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Old 03-06-2007, 02:17 PM   #1
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Question Confused in Texas: what size trailer is best?

Hi everyone and thanks for reading my first post!

I am new to travel trailers (but not new to trailering). I have a 3/4 Yukon with the 8 liter engine and 3.73 gears for a 12,000lb towing capacity. I want to haul around a total of two adults and one child. Room for guests would be nice but not necessary. I want to take it to the beach "boondocking," and up to Taos Ski Valley as a kind of portable ski chalet. In addition I would like to take it camping in places with or without hookups. Most times we will be in the trailer 2-3 days, occassionally 4, rarely more than that. Finally, if the idea turns out that it doesn't work for us, I would like to be able to resell the trailer in a year without losing my shirt. So ideally I would like to find a 3 or 4 year old trailer if at all possible. On the other hand if we enjoy this as much as I think we will, I intend to keep it for many years. So with that as background, could you please give me thoughts on what is enough, and what would be too much trailer?

Thanks in advance, and also thanks--this is a great website for information!

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Old 03-06-2007, 02:24 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and a great place to meet people and learn all you could possibly want about Airstreams. Check out the classifieds section of the forum to get an idea of what used AS are going for. There are many models that wold fit your needs all depending on what your needs are. Some people feel cramped with just one couple and a dog in a 28', while others find a 23' perfect. Just like any large purchase, an AS looses much of its value once it is towed off the dealers lot. A good place to start your search would be a local AS dealer. See what they have in new and used and then come back with your questions. You will also find a search function on the top bar. Tons of info to be had. As for your TV, you have a good sized truck to pull many models with. Good luck and keep us all posted on your adventure!

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Old 03-06-2007, 02:40 PM   #3
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I thought in Texas everything was LARGE

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Old 03-06-2007, 02:52 PM   #4
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With that truck, you can safely pull any model Airstream produces from the Bambi all the way up to the 34' Limited. We have a 31' with two adults which we routinely pull to Taos and beyond every year. I love the room of the 31' which allows us to invite guests for a night here and there. Personally, we'd feel cramped in anything less than a 25'. The smaller trailers have corner beds or beds that are difficult to make up as one or more sides are against the wall while the larger trailers usually are equiped with island beds that you can at least walk around enough to make them up.

If you get an Airstream, then contact either the North Texas Unit or the newly formed Camping Unit of the Airstream travel club also known as the WBCCI. Both of the units mentioned serve folks in your area. Get out and go camping with them to a rally of other Airstreamers who share your same enthusiasm and who would have the knowledge to help you get the most enjoyment out of your trailer.

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Old 03-06-2007, 03:04 PM   #5
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Hi..and welcome to the forum.

First, your idea of buying something 3-4 yrs old is spot on if you really are concerned about the ability to resell your first airstream without losing too much money. Many people find that their first trailer is too small or too big (though having said that, the airstream we fell in love with wasn't offered before we ended up buying new).

Second, go to an airstream dealer and walk around in a bunch of them. Even airstreams that have the same length can feel very different based on the different floorplans.

Third, (and this is a very personal opinion) if your really intend to use it as a 'ski chalet' that you just sleep and eat in give the 16' CCDs a good look. Myself, my wife, and our two kids love ours. It is great to sleep in - you just wouldn't want to try to spend a day in one. The new 20' Safari is also very nice with a great floorplan. That said, I know someone who has a 34' Classic, is about to get a new one, and wouldn't consider anything else. Your mileage will almost certainly vary.

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Getting there

Dealer seems to think for the three of us, the 25' SS or FB is the way to go. Like I said, flexibility is important to me, and I figure that being in the trailer for just a couple or three days I don't need more and I really need to be able to maneuver the trailer up those tight mountain roads (although the road to Taos Ski Valley is not that bad). Pricing being what it is, there isn't that much savings in a smaller trailer, so if the 25 goes where the 19 and the 23 goes, well then that's settled.

Now for this: A guy has a 4 year old 28' s/o for sale. Hardly used, but parked outside and never moved the entire time. He assures me of a great price. Do I pursue it, or is it simply the wrong trailer for us for what it is we want to do?
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...and thanks alot Leo,

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Old 03-06-2007, 03:20 PM   #8
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If the price is truly right, go for it. It will likely fit your needs for now and the forseable future. It gives you the opportunity to take some two week vacations when the comes. Does it have the dinnette? Alot of the people who spend quite abit of time in their like the option of just sitting down and chatting at the table instead of having to put up and down the table.
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Right now I don't know anything about the 28' other than it is a 2003 model, and was moved from the dealer to a site next to a lake where it was set up as a kind of cabin. Supposedly used a half dozen times in the last 4 years.

I also like the 25fb offered in the classifieds but price seems way too high compared to a new trailer and what NADA suggests.
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I don't like the ski chalet idea for three reasons

#1 Keeping the water and waste from freezing would be a hat trick.

#2 Condensation ( people breathe out a gallon per night a piece )

#3 Towing on snowy roads is no fun

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Old 03-06-2007, 08:40 PM   #11
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I saw a 2003 28' Classic last year with the rear bed (queen I think) and the split bath. It sure was sharp. The 25FB or SS would be a good choice also and that is what I would go with for the lighter weight.

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Old 03-06-2007, 09:48 PM   #12
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The 28' will be a heavier trailer than the 25' simply because it is three feet longer and because a slide adds about 800 to 1000 lbs. to the overall weight. Other than being a little heavier, both trailers should pull well behind your tow vehicle and I doubt you'll be able to actually tell much difference in the two trailers in how they pull. Longer trailers actually are easier to back and will pull anywhere the shorter ones pull. The only limitation to the longer trailer is that you may occaisionally be put into a spot that won't accomodate your longer trailer as well and you may not have sufficient room for your tow vehicle to park easily once set up, but that hasn't happened to us more than twice in the past 5 or 6 years so it isn't that big of an issue.
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Old 03-06-2007, 11:14 PM   #13
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Buying used is a savy idea.

Before you buy anything. Go sit on the throne. Some models like the Sleeps six and others just don't have any legroom.

Go sit, lay and meander around your buddies trailer and if all fits verify the price is as good as he thinks. Also repack the bearings and have the brakes checked.

If you are towing the trailer to the slopes and bringing it home with you the furnace should keep all your fluids thawed. Propane is a lot cheaper than burst pipes.

Good luck.
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One further thought that I may have missed, if someone said it. If you camp at state or fed campgrounds, there are often length limits at 25' or under.

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