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Old 09-24-2012, 06:56 PM   #1
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Looking for an Airstream

This all may sound crazy but I have never been in an Airstream but am planning full timing beginning in May 2013 and find the perfect trailer with my Airstream research want a 28'. I want something easy to tow and not be turned away from campground for size. It will be my husband, puppy and Kat so need the size. Plan on solar panels also. Know you guys have a checklist on buying which is wonderful. I am in the suburbs of New Orleans. Hope to find the perfect trailer and tow vehicle very soon. Hubby is not the mechanical one. Any suggestions? Have read this site for months..first time posting Help! Am I nuts?

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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Kind of like meeting a bride on the internet and off to marry and spend forever with her. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

There's a learning curve to traveling and camping full time with an Airstream and we don't know your experience. If none, it is best accomplished with a very light load of stuff. So if you have some purchasing power to get started, income to meet regular and unexpected expenses, no need for "stuff" or space, don't mind RV park lifestyle, and are adaptable and often clever, it can work.

No shortage of advice or help on this forum and most of it is pretty good. You will be welcomed aboard!

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Love the great outdoors. The fulltimer blogs have sold me. I know there will be a great learning curve but this site has sold me on the Airstream Family. Was a tent camper and hiker for yrs ... ready for a little home on wheels. Hubby is a retired CPA/cancer survivor so we have crunched it. A good used unit and tow will work. Thanks for the quick response. More to come in our new advenure.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #4
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Good luck! It's a grand adventure. Read as much as you can here on the forums, and if you can, go to a rally or two and tour and physically visit as many as you can!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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We are new also. Did the research and found what we wanted. So far this year we have traveled most of 8 grand miles in our Vintage 75 since July. Just got back from OKC and a 4 day trip. Love our home away from home! Met the most wonderful couple from Ohio. We were hooking up to leave Sunday morning and they walked over after driving in. Another one of those "admiring" our Airstream out of a sea of white boxes. Have come to love that feeling!!!
As stated previously, read as much as you can here. You will find a wealth of information for free that no salesman could ever do without personal experience. Good luck and happy hunting!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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Thanks so much. Just makes me more excited. Later for now.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:58 PM   #7
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I have been to a rally or two and have always thought the 25' FB was the best use of space in the airstream model line. Get a long bed and put a shell on it. Store all your junk in there. Airstreams are not known for great storage compared to a 5th wheel or a motorhome. Patrick the Traveling Irish Wolfhound used to have a comparison of a 34' stream vs. a motorhome from folks who spent a couple of years on the road but a trip there a few seconds ago and I could not find the comparison. Maybe a few more minutes on google would work.

Jimini on the forums seems to do ok in a squarestream and he camps in his as much as anyone, I think his is 25' but do not recall for sure. Check out the rally callendar here on the forums. They are all over the country and every rally I have been to has an open house. Maybe show up introduce yourself and take a look at what people have done you might get some ideas about what will work for you (or not as the case may be).

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Old 09-24-2012, 10:22 PM   #8
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Airstream 28

You can't beat a 28 for storage and space. I have a 1999 and have more storage than my friends 30 and 31. I have the twin beds which gives you a lot more inside storage and it has a lot of outside storage , a large storage in the rear and a large storage on the curb side and a storage on the street side.Would highly recommend a 28 for full timing or for long trips of 2 to 4 Airstream 28 is actually 29 ft long.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:08 PM   #9
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badkat - I know the feeling - we researched Airstreams for nearly a year before jumping in with both feet into a 27FB, with no prior RV experience, just tent camping. But we knew we were ready for it, and have been having a great time. We're not full-timing, so that would be an adjustment.

It definitely helps to be handy with a wrench and screwdriver, as there are often little things to fix. But know your limits, there are a lot of things you can do yourself, and a few you can always get help with. And, you've discovered, this forum and its members contain a wealth of expertise, advice, and opinion!

Enjoy the journey -
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:01 AM   #10
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There will be a lot of adjustments to your life style the first six months. Plan on following the sun, as Airstreams do not really like cold weather and being cooped up inside for three days of rain can be trying. Keep you house for the first year, in case you change your mind. Plan on visiting old friends and family as well as seeing all the national parks. You might find living in some destination parks in Florida, Texas or Arizona for the winter are what you like, many people do.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:55 PM   #11
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Love all the input. Fortunately I have a great friend with a farm in Tennessee if we get weary. Plan on taking it slow and learning a lot. Not afraid to fix stuff and tow. Would the classifieds be the best place to find a trailer? Thanks BadKat
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:13 PM   #12
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Welcome. We did our research here, too. For interesting listings there are the Classifieds here and another good site is, where you can narrow your search by manufacturer, etc.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:40 PM   #13
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This is the right time to be looking, especially for a gently used Airstream.

If you're not fond of fixing up, a 2 year old model that turned out to be imperfect for someone else could be your best ticket.

Check the classifieds, and Craigslist and They are everywhere. If you are near an Airstream only campground, they may have several units for sale.

Good luck and happy hunting.

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Old 09-26-2012, 02:31 PM   #14
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Tow vehicles

What should I be looking for in a tow vehicle for pulling a 28' successfully?We want to go everywhere. Thanks BadKat

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