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Old 09-30-2016, 07:07 PM   #1
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We've had our 2016 FC28 for about a year. On Halloween I will be celebrating my 81st birthday. I'm still doing almost all the driving on our trips. I just added 3 more washers to the equalizer hitch since the dealer only set it up with three and the F150 was too heavy on the rear axle.

So I keep asking myself how many more years I'll be doing this. Just curious how many 80+ year olds are still 'streaming. My vision isn't as sharp as it used to be and I need hearing aids. But I can still put the EU 2000 generators into the bed of the truck and I can still pick up the hitch and mount it and still can muscle the wd bars into place.

How many ancient mariners out there?
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:32 PM   #2
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Good for you! You are a good inspiration.

I met one Airstreamer at International older than you that towed from the east coast.

As long as you are playing safe, stream on!
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:44 PM   #3
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You're an inspiration Whitegs. I'm 74 & sometimes ask myself the same question & my feeling is I'll do it as long as I'm able. A neighbor of mine was on the roof of his motor home scrubbing away, I asked his wife if he's ok up there, she said of course he is he's only 83. Mind over matter I guess? They recently sold the motor home & bought a cabin in Tennessee. Us old guys need two things, good health & determination.
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:57 PM   #4
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Made me smile and think of my dad who didn't get to Airstream near as long as he wanted to but god has a plan for all of us I guess. He was one of the first members on this forum. I went to an Airstream Rally near Birmingham when I bought my first one in 1999 (I was in my early 30s) and there were not less than 5 couples in their 80s there. One had the most beautiful 39 foot AS motorhome I've ever seen to this day. Dang it was long for an Airstream. This was before this forum but there used to be an email "list" of sorts back then where Airstream enthusiast would post and others could read. Many were well into their 80s. Even though Airstreams were cool back then, it took a lifetime to afford a nice one!
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:10 PM   #5
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Just because we may get older, does not mean we can no longer do things.


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Old 10-01-2016, 04:01 AM   #6
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Just because we may get older, does not mean we can no longer do things.
Well... eventually it does, right?

I'd rather we didn't have people that should no longer be driving out on the roads. You need to be even more alert when towing. I'm all for someone doing it for as long as they want, as long as it's safe for them and for the other people on the road.
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:01 AM   #7
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Absolutely agree. Safe driving is most important when towing.


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One of our unit members is 92 and still traveling solo.

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You are our hero. We are in our late sixties and have been Airstreaming for over ten years now. We sincerely hope to be still at it for another ten years or more, God willing.

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I'm 82. Started 1n 1963 w/AS w/1962 then 1966 then 2 1967, now 1976 pur.new 1n 1977, all AS. still going w/out any help and do own mant. etc.and driving. Started camping at 11 yrs old on river bank fishing all nite w/out adult.
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Well... eventually it does, right?



...snip...

Not necessarily though sometimes reduced cap olive coincides with age.

The test is capability. For example, spry 30-year old texting on his/her phone while pulling a 27FB has diminished capability and is a horrific risk to be on the road. A perhaps slowing 80-year old with full faculties towing the same trailer with full concentration is much safer.

Everyone ages differently. In time, yes - reactions get slower, abilities diminish, etc. there's no line or specific age at which this happens. My mom is 84 and we had to take her keys away before she hit 80. I've met 84 year olds who still jog, drive, and more - and they look like they're in their 60s.

It all depends on capability, not age.
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