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Old 03-26-2013, 07:26 AM   #15
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Lets, see . . a triple slide with optional porch.

What's the measured pin weight once loaded?

Twin or triple 15K btu air conditioners?

Length of roof warranty?

One of the man camp lot specials from the overheated RV dealers around the Eagle Ford?

The sad part about most of Texas is that it is too darn hot so much of the year . . thus the appeal of these with big interior room. Hurricane evacuation (whether Katrina, Rita, or Ike) I found no one who was back in their S&B house in less than 18-mos. So look to an ONAN COMMERCIAL generator (heavier, but turns slower) as an upgrade, also. Big self-containment has some advantages.

I'll wager the lack of glass area [sq./ft. ratio], the view, is what you'll miss most.

But not the repairs.

OTOH, the upgrade threads on tires are just as lengthy (RV.net), but have the same kind of solution. And upgrading to MOR/ryde IS + discs is worth the investigation . . the leaf-sprung models have little to no suspension travel when traveling in our high velocity winds.

Folks arguing about 5'er "superior stability" have no real idea of what they're talking about (of course, they've also never driven a properly sorted conventional hitch). The devil is in the details.

Best of luck!!

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Old 03-27-2013, 06:39 PM   #16
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Hey slowmover...Well, the Open Range JT337RLS is a bumper pull, not a 5'vr. No optional porch on this model. "Tounge" weight is 780# (unmeasured). 2 ac's, one 15k and a 12.5 in the bedroom. Full 2 year warranty. And the glass views improved considerably over the AS. I already have a generator but we don't boondock so...
All that said, we missed our Airstream as soon as we put it up for sale. We wanted more outside storage and interior space as we hit the road for longer and longer trips...but I see us back in a smaller AS in the future for the weekend fun!
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:51 PM   #17
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Hi, Chuck. Glad it's as you describe.

John Barca's threads on RV.net (and posts) are your new best friends in re suspension, brakes, tires, shock retrofit and hitch. (JBarca). Our local winds are not your friend, thus the recommendation.

Enjoy!

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Hey slowmover...Well, the Open Range JT337RLS is a bumper pull, not a 5'vr. No optional porch on this model. "Tounge" weight is 780# (unmeasured). 2 ac's, one 15k and a 12.5 in the bedroom. Full 2 year warranty. And the glass views improved considerably over the AS. I already have a generator but we don't boondock so...
All that said, we missed our Airstream as soon as we put it up for sale. We wanted more outside storage and interior space as we hit the road for longer and longer trips...but I see us back in a smaller AS in the future for the weekend fun!
You know what they say Chuck, once a Streamer, always a Streamer.

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We had a great, white box trailer for 13 years, pulled it way over a hundred thousand miles, 48 states. Our 2 boys grew up in it. Only new trailer we 've ever had, it NEVER let us down. It got us to our beloved AS. A young guy with 5 kids bought it (bunk house). When he pulled out of our driveway, a big chunk of me went with it.

That shiny tube sitting in it's place got my mind off of it pretty quick.
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My parents had two box trailers when I was growing up and I have some great memories of the family trips. It took me 18 years of going to RV shows to convince Susan (Sunnygirl) we should start camping. Fortunately we were able to start with an Airstream. She was hooked from the beginning and loves the aluminum lifestyle. The many friends we've made have been the unexpected and priceless bonus.
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