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Old 01-21-2014, 10:03 AM   #99
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I plan to keep up with how many nights we spend in the trailer this year a little better.
So far, 4, at the Canopener rally.
I have booked April 4-5 at Dewayne Hayes in Columbus, MS for the Thunderbirds air show at Columbus Air Force Base.
We will spend April 19-27 at Lake Tiak O'Khata in Loiusiville, MS for the Magnolia Messenger RV rally.
We will spend September 12-15 at the Diana Singing in Pulaski, TN.
We will spend September 16-17 at the Terraport at the mother ship.
In addition, there will be other random weekends and holidays at George Payne Cossar state park in Oakland, MS or the North Abutment campground in Grenada, MS.
Also, the not-yet-booked return from the mother ship and the Texas/Louisiana RV rally at Salmon Lake park in Grapeland, TX.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:21 AM   #100
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Last year was 205 nights. Should be about the same this year.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:28 AM   #101
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I plan to keep up with how many nights we spend in the trailer this year a little better.
The first year I owned mine, I kept count of the number of nights and the number of trips.

My second year, I didn't get to work as much comp time, and so I wasn't able to take as much time off from work. I counted trips, but not nights. Pretty much the same number of trips.

This year, I'm saving all of my use-or-lose leave time to cash it out upon retirement, and so I expect to make fewer trips as well as fewer nights. The longest trip for 2014 will be three nights, and then only when there's a Federal holiday. Counting either trips or nights for the year would just be depressing, so I'm not going to count at all.

But my first retirement year, I may count trips and nights again, because my schedule will be my own aside from occasional doctor's appointments and possibly jury duty again (jury summons seem to roll around every three years or so for me). Finally being able to go not only where I want, but when I want will make a big improvement in my already high level of Airstream enjoyment!
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:09 AM   #102
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We purchased ours in July of this year, and started full-timing September. There has been a few family vacations, and travel without it. Overall, we are now ~150 days. We expected it would grow small and confined, yet with getting outdoors and seeing places, it really does not. Plus adding home features (sleep number mattress, recliners, XBOX One , etc) have helped it to feel more homey.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:17 AM   #103
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Last year was 205 nights. Should be about the same this year.
Retired?
Full timing?
I wish I could spend all of them in the trailer!
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:33 AM   #104
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I am hopeful the trailer gets to the dealer early next week and I can at least get it off his lot before Thursday. Otherwise I have to wait until we return from an overseas trip in mid February.

Our first official activity will be a local 4CU rally in the Phoenix area in mid March.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:21 AM   #105
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We have been able to camp in IBDY the '77' Minuet for about 20-25 nights per year for the last 7 years. Mostly short trips to the trees West of here and one or two long trips to the Black Hills and Bear Lodge to the North each year. Only 3-5 of those nights are in a campground. Work is really interfering with my life.

Edit to correct the number of years enjoying the Minuet.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:29 AM   #106
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I am hopeful the trailer gets to the dealer early next week and I can at least get it off his lot before Thursday. Otherwise I have to wait until we return from an overseas trip in mid February.

Our first official activity will be a local 4CU rally in the Phoenix area in mid March.
When you were at the factory-
Were you in another Airstream trailer in the Terraport?
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No, I stayed in a motel about 16 miles away and commuted every working day to the factory. There are no motels in Jackson Center.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:37 AM   #108
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That's just turble- a motel?
Since I have had a trailer- June 4, 2010- I have only stayed in motels maybe a half a dozen times- all work- related- less and less as time goes on-
so looking forward to our trip to the mother ship/Terraport September 15-17.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:33 AM   #109
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Did you ride the 'Wing to Ohio?
Probably not- it was too cold-
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We've bought our Airstream, but due to weather back east we can't drive and get it until late March. However, I've been busily planning, so this is what it's looking like:

Boondocking at Flying J's on the way back from NJ at end of March for 3-4 nights.
Two (at least) "shake down" weekends in April/early May, with a minimum of 4 nights.
Summer trip - 44 days
Hopefully a few events with 4CU as well.

Work constraints keep us from using it more, but Year 1 is shaping up to be pretty good!
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Last year was 205 nights. Should be about the same this year.
Holy smokes - now that is just plain showing off ......

...... we are nowhere near this ball park (I'd like to be but a lot of it would be just me and the dog ..... ) ......

..... over 10+ years we've averaged out to somewhere between 50 and 70 nights a year - most short trips of 3 or 4 nights with one road-trip (usually in the fall) to make up the difference.

The rest of the time? - in this order - family, home, hobby and community ......


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