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Old 04-09-2008, 03:20 PM   #1
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Mom, Dad & four little girls in a ?

Hello airstreamers,

My husband & I have caught airstream fever! We originally thought that this would be our retirement dream, but after 4 rather expensive days at Disney, we decided that the airstream would be the most 'bang for our buck' - so to speak. With four children [Gabriella(almost 6), Madeline (almost 5), Chloe (almost 3) & Lily (age 1) & perhaps one more one day, we think that we need the biggest beast out there. That being said, I have started investigating and think that perhaps something like a large excella may be a good choice. I understand that we will probably have to place a couple of bunks to accommodate so many little ones & would like to do this all on a budget. Any suggestions on a lot of little girls and airstreaming?

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Old 04-09-2008, 03:33 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome. I'll let other post what they think you could use and what size trailer - but I have seen several with large families have a moderate sized camper and tents for the kids. I works for some.

The big issue is a big trailer = BIG TOW VEHICLE. So, a 25 foot may be a good compromise for you - besides - sleeping and rainy days are the only times all of you will be inside. With fuel prices going up and up - just having a large truck as a TV can be expensive.


BTW - Fort Wilderness at Disney is a great campground and has lots of perks for families with kids (or like us - without).

Enjoy your search.

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Old 04-09-2008, 04:05 PM   #3
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There is a pretty active forum member called "PizzaChop" who has a very large family, and I believe he started off with an Overlander (27') when his family was still about your family's size. He has since moved up to a Sovereign (31'), but I'd think that the Overlander or even a TradeWind (24'/25') would work nicely for you.

In his Overlander, he added bunks above the twin beds that were amidships, and he also converted the front sofa-bed (gaucho) lounge area into a large dinette, which can convert into a pretty large bed as well.

If you'd like to see pictures of his work, his photo gallery can be found right here:

http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...00&userid=4331

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Old 04-09-2008, 04:10 PM   #4
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You might be able to get a BIG used one since gas prices are going up and people are thinking smaller trailers and tow vehicles. I've seen some 34 footers advertised here, in the Blue Beret and EBAY for very reasonable prices.

If you can afford the gas prices, a 3/4 ton diesel or even a 1 ton would get you around with a 34'. We'll be doing more "getting there and camping" instead of travelling these days.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:11 PM   #5
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I'd second the Pizzachop recommendation...especially since, in addition to being one of the best renovators out there, and a generous mentor to many of us 'chops', he is a true VINTAGE DUDE-it-yourself-er...

-keep in mind the big vintage rigs are much lighter than the new ones which greatly increases the range of tow vehicles you can consider...assuming you're handy with the power tools...

- I also recently had a rather pricey Disney week and know for sure the next time I'm there it'll be at Fort Wilderness in my silver toaster...
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:04 PM   #6
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If you want a newer unit, the Safari 25 six sleeper is available. IIRC, it has a double bed for you and hubby, a dinette for two kids, and either another double or two bunks (I can't remember which).
There is also the Safari 30' bunkhouse that may be able to accomodate your family.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:50 PM   #7
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4 under age of 9 was tight in our 30' Classic... almost 2 years later, 5 in our 30' slide is comfortable... its amazing how much a little more lounge room makes... agree with above posts- tow vehicle becomes issue with heavy trailer and 6+ seating

before signing on the slide, we made a nuisance of ourselves at the a/s dealer... just hung around inside a 25 CCD... all 7 of us... after 15 minutes, our minds were made up...
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:13 PM   #8
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Hi and welcome, There are some many people here with vast experience, so I will limit my comments. 25 to 31 ft would be good.Someone here has double bunk beds,Ive seen pics of that and also I have seen some really nice screen rooms that attach to the trailer also and that would give U more room with cots maybe .
Go luck to U and the family Happy Camping
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:06 PM   #9
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Go for 30' Bunk House. While larger may be a little more ideal for storage, the sleeping arrangement in a 30' Bunkhouse would good for what you are describing.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:09 PM   #10
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The 30ft Safari Bunkhouse is a good fit for a large family. They may be hard to find. My 31 Classic with Dinette (important) will sleep 2 adults and 4 moderately sized children.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:16 PM   #11
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There is one for sale in the forum classifieds. I almost bought this one myself but decided the 30' too large for our current needs.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:24 PM   #12
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I had a 31 foot Soverign I used for several seasons with my 3 grandchildren and 2 dogs. I now have a 25' Tradewind. Don't really feel anymore cramped and still have plenty of storage. In my opinion the Tradewind has a better layout. Something to consider is not just the area but how it is designed. I don't think I would want to be in anything smaller. I have one removable bunk and am putting in a second. The 25' is Airstream's biggest little trailer and also the littlest big trailer. Tandem axles are a plus. The gas savings between the 2 coaches is measurable but not great. 1-2 mpg, every little bit helps.
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:57 PM   #13
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Another vote for the Bunkhouse..

We have 4 girls from 12 to 4, and have a bunkhouse (uhh only 4 months of warranty left). We sleep and travel VERY comfortably in it. We have room for a guest or two in a pinch.

The unit is light, and tows like a dream. We use a 2001 K2500 Suburban to pull it and have been from the Rockies to the Smokies to Florida.

If you find one they are usually resonable as they were not a very popular model. I bought ours new, but it had been on the lot like a year.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:32 PM   #14
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I never had kids, and that's always been fine for me. But I will advise you to not agonize too much over the A/S, but just choose one and go camping! I'm always totally charmed at how close families can become when they camp together, especially when the parents enlist the kids as helpers. I recently watched two children work together to put down the stabilizer jacks for daddy, then gather pinecones as kindling for a fire.

Others have correctly said that there are many 34's and 31's for sale at bargain prices. One of those should work just fine. Remember kids are very adaptable and creative. Sleeping on a dinette can be an adventure. Drape a sheet from the overhead cabinet, and it's their private tent. And yes, they can and will go a week without TV or a computer if you just bring a few board games, and maybe a book on birds or bugs for them to identifyt he critters they see.

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