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Old 09-18-2011, 07:06 PM   #15
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Ok...I'm not the least bit rich. Saved for a few years to buy my 27FB International. Took delivery May of 2010. Washed it a few times in my driveway. Outfitted it with everything I need to trip in her. NEVER got the chance to take her out until just this past July for a few days. Yes, she sat for more than a year in controlled storage. Yes, it was frustrating. Yes, it was finally great to get her out on the road. But, the reality of it is that I bought it to use when I retire...about 5 more years...so I'm ok with it sitting for as long as it takes me to take her out now and then. Afterall, she'll just be that much fresher when I do start the regular outings. So be it.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:20 PM   #16
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I remember when our kids were little. We didn't have the free time from jobs to go off camping, so we'd go in the backyard, sit in the camper, pull the blinds and make up a story about where we were camping. The kids used their imaginations to take us to far away places. It can be a great escape.

We bought our Argosy in July and have yet to go anywhere. In a few weeks we will be on the lake, not far from home, enjoying time with our son who has been in S. Korea for the past year. We are really looking forward to that Maiden Voyage.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:21 PM   #17
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You are 100% right about aviation. I tell people that all the time. Flying is no longer a hobby. I was let go a few years ago from a great job flying a King Air for a company. They sold the plane and didn't tell me for a month. I knew when the plane was gone. I'm very lucky I get paid ever time I turn my prop. I've been a aerial photographer for over 20 years now. Things have been slow for me since the economy has slowed. So I'm not out flying for that $100 hamburger anymore. My plane is paid for and I paid cash for my Airstream. I almost bought a new AS in 2008. I'm so glad now I didn't. I would of lost it if I was making payments. I am very blessed(or may be smart) I live within means. I have never had a car payment and I don't use credit cards. Please don't take this as preaching. Take it as a lesson on how to live. I sleep very good at nite not worrying about who I owe.

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aceflys, no problem, guy. I'm glad you enjoy your trailer and airplane so much. I was actually thinking of buying a vintage airplane at one time - now, that would be "crazy." They are a fortune to maintain. A bit too small to sleep in too. lol!

You must manage your life very well in this economy to have two nice toys and still be able to sleep well. I'm not making payments on my trailer either. If I had to borrow - I wouldn't have bought it. Without getting too personal, I was in a real rut. I have felt a lot better just having the trailer. Maybe it is that metaphor involving "escape."
Could it be that the thought of getting away someday can actually free a troubled mind? Maybe. I guess my psychiatric couch is aluminum.

Anyway, if you're a pilot, you're a good guy. I know how tough it is in the aviation biz right now, recreationally and otherwise. I have a very good friend who drives the B-737. His company does well, but the airline biz is still akin to doing triple-toe loops on thin ice.

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Old 09-18-2011, 08:25 PM   #18
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I remember when our kids were little. We didn't have the free time from jobs to go off camping, so we'd go in the backyard, sit in the camper, pull the blinds and make up a story about where we were camping. The kids used their imaginations to take us to far away places. It can be a great escape.

We bought our Argosy in July and have yet to go anywhere. In a few weeks we will be on the lake, not far from home, enjoying time with our son who has been in S. Korea for the past year. We are really looking forward to that Maiden Voyage.
I like that.

I have a friend who writes for a RV rag. She has a camper vs. an Airstream, but wrote a great article about how the camper is her writing studio and emergency kitchen. She lives in an area with a lot of power outages. The morning of Thanksgiving, the power went out so she cooked her turkey dinner in the camper. When her guests arrived, they all dined in the camper too. They still say it was the best Thanksgiving!
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:27 PM   #19
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Having read the above I'm even more happy that I got an Airstream. I've spent my life traveling the world and hope not to stop as I think we are all Pilgrims in our quest for adventure and learning.
I see people on this forum from every "walk of life", Military, Hippy's, Right wing, Left wing and all "points of the compass". We have boaters, aviators, desert and mountain folk who listen to all kinds of music. Surfers, race car teams, NASA, movie stars, politicians and the poor living in an old "beater" of an Airstream in a back lot in every state of the union....and probably in more than a few other countries than we suspect.
Does not matter your age, income, race or religion......just the fact that you are a believer in cozy living, a sense of community, and not afraid of a hard days work... thats is important.....it's the American Way that our forefathers envisioned.
Take it on the road or park it... it's all good.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:31 PM   #20
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We often sit out in the Airstream when she's on the driveway, sometimes to get away from the Tadpoles, sometimes after we've cleaned her or something, but mostly we sit in her just because we like it. Sure we'd prefer to be on the road but on the driveway is a pretty good second best.
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:40 PM   #21
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Now, if you just had a trailer hitch on the Cessna, you could use both at once.
I would say the 182 is a little light for the Caravel. . . a 206 would be better.

Before takeoff, make sure weight and balance on both the trailer and tow vehicle are in their respective boxes. Adjustment of the weight distributing hitch is also critical!
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:07 PM   #22
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I would say the 182 is a little light for the Caravel. . . a 206 would be better.

Before takeoff, make sure weight and balance on both the trailer and tow vehicle are in their respective boxes. Adjustment of the weight distributing hitch is also critical!
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I owed a 172 for 11 years before I got 182. I was looking a C210 before I got the Skylane. The extra cost for ins for two more seat was to much. I do most of my flying alone. So 182 fits me just fine. I able to keep my cost down by doing most of the repairs by myself. Then my A&P sign the work off. I am the only one that flys it. So I don't have worry about people beating on my plane. And I didn't have a hanger my AS would sit outside. That would suck. You know what they "They All Leak". But my hanger doesn't leak

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Old 09-18-2011, 11:11 PM   #23
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:52 PM   #24
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Becky and I are very fortunate indeed! We have had our Airstream a little over 4 months and have taken 'The Boat' on 10 trips so far (6 more trips than the PO took in 3 years). FAN your time will come and you will love 'traveling' in your AS, be it on the road... or in your driveway.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:33 AM   #25
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:34 AM   #26
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Becky and I are very fortunate indeed! We have had our Airstream a little over 4 months and have taken 'The Boat' on 10 trips so far (6 more trips than the PO took in 3 years). FAN your time will come and you will love 'traveling' in your AS, be it on the road... or in your driveway.
Thanks Scott and Becky!
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:26 PM   #28
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"So, I no longer think of it as an Airstream "trailer." It's an Airstream "bedroom" and "office."...

All the above, then add sanctuary and guest cottage. Sometimes when the kids come to visit, we give them the house, and we stay in the airstream.

BTW, I just pulled an Airstream from Anchorage to Seattle from August into September. You live in some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. But, I'm sure you already know that.
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