Sounds somewhat familiar..
We have been doing some basic van camping (Honda Odyssey), and are enjoying it. My wife has been an incredibly good sport, and as we plan for retirement, it would be nice to give her (and myself) a few more creature comforts. Though it is hard to put my finger on it, there is something (actually, many things) about Airstreams that I really like. I am here to read, digest and absorb from the huge wealth of knowledge on this forum as I refine my plan.
For the moment, thinking about starting smaller (single axle), but might be very limited by the Odyssey's 3500 lb towing capacity. A vehicle upgrade might be necessary for anything more than a 16' Bambi. Compared to van camping though, even the smallest AS would be a luxurious step up. As an example of my research, my current topic du jour: what is the smallest Airstream that has more than the narrow 48" beds? (60" Queen size would be nice, but even 52" Full would be better.)
Lots to research, lots to learn, lots to decide, but I am definitely in the right place to gather information and make more intelligent decisions. Anywho, welcome to the forum from a noob / lurker / researcher..