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Old 09-07-2010, 02:17 PM   #29
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Spoken like a true sage, a Todd Snider fan, or both!
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Old 09-07-2010, 02:42 PM   #30
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This woman is in GEORGIA... TA-DA in spades.

Georgia has an Airstream Only Campground that's close to heaven. Call the campground. I'll bet there are 3 or more units there for sale, and a bulletin board with more that are stored elsewhere. If you ask nicely I'm sure someone will volunteer to show you around, introduce you, explain the campground and talk to you about choosing an Airstream.... Just because you own an Airstream doesn't mean you can't enjoy camping in your own back yard. One of my favorite places is Chippokes Plantation - 50-60 miles from here. Nothing to do but watch the birds, let my toenails grow, and read an occasional trash novel. Sometimes just what I need.


Next Ma'am IMMEDIATELY go to the Rally section. Check out Falluminum!

If Airstreams got together to have an orgy, this is where it would be happening! I'm sure you'd be warmly welcomed. However someone might be there with "Bacon S'mores" or something ...


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Old 09-07-2010, 03:21 PM   #31
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Not much to go on, illness/bucket list implies physical limitations. Alone, trailering and its physical demands may be too much to handle.

There are other ways to do this travel . . . Sprinter Tour 2010: Great American Parks

Or drive a car and stay at the great hotels, the historic ones.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:34 PM   #32
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Will you regret not doing it? When the end comes which will you regret more taking the jump to follow your dream or spending the money?

As for not being able to do it yourself, maybe you have a friend that would love to make the journey with you. What a gift to you both ....
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:55 PM   #33
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I want to thank all of you who replied. You have given me such a boost to do as I've always dreamed. Yes, I had planned to retire and do some fun things....live in Alaska, hike some unbeaten trail, however, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008. As a result of the treatments, I got two more years accompanied with fatigue and a serious case of peripheral neuropathy. I spent 2008 and 2009 trying to fight the disease and got it under control via a partial response. Unfortunately, it rearing it's ugly head and my doctors are already spinning and bombarding me with suggestions for the next hurdle. All I see is two more years of being sick and, ultimately, a weaker me. I had started to feel semi-normal and now this. I have a little time (I hope) before I have to do something so I want to try to squeeze in the trip out west.

Thank you all for making me feel better about this purchase. I'll let you all know what I decide. I am ready to do it.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:22 PM   #34
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This is an incredible forum that you have joined, Benjisgal. You have read the posts and heard the concerns voiced for you by Airstreamers here, even without them knowing the illness you have. Thank you for the courage to explain your situation, and I'll believe you can already feel the love and support of many prayers and hands lifted in your behalf by forum members. We hope you find the strength and enthusiasm to celebrate your desire to travel and explore. Bless you through all the decisions that lay just ahead of you ~G
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:04 PM   #35
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Bought my first Airstream as I approached 50 because I always wanted one and said "what am I waiting for?" Will use it as long as I can and then it will be my daughters and her family. Use it well and give it to a family member!!

Best of health. God Bless.
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Old 09-08-2010, 09:26 PM   #36
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Listen to the advice of these people: buy the AS. Get a used one. Shop around. Don't be afraid to drive across country for the right deal (we drove from Colorado to Ohio to buy ours used last summer). I have lymphedema in both legs that requires maintenance every day. But we stay active and keep on keeping on. My wonderful wife pressed for an AS last year, we bought it, have never been happier. Your AS is your "escape chute" from all that stresses you. Even your illness. We become a different couple when we climb aboard the AS and take off. Do it. Don't look back. Take good care of it and sell it to someone else when the time is right. And best of luck with your health issues.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:22 AM   #37
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I dreamed about having an Airstream for years and then the right opportunity came along and I made the leap. As I get older the driving force in my life becomes avoiding ever being in a position to say, "I wish I would have, when I could have".


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Old 09-09-2010, 08:10 AM   #38
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on my 2nd airstream with lots of time constraints.however when i get time it is the greatest way i know to relax.paula made some excellent points that ring true for anybody that is held back by fear.make the decision,then make it right.no matter how much time you use the airstream,you will have memories that can not be taken away.in my business have seen a lot of people that worked hard and never took time off and died with their boots on at thier desk.imho positive mental outlook can overcome alot of lifes ups and downs.
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We will keep you in our prayers! Keep fighting and dreaming. That perfect AS will find you.

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I want to thank all of you who replied. You have given me such a boost to do as I've always dreamed. Yes, I had planned to retire and do some fun things....live in Alaska, hike some unbeaten trail, however, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008. As a result of the treatments, I got two more years accompanied with fatigue and a serious case of peripheral neuropathy. I spent 2008 and 2009 trying to fight the disease and got it under control via a partial response. Unfortunately, it rearing it's ugly head and my doctors are already spinning and bombarding me with suggestions for the next hurdle. All I see is two more years of being sick and, ultimately, a weaker me. I had started to feel semi-normal and now this. I have a little time (I hope) before I have to do something so I want to try to squeeze in the trip out west.

Thank you all for making me feel better about this purchase. I'll let you all know what I decide. I am ready to do it.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:43 AM   #40
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I know of two Forum members with peripheral neuropathy that keep on going. One is me and the other has it worse than I have. Makes life more interesting.

