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Old 03-02-2019, 09:10 AM   #15
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My friend has a 16. Good enough for her alone but you want to cook, and the 16 is not well set up for any serious food prep IMO.
You will take a hit on depreciation if the 16 is you have discovered the 22 has already taken that hit!
I like the 22 as a single person unit. A bit narrow for some couples...we opted to sell our 89 to get the wider body to have more room to live on a daily basis. Now that I'm by myself I wish we had kept the 89.
One other down side to the 16 is the furnace is under the bed and it is noisy. I don't know where the furnace is located in the 22


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Old 03-02-2019, 09:33 AM   #16
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I believe the 22 also has double wheels, which I don't have with my 2007 20-foot Safari. Having double wheels would be a great relief if you ever have a fast tire deflation or blow out, particularly on a tricky road like a highway going next to a steep drop-off or a steep hill - no matter whether going up or down.

I find my 20 to be much easier to back up and control than small utility trailers, so length and weight is actually an advantage.

The fact that the 22 is already a season or two used may also help you avoid the new Airstream issues that people report on Air Forums. The first owner already resolved those issues. I bought my 2007 in 2014 and have never had any new-trailer issues.

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Old 03-02-2019, 11:08 AM   #17
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Get the 22’, it has separate gray and black tanks instead of the combo tank in the 16’. The dry shower is much better and it tows very well with my 1/2 ton Tundra.
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:28 PM   #18
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It's hard to go wrong with either choice as they're both great trailers. The differences in weight, length, width, etc are really academic. They're both very small trailers that tow well behind most anything and can be parked almost anywhere.

A big difference - and likely the reason we went with the 22 is that it has 3 distinct areas, each with a different function. The bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen/living areas are each very well designed and sized for their particular purpose. When we were in the 16, it felt like each area was a compromised - all to achieve what was, for us, a negligible length difference.

(We agree with an earlier post that the U-shaped dinette in the 22 is disappointing in actual use, but we look forward to changing that.)
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:07 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by MaineStreamer View Post
I believe the 22 also has double wheels, ...
The 22' Sport is a Bambi with a single axle.
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:24 PM   #20
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Pleased with 22FB

We ( wife and small dog) have had a 22fb since 2015, traveled across country and spent almost 50 days on the road. Understand everything is a compromise, we set out to purchase a 16 ( wife wasn't a fan of the wet bath) and decided on the 22.No Regrets, the added gray tank and larger bed, make camping in State and National Parks ( no sewer hook ups) rather easy for 3-4 days ( if you conserve).
We tow with a 2014 Jeep GC, 6-cylinder, brake controller. No issues, 14-15 mpg. Traveled Appalachians, Catskills and Rockies in Montana and Wyoming.
Make sure you get a good Weight controlled, anti sway hitch. Extended add-on mirrors and enjoy this beautiful country.
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:39 PM   #21
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OK - most folks move up to the 19 from the 16 to get a dry bath. From our perspective, we would move to the 22, as it's a little 23. We like the layout a lot.

However, you need to go to a dealer and spend time in the dinete of both units. If the 22 dinete works for you, great. For some folks it does not. The issue is size and view. Different for each.

Bed better in 22. It tows better, because it is narrower and pushes less air (7.5 vs 8.0). And we like the bathroom better.

Compare appliances, bathroom, dinete, bed, work space, storage space, and layout configuration. Go with what you like.

The final consideration is waranty. New is 3 years now. You may find that better for your abilities. Learning to do it yourself is the right approach for the RVer, so don't ignore that consideration either.

Good luck with the decision. Either will give you lots of smiles. Pat
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Old 03-02-2019, 02:02 PM   #22
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Get the 22'. We just went from a 16' to a 22'. You will love it. Larger bath and more storage area!!
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Old 03-02-2019, 02:11 PM   #23
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Easy answer. Yes Yes Yes Lucky �� You ! Light weight fits anywhere. Easy to tow. - back up. And yes an awesome bathroom. Our first Airstream was a 22 foot. We pulled it with a Dodge Durango. So easy. It is one of the lightest of the Bambi‘s. 2 of us & one dog it was great. I can’t imagine you wouldn’t just love it. I doubt you’d have any regrets. Awesome price $$$ . beautiful floor plan. Congratulations on choosing the best. AIRSTEAM !!!! Welcome to the Airstream family.
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Old 03-02-2019, 02:21 PM   #24
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IMO you will not regret going with the 22 over the 16
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:56 PM   #25
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Another potential reason for the 22 is, while warranty has expired or soon will, hopefully any issues have already been resolved.
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:01 PM   #26
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We have a 2008 22 ‘ Sport (Safari). We love it, especially the dry bath. We purchased it three years old and lightly used. Our TV was a Honda Pilot for the first year. The combination worked very well but the limited cargo capacity, both wt and cu foot led to a GMC 1500 with a cap. Our AS model has a single axel and the tongue wt plus truck cap is still a significant portion of the GMCs load capacity. We looked at a Bambi 16’ but it was to small for the two of us and two twenty lbs dogs. I do miss more windows of the wide body styles. Enjoy your personal choice.
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:02 PM   #27
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22 definitely

Four tires are much safer especially if you have a flat. You can safely limp at 35mph to a pull-off or service station to put on the spare tire and can change a tire without jacking up the Airstream. Make a ramp from "lego" blocks, run the good tire up on the ramp til the flat is off the ground and change tires. Much less stressful than watching some hack jack up your trailer without any idea where the one safe lift point is.
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:09 PM   #28
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I'll vote for the Sport 16, my sister has a 25' and has had a lot of problems with it. Our 16 pulls so easy, fits us 2 perfectly with our English Bulldog. Was offered a 19' when last at our dealer, straight across, we said no.

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