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Old 04-21-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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27' vs 25' with two young children?

We are about to purchase our first Airstream and we are torn between the 25FB and the 27FB. We live in the Northwest and are concerned about the additional length limiting access to state and national parks. Our children are three and six. Our tow vehicle is sufficient for either one. Do the bed orientation, microwave and additional storage make the additional length worth it? Our detached garage is 28'6" deep.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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I suspect you'll not find much difference in the sleeping arrangements of the two. Assuming you go with a queen, the difference will be a transverse bed in the 25, versus a fore and aft bed in the 27. The kids will be on the sofa or converted dinette. You can get a microwave in the 25 if you go with a convection/microwave oven instead of gas. If you don't use an oven much, that is an option.

The 27 will be a bit roomier, with more internal storage, but as you mentioned, there are size limits in some parks. We went with the 25 for that reason, plus tight maneuvering into our driveway. The tight driveway was the big driver.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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Personally, I'd go for the 27. We have never had a problem getting in a state or national park with ours and that's the type of camping we like to do. We had a 34 footer when our kids were young and came with us, and we were able fit in most state and national parks with that too. To me the extra room makes a big difference in feel and utility. I like the larger pantry in the 27 and the larger closet. We had shelving put in on one side of the closet which gave us a lot more storage space. The other half is for the small amount of hanging clothes we bring with us and the broom and swiffer. When your kids get older they may want to bring friends too - the more spacious feel in the main living area of the 27 will be nice then, particularly on a rainy day

Either way, you'll have a great time and be making great family memories.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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The maneuverability has much, much more to do with the tow vehicle (shorter wheelbase = tighter turns) than two feet trailer length. And much of the 25/27 length difference is behind the axles.

The bed orientation is important to many, but so is overall length. You have only 7" left over in your garage with a 27', and the garage is the best thing you will ever do for the life of your Airstream.

The best thing you will ever do for towing comfort and safety is use a Propride/Hensley hitch, and you may well get one soon after purcahse of the trailer. That adds 18 inches or so to the trailer length, so a 27' with Propride/Hensley will not fit in your garage; a 25' will.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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Ironically I just posted a thread about comparing the 25, 27, and 28' models for space (other than for and aft bedding) interior storage, etc. I am surprised that more is not compared in this way.

My thought for you is based on my limited experience and also from readings. I read from those who travel state and national parks that 28' is the real cutoff point for many parks. While there are some spots to accomodate larger RVs it limits the options considerably in various parks, especially state parks. I cannot remember the name of the book but the authors had traveled extensively and found the longest length with still the most options at 28'.

What Doug says about storage is important to consider as well.

It seems that the two foot of length from the 25' to the 27'/28' foot (believe they are essentially the same length by an inch) is the bedroom. When the bed is turned 90 degrees the length increases 15 inches PLUS the forward end walk around space. Then apparently the remaining few inches are added to the mid section for wardrobe and counter space in the galley. Chime in 27 and 28 owners if you can elaborate on this issue.

What you need to know is what is gained by the two feet. My thought is that you would do well with the 25 or a 28. The 28 gives you a large area for seating and also a large bed and a dinette so you essentially have three separate bedding areas. The 27' also has the dinette but your non sleep seating is sideways or at the dinette- somewhat limited if you use it as a living room at all - TV etc. The maximum storage and using the bedroom as a changing room would come with twin beds in the bedroom and it also allows for easier locker access AND provides more exterior storage rather than just under the bed. I would go with a 25 twin or a 28 lounge with four people.
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I wouldn't pick a trailer based on reading about Issues with length in some sites at some parks. If you are worried, pick a few parks, call them and ask what is the longest trailer they allow in any of their campgrounds. Keep in mind, many of the parks have multiple campgrounds, some of them may only hold a short trailer, but are you really planning on staying inside one specific campground and never leaving? No way. You will be driving, biking, hiking...so does it really matter if 1 or 2 of the multiple camping areas are limited to a certain size?

