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Old 07-24-2006, 03:02 PM   #15
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Last week I was at Lake Anna State Park (VA) and we must of had the smallest unit there (if you don't count pop-ups and tents). Anyway, all these big motorhomes, 5th Wheels and "long, long trailer" don't appeal to me. I like simplicity, the light weight and short lenghth of our 22' CCD.

You probably won't see these behemoths at out next destination, the Jefferson National Forest. Anything greater than 25' is a problem.

I've fought the temptation to upgrade to a larger unit. Why restrict myself access to some of the quietest and peaceful (and cheapest) campgrounds around. I'll stick with my 22 footer.
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Old 07-24-2006, 03:50 PM   #16
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Back years ago we stopped in at Colorado Springs and ended up staying 3 days in the KOA. At that time it was almost full due to a big Prevost rally. At the time I had a 21' Hi-Lo and to tell you that it was intimidating would be a mild statement. I remember these guys opening up the basement storage and sliding out a stainless steel barbeque grill. Pop another storage door next to it and out comes a big TV and sound system. And the graphics on the sides of these busses. It was some cool art. One of the guys came by our trailer and offered my then 16 year old son $20 if he would blacken his tires for him. I think the tire was as tall as my son.

I had a chance to show my trailer to a good friend who was a pilot. He flew in WW2 and then flew a Gulfstream as a corporate pilot until his retirement. It was neat as he touched the outside skin as his hands traveled down the rivet lines. I think he was quite overwhelmed. I told him that this was my airplane.

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Old 07-24-2006, 05:44 PM   #17
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Got pics? We love 'em! Besides, big doesn't mean better Someone recently in a Forums post said that the majority of Airstreamers upgrade in size. I think a poll investigating that would be interesting. While we love our 31' Classic Limited, what I hope we change to is an older 19-23' vintage model that will fit in more FS sites and be generally easier for us to handle. How many want to grow larger and how many hope to go smaller in the future and why? Meanwhile, enjoy your little Bambi! ~G
We want to stay the same! We agree with Stephanie! Besides just a year ago we "upgraded" in size by purchasing our Bambi ~ went from a 1946 teardrop (of course we still have that darling little thing!) Used to have a big ole 5th wheel. Icky. Too hard to handle, too hard to park, too much gas.

Besides, ours is paid for! And, now days there are only two of us. Kids are grown.

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Old 07-24-2006, 07:19 PM   #18
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We want to stay the same! We agree with Stephanie! Besides just a year ago we "upgraded" in size by purchasing our Bambi ~ went from a 1946 teardrop (of course we still have that darling little thing!) Used to have a big ole 5th wheel. Icky. Too hard to handle, too hard to park, too much gas.

Besides, ours is paid for! And, now days there are only two of us. Kids are grown.

Mrs. NorCal Bambi (traveling in S Tardis)
The PO of my 25' Sovereign sent me an email asking if I still liked the trailer I bought from him April '05. He bought a larger SOB and says he now wishes he had kept the trailer for caravanning. It's mine, do you hear me, it's mine and I'm not selling! Although most of the trips I have taken have been solo, there is still hope for my wife to be converted from the "Holiday Inn camping" mentality. BTW, I had a 31' and went down to the 25'.
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Old 07-24-2006, 07:35 PM   #19
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Each to their own ... but I kinda feel sorry for those folks with the monster units - their "RV" experience is pretty much related to the unit itself - and the "field" it is parked in.

In the RV world those who think "bigger is better" just don't get it.

A small unit permits a level of exploration and relationship with the landscape that can never be achieved with the "Big Rig"

.... our gain .... their loss.



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Old 07-24-2006, 08:37 PM   #20
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We like our 28' just fine for all the reasons stated above, that is to clarify we're not ruling out changes to the interior (d-i-n-e-t-t-e)over time
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Old 07-24-2006, 09:01 PM   #21
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Hey, ours is a 30', and I wish it were a 24'! (Even so, it looks like a little sausage in comparison to the big rigs we get in here!)

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Old 07-24-2006, 10:22 PM   #22
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I have the 6 of us packed in a 26 foot. I would like to add just 2 feet. Really only 2 feet for a bigger dinette for us to all sit around when the rain won't let up. Other wise maybe jump down to a 25 International CCD SS
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Old 07-24-2006, 10:26 PM   #23
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It's an Airstream- great in any size!

We dearly love our 'Trotter, since getting it on the road in June of '05 we have managed to spend 49 days in it and have traveled to 26 states with it.

However, we have developed an appreciation for the big guys like the Prevosts- we call them shade. Small and simple is good.
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Old 07-24-2006, 10:29 PM   #24
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Small is good

Well, we UPGRADED when we went from 20+ years of camping in VW campmobiles to the 22 foot Interstate. Seems like my wife and me just rattle around in it. But last weekend we parked next to 4 big motorhomes, and felt cut down to size. Lordy, those things are BIG.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:04 PM   #25
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Hello jcanavara,
Your post on the hand running over the rivit lines ,a thread starter?
I love to look at the rivits and the sections all put together .I go inside and lay down on the double bed or the front gaucho and just look around the inside at the ceiling and the rows of rivits I see ,the work it must have took
to put the thing together ,section by section .The outside ,same thing ,
rows of solid rivits all over ,such a pleasing thing. I will be driving down the freeway and here comes a new airstream or a vintage unit ,brings a smile to
my face every time, just cannot help it ,its a fever I tell you !!

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Old 07-24-2006, 11:28 PM   #26
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Bigger and Smaller - I want it all!

Bigger: Lorrie and I would like a slightly larger unit than our current 25' Sovereign for a variety of reasons, perhaps something in the 28' to 30' range. But we are slowly getting the 25'er "perfected", so it's going to take quite a unit to get us to "upgrade" and start "perfecting" all over again. Still we keep our eye's peeled, because you never know what you might find.

Smaller: I am also casually looking for a vintage project trailer from the '50's or early 60's. I am guessing that about 22' would be ideal, but a 26'er would be OK, too. Heck, I won't rule out anything between 16' and 30', but 22' seems the most desireable, . . . if it has the right floor plan.
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Old 07-25-2006, 12:09 AM   #27
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Have to go with Quality over Quantity, we love our 28 footer, fits our family of four just fine. Everything we need, and nothing we don't.

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Old 07-25-2006, 12:40 AM   #28
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Have to go with Quality over Quantity, we love our 28 footer, fits our family of four just fine. Everything we need, and nothing we don't.

We have a 22 ft. Safari, twin ..the size is perfect for the two of us, and even when we had our young sons 10 years ago traveling and vacationing w/us..the quality is certainly inherent in the older models..we were actually playing w/the idea of going newer and bigger, but after seeing some of the new models, (to each his own choices, of course) we've realized we have a fully sel-contained boondockable gem..we upgraded the dual 5 gal tanks to 7....the only negative thing I can say about our 22 ftr is that it's a one person- at- a- time to walk from the back end to the front end or visa versa..when we stay at our sites, I've just kept our bed out, not putting it away each day..too lazy, I guess..anyone else have this problem?..otherwise it's perfect for us..
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