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Old 04-20-2008, 11:24 AM   #1
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TNTOM should be quite obvious since my name is Tom and my wife and I live in south central Tennessee. We have been thinking about airstreaming for a couple of years and seriously looking for a used model for the past few months. We have never owned a camper and trying to be very cautious about how we start. And to this end we have set our goal to buy a used camper, no more than around 25/29 feet and has to be the aerodynamic airstream because we want to move a lot. We have a Toyota Tundra with v8 engin and towing package. Not pretty at the gas pump but a wonderful vehicle.
Have been reading a few threads and it appears that no question should go without answering. I especially like the way everyone tries to help and be positive. Great! Keep up the good work and hats off the administrators. Tom and Bettie
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:40 AM   #2
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Tom and Bertie,
Weclome aboard. Have you checked out the classified adds in this forum? Your dream trailer may only be one click away. This is a great forum and has helped me immensely with everything from soup to nuts. I am sure you will have the same positivie experience. Remember to keep us posted on your search and once you have found your baby, please post pictures.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:44 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!
You said you are looking for a used Airstream, but how used? Being cautious is a wise thing when looking for anything used and a used Airstream is no exception. Sadly many new owners are taken back by the true condition of the first trailer they bought. Knowledge is the best tool you can have when shopping. Good luck in finding the right trailer.
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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Hi Tom and welcome in.

You're ahead of the game already. You know what size you want and how you're gonna camp.

We're like you in that we'd rather travel than go and sit.

I was looking in the classifieds here the other day and there are several vintage units that will fit your needs for wieght and length.

A couple of tips if I may.

Make darn sure you two fit comfortably in the bed.

Make sure you fit with the elbow and knee room you need in the "throne room."

Those two things make a huge diference in traveling comfort.

If you find a trailer you like make sure to post pics of it here. there are folks here who at a glance can give you a very accurate condition report.

Good luck and have fun.
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Old 04-20-2008, 03:07 PM   #5
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Tom and Bettie:

Welcome to the Forums and the first stages of Aluminitis! Once you catch it there's no cure! (We're looking for our 4th Airstream now).

You've got to meet Tammy and John (Silver Threads). I don't know how far you are from Kingston but they are relatively new to Airstreams and have learned a lot and fast. Tammy especially has been very helpful to us. She made the drapes for our first Airstream motorhome and has sent us information about Airstreams for sale in Tennessee.

Good luck on your search and welcome to the Forums! Keep us posted on your progress and let us know if we can be watching for something specific for you.
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Old 04-20-2008, 03:08 PM   #6
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Hi Tom and Bettie and Welcome to the forums. This is a great site with a lot of well informed Airstreamers always willing to step up and help. Good luck on your search. Im not sure how close you are to Knoxville, but there seems to be a couple AS' in their paper from time to time.
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Old 04-20-2008, 03:39 PM   #7
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Welcome Tom & Bettie,

You will find the Airstreaming life to be a great one! Good advice so far... here are a couple other ideas for you:

Check out the rally calendar and find one near you. Show up... usually on the "Saturdays" folks have their airstreams open for informal tours and such... just wander around and ask if you can look. Everyone enjoys showing off their 'stream ~ whether it is old, new or somewhere inbetween. It will give you a good chance to meet great folks and get some questions answered by those who actually use their rigs!

Here is also a couple different threads you might want to read if you haven't looked at them yet:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...eam-22920.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...tes-24793.html

Have fun!

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Old 04-20-2008, 04:31 PM   #8
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Tom and Bertie,
Welcome! You sure found the right place to do your home work before your big purchase! Good luck in your search!
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:17 PM   #9
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Rivet Welcome to the forums

Hi Tom and Bettie,

A second to check the forum classifieds. I found my í83 34í Excella in the forums, only 100 miles away. Met nice people, too.

Look around, you will find what suits you. If you can, try to go to a rally where you can see just about everything. Last fall at Branson, there was an Airstream modified with a gooseneck hitch. It that doesnít qualify under the ďeverythingĒ category, I donít know what does. See post #843 at http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...-28724-61.html.

When you get your Airstream, you will become T(I)NTOM.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:24 PM   #10
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:11 PM   #11
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Thanks to everyone for your kind remarks and the information. I am still trying to find my way around the forum. Learn something new everytime I log on. Thanks again. Tom
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:07 PM   #12
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I have a 24ft Argosy that pulls well with my Tundra step-side V8 with towing package. I wouldn't want to take it in the Rockies because of all the "stuff" I've collected in it, but if you are more careful than I am you should have no trouble with vintage Airstreams/Argosys. We have a 31ft Sovereign, but I hesitate to pull it too far with the Tundra. To tell you the truth I think it weighs less than the fully loaded Argosy, but at 31ft I leave it to the new Ford with the 5.4L V8. It pulls like it wasn't even there. I like the Argosy but it became clear that we wanted a rear bedroom so I could stop pulling out and making up beds. If I was going for the shorter trailer, I'd get the two twins in the middle. Not as much storage, but you don't have to crawl over anyone or push the bed in every day. Now for the bathroom. I haven't found many that are large enough for any kind of comfort. Just nice to have when you need it, that's all. Finding your Airstream/Argosy is all part of the fun. Camping in it is worth all the frustration and work you put in. Good luck and if I can help you, please let me know.
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:29 PM   #13
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I was lucky that my Tundra came with a '69 Safari attached!

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after dragging it back from VA to LA it became apparent that the really nasty bathroom floor (rotten) would require my renovating the bath...but I think the 23' Safari (which the Tundra tows brilliantly..Reese Hitch w/sway bars) has a fairly spacious bath given the trailer size...oh, and the toilet hasn't been re-installed yet..it DOES have a toilet (not just a hole in the floor!)

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Keep your eyes out for one...although I'd wait for a tandem axle if I was doing it again...there's some wonderful early 60's (beautiful interiors) and the late 70's to mid 80's are often in great shape and not used hard...good luck!
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:53 PM   #14
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Tom and Bertie,
Weclome aboard. Have you checked out the classified adds in this forum? Your dream trailer may only be one click away. This is a great forum and has helped me immensely with everything from soup to nuts. I am sure you will have the same positivie experience. Remember to keep us posted on your search and once you have found your baby, please post pictures.
Thanks for your reply and we are now looking at the classified adds in this forum. It is taking a little practic but getting there. The worst part is every time I find a really interesting one it is all the way across country -- but such is life I guess. We are trying to keep within 3 to 10 yrs old and hopefully that is a good decision. Hope to send pictures soon. Thanks again. Tom
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