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Old 05-10-2009, 09:11 AM   #15
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Mine is perfect

I got a Caravel. Compare it, if you will, to your newer Bambis. I got it for the exact reasons you mention. It tows great. It fits into music festival and Bluegrass gatherings perfectly. It is open enough to accommodate the wildest Banjo playing guest . It's warm and cozy but does miss a few of the
"gee whiz" items a new one would have.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:29 AM   #16
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Went through the same gyrations. Ended up with the 22'. Being narrower than the other models outside the SS line makes for easier towing. I wanted a single axle for manuverability. The large bathroom was the clincher. We leave the dinet made up as a bed and use two folding tables which store neatly out of the way and can be used in or out of the coach.

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Old 05-10-2009, 09:52 AM   #17
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Have you considered a vintage unit? They are easier to tow being both lighter and narrower (narrow is nice in construction zones). I take my 68 down on the beach at Padre Island NSS when I can and love it. The two days in the rain test is a must, I think. Even on the beach you get rain or more often wind that you will want to take some refuge from.

I also spend a bunch of time up in the Rockies with it- I boondock and the narrow body pays off their as well. Again, the two day test is important. Depending on when you go nights and mornings can be down right cold. Last summer in early June I ran into some mid twenties nights. The fact is, there are times when everyone will want to be inside, and during those times, you will want some space.

If towing and price are your concerns, then vintage may worth looking into. They are less expensive and better for towing.

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Old 05-10-2009, 10:10 AM   #18
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I started pulling semi trailers at about 16 on a farm,and to tell the truth the shorter the trailer ,the harder it is for me to back.Towing down the highway doesn`t make much different.Towing in town ,just make a little wider swing.Go with the biggest trailer you can afford,you will learn to tow soon enough.Dave
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:23 AM   #19
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My wife and I decided the 26' long Overlander was perfect for two. We're a bit taller than most couples and we really wanted a comfortable bed and a usable bath. We're willing to compromise on the other aspects, but a good night's sleep is essential. Best of luck to you.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:16 AM   #20
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We have two trailers...short & shorter. We've used the 19-footer for 8 years and love it...however, for longer trips it can be cumbersome to make-up the bed into a couch every am/pm and based on the layout, leaving made up as a bed is not doable. The 22-footer has full time twin beds which because of the open floor plan will allow us to used them as couches during the day and beds at night. Both have dinettes which are a must for us. We camp alot in the cold/rain and being able to be have the option of being comfortable inside is nice...following the "6 for cocktails, 4 for dinner 2 for overnight" philosophy we usually camp with. The dinettes in both will make into twins for the occasional overnight nephew or friend. As far as towing - no difference between the two however, generally speaking, double axle trailers are easier to back up...both ours are single though and you get used to whatever you have after a trip or two.

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Old 05-10-2009, 11:52 AM   #21
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Haven't we all gone through this? We started looking at the 16' or 19' Bambi's. DW thought they were really cute! But, we decided a 22' International would serve us better. We looked and looked....we talked...we visited rallies and talked with owners. One thing we decided on early was we'd buy new. With a two year guarantee, since we knew NOTHING about them, we liked knowing we had two years to make things work right! We went to the dealership to purchase a new 22' CCD and were ready to sign the papers - we wanted one more look at the 25' Ocean Breeze. Thought we'd better sleep on the decision, went back the next morning and purchased the 25' Ocean Breeze. Since, we have reupholstered entire inside (sofa, curtain, dinette, etc..) with a much better quality material - changed the OB look but we like it. We really like the additional three feet we got with the 25'. Figured if we could handle a 22' or 23' trailer, we could handle a 25'. We've pulled it through six states our first year, through small towns and large cities with absolutely no problems. DOn't let towing interfer with your decision. One thing we've done is to put a small hook on the curtain that closes off the bedroom (we exchanged the folding doorway for a designer curtain) and that hooks onto the opposite side closet door. With that closing off the rear of the AS, there is no need to keep the toilet door closed allowing much more space for longer occupants - works beautifully for both of us. We love our 25'. Book says it sleeps six but if anyone asks, we always say it sleeps two - we have no "hangers on" that way. Look as long as it takes. Once you've decided, be happy with your choice. Don't buy too small and then buy again a year later - that really gets expensive. Enjoy your selection. It really is a hoot!
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:29 PM   #22
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I've towed three different Airstreams behind my truck. My 25, my dad's 31 and a friend's 34. On the road, there's no discernable difference in the way each of them pull, even with the huge weight difference between the 25 and the 34. The only time you notice any real difference is when you have to make a tight turn or merge into traffic. Most people on here will tell you that after buying a smaller trailer, they wished they would have gone just a little bigger.
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:45 PM   #23
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Best idea, if possible, visit an Airstream rally and look around. Airstream owners are friendly and used to people asking to look inside their trailers and asking questions generally.

Take the opportunity to examine various years and models before you make up your mind. Sit inside and see how they fit your needs. Everyone is different, some people like the small ones but many find they want to move up to a bigger model after a while. A rally is a good place to try them on and find the model that suits your personality.
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Old 05-10-2009, 04:13 PM   #24
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I'll fly in the face of those above. We have a 16' CCD Bambi and love it. Two adults and three small dogs - no problem. We have taken Three long trips; 6 weeks, 5 weels and 4 weeks plus numerious 3 to 10 day trips over the past three years for well over 20k miles. Backing in is no harder than a manure spreader and not having a grey water tank is a non-starter. Most areas will not allow draining a grey tank on the ground anyway. You sound like us in that we spend most of our time out side. Just a plug for the smaller of the Airstream line. What ever floats your boat.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:48 PM   #25
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I' ve had two for years now and I still can't decide.I am coming closer to a final choice ,however.The keeper just might be the larger of the two,the '67 Sovereign.It's big,but so was the '63 Safari the first time it was pulled.The basics are the same for all trailers.Keep your mind on the road,keep your hands on the wheel,keep your nosey eyes on the road ahead.We're having fun,sitting in the back seat kissin' and a lovin' with fred.
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:46 PM   #26
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Bigger is Better

I'm alone now. Both the wife and dog have passed away. I looked at the 20' as I was afraid to tow anything bigger and new I would not need any additional room for company. (A new dog is on the agenda.) After several months of web searching, I took a trip to a dealer. Once I tried the bed and shower on the smaller trailer, I decided to move up a couple of feet in length. I found a used 25' Safari, SS, SE at the dealer's lot. The PO had removed the storage over the bed and placed a bunk there for his child. I liked the large refrigerator, backward facing sofa, actual oven and two wardrobes. (I live in my AS 4 nights a week for work.) I almost pulled the trigger but hadn't actually seen the Safari SS in the AS brochures so wanted to do a little more looking. I consulted a friend who travels with his wife 9 months a year for his church. He has a large 5th. wheel. Michael told me to buy bigger than I think I need. I bought a 25' Safari SS with less than 3000 miles. The PO only used it 4 times and kept it in covered storage. What a buy! If I had it to do over, I would have tried to find a 25' or 27 FB as I hate trying to make this darn corner bed every time I get up. With the children, I feel you would like the privacy of the FB. Bargains are still out there! Good luck with your search.

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