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Old 09-12-2017, 10:58 AM   #29
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yeah - seems we may need at least a 28/30 ft just for our sheer size - my kids are young now (10 and 8) but we plan on using the airstream long after hte kids have left us! and also agree, don't want to keep changing sizes. not scared away yet from owning one of these things we have camped a lot in the past couple years in tents, and rented a class a motorhome this summer travelling across the upper peninsula of michigan. it is the combined experience of everything that makes us want our own trailer - we looked at airstream b/c of its reputation in the industry and the ability to last a long time. maybe we're going through a midlife crisis - but being out on the road gave us such a feel of freedom and adventure i want to capture it for many years to come! we met
those years are so priceless ! live life to the max with your kids now, you'll have amazing memories. We used a pop-up for years and went all over Cali, Joshua Tree is a bucket list. I only bought my AS later on in their teen years and it was a little too late as they're living their own lives now and not so much into camping anymore
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:25 PM   #30
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I disagree with Bob. For us, we comfortable fit and sleep five people and a 70 pound dog. Three adults a 13 year old and a 7 year old in a 23D bunk. Bunk is good to 150 pounds.

Setting up and breaking down the dining table and lounge beds is quick and easy, takes no more than 5 minutes max. Dog loves to sleep under dinette.

We have had two trips so far where we had to spend 3-4 days inside the trailer due to hail, rain etc, and it was comfortable to hang out in and eat.

There is enough room for alone time as well on the back bed or bunk. I'm really the only one that can't fit in the bunk.

Also, we fit all our gear which includes backpacking, boots, multiple shoes and tons of fly fishing gear (rods, reels, waders, nets, etc).

These things are pretty spacious coming from a life of tent camping. Plenty of storage and well thought out.

Couple this with a good canopy tent to cover the picnic table or self rough table and with the outside space, there is plenty of room.

So I think much depends on your style and preferences.

I wouldn't go any smaller than the 23D bunk, but other might.

We add a tent for the older kids (teens) if they bring friends etc.
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:25 PM   #31
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Has anyone owned a 30' & a shorter trailer, say 26 or 28' ? Is there much of difference when towing ? or backing up ? Clearly it makes a difference for some state parks with limited access ... but curious if there is that much of a difference when towing ?


We have a pair of 26' trailers and a 35'. I've towed a 22' and can say the longer it is, the easier it backs up. The only difference towing is the difference in mass. We have drug both sizes all over the USA and enjoyed every place we have gone. Get one that is comfortable to camp in!
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:39 PM   #32
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No connection to them but Nature and me RV near traverse city were very nice last fall when my wife and I stopped in. Had 10 units only but were very patient with us as we looked at their stock. Late Sept had very good pricing. We kept our Safari 27.
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I disagree with Bob. For us, we comfortable fit and sleep five people and a 70 pound dog. Three adults a 13 year old and a 7 year old in a 23D bunk. Bunk is good to 150 pounds.

Setting up and breaking down the dining table and lounge beds is quick and easy, takes no more than 5 minutes max. Dog loves to sleep under dinette.

We have had two trips so far where we had to spend 3-4 days inside the trailer due to hail, rain etc, and it was comfortable to hang out in and eat.

There is enough room for alone time as well on the back bed or bunk. I'm really the only one that can't fit in the bunk.

Also, we fit all our gear which includes backpacking, boots, multiple shoes and tons of fly fishing gear (rods, reels, waders, nets, etc).

These things are pretty spacious coming from a life of tent camping. Plenty of storage and well thought out.

Couple this with a good canopy tent to cover the picnic table or self rough table and with the outside space, there is plenty of room.

So I think much depends on your style and preferences.

I wouldn't go any smaller than the 23D bunk, but other might.

We add a tent for the older kids (teens) if they bring friends etc.
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Also under the "truth in lending" heading - you can find YouTube videos of families of 5 or more that spend a lot of time in RV's smaller than a 23D. It *can* be done. For my family and our "needs" .... we went bigger.

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For everyone who responded - I wanted to just say thank you! We went and saw some airstreams sat in a few different styles - such an exciting day! You guys were right about getting a feel for what the insides are like and replicating planned use. I had researched all this stuff about flying cloud 30fb bunk but i will say in the end - we have decided to go with an International Serenity 30 twin!! while i loved the idea of "2 rooms" in the flying cloud bunk- the serenity just had great feeling of openness and I love the windows. We figure in the end, if people come and join us at different campsites, we can use a tent as someone had suggested!
I'm just so excited to join this airstream family - just working on getting an order together for the airstream - but given how late it is in the season - we are trying to time it so we receive the airstream sometime in late winter/early spring...

also - as an update, we decided to go with the Ford F150 with 3.5 ecoboost and max trailer tow package as our tow vehicle - i have to use the truck as my regular car(as my current one is about to die) - and so went with this version -

looking forward to seeing you on the roads ! thank you again for all the advice - will keep you posted when my airstream actually arrives!!
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Congrats!! How exciting and welcome to the club!!!
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For everyone who responded - I wanted to just say thank you! We went and saw some airstreams sat in a few different styles - such an exciting day! You guys were right about getting a feel for what the insides are like and replicating planned use. I had researched all this stuff about flying cloud 30fb bunk but i will say in the end - we have decided to go with an International Serenity 30 twin!! while i loved the idea of "2 rooms" in the flying cloud bunk- the serenity just had great feeling of openness and I love the windows. We figure in the end, if people come and join us at different campsites, we can use a tent as someone had suggested!
I'm just so excited to join this airstream family - just working on getting an order together for the airstream - but given how late it is in the season - we are trying to time it so we receive the airstream sometime in late winter/early spring...

also - as an update, we decided to go with the Ford F150 with 3.5 ecoboost and max trailer tow package as our tow vehicle - i have to use the truck as my regular car(as my current one is about to die) - and so went with this version -

looking forward to seeing you on the roads ! thank you again for all the advice - will keep you posted when my airstream actually arrives!!
Nice choice on the trailer and the TV. We just bought the same Ford to pull our 27 FC. The serenity is sweet!
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