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Old 09-10-2012, 11:34 AM   #29
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A note on "necessary" upgrades; that is entirely an optional idea, in many cases a waste of money. We and many others have traveled extensively with no problems with our trailer as built. It also depends on individuals who must have only the best of everything and those who don't.

We have made no upgrades and have no failures in six months travel so far. We are planning a long, extended trip this winter and may upgrade tires. We may upgrade seating for comfortable recliners. We use our Airstream six months steady every year. If it was for weekend and vacation use, we would upgrade nothing, its fine the way it is.

I don't want to discuss quality here (many threads have overdone that one), just giving our experience and thoughts on money well spent.

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Old 09-10-2012, 11:35 AM   #30
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Hi Doug,

Thank you for your great advice! Your point about "buying right the first time" is such wise advice. We do indeed plan on keeping it through retirement and honestly didn't even consider that our trailer should be at least 25' in order to be adequate for extended travel. Also, we hadn't even considered getting a layout that could be easily adaptable and remodeled for our changing lifestyle. Bob, one of the posters above, did a living room remodel in his AS after only 5 years. And now you are doing your reclining chair remodel after only 6 months. Giving even more merit to the idea that remodeling might be inevitable as we age and our lifestyle changes. Thus, reinforcing the idea that Mstephens said, "these darned things involve a lot of money."

Your point about bigger is not always better is spot on! We love to camp in the National parks and before looking at floor plans, we looked at our favorite campgrounds to see what options would be available to us for that size. It was amazing to see how quickly the options dwindled above 24' in length. At one NP, if your trailer length is above 24' you only have six campsites to choose from! That is really stiff competition when you are competing against thousands of people for one out of only six spots!

Lastly, your note on "necessary" upgrades; and sharing your perspective that these upgrades are an optional idea and in many cases a waste of money is something for us to certainly weigh. Sounds as though we should wait and upgrade when necessary. Although, I would hate to have a tire blow out and have to spend $5000+ to repair a panel because we waited. Regardless, your point is well taken and we certainly don't want to waste money.

Anyway, thank you for the tips Doug...much appreciated!
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #31
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sierra' I want to clarify our choice of 25' as our "lifetime" trailer as related to comfort. It has space for a queen bed and a reasonably large living space. Anything smaller does not have space for both. But smaller Airstreams are wonderful choices for many and have advantages, smaller can be better.

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Old 09-10-2012, 12:56 PM   #32
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Hi Doug,

Thank you for the clarification. Yes, there are compromises to be made in everything!!! For example, the 23FB is great because it has a queen bed but not great because the living area is small and the moment you walk into it, you have a wall directly to your left (which bothers my husband). The 23D has a nice living area but a bed size that is a little bigger than a twin but smaller than a full. So, my husband and I would have to sleep separately (he's 6'4"). So, this led us to the 27FB because the tongue weight is less than the 25 and we like the bed orientation better.

Anyway, your point is well made and here we are going round and round with compromises :-)
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #33
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Upgrades.

Hi, although it wasn't really necessary, we replaced our bathroom faucet with one that is taller and with a single handle. You can find this in my blog too. "Simple Safari Faucet change?"
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Hi Bob,

Nice job on both the Living Room and the faucet remodel! It's really nice to see and read how people as you have customized their homes on wheels to fit their lifestyles.

In reading all this advice, my perspective is shifting and broadening in terms of looking at floor plans for not just what they are when you buy them but also like Doug said, how they can serve us in the future when we are retired and enjoying extended trips in them.

Thanks again for your input Bob :-)
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Hi Bob,

Nice job on both the Living Room and the faucet remodel! It's really nice to see and read how people as you have customized their homes on wheels to fit their lifestyles.

In reading all this advice, my perspective is shifting and broadening in terms of looking at floor plans for not just what they are when you buy them but also like Doug said, how they can serve us in the future when we are retired and enjoying extended trips in them.

Thanks again for your input Bob :-)
Hi Sierra,
I didn't mean to imply that there were upgrades. There is a small set of companies making RV appliances. In short, a very narrow selection of rather similar items. It is not like shopping for "home."
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:55 AM   #36
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We bought our Bambi in the "lightly used" category-- two years old, from the Can-Am dealership in Ontario, Canada. We saved a lot of money this way. It did have some problems, as we discovered as we went along, but because it was under the dealership's one-year warranty, they fixed everything, no problem. So a warranty is one thing I would recommend looking for.

We were total newbies to RVing of any description, although we had been tent camping for years. RVing is a lot more comfortable and a lot more complicated.

But maybe this is why we really didn't like the look of the Jolly Jumbo white box RVs we saw along the highways. Small is beautiful. Bambi was love at first sight.

If you plan to camp a lot in US national parks, with their older campgrounds, shorter does seem to be better.

The main decision for me, if I were to consider a new Airstream today, is the advantage of having a "dry bath" and larger kitchen in longer models, vs. the disadvantage of a much heavier trailer to tow and one that won't fit in a lot of older campsites.

Having said that, we just camped at Lake Louise in Banff NP, and the sites were all gi-normous pull-throughs, suitable for Greyhound buses towing boats. It just depends where you go!

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