Originally Posted by SMWASONMYMD
we are city folks - and I am not mechanically inclined - in fact my wife is far better than me - but we are in love with the idea of getting a big AS. . . .So my question is - are we getting in over our heads if about the handiest we are is being able to use a hammer and a screwdriver every once in a while?
Working on an AS is like working on your house, except you don't have as much room to work in. Same basic systems and infrastructure, so same issues--leaks, blown electrical circuits, toilet plugs, things that go bump in the night. So if you can handle those things at home, you've got a handle on them in your AS.
But, different idea, why don't you rent an AS? Even rent it to take it home.
Do you have room for it where you live? And if you do, can you keep an RV on property without running afoul of the CCR's? Ultimately, will you have to pay for RV storage? Not if you rent.
Did you like the floor plan? No? You can try another.
Problems with this or that? Well, its not yours so you don't have to fix it.
Maybe you or another family member decides they don't like camping.
Perhaps you can rent from the AS dealer closest to your camping venue--drive your own car to his place so you don't rack up big mileage on your rental.
Winterizing? Not your problem.
So you can get an Airstream experience without buying one. My wife tells me there is an Airstream dealer that "rents-to-own", so your rental fees apply to your purchase if you decide to go for it. If only she remembered where! But she did see that here on Air Forums, so happy searching.