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Old 03-04-2005, 12:19 AM   #29
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Consider longer and narrower..

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Let me lead with admission of bias, but we shopped for trailer in 2003 we could pull easily behind 10 year old Suburban 1500. Decided 6K# was limit. We settled on late 80's 25 Excella (floorplan equal ot Safari or Classic today with rear BR, side bath/shower and front couch..). At width of 96" v. current 101" the frame and total weights are lower, but inside room is more than adequate for family of 4. Ours is rear "Queen" at 76" by 54", and even that is snug, with problems of climb-overs for person along wall... This fits weight limit, and really worked well on budget, with purchase price ~$13K, and another $5K into vents, carpet, refrigerator control board, blinds, upholstery and drapes, flat screen TV etc to bring up to nearly new aesthetics...

Colonial RV in NJ has identical model for sale today (down to ugly flowered couch and pink blinds) for sale at $10K, or couple in Palm Springs has one allegedly refurbished for sale on Vintage Airstream Club site for $12K.. Given you don't get to upgrade your Expedition, for total cost under $20K you could have a heckuva roomy Airstream for the family that has finished depreciating and is getting more valuable, with twin axles, good storage space, and better bath arrangement than Bambi.. There happen to be several great Airstream shops in your area (Andy's Inland RV or C&G Trailer Service in Bellflower) that can do interior makeover and fix system problems and still leave you $$ leftover for actual vacation trips...

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VERY interesting! Do those shops have websites per chance? Or are they visit only?

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Let me lead with admission of bias, but we shopped for trailer in 2003 we could pull easily behind 10 year old Suburban 1500. Decided 6K# was limit. We settled on late 80's 25 Excella (floorplan equal ot Safari or Classic today with rear BR, side bath/shower and front couch..). At width of 96" v. current 101" the frame and total weights are lower, but inside room is more than adequate for family of 4. Ours is rear "Queen" at 76" by 54", and even that is snug, with problems of climb-overs for person along wall... This fits weight limit, and really worked well on budget, with purchase price ~$13K, and another $5K into vents, carpet, refrigerator control board, blinds, upholstery and drapes, flat screen TV etc to bring up to nearly new aesthetics...

Colonial RV in NJ has identical model for sale today (down to ugly flowered couch and pink blinds) for sale at $10K, or couple in Palm Springs has one allegedly refurbished for sale on Vintage Airstream Club site for $12K.. Given you don't get to upgrade your Expedition, for total cost under $20K you could have a heckuva roomy Airstream for the family that has finished depreciating and is getting more valuable, with twin axles, good storage space, and better bath arrangement than Bambi.. There happen to be several great Airstream shops in your area (Andy's Inland RV or S&G in Bellflower) that can do interior makeover and fix system problems and still leave you $$ leftover for actual vacation trips...

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In a remodel, saying I found a good trailer that just needed some interior updating...how hard would it be to change a dual twin bed setup to a queen?
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Inland RV Does... Andy R is frequent poster here, and you can look at www.inlandrv.com.. C&G does not, but you can reach them at 800.662.3790, and they do have e-mail access. VACA Web Site with classifieds for used trailers is www.airstream.net. There are also 135+ Airstream trailers listed for sale on www.rvtraderonline.com web site, though many are new units listed by dealers... Both C&G and Inland offer "complete renovations" so it would be possible to get trailer now, and have it completely redone by time it stops raining in May...

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In a remodel, saying I found a good trailer that just needed some interior updating...how hard would it be to change a dual twin bed setup to a queen?
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I thought of that after reference above... There are several threads of posts on the topic, which you can search using search tab at top and I'd enter words twin and queen in box and see what appears...

My sense is it's a tough job for do-it-yourselfers, since beds and dressers have exterior storage bays and plumbing underneath, and wiring and center night stand and other items need reworking, but it has been done by some members.. Going from queen to twins much tougher unless you find another owner and swap entire rear interiors... Andy or C&G would be better sources to answer question with specific floorplan in mind... There are some wide-body Safari 22's from around 1998-2000 (before CCD versions were introduced..) and those might also be candidates for purchase/refurb..

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Colonial RV in NJ has identical model for sale today (down to ugly flowered couch and pink blinds) for sale at $10K

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