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Old 05-10-2017, 04:38 PM   #43
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THANKS FOR THE HELP

I just spent a week at Virginia Highland Haven... and had just finished getting disturbing and inside secured so I could hook up, went outside and pht-t-t. The wretched battery on the truck was dead. Of course roadside assistance would have been two hours away, if I still had it! (Called Good Sam 3 times in 6 years. They never promised response in under 2 hours... and typically 3 hours later I'd gotten the tire changed myself or someone had helped me... still with time to spare to call back and cancel the no-show service truck.) So.. three strikes dor GoodSam Roadaide. And BIG KARMA to all the great people who've stepped in to help. Anyway, just as I was Googling for a tow truck, two neighbors jumped in to help and got me started successfully. I left the trailer on site and went to Advance Auto in Roanoke where fortunately only one of the two batteries had a dead cell.
The beauty of Virginia Highland Haven Is only surpassed by that of those who camp there.

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Old 05-10-2017, 04:51 PM   #44
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That's a nice story, Paula.

I remember the rally you had at that Airstream park a number of years ago.

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Old 05-11-2017, 09:59 AM   #45
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interesting....i am on my way there,i have friends who live near v.highland,so looking forward to this week there;one can always rely on the kindness of stangers!!!!glad it all worked out...and you are right,Sams club road assistance is not what it is supposed to be...i may change to something else...
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Old 05-18-2017, 02:55 PM   #46
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Not only do I travel alone but been a full-timer almost a year. No regrets....its a different lifestyle...do everything or do nothing, its up to you. Personally I started while working as a fed contract manager in Montana and Florida but now working the summer season at a campground in Michigan. Figure by October I will have better idea if I want to return to federal service.

Main thing is you learn you packed things on the RV you will not need and need things you packed in storage Its a trade off. I miss using my Big Green Egg smoker but it was to heavy to carry on the Airstream. Now shopping for a smaller smoker that's got multi functions.


They make a Green Egg Mini which weighs 37lbs. It's small enough to be portable. I'm going to use it with my 27FB and going full time
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:45 PM   #47
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I'll be checking into Highland Haven on Monday and can't wait to see the views. I've heard nothing but great things about the park.


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I just spent a week at Virginia Highland Haven... and had just finished getting disturbing and inside secured so I could hook up, went outside and pht-t-t. The wretched battery on the truck was dead. Of course roadside assistance would have been two hours away, if I still had it! (Called Good Sam 3 times in 6 years. They never promised response in under 2 hours... and typically 3 hours later I'd gotten the tire changed myself or someone had helped me... still with time to spare to call back and cancel the no-show service truck.) So.. three strikes dor GoodSam Roadaide. And BIG KARMA to all the great people who've stepped in to help. Anyway, just as I was Googling for a tow truck, two neighbors jumped in to help and got me started successfully. I left the trailer on site and went to Advance Auto in Roanoke where fortunately only one of the two batteries had a dead cell.
The beauty of Virginia Highland Haven Is only surpassed by that of those who camp there.

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Old 05-30-2017, 12:59 AM   #49
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Okay. So updated report on the GE mini: fantastic!! Ribs chicken and fish smoked great. Big test was tri tip: never cooked it before. Nothing left. Some said it was the tenderest tri tip they ever had. Also ran errands while cooking and no good thermometer. Pumped at 190 degrees but everyone loved it
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I full-timed alone for 2.5 years. Paradoxically during that time I felt more connected to people than I do when I am living a more conventional life. My dog, my Airstream, and the business I had at the time all forced me to socialize, and I really connected with fantastic people. I'm also fortunate to have friends and family around the country, so there were few places I went where I didn't know someone.

Enjoy! Airstreaming is the way to go in my book!
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Old 07-16-2017, 11:43 AM   #51
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Same boat...

Greetings all!
Terrific information and food for thought, thanks all. Even if a little late...
I'll be soloing myself before long, after some adjustment time hopefully getting the most important kinks out...

Your advice and warm responses all over this forum encourage me greatly.
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Not only do I travel alone but been a full-timer almost a year. No regrets....its a different lifestyle...do everything or do nothing, its up to you. Personally I started while working as a fed contract manager in Montana and Florida but now working the summer season at a campground in Michigan. Figure by October I will have better idea if I want to return to federal service.

Main thing is you learn you packed things on the RV you will not need and need things you packed in storage Its a trade off. I miss using my Big Green Egg smoker but it was to heavy to carry on the Airstream. Now shopping for a smaller smoker that's got multi functions.


Mini green egg. Mine works great for smoking pizzas and BBQ
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:30 AM   #53
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I don't mind traveling solo...it's a good time to think about things, meet new folks and have quality time with the dog
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Old 07-17-2017, 07:08 AM   #54
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I travel just me for most of each year. Been doin that for years and I love it. I can go where I want, when I want, how I want. I ain't ever been a people person so this life has been really great for me. I don't really socialize very much on the road, I like to be kinda invisible. But postin on this forum is great.

Folks always tell me I need a dog but that just sounds like a big hassle.

Love Airstreamin alone.
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I've had a Cobb almost as long as I've had an Airstream, and have no complaints at all. Some of the newer accessories are must-haves, too, such as the foil liners and the grill grid.

But since this is the Solo Streamers thread and not one of the many Grilling threads, I'll say this. From February 2012 to August 2016, every trip I made in my Airstream was a solo trip, and I made at least 10 trips every year, even when I was working for a living. When I retired in January 2015, no change except that from then on, every trip was at least a week long, and sometimes as many as 3 weeks.

Then in August 2016 I met a woman who occupied my time (and my money, and my sanity…). We only took 2 trips together in 8 months, the first a long weekend and the second a week long. I enjoyed the company, but she had no concept of how to pack or provision for a trip, how to conserve water so the gray tank wouldn't overflow, or any of a number of things that are near and dear to an Airstreamer's heart. She didn't help set up, didn't help break camp, or anything, and brought so much stuff there was no room for it all. There were other compensations to her company, but camping with her was generally not fun. And later, when her true colors began to show through the façade, and the relationship ended on a sour note, I could at least be thankful it ended.

Now that she's gone and I'm solo again (yay, me!), I haven't been able to head out because the poor Airstream suffered from neglect and needed fixing up before I could hit the road again. But that will soon be taken care of, and I'll be able to make up for lost time.

Traveling solo is infinitely preferable to traveling with someone who is not a native-born or at least naturalized Airstreamer! And it's a whole lot easier to invite someone along when you want company that to leave someone behind when you want privacy!

Though I won't be completely solo— in the breakup, I got to keep custody of her cat because her new redneck boy-toy already had a dog.
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:44 AM   #56
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Yes, I travelled alone.
It makes driving more of a challenge because I didn't stop. So I didn't do well a making reservations, calling ahead, etc. Also, If I had to back up, there was no one to spot for me. I adapted.
The good part is you cover a lot of miles that way.
Since I live alone, I have a tendency to talk people's head's off when I finally get to meet new people. I'm aware, and working on more listening, less talking.

But the bottom line is I can sit at home, or go see the country. It's my choice.
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