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Old 04-01-2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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Hybrid Full Timers

We are considering becoming more of a "full timer" than we currently are doing. We own a small farm with room for parking almost any size RV - we have had friends stop by with extremely large "coaches" and found room to plug them in and park them. We have owned a 23 foot airstream for a number of years and enjoy the traveling (mostly to Az and back) and exploring.

While we would probably keep our farm, we need to upgrade to a larger unit and have looked at several. We are considering a front kitchen model, as well as others, but understand that a good deal of the load may be put on the front of this trailer and, hence, on the tow vehicle. Since I have towed trailers for more than 50 years, towing is not much of an issue but if there is to be a larger load on the towing unit, we may need to consider purchase of a larger unit to pull the trailer. This, obviously, entails longer total unit measurements and we are interested in comments dealing with this in a full time environment.

What "problems" would be encountered with a unit totaling say nearly 60 feet in length as far as finding areas to "stop" and see the country as well as just getting from point A to point B and parts in between. Also, looking for any recommendations as to types of trailers that those who have experience would bring to the table. We are somewhat experienced "Airstreamers" and know we would probably be in the 34' category for the mobile unit. What floor plans have served you all most comfortably?

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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We pull an Airstream 34 and have had no problems. We are aware that we need to make wider turns. We have stayed in state parks without any problem. However there are fewer sites that will hold a 34 versus a smaller unit in the state parks. National parks may be another issue altogether as we have not camped in any national parks.

We have not found the total length to be any issue. We love having the room of the 34. Everything in RV'ing is a trade-off. The bigger the RV the greater the comfort but there are fewer sites that will hold a larger RV compared to those under 25 feet.

Choose what you are comfortable with for towing, living space, and site selection.

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