We're new to Airstreams but not necessarily life on the road. After getting married in October of 2010, my new wife and I hit the road in a 2004 Nissan Xterra with a roof top tent and custom storage/kitchen setup and headed South towards Mexico and Central America.
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While we thought we might possibly continue across the Darien Gap into South America and then who knows, after 5 months, we were ready to return to the US and start the next chapter of our lives. Within two weeks of returning, we learned we were pregnant (well, mostly my wife). Still, settling down wasn't going to be easy for us; On the weekend we planned to go house hunting in a little town north of San Francisco, we learned there was also an Airstream rally nearby. Alas, we looked at the house instead of the silver bullet - actually four acres and a barn too! - and ended up buying it.
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But after a year or so of bucolic bliss, the aluminum fever started to creep back in. We scoured the classifieds and held lengthy debates on the merits of refurbishing or buying new. In the end, with the increased time commitments of a new baby and a burgeoning farm, we opted for a 2012 19' Flying Cloud. Within the first month, we'd had it out 3 weekends and are loving the flexibility of such an efficient and self-contained living space with the benefit of being able to unhitch and explore. Of course, we were coming from needing to climb a rickety ladder to a tent on a roof rack.
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Now we're talkin'!
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For now it's weekends at music festivals and camping up and down the coast of California but Summer 2013 will likely involve a loop through the Rockies and British Columbia. Our trusty 2004 Nissan Xterra got us from San Francisco to Panama without a problem and is dutifully attempting to fill the role of tow vehicle (with weight distributing hitch and brake controller), but we fear - I say fear because I really don't want a big truck or bigger SUV - that a new tow vehicle may be in our future.
That's it for the introduction for now. We appreciate the community and voluminous amounts of info here on the forum and are excited to get to know the crew.