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Old 02-24-2015, 01:49 PM   #29
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Does anyone have ideas/recs on how to modify to accommodate that many bunks?

I haven't bought the rig yet, so am open for which used model would be right as well.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:02 PM   #30
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Newbie. I have 5 kids and am looking at air streams

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I'm a naysayer . You have to have the expertise, time and money. Yes it can be done but the kids probably don't care what trailer they sleep or eat in when going camping. What will be the market value of the Airstream when the parents decide to downsize? Maybe it will be good as there are a lot of SOB bunk house floorplan. Seems like a big risk.

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I kind of agree with you KJ, but if I took that stance, why would anybody buy an Airstream? The box campers are a much more efficient use of space, the 5ers tow pretty darn good, the slide out models give you a LOT more room, a big old class A diesel gets the same fuel economy that my truck does towing the Airstream... And on, and on...

I've posted up on other threads why I got the Airstream. I've never been attached to a camper like I am this one. Well, I was close with my old Winne, but that tank of an RV was special in her own right, and the memories we have of it... Crap, now I want my Winne back. Thanks a pant load, KJ. I was almost over her...

What the OP wants is very doable in an Airstream. Might not be cheap, but there's nothing cheap about an Airstream to begin with. Once you see what Skatiero has done with theirs, your mind will change. It's a beautiful trailer that holds a bunch of people, and is done VERY well... Made me pull down my open house sign on mine.

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I just re-rad your post, and you did qualify it with "expertise, time, and money" so, I guess I don't disagree after all...

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Old 02-24-2015, 06:09 PM   #31
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I'm a naysayer . You have to have the expertise, time and money. Yes it can be done but the kids probably don't care what trailer they sleep or eat in when going camping. What will be the market value of the Airstream when the parents decide to downsize? Maybe it will be good as there are a lot of SOB bunk house floorplan. Seems like a big risk.

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Seems like an investment not a risk, considering how many times the "bunk" question comes up, I'd wage money you could sell one easily for profit even.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:33 PM   #32
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Excellent info. Thanks for taking the time.

One follow up. I fully understand that you make a million little decisions that add up to your total bill. But assuming you reuse some and put in new systems and trim. Would you be looking at say, 5, 10, 20k? I'm just trying to run the math when looking at a 70's/80's to redo vs a 90's that might work as is.
You need to give us your overall budget.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:12 PM   #33
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You need to give us your overall budget.
Well.. not 'give' it to us... but, tell us your hopes =) :roll eyes:

With 5 kids (I was eldest of 5... now 4 left)... you will need the $$$,$$$.
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Old 02-25-2015, 07:04 AM   #34
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All good advice, I would just add that with kids, you need to be able to do something with them NOW, not later. So if you do go the route of an Airstream, and it does need some mods, have a way of housing the kids in tents or cots or something like that so you don't loose this summer fixing one up. If you cant find one (and I would suggest one of the longer rigs >30 feet) then maybe an SOB would be a better choice, at least initially. Really depends on your skills, checkbook, timeframe and what you end up finding on your search. Good luck.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:36 AM   #35
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guys, i can't thank you enough for all this feedback. budget would be 20-40K
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:37 PM   #36
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guys, i can't thank you enough for all this feedback. budget would be 20-40K
You can find 34' for less than 20k and retrofit would be far less than 20k.. depending upon how much 'help" the kiddo's can contribute..

As I was told... "the row you have to hoe may be long, but there is a sandwich waiting for you when you are done."
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:40 PM   #37
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There is a really nice 1997 34' Norman Rockwell edition for sale on Airstream Classifieds for $16,000.
If I didn't already have a trailer...
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I realize this doesn't do the sleeping thing I want. But what do you all think about this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Airstream-Ex...pt=RVs_Campers
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Looks really nice- except for the "updated" painted wood-
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I realize this doesn't do the sleeping thing I want. But what do you all think about this one? Airstream Excella 1986 Fully Renovated | eBay
Has a pretty interior, some of which you would have to tear out to put the bunks in. Very open layout. You could put a couple of kids on the dinette and one or two on the gaucho. When the kids get bigger, they may not like such close quarters.
With Ebay, unless you can inspect the trailer yourself before money changes hands, you are taking a big chance. I would never plunk down money sight unseen on something like this. It WILL bite you in the @$$.
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I say whether Airstream or SOB, camping with your children will be the best thing you ever did for them or yourselves. It will bring your entire family closer and you will give them memories they will remember for the rest of their lives! Enjoy and keep us posted!


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Years I mean years ago when I was little, we used to camp and several of us, my brother and I slept on the floor on an old air mattress and sleeping bags. We never gave it a second thought, and still to this day laugh and talk about being stepped on when Dad got up to go to the bathroom. Fortunately, Dad is still with us at 92 and denies the whole stepping on episodes. It was a minimum of two times each night and then the dogs would get up and ask for breakfast. This was six people, two large dogs in a 19' Fan.

Go for it, make the memories - before you know it they are grown and gone.

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