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Old 01-13-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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Hello from H.M.B.

Hello everyone,
I have a bad case of the travel bug and have been thinking about taking a year to explore the country in a Trailer. I'm hoping to get a 30 foot airstream to gut and remodel. I have a son that is in kindergarten now but I figure a year of home schooling would be ok. How hard is an extended trip like that with a family? is 30 feet too small? How much would my average monthly expenses be? Are there many couples/families in their mid 30s-40s that are doing this too? I just can't ignore this "get outa dodge" feeling.

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Old 01-13-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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We started in 1998 when our boys were in pre- and grammar school. Although we didn't get out of Dodge for a year, we bugged out during every long weekend and for 3+ weeks in the summer. That was in a 30 foot Class C.

Beware of gutting and rebuilding an Airstream. My good friend bought one with the same idea in 2001 and its still sitting in his backyard. So you kindergartener may be in college before the camper is ready!

Your expenses could range from camping for free overnight at a Walmart to paying megabucks at Fort Wilderness. Just gas for a 30,000 mile year long trip would be $6000 to $9000 (10-15 mpg at $3 a gallon).

Go West young man!

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Old 01-14-2010, 05:13 PM   #3
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Welcome ScottyBo!

If you do decide to remodel your TT, please post before/after pictures. We all love seeing those!

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Old 01-14-2010, 08:10 PM   #4
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I think if I go any farther west I'll need a boat instead of an RV. Thank you for the advice
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:21 PM   #5
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Welcome ScottyBo!

If you do decide to remodel your TT, please post before/after pictures. We all love seeing those!

I would for sure. Especialy since my dad and his wife are the ones that told me about this site and they are living the full time life. "Hi Dad, how's Tink?" Anyways I am an electrical contractor with plenty of other trades under my belt and I grew up on a sail boat so I am very confident that I could remodel a TT and do it well. I will keep my eyes and ears open, if the right opportunity presents it's self I will adapt my plans accordingly.
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