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Old 03-30-2019, 07:52 AM   #1
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Thick skinned, sarcastic new guy here from the Baltimore area. New to this forum, but not to forums in general. I welcome wit, friendly barbs of humor and have no problem laughing at myself. So now that's out of the way......
Retired Federal Leo and will be on the hunt soon for an Airstream. Never "RV'd" before, but I think it's for me. I have ridden across country twice on a motorcycle and loved every second of it. So I know being able to do it with a portable home will be the bee's knees.
I am always amazed at the wealth of knowledge and life experience of many people on forums, and I am here to tap into that brain trust.

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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. You're on the right track for a great retirement. We have been Airstreaming for thirteen years, and have not tired of it yet. We are coming up on 2,000 nights in the Airstream all over the country. We have spent over 40% of our retirement on the road. Both of us are retired Federal LEO's.

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Old 03-30-2019, 08:43 AM   #3
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Been to new jersey lately? Colonial Airstream is SO much better than Most other dealers that I'd recommend starting therr. Even if you are planni g to start with gently used.

Caution!!!!! Superglue your hands together and leave your checkbook and credit cards home as a protection against Aluminitis.

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Old 03-30-2019, 09:59 AM   #4
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Been to new jersey lately? Colonial Airstream is SO much better than Most other dealers that I'd recommend starting therr. Even if you are planni g to start with gently used.

Caution!!!!! Superglue your hands together and leave your checkbook and credit cards home as a protection against Aluminitis.

Welcome to the shiney side.

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Funny you mention them. As soon as I saw Paul and his videos I said I'm going nowhere but colonial. I'm will there Tuesday the 9th
I'm hoping to have something by Fall.
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:03 AM   #5
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Thick skinned, sarcastic new guy here from the Baltimore area. New to this forum, but not to forums in general. I welcome wit, friendly barbs of humor and have no problem laughing at myself. So now that's out of the way......
Retired Federal Leo and will be on the hunt soon for an Airstream. Never "RV'd" before, but I think it's for me. I have ridden across country twice on a motorcycle and loved every second of it. So I know being able to do it with a portable home will be the bee's knees.
I am always amazed at the wealth of knowledge and life experience of many people on forums, and I am here to tap into that brain trust.

Let the learning calamity begin.
Welcome, also from Maryland. Come on down and check out our 25 front Bedroom FC. I'll talk to you. I've crossed the USA four times on bicycle...I don't talk much
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:07 AM   #6
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Funny you mention them. As soon as I saw Paul and his videos I said I'm going nowhere but colonial. I'm will there Tuesday the 9th
I'm hoping to have something by Fall.
By Fall is great! That will give you time to actually determine what size, shape, and color you want (well, maybe not color!).

My advice would be to sit back, stay calm and ask a lot of questions here. Start a thread like "Help me buy the perfect Airstream" and start asking questions. You will get a lot of opinions and recommendations that will be very helpful in your decision.

Welcome to the forum and your new lifestyle!
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Old 03-30-2019, 10:55 AM   #7
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Only way to really decide is to look at, sit in, and simulate the activities of daily living in every Airstream model and size you are considering.

Then decide. Tow vehicle is another whole issue, but the best bet is to pick out the trailer first.

Do your research first, and thoroughly!
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:45 PM   #9
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Hello from Colorado. Welcome to these Airstream Forums. We've been traveling in our trailer since 05 and do enjoy it a lot. I read somewhere there are 4 million folks who enjoy the RV hobby. We like back roads and state parks best. National Parks are spectacular but crowded, as expected.

We find Airstreams tow nicely, especially in strong crosswinds and big truck traffic. Towing a trailer significantly changes the vehicle dynamics. It takes longer to accelerate to merge on an interstate, it takes longer to brake, and curves are taken slower. Backing up is even more fun.

So jump in and around these Forums and learn all about the Airstream adventure.

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Been to new jersey lately? Colonial Airstream is SO much better than Most other dealers that I'd recommend starting therr. Even if you are planni g to start with gently used.
I concur. For us, prices at Colonial were better than purchasing "slightly used" here in Texas. It was worth the 3600-mile round trip.
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So many threads to search through. Gonna be overwhelming for sure.
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Everyone here was in the Newbie chair at one time. Think of all the things you know a lot about and I know nothing about. Learning new things keeps us young and motivated.

Use these Forums to answer one question at a time. No need to read thousands of threads. You might ask what is the difference between a Globetrotter and a Tommy Bahama? You might like to visit Airstream.inc or Colonial and compare specs as you learn about the models. I think the Flying Cloud is the "base" trim and things get fancier from there. Many models are offered in different lengths and different floor layouts.

And you can answer questions you might have about tow vehicles and hitches. You can learn how to spec a tow vehicle to the model Airstream you are interested in.

Learning to travel in an Airstream is a whole lot easier than learning to fly an airplane.

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