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#1 harrysteven

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

Anyone full-timing in an Airstream? If you are, or were, any words of wisdom?
Anything to look out for if full-timing in one? Would you recommend an Airstream to someone considering using it to full-time?

(Note: I do realize that the majority of full-timers are either in Class A's or 5th Wheels.)

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Edited by harrysteven, 31 May 2012 - 12:38 PM.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:43 AM

I've been RV'ing since the 70's. This is our second 5th wheel. All the rest have been TT's. IMHO the Airstream is not suitable for fulltiming. The storage is just not adequate. You would "really" have to get rid of a "lot" of "stuff". Just think of where you are going to put all of your clothes. Remember, if your full timing, all of your stuff goes with you. Some use storage facilities. Most have found this to not be financially feasible over the long term. For the cost of storage, you could just buy new stuff.

Having said this, there are some who have full timed in a Popup. Not for me, but, some have done it. Certainly, an Airstream is a step up from a Popup. :)

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:53 AM

We looked at Airstrean tt's and quickly decided there was not enough storage. There are some very nice models, even with slideouts! There are some Airstream class A's around too. A few in 80's I believe were built very much the trailers ...neat looking rigs! But when you round off the corners, that removes storage space.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:59 AM

Newt
an Airstream is a step up from a Popup. :)

OUCH!!! But no truer words. The overall design and layout needs to be brought into the full time life style.(if that is the direction of airstream) But a very good get out and enjoy a vacation. (if that is their direction, then a very good TT)

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:17 PM

Harry -

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:38 PM

We did it for 2 years in a 29 footer. Many do.Airforms is a good site.Lots of inside storage,none outside. Many folks tow with a suburban and use that for storage .
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#7 timmaah

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:09 PM

We are going to try it in a 25 foot Airstream. I like to live by the ignorance is bliss line of thought. The house is sold and closing is in two weeks.

It was fun to clean house and envision living simply in 25 rounded feet. It looks like we will be able to fit everything. We pull it with a Tundra double cab with a cap.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:48 PM

Many years ago we lived in an Avion steel hull for almost 2 years before stepping up to a 5vr. To the uninitiated, they look very similar to Airstreams, but are no longer available (I think I just aged myself) Ours was a 27' 1978 model and we loved it. It was designed much better than Airstream's equivalent at the time and had more storage than its competitor. Was a real bugger to keep moisture under control, as I remember though. I'm not sure I would want to try living in one now, but we were young and in love and living in close quarters was the ideal.Posted Image
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:49 PM

Attached File  Honkytonk-Hotel.jpg   2.13KB   54 downloadsYou can full-time in an Airstream. It really depends on your needs or requirements. Some full-time in camper van others need a 44 foot triple axle fifth wheel.
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:37 PM

Many years ago we lived in an Avion steel hull for almost 2 years before stepping up to a 5vr. To the uninitiated, they look very similar to Airstreams, but are no longer available (I think I just aged myself) Ours was a 27' 1978 model and we loved it. It was designed much better than Airstream's equivalent at the time and had more storage than its competitor. Was a real bugger to keep moisture under control, as I remember though. I'm not sure I would want to try living in one now, but we were young and in love and living in close quarters was the ideal.Posted Image
Now I'm going to crawl back under my rock and reminisce for awhile.....Posted Image


The Avion was aluminum, it just wasn't polished.

We had a 25' 86 model.

I still judge RV quality by the Avion quality. Most don't measure up.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:13 PM

There are lots of full timers in Airstreams... here are some blogs of some we know of:

http://www.oddangel.com
http://www.weaselmouth.com/
http://aluminumbliss.com/
http://longlonghoneymoon.com/
http://www.aluminarium.com/
http://www.thesilversnail.com/
http://www.ramonacreel.com
http://www.rvlancing.com

That should get you started... many of these guys link to many more.

Our second full-time home on wheels was a 17' Oliver Travel Trailer (our first was a 16' T@b teardrop), which was sort of considered the 'Airstream of Fiberglass Eggs'. We absolutely loved it.. don't let anyone tell you what is appropriate for full-timing or not. It's entirely up to you and your comfort level.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:43 PM

There is also http://www.airstreamingdreaming.com/ who are a couple with 2 kids.
http://www.riveted-blog.com/ who aren't quite fulltime
and http://whereiskylenow.com/ a single guy in a 23 footer.

