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Old 07-24-2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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So What

Just perused a thread ripe with the wise. The gist of it had to do with the economic and practical viability of Airstream ownership. In short -
Airstream ownership is probably not a good investment for many.

Most of you are familiar with how I acquired the FaN. I actually needed a new bed. I found that bed....
encased by 27' of aluminum a.k.a. the FaN.

Yes, it was an impetuous decision. Perhaps downright stupid. I didn't know how to tow it. And when the warrants runs out, I won't know how to fix most of it.

Could I really afford this?
Dunno.

I say, so what.

The FaN must have the lowest mileage of any 2010 trailer. But, I just like having it, knowing an easy escape is just a hitch away. It is also used everyday as my driveway woman cave. I also sleep in it most nights, year round.

But there were trips. Like the ones with the beagle to Sunshine Valley. I liked that a lot. Or, the solo trip through the Rocky Mountains in the middle of the night with the FaN trailing along behind like a devoted greyhound. All alone in the big darkness.

That was kinda gutsy.

We still have many miles to go. A trip to the ocean would be nice. I can already smell that sea air blowing through the FaN's big windows.

And when I'm old, decrepit, possibly broke, and the FaN is long gone, will they scold me for that?

Dunno.

But I'll still say....
so what.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:18 PM   #2
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:26 PM   #3
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"In short - Airstream ownership is probably not a good investment for many".

Dumb me - I didn't know this was about investment!

Guess I should sell mine and put it in the bank so when I die I'll . . . . . .

Also: there's other kinds of investments other than the finical kind - I think you've found it!
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:31 PM   #4
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In short -
Airstream ownership is probably not a good investment for many.
This is truer of Airstream Interstates than it is of the trailers. But I'm single— no wife, no kids, no pets, not even any houseplants. There isn't anyone I need to save my hard-earned filthy lucre for. I don't have to worry about spending anyone's inheritance.

I didn't buy my Airstream as an investment. I bought it because I've known too many people who died within a year after they retired because they didn't know what to do with themselves if they didn't go to work. I didn't want to be one of those people. RVing is a retirement hobby that I can do as much of or as little of as I choose. And with new places to go nearly every time I leave home in my Airstream, RVing never gets old or stale or boring— which helps me avoid getting old or stale or boring (though naturally, opinions differ on that score).

So my question isn't "So what?" It's "So what's next?"
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:49 PM   #5
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Well said. FaN, I think you're right on target. I agree with Maggie and Silver, as well. Pro said this is a hobby and for most, I believe, it is just that. People tend to be passionate about their hobbies and often spend money they don't really have on things they don't really need, when it comes to hobbies. Cars, boats, airplanes, antiques, stamps, coins, artwork. Sometimes those things will appreciate in value, but sometimes, not so much, (kind of like Beanie Babies). If you enjoy whatever it is, during the time you have to enjoy it, I call it a win. If your hobby is making money through great investment opportunities, then enjoy that and all it brings. (Maybe that's a win-win?)

Enjoy "What's next" for as long as you can.

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Investment? Honestly I do not see the connection with Airstreams or any kind of RV/trailer or boats for that matter.
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Seen on the back of a very fancy rig--"we're spending our children's inheritance"


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Our Airstream is a great investment - in our happiness and longevity!
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Anyone who leaves an inheritance after a long and healthy life most certainly missed out on something.

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He has no worries, He could always make money with another interpretation....

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I agree with this. You have to feed your soul. It's not always about what makes the most financial sense.
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