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Old 07-26-2019, 03:19 AM   #29
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Before I bought my AS I made sure it fit in the driveway, with the truck attached. Also made sure I could get the 2500 or 3500 in the garage. My neighbors are not uptight but I’m well plugged in locally, if anyone called to complain I’d know who called, and I think they know it. Never had a problem.
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Old 07-26-2019, 03:47 AM   #30
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Seems like you have made your decision but just a reflection on storage at home. We live in a neighborhood with no covenants but when we first got our trailer, a 25, there was no way to store it in the driveway and still get cars out of the garage. I rented outdoor storage at a self-store. I pulled the trailer home to load and unload, only. I had to go to the storage lot for maintenance, including hauling a generator when I needed AC power.
After a year or two the facility eliminated boat and RV storage and I decided to pour a driveway addition to store at home. Brilliant decision! Not only is maintenance more regular and much easier but we can take our time packing and unpacking the trailer. I added a 30 amp outlet to the house so we can power up the trailer any time we want, which also gives me plenty of time to chill the refrigerator on AC power, not gas. In short, keeping the trailer at home is the best way to do this.
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:09 AM   #31
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If you can't fit it in your yard because of room or HOA then I would not do it but that is just me.
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HOA's can be lame...it's your property, work to change the rules.
We do have an HOA for our neighborhood, a cooperation association.
If you have the room store on your lot, if not we have a designated area for all members to use.

IMHO...if they make such stupid rules they should have a convenient area for residents to use.👍

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Old 07-26-2019, 06:52 AM   #32
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We keep ours at home an love the access. Super easy for cleaning, repairs, packing out for trips.
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Old 07-26-2019, 08:19 AM   #33
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I'm not shutting this down--it's not like when you say to your guests, "thank you all for coming"--because I find all of the comments enlightening. But I did want to say that I appreciate all of the thoughts. It's really helpful.



We already own a 22, which fits in our driveway fine. So we do own and will continue to own and AS or some kind. We're definitely moving up--the question is how far we can go with our physical or geographical parameters.



We'd love to have the 27, but the cost appears to be not ever being able to bring it home. Like others, we like to use it for an occassional guest room, private space when one of us needs to be by him/herself, and to prepare for trips, clean and do maintenance.) So if not being able to bring it home is the limiting factor, that means it's the 25, and you all have saved me $15,000!


Apologies in advance if I missed this, but why canít you bring a 27 home but you can bring home a 25?

It seems to me the difference in length between a 25 and a 27 would not change your ability, but I donít have the details about your situation. The difference is a theoretical two feet, or are you worried about the difference between a 22 and 27, five theoretical feet which is a much bigger difference?

I say theoretical because a 27 is actually a bit over 28 feet long in total length (other threads on stated vs real length).

That being said, and getting back to your original question, we keep our 27 at home in a garage and love it.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:23 AM   #34
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As others have said it’s a no brainer to keep your Airstream Close. We now have our storage five minutes away. And can take it out anytime. Wish our driveway with longer . Registration opened yesterday for the international event in loveland Colorado for 2020. It will fill up quickly hope to see you there.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:40 AM   #35
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Doesnít bother me at all that I canít keep it at home. I could but it is inconvenient in relation to our daily life. In preparation for this 100+day trip (its first major trip) I had it in the driveway for three weeks or so while making modifications and moving in. But it plus the truck makes for a lot of compromises on an urban driveway (which is itself a luxury).

We keep ours at our farm which is about 2 hours away. Weíll use the trailer for longer trips, not weekends, and this is totally fine with me. We have very busy lives when we are not using the trailer and frankly it would be a nuisance and a distraction. It has been nice to flip the brain switch into ďtripĒ mode .

As the variety of responses suggest, a lot of this has to do with your personal situation and how you intend to use the trailer.
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:14 AM   #36
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Thanks for letting us know that you have made the decision.

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. . . So if not being able to bring it home is the limiting factor, that means it's the 25 . . .
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Old 07-26-2019, 10:27 AM   #37
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This post shows how individual our storage needs and wants are, donít they?! I have no choice but to store my AS and itís a 35 minute drive away with no traffic. However, itís a beautifully paved, secure lot with pull through sites and water and 110v electric. It is uncovered but my ASs have always done well outside and if you check roof regularly youíll be fine. Best part is Iíve developed a great relationship with the people in the on site full service RV shop and on several occasions, when getting ready for a trip and finding something amiss I.e. exterior lock wonít open, water pump not working, want a sway control bar installed, etc, I just call them and they handle it within a few days. I donít have to bring trailer to them, itís there, prices very reasonable, quality great. So as with most things, there always seem to be advantages and disadvantages to most solutions.
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:54 PM   #38
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Well, while we are in the country on 11 acres, I still have to deal with a 90 degree turn inside the entrance gate, and then backing into a trailerport we built 2 years ago. We bought our 23D because we could jockey it into place. Building the trailerport required clearing some trees and now a 25 will work. I want ours on-site and available whenever desired, so if I can't bring it home, it's not getting bought.
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Old 07-26-2019, 01:09 PM   #39
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Depending on the situation, sometimes an extra couple of feet can make all the difference. My wife really liked the bathroom setup on the Classic 33', which is actually only 1'9" longer than the Classic 30'. But that extra not-quite 2' made a big difference in terms of getting cars out of the garage without an everyday hassle. We got the 30.
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:09 PM   #40
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This is my ace in the hole if the Exella parked adjacent to the driveway gets cited since I live on a corner and it is technically prohibited in the side yard.


I joined the Universal Life Church.


Some federal court decision or law several years ago exempts religious organization from zoning regulations.


It will be the chapel.
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:23 PM   #41
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We're still chasing our tails on the 25' or 27' decision. I'd pretty much decided that the AirForum community's general advice--bigger is better--was right on. Then someone whose opinion I trust said: "Do you really want to buy something you can't bring home?" That completely stopped me in my tracks. My previous TTs were both the size that we could bring home to clean, wash, stock, service ... but it's unlikely that I can get a 27 in my driveway. That seems like a non-starter.



On the other hand, all of y'all with 30s and 34s and such surely can't get them in a residential driveway.



So, is this a big deal?
We got our 31 in our driveway, wherever we have had a driveway to put it in.
Bear in mind, the 25 is really 26' long, and the 27 is really 28' long. Both are 8.5' wide, versus the 7.5' of your 22'. Both are roughly 9'10" tall.
If you can get a 26' in your driveway, why can't you get a 28' trailer in your driveway?
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This is my ace in the hole if the Exella parked adjacent to the driveway gets cited since I live on a corner and it is technically prohibited in the side yard.


I joined the Universal Life Church.


Some federal court decision or law several years ago exempts religious organization from zoning regulations.


It will be the chapel.
Wow!! I like how you think!! Brilliant!
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