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Old 07-23-2007, 09:23 PM   #21
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My wife only went out one weekend in the '77 Excella 500 31' and wouldn't you know it, I had an electrical problem. She burned up. I haven't been able to talk her into going out again in the last 5 years but that is about to change. We're going to a wedding in Triangle, VA. in October and she suggested we take the '86 Sovereign 25'. We'll start out in the morning and lay over in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN. The next morning we will head to Fredericksburg, VA. and probably stay at the KOA for the next 5 days. A block of rooms are being saved for guests at $109 per night and the KOA with value card will be around $32 a night during the week and $34 on the weekend. One third the cost is looking pretty darn good even if we burn a little more gas. Washington, D.C. (not my favority high crime city) here we come.

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Old 07-23-2007, 10:08 PM   #22
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Wifes Idea

Hi, we were looking at motorhomes first. It had to be a class C on a Ford chassis. [Like the box van I had for business] We wanted the smallest one with a Island queen bed. At first a 29'er and eventually down to a 26'er. Next concern was, would it fit in our driveway and under the eves of our house. We weren't retired yet and it would only be used for vacation times and long weekends until we did retire. Therefore, our entire investment would be just sitting in our driveway for long periods of time.
Then we thought, if we get a trailer and tow vehicle, only half of our investment would be sitting in our driveway waiting for long weekends, vacations, or retirement. And we could still drive our tow vehicle. My wife wanted an RV that wasn't a box. So we started looking at Airstreams, first used and then new.
Actually the RV idea came about because we just don't like Hotels and Motels; We want our own bed Etc. when traveling.
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:16 PM   #23
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No persuasion is necessary here. Ever since we bought our first one, our love of Airstreams is mutual. Now, she's the one who wants to "rescue" all the "abandoned" used Airstreams she sees at RV dealerships, in the classifieds, and on the side of the road. If she had her way, we would have a whole yard full of projects. In other words, the perfect woman.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:40 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by SilverRanger
No persuasion is necessary here. Ever since we bought our first one, our love of Airstreams is mutual. Now, she's the one who wants to "rescue" all the "abandoned" used Airstreams she sees at RV dealerships, in the classifieds, and on the side of the road. If she had her way, we would have a whole yard full of projects. In other words, the perfect woman.
That's great, and I'm glad to concur! My wife first saw an Airstream on Grey's Anatomy and fell for them straight away. She says they're horny and calls me McDreamy. She also wants a Bambi we can trail for a while before converting to an office for her business. Result!
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:54 AM   #25
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I have finally persuaded my husband!!

I'll be posting as a 'newbie' in a few minutes...but to make it short here, my late husband and I had a '73 Land Yacht and loved it. After he died I sold it. Now I am remarried and have been obsessing over finding another AS to love. We are on our way to Seattle tomorrow AM to buy a '68 Overlander...I will be on here all the time for restoration advice!
New husband is as excited as I am (almost.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:23 AM   #26
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We attend a number of Road and Mt Biking events each year. Some involve camping. I had no trouble with a tent, but, I quickly realized this form of lodging would never accomodate my wife and the many many personal items so necessary for the trip. Motels are an option, but even at the nicer ones you wonder about who has been lying on the comforter and what they may have done with the TV remote.
Then we went to a huge RV show in Tampa. ( Just to look ). We kept coming back to the Airstreams as they seemed so much better built than the other TT's.
Managed to leave there as the proud owners of a 28' Int. CCD. Later, on the way home we wondered what the heck we had done. But, the rest is history. Now we travel at every opportunity in the comforts of home. Plus, we have a wonderful activity in common which has allowed our relationship to bloom even further.
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:49 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by henw
Plus, we have a wonderful activity in common which has allowed our relationship to bloom even further.
Well put!! My hubby likes to solve problems and fix things, and we both love to travel, so we started with a vintage and worked our way to a 96 excella.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:40 AM   #28
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alterior motives

I went camping as a kid in my Grandpa's 1968 25' Norris travel trailer - I have loved trailers ever since. The problem is that mom and dad only liked the living out the car, motel - go like hell vacations.
Fast forward to the mid 1990's - got married to a lovely woman who likes to camp. Have been tent/backpacking quite a bit. I started toying with the idea of buying a trailer - she wasn't too keen on the idea.
Last September we flew to Oregon for a family visit and we rented a motorhome for 5 days (my alterior motive to convince her that Rv would be good for us). Needless to say she fell in love with RV'ing - having food, toilet and bed with you at all times. I looked for a trailer over the winter and found a fixer upper in the spring. I still have some more work to do but I plan on a trip of some kind this fall.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:30 PM   #29
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My husband and I had been tent campers for many years but finally the old back demanded something more comfortable! I had many happy memories of camping in trailers and cab over campers as a child and started talking to my hubby about an upgrade to our camping routine. I researched and we decided that Airstream was the way to go. The budget demanded used and the search was on. Within about 6 months we located a 24' 1977 Argosy that was in fine condition and purchased it. We didn't even have a truck that would pull it so we purchased a new 2006 Toyota Tundra with the towing package. Love at first sight on the truck for my husband but the trailer he wasn't so sure about, having never towed a thing in his 58 years of life. Now I can say that he loves it through and through. He spit nails several times backing the rig up but now has that under control. We still worry and work over small problems that have occurred with our ongoing restoration project, but trailering with an Airstream is definitely the way to go!
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:22 PM   #30
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We started tent camping after our sons joined the scouts. We really enjoyed it and soon we went from sleeping bags to an air mattress to a raised air mattress. When we decided on a camper, it was my wife who insisted that it had be an older Airstream, because she always liked the way they looked. When we got it home, the first thing she said was, "This is great, it looks just like the one in my first grade reader".
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Old 08-14-2007, 03:30 PM   #31
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My wife and I both grew up camping with our families, in everything from musty canvas circus-style tents and sleek backpacking domes to pop ups and 20'+ trailers. Both of us have a love for older architecture and craftsmanship (we live in a 1920 Craftsman bungalow), so when we started looking for a trailer of our own, we knew it had to be vintage. We settled on a 20', '65 Globetrotter, and are in the process of making it our own ...
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:55 PM   #32
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Yeah, she loves it too!

