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Old 08-03-2008, 06:08 PM   #1
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I too have a dream...

Here's my story. Am a single empty nester older Mom, selling the family house and ready for a big change. I'm the wanta-be A/S'er who subscribes to the mag, collects vintage remodeling books and has the Hallmark A/S ornament on the bookshelf!

Ok, so over time I have decided I need a 27' queen bed in the 1997 -1999 era. I so want to spend the next three years or so in Kansas City, Redding Calif and Charlotte NC taking classes and being involved in ministry etc. I would live in the A/S full time coming home occationally to see kids etc.

I would do this all by myself and would hopefully find RV Parks close to the ministries I want to plug in to stay at.

And I need the TV as well, I'm considering a earlies 2000 Tundra 3/4 ton.

How does this all sound? I love the forum and will check out the used A/S for new tires, packed bearings and the inspection etc. I love the older vintages, I just don't think I can take one of those on. I can still re-upolstry the gaucho couch in vintage hawaiian! Ha.

Thank you for any feedback.

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Old 08-03-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:40 PM   #3
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Best of luck in putting your dream together.

Do some research on the Tundra. I believe they have never made a 3/4 ton truck.

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Old 08-03-2008, 06:51 PM   #4
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Hi Anne,
Sounds like a great plan...Something Hubby and I would like to do in the future too...but of course we've got to get the AS first. I'm like you ...subscribe to the Airstream Magazine, have alll the AS coffee table books and the Hallmark ornament too. lol
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:52 PM   #5
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:06 PM   #6
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It sounds wonderful..I have no doubt you can do what ever you set your mind to.
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:42 PM   #7
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Anne/Conorosa,
I would suggest a PM to board member Juel, IIRC they tow with a Tundra(and I am sure there are others) FWIW you can full time in anything if you put your mind to it. I did for a couple of years in a pickup camper...best years of my life!

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Old 08-03-2008, 07:46 PM   #8
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Hello, I'm living full time in a 25 FB. Got rid of a huge old house and have my cleaning routine down to 20-40 minutes per week. You'll love that part.

I think your size range is good for full timing, however I too agree you need a REAL 3/4 ton vehicle for something that big and that new. Newer A/S are heavier than old ones. I personally wouldn't look at anything but a Chevy 2500, Ford F-250, Dodge Ram 2500 or a 3/4 ton SUV from one of those manufacturers. By the way, I think you're being very realistic/practical in considering a newer unit. The old ones are very cool, but they are full time projects - often for years - restoring, replacing and upgrading their systems and making them truly something you can live with, and live in. One of my best forum friends GT1963 just bought my 2005 22' CCD - after years of being avid and expert restorers, their family and personal situations have changed enough that they want to camp NOW and not do so much work.

One thing I'm facing now is the high gas prices - which make having some OTHER vehicle pretty necessary. Choices there can be anything from a bicycle, motorbike or very small car. How much and how often you move around will define what your best choice is. However consider your tow vehicle too. Motorbikes CAN be carried easily in a pickup truck if the bed is big enough... In an SUV.. no. You can't tow both the Airstream and a Prius at the same time which isn't a huge issue if you're staying in the same area for 2-4 years, but might be undoable if you're moving 2-3 times a year.

Now for the A/S itself. Go to forum rallies, travel to big dealers with large inventories, check the Classifieds in this forum. Look at EVERY unit you possibly can. The floor plan is a very poor indicator of how the RV will fit you and your lifestyle. You may find that making a corner bed doesn't bother you, for others it's a deal breaker. Dinette size, closets, bathroom size (knee room) are all issues that if you make a mistake will drive you nuts for the long term. I've decided to stick with my 25 FB for a few years for money reasons, but if I got a "replay" on that purchase decision I'd go to a 27 FB just for the closet and the front to back queen.

Good luck and see you down the road.

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Old 08-03-2008, 08:06 PM   #9
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wahoonc is correct about the Tundra. The 1st generation Tundra (up tsp 2006) was a little short of being a 1/2 ton. I had a 2003 and it was a great truck and towed my 25 foot Trade Wind just fine. I think the size and year of the trailer you are looking for would be too much for that Tundra. The 2nd generation Tundra (2007 and up) is a real 1/2 ton and with the bigger motor would be better suited for the larger newer trailer you are looking at. I suggest that you find the trailer you want and then find the TV that fits.

We will be driving through Durango later this week on the way to the RMVAC rally in Salida, we will wave!
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Go Anne! We're FTiming in a 27' FB (moved down from a 34' SOB") and couldn't love it more. We work full-time (still building the nest egg) and wouldn't change a single thing about our unconventional approach to life. Most people are floored when they find out we live in a pasture with horses and still manage to find a place for our dry cleaning. ; ) Live your dream; otherwise, someone else gets to.
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Anne,

Welcome to the Forums!

I'm sure you will appreciate pulling the narrow bodied vintage units.

Just be sure to verify that it does not have a rear-sag issue.

Good Wishes!

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Old 08-03-2008, 10:04 PM   #12
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Paula - Thank you so much for your opinions and wisdom. Tell me what you think about the dinette, ya or na? I like the frig and storage area vs a dinette and I certainly don't want to lose the couch.

And why a FB? The front to back queen sounds good, but some parks you would be facing the street with your bed...?? Just curious.

I love these forums, so helpful!

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Have fun with the search

Let it be fun and realize you may change everything about your thought process along the way. I tow a vintage 26ft (1967 Overlander) with the first generation Tundra. It does fine, but I wouldn't pull a 2000's vintage 27ft with that truck. The new Tundra would be fine I think. I too will be in Salida this weekend, and agree with the thoughts about looking at lots of trailers. The open house on Saturday will give you an opportunity to see what the Vintage crowd is all about, go to the larger dealers and sit in lots of trailers as well. Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:50 AM   #14
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Paula - Thank you so much for your opinions and wisdom. Tell me what you think about the dinette, ya or na? I like the frig and storage area vs a dinette and I certainly don't want to lose the couch.

And why a FB? The front to back queen sounds good, but some parks you would be facing the street with your bed...?? Just curious.

I love these forums, so helpful!

Thanks all, Anne
Pull in spots basically have "streets" front and rear, so what's the diff? The FB design has a rear end dinette. If you back in, theoretically you're looking at the prettiest scenery from your rear wrap around window. You're sleeping in the front, so if you're asleep why is the view important? In truth I've found great and not so great views depend on the park you visit. Some are great out of every window, others - close all the curtains!

Dinettes - side dinettes always end up over the wheel well, so two of the four occupants have to be midgets or children. End dinettes, like in the FB are roomier, and since the "wide body" starts at 25' lengths, they are even roomier in the bigger units. The end dinette also fairly easily folds down into a bed/couch which can be quite comfortable. I have mine down quite a bit. I just eat from a tray. The FB even with the dinette has a couch. Closet in the 27 FB is MUCH bigger, and with the single lobsterbowl sink and roll out microwave, it has more counter space, though it still is small.

What works for one might not work for another, so find what fits you!

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