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Old 06-04-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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Airstream too small for Fulltiming?

Hi,

I have been full timing for almost a year now. I've been a cross from Oregon, Key west and back.

I have a little "22 Travel Trailer with a popout.

I want to stay fulltime but I want a bigger trailer.

I just LOVE the air streams. And want to get into at least a 27".

However, some of my friends are saying trailers with big slide out are much better. And its true, living space is significant larger than Airstreams for the same length.

And some people saying that the airstream is going to be too small. And that the glory will go away after a way. (think getting a new iphone and how cool it is.. after a while it becomes just another phone. And space would be nice)

I will be living with my GF so there will be two of us.

What are your guys experience full timing in airstream? anyone tried compared to a slide out trailer?
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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To slide or not to slide!

Airstream has trailers with slideouts. The difference between A/S and the white box trailers is quality and how long they will last. Nuff said! Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:53 PM   #3
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I've been in slideout Airstreams & SOBs. Passing by each other in limited space takes some patience, so it's hard to say that longterm living would be easy without a slideout.

Now... Airstream did discontinue slideouts. What? 2008 or so was the last year?

We have a solo Airstreamer fulltiming in a 25' FB and she lusts after a 27' FB. For longer term I still think my favorite larger recent Airstream is the fore-and-aft queen bed 27' FB or 28' Internationals. TV watching may be easier with the front door model. I'd not want the side-to-side queen bed versions for more steady occupancy. Just sayin'...
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:59 PM   #4
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Yea, I need to get an Airstream 2009 or up, because of the Loan situation. So, the space will indeed be limited.
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:26 PM   #5
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Been full timing in a 27 FB Safari for 2 years now. There are two of us and a dog and we get along just fine. We have a screened room that we use to eat out in when the weather is nice..we even watch TV out there when we can. It helps to extend the living space. In the winter we just learn to live closer together.

We had a 35ft 5th wheel with a big slide several years ago. It was OK, but is now in a dump in Texas because it was cheaply made and eventually was worthless as a travel trailer. It was very heavy and a bit of a maintenance hog too.

I find the Airstream to be just enough room to full time. My mate says one more closet would be perfect. She needed one more closet when we lived in the house too!
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:11 PM   #6
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This is why we purchased the 1978 27' Argosy to update. We want to sit in Palm Springs a couple of months in the winter. I also would love the 27' FB Flying Cloud but...pricey!
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Old 06-05-2010, 12:47 PM   #7
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As my wife and i used our 28' for a year before trading it on a 40' cedar creek 5th wheel I can only add that I can live in my 5th wheel, one of us would have killed the other one if we had kept the airstream. As far as quality the more expensive 5th wheels are as well constructed as the modern Airstream, and in a lot of ways better.
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zuyzuy -

consider this -

almost regardless of the size or the year or the condition of your AS, there will always be a market for it should you decide to trade larger or smaller.


i don't think the same can be said of most, if not all, of any pre-owned sob's.

slide-outs? just one more mechanical/electrical thing to go wrong.

check out some of the forums to see the years and sizes people are buying. personally i would stick with the newer models. we bought our 2005 22' ccd in 2009.

your best bet for full-timing would be at least the 27-28' range. that's what my next AS will probably be.

just my 2c

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I have a 2010 CCD Signature Series 25' FB. We Love it. Th disadvantage is the queen is sideways. Also one less closet. If I were you I would get the 27. Seems bigger all the way around but in reality it's not. We would have got the 27' but it would not fit in our current parking arrangement. I love our 25, though, no regrets here.

Good Luck in your search.

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Old 06-05-2010, 04:44 PM   #10
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zuyzuy -

consider this -

almost regardless of the size or the year or the condition of your AS, there will always be a market for it should you decide to trade larger or smaller.


i don't think the same can be said of most, if not all, of any pre-owned sob's.

slide-outs? just one more mechanical/electrical thing to go wrong.

check out some of the forums to see the years and sizes people are buying. personally i would stick with the newer models. we bought our 2005 22' ccd in 2009.

your best bet for full-timing would be at least the 27-28' range. that's what my next AS will probably be.

just my 2c

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That is a good point, the fact that Airstreams do tend to hold their value better than most (if not all?) SOBs.

We go on junkets with our 19' Bambi but couldn't full-time in it. Still love it, though.
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This weekend I met 2 fulltimers in smaller trailers. One has a 25' Safari and the other has a 23' FC. I also met a couple in a 34' motorhome who also fulltime.

It really comes down to the individuals. My advice would be you can't live without your bowling ball collection, don't consider an Airstream.

We are all in a grass field and have '3 amp' power - just enough to keep your batteries charged. Can't use an electric anything if it's 120v but getting along fine.

Fulltiming doesn't mean you can't use full hookups - but you also have the option of not needing them. I don't think that's exclusive to Airstream, but they sure perform well in those instances.
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There is no simple answer. It depends on your lifestyle and what you want to bring with you.
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:55 PM   #13
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it's really a personal preference. My husband and I and our 2 dogs full-time in a 23' and it works well for us. Space has truly never been a problem. That being said, we sometimes look at the 25' model and long for the walk-around bed - which seems to be the only change we wish we had but it doesn't take away our love for our trailer. If we did have the 25', we'd probably find something we'd like about the 27' and so on. I'd just be sure to see the different layouts available.

Good luck!
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:35 PM   #14
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We lived in our 31' for 18 months, and along the way we met a couple that were fulltiming in a 23' Airstream. The publisher of Airstream Life magazine fulltimed in a 30' Airstream with his wife and growing daughter for a couple of years or more. None of these trailers had slideouts. One trick we all learned is to ration space, and where to store stuff you don't use every day.
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