Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-09-2008, 01:39 AM   #29
3 Rivet Member
 
1983 30' Airstream 300
Plantersville , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 238
go while you can

Roy was disabled in 94 and in 95 we bought a slide in camper for our pickup and took our first vacation in 22 years. we went to Pikes peak and yellowstone visited lots of local musuems. we didn't have a lot of money to spare but we were hooked on the seeing the usa. I retired in 96 and we bought a tagalong .we made at least one long trip and lots of short trips every year. we spent one thanksgiving at the beach on padre island with our kids and grandkids, Without our camper we would not have spent a week in Florida nor would we hve went to Roswell, White Sands,Meteor Crater , Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Sequoia Forest,Yosemite NP, Lake Tahoe,Central Oregon Utah Dinosaur Digsite, Glacier NP, Crazy horse monument, Mt Rushmore, and countless other points of intrest along the way.The very best trip was the 5 weeks we spent with our 3 great grand kids in 2000 seeing the wild animals and geysers at yellowstone and watching them play in the cold mtn streams and snow at Glacier. In 2004 Roy's health began to fail and we sold our trailer and bought our Airstream MH that Roy had been watching for a couple of years, We loved it and could continue to go places. He made sue that it was in a condition that I could go when and where I wanted to without him, We didn't get to travel in 07 as he just wasn't able and I lost him in Aug. In Dec I went on my first trip alone to an airstream rally. Ot went good. no problems with traffic and I had a very good trip. My income is now much less than before , but ny needs and wants are less as well. I plan to do a good bit of going this year, I may go to Montana to spend time with family. I know that I plan to spend at least a week in Okla. this spring.

Money was never in abundance. We just had to plan how we used what was available, If you stay a week at some parks it is like 1 free day. The Trailer life directory saved us money on places to stay as it gave us options ahead of arrival.

I wouldn't take anything for the memories we made with the kids and grandkids nor the fun we had togeather.

I say to each and every one that life is too short to worry about what we might not be able to do, Enjoy today and plan for a fun time this year, Next year will be here soon your health or the health of a loved one can make future plans change, Just go now and sit in the shade of the trees and watch the birds or look at the water of a lake or ocean,

I hope for each of you to have at least 10 good travel years like Roy and I shared. I intend to do more traveling either alone or with a family member


Kay
__________________

__________________
carnegie1935 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 09:16 AM   #30
3 Rivet Member
 
genearnold's Avatar
 
1992 34' Limited
Grand Island , Nebraska
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 248
I took on a new career challenge when I was in my mid-fifties and with it came a drastic reduction in income. Because my income never regained its previous level we had to learn to live much more conservatively. The silver lining in this was the way it prepared us for our retirement in 2002 (my wife was my secretary). We had already learned that one can live quite well on a lot less income than the experts figure; you just have to be very careful and in agreement about life-style.

We knew going into retirement that one of our priorities would be our use of the Airstream, mostly for visits to see kids and other family members. As fuel prices have increased we've had those discussions about how long we're going to keep traveling. Our decision is, we'll plan trips more carefully, make sure the TV is in tip-top shape to maximize fuel mileage, keep speed down to the maximum economy range, etc., but we'll keep traveling on.

For a 3000 mile trip last fall (my average pull), my fuel cost was about $700. If diesel prices rise to $5.00 the trip will cost about $1100.00. I don't like the rising prices, but the clock is ticking on my ability to tow safely and I'm not going to fritter the time away just because I don't want to pay the cost!

Now, a little reality check-- when we married, gas was 28 cents per gallon (I think diesel was around 22 cents). A well equipped mid-size car was priced around $2500.00. Today we think we got a bargain if we get a well equipped mid-sized car for less than $30,000.00. If my math is correct, that is about the same multiple as the increase in gas prices. However, because of advanced automotive technology that gallon of gas takes my 1995 Lincoln Continental almost 200% farther today than the 1955 gas took my 1951 Mercury.

Just thinking about the comparisons on housing prices then and now will spin you into a depression!

