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Old 02-16-2007, 08:29 AM   #1
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Howdy from West Texas

Howdy, my name is Mark and I'm from West Texas........I'm four or five years out from retirement; and it is time to do some planning.

I currently own a raggedy old '65 Avion, but I want to move up to an Airstream.........the Avion looks like a beanbag.

Plan #1: Purchase a 31' Airstream and winter in Arizona...........which ones came with the rear bedroom option?
Can you purchase a trailer space still in the Phoenix area? Cost?

Plan #2: Stay in Whiteface (halfway between Lubbock and the New Mexico line) and purchase a smaller Airstream and become a gypsy during the cold months...........my house is paid for, taxes are cheap (less than $200/yr), and my little town of 463 people is a great place to live.

Which smaller Airstreams are in the 3000 lbs range? I will be pulling with a '73 Ford LNB 1/2 ton.........It belonged to a friend of mine who committed suicide; getting rid of it is not an option........it's got 750K+ miles on it, been rebuilt a couple of times, and will pull a freight train.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:46 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums, Mark. The older Airstreams are lighter than the newer ones. A moderen 16' Bambi goes about 3000# empty. An older 20' might be withing you weight range.

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Old 02-16-2007, 08:54 AM   #3
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Greetings Mark and welcome to the forums. Check the specs on your truck as for tongue weight and towing capacity. I'm not familiar with the truck so I wouldn't be able to help you with that. As for Airstreams, there are quite a few very nice 31' models for sale right here on the forum. If I had more room at home I would be buying one for sure. If you are plannning on full-timing it the bigger the better. Tere really isn't anything at 3000 but close. Some of the older Bambis come in around 3500 but will cost you more than a 31'. Check you truck specs. Keep in touch!
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:20 AM   #4
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Greetings Mark and welcome to the forums. Check the specs on your truck as for tongue weight and towing capacity. I'm not familiar with the truck so I wouldn't be able to help you with that. As for Airstreams, there are quite a few very nice 31' models for sale right here on the forum. If I had more room at home I would be buying one for sure. If you are plannning on full-timing it the bigger the better. Tere really isn't anything at 3000 but close. Some of the older Bambis come in around 3500 but will cost you more than a 31'. Check you truck specs. Keep in touch!
My half ton is like no other.......by trade, I'm a heavy equipment field mechanic and the truck is built MARK tuff...........I pulled that 26' Avion (loaded 5000lbs) back from Az @ 70 mph and still got 11 mpg.........currently it has a 300 in tower of power six cylinder that's been hot rodded, backed up with a toploader 4 speed w/ 3.90 rearend.........It's either getting a Cummings or a full zoot 351W next time.
As I stated earlier, it was owned by a friend who committed suicide; he could not live with alcohol or without it.......I bought it at the gravesite after carrying his coffin............I've been sober for 26 1/2 years and was unsuccessful at introducing him to a new way of living..........Whenever I turn the ignition key on the truck, I am filled with gratitude..........there , but by the grace of God, goes I.
BTW, I help out a friend with a ranch........my truck has pulled a tandem axle trailer loaded down with 5 round bales of hay (12,000 lbs+ w/o trailer brakes).........It'll pull that load all day long @ 60 mph.
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Howdy, my name is Mark and I'm from West Texas........I'm four or five years out from retirement; and it is time to do some planning. ...
Which smaller Airstreams are in the 3000 lbs range? I will be pulling with a '73 Ford LNB 1/2 ton........
Hi Mark:

Here's a web site with photos of many vintage Airstreams:

Vintage Airstream Photo Archives

Weights aren't listed, but to give you one data point, my 1964 19' Globe Trotter weights 2890 dry and not more than 3,400 lbs. fully loaded. Sounds like your Ford would handle it well.

I like your Plan #2, which provides a nice base of operations from which you could explore the greater Southwest months at a time in a smaller Airstream. I have friends who full-timed all over the USA for 1-1/2 years in a trailer just like mine. Keep the homestead and venture forth. Best wishes in your successful search for a small Airstream.
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This trailer weight chart combined with the photo archives Fred has linked, should help you figure out what models you & your truck can handle.

Good luck...sounds like a fun plan!

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Hey Mark,

Welcome to the forums...hope you find jyour perfect Silver Palace!

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