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Old 06-23-2009, 07:53 PM   #29
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LucyPepper, it's all good. All the advice, the Airstream, and whatever your heart desires. It's all good.

Do not doubt yourself. You can back a trailer and don't ever let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

Take it from another women that can tow and back both a 24 and 30 footer (though not at the same time ).
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:10 PM   #30
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If you can't afford a tow vehicle this year, see if you can find a seasonal lot at a lake somewhere and have it towed there by someone else and then towed back home in the fall. That way you could be driving a Corolla and still have a great summer in your Airstream!
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:25 AM   #31
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My lovely airstream family,

You've made a valley of tears come certain vulnerable orfices from this chica just looking for someone to reply.

Thank you ALL for your encouragement and hope.

You don't know how important of a role you all have played in my decision. Although I still have a lot of details to work out..as my lock just broke on the door I am determined to live out the dream I set forth, and who knows..maybe it will be immensely modified compared to the "plan" but seriously, whose life goes as planned really??

It's important that I thank everyone for being part of a larger family of tin can lovers. No one I know personally quite understands my fascination with Airstreams, and thinks I am even more crazy to have the puppy just sitting around in friends driveways with no use for the last year with the circumstances. It has been a struggle to keep her alive, as most people thought I should have sold her a long time ago. They just don't understand, do they. I know you guys understand.

And your right. So far the old girl has been better than any relationship I have had so far..and your right about the boyfriends.

I have to say, with all the love and support, does my airstream family offer worldy advice as well?

So, the tenative plan..do I

A) Work my booty off in a job with a boss from hell and get out of debt in a few years and start again at square 1

or

B) Save enough money to tide me over for a while so that I can quit my job and travel in the airstream and see the rest of the worlds here in the states I have been dying to get out in..and buy myself some time to figure out my next plan..how to full time on the road in the AS.

C) Open to suggestions...

Awaiting your ever so lovely replies, thank you, thank you, thank you

In gratitude

Lucy P
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:49 AM   #32
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being out of debt is very important. living the dream is not cheap! bosses from hell are bad but at least you're not jobless. as the economy eventually rebounds, the opportunities for jobs and adventure will improve!
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:53 AM   #33
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I vote for "A"

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My lovely airstream family,

A) Work my booty off in a job with a boss from hell and get out of debt in a few years and start again at square 1

In gratitude

Lucy P
Hi, get out of dept and you will be free like a bird. Or at least feel like it. Cut the anchor off of the end of that chain and move on; And don't look back.
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:43 AM   #34
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Do what you need to do for yourself, and don't let the boss from hell deter you. Get out of debt before you hit the road. Focus on your dream, plan and prepare. It will happen. Good luck.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:02 AM   #35
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Lucy,
Now you have a really good idea and I dont think you caught it,
you want out of debt,
go full time,
get a good TowV.
There is no time like the present, its just you, find a place where you can live in your AS year round ( I know they have them in your area), move out of your place you are paying for and into your AS, take that extra money to pay off your debts and get your TowV, get rid of those things you dont need, etc, at the same time you are preparing yourself for the full timer status which by the way is what most full timers do once they decide to full time.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:45 AM   #36
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.....A reasonablly priced tow vehicle (TV) is usually easier to come by than a good trailer.

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AND Cheaper to replace than a Bad Boyfriend!
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:46 AM   #37
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Advice???????

Well...Asking these fine forum members for advice about keeping an Airstream is like asking.....a coyote about what you should do with a porterhouse steak. But actually keeping it at a campground or a friends property, Is an option to consider.
I am a father, and I pretend to be a good one, by asking questions.

1) Do you live near any fantastic free places to camp, like UTAH !!!!!

2) Do you live where there is a fantastic road trip in any direction????

3) Do you think having an Airstream might very well help spark up a
conversation with some nice guy who likes Airstreams?

4) Do you want to keep the trailer?

5) Can you afford to keep the trailer? Do you have credit card dept?
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:54 AM   #38
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Tough love time

If you decide to keep the trailer and tow it.

Forget what these forums members say about how easy it is to tow.
Things aren't always easy the first time.

1) READ ALL YOU CAN ABOUT HITCHING, TOWING, AND SAFETY

2) TALK TO EVERYONE YOU CAN ABOUT TOWING,

3) WRITE STUFF DOWN AND MAKES CHECKLISTS

4) PRACTICE IN A PARKING LOT

5) LEARN FROM OTHERS MISTAKES, LIKE PILOTS DO
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:36 PM   #39
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If you decide to keep the trailer and tow it.

Forget what these forums members say about how easy it is to tow.
Things aren't always easy the first time.

1) READ ALL YOU CAN ABOUT HITCHING, TOWING, AND SAFETY

2) TALK TO EVERYONE YOU CAN ABOUT TOWING,

3) WRITE STUFF DOWN AND MAKES CHECKLISTS

4) PRACTICE IN A PARKING LOT

5) LEARN FROM OTHERS MISTAKES, LIKE PILOTS DO
Hitching, towing, and traveling with an Airstream didn't come naturally overnight for this girl. I read lots on such before I even found an Airstream. But reading and doing are two different animals. A good friend went with me to pick up my first AS and took me for a mandatory towing inservice at a nearby parking lot before we headed home. It helped, but I still had to reliquish the wheel to him when I got myself stuck in a tight spot at a wrong turn.

Still, I was a total cluster the first time out at a campground. Even with a checklist I screwed up my unhitching sequence and the ball was stuck in the coupler until a passerby pointed out my mistake. I failed at basic hookups and had to call the previous owner for advice.

Things got easier every time I camped. It took about a full year before I felt totally competent with the major nuances of Trailer Management 101. And I still learn something new every time out.

There is a learning curve, but it is certainly doable. Especially if you WANT to do it. As far as other wordly advice, I'm not so good at that. But I'm confident you will choose a strategy that will take you where you want to go.
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AND Cheaper to replace than a Bad Boyfriend!

Ditto...What She Said!!!!!!

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:56 PM   #41
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Lucy,

Everyone makes mistakes. There's a thread from last year where we confessed and found out many others had done the same things. Some back into trees, but I haven't done that yet. We all survived.

I can't answer your questions about debt or quitting your job. Always good to be debt free, depends on how much debt, how bad the boss is. A really bad boss can be so emotionally crippling the job isn't worth it, but poverty isn't so good either. Conventional wisdom is to find another job first, but that may not be what is best for you. If it takes a few years for you to get out of debt as it seems you said, you either have a mountain of debt or a low income, or maybe both. That's a tough place to be. Is there a way to negotiate with your creditors to reduce debt? Avoid those debt reduction companies, they are often rip offs, especially if they want you to pay them a lot of money. There are some reputable nonprofits though.

A recent break up can be so emotionally unsettling you may make a poor decision, but I don't know how the break up has gone and how you are healing. So, lots to think about and I hope you have close friends who are supportive about what you do even if they don't understand why you want the trailer. Good friends are supportive even if you do the opposite of what they want you to do.

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Old 06-24-2009, 09:25 PM   #42
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This is a no brainer. Keep the Airstream. My wife drove our 3000 mile trip last summer. I had knee replacement and could not drive. She can put that trailer any where she wants it and not put a mark on it. We pull with a Chevy 2500 pick up with the Duramax engine and the allinson tramsmission. Love it. We get 12 to 13 miles per gallon and never weary about running out of power and we can run at any speed that we want. I pick fuel over gas. I have done the number no fuel vs gas and the increase in fuel milage with diesel even when diesel was higher than gas you will still come out ahead with diesel plus the increase in pulling power diesel makes it a better buy. The main thing is to have fun. Happy Trails.
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