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Old 05-28-2008, 02:16 PM   #57
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19 vs 22

As someone who just did a very close side-by-side comparison, the differences we felt were most noticable: significantly bigger bathroom - which for many is a big reason you get your own "rolling suite"; and relatively little penalty in weight and manueverabiity. For us the 22 was in the "small but feels roomy" category.

Granted there was a little apples and oranges comparison going on, since the 19 we inspected was the higher end Safari series, and the single axle 22 we bought is part of the Safari Sport series. But you give up relatively little in features.
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Old 05-28-2008, 03:08 PM   #58
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Thanks. I guess the AS makes better sense than a Roadtrek Class B, right?
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Old 05-28-2008, 04:45 PM   #59
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Thanks. I guess the AS makes better sense than a Roadtrek Class B, right?
It doesn't cost as much to insure, and there is one less drivetrain to keep up with. The worst thing is for a mechanical device to sit and not be used, like a motor home. In 2-3 years when you are ready to trade tow vehicles, you can get bigger/smaller/bigger engine/manual transmission/red/blue/white, etc, and if you aren't happy with it, you can trade it in. If you should not like the Roadtrek, you're pretty much stuck with it for the duration. Another thing to think about right now, is in ten years you will still have your trailer, but we may all be driving fuel cell or solar vehicles because of gas prices and availability. If you have a motorhome, it ain't going anywhere, but you might still be able to tow the trailer.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:09 PM   #60
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Good points, all of them.
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:05 PM   #61
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Anyone have an opinion on th 2009 ASV Trailers that are all fiberglass and seem pretty areo?
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Old 01-21-2017, 11:14 AM   #62
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I have a 1973 25' Tradewind...close friends we camp with have a little scamp. I ultimately prefer the Airstream, but really like the fiberglass campers. I think the fiberglass campers are like the Toyotas of the camper world: small, efficient, low maintenance.

While I loved my Toyota Tacoma towing my home built teardrop for several years...now I really love my big Ford Ecoboost towing my big Airstream. Something that has taken me a long time to learn....the best choice is not always the most practical...yolo baby.

Airstream pros
-we have a kid and need the space
-I'm tall and need headroom
-I can and have worked on the aluminum exterior
-I was able to customize the interior
-decent sized bathroom and shower
-it looks way cool

Airstream cons
-expensive
-lots of areaa that can potentially leak
-requires maintenance
-old
-somewhat heavy

Scamp pros
-light tow weight
-not much maintenance required
-somewhat leakproof with simple shell
-look unique

Scamp cons
-boring interior
-very small
-not easy to customize since everything is fiberglass
-not much capacity(tanks/etc)
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:30 AM   #63
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Funny I didnt realize until my first stay at an RV park there was other choices in RVs - I guess I knew I would have an Airstream someday I guess it was the only thing I ever considered. Look at other brands that are 10 years old, Airstreams don't age
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:49 AM   #64
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I'm glad this 9 year old thread was resurrected. Casita always was/is a very close second to our 16' Sport. Have opinions changed over time? How do the new trailers stack up against each other?
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:50 AM   #65
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We considered all of these before buying our Airstream. The two-piece fiberglass makes appealed to us because they're more waterproof, but all were more "sterile" looking inside and much more claustrophobic due to small windows and not good ventilation. But that's just us...

Look at them all and chose what's the best fit for you.
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Old 01-30-2017, 03:07 PM   #66
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I've narrowed my selection of trailers with the following 3.
A/S
Big foot
Oliver

The other day I got the opportunity to get inside the Oliver Legacy ii and was very impressed overall on the build quality and how well insulated it was. Outdoor temp was in the low 40's and inside the trailer it was very toasty with just a small space heater. The decor of the Oliver screams quality. It is a little tight as far as width and length, but a awesome well constructed trailer that is built to last.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:25 PM   #67
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I've narrowed my selection of trailers with the following 3.
A/S
Big foot
Oliver

The other day I got the opportunity to get inside the Oliver Legacy ii and was very impressed overall on the build quality and how well insulated it was. Outdoor temp was in the low 40's and inside the trailer it was very toasty with just a small space heater. The decor of the Oliver screams quality. It is a little tight as far as width and length, but a awesome well constructed trailer that is built to last.
Get what you think you like; it's only money! Many of us who own AS's, have had experience with many SOB's. I have owned a Casita, in between AS-1, and AS-2; had the Casita for 2 years; really, was too small for the 2 of us with our boxer...and it does get cramped if your going for a long vacation 5 days or more.

If your not sure about the Oliver, A/S, or Bigfoot, you should really try to rent one of each for a camping trip and see which one you like. Also would suggest purchasing used on your final selection; that way if you don't like it, you likely can recoup most if not all, your investment. Purchasing new in any one of those is a big investment, especially if you decide you want to change. In the end, your the one who is spending the money..
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:30 PM   #68
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Casita. Oliver. Airstream. We love our 28 foot AS because it is so comfortable and feels like a home rather than a camper. Loved the Oliver but it became just too small as we spent more time inside than out due to some joint issues that have manifested recently. Small tasks like sewer and water connection become difficult when Arthritis gets bad. With the Oliver you must reach up under the trailer for water connections, the sewer hose is attached inside a rear compartment that over time becomes difficult to operate. I believe it is because of these difficulties of use things that cause so many to sell after only a few months.

The quality is without question and Oliver service is outstanding, but you must haul it to the factory for any serious work.

Oliver - Take it anywhere, bounce it over rough roads, no leaks, air tight, but small and not so comfortable indoors

Airstream - Maybe not so rugged, best on paved roads, some leaks, but oh so roomy and comfortable.

It all depends on your age and physical condition. Airstream works best for me at my seventh decade with some joint problems.
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:03 PM   #70
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We spent a few years on our Casita-Oliver-AS decision. Made a trip to Rice, TX to visit the Casita factory. Great folks, good price, too small. Looked at AS's in Ft Worth, Buda and Houston. Almost bought a 23FB twice. Love Airstreams, the look, the inside feel and room. Visited Hohenwald to tour the Oliver factory. We were very impressed with the quality and customer service. To actually watch and talk to the folks making these trailers and to hear their dedication to what they were doing was impressive. We met members of the Oliver family in both operations and sales and their product pride was contagious. We've had our Oliver for 8 months, 7K miles and 70 nights camping. 100% happy with our decision.

I have to agree with Trumpetguy, there is some bending over and there is a smaller living space in an Oliver over an Airstream. So, once we hit our 7th decade we might change, but for now we're happy campers.
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