The Airstream is Up For Sale
Since we got back from Mexico we've been pretty busy. In a previous post we described the decision to move to Europe and start touring in a motorhome. Before we embark on that adventure we decided to come back to the US and sell our Airstream. We could have decided to keep it but honestly, that's not our style. We tend to go all-in on decisions and if we ever decide to come back and tour the US again we would definitely buy another Airstream. Why waste money on storage, insurance and tax while we are exploring elsewhere for who knows how long? So selling is what we are doing.
We headed to San Diego as a home base a few weeks ago to get the Airstream ready for sale. First things first, we had some other things to sell, like kayaks and bikes. Some we sold more successfully than others, some things will end up being donated. We actually travel pretty light so the sorting out was relatively painless. A few trips to Goodwill were all that was needed.
We have been working out what to take with us to Europe and what's not worth the effort. We are pretty ruthless when it comes to stuff. We're just not that attached to any of it so much. But we decided to take a few things with us after weighing up the costs to buy replacements in Europe when we get there. We'll be basing ourselves in the UK while we go shopping for a motorhome, so we looked at the best way to get stuff there.
The least complicated is to take extra checked bags on our flight. A second checked bag (up to 23kg) is $100 on most airlines. That is much cheaper than shipping. A third bag gets much more expensive - and comes with more hassle. So we have decided we will take two checked bags each for clothes, shoes etc. We then looked at some other things we own to decide if anything else was worth shipping. It was an easy calculation; to ship a 20x20x20 box to the UK is about $200 (more or less depending on weight) - so we quickly realized that by the time we look at things like kitchen knives, and some other kit that is quite expensive to replace in the UK, it was worth shipping a box too.
As well as sorting out what stays and goes, we've been making the trailer look spiffy, with a full spring clean inside and out. Our rig has always been lovingly cared for,but a little extra love makes sure that the new owners will adore it as much as we have.
So that's it. We're listed and fingers crossed we will sell soon. We're not sentimental. We have loved our Airstream but our journey has always been about the adventure not what we own. We're ready to move on to the next chapter of our traveling life.