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Old 07-20-2020, 12:03 PM   #1
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All Good Things Come to an End

This is a very personal and sincere post. I’m hoping that others will share their experiences as well.

My wife and are leaving today and are in the midst of setting off for one week stay at the Oregon Coast (site F03 at South Beach SP in Newport. Stop by and say hi if you happen to be there. We have lots of beer.) And when we have the trailer at the house I always have a little task list. This time I’ve replaced the tow chains with stainless steel chains (nice and not expensive), replaced some of the kitchen cabinet doors, experimented with different flooring, fixed a fresh water tank leak, etc.

All normal except the fatigue. I’m 76 and I find that with each passing year that I get more tired with projects and setup. And outright unable to do certain things. I know this is normal and know I will inevitably reach a point that I just can’t do most of it.

I’ve always been a DIYer, I have great tools, and I’m fairly handy. There are some tasks, such as those that require contorting my body, that I simply can’t do any more - too stiff with too much pain. I won’t go into my medical history but many issues with my back, including a spinal fusion.

Every year my wife and look at each other and wonder if it will be our last. This would be a great loss as we really love the Airstream life. I imagine that many who are reading this are going through the same experience. I would love to hear from you.

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Old 07-20-2020, 12:19 PM   #2
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I bought my first RV at about 53 years old and retired to the rv life at 55. I was in Florida and the RV was in upstate NY. I pretty much bought it from the pictures on the internet and I wasn't disappointed, it was spotless. A nice older engineer. His advice to me was to go while I'm young enough. It was a mistake he made, in his opinion, to wait to long. I've kept that comment rattling around in my head as I prioritize my life. I have, thankfully, traveled a pretty good bit. I'm 65 and probably in better health than most my age but I can still see the inevitable end of my traveling days at some time in the future. When it's all over at least I'll have my memories, if I still have my memory.
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Old 07-20-2020, 12:25 PM   #3
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We keep going until we canít go no more, is the truth.

It all stops at some point, for all of us.

Maybe consider downsizing to a Class B, as there is much less in terms of set up and take down tasks.

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Old 07-20-2020, 12:35 PM   #4
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John,

We all get to that point either by age or illness. Illness got me.

So we can either hang it up and stay home. (NOOOO!!!!) Or find an easy button.

My easy button is that I live near Area 63 Productions. So while I can no longer do it myself. I can write the check to have it done. And am then able to keep camping.

Do what you can and easy button the rest.

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Old 07-20-2020, 12:45 PM   #5
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“Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. Tour masters, schedules, reservations, brass-bound and inevitable, dash themselves to wreckage on the personality of the trip. Only when this is recognized can the blown-in-the glass bum relax and go along with it. Only then do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

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Old 07-20-2020, 01:08 PM   #6
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Chin-up John...

My OF motto...
"It's better to slow down than stop altogether"

I'm looking at 78 this October, a lot of AS stuff is still being done, slower and with more effort.
Some not being attempted at all...going to JC for axles in August.

Know your limit, if not sure, reach out for help.

"Used to be Iíd wake-up in the morning raring to goÖNow I wake-up waiting to start."
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Old 07-20-2020, 03:38 PM   #7
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This is a very personal and sincere post. Iím hoping that others will share their experiences as well.

My wife and are leaving today and are in the midst of setting off for one week stay at the Oregon Coast (site F03 at South Beach SP in Newport. Stop by and say hi if you happen to be there. We have lots of beer.) And when we have the trailer at the house I always have a little task list. This time Iíve replaced the tow chains with stainless steel chains (nice and not expensive), replaced some of the kitchen cabinet doors, experimented with different flooring, fixed a fresh water tank leak, etc.

All normal except the fatigue. Iím 76 and I find that with each passing year that I get more tired with projects and setup. And outright unable to do certain things. I know this is normal and know I will inevitably reach a point that I just canít do most of it.

