Greetings from Southern Oregon!
DH and I have been lurking on the Air Forums site for several months gleaning useful information. It's obvious that forum members here are enthusiastic and happy to share ideas, opinions and knowledge.
DH and I have owned travel trailers in the past, beginning with a small entry level Fleetwood and ultimately ending up with a 32' Holiday Rambler Alumalite with slide-out. We have fond memories of camping when our children were young but as they grew we found it difficult to get away more than a week a year and so we sold our trailer 14 years ago.
Last year we joined the empty nester club. DH retired a few years back and I recently retired my business. We are finally free to do some traveling and explore our beautiful pacific northwest!
Steve has a 2012 Ram 1500
Hemi crewcab 4WD,so we are somewhat limited on what we can tow but it appears we can pull a SOB Light or Ultralite OR preferably, a Airstream 25'/27' model. We were VERY close to purchasing a 25FB Flying Cloud at a dealer here in Oregon, but when we arrived at the dealership we discovered a small dent in the front guard, a dimple on the side of the trailer, a broken marker light, slight problem with the slide out pantry, etc. Granted, the unit had not been prepped but it obviously was old stock that suffered some wear while on the lot. We are both very…….. 'particular' about aesthetics and it chilled the deal.
While on the lot, we saw a 25' International Serenity and we really liked it! Rather spendy but I think we are going to save the extra pennies for the International. While we had planned on buying dealer stock we have come to the conclusion that we are ideal candidates for a factory fresh order so that we can get a inverter/solar/microwave, etc. We are not sure how soon this will happen as there is a large price difference between the Flying Cloud and the International.
In the meantime, we are trying to decide between the 25' and 27' models. I would prefer the bed face front to back so we don't have to worry about the trailer being perfectly level and it seems that access to the storage under the bed is much easier on the 27' as well. The microwave would be nice and the extra countertop and extra 15" of pantry wouldn't hurt. But then we may find it difficult to squeeze into preferred sites……… and ……it's just more to tow ...... and of course more $$$.
We are coming out of lurking and will be asking some questions from time to time.
Steph and Steve