There are lots of full timers in Airstreams... here are some blogs of some we know of:

http://www.oddangel.com
http://www.weaselmouth.com/
http://aluminumbliss.com/
http://longlonghoneymoon.com/
http://www.aluminarium.com/
http://www.thesilversnail.com/
http://www.ramonacreel.com
http://www.rvlancing.com

That should get you started... many of these guys link to many more.

Our second full-time home on wheels was a 17' Oliver Travel Trailer (our first was a 16' T@b teardrop), which was sort of considered the 'Airstream of Fiberglass Eggs'. We absolutely loved it.. don't let anyone tell you what is appropriate for full-timing or not. It's entirely up to you and your comfort level.

Best wishes,
- Cherie



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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:14 PM

I think your biggest issue is whether or not you have enough storage inside and if not whether or not you can fit the rest of your needed item in the TV somewhere.

We used to fulltime in a 40' Class A DP and enjoyed it...was able to take pretty much everything everywhere. When we stopped fulltiming we went with the Airtstream.

It works well for us on trips of less than 30 days and while we could fulltime in it, probably woudln't be my first choice -- neither would any travel trailer for the same reasons. Probably would look to a 5th wheel with a 4 seasons package instead.
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:32 PM

We had a perfectly wonderful 1989 Avion 34V which had more storage space than an equivalent Air Stream. After a couple of extended trips, we decided that it would not do for full time use and sold it. We bought a 2008 Carriage Cameo 35SB3 since we are planning to go full time within the year.

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#15 Mike and Claudia

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:59 PM

We used to have a 27' 1972 model Airstream and we loved it. We did decide that it would not be right for us to full-time in. We have met a lot of people that full-time in Casitas, and love it. We met a fellow that was in Virginia "full-timing" on a bicycle--he had come from Alaska.

My point is, whatever suits YOU! I don't think that we could do an Airstream due to my DWs books, shoes, and---- my tools. (But I NEED my tools)

Edited by Mike and Claudia, 02 June 2012 - 09:01 PM.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:09 AM

Interesting the memory cells kicked off reading this thread...

I was 7 years old, walking thru what looked like a 100' space ship with my Dad and his Father In Law. My Gramps and Step Grandma, were swinging by San Diego on a visit before joining the Airstream Club on a trip to the Panama Canal in caravan. They pulled up beside our house with a two tone yellow and white Chrysler 300 convertible, and yes it had a a Hemi, with the Highway Patrol special engine option, two four barrel carb's!!!

I remember my Dad asking Gramps how he liked the Airstream (and I have know idea how big it really was, but I'd put it at between 27-30', as it seemed about 1/2 times longer then the car, which expect was about 20'). He said it was just fine, once he learned to get by with just a few shirts, shorts, pants - and all that he wanted to carry in his 'one drawer' (he pulled it out, to show my Dad 'his drawer' for socks, undies, and T-Shirts). He said that he was 'informed' very quickly, that all of the other storage for cloths, was taken:)!

It really must have been OK, as they made that trip, and one accross Canada in another Airstream Caravan, and they and friends did several loops of the USA too...

Another interesting TT and I see some 5ths too, was a Silver Streak, most had two tone effect, and many were not polished. Walked thru a Silver Streak Contiental about 4 years ago, the owner had just restored it. Very nice cabinet works, and very neat to see it brought back to almost new condition. The owner said 'it's a heavy one', but then again, he had it parked at a local spot he rented in the San Diego mountains, as his weekend get away, so towing was not a factor.

As others have commented, sure you could FT in a Airstream - but would not be my first choice:)!

Best to all,
Smitty

Edited by Smitty, 03 June 2012 - 09:13 AM.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:55 PM

Here in Rockport there is a guy who is restoring an Avion 5th wheel. Is a big one looks about 38 ftt,cool looking.
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Posted 03 June 2012 - 04:38 PM

Our daughter has just decided to begin full-timing with hiking boots, a tent, and backpack. She's going to start on the Pacific Coast Trail next month. I'm SO glad we don't all have to do this the same way.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:57 PM

We are volunteering with another couple who fulltimes in an Airstream and it must work for them.

What would be the very worst that could happen? You start out in an Airstream and decide you need something else.

I'll bet half the people on this forum have done exactly the same, going from gassers to DPs, or DPs to 5ers, or Airstreams to fiberglass eggs- we're all blessedly different and there's no rulebook for fulltimers.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 10:38 PM

One of the things people often forget about is that when towing a trailer, you can put a canopy on the truck and have tons of storage. Before full-timing we snowbirded in a 25' trailer. We put kayaks on top the canopy, two bikes inside the canopy and still had at least as much room for totes as in our fiver. So if you go that way, storage will not be an issue.

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