Iíve always been a DIYer, I have great tools, and Iím fairly handy. There are some tasks, such as those that require contorting my body, that I simply canít do any more - too stiff with too much pain. I wonít go into my medical history but many issues with my back, including a spinal fusion.

Every year my wife and look at each other and wonder if it will be our last. This would be a great loss as we really love the Airstream life. I imagine that many who are reading this are going through the same experience. I would love to hear from you.

Cheers,
John


John we are 77 and 75. Been RVing for the past 45 years. Down sized from a 35 filth wheel to the 25 Classic that we yet have in 2009. Yes we no longer drive 500 or 700 miles a day weíre down to 250 maybe 300 at the most. When traveling a far we stop every two days for a couple then go again. We agree it takes longer to set up and take down but the joy of being in out AS is yet great. We are looking into going to a RV park for the season and not traveling so much. If the AS gets to much maybe an Class C. See ya on the road.
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Old 07-20-2020, 04:22 PM   #8
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This is a very personal and sincere post. I’m hoping that others will share their experiences as well.

My wife and are leaving today and are in the midst of setting off for one week stay at the Oregon Coast (site F03 at South Beach SP in Newport. Stop by and say hi if you happen to be there. We have lots of beer.) And when we have the trailer at the house I always have a little task list. This time I’ve replaced the tow chains with stainless steel chains (nice and not expensive), replaced some of the kitchen cabinet doors, experimented with different flooring, fixed a fresh water tank leak, etc.

All normal except the fatigue. I’m 76 and I find that with each passing year that I get more tired with projects and setup. And outright unable to do certain things. I know this is normal and know I will inevitably reach a point that I just can’t do most of it.

I’ve always been a DIYer, I have great tools, and I’m fairly handy. There are some tasks, such as those that require contorting my body, that I simply can’t do any more - too stiff with too much pain. I won’t go into my medical history but many issues with my back, including a spinal fusion.

Every year my wife and look at each other and wonder if it will be our last. This would be a great loss as we really love the Airstream life. I imagine that many who are reading this are going through the same experience. I would love to hear from you.

Cheers,
John
We are a few years younger, but considering/experiencing some of the same issues you mentioned.
We have basicly missed the prior two summer travel seasons due to DW not feeling up to it, only a few short trips, and none this season so far because of COVID.
I'm thinking about selling the 34', even though I'm in the middle of reno. I haven't been inside it but one time since last fall. I just no longer have energy (in the summer heat) or desire to do the work!
We still enjoy being on the road with the Airstream. Having new experiences and meeting people are the fun parts.
I'll continue camping as long as I am able. At some point I'll get someone else to do maintenance, if/when it comes to that.
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Old 07-20-2020, 04:46 PM   #9
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Do it while you can! And you've done that. I hope when the time comes that you do have to stop, you'll have so many great memories that not a single regret can find it's way in.


I'm way too far away, but that just means more beer for you.
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Old 07-20-2020, 05:13 PM   #10
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Also an avid DIY'er and long time RV'er my mind says you can my body says no you can't. Body wins.

Soon to be 82..

No regrets lots of really great memories.
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Old 07-20-2020, 05:31 PM   #11
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Unhappy Should I go or shoul I stay?

I feel the same way sometimes hence the reason for this post. Iím 68 retired with slew of medical problems. Love the AS (Innternational Serenity 23d 2016). Used it for winter first 2 years now nothing. Itís either me sick, wife is sick.... I donít want to get rid of I so.... Should I sell or should I try to enjoy. COVID is a big problem too. Just want some help. Thanks to all who reply.
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Old 07-20-2020, 05:36 PM   #12
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All Good Things Come to an End

Iím 72. Broke my right ankle in early March this year. Finally able to walk and drive. Slows me down a lot, but i carry on.

Still doing what I can between still working full time and fixing up the house. Can stil do most of the same stuff. Just need a lot more recovery time.

Slow progress is still progress. Just keep doing what you can...
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Old 07-20-2020, 05:47 PM   #13
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Our travels never end, the vehicles do.

