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Old 01-13-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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I'm new to the RV world. I've always liked the way Airstreams look and their design so I will probably buy an Airstream but don't know which one. I'm also in the market for a new truck that will haul one of the larger Airstreams. My name is Tom.
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Welcome! Which Airstream is for you depends on what you need and want. Best bet is to look at several, ask questions of Airstream owners you meet, and, if a dealer is close by, visit and look. As far as truck, we tow our 31' Classic with a 2013 F150 with the 3.5 L Echoboost engine. It has more than enough to do the job.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
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Welcome, Tom! We're practically neighbors - we live in St. Augustine. The way we decided on which Airstream to get was by making a number of visits to JD Sanders out in Alachua (south of Gainesville). You can check their inventory online before you go (they close early on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays). We even drove down to Tampa one weekend to check out Bates RV. Once we decided we couldn't afford a new one, I started watching this forum's classifieds and also Craigslist for used/vintage models until I found our DreamStream nearby. We have owned travel trailers before, so that helped knowing what size and configuration we wanted for us and the big dog. We tow our 25 with a 2010 F150. Good luck with your search- it's fun!
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Sorry - Alachua is actually north of Gainesville!
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Welcome Tom! I agree the only way you are going to know what you want is to visit airstream dealerships and spend time in every make and model. If you have a family your needs will be different from others. We thought we knew what we wanted until we saw the Eddie Bauer model - then it was all she wrote. We ordered ours in November and it is due in around the middle to end of February. We can wait! We are buying the 27' and we will tow it with my husband's Dodge Ram 1500. It will not be a problem whatsoever! Good luck and keep us posted!
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I meant to say..."we CAN'T wait!!" LOL!
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We just got home from Florida.
Towing our Classic 30 with a Tundra.
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Keep looking & learning

Wife wanted room, thought was we may use it as a Summer Home away from the heat of South Florida. Knew before we even looked that a new 27' + was out of our league. Found a vintage in good shape (after lots of looking & learning) 31' with issues that we have almost cleared up in just 3 years. Don't get me wrong, we have been camping all the while and even just finished a nice 4,000+ mile trip out west, but it is a work in progress. Matched that up with a '97 F350 7.3 diesel, way more truck than needed but price was right and it was at almost new mileage... this combo should be on the road for decades to come!
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums, Tom. We're glad to have you with us. You've found the right place for all things Airstream. We are camped in Jacksonville tonight.

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Welcome! We're Southwest of you in central Florida. I know you will enjoy the Airforums, it is very informative while you are looking, and then even more so after you bring an Airstream home!

We're new to Airstreams too, although this is our 5th coach in 12 years or so of RVing. We purchased a Flying Cloud 27 Front Bedroom with twins in early November (our Pete) that we tow with an F150 crew 2wd 5.0 v8. With the right hitch setup and tuning, any Airstream with less than 8000lb gvwr in my opinion should tow nicely with most 1/2 ton pickups properly equipped to do so. That means a 27' or less, pretty much. If you settle on a larger Airstream (read longer and heavier), a 3/4 ton is probably your sweet spot.

Good luck with your search! It is a lot of fun!
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dangerous you already being on this site asking questions....you are on the way to being ruined

Use the google search function for all sorts of questions to get lots on info...

If you want specific advice then provide plenty of detail...but I think with some searching and basic considerations you can nail down which trailer you want (length, layout, model/design, etc)...

We just got our new AS 11/15/14, the wife, 2 small children, and boston terrier are already lovin' it....good luck!
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Hey Tom,

Greeting from another Tom, also here on the First Coast. Welcome to the forums!

My wife and I have been streamin for about 5 years now. Some years more than others. We first bought while living in the Piedmont of NC with an eye on visiting the SE coast, but now that we live near the beach, our priorities have changed somewhat. We consider our trailer first and foremost a Bug Out vehicle in the case of Hurricanes, and a possible survival module if there is ever major damage to our abode. Since we store the unit near the coast, it is imperative that we be able to move it with reasonable notice. But as you probably know, JAX is pretty well protected from Major storms, at least so far.

One consideration for us, a pretty major one, was being able to stay in the variety of state parks in this part of the world. That meant buying a smaller trailer. Many parks have very limited availability for trailers over 25 ft. We went with a 23ft Safari SE LS with Front Lounge. Suits us well.

We focus primarily on festivals now and will consider dry camping, but time of year is critical given the need for AC much of the time here in FL. We do have a Yamaha Generator for such occasions, but many of the festivals we frequent do have at least water and electricity.

We recently rejoined the WBCC and belong to a club that spans several SE states and has a focus on "Camping". Have yet to make a rally though.

Let us know if we can be of any assistance in your search. There is an RV SuperShow this weekend in Tampa. A good place to try on various models.

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Thanks Tom for the information. I never even considered the length of trailer and what most parks can handle. I plan on going down to an Airstream dealer in Alachua this weekend. Not sure I want to drive to Tampa. If I can ask what do you pull your Safari with?
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