Welcome, blubelle. Michael may have it right, or maybe we are missing some information. Could you share a bit more about what you plan to do? Do you already have the land picked out and plans drawn (at least in your head) or will you go traveling around to find your ideal spot? Will you build your house yourself, or will you have a contractor build it for you? You mentioned that you have found a place to land your coach, which would imply that you will be building in that area.
We're fulltimers in a 40' motor home with no slides. We're fine with this space, but some days it would be nice to have a bit more. We've talked about a 34' Airstream, but that would give us slightly less living space than what we now have and a LOT less storage space. We don't have a washer/dryer, but the hookups are there should we want them.
How long do you intend to be in your coach? What sort of climate will you encounter during that time? Airstreams aren't great in extreme temperatures. What sort of budget are you looking at? Airstreams are more expensive than a similar size and age SOB, but they hold their value better.
If you are looking at a fairly short time frame, say a year or two, you could buy a pretty nice Airstream for $40,000 and sell it in a year or two for pretty close to what you paid for it. If you buy SOB (some other brand) you will lose maybe 10-20% in that same time frame. A used DRV 5'er will have better insulation and larger tanks, but requires at least an F350-class truck to safely tow it.
David Lininger, kb0zke
Heartland mpg 181 (sold)
1993 Foretravel U300 (for sale)