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Old 02-22-2015, 11:43 PM   #15
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Sell your 2004 AS. Buy longest 1950s single axle you can. Gut it. Follow my buy/do list Invest $5K to $8K. Stay in SD or go north to Big Bear Lake for the winter or to any spot in the Mojave in summer. Do not, repeat do not, buy any other AS as their engineers were incapable ( or did not want to) design for minus 40 to + 120, off grid, full time, low carbon footprint, ultralight/ My 22' Caravanner may soon have a Water Mill @ $1,299 @ 42 Pounds. Most AS run for, or hook to, CS water. I'll make my own water. Go private to me and we'll email or phone chat. AS designs have been in the "dark ages" for years and are fully always 10 years behind state of the art "off the shelf" stuff: TODAY ---Fresnel to thermoelectric for power ---VAWT Savonius for power---Go green-go solar-buy an Edsel
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:13 AM   #16
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Stay with AS ... even up north we use it... except for Halloween / Thanksgiving until Valentine's Day "dry".
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:42 AM   #17
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Perhaps a 5th wheel of some flavor might do the trick. The few that I have been in did seem comfy and roomy. However one 5th wheel owner of a relatively new unit said that he has spent way to much time in the shop and he thought I did well by going with an Airstream.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:23 AM   #18
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What is meant by full time?

Hi, what exactly do people mean by full timing in a trailer? To me that would mean that I'm constantly traveling in my trailer. Stopping for a short time to see the sights and move to the next location. I also see people who live full time in their trailer while it is parked in an RV park. So to me this is someone who can't deal with, or afford, a real house. Next would be a prefab on a lot, then a mobile home in a mobile home park, and then a trailer in an RV park. And some in a mini house where ever they are allowed.


So is full timing, traveling in your trailer year around, or living in a trailer that is permanently parked somewhere? And if that's the case, why do this things have wheels?
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:42 AM   #19
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If I were going to full time, it would be in a 5th wheel, and most likely a New Horizon. They are heavy, however, and best towed with a MDT or a HDT. Another good 5th wheel for full timing is an Excel.

I have had a 38' Newmar Kountry Aire 5th wheel for 7 years now, and it is so much superior to an Airstream in virtually every respect, save one - it is bigger and heavier.

Anyone who claims that Airstreams are so much better quality-wise is simply misinformed.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:23 AM   #20
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Terry, yes! I saw the Oliver fully-formed fiberglass trailer mentioned elsewhere here and checked it out. I got their catalog, had a long talk with them by phone, etc. I was highly impressed. They've really thought it through and the design is very smart. I'd be very confident of a leak-resistant rot-proof and termite-proof, well-made product from them. If I were only vacationing in it, the Oliver would likely be my choice. But it has possibly less storage than even an AS, and of course only one model of reasonable size. And although you can customize by adding many smart features, you can't customize the layout beyond the 2 stock configs, or ever reconfigure it yourself, since everything is fully formed from one giant piece of fiberglass. But I did really like it. I tried to convince myself to order it, but I'm still looking, since this is more than a vacation item for me.
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:00 AM   #21
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Bud, there is so much I like about the features of other trailers, except for their "me too" interiors with overdone, out of scale veneered wood cabinetry and puffy upholstery. That brings me back to clean, sleek Airstreams like my CCD.
Then I think about slide-outs, closets, basement storage, and get hopelessly confused. ;-)
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:05 AM   #22
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I will always have an Airstream and I think I could full-time in my current trailer.
Other brands to consider for amenities, luxuries, space and storage:
Tiffin motor homes
Redwood 5th wheels
Mobile Suites 5th wheels
Continental Coach 5th wheels
These are the only ones that catch my eye in a campground. I have no interest in a Jayco, Montana, Cougar, whatever, whatever...
The DRV Mobile Suites (5th wheels) look really well done, for anyone who's following this. And they even cost more than some Airstreams! ;-) But very impressive interiors if you like that look, and great features. I could do that. DRV Suites

I will look at the others too, thank you!
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:08 AM   #23
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Hi, what exactly do people mean by full timing in a trailer? ...
Good question. To me it could be any flavor of living in an RV (with wheels) full-time instead of a house. You could be stationary if you love a spot, or travel 2x a year like a snowbird, or be touring the country. But that's just my view of it. IDK what others think when they see "full-timing".

Personally, I have found a great spot, so I would be (mostly) in one spot.

I think if it's a park model or larger, full-timing doesn't apply, since it's so house-like. But again, that's just me.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:33 AM   #24
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When/if I ever get to full-time, it will be a combination of traveling and staying in one spot for a month or 2 at a time-
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I have been thinking of the same plan - more extended travel in a more comfortable trailer - maybe a couple of months at a time. Currently have a 19 footer that is great for weekends but not going to work with two adults and two dogs. In looking around I would suggest investigating a Bigfoot. They are molded fiberglass (no leaks/rot), 4 season and very robust. They make various sizes and the 25 ft rear queen bed layout looks pretty good. Bigfoot suspended operations a while back but they are back in business now. They over extended themselves with trailers, pick up campers and motor homes. They are now back doing what they do best - high quality trailers and campers. As a plus, with the US dollar so strong against the Canadian dollar they area now a better deal. Occasionally see a used 25 foot on the market but they sell pretty fast. Their 21 foot is also popular but for extended travel the 25 offers a more accomodating floor plan.

Good luck and enjoy the journey.
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lbdesign, you are in a similar position to us, with the difference that we have a Foretravel MH and you have an Airstream. We're talking about moving to a towable.

Full-timing simply means that one lives full-time in the coach. How often one moves is not the question. That is a question that one asks when trying to decide which type of coach is best for you. Generally, someone who moves a couple of times per month (or more often) is better off with a MH, while those who stay put for longer periods are better off with a towable.

Every coach is a compromise. A MH can tow a fuel-efficient vehicle for the daily driver, while a towable requires a truck. Some people use a semi as a tow vehicle with a SmartCar attached, while others have one person drive the truck and trailer while the other one drives a smaller vehicle.

Any coach with a metal frame and metal skin will transmit heat/cold to the interior unless there is some sort of thermal break between the skin and frame. I've seen some Airstreams with aluminum skin on the inside, and I would imagine that those portions would more closely follow the outside temperature than an area that uses some other material for the interior skin.

In addition to Airstreams, we're looking at Open Range (Journeyer 340FL) and Keystone (Vantage). Our reason for considering a change is that I'm working with a group of other retired guys who help congregations with their building projects. We usually stay on-site, and projects run from six weeks to a year, with most in the 3-6 month range. DRV is a great full-time coach, especially for those who are going to be in hot/cold temperatures, since they have thicker walls for more insulation. They are heavy, though, requiring at least an F450-class truck.
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In our town we have a custom fabrication shop which does design complete and /or use your specs. Aluminum from frame rails to roof vent. Rigs as Spartan as $ 1.000 per foot ( 150# per foot) up to $4,000 per foot + ( 450# per foot). 8'6" wide w/4" foam and teak floors - mahogany cabinets down to 2" walls w/bubble pack and all plywood. The shop does stuff Airstream has not even thought of yet all the way down and as cheap as Airstream quality. Just saw a $20,000 paint job done by a mural painter. They pro bono'd me with my 1958 22' Caravanner.
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I have tried to consider changing brands. I just can't do it. The real test will be when the time comes to full-time. I love the iconic Airstream trailer. No other trailer has that "feel" for me- Maybe a restored Spartan Mansion or Manor? As beautiful as a Tiffin Allegro Bus is with all its amenities, it just lacks that "style".
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