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Old 08-22-2010, 07:23 PM   #1
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Retired Newbie - need buying advice

I am retired and beginning to look for AS. Plan to purchase within the next 3 to 4 months. I need to educate myself and reviewing the forum looks like I have a lot to learn.

I am looking for a center bath 27-29' no later model than 1970's.

What is the difference in the pulling, trailing etc between a 27' and the 31'? I see more 31' for sale than 27' length. The 27' must be more popular?

What is the weight difference of 27' and 31'.

Also saw on one website that the center bath tows better because of distribution of load over axels? True?

How do you make sure that axels are ok? Wear on tires?

thanks and I look forward to this part of the "journey".


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Old 08-22-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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addingOurs is 27 foot and weighs in at around 4600 lbs. Here's you a link to look at certain interiors that the forums provided me. There are so many great people on here (I am one of them) I think if you scroll around in this you will see a lot better. Ours is a twin with the bath in the problem for us, however we DO close off the bath when hot weather is going on. Cheers and welcome to these forums. Tell us more about yourself! Bill PS you may also scroll on thru the forums and find those existing threads on everything you need to know.

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Old 08-22-2010, 09:17 PM   #3
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Our 1974 31' center bath had a GVWR of 7100 lbs. Most of the time, we weighed in at 6500-6800 fully loaded.

The majority of 1970's center baths are found in the 31' length, the Sovereign model. We have seen some 29' Ambassadors with a center bath.

Airstream did product a center bath 27' model in the 70's - in over 15 years of looking at various Airstreams/Argosy models, have only seen 2 - 27' center baths, so would assume that they were fairly rare.

The Argosy brand also had several center bath models, 30'-31' being the most common.

Good luck on your search!
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:27 PM   #6
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You should consider what you want to do with your trailer. If you want to park it and stay put for weeks / months at a time, then you probably want a longer trailer. If you want to travel, I would suggest that you consider a 24' - 27'.

It is not just weight, but length is a significant factor when traveling. The longer the trailer, the harder it is to maneuver. Buying fuel gets more complicated the longer the trailer. A few RV Parks only permit trailers over 25' (trying to keep out "campers") and less than 10 years old. However, we have never been turned away because of the age restriction once they see our restored 1963 Airstream. Other parks (like National Parks) have restrictions limiting length to a maximum of +/- 25'.

Concerning the axles.... Since you want a vintage trailer, it is likely that it will need a new torsion axle unless it has been replaced in the last decade. There are many posts explaining how to determine the condition of axles. Andy at Inland RV is an expert and would be happy to assist.

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Old 08-23-2010, 05:55 PM   #7
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Wow...didnt expect this much feedback so soon. Thanks to all. Lots of good info. With advice on length from Ricky and Grandmaster makes sense!! 27' approx looks like the size I will need because planning to travel more than sit in campsites. But according to Choosing the right size article I shouldnt get it too small.
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