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Old 09-16-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Wink airperson want to be

We are a senior couple looking to buy a new or preowned trailer from 20 t0 25 ft. We have looked at the new sport and the safari and even a classis. We just don't have enough information to feel confortable about jumping in as our decision will impact our future retirement life. We would like to spend several nonths a year traveling. We now own a Ford 150 v8 with towing pakage. However if we decided to go for a heavy weight we would upgrade.I was wondering how folks felt about the future of trailer travel and because we haven't commited yet; what most feel about the new airstream ultra lites. We just really haven't had enough trailer experience to make a decision on past travel or the future price of gas etc. We would appreciate any input anyone could share with us to help us make an informed decision.
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:20 PM   #2
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Hi Airperson,

Welcome to the forums. Modern Airstreams and the word "ultralight" is an oxymoron anymore.

If you plan on traveling several months a year and will be "boondocking" more than in rv parks, look at the classic line. They have the highest cargo carrying capacities and the largest fresh water tanks.

If you are going to be spending most of your time in rv parks, then any of the current lines would work fine.

I don't know the tow capacity of your truck but when you go 25' or longer, you're approaching 3/4 ton territory. I'm referring to modern trailers. If you look at vintage, you may have enough truck for a longer trailer.
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:34 PM   #3
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Airperson (like your name)...welcome to the forums! There are lots of considerations when making your decision about what to buy... There is a ton of information here, as well as experienced and helpful folks...who are willing to share their knowledge and offer moral support throughout the process...and on into ownership. Check out some of the subforums like this one: Buyer Guidelines - Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Community and of course, ask any specific questions you might have...chances are, someone has asked the question before and found the answer here...

Good luck and enjoy the quest!
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:44 PM   #4
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We are retired with a 2006 Expedition which is built on the 150. We have towed our Airstream up and down very steep grades with no problems. If you go bigger than the 25' then you will need to up your 150 to the 250. Our trailer, loaded, weighs about 7,000lbs. The Expedition, with the tow package, can handle 8,800 lbs. In other words, your 150 with the tow package, is good up to and including a 25'FB SE.

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Old 09-17-2007, 12:31 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forums!

Welcome!

My husband and I are retired and we love it! Not as much money, and the time still goes by really really fast but it is a good time!

If you are planning on traveling part of the year, really buy a airstream that will fit your lifestyle and needs. We went vintage and small, but it is perfect for us! Much lighter weight and less costly to tow, insure, etc. We would rather spend our money on fuel and going places than look at it in the driveway. All our "extra" money seems to be eaten up by health insurance costs that have gone up 400% in the last 6 years....

The newer "lightweight" airstreams (at least one model) is narrower, and has some definite advantages [vintage are narrower as well]. Fall is here, so you have all winter to do your homework and decide what will be best for you!

Here is a link to a very good thread on stuff you might want to think about:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...eam-22920.html

Ask any and all questions and the answers will come! By the way, you might consider attending a rally (see the rally calendar) and viewing Airstreams. It is a great place to see what folks have, and what they actually like and don't like about their 'stream!

Mrs. NorCal Bambi (traveling in S Tardis)
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:42 AM   #6
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Signed off last night before I had any replys to the thread. I truly appreciate each and ever answere to my questions. I have the feeling that you folks really understand my questions and have given me some great feedback. I look forward to learning and enjoying the thread.
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Old 09-17-2007, 11:54 PM   #7
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Airperson,

Thanks from all of us! Keep us up to date with what you're thinking! And, be sure and post other questions that come to mind!

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Old 09-18-2007, 09:23 PM   #8
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Have been looking at the axle rating on the new sport. It looks as though the wt. would be maxed out with opts. such as: air, awning and microwave. (200)lb.If you add fuels and water perhaps (190)lb. or so. The axel is rated at 4000 lb. and the dry wt. at 3500. I asked the salesman and he said the opt. are part of dry wt. I don't think so. Also it looked to me as though you could order an axle that could carry 4500. Does any one know anything about this.
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