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Old 06-13-2005, 09:41 AM   #29
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On going projects, pleasure & catastrophes

I constantly need an on-going project ... and when one is serious about restorations, needless to say a vintage Airstream can usurp anyones spare time ...

Of course the pleasure of going where one wants and having their 'home' with them is extremely gratifying.

Although mostly retired I am a licensed Marine Insurance Claim Adjuster and when we have the catastrophes like last year with multiple hurricanes, I use the '85 for living quarters and field office to manage the salvage and recovery of the many yachts that get destroyed and piled up by these overpowering storms.

With the WiFi of marinas or an adjacent business and an Edge card of cellular in the laptop, not only am I able to constantly communicate with the insurance companies but can also track current weather and incoming storms.

http://weather.gov/forecasts/graphic...tors/index.php

http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/tc_pages/tc_home.html

My Airstream is integrally coupled with my life. There is NO substutite.
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Old 06-13-2005, 11:28 AM   #30
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Our Chummy is used almost everyday. Having been forcefully retired I use the Airstream for projects which keep me busy, occupied, and somewhat mentally stable.
Since we do have an engine aboard we also use it for day trips with friends. Last Christmas we loaded up with kids and toured a local neighborhood that decorates for the holiday. Afterwards we made hot chocolate and had a party. Speaking of parties we also used it for our daughter's 30th birthday party. Probably the most novel use so far was to meet with a young couple who is getting married in the Chicago area. I will be officiating and writing the ceremony. We chose to meet half way and used Chummy for a quiet relaxed place to sit and talk about the wedding.
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Old 06-13-2005, 12:44 PM   #31
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Whenever my wife and friends want to go to the mall, I load them all in my 28 MH and while they shop I crank up the AC and I relax, sleep, read, play music, watch tv, I have no need for weekend crowds at Malls.

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Old 06-13-2005, 02:42 PM   #32
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I use mine to cast a shadow on my driveway.
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:03 PM   #33
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rseagle - LOL!!! I use it to offset my income.
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:27 PM   #34
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Pretend camping

We take our three year old out to the trailer and we pretend to go camping. We look at maps of where we've been and play the radio. I love just looking at it in the yard or driveway and thinking of the places we've been/are going.
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Old 06-13-2005, 05:49 PM   #35
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We use ours to aggravate the code nazis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:18 PM   #36
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Currently I'm using it to teach my son how to tear things apart.
I think we're getting close to "turning the corner".
And then I'll be teaching him how to put things back together.
(with all of your help - Thanks)
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Old 06-13-2005, 09:12 PM   #37
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Our '51 is a great place for my little old kitty (19 this July) and I to sneak away for a quick snooze. It's also a guest cottage when needed and the number of guests seems to have gone up since we got the Airstream over our SOB. It is also a tremendous ice breaker with other people and a constant source of discussion. My wife thinks it's her personal decoration project. The worst part is when people ask if I bought it new. Just once I'd like to reply that yeah. like every other one year old, as soon as I could walk I dashed out and bought a brand new Airstream and happen to still have it. Barry.
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Barry, wow I was 2 when I bought mine, I think I remember you in line, you were the only other buyer who was under 3' tall.
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:13 AM   #39
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Nothin better than workin on it to slow the pace of life down a bit.
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Old 06-14-2005, 06:36 AM   #40
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I'll use mine as a replacement for the 25' Champion I'm using now as a rolling showroom. I represent a number of golf manufacturers and travel all over the Carolinas. My customers come into the coach where they are out of the traffic and distraction of their golf shops and able to relax and make buying choices.
I have a 20" LCD computer monitor on the wall so they can see their order forms being filled in.
I boondock at Wal-Mart most nights after visiting the local YMCA for a workout and shower. Not only have I saved thousands of dollars on rooms over the past 18 months but I've always had a place to stay!
My new Airstream is an improvement of my image of course and will now offer me a bit more room and much nicer accomodations.
I'm removing an old Trans/Air bus type engine driven a/c unit and replacing with a genset and Carrier Air-V 15k btu ducted unit. I've got a great swing down center line headliner in my coach that will allow me access to the center line where a distribution duct for the a/c can be worked in.
The rear end of the coach formerly a casket chamber and flower area will be opened up to accomodate more of my samples.
Check out the photos of the existing set up.... I'll post the final work when completed.
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Glen-please keep posting I am enjoying your progress.
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Hi this my first post. Well Ive had my 19 foot Bambi for a month now. No problems as of yet. I really don't forsee any as well. I use my as a portable apartment. I live 90 miles from were I work and the hours are long but I work only four days a week. I work second shift and I have to be alert and congnitive the entire shift because I watch data networks for banks, retail and government. Also, I didnt want to drive my cars into the ground putting a thousand miles a month on my cars. I also didn't want to move locally to work since its a year contract. So I decided to buy a camper. Unfortunately (for my wallet) or fortunately (for a great camper) there was an airstream dealer up the street. Mr Vern sold me on the 19' CCD Bambi. I thought the price was astronomical but I didn't know airstreams were the best in the industry.

I thought the people at work would think I was nuts, but so far they have been great, and totally understand. One day the property manager (who leases the building to my company I work for) showed up one morning looking very unhappy. "What are you doing here" he asked. "Oh, Oh" I thought to myself. "You can't live here" He explained. I explained to him the method of my madness. "I'll just pretend I never noticed you were here", "And you have pick a good spot out of the way", he noted. Then I showed him the things I liked about the airstream.

So I have saved gas money, wear and tear on my car, and the most important part is wear and tear on me. And now I have discovered the world of Airstreamer, which was a great bonus.
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