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Old 07-31-2019, 11:37 AM   #57
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It does bother me that I can't take my Airstream home. I'm unable to first because I have an HOA and two because my driveway is so steep I can't even back it up the driveway. When I do bring it by for loading/unloading or a wash, it has to happen in the cul-de-sac at the bottom of the driveway. My wife and I have decided that we will not move up in size until we move to a better property with hopefully a garage (pole barn) that can support our Airstream. Call us crazy, we'd rather downsize our house, and make decisions based on land and the convenience of having the Airstream at the house. If we had it our way, we'd be out camping every weekend, and it be easier to prepare for than having to pull the Airstream out of storage or trips throughout to week to make sure it's ready to go.

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Old 07-31-2019, 11:46 AM   #58
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Our last house had a circular drive, oversize triple garage (with one overheight bay), and a large RV pad next to the garage.

Our current home is a strata, underground parking, with no parking for RVs of any type; public street parking is metered, with a 2 hour max during the day, if we want to use it for loading/unloading.

RVs are kept in storage some distance away. Along with any tow vehicle that is too large or too high (think full size pickups) which is kept there with the trailer. We do see one regular contractor bring a RAM 3500 and take up more than one space.

Choice of home beats choice of RV to us. We gained waterfront, views, and a lot of other things, including better access to everything apart from the RV (can't think of other examples), and it just is what it is. We also gained a more secure home that is safer and easier to leave when we do go on trips. We wouldn't consider moving.

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:17 PM   #59
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Bringing it home

My DH and have been camping for about 50yrs. We started in a tent, then a 64 shasta. When we decided to get an airstream, what was important to us was being able to get into most camp spots. So a 19-23 ft was what we looked for. We bought a 99 23' safari and its the perfect size. You just need to decide your priorities. Dragging a huge trailer is just not us. We cook and eat outside 90% of the time. We like being outside. Good luck on your search.
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:37 PM   #60
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Check this

Our 25 at home under its shelter with full hook ups including sewer. When not traveling we use it for guest accommodations but we e live on a farm.
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:45 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by moosetags View Post
It would be a big deal to us.
Me too. Do you have cars that go in and out of the garage? What is behind the back of the AS?

Got a demo saw?
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Old 07-31-2019, 02:20 PM   #62
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Buy the one you love (still talking about AS that is). Then figure out the rest.
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Old 07-31-2019, 02:26 PM   #63
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Damn, JDCamp! You bought your Airstream a house with a pool?!
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Old 07-31-2019, 02:44 PM   #64
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We downsized to our home in a lovely neighborhood in Dallas but there is absolutely no way we could back up our previous 22 or our current 30 up our steep and narrow 1930s driveway without damaging the trailer. We store in in a covered space and that is worth the $$ as Texas has plenty of hailstorms. Someday we will be back in the PNW and be able to have it on our land but until then, storage it is. We love our storage facility, they offer electrical hookup, a dump station, washing station, propane fill-up, security, and just got certified to service AS.
I love our 30. Best decision we made. The 22 we outgrew and we want to be full-time in two years. Having it stored, aside from the money, isnt so bad though.
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:38 PM   #65
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Yes steps from the pool, pool house and outside shower. Our grandkids and others love to stay in it.
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:58 PM   #66
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An additional useful point regarding RV length: at many campgrounds that I have visited, 25 feet is an inflection point on the size of camp site required. Smaller sites are often designated for units “25 feet and under”. If you decide to go with a 27 foot model, you may have to park in larger, full size sites.
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Old 07-31-2019, 05:50 PM   #67
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We built our house pre-RV. Restrictions say RV in driveway no more than 24 hours. I became a member of the restrictions committee. Now, it’s no more than 72 hours for loading or maintenance. We have many RVs in our neighborhood, including an Airstream across the street and a Class A next door to them. Our neighbors have grown accustomed to seeing our RVs before and after trips. It pays to get involved....
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Old 07-31-2019, 06:26 PM   #68
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Everything that Brian said is so true. Our 25' FC stays plugged in at home. We spend a lot of time getting ready for our trips, whether spur-of-the-minute week-end trip or our annual 6 month "snow-bird" trip. I can't imagine not having our AS right here at home.
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Old 07-31-2019, 06:35 PM   #69
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Got my Avion 34XB which is 35feet 5 inches into a tight spot next to garage. It took a front hitch on my Dodge truck to slowly work it in. Now waiting for three new axles to arrive so I can install them.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:52 PM   #70
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There is 0% chance of not bringing the trailer home.
This thing requires constant service, constant attention, and continuous upgrades.

1) I would get the rig that fits at home
2) or covered storage near the home base and in that case get the larger trailer.

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