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Old 09-05-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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Hello , I am in Maryland , I currently have a 24 ft mallard , first camper since I have a family . I am looking for an AS , 28ft to 31 ft. What I cant figure out is how the models work? I have 2 boys , 3 and 6 , and a wife . Tow vehicles , excursion v10 or 2500 chevy crew 6.0 .

What i need to know is there a model with bunks , and or is there a model with a bedroom . I cant spend the cash for new , college is more important . I looked at a couple this year that needed too much work for the money ( they are still for sale ) I have built a few street rods and it is always true its cheaper to buy one thats done than to start from scratch . thanks
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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Looking to buy a used AS what model fits the bill?

Greetings sprinklerguy!

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Hello , I am in Maryland , I currently have a 24 ft mallard , first camper since I have a family . I am looking for an AS , 28ft to 31 ft. What I cant figure out is how the models work? I have 2 boys , 3 and 6 , and a wife . Tow vehicles , excursion v10 or 2500 chevy crew 6.0 .

What i need to know is there a model with bunks , and or is there a model with a bedroom .
Airstreams with bunk beds are not common, but they have been built, but there have probably been only one or two models over the years where bunks were standard. Most recently, there was a model called the Six Sleeper with three sleeping areas. The Six Sleeper had a bunk arrangement in the rear with a rear corner bathroom (if my memory is correct). The first mention that I notice of the Airstream Safari Six Sleeper 25' coach is 1998 . . . . the last mention appears to have been in the Airstream Safari Six Sleeper 25' coach for 2007.

There are probably other models that would answer the need for sleeping arrangements, but the 25' six sleeper would likely be the most compact of the possibilities.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 09-05-2011, 08:48 PM   #3
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Hi Sprinklerguy,
here's one that could end up being very nice down here in VA: 1971 Airstream Sovereign 31'
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:31 PM   #4
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We added bunks to ours to sleep our seven (yes, seven) kids. You can see pictures on my member page. We haveva 1989 Excella 29.
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Most vintage Airstreams of 25' and up have two single or one "queen" bed, plus the couch up front (called the goucho) or the dinette will make into sleeping space for two small people.

So you shouldn't feel at all limited for space. I'd suggest getting a rear bed (as opposed to center) so that your little ones won't have to pass by you as they go to the bathroom in the night.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:45 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum sprinklerguy. With your TV choice you can go with a 31 ft. model. This is probably the most popular size and will give you the most selection and the most bang for the buck. Most have twin beds in the rear bedroom or a double bed. Your 2 boys can sleep on the front couch or one on the couch and one on a sleeping pad next to the couch. The newer ones will cost you more money, but just start looking and see what works for your family.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:57 PM   #7
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Your 2 boys can sleep on the front couch or one on the couch and one on a sleeping pad next to the couch.
On every 31' model that I've seen, the couch pulls out to sleep two. No floor pad needed.
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Like you I have 2 boys 3 & 6 (minus the wife). In my search over the summer in our area I found many models in the size you looking for with a rear bath and 2 twins. My thought was as the boys get older that they will want to bring along friends and I will add upper bunks to the existing twins. I've seen a few examples of this conversion here and a few already reconfigured that way in my search.

As a side note, you might want to widen your search region beyond the mid-atlantic. While a few do pop-up around here there seems to be a better supply in the midwest.

Good luck!
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I would hold out for a center bath. Bedroom in the back. They have a folding door to close off the bedroom. Less structrural problems. I have heard of bunk beds but have never actually seen them. back of the sofa just flips over to the front to make it wider. be awful hot up in a top bunk in an Airstream. I would opt for the sofa for the extra beds.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #10
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Or go all the way: get a 34-footer that sleeps six! Two in the "Owner's Palace", two in the goucho, and two in the dinette.

Lotsa well-priced 34-footers in the Classified section here, right now!
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Keep your eye out for a 2005-2009+/- "Bunkhouse"...sounds like one would fit what you are looking for. They have a front bedroom, middle living area and bunk beds in the rear...seems like a nice set-up for a family.

Here's one (sold) but good info & pics to check out...

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appreciate the info , fortunatly I have time , I am in no hurry . I did just look at a 1971 32ft international , wasnt bad for its age , but it needed more than I have time for .
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