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Old 02-18-2019, 02:04 PM   #15
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Buyer Advice

Regardless of the trailer. Try Before you Buy. The best place to spend your first night is in a driveway. Be hooked up to city water and AC power. Use everything. unplug her and try the on board water works.Look for rodent history. Crawl under the beast. Look for openings that need closing. Check the date on the tires. Even after paying someone else to check out the rig, go spend a night in the sucker.

Regardless of how much you love your TLC, get a real tow vehicle. I have had two TLC's. They are great but know Dodge Rams. Get a late model, 4X4, Cummins Diesel. Put your bikes and boats in / on the bed of the truck. invest in some better tires. Inflate them properly.

Join an AS group. Leave Louisiana and come west. See you at Crater Lake.

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Old 02-18-2019, 04:56 PM   #16
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Bed space!

Hi and welcome to the forum!

I highly encourage you to move up to the 30 foot with the queen bed in back. Since so much time is spent in that area (read studies on hours of sleep needed), get that comfortable and right and all else will fall into place.

Good luck and God bless!

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Old 02-18-2019, 05:52 PM   #17
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We chose a 30 ft. Flying Cloud. It has a modern, clean interior, queen bed, shower separated from the lavatory area, ducted AC & plenty of storage inside/outside. It has manually operated awnings & corner jacks. We prefer manual to motors which tend to be problematic. We wanted an Airstream large enough for two people to live in for extended periods of time away from home. Good luck with your search. I joke with my wife that I prefer a 25 ft. while towing but love the 30 ft. after arrival.
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:12 PM   #18
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Couldn't resist looking....

Well, took the wife to Foley RV today just to look and wouldn't you know it, my wife fell in love with the 26RB FC. We've never seen the combo bathroom and shower in the smaller unit and thought that was a huge incentive. Looks like we'll be getting into it faster than we thought.
As for the tow vehicle, we are looking at Tahoe with the towing package, which states it can tow 8,600 lbs. The 26RB says fully loaded is only 7,000 so it should be good. We do plan to stay mostly south. May make a trip to the Gatlinburg or west in the future but don't plan on any mountain driving.

Thanks for all the welcoming support and look forward to getting on the road.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:48 PM   #19
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The rear bed 26 is a nice trailer! Some people prefer a front bed so that the view from the dining room isn’t of the back of the truck but that’s a personal thing.

It turns out towing capacity is seldom the limiting factor, it’s often the payload capacity. Be sure you are looking at the tongue weight of a trailer and then how much truck can support including passengers and gear. Often that varies from truck to truck of the same model just based on the options you ordered.
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Old 02-24-2019, 03:20 PM   #20
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Wise Guy

You are being VERY wise to get a throrough inspection! I sure wish we had, when we purchased. There were so many things that we discovered, after the fact, including some serious damage that apparently happened during the factory delivery to the dealer. The joy of owning an Airstream overcame some of that. But, after about 5-6 things, we became discouraged and, frankly, angry. Thank goodness for the AS warranty. It took the full 2-years to get everything taken care of. That often meant inconveniently going to the storage location, hooking up, hauling to the dealer, and back, losing some camping time. Also, had we found the problems, early on, the purchase price may have been in question.
Also, along with the inspection, it might be really wise to have a seasoned Airstream owner-friend (or not) join you, at the inspection. I sure wish we had.
As for the Land Cruiser. We haul our 19FC with our 350-Highlander V-6, with no problems, and plenty of power up and down grades. Our "dream TowV...a Land Cruiser. The engine is the same as the Tundra 5.7, I believe, for plenty of power. After I fell in love with the new LCs, during a wait for service at Toyota, the $85,000 LC price scared me off. Although, I realize that I would probably never need another vehicle, ever. (2 X $45,000 Highlanders = 1 X $90,000 Land Cruiser). Dave
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:26 PM   #21
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Look at all Airstreams and choose what you and your pets will be comfortable in. I recommend a reliable dealer.
A heavy duty pickup maybe diesel will be reliable.

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