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Old 03-27-2009, 03:20 PM   #57
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I'm sure it is beautiful. Planning and packing up is at least half the fun. Drive safe and keep us posted on your travels.
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:45 PM   #58
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thanks for all the responses....much to digest and that is the problem...i have been reading and lurking and digesting for over a year and i am getting itchy....but still have to plan more....

i am going by myself, with an english cocker spaniel for my guide...dog is god spelled backwards you know. we are leaving all behind.... all we are taking with us is our airstream, when purchased,...a 2004 serria denali GMC truck for towing and a wanderlust to be satisfied..... i have only been to camper clinic in buda as yet and my seriousness is peaking...getting ready to jump...but atlas will still be several months yet.... still i want to pull out of the dealer's yard with all or most of what i want and need.....solar, tv, computer...generators....etc.
again, thanks and i will ask more ?? later.
I recommend Tom K. at Camper Clinic II in Buda for sales, and Todd in service. Tom is laid back, low key, and IMHO will do a good job for you.

As far as service goes Todd is the guy I want working on my AS.

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Old 03-28-2009, 06:04 AM   #59
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Congrats!!!

Consider stopping at Lehman's in Kidron, OH. I stopped last spring a great time and it's just fun. It's worth the stop non-electric items that make dry camping easier.

Happy and safe trails.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:21 AM   #60
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Oh yes, Lehman's is a great idea! You could live non-electric for the rest of your life out of that store!
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:46 AM   #61
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Jackson Center

Jackson Center Ohio IS the home of the Airstream factory. AKA the "Mothership"

They provide parking for I think up to 18 - or 21 Airstreams at three circles in the back of an open field - and call the area the Terra Port

You can stay there free if you're having service done - and it's $10 per night if you just want to hang out in the neighborhood. It's back in parking though. If you get there after the service dept closes and there is a vacant space just pull in and hook up, then see the people at the desk in the morning. If you mapquest Jackson Center, and go for an arial view, you'll see the factory to the west, the service area to the east, the field with the three circles to the far east.

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Old 03-31-2009, 04:48 AM   #62
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on the road----


picked up "coach" friday, loaded during the weekend...monday morn...the key to the highway!!!!
drove 450 miles thru the beautiful east texas springtime countryside and arrived at my first camp arkadelphia campgrounds, in the caddo valley...a truly beautiful place...preparing to leave in an hour or so headed for cave city kentucky.....

geranimo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:46 AM   #63
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Glad you are on the road, I'll bet you 've been grinning ear to ear since you pulled out of your driveway. Keep following that dream and keep us posted.

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Old 03-31-2009, 07:43 AM   #64
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Good to hear from you! If you get into the NE Tennessee area, Cumberland Gap is beautiful this time of year and there is a Museum of Appalachia there that is so fascinating---tons of photos, artifacts and anecdotal information from the settling of the area, plus numerous original log structures which are restored and furnished with period items. We were there nearly 3 hours and didn't see it all, will be going back.

Have a wonderful time, and will be looking for more info from you!
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:25 AM   #65
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Same!

Hello, and thank you for all the prompt responses~ Wow! Same question as Kingfisher, but really need advice on size. Running away from home...on a more or less permanant basis and need to know experienced thought on a good live aboard length. Single lady with 1 Pug and 1 very fierce Bichon. Air Force daughter, nurse, do disaster relief work now. Kids and friends all over the country. Would like a "home" I can entertain in, just a bit. Do I go with a restored vintage Bambi at 19' which I can tow behind my suv, or do I simply ditch my suv get a truck and go full size?
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Hello, and thank you for all the prompt responses~ Wow! Same question as Kingfisher, but really need advice on size. Running away from home...on a more or less permanant basis and need to know experienced thought on a good live aboard length. Single lady with 1 Pug and 1 very fierce Bichon. Air Force daughter, nurse, do disaster relief work now. Kids and friends all over the country. Would like a "home" I can entertain in, just a bit. Do I go with a restored vintage Bambi at 19' which I can tow behind my suv, or do I simply ditch my suv get a truck and go full size?
Hi Daisy,

All depends. I left home in 2000, and have been living on the road ever since. I chose a 28 footer and a very large tow vehicle, but I carry a small Motorcycle and large stretched canvases and paints, solar freezer, 6 12v batteries, large pantry, 40 gal aux water tank, ice maker, you get the picture.

I like to boondock for months at a time. You need to think about whether you would like to boondock or stay mostly at full hook-up parks.

The 28' is more than enough for me. I think I could downsize to 25 for sure.

Some people can live with a tent and a teardrop. Others, a 500,000 dollar motorhome or 5th wheel with 4 slid-outs and a jacuzzi.

IMHO 19 is to small.
Vintage: not practical, no gray water tanks, poor window seals, quirky water system, no A/C, replacement parts. (Vintage folks may flame me on this one)

80's 90's

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Miss Daisy only you can decide what is best for you. I suggest you visit some trailer dealers and if possible attend a rally.

Rallies are excellent places to meet nice people, talk about their experience. Most people are proud of their trailers and like showing them off.

If you look thru a few trailers and talk to some people I am sure it will become clear to you if the lifestyle is for you and what size and style of Airstream suits you best.
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:52 PM   #68
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Ganaraska says it well.

Sooner or later you'll sit in a trailer, walk around, check out the bed, see if you fit on the toilet (that's very important, especially for tall or otherwise big people), and that one will feel right. Then you'll know.

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Old 08-07-2009, 11:20 PM   #69
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LOL!!! Am a nurse...so can relate to your approach which is excellent and wise. We are healthier when our basic needs are met. I have actually done just that and settled on one of 2 models, 25fb or 27fb, which I prefer, now just deciding on the queen or twin model. Pro's and con's of both styles. Got a lead on a good towing vehicle and have now moved on to equipping it with a generator, solar power. This will definitely be a liveaboard for me. Thank you so much for the sage advice!
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Hi MissDaisy,

My earlier life was spent as a nurse and I bought mine a year ago, best thing I ever did. Changed my whole life! Funny, I was just thinking today if a twin bed might have been the better choice for me. Lots of people have turned the other bed area into a great office space. I have two labs, one sleeps on the front sofa, the other with me. If I had gotten the twin style, I could have had a bed of my own.

Luckily mine came equipped with solar and inverter already installed, they are great for when you can't find any outlets on the trees...

Good luck, keep us posted,
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