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Old 04-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #29
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It's commonly suggested here for a new Airstreamer to select the trailer they really want, and then get a tow vehicle that is appropriate.

However, we all have budgets to work within. It is my opinion that any size trailer bigger than maybe a 13' Scamp or Casita is too much for a four cylinder truck. Will it pull a 16 footer? Yes, but I seriously doubt it will pull it to your satisfaction.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:44 PM   #30
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I can't go more than 16' because I only have a 4cyl. Toyota Tacoma. It has a GVW of 5000Lbs. so the sport should be fine I think. Is a 4cyl truck too small to tow a small RV? Is leaking a big issue in Airstreams? I am a little shocked to hear that leaking is a problem in such an expensive toy. I would love the Sport, but $$$ is an issue, and i want the most for my money.
Leaking is a maintenance issue for the most part, though there are some assembly problems that have to be corrected under warranty as well. The construction method is good in many respects, but requires that the joints between panels and at openings be sealed, and those seals maintained.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:47 PM   #31
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I can't go more than 16' because I only have a 4cyl. Toyota Tacoma. It has a GVW of 5000Lbs. so the sport should be fine I think. Is a 4cyl truck too small to tow a small RV? Is leaking a big issue in Airstreams? I am a little shocked to hear that leaking is a problem in such an expensive toy. I would love the Sport, but $$$ is an issue, and i want the most for my money.
Don't know how old you are but it seems you've got some years in front of you. From what you say above, I would suggest that Scamp or Casita. And buy the largest of the brand you can afford with the options you want. That one foot of length between a 16 and a 17 will be large.

Enjoy it for a while and later on, reconsider moving into the AS.

And your Tacoma should have no problems towing the 17.

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Old 04-05-2012, 05:06 PM   #32
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We had a 1982 13' Scamp for many years. Very simple so virtually no maintenance required, no leaks until we sold it to our son-in-law who took out the fixtures and used it for an ice fishing house for four years. He sold it for decent money to someone who easily put everything back to a camper. It was always outside and had no leaks or floor rot.

The electric and plumbing fixtures are low-end but easily upgraded.

If I was young I would buy the Scamp fifth wheel model and tow it with a Tacoma pickup. Low cost to buy and maintain, unlike Airstream. New ones are only sold by the factory in Minnesota and can be customize ordered to some degree. Don't expect discounted price.

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I think you're right murreywalker. I really like the looks of the Casita. I'm going to do more research. Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:11 PM   #34
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I agree with murreywalker. If you find a used Casita 17', you'd likely get several years out of it with very little depreciation. We would have bought one but we found it to feel a bit closed-in, and we weren't fans of the fuzzy carpeted walls...

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I can't go more than 16' because I only have a 4cyl. Toyota Tacoma. It has a GVW of 5000Lbs. so the sport should be fine I think. Is a 4cyl truck too small to tow a small RV? Is leaking a big issue in Airstreams? I am a little shocked to hear that leaking is a problem in such an expensive toy. I would love the Sport, but $$$ is an issue, and i want the most for my money.
You should be fine with a gvwr of 5000. I tow my Sport with a 4 door Jeep that has a limit of 3500, same as the Sport 16 and it tows great. Be sure to get a good hitch system. The dealer will try to talk you into a less expensive system. Do some research and specify your wd, anti-sway hitch as part of the deal. I went with a Reese dual cam based and much of what I read here and online.
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If I was young I would buy the Scamp fifth wheel model and tow it with a Tacoma pickup. Low cost to buy and maintain, unlike Airstream. New ones are only sold by the factory in Minnesota and can be customize ordered to some degree. Don't expect discounted price.

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Here's a guy I "know" from over on ECOMODDER. Highly knowledgeable about the trailer type (eggs) and is now on the road full-time with his little 5'er and a Japanese pickemup. Knows them inside/out. Recommend questions to him about his rig, or the type in general, across his blog:

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:58 PM   #37
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I think you're right murreywalker. I really like the looks of the Casita. I'm going to do more research. Thanks for the help.
Hi Griz. So you're a Portlander, huh?! I live in Eugene. My sport is only 22 months old but hasn't leaked or shown signs of leaking. It's in the elements 24/7 and has been towed over 4000 miles. The leaking that I hear about sometimes, I believe, is usually on the older trailers and that's the same for any brand of trailer. I know a lot of the Oregon Airstream unit owners that have newer ones and I don't recall any talk about leaking.

Also, if you look for a used Airstream from 2000 to 2011, I bet you could find a good deal. You can check the classifieds here or google it online. As far as if your vehicle could tow a 16 Sport, are you already set up to tow something? Have you towed a trailer before? I'm wondering if you called up the nearest Airstream dealership, if they'd hitch it up for you and you could test tow it. Just a thought. I'd hate to have you miss out on getting an Airstream, if it's doable.

Either way, I think you're doing a great job checkin' into all this. If you want to, please keep in touch. It would be fun to have you come camp with the Oregon Airstream unit sometime, no matter what trailer you buy! It's a really great group!

I wish you all the best! Take care.

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Old 04-05-2012, 11:11 PM   #38
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Thumbs up if it is newer tacoma it's strong motor

You will be able pull 60mph on freeways just how fast can we really go with ST tires anyway. On hills you will limp around with AS. I doubt you can get AS for $33k, I was quoted $39k. Ended up finding used international AS is better product for sure. I love fact everything is hand made in USA, doors are all custom built on site. 2004 AS was named 25 best products ever made in USA. I am not going to put down other trailer you are going to save some green going that route. Any of you Oregon streamers have nice salmon boat? I want to take a trip southern OR but can only bring either the boat or trailer. I am looking to spend close month down there when Kings are biting.
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Any of you Oregon streamers have nice salmon boat? I want to take a trip southern OR but can only bring either the boat or trailer. I am looking to spend close month down there when Kings are biting.


No boat. Sorry! Hope you get to go fishin' in Oregon. It's pretty beautiful.

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I did not know that Airstreams have a problem with leaking, and floor rot. Is that a serious problem?
Any RV will develop leaks over time with travel, use, and exposure to the elements. Scamps and other fiberglass trailers included. Though they do not have seams they can leak at any point where something penetrates the wall or roof.

I've had my Airstream for two years and have not had any leaks. I was just on the roof checking seals a week or two ago to be sure and everything looks fine.
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We bought a 2006 16ft Safari Bambi in August for $16.500 and have put almost 10,000 miles on it. We have Boodocked, Driveway camped, National Park camped and even Terra Port camped all with no problems. We have gone from tent to pop-ups to Fifth wheels to now the Airstream Bambi. I am in love as just in much with my Bambi as I am with my 32 year marriage. Sure there are little problems along the way. But if you start with something good and based in quality you can always fix it. Yesterday before Easter dinner I was out doing way gave me great joy! Getting Bambi ready for camping season in The U.P. of Michigan,with a wash and wax and checking every systems and tighting everything i could to be ready for use in the next couple weeks. The only thing I couldn't do is check the water system (its still freezing at night here). I have only one more thing to say
"LETS GO CAMPING !!!"
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:03 PM   #42
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At the end of the day it's the Aistream I want. My concern now is my tow vehicle. My manual says not to exceed 3500lbs. The 16' comes in at just under 3000lbs. Is that pushing the limits of my truck? What about driving over the coast range, or continental devide? I'm thinking I need a bigger truck now. I would hate to shorten the life of my Toyota by pulling something that's too heavy for it.
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