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Old 12-31-2015, 01:29 PM   #29
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I will be 76 Jan. 8th and plan to be at the Canopener Rally
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:12 PM   #30
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In another post, I documented my recent purchase of a brand new 2017 FC 28 and a brand new F150 eco-boost to tow it. What I didn't mention is that I celebrated my 80th birthday on October 31. So here's the question: How many people in their ninth decade are still driving around towing an AS? Even if I can do it today, how many more years of towing do I have in me? Of course no one can answer that question.
My wonderful wife who is ten years younger than me doesn't feel all that comfortable driving the truck and she hasn't experienced driving while towing. I doubt she will feel comfortable being responsible for hooking up, parking, unhooking, leveling etc.
So as the title of the message asks, do y'all feel I've made a foolish choice at this point in my life?

Richard
That's awesome! You're my hero! I hope to be pulling an AS when I'm your age.... See the country, enjoy your life and don't worry about what closed minded people think.... I hope to meet you on the road somewhere 😄
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:17 PM   #31
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Good for you, damn the torpedoes, you're an inspiration!
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:26 PM   #32
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Moving along is what helps keep you young. Keep moving!!
When this Airforun thing started, we had a member named Dr Joe from SC. He had a 270 classic motorhome, as I recall, and traded it up to a 345. Took an "around the US" trip over the next year after he was 80.
Had the pleasure of meeting him at the very first AirForums Rally. A great guy with a lot of chutzpah!
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:34 PM   #33
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If you have spent all of your kids inheritance good for you. Just to let you know what doing exactly what you did has done for me: When I step into my AS all of my worries are left behind. My blood pressure has dropped to the point I no longer need to take any blood pressure medicines (3 different pills). The stresses of the house are all gone. I no longer have to shovel snow, clean the gutters, mow the lawn, weed the garden, wash the windows, rake the leaves, clean out the garage or basement. I don't have to worry about the sump pump failing or the heating system failing. Finally I get to spend an additional $6,578 per year having a lot of fun spending the taxes I used to pay NY. The one thing you will learn very quickly is the AS is a social magnet. Almost everyone wants to meet you and dream about your new purchase. Take advantage, meet the many new friends, go with them where every they want to go. see your part of the world, have fun, burn the candle at both ends. Your wife will love you for it. As NIKE says: "Just do it" I am. Why not you?

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Old 12-31-2015, 02:36 PM   #34
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Awesome move! Go for it!!
I will turn 70 soon. My wife is one year younger. We just traded in our previous Airstream for a 2016. She routinely shares the towing duties of our 30 footer with a crew cab diesel truck. She usually backs in to a site and I ground guide for her. I hope to be around at 90 and healthy enough to keep streeming.
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:40 PM   #35
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Age is a relative thing when one looks at it as levels... Congratulations, you reached level 80 and think of the skills that took to achieve!

As far as hookups and such, there’s always going to be helpful folks around a campsite that can assist with hitching, unhitching and the likes. I’d first drive the truck for awhile once you get it so as to get to know it and how it feels on the road before towing... Have you ever towed before? RV camped? If not, find a driving school to start you off then practice in a large, empty parking lot somewhere (a mega-church during the week, high school parking lot on the weekend, etc...). There are all sorts of videos on YouTube covering hookups, repairs, maintenance, etc.

Kim and I met a couple from Minnesota at a campground outside New Braunfels, TX a few years ago who only had a Honda CRV parked in front of their big 5th wheel. Never saw a truck so in talking with them one day, I asked how they got their trailer to the park. The wife told me they have driven all over the country for years but finally, after health issues, could no longer do that towing a trailer but, they still wanted to “camp”. They had contacted a local storage lot where they could keep their trailer when they weren’t there and had a local RV transport guy take it to the park for when they were arriving and have it all set up for them. If they wanted to go to another RV park, the RV transport could do that for them also. They were able to work out a great rate witty because they were “repeat” customers.

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Old 12-31-2015, 03:05 PM   #36
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In another post, I documented my recent purchase of a brand new 2017 FC 28 and a brand new F150 eco-boost to tow it. What I didn't mention is that I celebrated my 80th birthday on October 31. So here's the question: How many people in their ninth decade are still driving around towing an AS? Even if I can do it today, how many more years of towing do I have in me? Of course no one can answer that question.
My wonderful wife who is ten years younger than me doesn't feel all that comfortable driving the truck and she hasn't experienced driving while towing. I doubt she will feel comfortable being responsible for hooking up, parking, unhooking, leveling etc.
So as the title of the message asks, do y'all feel I've made a foolish choice at this point in my life?

Richard
You're my hero. Each time the bell rings come out swinging. CDF 2013FCRB
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Old 12-31-2015, 04:20 PM   #37
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As you can see we are all cheering for you. I am 73 and we just had some major health problems. We healed up and went "airstreaming". We had a great time. As we get older we work together more and there is not much we cannot do. You will be surprised at how fast your wife gets used to and enjoys the little jobs. You will be surprised at how fast she gets used to pulling if you let her start slow in easy places.

As with all the rest we hope you have a good time. Hope to meet you some place. We ran into a couple in their mid 80's at a rally this fall, they were having a great time.
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Old 12-31-2015, 04:44 PM   #38
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Good for you, damn the torpedoes, you're an inspiration!
Richard, I hope you use this forum as your go to source as you begin your adventure, the people here will miss dinner to help a member with a problem. As a new streamer you WILL have a few issues & good advise will be provided here. Last bit of advise from this "kid" is get a wireless back up camera, it will make your ninth decade more enjoyable. Joe (73 Yr old teenager). Happy New Year!
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:22 PM   #39
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I met a couple at AS Rally and he's 89 and still towing and getting around well he and his wife use walkie talkies when hooking up. Just go for it none of us know how long we have age is not always a factor, good luck and enjoy !!!
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:24 PM   #40
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I think you made a very wise decision. A new trailer will have fewer problems for you to tend to. The new pickup will be safer, more economical, and easier on the driver and passenger. In my opinion you have increased saftey for you and others, are better able to spend your resources doing what you enjoy, and improved your quality of life in the process.

You might have enhanced your ability to happily stay on the road for even more years while you still feel the spirit of adventure.

I have always said "Living causes death--every time, so you might as well live as well as you can for as long as possible." It is the folks that stop doing things that die younger than they should.

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Old 12-31-2015, 06:30 PM   #41
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Way to go!

I say if you are in good health, hit the road. We have a friend who is 94 and still works 6 days a week, he loves it! I hope our paths cross out there somewhere! Happy New Year
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Old 12-31-2015, 06:46 PM   #42
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Still at it!

I will be 83 next June. I have had to stop some of the other activities that require strength and endurance (backpacking) but still feel confident and safe in towing the old Silver Bullet. We travel from western Colorado to Mesa, AZ each winter, sometimes over snow packed roads and I continue to feel reasonably safe doing this. When the time comes to stop traveling with the trailer, you will know and so will I.
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