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Old 04-25-2012, 01:05 PM   #1
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The mysterious disappearance of wannabe fulltimers

Airforums suffers a pattern seen on other RV related websites.

1) People who have never spent a night in an RV show up and ask all kinds of questions about fulltiming.

2) Forum members respond graciously, providing information and gentle hints that maybe it might be a good idea to go on a couple of trips first

3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder whether any of them appreciate the carefully crafted posts, information, and suggestions.

I wonder if any of them made it past six weeks.

It wonders me.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Airforums suffers a pattern seen on other RV related websites.

1) People who have never spent a night in an RV show up and ask all kinds of questions about fulltiming.

2) Forum members respond graciously, providing information and gentle hints that maybe it might be a good idea to go on a couple of trips first

3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder whether any of them appreciate the carefully crafted posts, information, and suggestions.

I wonder if any of them made it past six weeks.

It wonders me.
Hmmm, I don't think think they all disappear.

Some try it and don't like it/their partner doesn't like it.

I'd like to think that any thoughtful post offers something to someone.


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Old 04-25-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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Maybe the rule should be that you have to own one before you can post questions!
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:19 PM   #4
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If your only reason for owning one would be to full time in it, it's far better to ask questions first, though.

After all, we all benefit from the writing practice, no? ;-)
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:19 PM   #5
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Airforums suffers a pattern seen on other RV related websites.

1) People who have never spent a night in an RV show up and ask all kinds of questions about fulltiming.

2) Forum members respond graciously, providing information and gentle hints that maybe it might be a good idea to go on a couple of trips first

3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder whether any of them appreciate the carefully crafted posts, information, and suggestions.

I wonder if any of them made it past six weeks.

It wonders me.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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I can't speak for the full timers but my husband and I owned a Jayco Eagle for 2 years and took it out about 5 times. Partly due to his crazy work schedule and never knowing when he would have a weekend off.

We are so excited to have an Airstream that we are now making the time to do it. I know for some it's a way of life and for us part timers or even some timers it has to be a passion.

Maybe they're frightened when they see the dedication it takes to even think about restoring or repairing an Airstream.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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Or maybe..... the advice was so good they ARE full timing having a blast and are to busy to use the forum.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:48 PM   #8
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Some of us started reading the forums voraciously, then later bought an AS and moved in, then started asking questions as we encountered them and have been here ever since.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:09 PM   #9
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I tend to dive right in! I posted here only after putting a deposit on our trailer. Our Airstream expectations where tempered by the time we have spent on small boats. That boats are different than trailers is not in question although there are plenty of similarities too. It is impossible for me to remember what expectations I had before I began sailing/cruising. All I can say is that the reality slowly reveals itself with experience!

This forum is a cornucopia of knowledge and experience and as a result of careful moderation and basically polite behavior it is a real asset to anyone thinking of taking the plunge... I hope we all remember this and continue to answer the questions.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #10
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I was into sailboats beforehand too and so far the main difference that I've found is the direction that the water comes in from.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #11
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Probably people who have some early thoughts of full-timing and want to bounce some ideas around.

But there's some pretty big, and gutsy steps between early thoughts and actually doing it. Probably for many, the process gets derailed along the way.

I once in a while dream about it, probably will never do it. But I enjoy reading the threads about the considerations of full-timing.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:52 PM   #12
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We were very grateful that there was an Airforum.com before we purchased. In fact we found our Ocean Breese AS in the forum classifieds. Before we purchased we asked lots of questions to help understand what to look for and get a feel for how big an AS to buy. After the purchased, folks here answered all of my newbie questions. Some day we will have the time to travel on extended trips of 2-4 months. While that isn't full timing, we will learn lots by reading threads on full timing. So, thank you all in advance for sharing your experiences (both good and bad).
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:03 PM   #13
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:09 PM   #14
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I have read the full time posts with great interest, and my in-laws who originally owned our trailer were full timers. My wife and I have great interest in full timing in the future, but will need to deal with life and children for several more years before that can be a reality. For now, I will continue to read the thoughtful, well worked, and insightful posts on full timing. The knowledge will not be wasted, but stored away for future use with thanks to those who have taken the time to share it.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:21 PM   #15
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I have lived in mine full time since September. I read the forum everyday, posting occasionally. But maybe you don't mean me? I've been bound to this spot/region because my aging mother needs more help than she once did. Is the definition of a full timer someone who lives and travels? As it is, I enjoy living in my Airstream, and both long for and dread the day when I am free to travel and change the view from my door...
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Airforums suffers a pattern seen on other RV related websites.

1) People who have never spent a night in an RV show up and ask all kinds of questions about fulltiming.

