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Old 07-09-2007, 10:37 PM   #1
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My wife and I were on the hunt for a nice TT and then fell in love with the Airstreams! We're trying to figure out which model/floor plan is best suited for a young family. We live in central Canada and hope to make plenty of short holidays. We are complete rookies when it comes to RV's so hopefully we can pick up some good info here. Happy trails....
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:56 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. Hope you are successful in your Airstream search. You might want to check out Craigs list for Saskatchewan to see if anything pops up. Also, RV trader may have something relatively close. One thing to be careful of with trailers parked besides barns on farms (we learned the hard way) is that they are more susceptible to mice. If you do buy a used one from a rural area make sure it's been closed up for several hours before you go into it so you can "smell" it for mice urine. Not pretty, I realize, but worth doing. In most cases you won't have a problem, but there have been a few that were left out without proper storage happening.

How far are you willing to travel? For year and floor plan ideas, check out this website:

Vintage Airstream Photo Archives

which will give you an idea of years, model sizes, and you can take a look at the various floor plans that are in use.

Good luck with your search. We lived in Southern Alberta and found quite a few out and about in smaller towns and on farms and never hesitated to ping pang on the house door to see if it was for sale or if they knew of any that might be. Oh yeah, as you likely know, watch out for the dogs.........
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:13 PM   #4
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Hi Barry, thanks for the note. Our budget simply won't allow for a new model so we've been checking ebay, RVtrader, etc. for used models. I came across a 1999 25 Safari for what seems to be a decent price and good condition. The only thing I can't get my head wrapped around is the 'twin bed' floor plan. Unfortunately our local dealer doesn't have much for me to look at, so I'm stuck with online pics. The twin bed doesn't seem very romantic to say the least, especially on those cold, rainy nights. What's the 'ultimate' floor plan for the 3 of us I wonder? Please share your views..thanks. Mike.
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Hi Mike-In March we aquired a 25 foot Tradewind twin bed model-and love it- -the advantage to twin beds is that theres no climbing over your spouse to get in and out of bed in the middle of the night-and although it might not be as romantic, well, it's just plain comfortable-and the few times we've managed to get out it has been cold and rainy but the forced air furnace keeps us warm and dry. Good luck in your search-Happy travels ;Garth & Joanne
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Hi Barry, thanks for the note. Our budget simply won't allow for a new model so we've been checking ebay, RVtrader, etc. for used models. I came across a 1999 25 Safari for what seems to be a decent price and good condition. The only thing I can't get my head wrapped around is the 'twin bed' floor plan. Unfortunately our local dealer doesn't have much for me to look at, so I'm stuck with online pics. The twin bed doesn't seem very romantic to say the least, especially on those cold, rainy nights. What's the 'ultimate' floor plan for the 3 of us I wonder? Please share your views..thanks. Mike.
Boy Mike, this getting "on" has changed my perspective of comfortable. We actually converted our double bed to twins (I had a major crisis when I did this - particularly when our friends found out and had knowing smiles - but guess who's doing so now...) but typically have seen mostly double beds for sale. We realized a long time ago that being on the road is great but it's also when you want to be as comfortable as possible. That means if getting up to use the washroom involves crawling over your partner they aren't going to get the kind of rest they want - I know, you are thinking of the great potential since you are now both awake, but think again, you have another person with you.... so you can't anyways.

I don't know your position in terms of being able/willing to travel to purchase but a few places worth checking out are:

craigslist: vancouver, BC classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events

There are a few listed there now but not sure if they are priced right - seem to be a tad high to me.

There's a mixed bag here but it continues to evolve:

http://www.buysell.com/Search/Result...an=1&picOnly=0

We found ours on Buy and Sell, and we found our friends on Seattle's Craigs list. The trick is to check often as they tend to disappear quickly.

Be careful, there are lots of scammers out there. And I'll keep my eyes open as I peruse the various classifieds and if something pops up will forward.

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Old 07-10-2007, 01:22 AM   #7
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Well at this point I'm fairly flexible on travelling to pick up the right trailer. I work shift work and have decent days off for travelling that's why I've been searching various online resources. Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems the better pricing is in the US. More supply I assume.
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Mike,
I left a msg about this but lost it. In any case, got the 25' twin bed. My wife and I were very leery about it but since then we love it for 3 reasons: 1. it's easier to get in and out of bed that is no small issue 2. you have more outside storage 3 it makes it seem much bigger since there is no bed cutting off your line of vision from bow to stern. Good luck and you buying the right rv.
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Be sure to check the Classifieds on this forum: see top of page menu. Best wishes in your search. ~G
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Twin beds in 25' Classic

As you get on in years you will also have a better appreciation of the twin configuration. Decades ago my Dad bought a trivet in Pennsylvania Dutch country with a saying--"Kissin' don't last, cookin' do."
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