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Old 01-03-2016, 06:46 PM   #29
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This is definitely 'to each their own' but fun to see what others like. My next Airstream will have ducted air, windows that tip out fully, a bed that orients side to side (One that faces the other end of the trailer feels claustrophobic to me), two fans, full size wardrobe, an oven and no dinette, plus it has to be the wide body.
There are no bad choices.
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Old 01-03-2016, 07:16 PM   #30
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Wow what a response

Thanks everyone for your input and knowledge. You've confirmed a lot of our suspicions and gave us some new things to think about, like considering 28' too. We're not afraid to travel to get what we want and flexible enough to go with what turns about to be the best deal. We know we can get by to start with our Tundra, but when it comes time to buy a new truck in the next year or two I suspect we will pursue something with more payload,and will give more thought to the idea of considering diesel. Will post what we end up for both a trailer and tow vehicle.
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:22 PM   #31
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I would recommend the 25' if you are going to be keeping your existing tow vehicle for awhile. If you decide to upgrade the tow vehicle to a 3/4 ton, then the 27' would also be great.

Without going into details, I had a 27' and was towing with a 1/2 ton pickup so was pretty much at it's maximum load. I towed with it for several years, but wound up rolling the 27'. Still have the 1/2 ton pickup (Silverado) but replaced the 27'AS with a 25'AS. The 27' had appreciably more storage space than the 25', but that in itself can be a problem if you aren't judicious in what you pack on board.

A great improvement with any 1/2 ton pickup is to replace the tires on the pickup with the higher pressure tires like the ones that come with the 3/4 or 1-ton pickups. The more rigid sidewalls appreciable increase the anti-sway characteristics of the tow (of course you need the anti-sway trailer hitches as well).

P.S. Originally bought the 1/2 ton pickup as was towing our 17'AS which we also still have.
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Old 01-04-2016, 10:44 AM   #32
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None of the above...
Get a 30'...
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:34 AM   #33
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None of the above...
Get a 30'...
Which always reminds me . . . when we are in camp we often think a larger camper would be terrific and we should get one (this often leads to a larger tow vehicle). Then we get out on the road touring the country, getting into gas stations, parking lots and camp sites, we are thankful for what we have.

We like them all, different sizes at different times, noting that all Airstreams are tiny by today's RV standards.
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:41 AM   #34
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Our original Airstream was a 25' Classic twins, we loved it. It had the best usable area, great storage space, never felt cramped. But, we saw the new 30 Classic and really wanted the queen bed, so that is what we have. There are things I really liked about the 25, but overall glad we have the 30. I honestly think you would be happy with any Airstream 25' and up.
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Old 01-04-2016, 11:52 AM   #35
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One of the biggest reasons for trade in's is size. Personally space and interior layout will be the biggest factors for you, especially since you are planning some extended travel. Since you are considering a larger tow vehicle for the future, I'd go with the 27' model if you can find an interior layout that works well for you. I've had two Airstreams, first a 27' model and now a 30'. 3 feet of additional storage were very much welcomed. Especially since we have a couple of dogs underfoot. While we have not used any national park campgrounds, we have never found that having a 30' trailer limiting as far as available sites to camp in.

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Old 01-04-2016, 12:04 PM   #36
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I would agree any Airstream 25 and up would be ideal for retirement travel. At that size you get the wider body, larger tires and brakes, larger tank storage, ducted furnace, a little more living room to spend evenings in, and heavier axles to carry it all.
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Old 01-04-2016, 12:27 PM   #37
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We went with 28' for our first AS, which, oddly enough, is one inch shorter (27'11") than the 27' AS. The main reason we went with the 28' was the living room set up. You could comfortably lounge on the L-shaped sectional without having to dismantle the dining table (which on the 28' is separate and not part of the main couch). I believe weight of 27' and 28' is the same. Good luck!
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great thread -- have enjoyed reading all of the responses
We are close to purchasing a (new) 2016 signature with front bedroom
Torn between the 25' and 27'
My only hesitation about the 27' is the limitations at national parks and other campgrounds -- is this really the case?? I have never seen restrictions but before this (upcoming) wasn't watching
We'd like to park the trailer in campsites (even if no hookups) and don't want to limit our options

I've started looking at the (few) park websites trying to ascertain how often the sites are limited to 25' and haven't found any yet

thoughts?

thanks in advance
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I think the limitation is mainly in older national parks.


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Consider the time you will spend towing vs the time you will spend inside the Airstream. That's why we went with a 30 and couldn't be happier.
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We have a 27' FB Signature, been to many state parks with no problem. Just make certain you have a great tow vehicle especially traveling in the mountains. That's the important part.
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