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Reganzo 12-02-2007 04:08 PM

Jumping off the cliff
 
Hello, I just joined this forum, my handle is Reganzo. My wife 8 years ago had an hemmoraghic stroke, as a result of a rare blood disease called TTP. I quit my job to take care of her, after she was in hospitals, rehabilitation centers for 7 months.

To make a long story short, she has recovered enough that we rented a 27 foot motor coach this past September, and toured the coast of Maine for 7 days. During this trip she handled all the trip threw at her, and she came alive. At one of the camp grounds a couple pulled in with a 34 foot airstream. I was lucky enough to take a tour and I fell in love. When we got back home we made the decision to sell our condo and take some of the money and buy an airstream and take an extended trip accross this wonderful country. Well looking in a local newspaper I found a 1988 limited airstream for sale. Turns out I knew the guy selling it and He and I worked out a deal. The trailer is in wonderful condition, and with a little TLC will be a wonderful home for my wife and me. Our plans are to be on the road by June, and we will let our wanderlust loose. I will be looking for advice and pointers from you all.

clancy_boy 12-02-2007 04:33 PM

Right Now I just want to welcome you to the AirForums. There will be plenty of time for people here to help you with specifics and knowledge about full timing on the road. There is alot of information in the archives - you can start with the search feature above on the blue bar. Can't find an answer - post it and there will be someone out there to assist.

Bless you and your wife - I hope there will be many miles of happy trails ahead for you. Plan some stops at AirForum Rallys all over the US - meet some of us - we would like to meet you.:wally:

juel 12-02-2007 04:48 PM

What a great story of what the human spirit can do. Your wife is blessed to have you and the two of you seem to have found a common ground in the love of traveling and Airstreams. I know my husband and I have become close in our love of getting away in our trailers. My husband never owned a trailer before we married 4 years ago. Now we have two that give us such pleasure. Of course he never owned a pet before we got married, now he is owned by 6 cats and 4 dogs. He loves it. I think he is more attached to them then I am some times. By the way, if you don't already have a little hairy creature to go with you in the Airstream, having one may help your wife in untold ways. Get two small ones that love to be petted and are real lap dogs. Nothing high energy. Something like a Pom or Lasha that likes to sit around on your lap.

ROBERT CROSS 12-02-2007 05:03 PM

God's Critters
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by juel
By the way, if you don't already have a little hairy creature to go with you in the Airstream, having one may help your wife in untold ways. Get two small ones that love to be petted and are real lap dogs. Nothing high energy. Something like a Pom or Lasha that likes to sit around on your lap.

:wally: WELCOME TO WALLYWORLD....

10-4 ON THE LITTLE HAIRY CREATURES....

God bless and good luck in your new adventure....

TBRich 12-02-2007 06:05 PM

Welceome to the forums...what a lovely story...good for you! You are going to have a really good time...

Maybe we'll see you down the road in your travels...

TB

safari57 12-02-2007 07:33 PM

Reganzo

When you mention your wife "came alive" it reminded me of other stories I've heard with similar results. Friends of my brothers had a traumatic health experience with the wife having major problems.

Like you, they went camping, but they had been campers for years, just had slowed down. It was so invigorating for her (and for him as well - he'd been under intense stress through all of this as well), that they sold their home, bought a larger trailer and truck, and live full time on the road. In the summer they host at a small government campground and through that have a large extended family. As you will learn, campgrounds can become wonderful small communities with old and new friends close at hand.

In the winter they travel through out the southern States, at a slow and easy pace, seeing the things they'd always wanted to and never taken the time.

So welcome, perhaps our paths will cross some day.
Barry

moosetags 12-02-2007 09:54 PM

Welcome to the Forums. We are glad to have you with us.

You've found the right place for the best Airstream information. This group will answer any question that you might have. Just ask away.

You're going to have a great time on your trip. There are a lot of great places to see and a lot of great people to meet out there.

Silverhobby 12-03-2007 08:03 AM

Welcome to the FORUMS. I am glad that your wife is doing better. I know from personal experience, that a BAD day camping is better than a GOOD day at the old 9 to 5.<G>

Reganzo 12-05-2007 12:07 PM

I want to thank all who posted replies. I am learning to navigate the site, so if by chance I miss replying to you all please accept my apologies. Yesterday 12/4/07 I purchased my tow vehicle, a 2008 F-350 power stroke diesel with more bells and whistles than I deserve. So now I am ready to begin getting the Limited ready for take off. I am removing the sofa/couch to make room for my wifes recliner. Is there a place to offer this and other parts I will be taking out? Reganzo

Minnie's Mate 12-05-2007 03:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reganzo
I am removing the sofa/couch to make room for my wifes recliner. Is there a place to offer this and other parts I will be taking out? Reganzo

e-bay.

