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Old 09-21-2014, 07:35 PM   #57
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You and your wife are living right. We went out to visit our daughter in Denver in August. Drove Friday from work and spent the night in Limon, and then took hi way 86 into Denver.

Was so beautiful! Clear Saturday morning, Pike's Peak in the distance, darling town of Elizabeth, and then into your area. (I 25 traffic was of course then a buzz-kill) But we really liked the route via Castle Rock.

We then of course decided to go to the Breckenridge Brewery for lunch. In Breck of course!
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:33 PM   #58
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For what it's worth ray - I regularly enjoy your commentary!

Man I wish I did not have to go to work tomorrow!


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Old 09-21-2014, 11:57 PM   #59
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Hi from AZ. . .A long time ago & in a galaxy far away, my favorite Aunt & Uncle bought an Airstream & I was smitten ! After camping for most of my life on weekends, vacations, etc, in VW campers (2), pop-up tent trailers & a class C mh, it was time to retire early & buy an Airstream. I'm just sorry I couldn't manage it earlier. Are ASs perfect ? NO ! Was I annoyed that my new to me 05 Safari 25 had such thin curtains that I had to pay extra for decent quality black out curtains so I could sleep ? YES ! Was I annoyed that the mattress was so bad we had to buy new mattresses from a local company ? YES ! And am I annoyed that the hatch covers/doors on my '10 FC (with a $70k msrp thank you) are pot metal or plastic & I have to pay extra for St. St. replacements ? YES ! But the truth is, I'm NOT interested in any other camper. Wouldn't have one, thanks. I love the AS brand & lifestyle, I love the comments & admiration from the folks at the gas stations & campgrounds. And I really have enjoyed getting to know other Airstreamers ! What a great bunch ! We're going to the Balloon Fiesta in ABQ again next month & are getting excited ! 200 + Airstreams & their people, doesn't get any better than that, Thanks for listening, Craig
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:05 AM   #60
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Hi from AZ. . .A long time ago & in a galaxy far away, my favorite Aunt & Uncle bought an Airstream & I was smitten ! After camping for most of my life on weekends, vacations, etc, in VW campers (2), pop-up tent trailers & a class C mh, it was time to retire early & buy an Airstream. I'm just sorry I couldn't manage it earlier. Are ASs perfect ? NO ! Was I annoyed that my new to me 05 Safari 25 had such thin curtains that I had to pay extra for decent quality black out curtains so I could sleep ? YES ! Was I annoyed that the mattress was so bad we had to buy new mattresses from a local company ? YES ! And am I annoyed that the hatch covers/doors on my '10 FC (with a $70k msrp thank you) are pot metal or plastic & I have to pay extra for St. St. replacements ? YES ! But the truth is, I'm NOT interested in any other camper. Wouldn't have one, thanks. I love the AS brand & lifestyle, I love the comments & admiration from the folks at the gas stations & campgrounds. And I really have enjoyed getting to know other Airstreamers ! What a great bunch ! We're going to the Balloon Fiesta in ABQ again next month & are getting excited ! 200 + Airstreams & their people, doesn't get any better than that, Thanks for listening, Craig
Well said Craig! with luck our paths will cross in Abque. We leave in a couple days as we have a bit of a drive....

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Old 09-22-2014, 09:58 AM   #61
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I really enjoyed reading the life story in posts 53 & 54. Unfortunately, not everyone got that tremendous experience throughout their life. But the positive attitude comes through loud and clear.

Yesterday's choices can always be critiqued today, but at the time were the best we could do with the information we had.

We stumbled in getting into the Airstream world, but without that first Airstream experience, we would not have been able to make the decision for the second one that my wife and I love. We looked forward to our next adventure that was to be a rally this past weekend, but her hand surgery the prior Wednesday did not allow for that trip to take place.

We will make it to the ABQ Ballon Festival.... and other activities scheduled into the fall.

I think many complain about the small stuff because it would have been an easy thing to take care of on the production line. But, these issues cause my older brain to have to come up with solutions and then implement them if they are within the skills that I have or get help from those that know how to resolve the issue in question.

Ownership of any man made traveling device usually comes with additional unexpected expenses and or experiences. That is part and parcel of the adventure.

Being retired, my wife is secretly happy when an Airstream issue is discovered because it gets me out of the house trying to fix it.

I think that is part of the sweat equity we build up in our Airstreams.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:04 PM   #62
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Switz... we have remnants of the Hurricane that ruined some vacations in the Baja... so cannot paint anymore trim on the house today... boo whooo... So am trolling around the Forum like a dog looking for a comfortable spot to lay.

