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Old 02-27-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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Greetings to all. I am new to this forum and don't own a Airstream yet. But it has crossed my mind....can anyone advise me as to what it's like actually living in one of these? I was looking at the Safari 23, if anyone has one can they give me their opinion on them/ Also, Is this your main home? (as if you live in their all the time?

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Old 02-28-2008, 01:12 AM   #2
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There's an excellent thread with pictures on silvergates 23' safari here. They fulltime in it, I believe.


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Old 02-28-2008, 12:04 PM   #4
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But it has crossed my mind....can anyone advise me as to what it's like actually living in one of these? I was looking at the Safari 23, if anyone has one can they give me their opinion on them/ Also, Is this your main home? (as if you live in their all the time?
We live in a 31' coach, and our rv park neighbors where we lived previously live in a 1973 Safari 23'. It's pretty tight for them, but they are doing it. Lots of sitting out under the awning for them, though. Only time during the day when they are both inside is if it is raining.
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I live in a 28SO three days a week, and if I had a better bed I could probably live in it full time. However I don't think two people could live comfortably unless you're REALLY conservative on keeping "stuff". And that includes clothes.
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:25 PM   #6
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Anything is possible if you set your mind right. Some folks spend the better part of their lives in 6'X8' catered luxury.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:40 PM   #7
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I don't see where you mention how many in your party.
I'm pretty much full timing it right now in my 16 Bambi Int. with 2 medium size dogs. I don't usually use an oven or microwave so I don't miss those "convieniences". If I really think about it, I can't really come up with a good reason to head back home yet.
Wait, I do miss my front loading wash machine.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:53 PM   #8
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Hi! Phil & I live from October through May in our 25' Excella AS with our two furkids, Brandi (German Shepherd/Lab) and Ki (Phantom) our rambunctious cat! We do have a 10 x 10 screen house with sides and floor that we can use a lot. The "kids" love being out in it. We usually are where it's warm enough to be outside a lot. It's a lot of fun... A/S trailers have a lot going for them.... easy to tow... easy to park... easy to heat & cool... lots of storage for the size. We talk about going to something bigger but we're having too much fun right now to trade!!!

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Old 02-28-2008, 06:55 PM   #9
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I have a 23, the longest my wife and i have stayed in it is two weeks, We are going cross country in April for 3 months to whenever we get back. I wouldn't want to live in it though, the bathroom is to small, shower is ok since i replaced the shower head that came with it. A 25 would be the smallest i would want to try living in for 6 months or so. We have a house in Alabama on smith lake, but will go to Florida for the winter, we will probably buy something bigger at that time. I'd probably rather live in a 5th wheel because of the slide outs. It gets kind of tight in the airstream sometimes. If you are even thinking of living in an airstream, get at least a 25 with the bigger bath, bigger bed and dinette. JMO
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We've had 3 people living in 32' or less for 15 years now, this includes a teenager! That works out less than 11' each. It is all a matter of mindset and organization. And getting rid of STUFF. Of course that saves money too.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:19 PM   #11
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hi again nyp....

looks like ya got 2 threads going now...

on basically the same topic.

so here are a couple older threads on this issue...

with more real life experiences.

the older thread has 2 of my favorite animated ava/gifs in it...

and post #14 in the thread below, contains some detailed living expense for year ('01)...

and lots of good f/t living bits...

the escapees, the club for all which is basically a 'full timers' organization...

has lots of resources for rv travelers thinking about the gypsy life.

while there are clearly folks who live ontheroadinanrv for years or even decades,

the average time for a typical "full time" experience is less than 2 years...

this statistic has a direct bearing on the COST issue,

because selling a house and ditching stuff, buying an rv (and other stuff), then buying another house (and stuff) or finding housing again so soon...

may not exactly be a long term money saving strategy...

i would NOT trade my full timin' time for anything (18 yrs ago)

but i'm also not anxious to ditch the stick house now either...

every situation is unique and ymmv.

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While I like the 23' Sig series and the new FB model, I just don't think we would be able to full-time in one. We had a 19' CCD and it was great when we were sleeping. I dreaded the rainstorm that would keep us inside with little space to get around one another or for Collin to play.

I guess it is possible as others HAVE done it, and don't it with a smaller trailer, but it isn't in the cards for us.

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My husband and I lived in our 1968 22 ft. Safari for two years--not travelling. We lived in an RV park for a year and on our own property (with home in unliveable condition) for a year. With a cat. I loved it. My husband didn't mind it, but was a little more claustrophobic about it than I was. It was traumatic for me when we moved out of the Safari and into the house....
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:39 AM   #14
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I can't recommend it highly enough. 23 feet would be plenty big.


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