And welcome to the forums!

InsideOut 12-05-2007 03:48 PM

...also the classified section here on the forums.

Shari :flowers:

Mikethefixit 12-05-2007 05:28 PM

Reganzo
Welcome! You learn very fast my friend. First an AS and then an approiate Tow vech. There is so much knowledge here its unbeleivable. Just ask any question, the experienced people are here for you and the ONLY STUPID Question is the One U DONT ASK.
Just enjoy life, we are here but for a short time.

Reganzo 12-05-2007 05:29 PM

thanks
 
Thank you all for your kind words. I am still learning to navigate the web site so if I miss replying to annyone I apologize now. I purchased my tow vehicle yesterday, an F-350 diesel with more bells and whistles than I deserve.

So now I can get started refurbishing our Limited. I plan on removing the sofa/couch to make room for my wifes lifting chair. The bedroom is a twin bed set up, and I plan on switching to a queen bed as well. Is there some place I could list what I plan on replacing, in case anyone would be interested to buy or swap???

My wife and I look forward to hearing from you all...

Reganzo

Mikethefixit 12-05-2007 05:34 PM

Reganzo
Welcome! You learn very fast my friend. First an AS and then an approiate Tow vech. There is so much knowledge here its unbeleivable. Just ask any question, experienced people are here for you and the ONLY STUPID Question is the ONE U DONT ASK.
Just enjoy life, we are here but for a short time.

bake315 12-05-2007 07:08 PM

Jumping off the cliff? Nah....
 
...more like Jumping in the Pool. Come on in - the water's fine!:D

tin sista 12-05-2007 08:53 PM

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back
 
Oh my, good for you, don't let anything stop you!:flowers:

I need a hankie, this is such a sweet story, I hope that you have many wonderful exciting travels ahead full of happiness!!

Reganzo 01-13-2008 09:54 AM

Jumping off the cliff and am I glad we are!!!
 
I have been busy since I posted my original message. Since then I have been busy working on the AS, getting my condo ready to sell, and taking care of my wife.

The Limited has turned out to be more of a project than first anticipated. It ad a twin bed set up and my wife and I felt strongly that we want to snuggle together. So I removed the twins, and when I did I was shocked to find that the floor around the outside of the curves was rotted and there were two holes. After my panic attack, I got help from a good friend and we managed to replace the rotted parts with marine plywood. Then I decided to replace the hot water heater with a tankless model. When I removed the old heater, surprise it had been leaking and the floor under it was rotted too. More panic, more marine plywood, and all is well. We are ready to build the "queen" bed platform at last.

I have become a forums junkie, and Iwant to thank all who post their experiences, and great ideas. I don't think I would be as brave without all this great free help! Looking forward to getting on the road and meeting some of the authors of this interesting site.

Regards,

Reganzo:)

maxandgeorgia 01-13-2008 06:04 PM

Best wishes, Reganzo, with all your "surprises" and solutions. It sounds like you are a fellow who can handle what life tosses you, a natural Airstreamer! Once you and your wife get on the road this summer, please keep us posted with a thread about your travels and adventures. That way, if you are traveling along any of our locations or forum rally paths, you can stop by and pause for a little 'streaming campfire chat! You'll find that quite a few forum members offer overnighting for our traveling Airforums friends. ~G

TIMEMACHINE 01-13-2008 07:31 PM

Amazing story and courage
 
You are one heck of a guy! I am truly touched by your loyalty and courage to move forward. You now have an even bigger family watching out for you and your wife, no matter where you go, one of us will be near.

Enjoy America,

John

klattu 01-13-2008 07:35 PM

See the USA
 
Hit the highway and stay in touch.
Post photos for us too.

TBRich 01-13-2008 07:48 PM

Reganzo..Congrats on your continued progress and your continued commitment and strength of will...you were born to Airstream!

Do keep us all informed of your progress and when you do finally hit the road, make sure you keep us informed as to where you are and where you're going...pehaps some of us will have the pleasure of meeitng up with you at some point or helping you find a good campground along your path...

Ease on down the road...
TB

Reganzo 01-21-2008 06:54 PM

Many thanks for all the kind words. One thing my wife's stroke has taught me is that you just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and keep going forward. That said here is the latest skinny on my repairs.

