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Old 08-17-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
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We are glad that we have started doing this now.

My wife and I have been Airstream owners for 3 months, and we are learning a lot.

When we first visited a dealer (we were just curious; not serious), I remember telling them that it would be a fun way to travel after we retire (17 years away) and that it's not really practical for us right now because we can't really take weeks off from work.

Then they told me, "You know, a lot of people tell us that they regret that they didn't start when they were younger."

At the time, I thought to myself, "Boy, he is a good salesman," but now that we are learning this by actually doing, I think he had a really good point.

We had never owned an RV or towed anything ever in our lives before getting our FC23D. But we believed that we are still young enough that we could learn, which has turned out to be true.

But if we wait until we retire, say the age 67, I honestly don't think we would be able to handle learning this many new things or enjoy the experience.

So yes, we are glad that we are doing this now even though we can't just take off on a month long journey as we are still working full time.

For now, we are content with short trips on a long weekend (and maybe a week long trip per year). Hopefully by our retirement, we will have a couple of decades of experience under our belt and enjoy this life style more.
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:59 PM   #2
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All I can add to your comment is that we wish we would have started traveling with our AS sooner. But it was always something else that seemed more important at the time. However, as someone once said, the only thing that is really in limited supply is time! So I'm glad to hear you are starting on your journey now!
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:08 PM   #3
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Welcome to the club! We bought 5 years ago - first ever trailer - and immediately thought, why didn't we do this the day we got married???

Still working - can't go months at a time - but long weekends and our annual 2-week celebration of ourselves is plenty for now!

Happy camping!
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:10 PM   #4
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My wife and I have been Airstream owners for 3 months, and we are learning a lot.

When we first visited a dealer (we were just curious; not serious), I remember telling them that it would be a fun way to travel after we retire (17 years away) and that it's not really practical for us right now because we can't really take weeks off from work.

Then they told me, "You know, a lot of people tell us that they regret that they didn't start when they were younger."

At the time, I thought to myself, "Boy, he is a good salesman," but now that we are learning this by actually doing, I think he had a really good point.

We had never owned an RV or towed anything ever in our lives before getting our FC23D. But we believed that we are still young enough that we could learn, which has turned out to be true.

But if we wait until we retire, say the age 67, I honestly don't think we would be able to handle learning this many new things or enjoy the experience.

So yes, we are glad that we are doing this now even though we can't just take off on a month long journey as we are still working full time.

For now, we are content with short trips on a long weekend (and maybe a week long trip per year). Hopefully by our retirement, we will have a couple of decades of experience under our belt and enjoy this life style more.
Glad you are able to start enjoying your Airstream now. However dont
count us "old folks" out of enjoying an Airstream... LOL . my wife and I are in our early 70's and getting ready to take delivery of our first AS next week. You are true, lots to learn, but so much more to experience and enjoy.

Many happy miles and years of enjoyment ahead for you and hopefully us...
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:23 PM   #5
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Airstreaming is an excellent retirement hobby. I bought my Airstream 3 years before I retired (purchased December 23rd 2011, retired January 2nd, 2015).

In the later half of my Federal civil service career, I got 10 Federal holidays plus 208 hours (26 days) of annual leave each year. By carefully analyzing my schedule, I realized that by taking 4 days off in any given holiday week, I could get a 9-day vacation for the price of 4 days of leave (a week off plus the weekends before and after). Do that 5 times a year, and that's 20 days of leave to get five 9-day vacations. Then for the other 5 Federal holidays, if the holiday was on a Monday I'd take a day of leave the Friday before, to get a 4-day weekend. If the holiday was on a Friday, I'd take the Monday after. That took care of 5 more days of annual leave, and I'd have one day left in reserve to use at my discretion.

The weeks off those three years were always Christmas and New Years (with holidays in consecutive weeks, that made a 16-day vacation for the price of 8 days off, gotta love living where you can camp year-round), Independence Day (my birthday is July 5th), Memorial Day, and Columbus Day.

