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Old 03-28-2009, 11:22 AM   #15
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The line of credit is a good way to get money pretty cheaply, but if you are moving, that may not be available. Perhaps you can put a home equity line of credit on the new house. A loan on a house or a travel trailer comes with the benefit the interest can be deducted from taxes. If you found one someone is selling (rather than from a dealer) you may not have the time to get such a loan. An alternative is if a private owner is willing to finance it as a mortgage. They may not be able to sell it any other way.


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Old 03-28-2009, 03:11 PM   #16
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We used to own a 23', a vintage '75 so it was light...sold it last year. Now we own a newer 25', and have pulled them both with an '07 GMC 1/2 ton pickup....simular drive train to your Denali.

I can tell you the '75 23' was very easy to pull. We pulled it last summer to Alaska and back averaging 12.1 MPG. The '01 25' however, is a wide body, weighs about 1500 pounds more, and is all I want to pull with the 1/2 ton truck.

Hope this is of some help.

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Old 03-28-2009, 06:37 PM   #17
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We looked and looked for a 23' CCD and finally found exactly what we wanted. We made the final "look at" and was ready to start the purchase process when we decided to look at a 25' one more time. Then we had to sleep on the decision and the next day we made our decision and purchased the 25' International. We've traveled on it for a year - made it to six states and spent 30 nights on it. Our first year of learning how to use an Airstream. Some things we learned - the 25' has more living space without the huge round sink taking up half the walkway. We substituted the folding curtain for a curtain of our choosing and found that clipping it shut and leaving the toilet room door ajar gave us much more room to maneuver in the bathroom. We've done several other changes and are so very happy with the 25' - can't wait for another summer travel season to arrive. We had no idea what was needed to pull either TT but got beginners luck with a used Nissan Armada. Towing capacity of 9,000 lbs. and a built in tow package. We run about 12.5 m.p.g. towing it and 17-19 mpg without it. We purchased add on mirrors to comply with all state regulations as the Nissan's mirrors are not large enough to be in compliance in all cases. I hook them up when we use the TT and remove them at other times. Don't be afraid to check with other financing institutions. With your credit rating and "pay back" ability, there is no reason some institution will not provide you the funds for purchasing your new TT.
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Old 03-28-2009, 08:30 PM   #18
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Well I hit my first roadblock. No financing. I found a 23' I wanted, and I pretty much decided on that size.

The banks gave me a big thumbs down.. I have good credit, a high credit score, but not enough credit. They are holding it against me that I own my car, ( a new car) my house etc. I could afford to buy it outright, but I would rather keep that money where it is. Apparently just having one am ex on your credit and a ton of assets is not enough.

INSANE! The rv industry is hurting, I can see why. The banks wont take ANY risk.
Try a credit union.
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Offer to use collateral to finance. At my credit union they suggested using my boat as collateral to buy a 4 wheeler. She said leave the house unencumbered in case anything happened. I liked that logic. It ended up as a business deduction. All very up and up too.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:32 PM   #19
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best solution for 1 or 2 peeps imo...23fb
my priorities were nice bed and nice bath,those being my 2 main reasons for moving up from a tent.the 23fb does great on those.once they showed me the trick of turning the dinette into a mini couch,i was sold.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:28 PM   #20
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Thats just it.. the stock market is FINALLY showing some life, I hate to take anything out. Since I am about to move, I really hate to let go of huge chunks of cash.

Just a road bump, not a dead end. Working on Plan B.

I knew I shouldn't have named it before I got it. HAHA
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:41 AM   #21
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If it was a boy, Chuck... after Chuck Woolery. And a girl... Trayla...

