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Old 08-01-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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Not a Airstream owner YET...

Just signed up on the forum, but have been reading and searching for a few months now.
Our plan is to retire sometime next spring and hopefully we will have our AS by then and spend the summer exploring some of national parks in the west. I worked for TWA for 38 years and we did a lot of overseas travel, so now its time to see our beautiful country.
We did a lot of tent camping when the kids were small, and we were poor, then moved up to the tack room of a horse trailer, then to a pick up pop up camper that we now have. Yes, it is for sale.
Over the 4th we went down to Springfield, MO and looked at some on the dealers lot. Yes sir,they sure are nice, but not sure if we can or want to handle the cost of a new one. We kind of like the 25' Flying Cloud over the 23'. I have been going over the used for sale section and printing out all the 23 and 25's just to get a bunch of comparisions and get a idea of the price ranges.
I already have a folder full of information from the forum that will probably be of help as we go on with this journey. It's fun reading everybodys opinions, helpfull hints, and suggestions.

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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we have a 2006 23 Safari. We love it. If we were to do it again, i might wait to find a 25 because it would be nice to have the bigger bed. but in the meantime, until we win the lottery, we really enjoy the 23.

I joined Forums in September of 2010 and found our AS on the classifieds here in April of 2011. Just keep looking and find a craigslist mashup site to keep an eye on those as well as ebay, but my experience is that sooner or later, if you can't or don't want to pay the off the lost cost of a new one, your Airstream will cross the threshold here sooner or later.


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Old 08-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
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The 23 is the largest of the small Airstreams and the 25 is the smallest of the large Airstreams. The 25 is not only longer, but is wider and taller, has considerably larger storage tanks, more load capacity, larger wheels and brakes, more storage space, yet tows just as easily. For months-long travel you will like the 25, for weekend/vacation use the 23 would do.

When shopping used, watch for shell/frame corrosion and evidence of leaks, a well-maintained trailer that doesn't evidence a careless previous owner.

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Old 08-02-2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard! We went through a scenario much like yours just over 18 months ago. Like you, we did 40 years of tent camping and were ready for a warm, dry bed (not to mention the other luxuries of an Airstream!). After looking and looking we rejected all the big white stick and staple boxes. Once focused on Airstream, we also went through the 23-25 debate. Because we LOVE to travel, we settled on the spec. of a rear bedroom, walk-around queen. That made our search much easier. Be sure to visit as well as the classifieds here on the Forum.

Finally, if you're like me you will learn So Much from the fabulous people here. As a newbie to AS, I am still learning how best to maintain and enjoy our unit.

It has wheels. So far we've visited 36 states and 2 provinces with her. More to come this summer and fall.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:14 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum, Stan. I will tell you a little story that you might find interesting in the situation you are in. We were out of trailering for a while, and when we got back into it in '07, we bought a "vintage" 23'. We thought it was the perfect trailer and we would have it forever. Then we took a month long trip with it, and when we got back, we sold it in 3 days. So, we then bought a later model wide body 25', and we thought, "now this it REALLY IT". Had it for a couple of years, then saw a 28', bought it, and sold the 25. A few months ago, saw a '31, like it and traded the 28 for the 31. Now, we absolutely, with no question about it, have THE PERFECT trailer for us. Well, I don't know, maybe the.........

Good luck with your search for "the perfect" Airstream.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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Welcome! We also had been looking/researching for months. Traveled many miles to look at used AS's. All that time there was one in our home town. Had been right here since 1975. The previous owner (a retired judge) had used it as his hobby. Repairing and replacing all the "guts" but left the interior as is. We have owned it for a month now and have already been "streaming" to our favorite place.
We own our business and will likely never really retire so to speak. So we are each year adding another week of vacation. Up to 10 now so we have time to travel when we want to.
Our's is a 75 31ft Sovereign and we love it! Anything smaller for us just would not do.
Good luck on your hunt!!!
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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Welcome. First airplane ride was on a TWA Super Constellation. Sure was a great airline. Good luck in your Airstream search.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:08 AM   #8
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums, Stan. We're glad to have you with us.

I think that you are on the right track. We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, that we bought new in 2006. We have been all over the country in Lucy. We have now spent 1,090 nights in her, and have towed her nearly 100,000 miles. The 25FB floor plan has worked out very well fore us. We have spent as many as 66 consecutive days out camping in Lucy, and have never been in a hurry to get back home.

Don't be super quick to get rid of your pop-up truck camper. About a year ago, we acquired an Outfitter pop-up truck camper on a long bed pick up, which is now Lucy's tow vehicle. We set Lucy up as a base camp and venture out into the back country for a couple of days at a time in the truck camper.

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Old 08-02-2012, 01:21 PM   #9
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Stan, that sounds like a nice plan. We own a 23' that we absolutely love for our weekend/2-week vacation use - but there is little question that if we keep on doing this, we'll probably wind up with a 25'.

Keep in mind that the Safari SE trailers are essentially the same as the newer Flying Clouds, other than detail changes. That gives you a few more years (back to 2006ish) of used inventory to look at.


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