Originally Posted by Aage
If you are only going to tow it to your "forever" parking spot, why worry about your tow vehicle? If you wind up buying a TT (travel trailer) bigger than what you could tow, or if your new-to-you trailer has no hitch, pay someone else to tow it home.
And, IMHO, Airstreams are really only the right trailer for you if you are actually going to travel a lot. A "SOB" (Some Other Brand) will be cheaper for a comparable size and condition, and considerably roomier inside. Square corners are a "drag" (literally) if you are towing, but they mean more headroom and storage space when you are parked.
Walk around in two or more trailers that are the same investment to you, and see if I am right. I think you'll find that, unless you are regularly sailing down the road, the SOB is a better abode...
You are, of course, spot on in terms of the required TV, and the relative cost and inside space of an SOB. But could you really live with the overstuffed upholstery and oak veneer (or Formica) surfaces? I've seen dozens of SOBs and never felt comfortable in any of them. My wife is an interior designer, so our Airstream was not a difficult sale. The SOBs made us really feel like trailer trash. We don't spend a lot of time inside our trailer, at least when we are awake, but we never get tired of looking at it when we do. We also appreciate that it is designed to be a travel trailer, and not a home.
If all you need is a stationary box to live in, why not get a single wide mobile home and be done with it? It would be cheaper than an Airstream, designed especially for the task at hand, and you could decorate it the way you like. It will not be as classy, but will win the cost per square foot battle. As for me, I'll keep my AS.