I hope you can follow your dream.

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... In other words, I think I'm throwing away $$$ for this insatiable urge to own an A/S, simply to see the West, Canada and Alaska in the style that I had always wanted to see it. I'm confused...
we all live in a state of confusion,

many are simply UNaware of their address or the pile of junk mail waiting.

occasionally we have ITCHES that can only be satiated by scratching.

in particular the "urge to own" something is often only resolved AFTER the purchase.

sometimes the results of buying STUFF are as expected and other times not so much.

but IF an inner voice is whispering "u r throwing away money"

it might be WISE to listen 2 that voice...

then decide if the "throwing" matters or not in the grand scheme.

or as the cowboy song goes...

"i spent most of my money on beer and women, and the rest was wasted"
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there is a LOT of "go 4 it" in this thread,

going for it is a common PROJECTED dream or advice offered to others...

but go for what exactly?

-if the goal is to "see the west" take a car/truck/van and simply go...

unless u'd rather walk or paddle.

sleep in motels/hotels and eat whatever and where ever...

why waste ANY time on setup, maintaining an rv, or the endless list of issues.

-if the goal is to wander around in an rv, get a motorhome of some sort.

these fully contained things are a LOT easier...

to handle, travel, park and deal with than the typical tv/hitch/trailer/generator/solar/package.

especially with failing physical ability.
_________

aage suggested RENTING and this is great advice...

trying an rv, ANY rv is a very useful step BEFORE buying.

to expand on that rent2try theme, rent the movie 'about schmidt' or better yet buy the book.

it's not as pie in the sky as the "b-list" movie but the contrast is useful.

-if the goal is purchasing something shiny that u can TINKER with...

and MIGHT be able to hook up, pull, park, UNhook and then hang out it..

a stream might be exactly the ticket.

so pick your toolz and figure out if USING them or maintaining them matters most.
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we make decisions everyday that turn out to be dramatic or profound.

but typically don't KNOW how important those decisions are till somewhere down the road.

game changers are only realized in retrospect or with a quick glance into the rear view mirror.

an illness with some defined less than enternal endpoint (like death)

can bring us UP to the surface temporarily.

so take a breath and scan the horizon...

then start swimming without regard for the color of yer speedo'...

if ya wanna GO just go.

if ya want something that takes a lotta time/learning/tinkering...

and still may not GET you where u wanna be, but is shiny and curved,

buy a stream.
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try sorting out WHAT really itches and how best to scratch it...

figure out how best for YOU to enjoy the journey and where to apply the green$ salve...

and realize that satiation is often a temporary place.

so don't speed ALL yer money covering one urge,

unless you are sure it is the last itch.

cheers
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:00 AM   #42
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we all live in a state of confusion,

many are simply UNaware of their address or the pile of junk mail waiting.

occasionally we have ITCHES that can only be satiated by scratching.

in particular the "urge to own" something is often only resolved AFTER the purchase.

sometimes the results of buying STUFF are as expected and other times not so much.

but IF an inner voice is whispering "u r throwing away money"

it might be WISE to listen 2 that voice...

then decide if the "throwing" matters or not in the grand scheme.

or as the cowboy song goes...

"i spent most of my money on beer and women, and the rest was wasted"
___________

there is a LOT of "go 4 it" in this thread,

going for it is a common PROJECTED dream or advice offered to others...

but go for what exactly?

-if the goal is to "see the west" take a car/truck/van and simply go...

unless u'd rather walk or paddle.

sleep in motels/hotels and eat whatever and where ever...

why waste ANY time on setup, maintaining an rv, or the endless list of issues.

-if the goal is to wander around in an rv, get a motorhome of some sort.

these fully contained things are a LOT easier...

to handle, travel, park and deal with than the typical tv/hitch/trailer/generator/solar/package.

especially with failing physical ability.
_________

aage suggested RENTING and this is great advice...

trying an rv, ANY rv is a very useful step BEFORE buying.

to expand on that rent2try theme, rent the movie 'about schmidt' or better yet buy the book.

it's not as pie in the sky as the "b-list" movie but the contrast is useful.

-if the goal is purchasing something shiny that u can TINKER with...

and MIGHT be able to hook up, pull, park, UNhook and then hang out it..

a stream might be exactly the ticket.

so pick your toolz and figure out if USING them or maintaining them matters most.
________

we make decisions everyday that turn out to be dramatic or profound.

but typically don't KNOW how important those decisions are till somewhere down the road.

game changers are only realized in retrospect or with a quick glance into the rear view mirror.

an illness with some defined less than enternal endpoint (like death)

can bring us UP to the surface temporarily.

so take a breath and scan the horizon...

then start swimming without regard for the color of yer speedo'...

if ya wanna GO just go.

if ya want something that takes a lotta time/learning/tinkering...

and still may not GET you where u wanna be, but is shiny and curved,

buy a stream.
__________

try sorting out WHAT really itches and how best to scratch it...

figure out how best for YOU to enjoy the journey and where to apply the green$ salve...

and realize that satiation is often a temporary place.

so don't speed ALL yer money covering one urge,

unless you are sure it is the last itch.

cheers
2air'
Now THIS is pure poetry. Off to climb on top of something shiny to (happily!) tinker. THANKS for the perspective benjisgal and 2air!
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