Take the Teton's for example. Jenny lake is the most popular place and it's limited to super short rigs. We have stayed a few miles away at one of the other nice park campsites and visited Jenny lake like the other millions of folks.

Get the trailer that fits YOU, there are campsites that will fit the trailer.
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I wouldn't pick a trailer based on reading about Issues with length in some sites at some parks. If you are worried, pick a few parks, call them and ask what is the longest trailer they allow in any of their campgrounds.
I agree that people should get what they need and want but it is an excellent question. What I referred to was not only what the longest trailer a particular park accommodates but also overall. In other words while park A may accommodate rvs up to 40 feet, they may only have two 40 foot spaces and thirty two 30 foot and under spaces limiting options and potential availability. That is what the book mentioned to be aware of. In their travels, they found such things to be so. What you mention about other places is a good idea too. It is an alternative way of dealing with length.
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Note some actual lengths:

25' Airstream is 25' 11''
27' Airstream is 28'
28' Airstream is 27' 11"

A Propride /Hensley hitch adds about 1 1/2' depending on the position of the movable coupling.

Your garage is 28' 6" (inside?)

What difference does campsite size make if your can't store it at home?

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...Your garage is 28' 6" (inside?)

What difference does campsite size make if your can't store it at home?

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Really? There are many of us out here that can't store our trailers at home and I would bet even a larger number who can't fit one into our garage. I really don't think this is a helpful comment.

As far as the difference between the 25FB and the 27FB when it comes to your two kids, there will be none. Assuming that they will not be in bed with you, "their space" will be the same.

I have a 25FB and would prefer to have the larger 27 so I would suggest you go that way if you can. The length will not be an issue IMHO.

Good luck, you are looking at a very nice floor plan.
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Note some actual lengths:

25' Airstream is 25' 11''
27' Airstream is 28'
28' Airstream is 27' 11"

A Propride /Hensley hitch adds about 1 1/2' depending on the position of the movable coupling.

Your garage is 28' 6" (inside?)

What difference does campsite size make if your can't store it at home?

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I just measured a Hensley and a ProPride and each only added about 8" to the length of the trailer for storage (unless you leave the stinger/hitch bar hanging in the hitch).
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Really? There are many of us out here that can't store our trailers at home and I would bet even a larger number who can't fit one into our garage. I really don't think this is a helpful comment.

As far as the difference between the 25FB and the 27FB when it comes to your two kids, there will be none. Assuming that they will not be in bed with you, "their space" will be the same.

I have a 25FB and would prefer to have the larger 27 so I would suggest you go that way if you can. The length will not be an issue IMHO.

Good luck, you are looking at a very nice floor plan.
All true, in this case referring to a detached garage they already have and plan to store their trailer in, as I understand their post.

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I just measured a Hensley and a ProPride and each only added about 8" to the length of the trailer for storage (unless you leave the stinger/hitch bar hanging in the hitch).
You are right, my error, I was thinking with the tow truck stinger installed, but of course it is disconnected in storage.

My point remains the same, only the 25' will fit the 28' 6" (inside) garage with a Propride/Hensley installed, and many think that's a worthwhile consideration.

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As far as the difference between the 25FB and the 27FB when it comes to your two kids, there will be none. Assuming that they will not be in bed with you, "their space" will be the same.
There is no difference in size of the bed 25RB, 25FB, or 27RB. It is a matter of orientation, fore/aft or east/west. The fore/aft orientation is easier to access for the second sleeper and easier to make up the bedding, that's the trade-off.

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Thank you for all of your responses! The section of the garage that the Airstream will be stored in is "two car" and after looking at the space today I think we can fit it so, I think we're going for the 27FB. I don't think that we'll regret it but we may have regretted not having a microwave and a little better storage. We are soooooo excited and happy to be part of such a wonderful community!
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