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Old 04-11-2015, 09:48 AM   #1
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New member still looking for first trailer

We've been thinking about Airstreams for two years now but are ready to pull the trigger when the right one comes along. Found two in our price range. 2006 Safari 23 and 2007 International 27. Just the two of us but may occasionally take our 12 and16 year old grandsons along. We envision four three week trips per year. Advice on whether we're on the right track???
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:55 AM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Congratulations on your decision of to Airstream. A 23 might be a little tight to travel with the grandchildren. A 27 would really be comfortable, but would require a heftier tow vehicle.

Good luck in your decision.

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Old 04-11-2015, 10:27 AM   #3
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I'm likely not the one to ask because I have a 16 foot and have taken the grandchildren but we're usually outside except to sleep. Recently returned from Disney trip with grandkids. Good luck in your decision.


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Old 04-11-2015, 03:23 PM   #4
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Something that I have discovered is that the layouts with the black tanks in front of the axle seem to have better protection of the slide valve and I think it is in the heated section with the tanks.

I suspect that would make a large difference in sub zero camping as well as being more protected from dragging.

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Old 04-11-2015, 04:04 PM   #5
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An 8 to 10 year old trailer is probably a sweet spot in terms of value. Obviously the older the unit the greater the chance of something being wrong. Take advantage of the volunteer inspectors when you find a trailer you like. Use the drop down menu on the right side of the PORTAL PAGE to find one near your prospective purchase. Keep in mind that there are relatively few Airstreams in the world compared to most other brands (they only make 3,000 or so per year compared to hundreds of thousands of other brands of RV's) so you may need to travel a bit to find what you want.

As far as size is concerned, most people (but of course not all) who end up trading their Airstream for another one trade up in size, not down. We have a 27 foot model (actually it's 28 feet long but that's another story) and we find it perfect for two people on extended trips. A 25 is also a very similarly sized unit. Your tow vehicle may limit you to a smaller unit such as a 23 or 22 (or even a 19!) If you have the flexibility to get whatever tow vehicle you need to tow the model you want, by all means look at the larger trailers.
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Old 04-11-2015, 04:35 PM   #6
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I'd get the 27. I pull a 34' and like it a bunch. It seems like 30' is the cutoff of if you fit in a state park or not. So if I was only going to have one trailer, and had to choose between those two, I'd go 27.

Now that being said, I'd like to have a small trailer to add to my fleet, just for the parks Or, even an Avion pickup camper. One of these years....
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:24 AM   #7
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Welcome to Air Forums! We like to travel with our Airstream too. Most of what I read and understand is get the biggest trailer you can. Most regular travelers like the extra storage space and extra comfort of the larger trailer. We travel in our 34 Limited and love it. My wife says she ain't ever taking a trip in our 24' Trade Wind. That trailer is for fun, and for our sons to use on weekend trips. A lot of people are quite satisfied with the 25' and 27' trailers.

And thanks AnnArborBob for the clear direction to find Airstream inspectors in Air Forums. The Portal page is different than Forums page. Don't ask how I learned that!

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Old 04-14-2015, 11:29 PM   #8
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We bought our first Airstream today!!! Got the Safari 23. Got a great deal and it was in mint condition. Felt it was the right choice for right now with the tow vehicle we have and our newbie status with any travel trailer. Previous camping experience was truck and tent. We can't wait to get out there and check it out. Alas, they're predicting snow later this week. It's still springtime in the Rockies.
Thanks for all your input. Maybe we'll see you out there someday.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:10 AM   #9
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Wow! Congratulations. This will be an easy towing trailer for your mountain roads. You're going to have so much fun learning all about Airstreaming.

Make your first trips easier ones until you get used to things, and you will. Towing changes the driving dynamics significantly. Acceleration, turning, stopping, backing up all take much longer. Takes a little to get used to it.

Post a picture of your new Safari. They were building Safaris back in the 60s, it is a famous name for an Airstream. Same for Flying Cloud.

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Old 04-15-2015, 09:08 PM   #10
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Pix of our new Airstream

Here's the latest addition to our family.
The delivery was easier than we expected.
She weighed in at a svelt 4365 lbs.
We can't wait to show her to the rest of the world.
Still deciding on an appropriate name.
Thanks for sharing in our joy.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:31 AM   #11
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Congratulations I know you'll enjoy it. Welcome to the airstream family.


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