You mentioned the Balloon Festival at Albuquerque, NM. The Sandia Casino will close up a section of their eastern parking lot off of Hummingbird Lane just for RV's and Trailers. No charge. They even provide security and a "free cart ride" into the Casino... wonder why(?). If you are there a day or two early there should be room left. This is in the event you have no reservation and no place to park. The Casino hotel is on the east side of the highway and at first we thought it was a hospital... or something. I play Craps and the wife will invest $20 in a Video Poker machine, so we do support those of you who do not want to be fixated on flashing lights and well maintained table games.

The Casino is high, east of I-25 and has a good view of the festival. Thirty Feet... well a bit tough to squeeze into a shoe box, but this is one big parking lot. Get a "Players Card" they give you each $25 Free slot money, too. Good buffets, restaurants and clean restrooms. Golf. Maybe jump into the swimming pool.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:39 PM   #63
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Hey, if you are full timing it's not a hobby. Is your home your hobby?

It's our passion and soon our lifestyle.

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I recently read an interesting article about how studies show we treasure memories of experiences over things, but when given a choice we always choose things over experiences, because it's easier for our brains to place a value on the things. From now on we are prioritizing experiences over things. We have downsized significantly, and it is very freeing, and we intend to keep doing that, and grasping at every opportunity to have experiences.

It's taken me far too long in life to figure this out, but the experiences we've had around our Airstream - the people, the places, even the challenges, have been the best.

This right here. I'm pouring everything into us getting onto the road.

I think it's not just easier to place value on things, I think it's easier to get caught up in the instant gratification of things and the instant desire to impress others and conform. You know how many folks here we are selling everything to live in a trailer and drive around think we are complete looney toons?

Experiences and memories... Well you never know when they will come. And some things worth while take time and hard work, even risk on occasion.

An example; I have co-workers who are just tickled and amazed that we can randomly afford to go on so many trips. As if I am secretly independently wealthy. (Pro tip, spend less than you earn, pay yourself first, avoid debt)

The difference though is I don't value Starbucks every day, driving a BMW, wearing name brand clothing, having cable and satellite TV, etc.

I've always valued spending money on anything that leads to memories, experiences, or supports that. To that end, gear and tools are included if they're apart of adding value.

The Airstream lends itself to that. So does buying a nice mountain bike. So does buying a kayak. A new fishing pole. Granted, you have to use them.

But avoid the things that don't add value you are more likely to use regularly! Btw, this will have a positive effect on your waist line and health.

Cable TV adds nothing to my life, and a star bucks whatever adds nothing either.

A BMW would add nothing to my life either.
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:00 PM   #64
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I am not sure who is the Bold and who is the Adventurous... but good for you.

We enjoy being independent and out on our own. Our home is where we store what we do not need. Since we do not need what is left at our home, we know what is on the long list to cut out. Only people who can travel light, minimalists we call them, understand the trappings of civilization. There is a comfort and security level for many concerning their possessions. To remove this security can produce an immense amount of stress and doubt. Do it a bit at a time.

Trailer camping is not a luxury. In an Airstream or a revamped Mallard trailer. Either provide the basic comforts, but even pioneers understood the difference between wagons crossing the west on the Oregon Trail. The Airstream version usually made it in one piece. Maybe tinkered with and modified as they went... but made it to the West Coast with the basic minimum.

After two days we have settled into our camping routine. If it is in the back parking lot of the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico or the Bureau of Land Management in the Red Desert of Wyoming... we are... home. After two weeks... it IS our home. A month... or more you can easily manage to do everything you did living in a non mobile residency. It gets easier to travel and do with less the longer you are gone. The security of a fixed home no longer has the attachment it once had.

Having a "purpose" will be the eventual problem you will encounter. Ours is to explore what is left open for exploring. People are moving further into the back country. They are of a like mind... independence. They are in the late fifties and older. The younger... the further back country they move and are content. I am a Geologist who is always curious and wants to see what is... back yonder. My wife... keeps right up there with me... she is the Adventurous. We pan for gold. We hunt rock. We metal detect. We... camp in Las Vegas. We make no plans, no reservations and when the winds change... we might just go along with them.

Good luck on your new life's adventure. Since I have lived the entire spectrum of possible options to live... trailer camping is an excuse to find adventure where adventure is harder to find. Some day... we will cross paths and talk about the "old days" when the mountain of crap held you down to one place. You just might have done it. It might clear your mind and you will set up shop in some far away place, but you can just as quickly, board your Airstream and make the best of what your independent spirits may lead you.