I decided to get rid of the pergo floor that a PO had installed, and I am glad I did. Underneath the pergo by the dinette the battery compartment had been leaking and the floor had a combo of wetness and battery acid leaching out towards the rest of the floor. So I removed the dinette,the cabinet and what I will call the credenza that ran along the wall towards the area formerly occupied by the sofa couch. Alas, I found more wet floor! Fortunately, it is only in a couple of spots along the inside skin. The wood is wet but not rotted! I removed the dinette and in front of the wheel well the floor is rotted in about a six inch square. It looks like the wheel well need to be re-caulked. I then went exploring and checked the wheel well on the other side underneath the sink, and thank goodness it appears high and dry! I found a thread on leaks that mentioned a test by Sealtech. I went on their site and found an rv dealer near me that does the test, and it was on sale. I am scheduled next thursday. I want to figure out the leaks before I begin to rebuild. The only issue is the cold today was only 18 degrees where I live, kind of hard to caulk... Well that's all for now...

Regards,

Reganzo:D

Reganzo 09-12-2008 10:22 PM

we jumped
 
It has been a while since I first introduced myself, and I have been busy working on my 88 Limited. At the same time I have been working hard to sell my condo so my wife and me can hit the road.

Well, the condo is under contract and the 88 is just about ready, and my wife and I are getting underway on October 10, 2008 to head south. My wife had a stroke 8 years ago, and our lives were over, but by the grace of God she has recovered more than I had ever imagined. Our situation wouldn't allow us to keep our condo and travel the country in our Airstream, so we decided to sell the condo and take a year to travel this wonderful country.

Virginia Beach is our first destination, and we plan on working our way down the coast into Florida to explore and keep warm. Our plans are very flexable, and we are taking our time. I'd like to thank the members of this forum for sharing their advice and tales of adventure that have kept me going these many months. I do look forward to possibly crossing paths with other Airstreamers in the coming months.

Regards,

Reganzo

Foiled Again 09-13-2008 12:13 AM

Virginia Beach VA
 
WELCOME - you've picked the best time of the year to come to the beach. First you can actually see the beach, and second the weather is nice but not nearly as hot, humid and sticky as it is in the winter. Where are you planning to stay when you come here? Keep us posted. I live in the Beach, and perhaps we can have a 2 stream "rally".

Paula Ford:flowers:

overlander63 09-13-2008 06:02 AM

When you get to Florida, there are many RV parks you can spend the winter in, basically almost anywhere South of Jacksonville is good...:wally:
The place we're in is very nice, fairly close to everything on the West coast of Florida, and most everyone is friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately, we will be gone by the time you get here, but I'm sure they would love to have you stay:
Welcome To Quail Run RV Park
Remember, it's the quality, not the quantity, of your life.

DEITZ645 09-13-2008 06:25 AM

Reganzo,
Glad to hear you have everything under control. Don't forget that some of the nice folks on the forum offer courtesy parking. So if you find yourself in need of a "safe harbor" just look in the forum directory for folks in the area that offer courtesy parking and get in contact with them. If you can't locate anybody, put a shout out on the forum. You will be surprised at the responses you get. Also look for Airstream parks. Matter of fact there is one in your home state; Jersey Shore Airstream Haven. There is one in Virginia, though it probably is not along your inteneded path of travel; Virginia Highland Haven. There are also a few in Florida. Their rates are usually less expensive than commercial parks and are very nice. WBCCI membership may be required at some of them. I do not know if you are a member, if you are not and you want to try an Airstream park I would suggest giving them a call in advance or check their web sitess to see what their requirements are.

Good luck and God's speed to you on your adventure.

overlander63 09-13-2008 06:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DEITZ645 (Post 615741)
WBCCI membership may be required at some of them. I do not know if you are a member, if you are not and you want to try an Airstream park I would suggest giving them a call in advance or check their web sitess to see what their requirements are.

I have seen rate schedules for a couple of them online (and of course can't find them now). They go something like:
1-Non-Airstream, non-WBCCI: $40/night ("any port in a storm" rate)
2-Airstream, non-WBCCI rate: $20/night
3-Airstream, WBCCI member rate: $10/ night.

Phil and/or Sue 09-13-2008 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reganzo (Post 615701)
...
Virginia Beach is our first destination, and we plan on working our way down the coast into Florida to explore and keep warm. Our plans are very flexable, and we are taking our time. I'd like to thank the members of this forum for sharing their advice and tales of adventure that have kept me going these many months. I do look forward to possibly crossing paths with other Airstreamers in the coming months.

Regards,

Reganzo

Please let me add my welcome and congratulations on moving on.

If you are able to manipulate your own schedule, there is a Forums Rally (The 2009 Can Opener) in the pan-handle (Destin area) of Florida January 9-11th.

