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Old 08-17-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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Question size decision, help?

Hi all,

I'm almost there. I've narrowed it down to a 27' or 28'. It might be just incorrect perception on my part, but there don't seem to be a lot of members with the 28'. If so, is there a reason the 27' is more popular. This will be my first AS and first rv, and I'll be full-timing. Is it just a matter of preference or are there other considerations? Thanks, Annie
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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Where will you be living? Will it be in a moderate climate?
I see you live in the northeast.
That will be chilly in the winter. These units are not really designed for cold weather. Or really hot weather for that matter.
I will assume your Tundra has a tow package. But does it have "tow mirrors" and a "brake controller"? You will also need an "equalizer hitch" and "sway control device". Just to give you a heads up.
Not to be nosey. But will it just be you?
Have you decided on a double or twin bed model?
Do you have your eye on a particular unit at this time.
Will you be traveling with the coach or pretty much staying in one place? The reason I ask is your statement of being your first RV. While 28' is a moderate sized unit. It will take some practice to handle it.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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We started full-timing in February 2013 in an 1999 Excella 28'. Has plenty of storage space. I would have preferred the 25' for traveling and parking convenience but hubby said I need more space. We have never had an RV..just tent camped. So far the handling has not been a problem but we do take our time and dont rush anything. I do all the backing and he does all the directing. Works for us. Still think I would prefer the 25'.

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Old 08-18-2013, 03:43 AM   #4
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Thanks for your feedback. I plan to be in Maine from around May to October, then either TX or NC during winter months, with some trips in between. I'm doing it solo, so a big learning curve since it's my first AS. I've gotten clearer since I posted this question. I'm going to go with an Int'l 27' since Colonial has a used 2011, and there aren't any used 28' available. Thanks again, Annie
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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For ease of newbie towing I'd suggest starting with the shortest trailer that meets your needs. That led us to our 23' '71 Safari, the shortest we could find with dual axles. I still find backing it up adequately challenging.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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Hi all,

I'm almost there. I've narrowed it down to a 27' or 28'. It might be just incorrect perception on my part, but there don't seem to be a lot of members with the 28'. If so, is there a reason the 27' is more popular. This will be my first AS and first rv, and I'll be full-timing. Is it just a matter of preference or are there other considerations? Thanks, Annie
I don't think a foot in length is a serious concern. Far more important is the layout that works for you and the STYLE of the interior that you like. Subtle differences in the layouts can be very significant once you begin camping.

Beds, bathrooms, and galleys may look the same when you walk through on the dealer's lot. When you begin using it, you find all the little and sometimes big problems with it when you are full timing. I'd spend a lot of time alone on the lot going through the motions. Pretend you are cooking. Sit on the toilet. Lay on the bed. Etc. I bet you find the important differences quickly! A 27 or 28 will tow easily and with the same vehicle.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:32 AM   #7
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Some folks do not like the model 28 because the sink is next to the sofa and water and food stuffs often fall onto it. The entrance door is hinged on the rear side and can swing around and shatter the opened glass front window beside the dinette. Airstream, in my opinion, should make that a fixed window to preclude damage if the wind were to catch the door with the window open.

Otherwise, it is a great floor plan.
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One other thing to keep in mind is that in the Airstream world the term 27 and 28 is much like 30 and 31. What I'm saying is that many of the Airstreams monikered 27' are truly 28' in length. My 30' Airstream is technically 31' long, the same as the 31' model. My 2001 27' Safari was truly 28' in length.

With my Classic, the difference between a 30' and a 31' model is just the interior layout. So if you look really close you may find that the 27' or 28' model you are looking at is really 28' in length, the difference is in the interior design.

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Old 08-18-2013, 03:39 PM   #9
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My 2 cents is that backing is not that big of a deal. My wife drives our 25 Safari without ever learning how to back properly. She took a solo trip with a previous travel trailer and asked someone to help her when she had to back into a site. Otherwise she did fine going forward. I can back almost anywhere but can always figure out how not to. You can always get pull throughs.
Perhaps the poster has experience with smaller trailers. If so the Airstream is easier to back than a smaller trailer if you go slow, get out and look if necessary and place the trailer in the right place before backing.
Maneuvering around gas stations without scraping something or getting into a place that is hard to back out of is what a beginner should anticipate and always think ahead to avoid. If a place looks to tight to maneuver in comfortably, it probably is. There are always other gas pumps.
With full timing, the big issue for me would be living in that tiny trailer for months on end. I like to camp but always look forward to getting back to the comfort of a house.
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I have been told that the 27 and the 28 are the same length. I think that is the case.
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Thanks for your feedback. I plan to be in Maine from around May to October, then either TX or NC during winter months, with some trips in between. I'm doing it solo, so a big learning curve since it's my first AS. I've gotten clearer since I posted this question. I'm going to go with an Int'l 27' since Colonial has a used 2011, and there aren't any used 28' available. Thanks again, Annie
Annie,

Good luck with your new purchase. We like the team at Colonial and they just fixed am electrical problem in our 27 Classic that had the tech guys from Airstream and Colonial scratching their heads.

We purchased our trailer there in February, training in our 25 Safari. The sales process was easy and efficient.

The layout in the 27 is great layout. We really love the twin beds in our Classic as it provides so much more living space and outside storage.

Let us know how you make out!
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #12
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The 27FB Flying Cloud or International models are exactly 28' feet long. the 27FB Classic is 27' 9.5" long. The model 28 flying Cloud and International models measure 27' 11" long.

Airstream measures from the ball socket to the bumper while others measure just their box size and one must add about 3' for the triangle that forms the hitch.
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i have the 28' and there are considerable differences between the 27' and the 28'. Primarily....and this is why I went for the 28....the bedroom is in the rear of the trailer, and the door is in the front. The 27 has the BR in the front of the trailer, and you enter from the rear. I had to laugh at the post about people getting a free shower if they sit on the sofa, as I have yet to do this! In reality, the 27' is slightly longer than the 28 (go figure). The tongue weight on the 28 is also higher - 950 lbs if memory serves me. Anyway, I think it really is a matter of personal preference. I have friends who have the 27' and love it. I also have friends who like my floor plan. That's what's nice about having the option to select one that suits you. Regarding the comment about trailer length. I understand most folks would say that in most cases the extra length is worth it. And in terms of towing (and backing), the longer trailers are supposedly easier to back.
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... I understand most folks would say that in most cases the extra length is worth it. And in terms of towing (and backing), the longer trailers are supposedly easier to back.
The extra length IS worth it but sometimes a shorter is ok and fun. I can confirm that a 34' is MUCH easier to back up than a 26'
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