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Old 08-21-2017, 08:44 AM   #29
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Still working-
Bought an Airstream 5 years ago-
Bought a white box sob 7 years ago-
Tent camped for a lifetime before that-
The bad economy of '08 changed my outlook/viewpoint on a lot of things...
I decided we might as well get a truck 'n' trailer and enjoy some of our money now.
3 weeks of vacation per year, several 3-4 day holiday weekends per year, and many weekends in our trailer- 25 or so trips per year- 80-something nights per year in the trailer-
Always have at least 6 camping reservations or rallies planned for 1-2 years out and other events just happen along the way.
Certain events/rallies we go to every year and plan our entire year around them.
Then we go to a couple of new destinations each year as well.
I really enjoy the RV lifestyle.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:22 AM   #30
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Around where I live, indoor storage is $100 a month
That's a steal! My area has very little indoor or covered storage, my covered space is about $250/mo. Concrete, the sun never shines on it, I have 30 amp power, I have security, I have wash stations and dump station.
I hate the price, the drive to get to it, but it sure is nice.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:35 AM   #31
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We keep ours at home.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:38 AM   #32
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I'm glad I waited to buy my Airstream. Said no one. Ever.

Bought our first AS 4 years ago, recently swapped for our second. It has pushed us to explore new places and meet new people, and we camp much more than with tents. Our kids are now teens, wished we did this when they were little.

Only wish there were more accessible camp spots here in the summer, as you need to book 6-8 month in advance to get anything decent.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:25 PM   #33
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Wow that's a lot of time off...how lucky for you
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:19 AM   #34
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That's a steal! My area has very little indoor or covered storage, my covered space is about $250/mo. Concrete, the sun never shines on it, I have 30 amp power, I have security, I have wash stations and dump station.
I hate the price, the drive to get to it, but it sure is nice.
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The place I'm talking about is nowhere near that nice.....you are getting a lot of things I don't have (30A power, dump station, wash, paved drive up, ....)

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Old 10-13-2017, 07:46 AM   #35
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Just turned 71. My wife and I just bought a restored 67 Caravel. I really didn't consider my age but rather my health and state of mind. I'm still the same kid that hopped in a VW with a buddy, our banjos and guitars and headed for CA in 1969 leaving the Midwest behind. My first wife and I bought a 76 21 foot Airstream in 1977 and spent a year traveling the country with a couple of trips down the Baja. It was great. Now with my lovely wife Linda, we're excited to rediscover our "inner hippy" and get back out there, guitar and all! Not going to let age be an issue. Just don't feel it yet.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:03 AM   #36
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Just turned 71. My wife and I just bought a restored 67 Caravel. I really didn't consider my age but rather my health and state of mind. I'm still the same kid that hopped in a VW with a buddy, our banjos and guitars and headed for CA in 1969 leaving the Midwest behind. My first wife and I bought a 76 21 foot Airstream in 1977 and spent a year traveling the country with a couple of trips down the Baja. It was great. Now with my lovely wife Linda, we're excited to rediscover our "inner hippy" and get back out there, guitar and all! Not going to let age be an issue. Just don't feel it yet.
Great that you guys are enjoying Airstream.

The point that I wanted to make in my original posting had less to do with age. It had more to do with "doing/learning this for the first time" and age.

I think it's easy for people who had lots of experience in their youth to say, "I'm 75 and my age has nothing to do with it."

Imagine for someone who has absolutely no experience with anything resembles RVing, vehicle maintenance, towing or even just camping.

I can of course only speak for myself for sure, but I was one of those people until we got Airstream this year. Knowing the steep learning curve that we are experiencing right now (It's overwhelming at times), I am glad that I am going through that now (I'm 50) and not for the first time when I'm 75.

Maybe I will be just as energetic and inquisitive when I reach 75 (I can only hope), but I think I would be less interested in at least towing or mechanical challenges in general if I had no prior related experience.

If you are becoming an RVer and towing for the first time in your life at the age of 75 or older with absolutely no related experience in the past, good for you! I admire you very much.
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Great that you guys are enjoying Airstream.

The point that I wanted to make in my original posting had less to do with age. It had more to do with "doing/learning this for the first time" and age.

I think it's easy for people who had lots of experience in their youth to say, "I'm 75 and my age has nothing to do with it."

Imagine for someone who has absolutely no experience with anything resembles RVing, vehicle maintenance, towing or even just camping.

I can of course only speak for myself for sure, but I was one of those people until we got Airstream this year. Knowing the steep learning curve that we are experiencing right now (It's overwhelming at times), I am glad that I am going through that now (I'm 50) and not for the first time when I'm 75.

Maybe I will be just as energetic and inquisitive when I reach 75 (I can only hope), but I think I would be less interested in at least towing or mechanical challenges in general if I had no prior related experience.

If you are becoming an RVer and towing for the first time in your life at the age of 75 or older with absolutely no related experience in the past, good for you! I admire you very much.


I can tell you that I was and am bit apprehensive about towing. I don't think its age but rather caution. When I was 33, I just did it. At my age now it's because I'm just more guarded overall. I do feel like a first timer. I remember very little about the ins and outs of buying, learning the systems, hooking up, towing, setting up etc. There is a wealth of knowledge now that wasn't available then. I do think it's an individual thing. I know 50 year olds that are "old men." My father in law got his motor cycle license at 82! To your point, Is starting at 50 more advantageous than 70? I would have to say yes. Pulling an Airstream or any RV isn't for everyone BUT if you're up for it, go for it!

My point is, I want to encourage those who have the desire to take their time, do their homework and if you're up for it, regardless of age don't be intimidated. Sure there's a learning curve but that's life. Just one guy's opinion.
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Hi Atsushi and fellow Newjerseyian,

I started a whole thread on this a couple of weeks ago.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...re-173136.html

I am 10 years from retirement and wondered how I could fit an AS into my full time working life. Good to see how you did this.
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