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Old 03-03-2016, 05:09 PM   #1
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Hi, I have been doing so much research that my head is about to explode. I am sure I have narrowed it down to a NEW 22'sport bambi, or a 23' flying cloud. It is now the money that may swing me one way or the other. It's only me and my little dog so either will be large enough I'm sure. I know the right thing will happen. I want to snow bird for this next winter for a few months, and maybe full time after I get used to it. Fingers crossed, Nicole
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:40 PM   #2
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Check out the thread SOLO TRAVERLERs CLUB. Welcome-Considerable difference in the two trailers you mentioned. Consider one axle vs two. Holding tank capacities, also 22 only has one battery and the two propane tanks are 20 pound rather than 30 pound in the 23. In that category and one I just bought for my granddaughter, is the FC 20. Don't know what your TV is but that might play into what weight, length and width you get. You can get some great pointers on this site if you can find them.
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:48 PM   #3
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I've said it on a similar thread "buy your third Airstream the first time" meaning bigger is better & avoid trading up later. Most important the 23 has double axels vs single, the four tires have many benefits and safety features especially important to a solo traveler.
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I've heard of a lot more people trading up than downsizing. If you buy bigger and you have too much room, that's not nearly the hardship that it would be to buy smaller and then find yourself feeling claustrophobic if two or three straight days of rain keep you stuck inside.

And just because you're solo doesn't mean you'll always be alone. You might get a notion to invite a friend to join you from time to time, so it would be nice to have someplace to put them where they're not always underfoot.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:27 PM   #5
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Don't be afraid of the 22. We have one and it is a very nice unit.

All things being equal, the only practical advantage that might sway me to the 23 vs 22 is the gray and black tank size. Ask yourself how much $$ that is worth.
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:49 AM   #6
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I really appreciate all the feed back. It really boils down to $$$$. I want to enjoy the adventure without the pressure of a monthly payment that is too much out of my reach. I would love to get the 23' AS, but I think the 22" sport is where I'm headed.
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Money is not a bad driver. In the 19-23 range there are other choices out there that can save you a buck or two. Spend some time looking at the Less expensive Airstream thread. Several alternatives are mentioned. Not to send you that way, but knowing what you like and why makes the $$$s easier to scrape together.

Spend some time in a 20. It has more open living space and may be an alternative to your 22 consideration. The 23/22 advantage is a large toilet space. If that is something that you like over more living space, the 22 is your cost effective solution.

The 22 is shorter, narrower and lighter. That makes it easier to tow. However, you give up a little everywhere as compared to a 23. If you can come to grips with that, the 22 is your answer.

Cost can be a problem. There are three ways to deal with the cost of an AS. 1) buy smaller. 2) buy used. 3) don't buy an AS. You can buy used if you take care to find a unit that has not been damaged by leaks. Everything else is normal repair.

Good luck with your investigation. Pat
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Hi Nicole. I'm newly Solo and just got a 23 Flying Cloud which I absolutely love! Send me a note if you'd like a full inventory of pros and cons.

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Compare all the Bambis, and compare 22-23 and 25

Check out these older threads for more info on this topic:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f295...es-120231.html

And this one too
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f295...-a-136645.html
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Colonial Airstream is in Lakewood, NJ which may be rather close. I suggest spending a weekend in the area and really get the feel for the various models.The floor plans have not changed in years, so new vs older is a secondary choice until you get comfortable with one specific model.

We wanted the 23D as it allowed us a lot of customization capability along with the twin axles. We are towing with a 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI diesel using a Hensley Arrow hitch for weight distribution.

You need to also mention your proposed tow vehicle as that also constrains the trailer size and weight. Then advice may be actually tailored to match the tow vehicle capability.
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OK, I pulled the trigger and bought a 2016 23D Flying Cloud. I took all your advice and decided to take the bigger and (I think) better (or fancier) one. I am excited, and a little scared. I spent hours last night reading ALL the papers, etc. info. I got with it and my head was about to explode. Now I have to find a place to keep it.. .. I'm looking forward to a shake down trip as soon as it warms up a little…fingers crossed!
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Now I have to find a place to keep it.. .. I'm looking forward to a shake down trip as soon as it warms up a little…fingers crossed!
I have to apologize. That's one bit of advice we all forgot to give, to scout out a place to store your trailer before you buy it. I hope we haven't made things more difficult by forgetting that important detail.
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Congrats on your new purchase. Good luck in finding a place to store it. You will have a wonderful time in enjoying the unit, seeing the USA and meeting all of the wonderful Airstreamers out on the road.

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Suggest Craigslist for your storage solution.
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