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Old 09-02-2013, 09:35 PM   #15
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I read and follow a number of blogs written by full-timers. The consensus appears to be 27' and above.

We love our 34' International, but it is a bit of a beast. If it were just my wife and I, I'd go for a 27' model as well.

Having said that, I spent a night in the trailer by myself two weeks back and I remember sitting on the sofa with a cold beer, enjoying all the space and thinking how easy it would be to live in it. I like to cook, even when camping, and the galley on a 34' is awesome.
34's rule. ;p
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:39 AM   #16
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For full time use, you might be better served with a motorhome that has more storage than most trailers. There are still some used motorhomes out there that are priced right and more suited for extended living in all seasons. Research these extensively as some do not really qualify as they are not on a HD chassis.

This is a list of some manufactures of RV units that should give you some ideas. Some of the Canadian units are built for 4 seasons.

Living 4 seasons in an RV requires some specific considerations and more research before purchase will ensure increased satisfaction with your final decision.

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Old 09-03-2013, 04:27 PM   #17
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It depends on the person.

When fulltiming, it is your home fulltime. It's not a camper for weekends or a 2 week vacation. You will be living in it 24/7/365. Some people can fulltime in a 20 footer whereas others need a 40 foot diesel pusher motorhome.

Only you can answer the question as you know what your space requirements are.

In our case we could fulltime in a FB 27 but prefer to have a 34 for the space.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:13 PM   #18
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full timing and FB or not

Went to local RV show this weekend in Raleigh and after seeing what seems like a thousand SOB we were about to head out when a couple we had been talking with at lunch said they had seen the AS;s and yes they were nice indeed..

so this couple we were sitting with at lunch was saying they has a trailer some year ago but had sold it due to non use.. They were looking for something smaller, i think he said they had a 31 with slides before, so we mentioned we were just looking and wanted to get an Airstream.. He was suprized to hear the name and ask " they still make them??" I told him they were most likely the only RV manufacture still in continues business since 1936 or so i told him..

So were coming out of another lookalike SOB and happened to see them at which the lady from lunch remarked about seeing the AS's. We asked where they were located and went straight there..

the area was packed with people some wided eyed and visions of alum in there future and other mumbling about the price and how you could buy 3 other brand for the same money..

We rambled around the area talking with the son of the owner i think who was there unable to keep up with questions from all the lookers.. it was great..

SO... now to my question...


one thing we noticed was the amount of front bedroom units and wondered which was better and why.. I would think a rear bed was quieter away from the road as it seem a lot of RV parks are back in.

so i guess my question is the pro's and cons.. one pro i hear for front was the power jack at hitch help reduce movement in bed..

we toured the 25FB international sterling model and loved it, just wanted that in a rear bed model with same set up..

oh well
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:25 PM   #19
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34's rule. ;p
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #20
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34 is great for full timing...

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...Having said that, I spent a night in the trailer by myself two weeks back and I remember sitting on the sofa with a cold beer, enjoying all the space and thinking how easy it would be to live in it. I like to cook, even when camping, and the galley on a 34' is awesome.
It is awesome, and it is easy to live in. I am contemplating removing the drawer stack and adding oven and new cooktop to complement the convection/microwave (does great frozen pizza, by the way). The storage lost isn't that great, IMO, and can be made up by other means. See the great mods Pahaska has done.

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Old 09-09-2013, 07:02 PM   #21
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If my wife and I were going to do it, it would require a 100 foot long 20 foot wide trailer.

The point being - it depends on how you want to live.

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Old 09-10-2013, 02:31 AM   #22
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Make sure you try lying on the forward edge of the bed of a 25FB model and sit up from that position. Did you hit your head? Try and put a foot down to get off the bed, not possible for me. How about putting something in that overhead compartment above the bed on the right without climbing on the bed?

These points may not be an issue for most folks.

These issues were not clear in the Airstream catalog when I ordered the unit sight unseen from overseas. And they became an issue for us. If I knew then (before ordering the 25FB) what I know now, we would have gone with the 27FB model initially and we would not be ordering one now.

But we have seen the wood interior of the Classic models and the twin bed option additional storage in the 27FB Classic sold us on that unit for our upgrade.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:47 AM   #23
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Hi, we don't full time, but our 25'er is just right for my wife and I and one little dog. In answer to your question the best Airstream for full timing is an Airstream and tow vehicle that are fully paid for.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:32 AM   #24
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It is awesome, and it is easy to live in. I am contemplating removing the drawer stack and adding oven and new cooktop to complement the convection/microwave (does great frozen pizza, by the way). The storage lost isn't that great, IMO, and can be made up by other means. See the great mods Pahaska has done.

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Our Airstream 34 had the cooktop and drawers while at the dealer. As part of our purchase agreement the dealer removed several drawers and installed a stove with oven. When not in use we store "soft" items in the oven like bread, etc. It works well for us. We also like having the convection microwave.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #25
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In your own personnel opinions what are the best airstreams for fulltiming for
Two people and a large dog??

So far I think its the Excella or Classic model.
I can't seem to find any others that are roomy enough.
My wife and I bought a 1988 34 foot Limited and we sold our condo put the furniture in storage and hit the road for what she says was 6 months. Six months turned into 2 years. We just followed the sun so to speak and managed 36 states and 2 winters in Florida. The 34 was perfect for us and we never felt claustrophobic or suffered any cabin fever.
We upgraded to an 06 34 foot classic limited with a slide, and I am trying to convince my wife to cut the cord and hit the trail again, the slide really enhances the living space.

I vote for the 34...

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Old 09-17-2013, 10:24 AM   #27
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I really like the 34 foot triple axles. I have a 34' triple axle Avion (silver sister) that is actually two feet longer than a 34' Airstream because they rate them differently...but even mine gets tight on rainy days with our family of four.

But at any rate, I highly recommend the 34 footers. Especially if you get one without the slide out. They are fairly roomy, and they tow like a dream. I've yet to hit a place I couldn't get mine into. And I have had some tight places!

Best of luck,
Being able to get into national and state campgrounds is a big consideration for us. Are these places you frequent with 34 footer? Are overall length of 34' Avion and Airstream the same.
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As to what size, remember these two, related considerations: While we all of us "camp" (spend more time outdoors than in) there are times of poor weather for days at a time where two areas in which to lounge, separately, is worth planning for; and when someone is ill or injured.

Otherwise "space considerations" have to do with the fact of sitting or sleeping over 90% of time spent in the trailer. More space generally means a harder to heat/cool interior and greatly increases the time for cleaning.

I would round it off with access to storage. Some floorplans have less storage for a given size AND may make it hard to get to things used more than seasonally.

I 'fulltime' in a 35' TT, but would likely be just as happy in a 28'. Smaller than this doesn't appeal, nor did it to two earlier generations of my family going back over a half-century.

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