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Old 04-11-2008, 07:07 PM   #15
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Thank you for all of theses ideas- It was exactly the imput that I needed. While the 30' bunkhouse is lovely -& I would have to work a bit too much to afford that. . .), I am certain we will be concentrating on the vintage variety of airstream. I just looked at an '83 excella today (Family RV in Ft. Myers, FL-very nice people) that seemed to be in good shape, yet it is the rear bathroom & I think the rear twins would be easier to outfit with 2 bunks. I will be towing with an escalade (all of our money goes there)w/ a towing capacity of 7,800 lbs & I think it will max out with a smaller airstream. Thank you for all of your assistance. This will be great fun! -Helen

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Old 04-11-2008, 07:32 PM   #16
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Rear bedroom has the added advantage of the kids not traipsing thgouh the bedroom to go potty.

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Old 04-11-2008, 11:21 PM   #17
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Several suggestions here...

You might take a look at this thread, it has some good food for thought!

You should look at the rally calendar ~ as we are starting to arrive at rally time, see if there is an Airstream rally near you and go! Folks will be glad to meet you and most are happy to show you their Airstreams. It may give you a good idea of what others are doing and how they "cope"!

When looking at an Airstream to purchase, take everyone along. Sit in it for awhile and see how it feels. Imagine where you would have everyone sleep, play, etc.

You also need to consider where you will be camping. Are you mostly interested in RV parks, or out in the wilds and National Parks and such? Larger rigs have some trouble in some state and National Parks as some have length requirements.

Airstreaming with your family will be awesome. Remember, if the one you find eventually doesn't fit your changing needs ~ trade it in for another! Besides, many of us wind up with aluminum fever and find ourselves owning more than one. Yikes!

Mrs. NorCal Bambi traveling in S Tardis ~ from the Great State of Jefferson
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:26 AM   #18
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We started AS'ing when our children were very young like yours. At that age they can sleep almost anywhere that there is a pillow and a blanket. We started off with a used 1999 25 foot Safari with the front couch and the rear twins. The three children slept on the front couch, and the parents on the rear twins. The relatively low cost of entry with a used AS and the Suburban we had at the time allowed us to see if AS'ing was for us. The 25 footer also was a good training ground for towing and backing up. Not too big, not too small.

As the children grew, and we were sure that AS'ing was for us, we spent the money to get a larger TV and eventually the 30 Bunk House. It is the perfect setup with the bunks and dinette for children to sleep on, and the front bedroom with a queen for us.

One other comment. There are a lot of white boxes out there that will also get you into a trailer for a relatively low cost. However, they do depreciate a substantial amount over a short time. A used AS, say in the $20k range, will still be worth about $20k several years out if it is maintained.


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