My bride and I travel “at our own pace” for several reasons , some / all part of the “journey”.

We know so many who “caravan” and would certainly join if we could keep up with the scheduling. Ain’t happening.

So, I work a little slower and find I do a little neater job and only have to do it twice And I can take a lot of my usual tools for the little jobs.

Keep rolling, no schedule but your own.. we are going to travel short distance for short stay... maybe 100 or 200 miles... or just breathe and enjoy yourselves..
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Old 07-20-2020, 05:52 PM   #14
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I'm there, but what choice do I have?
Stay home? I want to keep moving and see our beautiful country.
I don't know how many more years I'll be able to, for a multitude of reasons.
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Old 07-20-2020, 07:44 PM   #15
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I have found my inner Blanche DuBois

And have learned to gratefully accept the kindness of strangers for stuff that is just to heavy or complicated. Two summers ago I fell off the side of the Airstream... actually closer to sliding and the fingernail scratches in the clearcoat can be covered up with WD-40 for a short time.

A lot of people will refuse money, but a case of Michelob or a big lasagna is another matter.

Once I get started it isn't hard to keep going, but doing that first nasty job is hard. Fortunately there are many new toys like a battery operated tire inflator. Always irked me that Airstream didn't install 12 volt plugs near each axle. Now? Eh. I REALLY enjoy the tips I get here. Happy Campers tank treatment is literally some good sh**! Worth mixing it up before putting it down the toilet. Saves rinsing the tank 3 to 5 times!
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Old 07-21-2020, 03:25 AM   #16
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I completely understand. I am 72 and thoroughly tired of the maintenance an Airstream requires. I, too, do my own stuff, for the most part. I had a sailboat for 20 years that had nowhere near this amount of maintenance and it lived in an ocean environment. But, we weren't using the boat. Wait, we aren't using the Airstream either. I keep wondering whether it is time to sell and put the aggravation behind me. The thing keeping me at this is we like getting away from time to time and occasionally we even find a really nice place to camp, although many private campgrounds have grown to overcrowded RV parking lots. I am wondering what the next year will bring with the huge influx of new campers. Fortunately it does not cost me anything to just keep the trailer parked in my driveway as I ponder. We have only two trips planned later this year and I am in the process of prepping the trailer now. Already found another maintenance task that seems like a burden.
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Old 07-21-2020, 03:47 AM   #17
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Well said Larry, unfortunately!

In the same boat here . . .

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Old 07-21-2020, 06:31 AM   #18
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I'm 80; my motto "It's better to sleep on top of the grass, rather than under it".
I was just at a rally and ther was a As'er there that was running circles around most of us. He was a retired lawyer and farmer. I than found out he is "93" !!! I hope I last that long and can do what he does.
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I have found my inner Blanche DuBois

And have learned to gratefully accept the kindness of strangers for stuff that is just to heavy or complicated. Two summers ago I fell off the side of the Airstream... actually closer to sliding and the fingernail scratches in the clearcoat can be covered up with WD-40 for a short time.

A lot of people will refuse money, but a case of Michelob or a big lasagna is another matter.

Once I get started it isn't hard to keep going, but doing that first nasty job is hard. Fortunately there are many new toys like a battery operated tire inflator. Always irked me that Airstream didn't install 12 volt plugs near each axle. Now? Eh. I REALLY enjoy the tips I get here. Happy Campers tank treatment is literally some good sh**! Worth mixing it up before putting it down the toilet. Saves rinsing the tank 3 to 5 times!
Hi Paula...

I made a connector using the AS umbilical to power my AS 12v tools and connecting our portable solar panels.
HC'r in the bowl, fill & swish, let sit, flush=clean and fresh.

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Morning to you all, I been healthy all my life but 18 months ago I developed Parkinson's I'm slowly coming to the decision to sell my baby. I'm only 68 but was a fire fighter and I must of walked into something! No family history of this. My right arm has a tremor and lost my strength. It's become a chore to crawl into the drivers seat. So goes the plans of mice and Men
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