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Old 08-09-2006, 01:02 PM   #1
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Question new looker- do I want 19' or 25'?

We cannot decide if we need a 19' or a 25' trailer. My logic says the 19 would be easy to tow and park. Less impact on gas mileage. We have pulled a horse trailer. i would think this would be comparable. Probably easier -since you wouldn't have a couple thousand pounds moving around while going down the road!

On the other hand a 25 would be something we could eventualy live in? Five years from now. Would it be a lot more difficult to tow and park?

We have never had a travel trailer so this first step is a little scary. Would we lose a lot if we bought a 19' now and then moved up to a 25' in 5 years?

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Old 08-09-2006, 01:27 PM   #2
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hi dtr and welcome...

my first tow was a 34. many start with a 16 and trade several times before finally getting the ideal size...this does cost lots of moola...

longer tows easier...but ya gotta have enough truck.

25 is too small to live in full time, but great for almost all sorts of travel.

25 has 2 axles...this is good. 19 has 1 axle...this isn't so good.

basic fuel milage doesn't change much in this size range....

basic living space changes ALOT in this size range...

if you aren't sure...buy used first time, depreciation is already paid

trading selling a used unit is a better deal that new every time.

sure you'd lose some trading 19 for 25...the living space is a big loss.

visit lots, see lots, go in lots....buy a 23 or 25....

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Old 08-09-2006, 01:53 PM   #3
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Hi DTR--You can tow up to a 27' A/S with a properly equipped 1/2 ton truck, or SUV. Fuel mileage is more a function of frontal wind resistance, rather than weight or length. If you tow a horse trailer, you will have no difficulty towing an A/S. A double axle is more stable to tow than a single, and you always want more room than you have, no matter what the length. I find a double axle trailer easier to back up, than a single axle. Seriously consider longer than 19'. It will cost you to move up to a larger A/S in 5-years. Also you will put a lot of yourself into your A/S, so why not get the right one first.
We have traveled extensively over 18-years in our 27' Overlander (2 of us mainly, with 2 more children or grandchildren from time to time), and find it large enough to live in (up to 7-months), and small enough to tow easily. Get that A/S and get going.--Frank S
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:06 PM   #4
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Thank you all so much. I am surprised at the longer trailer being easier to tow and back. It does make sense that the double axle is more stable. I hadn't thought of that at all.
It will just be the two of us travelling...

Thanks again...DTR
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:27 PM   #5
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I agree with 2air completely started with a 16' then a 25' now a 30' ,
only 4 more ft to go----------pieman
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:34 PM   #6
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We cannot decide if we need a 19' or a 25' trailer. My logic says the 19 would be easy to tow and park. Less impact on gas mileage. We have pulled a horse trailer. i would think this would be comparable. Probably easier -since you wouldn't have a couple thousand pounds moving around while going down the road!

On the other hand a 25 would be something we could eventualy live in? Five years from now. Would it be a lot more difficult to tow and park?
Confused DTR.
I don't know what you need, but I think a 25' is a good compromise between handling and living comfort.

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Old 08-09-2006, 04:44 PM   #7
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We are also new to the RV lifestyle and find the 25' to be easy to tow, easy to back into smaller camp sites such as state parks, etc and has way more storage than 2 people need (at least for long weekend type camping).
There is enough room inside to move around without stepping on each other. We, hopefully, will only buy one which is why we were willing to buy new.

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Old 08-09-2006, 05:07 PM   #8
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That's why we went 23'!!! Just right
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Old 08-09-2006, 05:10 PM   #9
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It does make sense that the double axle is more stable...

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Notwithstanding, if you blow a tire on a double axle, you can at least limp off the freeway......
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Old 08-09-2006, 05:19 PM   #10
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I agree with 2air completely started with a 16' then a 25' now a 30' , only 4 more ft to go----------pieman
well pieman...
the last 4 feet,
are overrated really

but having 3 axles
and all of those shinny wheels....
really does look cool
until the toll booth or ferry

or that ridiculous bypass around denver...
10 bucks every 10miles...
so 30 bucks to go roughly 30 miles...which was only 1/4 way around....
never again.

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Old 08-09-2006, 05:28 PM   #11
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Welcome,

There are a lot of good tips so far, I especially agree with FrankS, try to get it right the first time. We took our time and so far it has proven out to have been worth the wait. One thing that worked for us...try to imagine yourself in each model/floorplan that you are considering. Take a dry run of what you believe would be a typical day hitching, pulling, parking, loading, cooking, sleeping, bathing, resting, eating, entertaining and anything else that comes to mind. This exercise will help you determine what the floorplan and model is best for your lifestyle.

In general, two axle 23 -25 foot Airstreams are good compromises between ease of towing and space utilization, especially if it is for two people. Although there a some campgrounds, especially federal, that have tight length restriction, the vast majority can accomodate up to 25 feet. Fuel economy has proven to be similar no matter what size AS you pick, with little difference between the extremes, assuming the tow vehicle has the tow capacity.

Be patient but dont wait too long to start having fun.

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Old 08-09-2006, 05:31 PM   #12
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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.
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My advice, and I've read all the above...... and some good advice there. I'm single, and don't plan to expand my numbers, except maybe now and then. My first Airstream purchase and current trailer is a 76 31ft Sovereign. I considered everything! I am a NUT about detail..... towing, convenience and investment!! And when I mixed in the price factor, I am convinced that I made the right choice! Bill
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A 19 or a 25

You can always get a 19 and a 25
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