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Old 02-21-2011, 08:16 PM   #29
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I wanted an Airstream as long as I can remember.... but all my wife can think about is how small it is, and she really regrets not getting the 25ft.
This is probably not going to help, but....... This story sounds familiar. Our first Airstream was a new 2007 20' SE, that we drove from FL to OH to purchase (I thought it was the perfect size for us....not!).

Six months later we trade it for our 2008 25' FB in AR, and lose $5k. It is now 2.5 yrs, 22,000 miles, and 144 camping nights later. Do I have any regrets.....not a one! We are not the kind of people that consider a $5k loss chump change.....but the dot com days were much worse, so life happens. There are only two of us, and I have modified the trailer somewhat by replacing the dinette with a leather recliner, along with a few other doodads. We tow it with a Dodge 1500 Quad Cab hemi, and consider it a "perfect" combination for us......other folks may differ.

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:39 PM   #30
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If you had the 25', you might wonder if you should have gone with the 19'. Consider getting the tropical screen room attachment for your awning and enjoy the additional outdoor space ... trading up would be an expensive change of heart!!

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Any recommendations on the screen rooms? The ones with water-filled tubes at the base requiring an hour of hose filling sound kind of scary...
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:39 PM   #31
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If you can afford it start the negotiations with the dealer ASAP.

IMO if it's not going to work then bite the bullet and move on up, the longer you ponder the bigger the pocket book bite.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:51 PM   #32
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Any recommendations on the screen rooms? The ones with water-filled tubes at the base requiring an hour of hose filling sound kind of scary...
You want fast.....try this. We have one, it's well made.....and can be set up in "less" than 60 seconds.......

YouTube - 10 x 10 Instant Screen Room
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:09 PM   #33
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We have a screen room but I rarely fill the tubes with water. It takes me all of ten minutes to put it up/down even if I do use water. It's nice to have some additional space on occasion.

Even if you don't use a screen room, you can substantially enhance your experience by putting some focus on how to utilize the outdoor space under and around your awning.

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:13 PM   #34
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We have a 22' Safari, in our 60s but really dont want anything bigger. We have been to a places that 22' is the largest they would accommdate. Tend to spend most of our time outside while camping, so size of the trailer isnt too great. When you are "house bound" due to weather, we are still quite comfortable. Also we could not have anything bigger to park next to our house, which I find really - really important. Know it is not a 19' but perhaps after a few trips your wife will find that it will work for now.Plus you are young and and always upsize and then downsize as you get older.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:32 PM   #35
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We could not have anything bigger to park next to our house, which I find really -
Great point. When I explain to friends, one of the many reasons for my airstream over an sob was how it looks parked along the house, like a sculpture. A 25 would dwarf my little 1000 sqft house. No matter how often I get out it's still going to be parked more often than not...for now.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:14 PM   #36
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I have no regrets with going large.. at 16 thousand pounds of combined vehicle weight we rumble down the freeway and the adventure starts all the while I have a big smile on my face.. however, a nice little 17-19 footer with a 1/2 ton yukon might would reduce the stress factor significantly. Best of luck in your quest for the perfect size rig..

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Old 02-22-2011, 12:14 AM   #37
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So many factors...

There are soooo many factors when biting the bullet and purchasing your first trailer. My 19 footer is my first ever trailer, and some of my deciding factors were mostly what I felt comfortable pulling for they types of trips I want to do, the age of my kids and how long until they no longer want to camp with dad, what I can actually afford, etc. The list goes on and on. I have two girls that still come camping, an Airedale (70 lbs) and a chocolate labradoodle (55 lbs), the latter or which ate the wires to my sub-woofer. (Irony)

I think now I should have gone with the 25, but I couldn't really afford it at the time, so I'll happily use my 19 ft until such a time that money flows again and rational thought is over-ruled by dreams of larger shiny aluminum eggs. Even though my wife thinks it's just too small, I feel very blessed to even own an Airstream rather than an SOB.

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Old 02-22-2011, 03:47 PM   #38
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Just to close up the thread...

Thanks all for the great advice. I read all posts to my wife last night on our drive home and she really got a kick out of all the comments. This is a very cool forum and we're excited to be part of the Airstream community. As for the trailer, 19 ft was always the right fit and we're happy to have a versatile Airstream. I'm also going to try shaving the dogs, they're going to be so mad at me but hey, we all have to pay a price to glamp.
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