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Old 09-06-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Getting ready to purchase an A/S. I'm scared. Reason for my fear is: (1) not sure that I will be able to use it as much as I would like due to my illness and (2) not sure that I will be able to make my "bucket list" trip. In other words, I think I'm throwing away $$$ for this insatiable urge to own an A/S, simply to see the West, Canada and Alaska in the style that I had always wanted to see it. I'm confused...but I working my way toward that purchase in two weeks!!
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Use it as much as you are able. Even if you only take trips close to home, Airstream ownership is well worth the cost.
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Getting ready to purchase an A/S. I'm scared. Reason for my fear is: (1) not sure that I will be able to use it as much as I would like due to my illness and (2) not sure that I will be able to make my "bucket list" trip. In other words, I think I'm throwing away $$$ 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...but I working my way toward that purchase in two weeks!!
An old friend told me the only regrets that he had were the dreams he could have acted upon and didn't. The cost is only purchase price less your sale price to someone else. GO FOR IT
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:35 PM   #5
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:08 PM   #6
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I'm in Aerospace and the fear of getting layed off. I have been wanting an Airstream for a long time, finally found one and bought it. The way I look at it if I do get layed off then I have fulfilled my dream of owning one, even if it would be for a year.
Buy it and enjoy life, it is too short to not fullfill your dreams. This might be it for me but I have now enjoyed our trailer and that will satisfy me in my life time.
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Purchase a lightly-used Airstream that someone else has taken the initial depreciation on. Use, maintain and enjoy it as long as you are able, then sell it to its next addict..er.. owner for most of what you paid for it. I wish you many long and happy trips.
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I agree, buy a 3 yr old Airstream that's been lightly used and well taken care of. As for your illness only you know your limitations bu I say do it while you can and enjoy every day of your life. Only thing to fear is fear itself. God bless and keep us posted on what you decide.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:34 PM   #9
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You will have an Airstream to use.

When you no longer use it,

You will have an Airstream to sell.

Both are good things.
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Getting ready to purchase an A/S. I'm scared. Reason for my fear is: (1) not sure that I will be able to use it as much as I would like due to my illness and (2) not sure that I will be able to make my "bucket list" trip. 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...but I working my way toward that purchase in two weeks!!
I can relate to your post. I am not sure what illness you are grappling with so can't give a comment specific to your situation but I can share my own experience. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years and I love the outdoors so decided that I wanted to purchase an AS to try to enjoy the outdoors while I could. We bought a slightly used unit and I have focused on getting tools that make the job of leveling/setting up and hitching easier. The electric hitch is great and I also got a power drill to lift/lower the leveling stands. Only you can decide what your illness will permit you to do but I can share that I was scared and I have enjoyed the freedom and challenge that the AS presents me with. Sometimes there are times that I struggle with certain aspects of getting set up but I have also found that fellow RVers are more than willing to lend a hand and that gives me peace of mind when I find that I don't have the strength to do things in any particular situation. I ALWAYS have people coming up and asking if they can help me and I take them up on their offer when I can't do it myself.

There are some wonderful people in the RV world so if it is a dream and you have some disposable income, I'd suggest going for it. The resale seems to be good on these travel trailers.

Good luck with your decision!

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Old 09-06-2010, 06:52 PM   #11
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Sounds like it is one of the things on your "Bucket List". In the grand scheme of things, Money is only another tool to accomplish the task. Buy it! Enjoy the trip!
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I have chronic pain from a serious back injury, bad knees and peripheral neuropathy. Some doctors would probably say I shouldn't be doing all the maintenance on our trailer and shouldn't have remodeled two houses in the last 21 years. They'd tell me not to cut firewood with my chain saw and take care of our 37 acres. I refuse to act my age and physical condition.

I hope whatever your illness is you make the best of it and an Airstream can fit into your life.

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Old 09-06-2010, 07:23 PM   #13
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We spend our youth ignoring our health to accumulate wealth, and we eventually deplete our wealth trying to recover our health.

Your money has no meaning if it cannot provide some joy to you...

One option you may want to research: can you finance the whole thing and then purchase life insurance on the loan through your bank? Mine offers it with no physical for up to 100k for asset-backed loans. This would prevent you from spending assets you may need, and although it is more expensive than paying cash, your loan would be paid off in the event of your death.
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Benjisgal,
Like nmgt35oh mentioned, "You only live once" make sure you live your dream. Rent, buy or lease one so that you can fulfill your aspiration. You might live longer and even stronger than anticipated but you surely don't want to blame yourself for not taking the chance of a life time when the oportunity presented itself. Talk to Patrick at Colonia Airstream in Lakewood N.J, he might find you a used one to buy and also sell back at the end of your trip. Happy "streamin"
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