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Old 09-18-2016, 01:32 PM   #1
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Airstream lifestyle - how it looks like?

How this lifestyle looks like: mostly do you stop every day in new place or will you stay some day's in one place? I would like to underestand how much water, eletricity, gas regular customer needs to carry?
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:50 PM   #2
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The answer is....

It depends.

It depends on your style of travel. Only you can answer that question.
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:45 PM   #3
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i am planning to build my own caravan - and was interested to hear world wide view. What are most important things - must be. What are missing things that not exist at the moment in the market. What is the best caravan in the market?
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Give us a few more details on what you are doing, location, etc.
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Old 09-18-2016, 04:07 PM   #5
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I feel like I only give bad news

To build, just one, of anything, costs SO MUCH more per item, than it cost to build hundreds.

We have a camping club that has been together for 30 years, way back when we were all young and poor. People tried everything to have a camper without spending very much money. We tried buying old campers and fixing them up. We tried buy old trucks and turning them into campers. We still ended up spending a lot of money, and most of the time the results were never very good.

Some very skilled and handy people, with free time, and a lot of money, had better results.

In many places, in the USA, it is illegal to install systems running on propane. They have to be factory installed. Many places in the USA require yearly inspections of RVs, so you making your own would be difficult.

Just buy the newest one you can afford.

If you plan on starting a business, and making thousands, you better do your homework and find out how many potential buyers you will have, and find out your start up costs, all of your fixed, and variable costs, cost of materials, cost of labor. Chances are if you have enough money to do that, you should just keep your money. If you have to borrow the money, the bank will be the one making profits.
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Old 09-18-2016, 04:13 PM   #6
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If you have made up your mind on building one for yourself

Here are some priorities

#1 Being an engineer
#2 Being a plumber
#3 Being an electrician
#4 Being a carpenter
#5 Being a mechanic
#6 Keeping weight down
#7 Making it water proof

Not having a wife or a life, will make things easier on you.
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Old 09-18-2016, 04:19 PM   #7
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It's fun to have forum members from so far away join and show interest.

There are Airstreams in Europe now also so you may start seeing some.

If you will be using it where you posted you live I would think one big consideration is climate and your ability to use it seasonally.

Our uses would be much like in your country except we have access to large tow vehicles so out trailers/caravans are typically heavier than European ones.

I an owner still works they often use it for holiday or trips on weekends. If the owners are retired from work they may travel for weeks or months at a time seeing the country or family's. Some retired people summer in one climate and winter in another. It's also becoming quite popular to live full time in a trailer.

So as you see it's not one package fits all style of caravan use here in the USA either.
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Give us a few more details on what you are doing, location, etc.
I am from Estonia it's near Finland and Russia - our winters are cold
I was thinking to use it for family trips with childrens

In our region is not very popular camper lifestyle

thouse criteria is ok
#1 Being an engineer - i am a mechanical engineer
#2 Being a plumber - can do it
#3 Being an electrician - can do it
#4 Being a carpenter - can do it
#5 Being a mechanic - can do it
#6 Keeping weight down - can do it
#7 Making it water proof - can do it

I have build my house where i live my own with all communications
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I am no2 Aluminium seller in our region (sheets + profiles)
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Travel time

We try to follow the 2-2-2 rule when traveling. Travel no more than 200 miles/day,arrive by2:00, stay at least 2 days. I find, when touring, that a 3 day stay is good
Enjoy your travels!
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We like to keep the miles to <=300 and we like to arrive by 3:00 if possible. If we are only planning to stay one night, we reserve a pull through spot to make it easier to get away in the morning leaving our tv hooked up overnight. We keep our fresh water tank low if we know we will be places with access to water to reduce our weight. The TV charges the battery while driving so we don't need a generator as long as we are not running the AC units. We start to look for refueling stops when we get to half a tank just to be safe. Hope that helps a bit. We are learning as we go and don't have the experience of many of these very helpful posters.
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How this lifestyle looks like: mostly do you stop every day in new place or will you stay some day's in one place? I would like to underestand how much water, eletricity, gas regular customer needs to carry?
ALWAYS carry bottled water. The food is not nearly as important as safe water!!
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:59 PM   #12
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There are al types of camping styles here

Some city people are happy to park their Camper all Summer in one spot to have a get away spot near a river or lake away from the city.

Some have favorite places

Some want something new every time

Some want to the beach, or mountain, or desert

Some want to meet people and make friends

Some want wilderness with no people around

BUT BUT BUT….Someone on this forum quoted a wise man who said something similar to " Every journey is different …. and takes on a life of it's own. "
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thanks for all who shared theid ideas!
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It really depends on the kind of places you like to camp at: developed RV resorts with full hookups? They will have water, electricity, sewer, and often cable TV hookups.

We like to camp at more "backwoods" and desert sites, where we have none of these services. Then we start with a full water tank plus additional large water jugs, fully-charged batteries and often our generator with extra gas, and we have to be very sparing of filling our waste-water tanks. Sometimes were in a campground with a sani-dump, but at other times we have to drive some ways before we can dump our black water tank.

Oftentimes we will have one place or an area destination, where we will spend some time, but the one-night stays are for driving down there and back, or in-between places.

Our shortest trips are 2-3 nights, and our longest one was 7 weeks away from home.
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