Find yourself some good books to read. We read more while camping than we ever do at home. I should know... I have a 50,000 book reference library. I read them when I am sitting next to the place(s) the book is written about. Next Spring... the Henry Mountains of Utah. A bit of gold panning had been done there in the 19th century and... lets give it a 21st century look!
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:42 PM   #65
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Are we speaking of cost as related to expenditure or value? I say value..

I offer that the "value" cannot be had with mere funds..it is in life lived with a purpose to share my time here with those I treasure. That can be done sitting at home... But when the AS is an extension or actually a "home", there is treasure...
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:13 AM   #66
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Having a "purpose" will be the eventual problem you will encounter. Ours is to explore what is left open for exploring. People are moving further into the back country. They are of a like mind... independence. They are in the late fifties and older. The younger... the further back country they move and are content. I am a Geologist who is always curious and wants to see what is... back yonder. My wife... keeps right up there with me... she is the Adventurous. We pan for gold. We hunt rock. We metal detect. We... camp in Las Vegas. We make no plans, no reservations and when the winds change... we might just go along with them.
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Find yourself some good books to read. We read more while camping than we ever do at home. I should know...
Ray- I had to chuckle when I read this post. Often our friends and neighbors ask where we are going and I tell them to wait until we are hitched up and then we will decide... north ...south...east...or west. All we know is that we will have fun enjoying some of the same activities that you do. We have expanded our exploring back yonder with the EB because we now often take along a dual sport motorcycle.

When we return to Eddie, then is when we get in more reading than at home ... seems like we also eat more! I, too, grew up on the (east) shore of Flathead Lake and it is still (one of) our favorite spots.
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:20 PM   #67
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We had two cords of seasoned pine dropped off between the house and garage this week. The wheel barrow needed some air in the single tire, and the old fart pushing it around the house to be stacked, needed some air himself!

This is much like anticipating the first snow of the season and the trailer is backed into the garage for a few months out of the weather to be coming. In a way it is a sad reminder than Airstreaming has its seasons. Winter months at elevation are not the best time to be braving the elements.

My wife made cushion covers for the 2006 23 footer. Also the bed spread to match out of a dark blue denim. Durable and kept the original cloth covered cushions looking new, up to the day we sold it.

Well... since this is off season for our camping, we decided to cover those leather looking cushions with covers. But... we are having a professional do the work this time. Zippers too. Last covers used velcro, which avoided the difficulty of installing zippers. Another cost of AS Lifestyle, but we find the cushion covers as an investment in wear and protection.

Mid December we will be heading south and rough it out at Sam's Town Las Vegas RV Park... and then work our way back slowly to Quartzite, AZ to check out the rocks and minerals for sale, then to Tucson, AZ for the largest Gem, Rock and Mineral show in the USA.

There is nothing to fix or tinker with on our new trailer. I walk around it to find something worth of some attention... but have given up looking. I must be patient. Since this year was so wet in the High Country, we stayed close to home and.. painted the decks, house trim and other projects that get displaced when we hook up the trailer and decide, do we go South or North on this trip?

I understand that others are being patient and understanding. There are no current costs to mention on my end. Pikes Peak had snow as far down the slope as we could see from Castle Rock. It, the snow is coming... maybe, I should check the tire pressure? Anyone want to help? Maybe we could sit at the table in the trailer and browse some maps... there has to be some place we have not been...
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Enjoyable read Ray! We are getting our first snow here tonight and it is really turning my thoughts to the airstream and the fact that it's sitting (snug as a bug) in an enclosed storage in Las Vegas. (left it there after the balloon rally a few weeks back)

So at least you have the ability to go and sit at the table and think about stuff to do... For us it's just watch the temp drop (along with the snow) until we head south again in January. Once we do though, we will head south to Yuma for a few weeks and then on to Casa Grande and Tucson for the gem show. After that it's off to the hill country of Texas for a month or so to try a bit of fishing and back packing....

With luck our paths might cross in Tucson? If not have a good winter.....
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Understood ... snow has arrived on our mountain passes ... but, PTL, noting here in the yard ...yet.
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My wife made seat cushion covers for the 2006. Took a week or more, so this time... since we are older and time is becoming more of an issue for me, less for her... I said "What the Devil, lets have a seamstress do it."

Zippers, velcro and we have a complete set of seat covers for this new 2014. When we go to sell it, we remove them and the cushions will look new. Just like the 2006. About $615 labor and $300 for the fabric... and it was better than average, but not the $30 a yard... IF you have a 25' International, I can get the yardage we used so you have a better idea. We did have some extra for any repairs, and our covers are washable at home.

So chalk this up on our getting set for 2015. Now discussing getting a Solar Panel installed to compliment the Honda generator to power up the televisions that come with the 2014.

Every time I see any money unspent in my wallet... it ends up going somewhere.
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