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Old 08-08-2014, 08:40 AM   #15
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The 25 footers are a nice family size, depending on the floor plan. With children, I think a dinette is better than a couch. It's a place to eat and play games on rainy days. And it folds down to a bed at night. Us grandparents like couches and recliners better as we don't play games much anymore!

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Old 08-08-2014, 09:06 AM   #16
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I bought mine on Craigs list . My experence with Craigs list is people that leave there phone number are more serious about selling than ones that don't.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:25 AM   #17
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The 25 footers are a nice family size, depending on the floor plan. With children, I think a dinette is better than a couch. It's a place to eat and play games on rainy days. And it folds down to a bed at night. Us grandparents like couches and recliners better as we don't play games much anymore!

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That's the floor plan we have. Roomy and sleeps my wife and I and our 3 kids just fine.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-08-2014, 01:21 PM   #18
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Kev... You scored one sweet Airstream. I love the way it is polished, and the interior has both the couch (gaucho) and a dinette. I really like the light, airy decorating.

Maybe Julie5 would like one like yours? Could you pull it with a 6 cyl SUV with a good hitch set up?

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Old 08-08-2014, 01:48 PM   #19
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Opinions on trading up....

Thanks, we felt fortunate to find it for sale so close to us and the previous owner admittedly priced it low to sell quick. We purchased it sight unseen except for pictures. I think we were lucky to be the first to make an offer.

Dry it's 4700lbs. We didn't make any substantial changes to increase the weight. The previous owner pulled it with a Ford f150 and he said it pulled fine. I barely notice it with my Tahoe V8. It does have the weight distribution and sway bar which I think is a must have.


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Old 08-08-2014, 02:33 PM   #20
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When we were looking we started looking at the 20, 23D and 23FB. We thought we could get away pulling one of those with our 4.7L V8 4Runner. We had a 17' Casita before at 3500lbs. We didn't like the corner bed/bath of the 23D and the small gray holding tank (smaller than the Casita. We ended up with a trading in on a preowned Tundra 5.7 and a 25fb. We looked at a 25SS a few weeks ago and even though wider than a 23 the rear bed/bath still didn't work for us.
We looked at a 20 and liked the floor plan but the preowned unit we look at was in bad shape. The 48" bed was smaller than the Casita's 54" bed and the grey holding tank way smaller, 21 vs 32. The 20 only had a 4 cu/ft fridge, same as the Casita. If we hadn't owned the Casita we would've kept looking for a 20 probably.

Having the 25fb I'm not entirely sold on the rear dinette side couch living area. I'd prefer a separate couch and dinette but I don't want to tow anything bigger. Of the smaller floor planes the 23fb would be my 2nd choice now. It has the same bed layout as the 25fb, more closet space than the 25fb and much spacious bath but you loose the bath medicine cabinet in the 23fb and you loose the 2 door fridge. The 25fb has a 7 cu/ft to the 23fb 5 cu/ft with internal freezer. I'd prefer the 23fb in International trim because the kitchen has a round sink which gives more counter space. The 25fb has 3 exposed kitchen drawers but the 23fb has a couple of drawers behind the cabinet door which I don't like. The 23fb has a decent size gray tank, 30 gallons while the 25fb has 37 gal. The overhead AC on the 23fb would cool the 23 better than the 25fb but we've found it to cool our 25fb adequately even in the hot Texas summers. We have the full awning package so the rear windows around the dinette/couch are shaded.

Read this blog of a couple with a child that went from a 19' to a 25ss.
Adventures of Dave and Ann
They did well with the 19' but with a 2nd child now they found a preowned International 25ss. They ended up changing their tow vehicle for the larger trailer too (Toyota Sequoia 5.7)

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Old 08-08-2014, 02:52 PM   #21
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Dealers.

I dealt with one in California until Colonial gave me a better number. I gave the California dealer an option to match the price. Not only would they not match the price, they threatened not to service it if I bought from Colonial. The taste in my mouth for that dealership will never go away.

The drive was long but worth it, and the caliber of people I have dealt with at Colonial is absolutely wonderful.

Glad they made the offer, and even happier I took it.
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This thread has given me some serious sticker shock - I had no idea the new trailers cost that much! I already love my vintage trailer, so I am obviously biased, but I'd be looking for a nicely refurbished vintage trailer, which will be light enough to still tow with a reasonably sized tow vehicle, and you'll have enough money left over to fix anything that breaks on it, AND put the rest into starting a college fund Good luck!
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