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Old 07-09-2007, 11:22 PM   #1
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Newbie has a couple questions:

Hello all, please forgive me if this question is getting old however our local Airstream dealer doesn't have much in the way of inventory for us to get a feel for these beauties.

So, how does one know if a 25' model is too long or not big enough? We're hoping for weekend get-aways to week long vacations and we are a young family with one 18 month old daughter.

Also, the floor plans have me baffled a bit. We've found a nice 1999 25' Safari but the bed lay out is a twin. That does not seem romantic nor cozy. Who is this lay-out geared towards? The price is right, could one make it a double with relatively easy modifications? I assume the couch pulls out to a double but the seller hasn't confirmed that yet.

Since reading a few posts, perhaps I should be considering the CCD's also. I thought the Safari was the way to go but have been hearing good things about the CCD's. I really don't know the difference however...

Thanks for your time and I look forward to any insight.

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Old 07-09-2007, 11:36 PM   #2
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Hello all, please forgive me if this question is getting old however our local Airstream dealer doesn't have much in the way of inventory for us to get a feel for these beauties.

So, how does one know if a 25' model is too long or not big enough? We're hoping for weekend get-aways to week long vacations and we are a young family with one 18 month old daughter.

Also, the floor plans have me baffled a bit. We've found a nice 1999 25' Safari but the bed lay out is a twin. That does not seem romantic nor cozy. Who is this lay-out geared towards? The price is right, could one make it a double with relatively easy modifications? I assume the couch pulls out to a double but the seller hasn't confirmed that yet.

Since reading a few posts, perhaps I should be considering the CCD's also. I thought the Safari was the way to go but have been hearing good things about the CCD's. I really don't know the difference however...

Thanks for your time and I look forward to any insight.

Mike
Is 25' too long, that depends; if your tow rig is big enough to handle it it's not, you'll find that on rainy days 25' is nice and as your family grows it won't be big enough.
As to the bed, you did not specify the configuration I take it that it is dual twins. I agree not very cozy for Mom and Pop. If you did make the bed wider you would have trouble with passage from fore to aft. The 25'CCD has a corner bed and you have to craw out of it, the 28'CCD has a rear Queen which is nice, side dismount. It all depends! Take your time and look at the Airstream Web Site for various configurations of layouts. I know a few that baught the 22'CCD and did not like it at all. Again take your time before buying.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:44 AM   #3
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Go to a rally and look at all the trailers. Folks will be glad to share their thoughts as you look them over. Good luck.
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:56 AM   #4
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Hi Mike and welcome to the Forums,,, searching is great fun,, do take your time,,, i have a 25 ft. rear double bed Safari,, with room to walk around on 3 sides,, no crawling over,,, good luck ,, wait for the perfect one,, just when you are about to give up,, it will appear,,, happy trails,,, donna
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Old 07-10-2007, 01:04 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I can't even rent an Airstream in my area to see if I'd like the floor plan or not. The Safari I had my eye on does in fact have a dual twin in the rear. One salesman told me it's nice for getting dressed as you have a walkway in between the beds as opposed to out in the living area. I know the 2000-2006 Airstreams don't last long when they do come up so I'm trying to inform myself should an opportunity arise. My wife and I are convinced that buying a good RV is an investment and Airstream is the logical choice for so many reasons.
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Old 07-10-2007, 02:03 AM   #6
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Before you buy anything sit on the throne to make sure you have the leg and elbow room you need.

I'm 6-2 and the Mrs. is 5-3 and niether of us had enough room in the corner bath.

Go to a rally. You will be able to see various floorplans and styles.
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I kind'a like crawling over. A little pause for an ear nibble before exiting
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Old 07-10-2007, 06:50 PM   #8
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You might want to check this one out, as well as the others on Spokane's Craig's list. Also, there is or was an Airstream dealer in Calgary on Barlow Trail and I believe a good one in Spokane from what I've read on the forum.

2002 AIRSTREAM SAFARI 26' 1/2 price

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spokane craigslist > for sale / wanted: search for "airstream"


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I kind'a like crawling over. A little pause for an ear nibble before exiting
I like your style Turtle!

Hi Mike.
You really need to see the actual trailers and sit in them to get a real feel for what works for you. There are as many preferences as there are Airstream owners so what works for me may not work for you. It depends on how many will be traveling (and how many pets as well). How much stuff do you bring with you and how long do you plan to "live" in it at a time? Do you travel light or bring your house with you?

