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Old 03-04-2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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Hi,

I've been lurking around for a few weeks and took the plunge and registered. My wife and I are starting to look for an Airstream and are impressed with the depth of information on this board.

We are in our early forties and have two young boys (pre-school age). We live in Southern California and have just started to take the boys car camping. It would be wonderful to have an Airstream and go more often for longer periods in comfort (and style!).

My dream is to buy a trailer that's big enough for the four of us to enjoy for years. There are so many models and so much information to digest but for us the learning process is part of the fun.

At any rate, I thought it would be nice to introduce myself here.

With best wishes,

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Old 03-04-2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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Hi Wags, welcome! You've come to the right place to research your Airstream purchase. Are you thinking about new or used models?
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums! We are new here too. We are buying an Argosy 24ft. I can't wait to get my hands on it. You will find lots of helpful people here and there's always an answer to your questions. Good luck and Happy Trails to you!!
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:57 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

To do well camping with four people for the long term, I would suggest to start looking in the 25+/- foot size range. Smaller than that can reallly get cramped when those boys are gangly teenagers.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:03 PM   #5
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Welcome

Welcome to the forums. Whether you decide on a newer unit or vintage, this is the place for information. We have learned so much from the threads and different forums.

Welcome and good luck in your search.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:15 PM   #6
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I have a 23' 1969 Safari w/2adults 1kid and it works great for most trips, one bed, one slide out gaucho. I plan to add a homemade pipe&cloth bunk when the kid starts bringing a friend, do a search you'll find plans etc. I wouldn't rule out 23-25' vintage units (or even GT's) because a lot of times when the kids hit teen years they wanna sleep out in a tent, from what I hear, which can only make mom and dad REALLY happy ;-)
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:52 PM   #7
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Hi Wags,

Welcome to the Forums and to the aluminitus ailment ! We have a '67 22ft Safari and it works great for our family of four (two kids ages 6 and 8.) We have learned so much from these Forums, and met some super folks. There are a couple of groups of Forums members in CA that organize great rallies - Stop in at one of them and check out their rigs!

Good luck in your search. Hope to see you on the road, or at a rally soon!
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for all of the warm wishes.

My inclination, as a first timer, would be to buy something new (or newer) that is under warranty. For us, the peace of mind knowing that we are not "alone" if something goes wrong is worth it.

I agree about the 25 foot length for us. We've been thinking about the 23 footer too, but I've read a lot of comments about the size and the layout of the bed and bathroom size in the 23 foot trailers (which, honestly, is not a deal breaker for us) but we haven't had a chance to see them in person yet. We would love to buy a 25 Safari (or International) if we can stretch our budget that far. Since we just started doing our research, we really are not up to speed yet on the additional costs for extra few feet. Is there a big difference in handling/towing between a 23 and 25?

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Old 03-04-2008, 04:21 PM   #9
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Welcome, Wags. You'll find a lot of helpful and friendly information here. With all the talk about families and the size of the trailer, I wonder if it isn't a good idea to rent something for a quick weekend, to maybe help you tailor your purchase to your needs?
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:45 PM   #10
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I wonder if it isn't a good idea to rent something for a quick weekend, to maybe help you tailor your purchase to your needs?
I was thinking the same thing! Here's an outfit you might consider, and I think they are in the same general area as you. Looks like their trailer is a 2007 25'.

https://www.socalairstream.com/Home_Page.html

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Old 03-04-2008, 10:50 PM   #11
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Hey Wags,

Welcome aboard - or soon to be. We too (like many others) did a migration - from backpacking, to car camping and now trailering. We've been (with our two children and dog) from Georgia to New England, Texas, California, Ohio - you name it. And it has been wonderful!

I will share a secret. when our daughter got to be a teenager we went for the mother ship - a 34' with slide-out. We wanted (and she wanted) space. We've since moved to a 27', since our daughter does not travel with us anymore (in college).

Trust me - if you've been setting up a tent out of the back of a car, no matter what size AS you buy you'll think you are in doggy heaven. and you will be! enjoy.
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From one newbie to another....Welcome!!
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:08 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone!

Yes, I agree that renting is a great idea. I'm going to check out that referral and see if we can set something up for a Spring trip to the Sierra.

I can already see this forum is really going to help us get to know a lot about Airstreams (and meet a lot of interesting people, too).

Looking forward to seeing you on the road!

Happy trails,

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Old 03-05-2008, 12:26 PM   #14
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I agree that the 25 is a great size. OTOH, some of the smaller trailers such as the 23' have a nicer bathroon arrangement than my Safari. The Safari has a well documented inconvenient toilet arrangement which is too close to the door for a full size adult.

Wikipedia says that a wag is one who is fond of making jokes. Humor is welcomed by most of us, the others don't count!
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