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Old 08-01-2007, 09:45 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I'm a newbie at this. I'm leaving my job, and thinking of buying a 19 ft bambi, and taking off with my wife & two maine coone cats. Leaving from NC going to Nova Scotia across Canada to Alaska & back. Help! Where is the best place to buy? Thanks.

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Old 08-01-2007, 10:35 AM   #2
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Hi Levi, welcome! That sounds like it will be an amazing trip. I'm sure folks will be chiming in buying tips soon. Good luck!
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:45 AM   #3
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Levi, Wow! No half measures for you.

Welcome in. Folks will start giving suggestions on where to buy in a moment.

If you are new to R.V'ing let me offer a suggestion.

Make sure you fit comfortably in the "Throne room" and that you both are comfortable with the bed size.

Good luck and have fun.
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I agree with above regarding size and comfort of bathroom and bed. It sounds like you plan on spending a fair amount of time travelling.
Will your tow vehicle restrict you to 19'? Will a 19' be big enough? Find a dealership and spend some time in one.
As for where to buy...are you looking for new or used?
If used, there is a classified section here on the forums, look near the top of the screen. If new, a reputable A/S dealer, you may have to travel to deal with them.
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:44 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

Are you thinking new or used?

What do you plan to tow with?
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Levi,
Welcome to the airstream world.
I would seriously consider Airstream of Spokane. My dealing with sutton are they are interested in selling you a trailer but service is another issue.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:52 PM   #7
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Only a 19?

Unless you've had an RV or two, remember: most people buy too small, not too large. Where will you sit? Where will the TV be? Will you have to convert the couch into a bed every night? I picture the little ones (21' and down) best for two or three night trips, maybe up to a week or so; the big ones (26' and up) as semi-permanent small apartments and the middle ones (22-25) as the long range travellers. Of course I could be wrong.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:54 PM   #8
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Levi,

Welcome to the Air Forums - what a great trip.

One piece of advice - Think about a two axle Airstream over a single axle. It may mean the difference in getting into town or being stuck way out in the middle of no where waiting on a part.

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Old 08-01-2007, 03:57 PM   #9
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Unless you've had an RV or two, remember: most people buy too small, not too large. Where will you sit? Where will the TV be? Will you have to convert the couch into a bed every night? I picture the little ones (21' and down) best for two or three night trips, maybe up to a week or so; the big ones (26' and up) as semi-permanent small apartments and the middle ones (22-25) as the long range travellers. Of course I could be wrong.
Now how could anyone detect bias in that ? The best for traveling are what? 22-25? Wait, what size do you have?

Welcome levi, I agree with the above. Try the restroom, the bed room and try to imagine what you will do inside if your stuck for a day or two.
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Just trying to stir the pot. Besides, it isn't bias; some people want an apartment and some want a weekender. More power to 'em. Some live in Bambis for years. But I don't use a tack hammer on a 16 penny nail or a sledge on a brad. I think there is some rationale to what I said. And maybe some bias. I am a proud new owner.
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I was just pokin' fun...no offense intended
I could probably get by with 6' shorter but it is nice having the bed in the middle and the sofa in the front.
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I'd check with George Sutton RV. I've heard good things about them.
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Up until a year ago, I had a 25' Safari. A big rig changed that for me.
I now have a 21' GT.
Even with just 2 (3 if our daughter is with us) of us I much prefer the 25' in terms of comfort and livability - especially if weather keeps you indoors. A couple of rainy days can sure seem to shrink the inside of a trailer.
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Unless you've had an RV or two, remember: most people buy too small, not too large. Where will you sit? Where will the TV be? Will you have to convert the couch into a bed every night? I picture the little ones (21' and down) best for two or three night trips, maybe up to a week or so; the big ones (26' and up) as semi-permanent small apartments and the middle ones (22-25) as the long range travellers. Of course I could be wrong.
Ploss, Here's my thinking: First off you are probably right. Frankly I haven't been in a 19', but the pictures seem comfortable enough. I'm thinking about the ease of towing a smaller trailer, getting in & out of places, plus the economics of a lighter trailer. I will be towing with a 2004 Tacoma V6 4 wheel dr. In some ways don't you think smaller is easier & more economical. Plus I would rather be outside than in. On rainy days there is the computer, reading, & cooking. Also I would think there is less to keep up with a smaller trailer. It seems to me if I were going to get a larger one, say 25', I would want to park it & leave it as an apartment in some interesting place along the ocean on either coast if that is possible. Also converting the couch into a bed doesn't sound to great, but I would think sometimes we would just leave it down-maybe.
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