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Old 01-22-2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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Family of 4 in a 25ft Safari for 1 year

I'm seriously thinking of taking a year to save some serious money and live in our Airstream. We will stay in the same town and go to work and school as normal. Our children are still young 5-10 After doing the math and getting tired of paying large rent and utilities I realized that I could save half of what we make annually. We could use this money to buy a house or even buy a new Airstream out right
My better half is considering it but obviously has lots of doubts. One is getting ready in bathhouses and doing laundry on site and making beds everyday. In my mind if we can get over a few of these doubts and fears it could be life changing financially. It would just be for one year and the park we are considering is a safe fun place and fun to be at. The park has state of the art facilities and is located in Florida.
Has any other families similar to ours done this for the same financial reasons in the past. Our Airstream works well for sleeping as we use the dinette and front couch for separate beds for the kids.
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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I would do it in a heartbeat- and most men would-
It's the women-
I have seen a family doing that very thing in a 5th wheel.

I wouldn't even have the goal of buying a house or another Airstream-
I would be happy to live in my current Airstream forever-

If I ever find myself single for whatever reason that is what I will do, but I ain't gonna kill 'er to make it so...
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:03 PM   #3
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Well that's my thought and I can save money to.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:09 PM   #4
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I can't do away with her she makes more money than me
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:33 PM   #5
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With my wife?
Perhaps.
With children?
No way in ...
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:54 PM   #6
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Give it a try! If it doesn't work out, you can always find a place to rent again.
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You're going the wrong direction; I would sell the Airstream and buy a house. Without a doubt.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:10 PM   #8
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Take a look at malimish.com. Family full-timing in a 25' with three kids.
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I'm seriously thinking of taking a year to save some serious money and live in our Airstream. We will stay in the same town and go to work and school as normal. Our children are still young 5-10 After doing the math and getting tired of paying large rent and utilities I realized that I could save half of what we make annually. We could use this money to buy a house or even buy a new Airstream out right
If your goal is to save money, an Airstream might not be the best way. Hate to say it, but it's true. The same plan works the same way with a larger but cheaper trailer, especially if you're not planning to keep it for a long time.
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Looks like by the post that they already have an Airstream-
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:19 PM   #11
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Looks like by the post that they already have an Airstream-
Well, since you've already responded it's kind of pointless to delete my post. So I'll just sit here looking foolish until the thread moves on from my inane comment.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:24 PM   #12
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Well, since you've already responded it's kind of pointless to delete my post. So I'll just sit here looking foolish until the thread moves on from my inane comment.
Not foolish! The advice is sound. So you missed a detail. Happens to all of us.

Good luck OP - I love the dream and of course every family has to figure out what works for them.
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The kids will be easier to convince than the wife If you are serious, I'd say start with a month and see if you are really saving any money.

Personally, I think I'd spend a few months looking for the perfect foreclosure. It could be a great reason to buy a fairly unlivable place that you can slowly rehab while you are living on-site.
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But could sell the Airstream and buy a cheaper larger trailer like a Avion or Silver Streak or God Forbid SOB..hehe and pocket the rest of the money to pay the first few months of rent at the RV Park.
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