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Old 04-30-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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Looking for our First

My wife and I have been talking lately about buying a camper so we dont have to stay in my in-laws camper when we go and would like our own so we can take family adventures. my wife is open to any type of camper and I would prefer an AirStream. she said she has a few things she wants out of an airstream if we get one.

here are a few things we are looking for

1. 19'-27' max
2. sleeps 4 preferred
3. we are ok with an older model that we can renovate as we go (must be close to camping ready)
4. she would like a couch/bed for seating rather than just a little dining table
5. My wife doesnt care for the floor plans that have 2 beds in the middle on each side of the walkway. but then again she hasnt seen them in person so they might be acceptable when she sees them
6. we are looking to spend less than 10k so and older used AS is what we want
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:01 AM   #2
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Welcome! Given her list of wants and your size preference you might be better off with a 25' with a lounge and a "queen" bed in the rear. It's also a size that will fit most anywhere and can be pulled with a F150 type truck. They are the most popular size out there and several are on the Air Forums classifieds right now. Good luck on your search and there are lots of great threads on choosing the right sized AS and TV (tow vehicle) but if you have other questions we are all glad to help.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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You could almost be describing a 25' with the 'queen" bed in the rear with that list of requirements. Hope you find what you want, Crazycuda.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:44 AM   #4
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As Brad and Mr. Toad said above, a 25' mid-bath model sounds like the thing. They started building that floor plan in 1984. Will probably cost most of the $10k budget, but they're nice trailers.

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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I like your title, "Looking for our first." afterall, you can't have just one! Be patient and watch the classifieds. You will find one with those requirements. Look forward to seeing you on the road!
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:25 AM   #6
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Looking at the towing specs for our 2008 Grand Cherokee the Maximum gross trailer weight (GTW) for the engine and towing package it is 6500lbs so ill be toward the top end of that.

we were hoping to go look at one locally this weekend but it was sold. its was a 1971 Tradewind 25' that had been redone inside. it didnt perfectly fit my wifes demands but i just want to get her out and looking at some AS in person.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #7
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As Brad and Mr. Toad said above, a 25' mid-bath model sounds like the thing. They started building that floor plan in 1984. Will probably cost most of the $10k budget, but they're nice trailers.

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What model airstream would fall into this category
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:31 AM   #8
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They were called either Sovereign or Excella, with Excela being the ritzier of the two.

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #9
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Airstream.com has floorplans for AS by year starting from way back. very interesting. jim
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:10 AM   #10
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well its been a long time since i originally posted this but after life took a front seat i am just starting to look again for our airstream. locally i have found one close to what we want 1971 VINTAGE 25' AIRSTREAM LAND YACHT TRADE WIND SAFARI TRAVEL TRAILER

might have to go look at this one sometime soon. glad im back in the search. i am right now in the middle of emailing a local guy who remodels and restores models for celebs and i am hoping to get a chance to work with him on future restorations (i am fairly handy and i am a CAD designer)
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:34 AM   #11
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Good hunting! I never wanted a travel trailer until my husband showed me an Airstream. It was love at first sight.
This site is a good read for anyone thinking about an older AS:
Price vs. Condition - Vintage Airstream
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:39 AM   #12
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Great to have you back! It's never too late to purchase your AS. Our first post was back in 2003, and we finally purchased our AS last month! In our cas, it was I that really wanted an AS, where my husband just wanted to be sure it had a lavatory.
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Looking at the towing specs for our 2008 Grand Cherokee the Maximum gross trailer weight (GTW) for the engine and towing package it is 6500lbs so ill be toward the top end of that.
You will get every opinion under the sun with TV's....
Some say you have to have a Ford 350 0r a Dodge 2500 or practically a semi tractor....
Others will say you can slap a 34 footer on a VW Golf or Jetta...

Of course I exaggerate

But do check out the Tow Vehicle section of the forum-especially check out the new diesel Cherokees now coming for 2014
Find out about what Andy in Can-Am London Ontario does for a living
Maybe laugh at my experience to date with outfitting my 2006 Commander-
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f368...ll-103439.html

Enjoy!
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:35 AM   #14
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Glad to hear you are back in the hunt. The Tradewind you have found looks like a good one. My recomendation is to buy the best one you can find. Tradewinds rock!

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Ps- my grandparents lived in Cascade on the Thornaple River.
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