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Old 05-08-2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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Is this really "full-timing"?

My husband and I have spent the last year divesting ourselves of our possessions and selling our residence so that we can move into our AS Classic. We are not changing our lives in any other way. The RV park we're "planting" ourselves in is only 3 miles from our business (which we will continue to work in as always), and we will continue to participate in all other normal activities. All we're doing is moving into our trailer. Is this considered "full timing"? I don't want to insult other people who have literally hit the road to full time, but I'd like to think that we're at least partway to our dream.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:30 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Yes and no. Yes in that you will be living in your Aistream as your primary residence. Maybe in that you will be residing in an RV park. Possibly no in that the Airstream is not being moved. On the other hand, if you take your vacation trips in the Airstream, you are definitely a full-time Airstreamer.

Regardless, good luck and best wishes in your new life style. Please keep us posted on your adventure.

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Old 05-08-2018, 09:49 AM   #3
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Well said, Brian.

One other aspect that makes this situation a little less than the traditional "full-timing" situation is the proximity of your office. Having such a "base of operations" nearby is not too much different than having a house close by IMO, in terms of having various life-support functions available on short notice.

When you give up the office, and only stay at the RV park for a couple of weeks a year, then when you hit the road that would be more officially called full-timing. When things go wrong, or you need to make some calls, you can't go back to the house OR the office to deal with it.

Regardless of which category -- have fun!

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Old 05-08-2018, 11:32 AM   #4
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Yes you are full time living in your Airstream. No you are not full time traveling in your Airstreaming.

So you articulate it when asked and we can accept it or come up with another word.

Either way it's an adventure and it's yours and you don't have to fit into some box.

Sounds fun to me.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:32 PM   #5
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I agree. Back in the 90's we were in between houses, so we parked the 25' AS next to the office on the edge of a field, and camped out there for a few months. Full hook-ups, an office next door [incl cordless land line phone in the trailer], and a cozy location. Only winter forced us to move!

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Old 05-09-2018, 11:23 AM   #6
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If you've sold your "stick & brick" and are now living in your Airstream all the time then YES, you are Full-Timers. LOTS of people are doing exactly what you're doing (for a variety of reasons). There may come a time when you decide to travel more in your Airstream but, until that time arrives, enjoy (and be happy with) your current situation.

I'm currently "in contract" to get my stick & brick sold (after 35+ years). Once I close, I WILL be traveling extensively (at least as long as I'm healthy enough to drive). I do have a Plan B (and even a Plan C) when the time comes that I'll have to "hang up the keys". Until that time comes, there's SO much to see, do and explore and, I plan on doing and seeing as much as possible.
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I'd call it living in a trailer park.
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:43 AM   #8
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I'd call it living in a trailer park.
RV Park. Trailer park is mobile homes.

Besides, those who “live” at an RV Park may be retired, disabled, working locally on contract, caring for a sick relative, etc. Of most sub-categories, only a few never again move the RV.

Full-time means a mobile residence. How often it’s moved is beside the point.

Maintaining and repairing one of these (plus insurance, registration, etc) is a great deal more expensive than allowing it to rot in place. In only a few years it’s thousands of dollars, before a “vacation trip” is undertaken. Then a properly set-up tow vehicle, also maintained to a high standard.

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My husband and I have spent the last year divesting ourselves of our possessions and selling our residence so that we can move into our AS Classic. We are not changing our lives in any other way. The RV park we're "planting" ourselves in is only 3 miles from our business (which we will continue to work in as always), and we will continue to participate in all other normal activities. All we're doing is moving into our trailer. Is this considered "full timing"? I don't want to insult other people who have literally hit the road to full time, but I'd like to think that we're at least partway to our dream.
Who cares what the world calls it. If you want to call it full timing, then call it that. The concept of freedom is releasing yourself from all these worldly titles and possessions that we attach ourselves to anyway. As long as you are happy with the situation, go for it!

Good Luck & have fun.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:36 AM   #11
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Slowmover brought up another question that we have. What is the minimum length of time that we can let the trailer sit in place without moving it? For the first time (because it has been in RV storage) we are going to use tire covers, but we have a concern about - perhaps - other tire issues? Even if we don't go on a trip we can still hook it up and haul it around for a few hours if that's a good idea.
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Tires just aren’t going to last long on a vehicle that sits. Sure, they’ll hold air quite a few years, but 3-Years is fair (in my estimation) for a replacement set. Could be five years (climate, conditions, etc), but somewhere between those is a sweet spot.

No matter how often I ran the TT, had ideal storage, etc, would I want to exceed five years VERSUS the risk of blowout.

Others may do as they wish. Were a set of cheap tires $500 and the best $1000, I’ve gotten my moneys worth. The cheap tires it went no where. The expensive tires it had 10k miles plus. The clock stopped either way.
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Foiled Again (my sister) worked her business and full-timed for many years before she retired. SO IMHO, yes you are. Any time you want to take off, you hook up and go, be it for a weekend or a month. Congrats and have fun!
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My husband and I have spent the last year divesting ourselves of our possessions and selling our residence so that we can move into our AS Classic. We are not changing our lives in any other way. The RV park we're "planting" ourselves in is only 3 miles from our business (which we will continue to work in as always), and we will continue to participate in all other normal activities. All we're doing is moving into our trailer. Is this considered "full timing"? I don't want to insult other people who have literally hit the road to full time, but I'd like to think that we're at least partway to our dream.
Honey, you get to define it for yourself. Enjoy!
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