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Old 02-19-2012, 11:44 PM   #1
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Looking for advice

Hi, I just joined the forum because my wife and I are interested in an Airstream. I have been looking at them online and have found a bewildering array of options. First, I am wondering if there are any years or models that should be avoided.

I have four kids so we would be looking at the larger models. We would only consider used due to tuition for four kids, etc. Looking at the pictures makes me wonder if the long two axle trailers have flexing issues and if the 34s drag everywhere due to the long overhangs. Are the slide outs reliable?

Another thing to consider is which have the most floor space. My wife uses prosthetic legs during the day and a wheelchair at bedtime. Are there any floor plans that have easy access to the bathroom from the bed? Her chair is very narrow, but obviously it would be very tight to get to the bathroom. I'm thinking it would require a remodel of the bathroom area at least.
Thanks in advance,

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Old 02-20-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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Hi Dave,


Wow, you have some specific needs that are not all that usual. I can see why it's difficult to decide on the type of RV you want.

I don't know what kind of budget you are working with, but it might very well take a remodel of an existing trailer to meet your needs. In the older Airstreams, the twin bed models have the widest aisle way, but don't usually sleep 6 people... The twin beds could be turned into bunk beds to sleep the 4 kids, leaving the two adults on the front gaucho - which is a long way to the bathroom... and RV bathrooms are not actually built to be comfortable for anyone, let alone for someone with mobility challenges.

I would suggest really reading through the forums to find the good and not-so-good with different models (eg. rear end separation on longer 70's models) and to see what reno's others have done successfully. Here's a link to a previous discussion on this:

Your budget might dictate how many options you have. Some people have done complete gut and remodels of trailers rebuilding them the way they want, but it's safe to say that can be expensive.

The good news - many people using this forum are filled with knowledge and good ideas!

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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Thanks for the link. It was interesting to read it and the link buried in it. Are there any models that are known to be more problematic? I think we would probably need a slide out.
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