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Old 08-09-2006, 07:13 PM   #15
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Hello DTR -- Welcome to the Forums! My mother also is a DTR through her father, Robert Rankin Thompson -- the source of my first name. It is on my short list to join the Sons.

You are getting very good advice. If you are buying anything recent I would suggest getting to a dealer to actually lay down in the corner bed of the 19 -- bring your partner if there'll be two. This bed will make or break the deal for some people. It significantly cuts off foot space for one partner. The 23' and the 25' SS also have the corner bed.
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For what it's worth (free, so probably of only marginal value), we wanted the bath and bedroom areas to be separated. That desire becomes possible at 25 feet.
Space brings more amenities and Mike brings up a nice comfort issue -- sleeping physically separate from the toilet. Our 25' FB SE is a twin bed and has the most storage I've seen in any trailer this size (3 external access storage compartments). I'm having my doubts about the twin beds but thinking happily of rebuilding the front with a queen and keeping the storage compartment excess. The 25' suits me very fine because of my objectives -- easy, distant travels with necessary gear for a variety of recreation and fitting into the greatest assortment of state park, national forest, and away-from-it-all campgrounds. Longer than 25' does make the latter goal more of a challenge -- see this thread.

One Forums member has moved through three Airstreams -- I believe they started with an '04 Classic (28'?), then "almost" had possession of an '06 25' FB SE before they heard Airstream was coming out with a 27' FB Classic. They had to take this voyage but are now supremely happy.

New Airstreams are heavier than those 20-30 years ago. You almost can't do a newer 25' without having a 3/4-ton capacity tow vehicle. This puts a contrary wrinkle in the practicality issues for some. Be sure you ask, then buy a suitable tow vehicle! Use 'Search', follow various threads and arguments -- but feel free to seek answers you aren't finding by starting a thread as you have here.

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Old 08-09-2006, 11:09 PM   #16
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The bed in the 19ft. is tiny. Go to the dealer and check the 19ft and 25 fb w/ queen bed. Ya gtta sleep and be comfortable or you won't be happy.

I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 08-10-2006, 09:35 PM   #17
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How about a baker's dozen?

Welcome to the forums,

Wouldn't it be cool to have a baker's dozen Airstreams?

There is a nice thread entitled Considerations when buying an Airstream... take a look at it. Lots of stuff to think about and digest besides just the size. Might give you other things to help you make your decision!

Have fun, look at lots of Airstreams, when you are ready to buy, go for it! Airstreams Rock!

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Old 08-10-2006, 11:43 PM   #18
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Welcome to the Forums and 'streaming.

We have a 25' and it seems to be the ideal size for the two of us. (+ 2 extra on the fold down sofa need be) Not too big, not too small, easy to tow, a good amount of living and storage space. Personally, I could not live in it for an extended period of time and certainly not full time but, there people who can and do full time in 25'. Our initial reason for purchase was to get away for a couple of mos. or so from the winter blahs. Unfortunatly that hasn't happened as yet for various reasons and it's hard to get away in the summer living on a lake ..... so we haven't used it all that much so far.

Our original tow vehicle was a 1/2 ton '97 GMC Sub. for the first 3 of 4 yrs and recently found a nice '04 3/4 ton GMC Yukon. The difference in towing is huge. (In all fairness: the old sub could have used new shocks and the A/S just got new tires in June and needs shocks) It is very important not to be underpowered. We almost made a mistake buying a too large A/S for the 1/2 ton but the good members of the forums saved us in the nick of time.
You will find plenty of info and answers in the forums. Do your homework and be patient waiting for the right one.

Good luck in your search,
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Old 08-11-2006, 07:29 AM   #19
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weighing in for the little guy...

We absolutely love our 19' Bambi. It's a perfect space for my wife, myself, our pooch, and our upcoming kid.

We purchased the 19' for several factors:
- price (while still expensive, not as much as the larger ones)
- first time towers - the smaller trailer was less daunting for us.
- tow vehicle capacity - I like my SUV and didn't want to get rid of it just to tow a bigger trailer.

The most important point for us was that we absolutely don't consider this trailer to be our last one. We knew we would want to go bigger at some point down the road. Buyng the 19' foot was an easy choice based on all those factors. It's a bonus that we find the space absolutely perfect for our lifestyle.

That said, I wouldn't want to full-time in a 19' bambi. That would be uncomfortable and there's nowhere near the storage space you'd need. I have to admit though, the thougth of full-timing in a 25' doesn't really intrigue me either.

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Old 08-11-2006, 09:44 AM   #20
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Another 19' Fan

I agre with Bradk!

I've been 'full-timing' in my 19CCD since mid June and it has been great. Will be doing this for another month or so. Plenty of room for myself and the wifey. It has all of the storage that I need the bed is not large, but it does work for us.

The other limiting factor was TV size, and this is as big as I could go without dumping the Sprinter (not likely) and going for a Sub or P/U (not my style either).

All of this after really full-timing for 5 years in a 40' Monaco Dynasty diesel pusher. That was nice....if you like driving your house around with you where ever you go!! I'll be Airstreaming for quite a while!!!!!!
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Old 08-11-2006, 11:21 AM   #21
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Let's hear it for the Bambi!

We absolutely LOVE our 19' Safari Bambi - it's perfect for us. The bed is very comfortable (of course we upgraded from a VW Eurovan pop-top camper!) My husband has always had boats, so we have never had a problem backing up our Bambi, and she tows effortlessly. If you do decide on the 19' be sure and get the wrap-around windows. They make the whole interior open up and feel quite spacious. We have had 4 adults around the dinette for dinner and was very adequate. Room with a view! Good luck - either size, you can't lose with an Airstream. It was certainly our dream come true. P.S. we are getting ready for a trip to Idaho right after Labor Day. Going through Oregon, Washington.
Can't wait.

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