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Old 04-10-2004, 08:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy Wait! What about trailer width?

Wait...how wide are most airstreams anyway???

What if we can't even fit it in our driveway (10 ft. wide)?



I can tear out the brick planter on the side and it would be 11 feet wide.

Should I worry?
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Old 04-10-2004, 08:48 PM   #2
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Wait...how wide are most airstreams anyway???

What if we can't even fit it in our driveway (10 ft. wide)?



I can tear out the brick planter on the side and it would be 11 feet wide.

Should I worry?
If you're talking about a trailer~You'LL never have to worry about over-shadow that width`!
I honestly can't say for a MH..
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Old 04-10-2004, 09:20 PM   #3
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The widest Airstream trailer is the current "wide body" which came along in 1996, I believe. They are 8'6", but I don't think that includes the awning arms. They were 8' wide for about 25 years before that, at which point you will have to get help from the Vintage Airstream people as I don't know.

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Old 04-11-2004, 12:46 PM   #4
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59 is 88 inches wide at the floor. Door adds about 1.5-2 inches. I think that width is pretty standard for all models in that year.
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Old 04-11-2004, 03:35 PM   #5
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My '59 is 90.67" at the widest part of the body about 40" above the floor.
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Old 04-11-2004, 04:26 PM   #6
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My '72 is the standard width for Airstreams of that era, just under 8' wide, not counting awning arms. The awning arms on mine add a little over 4" to the width. With the drop step extended, it is around 8'6", but you have to have a little room to get in and out of the thing, say another 2 feet. So, 10'6" would be the minimum for most standard-width trailers, as far as being able to park and get around the trailer. The Argosy Minuets were 7'6", give or take an inch.
Something you didn't ask, but I will tell you anyway, the height on mine is 9'10", with no load in the trailer, over the A/C shroud. So, watch for low-hanging utility wires, tree branches, and eaves on the garage and house. The voice of experience here...
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Old 04-11-2004, 05:48 PM   #7
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I keep my 25' 'wide-body' Safari in a 10' wide spot behind our house. It was originally built for a sailboat with an 8'6" trailer. Although a little tight getting in & out of the A/S door while there, it works. Keep the planter, practice backing!!
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Ah, thank you. I didn't even think of height; we have no wires or tree branches to worry about, but the house eaves could be a slight problem. probably not though. Looks like I can get the A/S and keep the planter; and someone else will be doing the backing up.

Thanks everybody, I can relax again!
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Greetings airstreamhopeful!

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Looks like I can get the A/S and keep the planter; and someone else will be doing the backing up.
There is an option available for a number of truck-based tow vehicles that can make getting into tight spaces a bit easier. My Airstream dealer offered to install a front receiver on my Suburban when I first moved to my current residence near the Quad Cities - - my driveway is bounded on one side by a utility pole and by a street sign on the other - - I had visions of not being able to hit the narrow window between the obstacles while avoiding traffic on the street which is the main approach route to our county hospital's emergency room. The idea is that by switching the ball mount to the front that it is easier to push the trailer into position rather than backing the trailer into position. As it turned out, I didn't find the positioning to be as difficult to maneuver as anticipated so didn't opt for the front receiver.

Good luck with your parking considerations!

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I have the older 8' width, but for me, it is the length which makes it hard to maneuver. You have to be really good backing it in. I find myself having to stop, get out, look and drive - repeat that several times.

This isn't a compact car, these things are huge, in conjuction with tow vehicles.
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Old 04-22-2004, 06:11 PM   #11
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Ah, thank you. I didn't even think of height; we have no wires or tree branches to worry about, but the house eaves could be a slight problem. probably not though.Thanks everybody, I can relax again!
Okay, I'll be a wise guy (like that is different for me):
The eaves will only be a problem once...
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Old 04-22-2004, 06:39 PM   #12
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Absolutely! Like I said to my husband after my little fender bender, the day after we bought the car, "That pole had no business being there anyway!"
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