Nine camping trips each year, ranging in duration from 4 days to 16 days. Not bad for a working stiff! Whenever I would leave on a trip, I would tell my coworkers that I was headed to "retirement practice"! Which is kind of the point. You too can get in lots of retirement practice since you bought your Airstream so far in advance of actually retirning.
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:28 PM   #6
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We waited until our mid 30s to get an Airstream and wish we would have started earlier!
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Old 08-17-2017, 03:51 PM   #7
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Hi

Yes, this is a downer .... sorry about that ... When you retire may not be entirely up to you. Yes a target date is a good idea. Getting to that target date is up to you and up to your employer. In our case it came a little sooner (but not a lot) than we hand expected. No, we're not starving and we always planned against various "surprises". Get out and do what you want to do NOW. Don't wait for some miracle future. Life will do unexpected things !!!!

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Old 08-17-2017, 04:14 PM   #8
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"Life is short and you can't take it with you". That's what I tell people who ask me why I have a Mustang, and Airstream. I see plenty of people every day who are disabled (I'm a nurse in nursing homes), and can't get out and "do" anymore. So I know, life throws a curve ball or 2 sometimes. I want to LIVE so I get out and do as much as I can whenever I can.

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Old 08-17-2017, 04:34 PM   #9
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Bought mine at the ripe old age of 27, that was 17 years ago. Tent camping with three children came off my wife's to do list pretty quickly. My Argosy allowed me to carry the family to many destinations that we probably could not have afforded without it, at the very least it allowed for longer stays. The stories that we made and the experiences that we learned from are priceless. The fact that two of my three children expect to get my trailer when I'm gone tells me having bought it early was the right decision for me.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:01 PM   #10
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Sitting here in a rather odd "sub set" of AS fun and games. An AS only "rv park" that leases sites out. You have an AS to roam the country. When you are not out roaming it's parked in a "destination". You now have both a trailer *and* a summer cottage. Next site over, mom just loaded kids into SUV (after day at beach) and headed off to who knows where ... It's a summer cottage ....

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Old 08-17-2017, 06:14 PM   #11
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Then they told me, "You know, a lot of people tell us that they regret that they didn't start when they were younger."
We're in the same boat (and likely at the same age you are, too). I went through cancer a number of years back, and it reminded us that life is too short; why put it off.

We're headed back to the dealer tomorrow to zero in on the floor plan we want (27FB or 28) and the bed arrangement (storage and length of twin beds, or the abbreviated closeness of an RV queen bed) before pulling the trigger.

I can't say how much we've appreciated the help and information (as well as the plethora of opinion) available here on the forum. We feel a lot more comfortable after only a month online.

Congrats on your purchase!
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:24 PM   #12
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Wish we had started sooner also. When people ask how we have the time to do so much camping while working full time, my wife tells them we are retired on the weekends.
A couple of more years to official retirement.
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Congratulations! In the same boat here, decided to do it now before I get too old, my decision was precipitated by a sudden life change but I am so happy to be waiting for delivery of my FC25..

I wish you many fond memories friends
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:10 PM   #14
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I am 50 and once a year we take off for 3 weeks and travel the west with my family with the goal of my kids seeing all 50 states before they go to college.

I don't know about you guys, but the trips are a lot of work. There is a ton of planning and a lot to do on the road. At this point, I'm thinking when I retire that will be the end of long trips. Never really wanted to full time.

When we retire we may still take smaller trips and even fly and do the hotel thing.

But I just can't see doing all this work later, I mean the trailer is a constant project keeping everything going and fixing everything that breaks.

So I am here to say thank goodness I am doing it now. Its now or never for me. Maybe you too?

BTW, I spent many years setting p my career to work remotely and take a lot of time off. Its not impossible, you just have to make it work. Look at all the fulltimers out there still working...it is possible.
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