Where to park it or store it when not in use is also an issue. How much room do you have for storage? And of course what will you be towing it with?

As others have said a rally is a great place to "try on" a variety of Airstreams.

Good luck! Whatever you end up with will be fantastic.
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Old 07-11-2007, 12:08 AM   #10
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Hi everyone, thanks for the replies. I don't know if I mentioned but my wife and I are not only new to RV'n but also to Airstreams. We are at a serious disadvantage as our local showroom only has a 19' Bambi - that's it! As far as I can tell, there aren't any rallies coming up near by either.

Having said that, we both grew up with parents that had RV's and we want to invest in an Airstream that we can grow into as a small family. Quite frankly, I'm not entertaining any other manufacturer at this point and I think we'd fit in quite well with the Airstream lifestyle and the product line speaks for itself.

We will more than likely buy our Airstream through some online source (private or dealer) as I don't want to pay new prices and if I'm persistent enough, I know the right 'used' one will show up. BTW, thanks for the heads up on the Spokane Airstream - I'll look into it (if it sounds too good to be true??).

We have an '06 F150 with 7200# towing package so the towing part is taken care of. We just need the darn trailer to tow!

I know I'll be purchasing an Airstream 'blind' but that's the chance I'm willing to take. Hopefully if I'm careful and we find we don't like the floor plan, I can sell it locally and break even (or better) and try a different model.

I have outdoor storage available. As far as travelling light, those days are done now that our little girl is in our lives! Weekend getaways with her look like we're packing for a European month long tour.

All I'm left with is finding the right floor plan at the right price. I've built several homes and remodelled a few so I'm thinking maybe I could do some 'renos' if I didn't like the 'twin bed' lay out for example. Who knows...

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Old 07-11-2007, 12:20 AM   #11
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mike, welcome to the forums.

if you get more into looking, you'll ponder the idea of buying an old one and completely renovating it (especially since you're handy with tools). check out these threads, they are some of the best on the forum for renovation processes;

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ler-11687.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/s...ent-17197.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/1...ion-20215.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...9-a-10709.html

enjoy!
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Hi UF, thanks for the note. My only hesitation in buying a vintage 'handyman' special is that we want to do some camping - yesterday. My wife (nor I) would not be impressed with some fixer upper sitting in the driveway all summer as I try to remodel it. I think this first one wil be 99 or newer and once I get a feel for it, maybe I can start buying/fixing/selling older models. I usually have enough on my plate renovating the darn houses, never mind a house on wheels. Thanks for the links though, I was looking for some before/after pics eariler. Take care.
p.s. Venice, California eh? Nice!
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:20 AM   #13
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Mike -

Welcome to the Forum and to the AS family - almost!
My personal opinion is to get the biggest one you can afford and the biggest one you can tow.

I had my heart set on a 22' CCD (I REALLY liked the layout)and my wife talked me into the 28' - I 'm glad she did. There are only the two of us, but the full bed, and extra room for rainy days was well worth the extra investment. And the 28' tows like a dream.

Speaking of investment, if you are looking at a new one, it MIGHT be worth a plane ticket or two to get to a dealer with a decent inventory. Welcome to Can-Am RV Centre: Home seems to have several to look at.

The Special Edition Safaris came out the year AFTER we bought our CCD - we'd probably have gotten one of those had they been available - Safari cabinetry and woodwork, but CCD aluminum walls and lighting - a REALLY nice combo. The Aluminum interior walls don't hold cooking aromas and seem to make the interior seem bigger.

Colonial Airstream " Of New Jersey " 1121 Rt. 88 Lakewood, NJ 08701 Airstreams #1 Volume Dealership usually has 50 units with photos that you can look at and Airstream, Inc. :: Travel in Style has MOST of the floorplans.

Goin'Campin' makes a VERY good point - seating room in the bathroom is essential! It's still not much bigger than on a commuter jet, but the bath in the 28' has enough room. The corner ones don't.

Good luck with your search - and have some Saskatoonberry syrup on your pancakes for me!!

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Old 07-11-2007, 10:58 AM   #14
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Hi Szy, thanks for the feedback. Syrup all over keyboard as we speak.

I've been looking at the NJ dealership (I really shouldn't be lookng at new) and a few of the others online. Do you find you have any limitations with the 28' trailer? I assumed 25' would be compact enough for easy towing and backing yet roomy enough. I know none of the bed sizes in the 25' seem very large however.

Anybody else having thoughts on 25' vs. 28' please share your thoughts!
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