2) Forum members respond graciously, providing information and gentle hints that maybe it might be a good idea to go on a couple of trips first

3) Wannabe fulltimer disappears from the forum never to be heard from again.

I wonder where they've all gone.

I wonder whether any of them appreciate the carefully crafted posts, information, and suggestions.

I wonder if any of them made it past six weeks.

It wonders me.
I've often wondered that as well, and the "I'm gonna jump right in and do a full-monty" posts, which a lot of the times end up in an unfinished gutted trailer on Craigslist. You know, I imagine life happens...you just never know.

I know a person that my wife is friends with on another forum who was so inspired by what we are doing, that they decided to do the same thing....they already had an SOB so it wasn't that they needed help in the trailer part. The husband already worked remotely from home, the wife was a stay at home mom, so it seemed to be the perfect scenario -- except that even though he got approval to do so with his boss, his peers in the office found out, became very jealous, and they weren't able to do it.

I would imagine that there are many, many examples of this sort of thing, as it really is a big jump for a lot of people (the tight quarters, the lack of "stuff", the careful consideration of EVERYTHING that you bring along, etc) -- dreaming and thinking is one thing....acting and doing is completely different
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I came here and asked some questions both about airstream and fulltiming and disappeared for a while. During that time, we bought and airstream and starting fulltiming! We've been doing so for a little over six months now. (Actually, more like 8-9 months if I count the time we were living in the AS near our stick home while we packed up and got all of our stuff in order). Didn't have many questions after we moved in — just started living! (and by the way, we had never owned a trailer before deciding to buy an airstream and fulltime in it, and we have no regrets.) I haven't had a whole lot of time to spend here since (though I'm starting to again)— I still work full time, and am spending the rest of the time exploring all the new places we travel to!

I don't think you can ever answer questions on an internet forum with the expectation that you'll get any sort of assumed acknowledgment or thanks for your answers, or that everyone you interact with will become long-term contributors. You just have to answer questions because you want to.
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Let the beatings begin

Folks are not going to like this but..... I think most of them are still here, but don't want to deal with the "talking down" that they get. I full timed for 8 months and I still read the forums but rarely post. After being told "that is covered in post's XYZ, and you should really search the threads before asking", or just the bashing that goes on. I still read the posts, but felt it wasn't worth the dissing. I have spent the last week reading 12 pages of the towing and hitches forum and came away still as unsure/confused about the topic as I was when I started reading, but disappointed in the tone of some of the posters.

When you full time, you are starting an adventure, you want to talk about it, you want to learn, you want to be reassured that you aren't about to do something incredibly stupid! Allot of posters do that, but there are ones that just make you say "why bother".

Don't get me wrong, I can deal with criticism, I am married after all!

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Folks are not going to like this but..... I think most of them are still here, but don't want to deal with the "talking down" that they get. I full timed for 8 months and I still read the forums but rarely post. After being told "that is covered in post's XYZ, and you should really search the threads before asking", or just the bashing that goes on. I still read the posts, but felt it wasn't worth the dissing. I have spent the last week reading 12 pages of the towing and hitches forum and came away still as unsure/confused about the topic as I was when I started reading, but disappointed in the tone of some of the posters.

When you full time, you are starting an adventure, you want to talk about it, you want to learn, you want to be reassured that you aren't about to do something incredibly stupid! Allot of posters do that, but there are ones that just make you say "why bother".

Don't get me wrong, I can deal with criticism, I am married after all!

Just my 2 cents
I can agree with that as well -- we got a lot of that when my wife started talking about it...we've got 2 kids AND 2 dogs (one of which is a great dane)...we are the minority of the minority. But, I like to share our story because, as you've said, there are a lot of naysayers here, and what works for you, or me might not work for other people. You just have to filter out the noise, and you can usually still find good information and good people here.
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Yes, I have to say that the bulk of conversations here just aren't really relevant to me. I'm not a restorer, and I'll take my airstream to the shop when there's trouble. I feel like a lot of threads go on forever into incredible, not necessarily helpful, minutia, because there are a lot of members who seem to be more interested in displaying the depths of their knowledge, and one-upping the last guy that did so, than actual practical help. I have had some really useful help here for things like small plumbing and electrical issues, and it's thanks to these forums that we got our great ProPride hitch, but I won't even try to ready any of the threads *about* ProPride or many other subjects here, as it was much easier for me to find the relevant info I needed elsewhere, without so much "stuff" around it. If I had tried to get that knowledge from here, it honestly would have paralyzed me. At this point, except for the little fix-its or random questions, what keeps me here now at all are really the "lifestyle"-oriented threads. I appreciate the input of everyone, but I've also gotten by fine by disregarding a whole heck of a lot of advice from here! What I do continue to appreciate is the friendliness, willingness to help, and shared love of Airstreams.
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