I have had an obsession with Airstreams for a while. Old cars too. My wife has been just great putting up with my buying old cars. I got a great one (wife). Knowing my fascination with the aluminum tubes, she noticed an old one for sale on her way to work a few years back. The house where it sat was also for sale. After a few visits over a month or so, I struck a deal for the Airstream (64 Globe Trotter) about a week before the owner had to vacate the house- they say that timing is everything! Had to ask him to tow it to my place because I didn't have a tv. Worked on it a bit and a guy saw it and just had to have it so we sold it. My wife liked it but didn't think she'd ever go camoing in it - what with the smells and old style original interior. This past Spring I had the opportunity to buy a 62 Bambi. Wouldn't take much to make it non smelly and cute. Brought it home and she fell for it as soon as she saw it. I've painted, put a new floor in and she has one cushion left to upholster (new foam in all of them). Just got the main awning working today and she is just thrilled. Still need to get a tv and check the propane out but I think I have a partner in crime on this one! Looking forward to a debut by the end of the summer or early fall. By the way, we've never camped before!
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:37 PM   #33
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May of 2005 we blew the motor on our old SOB motorhome. After being towed into a shop in Yucaipa, CA, I walked into the first AS moho I had ever seen. Love at first sight. A week later, Debbie went into it and had the same reaction. 3 weeks later we bought it. The love affair continues.
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:03 PM   #34
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It was the dog's fault.

We rescued one of our cockers, Annie, from the county pound, only to discover (once we were hooked on her), that she had serious health issues which precluded us from "taking vacations" like normal people because we felt we couldn't leave her with anyone, not even even the vet. Sooo...after what seems like a million years of not getting away at all, we started talking about the possiblity of RVing...knowing that the only way we were going to get a vacation was to take the digs with us! I grew up in a camping family, and we'd done the backpacking/tent camping thing through our earlier years, so this was the natural progression, since neither one of us is interested in sleeping on the ground anymore.

We researched, but couldn't decide whether we would prefer a MH or a TT...we finally rented a class C MH for a long weekend...we enjoyed it a lot, and so did the dogs. When we took it back to the RV place we rented it from, there happened to be a small, slightly used MH on the lot...they'd just got it in and the price was right, so we went for it. Neither one of us had to be was just one of those things that feel out of the sky, and we took advantage of it.

That was 3 years ago. We were hooked on the RVing concept very quickly and we really liked our little HM. Then in Jan/Feb this year we returned to our original discussion of MH vs TT...and, having experienced the MH option, we decided that we wanted to make the transition to a TT so we could have more freedom on the road, since we didn't tow a vehicle with the MH and always felt restricted in our mobility once we were at the campsite. We had been looking "casually" at ASs for some time...and really weren't interested in anything but an AS, having been inside a lot of other makes...they just don't compare.

We planned to go through the spring with the MH, then in the summer, to put the MH on the market, sell the car, buy a TV, and eventually an AS...that was a reasonable plan, right? Well, it didn't quite work that way. Within a week, we'd sold our car, bought a truck and put a deposit down on a Bambi we'd been looking at... It was pretty crazy, and I'm sure our friends thought we'd really gone off the deep end...but we were very excited...happily, the MH sold privately after a couple of months, and the neighbors could sigh a sigh of relief that we were'nt going to have both a MH and a TT in our driveway!

The rest is history! Both we and the dogs are happy with our TT life!

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Old 08-16-2007, 10:49 AM   #35
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Was the situation reversed and you were the one who got persuaded into a travel trailer or motorhome to eventually become a happy camper?
I was the one persuaded. My DH was a boy scout and really enjoys camping and the great outdoors. I did not camp as a kid and only a few times (with him) as an adult. I do not care for sleeping on the ground or hearing bugs (or whatever) drop on the tent as I try to sleep. There were a couple of leaky tent problems too. He never got wet, it always leaked on me. order to get me camping DH thought "hmmm...we need a travel trailer". Something that we can tow and disconnect from to drive around town. That way I can "sissy camp" (as some of our friends say) and we can enjoy being close to the wonderful scenery. DH liked the idea of the shape of the AS and thought it would be something that would be good to tow and they looked sturdy. We picked out the trailer based on wanting something "vintage" as it is better (hopefully) on the pocketbook as well as needing something big enough to accomodate the family (2 adults and 3 dogs).

We picked up the trailer ('76 Argosy 24') a week and 1/2 ago and have been camping twice (3 locations) since then. I must say that in the heat the A/C was really nice. You can walk around the park / lake and return to the A/C to cool down and then do it again.

I think what sold me on the trailer is that we could stay in the same town as my parents but didn't need to stay at their house. We could go "home". I like having that home base with MY stuff. I guess you can say I am a happy camper now.

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