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Old 08-30-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Survey ~ what are the best airstreams for fulltime living 2 people.

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.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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If you're going to full time in a cold part of Canada, there is no Airstream that I would choose. Personally, I would look for a trailer that was manufactured with a warranty that covered full timing. I think that NuWay did that.

I love my Airstream, but all that aluminum does an excellent job of conducting heat and cold into the trailer.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Are you planning on staying in Manitoba year round?
If so, I would look at an Arctic Fox or Nash trailer. They are better suited for year round living. Especially in colder weather.
I spent the winter in a 14'. Shasta trailer back in the early 90's. In Richmond, BC. Didn't have any problems. But it really doesn't get that cold in the lower mainland of BC.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #4
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We are moving to BC so no, thanks.

Anyone have advice on the posted question?
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:59 PM   #5
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We are moving to BC so no, thanks.

Anyone have advice on the posted question?
Where in BC do you plan to spend most of your time?
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:10 PM   #6
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We have an '02 30' Classic with a slide that we tow with our '10 F150 and 5.4L engine. The slide is just the dinette and moves out only 20". For our 3 months in FL it opens up the front adequately so as not to close in on us. The slides were on 28', 30' and 34' models and were made about 10 yrs. Ours has been trouble free!
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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34 all the way!

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!

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Old 08-30-2013, 06:49 PM   #8
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We don't full time, yet. But could easily make switch.

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Old 09-02-2013, 08:51 AM   #9
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Think question should read. If you are going to buy NEW what AS would you buy to live in Fulltime. It has wheels to move so do not need people worring on where I will be at what season.
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In my opinion I'd need a trailer with the double closet either in a 31' or 34' length. We have a single closet on the curb side in our Classic and hanging coats can take up a lot of space. The two closets in the bedroom on each side of our queen bed are pretty much useless for hanging due to their lack of height.

Slides are really nice, but with the center bath models, you don't get the double closet.

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:06 AM   #11
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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.
They're all tiny 3-season campers. Look for a 5th wheel or park model.

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:26 AM   #12
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In my opinion, in new equipment, the 27FB would be the smallest for two people and a dog and it has the bed in line with the frame.

We are going with twin beds in our on order 27FB Classic, which makes the bedroom capable of being a sitting area and dressing area as well.

The two longer Classics force one to accept the microwave/convection oven and have the drawers under the gas cooktop. There is no way to install the usual gas over below the gas cooktop and get a drawer stack in lieu of the microwave/convection oven. That was the deal breaker for us on the longer units. We want to remote camp and electricity will not be available from the surrounding trees, catus, desert or whatever.

The Classics come with two 40 pound bottles of propane versus the two 30 pound bottlers on all other models. All three Classics also have the largest fresh water tanks at 54 gallons. The 27FB Classic also has the same A/C and heater size as the 28 & 31 Flying Cloud and International models. Both 31' Classic models have 34,000 BTU heaters.

Good luck in your research. You may find that there might better choices for full timing in colder climates than the Airstream.
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Size of unit for full timing .

We have a 27FB International that we have been full timing for three years. We find it roomy enough. In my opinion , 25 footers and above are big enough for two people for full time living.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:31 PM   #14
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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.
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