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Old 04-15-2012, 04:19 PM   #1
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We have been lusting after an AS for years. Now we bought a lot on a tidal creek in Beaufort SC that will eventually be our retirement home. In the meantime plan to put in water/electric/septic and buy an AS, our first camper, as "camp house and vacation home" and probably take it on the road occasionally as well. There are 5 of us (though my son will be going to college in a year or so). We are debating going smaller (Bambi 19) for ease of use and expense, or larger (25 FB) for comfort. Any thoughts? Also, since it will be used more frequently as a home than a trailer, should we be putting it up on stands when it sits for months? It will be exposed to the weather full time, so should we plan on getting a cover to protect it when we are not using it (our present home is 6 hours away so there may be times we are not there for a couple of months). I know I asked a lot of questions. Looking forward to the new adventure and learning from you all.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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You may want to take a look at the larger units as well. They may give more room if you are going to be spending extended time in your as.
A covered structure would be nice if you are able to do so. Besides the protection from the weather, it would help regulate temp. in the summer heat.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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Welcome,, and my vote is go bigger.. The extra 5 or 6 foot is not a deal killer for towing,, and you will not find yourself falling over each other when inside on a rainy day..

Any protection is better than none.. I too am looking at a port to park mine under,, but first budget plan is paying off the new axles I got for our 72 Overlander.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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We love our 30. It pulls like a dream. We don't get cabin fever on rainy days. We can be on the road a month or more and never run out of storage space. Your scenario cries out for 28-30 feet. Welcome to the family
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:08 PM   #5
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Agreed. Bigger would be better but it depends on what you plan to tow it with.

You mention 'getting a cover.' There is no cover(tarp or car cover type of thing) available that will not scratch the finish. A structure would be your only choice.

I would be very concerned about theft of your trailer while it sits there unoccupied. Every effort should be made to secure it to the degree possible.

Another consideration is that hurricane season will be here in 6 weeks. A good plan to get it out of there in a hurry should the need arise.

We are just up the road in Charleston. Give us a shout if we can help you.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:48 PM   #6
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Maybe a pole barn-type structure would work nice
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:26 PM   #7
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When we started looking it was for 23 footers. We quickly revised thru 25 and 27 and ended up with a 28. When the kids fly the nest, we won't downsize, either.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:31 AM   #8
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A 19-foot trailer won't be satisfactory for five. Not enough beds or seats at the table. This size is crowded for two adults and two pre-teens, or three adults.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:49 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the helpful hints. We are modifying the plan. I also was concerned about leaving it out unattended for extended periods. I have decided to build a garage that can house the AS and boat, then simply pull the AS out and use it when we are there. It will protect from theft and weather and give us a place to store beach stuff, mowers, etc. I am going to look harder at longer units as well. Thanks again!
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:08 PM   #10
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My wife and I bought our AS last September. We are very happy that we went with the 25 foot Flying Cloud especially since we have our son and grandson frequently camping with us.

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Old 04-22-2012, 09:11 AM   #11
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We are debating going smaller (Bambi 19) for ease of use and expense, or larger (25 FB) for comfort. Any thoughts?

After retirement we started out with a 19.5' Roadtrek Agile, kind of like the Airstream Interstate but smaller. After living in it (on the road) for 3 months we wanted bigger. After ruling out Class "A"s and 5th wheels it came down to trailers. Once we settled on trailers it was Airstream as the only choice.

Once we started kicking tires the 27' size had what we thought we'd need in retirement as far as space goes. A walk around queen sized bed for one. A shower and bathroom that feels like home and room enough in the kitchen to really prepare a meal.

If you're headed for retirement and don't plan on driving it all that much I'd go for the largest airstream you can find.
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