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Old 02-20-2008, 08:11 PM   #15
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rv book for clueless newbies?

Hi there everyone!

We visited the Airstream dealer over the weekend. Man, those Airstreams are soooooo cool!

We need to get a feel for what to look at when we look at used rvs (OK, Airstreams). We know nothing about the systems, etc. Even just the lingo...

Can anyone recommend a good book that has this kind of info? An all-around RV maintenance book would work. Is there such a thing that would apply to Airstreams? I realize that all of the answers are probably on this site... :-)

How do you know what to look for? What's essential for beginners like us?

We know we need at least a 22-28 foot. What about the bathrooms? Is the wet bath awful? (with 2 little kids).

Are the newer ones (1990+) worth considering?



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Old 02-20-2008, 08:52 PM   #16
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Welcome back

Hi Liz,

From one aluminitus infected mom to another, welcome back to the club! We also have two kids, jobs, and lots of other irons in the fire, but when we step foot into our Airstream, it transports us to another world - away from the responsibilities and routines of home. The very best part is being "unplugged" and watching our kids delight in the campground bugs, wildlife, and the simplicy trailer life. And, of course, we always get a lot of attention from our fellow campers, which is a great way for our kids to make new friends when we go camping .

If you're looking at vintage, be prepared to spend some bucks to get your trailer road worthy and safe. We purchased ours for a song, but have easily tripled the amount we spent on it revamping and repairing. And, there is certainly more repairs on the way....

Our trailer is 22ft and we think it's perfect for our family of four - tows easily with our Ford Explorer V8 (which, IMHO, is also a great family car....) and has plenty of room for everyone to stretch out, sleep, and shower/bathe.

Good luck in your search, and keep us posted!

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Old 02-25-2008, 10:47 AM   #17
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Hey Liz -

I've got the 2 kids and a dog (and soon to have a 2nd dog) thing going, and have a 25'.

Everyone is different. Some can get by with a small trailer, others need more space.

If I had to pick my ultimate trailer, I think I'd be choosing a 28'. Where the kids would sleep wouldn't change from the 25' to the 28' but I'd die for room to move around the bed - which isn't possible in the trailer we currently have. Plus the larger the trailer, the more elbow room w/r to bathroom facilities. I know the 28 CCD has a separate shower from the toilet which would be sooo nice.

But, again, everyone's different. I wouldn't choose a wet bath, but others are fine by it.

It is difficult, isn't it? It's easy to fall in love with them, but it's a different matter entirely when it comes time to choose "the one".

There have been some threads on this site where people have discussed sizes - here's one.

Good luck, keep us posted on your search!

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Old 02-25-2008, 11:27 AM   #18
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Oh my gosh, it IS hard to pick THE ONE! I don't even know what I don't want. Except maybe the wet bath. I have a 4.5 year old who would use the kitchen sprayer in nearly the same way here, and I fear disaster in a camper.

How do I know what years to look for. I've read the discussions on this forum, but it seems that there are no absolutes. And how do novices determine whether a trailer is in good shape when there are 10 other people who can tell quickly and easily lined up to look at it?

Am I making this too complicated? I'm just dying to get one. I'm dreaming about them!

I can't thank you enough for your help!


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