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Old 09-18-2016, 08:55 AM   #1
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New to the Forum - contemplating a 25-28 foot Airstream.

I'm looking for an Airstream. I am contemplating a 2000 to 2010 model, 25 foot to a 28 foot. I don't want to restore or rebuild one. I am planning a trip from Dallas Texas to Valdez, Alaska for the Valdez STOL Competition and for 1-2 months vacation driving to and from Alaska.
Everything I seem to find are Bambi's, 22, or 24 foot trailers which I feel are too small to be comfortable. Then there are 30, 31, or 34 foot which Both my wife and I feel are too long. My wife just balks at something 30 foot or longer, and I kind of agree they would be more difficult to tow, back up, & difficult to maneuver.
A 25 to 28 foot seems like it would be larger enough to be comfortable to live in for the 1-2 months I'll be in Alaska. I have found a couple of really nice 30 foot trailers but haven't ventured out to see them as of yet, still trying to find one in the 25 to 28 foot range, that are in my price range. Any inputs?
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:12 AM   #2
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Yes.

First, we love our 27FB, which is actually 28' 1" long (a silly inch longer than the 28).

Second, if you're seriously shopping, maybe post an add at airstreamclassifieds.com under the category "WANTED | Trailers (All Years)" as this is where folks wanting to sell an airstream will be looking.
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:05 AM   #3
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Let me comment on one of your misconceptions. The longer a trailer is the easier it is to back up.

As for towing there isn't that much difference unless you go real short and then sway can be an issue on a single axle trailer.

You are wise in your date range as Alaska will age the trailer. My last trip was in 2000 and i can still find Alaskan dirt in my rig. The paint was removed from the tongue of the trailer. Now that said I do not limit my travels to paved roads. The Casiar was chip and seal then.

On the paint removal issue. I had made mud flaps for the truck. Thinking of the type of rock here on the east coast I made them quite low to the ground. The rock in Alaska is very soft and crumbles to a fine dust. The flaps acted like a vacuum and swirled the dust up and acted like a sand blaster on the front of the trailer. If you use flaps make them at least 6 in. ff the ground
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X2. Those extra 2-3 feet are not going to make that much of a difference towing or backing up, but will make a world of a difference while your staying in it.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:27 AM   #5
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Ditto the comments by HowieE. When going to Alaska you should be thinking about protection like this:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...6&d=1348717664
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Hi from AZ. . . we towed our FC 28 to AK & back last summer, & thought it was great. . . We came from a Safari 25, & liked the dinette & shower you can actually get in in the 28.!. . . Put it on the AMHS ferry too, it was a 14k mile trip from AZ. . . going back next year to re-visit & see new places we missed. I recommend NEW tires all round, & service on TV & Rock-tamers. . . p.s., don't pass ANYTHING by, see it all. . . Regards, Craig
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:43 PM   #7
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New to the Forum - contemplating a 25-28 foot Airstream

Thanks for the inputs, from what I'm hearing a 30' wouldn't be bad either. I have a 2016 Nissan Titan XD with a 5.0 Liter Cummins V8, that can tow a 12,000 pound trailer. So towing a 30' wouldn't be an issue. Coming and going I have two different routes planned, one up through Seattle, Vancouver, etc, but I hadn't planned on the AMHS ferry. Can a 30' be taken on the AMHS ferry to Alaska? I would bet the ferry is quite Expensive. I might look into that. On the way back I was planning the Alaskan Highway: Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Edmonton. I'd definately put some protection on the front of the trailer. I actually had an Airstream repair guy recommend I buy a cheaper trailer to tow up to Alaska, and then sell it when I get back.

I've been struggling with the idea of buying a trailer. I can buy a lot of hotel room stays for the price of an Airstream, but Hotels have their downside, and sometimes there no room at the inn.
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Thanks for the inputs, from what I'm hearing a 30' wouldn't be bad either. I have a 2016 Nissan Titan XD with a 5.0 Liter Cummins V8, that can tow a 12,000 pound trailer. So towing a 30' wouldn't be an issue. Coming and going I have two different routes planned, one up through Seattle, Vancouver, etc, but I hadn't planned on the AMHS ferry. Can a 30' be taken on the AMHS ferry to Alaska? I would bet the ferry is quite Expensive. I might look into that. On the way back I was planning the Alaskan Highway: Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Edmonton. I'd definately put some protection on the front of the trailer. I actually had an Airstream repair guy recommend I buy a cheaper trailer to tow up to Alaska, and then sell it when I get back.

I've been struggling with the idea of buying a trailer. I can buy a lot of hotel room stays for the price of an Airstream, but Hotels have their downside, and sometimes there no room at the inn.
You may want to see this if you haven't already.

http://longlonghoneymoon.com/2016/06/alaska-part-i/
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:20 PM   #9
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New to the Forum - contemplating a 25-28 foot Airstream

Yes, I have watched LoLoHo's videos. I've read 2 of their books and watched several of their videos. I've been wanting to drive up for several years. I'll be lone wolfing it for the drive, my wife has no interest. She may fly up for a short stay.

A few years back I had heat stroke, ever since I can not take the heat. Once it gets to about 95 Degrees I'm stuck indoors. I'm actually contemplating reverse Snow Birding. Live in Dallas area, escape for the heat of the summer.
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I think you're on the right track. A 25' sounds perfect for the trip. We did it in a 30' fifth wheel going up the AH and back on the Cassiar. If I were to do it in our current Airstream, which is a possibility, I'd avoid the rugged back road trips like Top of the World. There's enough rugged driving on poor roads without seeking them out. And I'd make darn sure my axles were in tip top shape. If Alaska were the reason I was buying an Airstream I'd be on the lookout for an older one someone had recently reaxled but the skin was in need of attention. Heck of a trip though, I'd go again in a heart beat in any rig towed by any truck.
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That is unfair. You don't drive to Alaska to miss Chicken and Dawson City for a little dirt. That is why they have high pressure washing stations in Tok after you come off the Top of the World.

You have to remember there are a few different rules of the road up there. You have to stop for a disabled vehicle, you must pull over if there are 5 cars behind you, and you can't shot from the road.
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We just made the trip to Alaska. Got home 3 wks ago. The roads are much better then some of the responders encountered in past years BUT there are still lots of long patches of gravel where repairs are underway. We covered the lower front of our AS with carpeting on the trip up. I didn't put it on for the return trip. Going up we did have more gravel roads to deal with. A trip of a lifetime so, by all means, do it. The trip to Dawson City and Chicken does add to the adventure. The road into Valdez was probably my all time favorite drive. Our only happenings along the way were a few stone chips in the truck windshield ( I had them stabilized in Whitehorse, YT on the way back) and one tire repair on the trailer. A few minor trailer issues too but manageable.
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What's the payload on your Titan XD? It's the yellow sticker in your drivers side door jamb. I like the idea of the XD, but I haven't seen any real numbers on payload, just what the advertised numbers are.
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What's the payload on your Titan XD? It's the yellow sticker in your drivers side door jamb. I like the idea of the XD, but I haven't seen any real numbers on payload, just what the advertised numbers are.
X2 !

Checked one at a local dealer and it was 1540lbs
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