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Old 01-11-2011, 06:06 PM   #15
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Welcome to the forums. IMHO, it's more important to know how many occupants and what length of trips are you planning. Then decide the length and floor plan that makes the most sense to you. As someone who bought new units (twice - eerk). Let me suggest this. Look at the Classifieds right here - buy gently used for your first one. Then you've got a road ready camper and if a better one comes along someone else ate the big initial depreciation.

Are you familiar with the model names and the trim levels? Flying Cloud nee: Safari, lowest price, normally with "mouse fur" interior, though the SE has bare aluminum and bigger windows. International aka: CCD which includes specials like the Serenity, Eddie Bauer, Victronex, etc. Mid level, many laminates but modern sleek decor prevades. Classic & Classic Ltd. Older ones called "Excella". Real hickory wood, older ones Oak, high end fixtures and countertops, the sky is the limit... over upholstered and curtained in my personal opinion

www.airstream.com
www.colonialairstream.com

are good places to browse and compare options.

Before you buy - attend a rally - there's always an open house and most people are glad to show off their units. (AIRSTREAMS!~)

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Old 01-11-2011, 06:54 PM   #16
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WRD,
As stated earlier, the interior and resulting length of the trailer will likely dictate the # of axles.
The backing up issue is more of a function of the distance from hitch to axle. A longer distance is slower to react and much more controllable.
I had a very short single axle to carry my Grasshopper mower. It was almost impossible to back up, I then upgraded to a single axle 12' trailer which was easier, and now have a 16' dual axle which is very easy to back up.
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Last year I had a flat and it did not pose a problem at all (except for the rainy conditions that soaked me as I changed the tire). I simply pulled into a convenient, wide-open parking lot to change the tire. After breaking the lug nuts loose, I drove up on a ramp and changed the tire. After that, backed up and with the new tire back on the ground, secured the lug nuts. Good to go in a a relatively short period of time.

If there is a downside to two axles... they pull so smooth even with a flat tire, that you may not know you have a flat. Then the flat overheats, the tread comes off and WHAM! you may get some body damage as the tread flies off and the sidewalls fling around. This very thing happened to my mother and father on their Airstream.

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A good reason to use a TPMS, its another thing I have found gives me a bit more peace of mind when towing and makes the whole experience more relaxing! I still check all the tires visually at every stop though.

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WRD,
As stated earlier, the interior and resulting length of the trailer will likely dictate the # of axles.
The backing up issue is more of a function of the distance from hitch to axle. A longer distance is slower to react and much more controllable.
I had a very short single axle to carry my Grasshopper mower. It was almost impossible to back up, I then upgraded to a single axle 12' trailer which was easier, and now have a 16' dual axle which is very easy to back up.
Bob
Very true! I have a small luggage trailer I sometimes tow behind my motorcycle, the bike has a reverse, but backing up with the trailer hooked up is a real challenge - I'd sooner back up the Airstream any time!

Most often I just unhook the bike trailer and move it around by hand!


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