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Old 12-08-2014, 03:06 PM   #43
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Hey Doug -- Could not agree more, and to prove it we still have our 1987 poptop Vanagon. m.hony also makes a good observation: I do not miss bathing in the cold creeks while taking a warm shower.
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Old 12-08-2014, 03:32 PM   #44
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I should have gone from tent to Airstream, but I didn't.
I went from Tent to Forest River Wildwood 28RLSS to Airstream Classic 30.
I should have gone from tent to Airstream Classic 30 in the first place. All I did was prolong the inevitable. It is what I wanted to do in the first place, but I was trying to not spend the money. So much for that...
I think I'm going from tent to AS to AS. I'm in the process of restoring a 1979 '23 but it's taking to long where I have to work on it, and I can't stay unemployed/retired forever while working on it waiting for the ability to travel for a few years, so I think I may end up in a new '23 or recently used if one pops up soon on the classifieds.

Getting to old for the hard cold ground of the tent. Plus the fridge, kitchen, shower, bathroom will be really nice with a comfortable bed.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:06 PM   #45
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We had four VW poptop campers over 35 years and still believe they were (are even) the ultimate touring machine. Some off-road capability allowed great remote campsites. They did not need a tow vehicle and did not tow a vehicle so were nimble to go anywhere, anytime and very compact. Four wheel drive (Syncro) was an option for serious off-roading.



No air conditioning but you could open rear hatch and side door for great ventilation, and screens were available for both as well as an attached side tent. Showers were done outside or sponge baths inside in cold weather.



There are plenty of new camper vans, but they are not cool and not nearly as light and nimble as the VW's.

...and the tires last a really long time, too. I know a guy who currently tours in a 1975 orange one. The tires have 40,000 miles and still look new. You won't get there fast, but you'll look cool getting there. That's a given in the air-cooled realm, unless you're driving a Porsche-
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We did a tent for a few years, then did a pop-up, before graduating to our Airstream. Ground got harder, air mattresses got flatter,so the off the ground of the pop up was nice, while keeping the feel of the tent. The, the tent feel got colder and wetter, and felt smaller as we got older. The AS is much quicker to set up, take down, and drier and warmer. It is also our home, as we are now full timing.


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Old 12-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #47
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I never wanted a pop up. I always thought of them as a tenet on a trailer that takes more time to set up than a tent-
I wanted to go from tent to full fledged travel trailer.
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I tent camped for 45 years, now have a 2912 Eddie Bauer 25', with 405 watts of solar-too old and cranky to go back to a tent-love that true queen size pillowtop!!!


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I love the clean, private rest room just moments away from the driver's seat while traveling. Pull of almost anywhere and relief is there!


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I love the clean, private rest room just moments away from the driver's seat while traveling. Pull of almost anywhere and relief is there!


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You got that right. Once upon a time long traffic jams could become painful, now they are only a minor inconvenience.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:33 AM   #51
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We tent camped our whole lives. We bought the Airstream after a tent camping trip in Yellowstone where it was 20 degrees each night and snowing/sleeting. We were surrounded by travel trailers and they kept inviting us in.

We have not regretted it one minute. We love the heater in the AM, fresh coffee while still lounging in bed, the sound of rain on the aluminum, sleeping in a cushy bed, and the ease of taking a shower.

I'd say the trip prep is similar to camping since you still have to get things loaded and unloaded.

Since getting the AS, we have spent more time "camping" each season since we can stay in comfort. It's still lovely to be out in nature.
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A 2912? Wonder if they'll still be manufactured the same way/look the same 900 years form now...
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We tent camped our whole lives. We bought the Airstream after a tent camping trip in Yellowstone where it was 20 degrees each night and snowing/sleeting. We were surrounded by travel trailers and they kept inviting us in.

We have not regretted it one minute. We love the heater in the AM, fresh coffee while still lounging in bed, the sound of rain on the aluminum, sleeping in a cushy bed, and the ease of taking a shower.

I'd say the trip prep is similar to camping since you still have to get things loaded and unloaded.

Since getting the AS, we have spent more time "camping" each season since we can stay in comfort. It's still lovely to be out in nature.
Tent camping in Yellowstone broke me up from tent camping in cold climates. Woke of with frost on my toes, literally. Had the worst case of bronchitis I have ever had-
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You got that right. Once upon a time long traffic jams could become painful, now they are only a minor inconvenience.
Or you just can't wait till the next gas station or rest area, or you get to the gas station and they have that sign 'no public restrooms'.
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Love my 28 ft AS and only had it only two years. You can't beat a tent for truly getting in touch with the outdoors (smells, sounds, discomfort). Many RV parks we've visited are glorified cookie-cutter parking lots. Good & bad to both. Different experiences / apples & oranges.
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We tent camped for years, also, but the discomfort of getting up during the night for hikes to the latrine were getting to be too much. Rocks in one's back, ditto.

We had never owned anything towable prior to getting Bambi I, but never regretted it, despite the nearly-vertical learning curve.

Now that we live in bear country, we are especially happy to have a solid hard-sided trailer.

We still get into wild places by dropping the Bambi at a decent campsite, and then exploring from there. However, we have tent-camped a few times when backpacking or on a canoe trip.

We just took ownership of Bambi II and can't wait for spring.

It might seem like a big leap from a tent to an Airstream, but actually what convinced us was how much we disliked the "white box" jolly-jumbo trailers monster 5th wheels, and giant motorhomes.

Small is beautiful. So is well-designed.
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