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Old 04-02-2008, 09:00 PM   #43
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well having read all these great comments I would have to say that the 79 25" Tradewind is the way to go
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:56 AM   #44
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Every Airstream owner has their own opinion, but after a bit of compairson of value, the sifting of functional features, you are left with the only one really true correct design choice. The 1968 24' Airstream Tradewind.
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I found, by talking to my dealer when I purchased this answer, which I believe is somewhat on target.

"Well, the 25" models are the most popular. The 23' has many of its advantages but with easier towing (narrower and lighter). It comes down to liking the corner bath and smaller tanks, or not."

One thing I found interesting when looking at a few 23' '09 models they showed me was that I really liked the model layout of the one I believe called the 23C no longer made, that they said, was unpopular yet; I found it a potentially excellent choice with its multi-use L lounge, tall cabinet in the corner and roll out/roll away table- ended up buying used but what a model. I would have probably purchased that one if a used model I liked hadn't become available. Here is what it looked like with the option below:


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I believe it comes down to what others have said- needs and intended use on the layout. About everything else is the same. Now I say twin model with great lounge seating is best!

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Of all the Airstreams I've owned (15 I think), one of the best floor plans I've seen was in the 75 22 footer double axle Argosy with the Center L layout.
Hmm, I looked up the Center L Argosy shown under 1976 model line. Rear door, no static bed, L dinette, sofa, rear bath. Interesting layout.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:45 AM   #45
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We have no idea what the "most desirable Airstream model" would be for anyone else. However, we really like our '94 21' dual axle Sovereign. 50 gallon freshwater, and solar. Bought from a couple who had lovingly taken care. We have now updated and personalized and it is our paid for dream.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:59 AM   #46
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huh, that's funny rob, i was thinking the same thing
I tend to agree.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:02 PM   #47
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I found, by talking to my dealer when I purchased this answer, which I believe is somewhat on target.



"Well, the 25" models are the most popular. The 23' has many of its advantages but with easier towing (narrower and lighter). It comes down to liking the corner bath and smaller tanks, or not."



One thing I found interesting when looking at a few 23' '09 models they showed me was that I really liked the model layout of the one I believe called the 23C no longer made, that they said, was unpopular yet; I found it a potentially excellent choice with its multi-use L lounge, tall cabinet in the corner and roll out/roll away table- ended up buying used but what a model. I would have probably purchased that one if a used model I liked hadn't become available. Here is what it looked like with the option below:



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I believe it comes down to what others have said- needs and intended use on the layout. About everything else is the same. Now I say twin model with great lounge seating is best!





Hmm, I looked up the Center L Argosy shown under 1976 model line. Rear door, no static bed, L dinette, sofa, rear bath. Interesting layout.

We have the 23C. 2006. I keep looking at 25's but once we are out and about with this largest of the small trailers I'm quite satisfied. Best of all, it's paid for!


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Old 06-06-2015, 10:24 PM   #48
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Interesting older thread, now recently revived. It sounds to me like finding the best Airstream is a multi-part exercise. First, one must establish the "mission profile" of how many people and pets, for how long, and where will you be. A young couple with no children or pets, both of whom work Internet-based businesses and will live full-time in their coach, will want something different than a young couple with two small children who want to go camping several times a year for a couple of days to a couple of weeks at a time. Neither of these coaches might be right for a retired couple who are full-timing and want to see the entire United States.

Once the mission profile is established, a budget must be established. That will include not only the purchase price, but also any necessary repairs and upgrades to the coach and tow vehicle. In some cases it may also include the tow vehicle. At the same time the decision will need to be made about how much repair is acceptable.

The first two parts are the easy ones, since they only require that all parties agree. The third part is the hard one - actually hunting down the right coach. As has been noted on other threads, some sellers list their coaches and then don't respond to interested parties. Others misrepresent their coaches (sometimes intentionally, most often unintentionally). Still others don't post proper photographs. Sometimes the price is too high, sometimes too low. Sometimes the coach you want is so far away that the cost to get it would be prohibitive. Those who buy new, of course, don't have most of these issues. They can just go to their dealer and order the coach of their dreams.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:37 PM   #49
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So much depends on what kind of camping you like to do:

1. More wild or more urban
2. Weekends or long journeys
3. with or without all the comforts of home.
4. Boondocking or full-service RV resorts

and the type of person you are:

5. more environmentalist (looking for low gas mileage) or more into creature comforts.

and the number of travelers,

6. two-legged and four-legged;

and how much storage space is in your tow vehicle

7. a truck with a cap on the back for max. storage of camping gear, or a sedan with room only for a few suitcases.

We prefer more wild, and find that a shorter trailer serves our needs very well. I just made a revs. at St. Mary's CG in Glacier National Park, and 23 feet was the maximum length this CG accepts.

We do a mix of shorter and longer trips, with the max. so far at 6 weeks out, much of it in National Park and BLM campgrounds, where the sites for big rigs may be limited. We find it disappointing to hope for a back-to-nature experience, only to be walled in by monster 5th wheels and motor homes with toy-haulers, that totally block the views we drove so far to see. The Bambi lets us get into more interesting spaces, in campgrounds restricted to smaller rigs and tents. (Many public CGs have some big rig sites, but the number tends to be limited.)

We are a couple plus one medium-sized dog. The covered back end of our truck has ample storage space for camping gear, so we don't miss having more storage space in the AS.

We find that interior space is truly a state of mind. We went with the 19-footer on our second AS only to get a full bath and a little more kitchen, not because we felt personally constricted in the 16-foot Bambi.
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