Here is the Forum thread with more reading than most "mere mortals" can attempt: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...9-a-44317.html

The Can Opener was started as the first Rally of the year on the first full weekend, but because the holiday is so close to the first weekend, many voted to move it out one week. There is another Rally started for that park during the year-end weekend also, but we cannot make it then. Here is the link for that thread: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...ail-44493.html

I suggest that you look at the Rally Calendar (https://www.airforums.com/forums/calendar.php) to see what other Rallys are coming up and compare them to where you will be (or can be). Rallys are lots of fun, very educational, and each Rally-attender can be as involved or not as desired.

Have fun and keep enjoying life.

Phil

boatdoc 09-13-2008 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reganzo (Post 486211)
Hello, I just joined this forum, my handle is Reganzo. My wife 8 years ago had an hemmoraghic stroke, as a result of a rare blood disease called TTP. I quit my job to take care of her, after she was in hospitals, rehabilitation centers for 7 months.

Hi Reganzo and welcome to the Forums.
After backing out many a times from replying to your post for the fear of bringing back the undesirable parts of my memories in similar situation. I feel obligated to honor you as a man with high moral standards and a big heart. Such values are not very common this days and my heart rejoices when I learn that they still exist.
I only hope that what you are doing will bring you as much joy and fulfillment as it brings for your wife. I can assure you that in the end you will be glad for what you are doing. Your kindness deserves a huge reward. Thanks, "Boatdoc":flowers:

jerrypeterma 09-16-2008 10:58 AM

I hope ya'll are still doing well. There are always trials for us to deal with and it sounds like you have taken good steps for your family
take care and good luck
Jerry

FreshAir 09-16-2008 12:49 PM

Yes, congrats on your resiliance and the new life. Your experience is similar to ours. I was recovering from 3 major surgeries in a years time when Lynn suffered her stroke. We bought our Trade Wind during our long recoveries even though neither of us could drive. But that Airstream in front of our garage kept us going with projects that the both of us were capable of accomplishing though slowly. We decided to change our Forum user name to reflect just that. First choice was Alumatherapy but decided on a name more 'positive' like FreshAir.
The best of you. We hope you are progressing well.
Neil.

Reganzo 09-16-2008 09:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Phil and/or Sue (Post 615754)
Please let me add my welcome and congratulations on moving on.

If you are able to manipulate your own schedule, there is a Forums Rally (The 2009 Can Opener) in the pan-handle (Destin area) of Florida January 9-11th.

Here is the Forum thread with more reading than most "mere mortals" can attempt: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...9-a-44317.html

The Can Opener was started as the first Rally of the year on the first full weekend, but because the holiday is so close to the first weekend, many voted to move it out one week. There is another Rally started for that park during the year-end weekend also, but we cannot make it then. Here is the link for that thread: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...ail-44493.html

I suggest that you look at the Rally Calendar (https://www.airforums.com/forums/calendar.php) to see what other Rallys are coming up and compare them to where you will be (or can be). Rallys are lots of fun, very educational, and each Rally-attender can be as involved or not as desired.

Have fun and keep enjoying life.

Phil

We looked at the rally calender, and we found the Falluminium in your neck of the woods. I made our reservation today and we are in E-2. Being newbies to Streaming we are looking forward to meeting other more "Seasoned" Streamers... Thanks for your kind words, we look forward to seeing you on the road.

Regards,

Reganzo & Franny

Foiled Again 09-17-2008 06:16 PM

KOA is adequate
 
But you'll probably like the Holiday Trav-l Park better. It's almost across the street from the KOA on General Booth Blvd. They do have what they call "supersites" - a bit pricy, but extra large concrete pads which might be better for your wife's mobility.

Both are very (repeat VERY) close to Naval Air Station Oceana - which can get quite noisy if the pilots are doing carrier qualifications. The planes kick in the afterburners about 100 feet off the ground and it will rattle a kidney stone loose! But it's very convenient to the beach and the resort area. Normally the planes don't fly late at night, but they are a good alarm clock in the morning.

There is a nice state park right on the Chesapeake Bay too. Everything there is sand though - loose sand, so that might be a problem. If you're coming down the eastern shore I'd recommend the Virginia State Park on the north side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge - great for an overnighter. I've also heard good things about the Airstream only park in New Jersey. Remember when Airstreaming the JOURNEY is the destination.

Paula

Paula

Minnie's Mate 09-17-2008 06:58 PM

Glad to hear things are coming together for you. We are pretty sure we'll be at the Falluminum so look forward to meeting you there.


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