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Old 03-14-2013, 08:03 AM   #43
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I think it's just a sign of the times. Anything that is "self-indulgent" comes with alittle guilt now and then. When it comes down to it, it's your money, not your kid's money. If you want to spend it on an RV or naked skydiving in Belize, then that is your business.

Fretting over past decisions/mistakes is really a waste of time.

Unquestionably, there are cheaper ways to travel. Weather it's hotel rooms or a cheap plastic TT, that is up to you. If you went in with your eyes wide open, then there is no reason to beat yourself up.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:19 AM   #44
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I think it's just a sign of the times. Anything that is "self-indulgent" comes with alittle guilt now and then. When it comes down to it, it's your money, not your kid's money. If you want to spend it on an RV or naked skydiving in Belize, then that is your business.

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My kids are part of my Airstreaming. They will grow up that way. Heck, they're only 5 and 3 years old, and they're already telling me that they each want me to renovate an Airstream for them to have as their own when they grow up!

I grew up tent-camping with my parents, then with the Boy Scouts, then doing a lot of ranging on my own. I love the various parks of our great nation, and I want my kids to experience them as well. We regularly camp with 4 other families with kids the same age as ours. None of them have an Airstream, they all have various versions of white boxes. Those work too.

Mine just looks a lot cooler.

And, it'll still be here 50 years from now.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:29 AM   #45
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:40 AM   #46
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Thanks to the OP for starting this entertaining discussion! I have to add that this is a little like doing an economic analysis of your dog .... and caution people not to let their mate catching you doing an economic analysis of marriage.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:44 AM   #47
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wnchrasher can you tell us a little more about the naked skydiving in Belize.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:59 AM   #48
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Thanks for a very interesting discussion:
We bought a '77' Minuet 5 years ago. It had been used, misused, and abused. We were able to start using it the first spring. A quick adding up the initial purchase, annual tax, repairs, tires, propane, upgrades, fuel for the TV, tolls, the rare campground fee, divided by the typical 21 nights per year and I get $57.00 per night. Frankly higher than I expected but I could sell now and recoup all but about $7.00 of that. Sleeping in my own bed, with hot water and a toilet close by in the places I want to camp, this sounds like a bargain. I would have the same TV regardless. What is not factored in is my time spent working on the Minuet, and other than dropping the belly-pan for repair it has been mostly enjoyable.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:20 PM   #49
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wnchrasher can you tell us a little more about the naked skydiving in Belize.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:19 PM   #50
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My wonderful wife put up with me being a Green Beret for 23 years. This equalls being apart over 200 days a year. After raising my daughters to be fantastic young ladies and keeping my home in perfect order, she deserved the very best. I bought her an AS. We are far from rich but we really enjoy our time together and you can't put a price on happiness.

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Old 03-16-2013, 12:28 AM   #51
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I've been using mine as a "second home" on the outskirts of a city where the average price of a "home" is close to a million dollars. So, this second "home" is relatively cheap!

Aside from that, I agree with the poster who said life should be more than a profit and loss statement. My motto: "When you're on your death bed, what will really matter?"

I was looking at my photos from the FaN's maiden voyage. Should I make it to old ladyhood, I will look at those photos and marvel - gee, I really did that.
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My wonderful wife put up with me being a Green Beret for 23 years. This equalls being apart over 200 days a year. After raising my daughters to be fantastic young ladies and keeping my home in perfect order, she deserved the very best. I bought her an AS. We are far from rich but we really enjoy our time together and you can't put a price on happiness.

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Old 03-16-2013, 02:17 AM   #53
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Being instantly a member of the elitest of the elite clubs no matter what your position on life's stage the first time you hook up to your new old Airstream, is better than priceless. Or going to a strange event in the desert as a birgen, but finding a group of Airstreams from around the hemisphere and being immediately enfolded as old family and have life long friends is even better. Or you could have gotten an SOB and forever camped alone.
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