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Old 08-03-2014, 06:41 PM   #57
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Does size REALLY matter when full-timing?

We based ours off comfort.... With 3 Boys- we grabbed a 31 CB, RTwin so we can add the third bunk in the back.
Brought her home yesterday.., towing with a Burb Z71 - Avg 13.1 MPG on the 4 hr drive

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Old 08-03-2014, 08:48 PM   #58
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I noticed a Suburban Z71 at the campground today. It was the first time I had ever seen one.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:57 PM   #59
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They are rare. Mine pulled like a dream yesterday...
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:58 PM   #60
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Congrats! Inside pics???
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:46 AM   #61
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Nice!

Nice looking trailer TXDXRIDER!
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:30 AM   #62
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Thanks all....

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Worked on cleaning the awnings yesterday...

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Have to replace a few part to put the third one up.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:26 PM   #63
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That trailer is awesome!
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:33 PM   #64
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That trailer is awesome!

Thank you- we searched for 3-4 months to find the right one.... Now time to start making modifications to her.... Oh and to name her...
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:37 PM   #65
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Choosing the size of a RV to fulltime in is a very personal choice. It is important to understand that this will be your home and not just a camper. People are fulltiming in everything from tents to 45 Prevost buses.

How long do you plan on fulltiming? The answer may impact your decision. If it is less than 3 years you may be able to fulltime in anything. If it is 5 to 10 years then you may come to a different conclusion.

It is my opinion (based on observation of the number of Airstreams at the Escapees Escapades) that only about 1.5 % of people fulltiming do so in any model of Airstream. Most fulltimers believe that Airstreams of any length don't have enough storage space.

As someone stated on this forum, being of the older generation (baby boomer) I prefer having more space than less. It is easy to fulltime in anything when the sun is out, it's 75 degrees with a light breeze. There will be many of those times. On the other hand there will be weeks with non stop rain, windy, and 35 degrees. You need to be prepared for both. Fulltiming is easier when the weather is nice versus miserable.

Anyone and everyone can tell you to go big or go small but only you and your wife can determine what you will be comfortable with.

In our case we are planning on fulltiming for 10 to 15 years and since it will be our home opted for the space.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:29 PM   #66
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Wow, txdxrider, looks like you find a nice one. Sure is shiny! I'm jealous, we're still a year out. That's ok, though - gives me plenty of time to research and chew on things.

Our goal, if all works out (and after a year of test runs) is to full-time for 3-5 years at the minimum, but longer if it suits us. It will depend on the needs of the kiddos. I love the idea of us road-schooling, but that may not work for everyone. Socialization is my biggest concern. It would be great to find a community of sorts on the road, but I'm not sure how realistic that is for us. That's part of why I am here now, to start making friendships early. You never know!

I have a question that someone knowledgable of the newer 28 and 30s can answer. If you opt for the traditional propane range/oven, must the trailer also come with a microwave and, if so, where they heck do they put it? I'm concerned it would eat into drawer space if installed under the counter like the convection/microwave upgrade. I'd rather it just not have a microwave, but I'm not sure if that's an option. Thanks for the input, if you have it.

I'm still waiting to hear what (or who, I should say) Jim found in his trailer the other day!
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:42 PM   #67
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Thank you- we searched for 3-4 months to find the right one.... Now time to start making modifications to her.... Oh and to name her...
Nice trailer! You're right about the modifications part - my list is getting longer, not shrinking.

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:49 PM   #68
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We are only two and don't totally full time, only 6-9 months per year. We don't have a microwave and don't really miss it.

I am with those who think you should go bigger rather than smaller. We went from a tent to a trail manor to a 28 ft Ocean Breeze. We have gotten into every park we wanted including state and national parks.

Envision your day with the wife, dog, kid or two, on the third rainy day in a row while you are trying to work. Would you rather have more room or less?
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That's a good thing to keep in mind; imagining the family on the third rainy day I'm still really liking the setup the Works family did in their 27FB. I'm going to share a couple of photos from their An Open House post (it's really great, check it out).

A widened twin (still not sure that would work, but it's a starting poing) with desk and overhead bunks. It looks like Timeless Travel Trailers did a great job from the photos.



A great workspace:


The bunk would need a safety rail, but great space:


And they look great from the bottom too!


Anyway, it's an options. I'm waiting to hear back from Timeless Travel Trailers on the cost of doing this type of customization.

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I directly asked Works about his setup. He said they were always "overloaded" with their tow vehicle (F-150). They have a 27FB International Signature twin, the tongue weight on the 27 is already pretty high in reality. Airstream claims 770lbs, but most folks find it to be 1100lbs when they get it home. Their mods added a significant amount of forward weight to the trailer.

If you go that route, get a bigger truck than a half ton.

Customizing your setup is a great route, there are a lot of folks doing just that.

We're probably going to do the same ourselves. I'm just a huge fan of the 27FB layout. Believe it or not, the 28ft has more setting space, but you actually loose a significant amount of storage and counter space comparatively. And the difference between the 27 and 25 ft Front Bedrooms is a pantry and repositioning of the bed. Counter space, bathroom, and sitting area all measure out the same.

I guess the space issue really becomes about how much stuff you have, how much room you need to sprawl and how much time you plan to stay inside your airstream.
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