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Old 08-22-2016, 04:18 AM   #57
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Hi, we retired about two years after we bought our one and only ever Airstream about twelve years ago. We are not campers; We are travelers. I don't count days per year, but we never go for less than a week. [per trip] Our two longest trips were Alaska, 50 days and over 10,000 miles. And cross Country, 3 1/2 months and over 13,000 miles.
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:51 AM   #58
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:11 AM   #59
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Hi, We bought a used 2010 airstream 23d international serenity last year. My husband and I are in our late 50's. We decide to start traveling now before we retire to find a place we like. we have three boys 14, 21,& 23. We have taken 2 at a time when we camp. longest trip was for 6 days. Excellent. In April my husband says,"start booking them". We go at least one weekend a month, these are usually 3 day trips. love, love, love our airstream. Dream of going to a 28 international serenity someday. but very Happy. Once you start traveling and get a system down you will go more often.
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:21 AM   #60
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Given your same scenario, 3 week long trips (or more) per year + nearly every weekend, holiday weekend-
We take 20-something trips per year and spend 80-something nights per year in the Airstream.
That will increase as our vacation time increase.
It will definitely increase when we retire.
We will camp 3 weekends in September and every week/weekend in October.
Then we will attend a rally in November and December.
Sometimes we go to a rally in January.
February is the only month in which I have not yet camped. We did miss a good weekend one February several years ago due to lack of communication. My wife wanted to go camping but didn't come right out and say, "I want to go camping."
I didn't read her mind either.
After the weekend had come and gone, my wife says, "I thought we would have gone camping last week."
"Well, you never came right out and said that. I guess we could have, but I didn't know you wanted to."
Anyway, we get plenty of use from our trailer- weekends close to home and travel- but we have a 30' and I don't want anything smaller.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:19 AM   #61
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:25 PM   #62
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We both still work and this is our first year of having an Airstream. In addition to a two week vacation, we have 16 other nights either already taken or scheduled. And I suspect we will work in another weekend or two before the end of the year.

We do plan to retire in a year or two and then use it extensively.

We rent space at a former lumber warehouse about 20 miles from where we live. Not convenient, but it is well guarded and there are lots of big buses in there and the owners have been very accommodating.

As someone already said, don't do the math. But if you do, just realize that buying the Airstream is only the beginning. You will be spending money for lots of other things.

Still, we wouldn't trade it for the world and are giddy each time we get to spend a night in the Airstream.

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Old 08-22-2016, 02:59 PM   #63
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We are both weekend campers and travelers.
We enjoy local state parks, Corps of Engineers parks, and Forest Service parks nearly every weekend and 3 or 4 trips per year to rallies.
There is another thread about "How many nights you spend in your Airstream".
Back in 2014 I tallied the trips and nights- 26 trips- 88 nights-
Every year is about the same- so approximately the same number of trips and nights spent in the trailer.
This is based on 3 weeks vacation per year. In 3 more years I will get 4 weeks vacation so the number of trips and nights spent in the trailer will increase.
The number of trips and nights spent in the trailer will certainly increase when we retire.
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:40 PM   #64
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Also consider that if you "store" it in an RV park, you can "use" it every weekend without going out. My wife and I both work and won't retire for another 10 years. But the plan is to "use" it 45-47 weekends a year, including two full weeks (vacation). If I had to store it somewhere and only use it when I pulled it, I would not have bought it.
First of all I would never buy a new AS I would look for one built in the late 1970's or 1980's that has been refurbished . I have a 1978 and it has only had one small leak at a roof vent still pulls great, I need to replace a few things still but all in all it is a much better trailer than the new ones.
I paid $6500 for it over 12 years ago and have had about $6000.00 worth of upgrades done. I have put many thousand miles on it and no problems .
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:52 PM   #65
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I have a new one...
Maybe I should have purchased a used one, but I didn't.
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Bought it after retirement as another thing to keep active and for something to fix.
After 10 seasons I averaged 42 nights per year. No, Iím not heavy user. I just have so many other things to do, project to start and finish, and far away places to visit. Seem like I relax more in the Airstream than in my house, or tending the garden or playing with wood in my workshop.
And I really enjoy the people and social aspects at the WBCCI rallies.
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Old 08-22-2016, 05:49 PM   #67
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Well, we probably didn't do everything in the right order. We bought at used 19' Bambi several years ago. I couldn't adjust to a corner bed (too tall) so we moved up to a 23' FB. have had it for four years. I do not retire for three more years. We've always camped, and I know we will spend a lot more time in it after retirement. If I wasn't sure we were going to use it a lot, I might have rented, as mentioned above. We have a small farm, with a small farmhouse 90 miles from home. That's where we keep the AS, it's our 3rd bedroom and 2nd bath when we need it.
We will be outside as much as possible when camping, and try to get into as isolated a camping spot as possible, when we go. So the 23FB works perfect for us.
I do look forward to racking up a lot more miles once we are retired..
If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably have the same AS.. And would have bought it at about the same time.


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Old 08-23-2016, 01:24 PM   #68
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We are young, 56 and 57, retired, all our kids grown and moved out, and we live in our Airstream about half the year.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:56 PM   #69
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I retired last year and purchased an airstream at the first of the year..(Used). After initial repairs, short trip tests, and a lot of learning I have been out about 90 days so far and am heading back out right after Labor day and plan to be out anywhere from 20-30 days...Plans will be to get one more trip in before the holidays...So, 130-150 days per year...
Everyone is different and has different time restrictions...
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:03 PM   #70
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I'm 37, wife is a little younger, no kids. We both work full time, but tried to get out at least once a month in our 16' sport. We sold that a couple of months ago and can't wait to take delivery of a 25'FB.

None of our friends can believe the money we spend to go camping. I can't either. But it has been such a blessing to our marriage to have that time together, away and unwinding. It also benefits us professionally as we come back recharged and ready to dive in again.

We spend a lot of money for 3-4 nights a month. A really nice hotel would be cheaper, but we wouldn't enjoy it nearly as much.
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