But I kind of like Tex too.. maybe I need two Airstreams. One for me and one for my shoes.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:54 AM   #22
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Stupid question: what is a CCD layout? Thanks in advance for whoever answers this. Brian
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:59 PM   #23
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Can't decide what size

My husband and I live in Colorado and would like to buy an airstream to see the state. We're looking at a 34' but I am concerned that we will be limited to only RV campgrounds. How manuverable is a 34' vs. other lengths. We are planning on having children, so I don't want something that is too small.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:24 PM   #24
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Welcome to the forums, Zippyed. While I have no experience with the 34, I can tell you it is BIG. So big that I would think you would have troubles getting it into at least some of your National Forest Campgrounds in your wonderful state of Colorado. Again, no experience with it, but I do have lots of experience camping in Colorado and I would think it would be a problem in some of the campgrounds. Some even state in the books they are limited to 25' length campers.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:55 PM   #25
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Melissa, where are you? Did you solve the financing problem?

Brian, CCD is a trim line in the International models. it was designed by Christopher C. Deam and some people like it, we don't. It was apparently to provide a modern, sort of European style, appealing to younger people. It's not a stupid question; no one knows the answer 'til they ask it.

zippyed : 34' is long. It depends where you want to go. Private campgrounds have long and not so long sites. Obviously shorter units can go on more sites and have more options. NF campgrounds probably are the ones with the fewest long spaces and older campgrounds in NP's will also be shorter. Colorado state parks have some longer sites. Sometimes you will have to unhitch just to fit in a site and park the truck next to the trailer, while others will remain hitched and save a little time and energy. Maneuverability—people tow 'em, so it can be done. Obviously going around corners and through twisted roads in campgrounds provides some challenges. Backing into spaces, even long spaces, requires wider roads, something often not found. Backing a 34' must be interesting, though I've never done it. This would also limit your options.

The only 34' Airstream was making was the Classic. The last new one rolled off the line a couple of weeks ago and may have been an order. They're still on the Airstream website, and if you plead with them, they might make you one, but it might be even more expensive than they were. A 34' Classic is the most expensive trailer Airstream made. Classics are very heavy and will require a 3/4 ton truck and for the altitude and grades in Colorado, maybe a diesel.

I'm sure there are used 34's available from time to time.

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Old 05-22-2009, 03:14 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by zippyed View Post
We're looking at a 34' but I am concerned that we will be limited to only RV campgrounds. How manuverable is a 34' vs. other lengths. We are planning on having children, so I don't want something that is too small.
Too long for most campgrounds; a twenty-five or twenty-eight would be my choice.
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Old 05-23-2009, 01:44 PM   #27
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I have pulled a 34' for the last ten years. Have gone on two caravans with WBCCI one was two months in duration and stayed at state and federal parks as well as on Indian reservations, the other was a coast to coast from New York to Salem Oregon via Canada north of the great lakes. I only had one issue with parking and that was in New York, traded places with one of the caravaners and that became a non issue. U turns are the biggest single issue I have with the 34'. On two lane roads you go past the road on your right, stop and back into it then make a left turn and go about yoru business. I like the room the 34' has to offer specially on extended trips. I also like the 3 axels and the way it pulls. If I were going to downsize it would be for a 28' to 31'. There is a learning curve in pulling through fuel stations, and cracker barrels, but not an insurmountable one. I do love my unit.
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:08 PM   #28
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I am a single woman and I own a 1974 25' Tradewind. I wanted something smaller when I was looking and couldn't find anything. One thing that no one has mentioned is the difference between a single or double axel. I am not sure what you are looking at, but that was a big part of my decision. I wanted a double axel because I figure if I have a tire blow out on the road in most cases I could at least get to a safe place on my other 3 tires. If 1 of 2 blows it seems you are in bigger doo doo. I also did a lot of research regarding tow vehicles... I had some guys on the forum telling me I was crazy to even think of towing with my 1999 Tahoe. I can tell you I have never had an issue. I sail up and down 7% grades without a bit of trouble. I have a weight distributing system that helps.

I love my TW, but would trade it in for a smaller double axel in a heart beat. I don't need the extra two feet and I think smaller would be better for parking etc alone.

Just one womans thoughts!


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