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Old 04-20-2015, 08:08 PM   #15
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:26 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by MichelleNC View Post
Having lived a short while in a much smaller rig, where we had to convert dining areas into beds and back twice a day, it was important for each of us to have a dedicated sleeping space. I wish Airstream made smaller models with bunks, but for our family, the Flying Cloud 30FB Bunk is perfect for our family with 2 girls!
I think there's now a 25 or 27 BUNK model for 2015.

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Old 04-20-2015, 10:01 PM   #17
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Hi from AZ. . . as others have said, try/walk thru/laydown in as many as you can. . . If it were me, I'd consider the biggest one I could afford AND was comfortable towing. And I wouldn't buy new ! If you haven't done this before, you're 1st one may not be your final one (like us). I thought my Safari 25 was just right, but when she was seduced by a dinette & a shower you can actually get into, we now have a FC 28. Good luck, Craig
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:32 AM   #18
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If your budget allows it and you're shopping new the sky's the limit, as you will find out. If shopping used I think you'll find the best deals in the longer trailers. When we were looking we found the 25's brought a premium and there were fewer offered in the used market. I guessed that many are grabbed by dealers as trades. I found the best deals in the 30's and 34's. We settled on a 30'er and later upgraded to a newer 30'er and find ourselves comfortable with it. We do a lot of travel with it and find towing and parking to be no problem ( mostly that is).
Hey, when it comes to Airstreams " Bigger is Better", RIGHT.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:10 AM   #19
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Go 1 size bigger then what you think you will need.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:42 AM   #20
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I'm surprised no one asked:
What do you have to pull it with?
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:17 AM   #21
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Do you co-sleep with your baby or will (s)he need a dedicated bed?
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:06 AM   #22
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We have been airsteaming since 1998 and full timing for 13 years. We have had a 25, 31, 36 foot motorhome a 34 and now a 28. The motor home and the 34 were too big for may noncommercial parks. If you are just doing weekends and a week long trip a couple of times a year I think the 25, 27, 28 are great. The 28, 30 and 31 if you plan to go full timing in the future.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:18 AM   #23
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Coming from a person who in recent years has owned a 23', 25', 28', 31', and now a 34' slide out, I say the largest you are comfortable with.

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Old 04-21-2015, 11:24 AM   #24
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Actually, with a wife and a young one, and you attempting to work, and your wife wants her "space", and the young one screaming, you actually need about a 45' 5th wheel....

Old age is coming at a really bad time!

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Old 04-21-2015, 11:25 AM   #25
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For us the choice came down to the bed. Our 27FB has a walk-around queen size bed so neither of us have to climb over the other to get in or out of bed - simple as that.

You will also need to make sure you have or can purchase the right TV to go along with it. Being an engineer, I believe in plenty of safety factor so I tow with an F250 and a 3P hitch and don't really notice the AS behind me.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:28 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by Ultradog View Post
I'm surprised no one asked:
What do you have to pull it with?
Oh, Ultradog, you know we AirForums members are not at all concerned about such trivial things like tow capacity, gear ratios, GVWR, and such. It's all good. Peace out.

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Old 04-21-2015, 11:37 AM   #27
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I didn't read all the response that you have received, but unless for some reason you have your heart set on an Arstream, if you plan to be full-timing and have a young child, then at the stage of the game, I think I would be looking at another brand of trailer with a couple of slides - either conventional trailer, or maybe better yet a fifth wheel, they have a LOT of storage space.

That would be what I think i would be doing and saving the Airstream purchase for later if RV'ing is still a preferred lifestyle when that time comes!

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Old 04-21-2015, 11:53 AM   #28
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I think the first question is what do you feel comfortable pulling. I have never pulled a short airstream , but feel the only advantage would be fuel consumption. If you have the right Tow Vehicle (TV) with correct hitch set up you won't care what you pull.

I bought my 82, 31foot Excella RB( rear bath) with bunk beds and front futon, not looking for a trailer. I am fortunate it was taken care of and no rear end sage. The 31s and 34s seem to be the best buy for the money.

The longer it is, the easier it is to back up. You also realize 31 feet it is from the ball to the bumper. I just went out and measured my 31 it is 27'6" inside dimensions. this works for our family of 3, or us and 2 friends. So I assume a 27 is going to be 23'6" for inside dimensions, and take off at least 6'6" for bed, 5' for bath, and that leaves you 12' to cook and live in. I think that gets small real quick.

My wife and I have lived in it comfortable for 5 weeks, and my teenage son and us comfortably for 2 weeks.

In this case I have to say bigger is better.

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