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Old 02-28-2014, 11:07 AM   #15
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Length isn't always an issue in that many hotels off the interstates do provide parking for over the road truckers, so you shouldn't have a great deal of issues. I'd always do some planning and call the hotel and ask.

I'd vote for the extra length also. My first Airstream was a 27' Safari and the current is a 31' Classic. Length has never been an issue for me in camping or stopping for a bite to eat when on the road. You do have to be careful when fueling and consider pump locations and layout of your fuel stops. I've had to pass a few by after getting off the highway and realizing that I would have problems exiting or pulling next to the available pumps. With that in mind I don't get into a low fuel situation so that I have the ability to pass stations by and travel down the road a bit.

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:08 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the great feedback. My takeaways from this thread are 1) Livability trumps maneuverability; 2) All else equal, bigger is better, 3) The 25' likely won't give me any real advantages in terms of parking in commercial lots.

BTW, the DOT-suggested standard length for parking spot is 19 ft deep, so even a TV + 25' (hitched) won't likely fit in two tandem spots in most lots.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:18 AM   #17
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If cost is no object, the 30 is a clear winner. There is no downside. Once you commit to towing a 25, there is no difference in towing a 30.

We have parked our 47' total length in the rear areas of a couple motels, where the 18wheelers park. No problem.

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:54 AM   #18
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25, 27, 30 Ft are all longer than any standard parking space so if the hotel or shopping strip have to enforce their parking regulation/s, we will all be thrown out. Even when my 20 ft Harley Toy hauler stays overnight at the hotel, I have to park along side the curb (parallel park to the curb) usually by the dumpster or utility installations. Safer standing apart too. Provided I got a safe TV with enough towing capacity, I will satisfy the urge for sleeping comfort (floor plan) first, then parking last. Two other buddies of mine convoyed ( 25, 30 & 34 ft) several times NY to FL & NY to Midwest / West and we got more than enough parking all the times ( advance planning & Google Map). In terms of maneuverability, same set of skills for all double axels except that the 34ft (triple) is easier for me. Happy streaming
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It's full time in the sense that we will leave home and not return for months. It's part time in the sense that we will have some work-paid hotel nights and other reimbursed stays that will give us a break from the AS if we need it. Best guess is that we'd be in the AS 3 or 4 nights at a time, then a few nights in a sticks-n-bricks of some sort.

We are down to two floorplans -- the 25FB twins and the 30FB bunk. Each has benefits and drawbacks. Since we're only part-timing, the 25 seems small but doable. However, everyone having a dedicated bed in the 30 bunk is very appealing. Plus the extra square footage of living space and counter space.
30 will still feel small with what you're doing.

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I have never towed so I need some advice on if there is a real-world diff b/n the size of the 25 and 30. Specifically, if we are staying at a hotel, will it be easier to park the 25 vs the 30 in a hotel lot?

Or am I going to be turned away with both? Will we have more options with the 25, or not really? Does a 25' connected to the TV (assume quad cab short bed 2500) fit in two head-to-head tandem spots?
Depending on how the lot is striped you might be able to park a 25 and tow vehicle in two parking stalls end to end. Many lots are striped too short and narrow for this to work. With my 30' I take up 5 spaces at the grocery store.

I doubt there would be any practical difference.

I have not had a problem with parking except in downtown and lakefront areas where parking is at a premium. Typically these are the kinds of places where you have to pay to park. If your itinerary includes those then you'll have a problem with anything except a truck camper or B van.

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If we pull off the road in a suburban area, are we more likely to be able to park and go into a strip-mall Starbucks or restaurant in a 25 vs 30?

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Never had a problem with that in practice. I've encountered a few suburban strip malls where parking is a huge problem and they have the lots striped narrow and short to pick up a few spaces. I avoid those whether I have the Airstream or not.
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Dedicated beds are always a plus in my book. I don't like flipping/converting/transforming some other piece of furniture into a bed, and I don't like having to crawl over someone else to get out of bed.
The second best thing to a dedicated bed is a jack knife sofa- easy to convert.
The dinette table as a bed is terrible- the converting process is just too difficult and time consuming and it must be transformed back into an eating area before breakfast time.
We skipped tent trailers/pop-ups and went straight from a tent to a travel trailer for that reason. I want to walk through the door and be home.
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:51 PM   #21
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30': big shower. Beds for all. Room to get around the cook. Room to hang some clothes. Seats 4 to eat.

25': if you make a bad mistake and need to turn around you can. Better for dirt roads and Forest Service campgrounds. More than 2 people is a challenge.

When in tow eat in the trailer or Cracker Barrel. You won't be able to afford Starbucks any more anyway.

The 30 is a little easier to back. 125000 on our Dodge 2500 so far. Both trailers get about same fuel millage.
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30': You won't be able to afford Starbucks any more anyway.
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The two of us live 6 months year in our 25. You will need the 30 bunk but should consider a 5th wheel with slide outs. Unless you're truly, truly "make do with what you have" types. Reading these forums you don't see it often.

Although a 30 is shorter than a 25, it is the tow vehicle wheelbase length that will determine maneuverability. We went from 140" wheelbase down to 120" wheelbase and the difference is remarkable.

A late model Suburban 2500 (3/4 ton) with 130" wheelbase and Air$tream 30 Bunkhouse coupled with a ProPride/Hensley hitch may be worth a look. Yes, the gas mileage is lousy but so is a diesel truck, especially when you consider the higher cost of diesel fuel and maintenance.

More importantly look at your budget, have an escape plan, and know what you will do when the adventure is over. All this stuff is incredibly expensive.
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We (2 of us) had a 19 Bambi and while it was great for a week or two out, it was crowded on our extended 3 month cross-country in 2011. Traded for the 25' Rear Twin in 2013 and it is perfect for us and the grandson. I would not want to travel for extended time in the 25 with 2 pre-teens though. I would think the 30 would fit your situation nicely. As murreywalker said above, PPPPP is critical for both models. We have the 2500 Ram diesel and absolutely love it. The Cummins engine can't be beat.
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Motels that cater to truckers will have parking large enough. Jim
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I guess I'll ask the question...

If you have an Airstream, why park at a hotel?
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I guess I'll ask the question...

If you have an Airstream, why park at a hotel?
I know, excellent question. Certainly one we've mulled over. The hard part about what Airstream to get (no SOBs here) is trying to envision how we'll use it. We did a month-long "mini" version of this trip two years ago, staying at hotels exclusively. We know that will wear us quickly, and we wanted an Airstream to have a "home" on the road. However, sometimes for her work there will be meetings or events that are in cities or in more metro areas where camping just won't be an option. Also we were thinking, having really never camped before, that there might be times we'd want a break. If it's paid for, why not, right? Perhaps times when weather is an issue, or there just isn't a great park in the vicinity. I may be overstating it saying 3 nights camping, two 2 nights in hotels. Maybe we'll stay in the trailer the majority of the time. Maybe moving back and forth will get tiring. Maybe we'll love being out in nature and the Airstream experience so much, we won't ever want a "break." I secretly hope the latter is the case, but I just won't know until we get out there. Of course then it's too late, we will already be invested in a rig. Total noobies here. I welcome all input, opinions and contrary views.
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After you've had an Airstream with your own bed, bath and facilities you will hate hotels.
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