I remember reading about a family gathered in the lawyer's office for the reading of their father's will. The lawyer began to read, "Being of sound mind--I spent it all!" Our fuel costs puts new meaning into that bumper sticker that reads. "I'm spending my kid's inheritance."

Gene
__________________

__________________
'92 Limited 34ft (now sold); '96 Dodge Cummins 4X2, 5speed
genearnold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 05:23 PM   #31
Rivet Master
 
safari57's Avatar
 
1951 21' Flying Cloud
1960 24' Tradewind
West Coast , BC
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,790
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to safari57
Carnegie1935 (Kay)

What a wonderful post. It's sad to learn of your husband's passing, but inspirational to know that for 10 years you two really made a wonderful life of traveling in your Airstream.

I was really pleased to see that you continue to use your motor home. May you have many wonderful trips, and perhaps we will see you on the road in our own travels.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Barry
__________________
Barry & Donna
Life is short - so is the door on a '51 Flying Cloud (ouch)
safari57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 09:18 PM   #32
4 Rivet Member
 
KeithC's Avatar
 
1994 34' Excella
1978 31' Sovereign
Mansfield , Georgia
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 261
If I were a Presidential Canadate, my central issue would be a challenge....to every college and university in the land....to be 90% self fueled, and 10% petrol self sustaining fueld. by 2029.

The prize would be $1,000,000,000.
__________________
KeithC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 10:17 PM   #33
2 Rivet Member
 
gyandell's Avatar
 
1972 31' Sovereign
FAYETTEVILLE , Arkansas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 70
Images: 3
$1,000,000,000! I'll go back to school and study much harder to get that prize.
__________________
gyandell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2008, 11:30 PM   #34
Rivet Master
 
safari57's Avatar
 
1951 21' Flying Cloud
1960 24' Tradewind
West Coast , BC
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,790
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to safari57
Quote:
Originally Posted by gyandell
$1,000,000,000! I'll go back to school and study much harder to get that prize.
gyandell - I'm right there with you on this one. Let me know when we start. Oh, wait a minute, KeithC said IF he were president. darn, there goes the new 25 footer I was hoping for....

Barry
__________________
Barry & Donna
Life is short - so is the door on a '51 Flying Cloud (ouch)
safari57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2008, 08:28 AM   #35
2 Rivet Member
 
gyandell's Avatar
 
1972 31' Sovereign
FAYETTEVILLE , Arkansas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 70
Images: 3
What we need to do as a government is not allow the oil companies to buy the patents for technology that benefits the greater good of the human race and the planet. You know they have it. They are waiting til they can introduce and control it as well. Soon we will be taxed on our solar use. Electric cars do not pay a fuel tax for the roads. Are they going to be arrested for tax evasion. Laugh! It happened already on people using waste veggie oil.It seems any time someone tries to help a little they get pushed in the dirt. Ethanol, Biofuels will never meet the need of our consumption. We have a crippling weapon in our arsenal as a country. Stop driving for two days as a country and see what happens. Well, enough of all this nonsense. I'm going to get in my f250 fuel guzzler and drive down to the corner "stop and go" and get me a honey bun. Round trip 4 miles $1.20 in fuel, .99 cents for the honey bun, trans fatty acid bliss....priceless
__________________
gyandell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2008, 10:18 PM   #36
4 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
holland , Michigan
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 436
Images: 1
There is hope. Hanging out in Fort Collins, in route to California out of Michign and filled up on e85 for 2.09/gallon. Average for e85 on this trip is about 2.50.
__________________

__________________
safari 28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fuel Price Watch jcanavera Off Topic Forum 318 09-20-2006 10:39 AM
New Diesel Fuel Tarheel On The Road... 31 09-02-2006 08:57 PM
Is the price of fuel gonna stop ya? gryphon Off Topic Forum 56 04-20-2006 09:21 PM
Fuel pump redynvre Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 23 09-20-2004 05:54 PM
Electric fuel pump and fuel line routing cooperhawk Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 7 02-06-2003 11:16 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.