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Old 06-02-2005, 12:47 PM   #1
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Minnesota Airstream Park

We just wanted to say thank you to the Minnesota Airstream Park members for a great weekend at a great park. We look forward to many years of enjoyment of the people and facilities!

We strongly recommend scheduling time in the park if you are passing through. Plan a few days to enjoy the people and a great park!

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Old 06-02-2005, 03:54 PM   #2
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It is certainly on our list!

Right now .. we are camped at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey. Another great place with very nice people.
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Old 06-02-2005, 06:39 PM   #3
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Hey Porky,

I am still waiting to sit down and have that beer with you when you get to the Airsteam Park.

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Old 06-02-2005, 08:32 PM   #4
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I got close...

I bought a throw rug at Becker's Furniture World.
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Old 06-02-2005, 11:42 PM   #5
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We were at Land Yacht Harbor in Lacey last weekend as well. We're about 5 hours away, and try to visit there at least a couple of times a year. Unfortunately, didn't get a chance to meet "Porky." (We were the ones that arrived late on Friday night! - Hope we didn't disturb you).

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(We were the ones that arrived late on Friday night! - Hope we didn't disturb you).

Jim & Karen
Darn! That was you? We saw you come in ... and also hitch up and leave. We were camped in front of you about 2 rows away in the 34.
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Old 06-03-2005, 01:21 AM   #7
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Finally she get's used!!!! Off to Deception Pass, WA

Well, we bought Rosie a few years ago, and this will be my first time using her. My husband has taken her on a few "boys only " motorcycle trips.
She's clean, looks okay and her stove and oven work... that's about it. I'm getting a little fustrated. It seems we never have enough time or money to get her where we want her. My husband tried to fix a leak under the curbside twin bed and when he started the pump threee more leaks appeared. Looks like we'll have no running water on this trip. At least we can cook and have a nice roof over our head. Hope you all enjoy the weekend!
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Old 06-05-2005, 11:22 AM   #9
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I visited the Minnesota Airstream Park for the first time yesterday. A nice woman named Linda showed me around - looked at lots for sale. The park is about 80 wooded acres. It has a golf course on mostly flat open land (free golf!), a clubhouse, and pool. The lots are mostly small, thus close together. Most lots and trailers are well maintained, others are less so. Basically the park is like a condo association, with individuals "owning" the lots and paying an annual fee (~$750/year) for maintenance and taxes. The park is closed winters and the trailers must be out. Site rental is also available - their web site shows $18/day, $95/week, $380/month, $1540/season. I think you rent a site from the owner, but perhaps the association coordinates this.

There are sites for sale - yesterday 28 of their 125 sites were on the market (22%). I am guessing that they may be difficult to sell because it is a small niche market. Prices range from $5,000 for a plain lot, to $15,000 for a lot with a Gazebo. Some people are selling lots with trailers. There were 5 lots for sale with an owner name of "Park Lot" - I suspect these were taken over by the association when someone walked away and stopped paying dues.

Ownership might make sense for someone who wishes to stay there the entire summer, every summer, for a very long time. For others it may not... With an median selling price of ~$10,000: invest $10,000 at 5% = $500/year, plus the $750 maintenance fee, plus mowing, phone, and selling risk/expense/time my conclusion was that you might as well rent and have the freedom to roam. But I don't own a timeshare condo either... for similar reasons the math never made sense to me. Your mileage may vary!
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Old 06-05-2005, 07:03 PM   #10
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Dan,

You make a sobering assessment. It sounds like the yearly cost I have to keep my pontoon boat on Lake Minnetonka, maintain it, and store it in the winter. I would be farther ahead if I just rented one whenever I wanted to go out given the amount I use it. But then again I have a boat on Lake Minnetonka and can go out on the spur of the moment hassle free.

Clear Lake, MN is not exactly a destination to me. It might serve well for a short stay for those on the go and have the companionship of other Airstreamers.
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Dan,

Good analysis.
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. . . . But then again I have a boat on Lake Minnetonka and can go out on the spur of the moment hassle free.
I know what you mean. It costs $2500 or more for a slip on Lake Minnetonka!
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I would like to present a couple of counter points to the dollar figure presented for owning a share in the Airstream Park.

A number of the shares, although listed. are not really for sale. Like most things if you get enough money for it you will sell it. When is the last time you paid list price for something like this. Something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay. You don't like the price, make an offer. Thats what I did.

The cost of a share (lot) is influenced by the amenities. Is there a screen house or gazebo? Is there a drive way installed? The cost to have a new gazebo put up can be around $8,000 give or take.

I was looking for a seasonal site when I found the Airstream Park. The cost at most campgrounds was $1,500 a season for very basic facilities. I am below that figure here.

If you are the kind of person that wants the freedom to move around a lot
then purchasing a share at the Airstream Park may be the wrong thing to do. Please come visit for a weekend. Park coffee is at 8:00 AM (thats 7:30 airstream time) on Saturday morings in the club house.

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Old 06-09-2005, 08:35 AM   #13
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Dan,

Good analysis.

I know what you mean. It costs $2500 or more for a slip on Lake Minnetonka!
If I paid that much I would stick to my kayaks.

The various city docks for residents around Lake Minnetonka are less than a third that amount. I'm one of the lucky ones in Tonka Bay's 300 homes not on the lake that waited and finally got one of their 38 slips. Once you get one you don't want to give it up.

Now if I could only live on Libbs Lake...
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I was looking for a seasonal site when I found the Airstream Park. The cost at most campgrounds was $1,500 a season for very basic facilities. I am below that figure here.

If you are the kind of person that wants the freedom to move around a lot
then purchasing a share at the Airstream Park may be the wrong thing to do.
Pete,

The key is just what you quoted. Do you want to travel or stay put? That is what would make your decision. I do the same with my pontoon boat. I am very happy with the one lake and don't plan to trailer it anywhere else.
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