, had 3 sailboats, pop ups, and a motor home. Today we camp in comfort.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:08 AM   #28
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Some Regrets

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Tented for a long time then two daughters came along. Went to a tent trailer for 17 years then the daughters got married. Moved "up" to a hybrid for about 5 years but as retirement loomed and we looked forward to more traveling so we picked up the Airstream.

Every time you move "up" the chain you will have to give something up. With a tent we had total freedom to go where we chose, just needed a flat spot to set the tent. The tent trailer was perfect for us as we could go "almost" anywhere with it an often did pull it off the road. The hybrid was bigger and we had to stick to roads including forest service roads into the wilds. The Airstream keeps us to paved roads and of course out of the steep logging roads.

So, yes you do lose flexibility as you get into larger trailers. Try not to focus on what you can no longer do, focus instead on all the advantages and there are many. I do NOT miss hefting those heavy ice boxes in and out of the truck. When traveling there is nothing better than pulling over for a break or to have lunch with all the comforts of home right behind you.
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