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Old 08-06-2006, 11:02 AM   #29
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I ain't fitting in anywhere in that trend. I bought my Argosy when I was 33 to serve a specific purpose. It didn't really occur to me until years later that I ought to go CAMPING in it. I got the Airstream when I was 46 with the idea that I WOULD use it for going camping. My ambition is to someday have a NEWER Airstream, but I doubt I'll ever spend the bucks for a new one.

Then again, I just might keep the Airstream forever. (I still have the Argosy, too.)

I wonder what percentage of new RVs sold in Canada are sold to new snow birds?


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Old 08-06-2006, 11:12 AM   #30
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I love the article and I'm glad it came back around. We got into it due to our son and it's a great way to bring the family closer. It's sooo great to get up on a Friday morn and on the spur of the moment say "Let's go camping".
I think and hope our health stays good I would love to do it full time.

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Old 08-14-2006, 08:25 PM   #31
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Well we are pretty new again at this, Having just bought our new to us airstream MH. I have become fortunate in developing my bussiness to where I am able to take several days off a month and group them together. We have owned 2 MH and a TT in the past. Living in Michigan there are many beautiful places to explore in both the upper and lower peninsulas. Also having traveled much of my life by air it is refreshing to be able to get up and go when I am ready , rather than going when the airlines is ready. Anyhow for those of you that have traveled by air since 911 it is becoming increasingly time consumming. Just seeing different things and being able to be apart of this great out doors is awesome Also as my signiture indicates my business is Training Dogs so I always have a couple of furry friends that join us. Without the MH they would be left behind. I guess ther are as many reasons to be involved in this lifestyle as there are posters and each time we go I find another reason.
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:48 PM   #32
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We were not campers. Tim had never really camped other than pitching a tent with his brothers near the river on his parent's property. I had gone camping a few times with my family in a rented pop-up and a bit of camping in Boundary Waters Canoe Area with a group from church when I was a teen.

About five years ago we started looking at lake property but could never take that the final anaylsis, we just didn't see ourselves as *lake people*. We didn't want another lawn to mow and another home to maintain. Nor did we want to feel obligated to keep going to the same place.

We started homeschooling our daughters about four years ago (now 9 and 4) and really wanted to incorporate educational travel into our curriculum, whenever possible. Those Go RVing commercials really spoke to us. The deserted beach at sunset with the lone family frollicking by the, we rented a class C to see if RVing was something that would interest us. We wanted to travel and show our girls (and ourselves) new places, new experiences, and try new cuisines. Hate the hassle associated with air travel. And never feel comfortable sleeping in a hotel.

Our search began for the perfect family RV. We looked at everything, even diesel pushers, over a two year period. Visited RV dealers, went to RV shows, toured manufacturing facilities, asked questions on many forums, including this one. Really liked the idea of an Airstream, American icon, versus a SOB disposable, blah, square box. Fell in love with the interior of the is so unlike our home which is very traditional in decor. This felt like a true *escape pod* for us.

We signed on the dotted line in February of '05, saw our CCD on the assembly line in March, and picked it up in April. Have spent over 60 nights in it so far. Rediscovered the natural beauty of our state. Been to a few Airstream rallies, met some fun people, seen many new places, and have become hooked on hiking. Thoroughly enjoy the family time away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. And we're having a great time dreaming up locations and destinations to explore.

Best decision we ever made...we still may not be *campers* in the truest sense of the word...but whatever you choose to call it...we are having the time of our lives!

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Old 08-18-2006, 07:47 PM   #33
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Dumped the 3500 Sq. Ft. house in 2000, built a much smaller vacation house and bought a 40' Monaco Dynasty MoHo to full-time in. Saw a bunch of the country and wound up in FL. Great climate for business and weather in the Winter. You can keep all the rest as my soul still resides in Oregon, where I vacation now for 2 months in the summer to re-charge!

After selling the 'vacation house' in Hood River and the bus, I needed a way to be 'mobile' while having a base of operations while on vacation. I never considered anything else but the 19CCD that I have. It suites me perfectly!

If space, time and money permit, I might get a vintage to restore, but will probably keep the CCD until either it or I fall apart! (guess which one will win!) .
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Old 08-18-2006, 07:57 PM   #34
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Baja California

Baja made us look for a camper - any camper. After tent camping in Baja, and experiencing the nasty winter winds, we moved into my delivery van. Worked well for exactly 1/2 season..then my wife and I went looking for something more secure - trailer, motorhome, anything to be comfortable when camping in Baja California.
We ran across this much loved, but also quite needy 71 TradeWind, and thought it looked neat, much better than the white boxes we had inspected the weeks and month before. So we bought it and figured that we can always sell it if we don't like it. Right....
That's where the addiction started. Self inflicted, no previous history, never really liked camping, but loved Baja, terefore looking for something rugged to schlepp south four times a year.
Now, 4 years later, we have refurbished and sold the TradeWind, and moved into a 1963 Overlander, which we enjoy tremendously. The OL is an ongoing project, but is a kick and1/2 to take out. For me, it has become a hobby, but one that can be shared with kids and grand kids, instead of sports cars and motorcycles ( which I also love and own) that are sort of "selfish" things for a man to own. Family über alles!
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:36 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by Minnie's Mate
I'm 45 and my wife is 42. We have two young boys (6 & 9) and wanted to be able to take short weekend trips to get away with the family. We thought of a lake house, but decided that would be the same old place every time and we would get board. This way, we have a second home at the lake, beach, and mountains...anywhere we want.

Why Airstream? Quality and durability first and classic style second. Like a Harley, it is an American icon.
As a post script to this earlier post, it occurred to me this week end while we were camping in the North Georgia Mountains, in the 2-1/2 months that we have owned our new Airstream we have taken our two boys camping in five different states! That's 1/10 of the United States in less than 10 weeks! Three of those states would have just been places on a map at this stage in their lives without the Airstream. Wow! What a difference it has already made.
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Old 08-21-2006, 01:53 PM   #36
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Where do I fit?

I saw no catagory for a desert rat. I love the desert! We go to the desert monthly. My camping style started with sleeping on the ground to a VW van to truck to a 10 wheel drive 2 1/2 ton army truck to an offroad pop up. Throughout all of this I've always spotted the Airstreams on the highways and byways. I loved those things. They looked so cool and functional. So one cold very windy day in the Mojave while pulling the pop up an incident happened that caused the wife and I to look at each other and then at the pop up and with out a word spoked we knew we'd be getting a TT. We had gone TT shopping with another couple who were in the market and we'd leave the dealership thinking what a boring piece of flimsy junk those white boxs were. So after we decided to get a TT there was no question that it would be an A/S. We go camping twice a month to leave the stress and worry of the world behind and to see nature. Lightning storm from monsoon season. The desert floor covered in flowers that are and inch high. Sunsets over the mountains. Or just swilling beer in the lounge chairs with a thousand mile view. Being in the forest or at the beach. The only way to really enjoy it is to be there with the time to see and enjoy it. Can't get any of that from a hotel room.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 08-21-2006, 06:51 PM   #37
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I originally got a trailer because most motels/hotels of the period would not allow pets. This seems to be changing, but we will not give up our ability to go where we want, when we want, and take our dog with us while doing it. That, coupled with the fact the last time we stayed in a (national chain) motel, there were streaks on the walls, that in the light of morning, turned out to be smeared human waste . I will never stay in another one if we can possibly take our trailer with us, and maybe not even if we can't.

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