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Old 12-02-2012, 11:21 AM   #15
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Airstream trailer options for 2 parents & 2 girls

OK, we've been reading posts - thanks for all the great information!

Now, I'm jumping in..
I think we're looking for a 20-25' used AS trailer; need to determine size, model, & year. Seems we can get something decent in the $8,000-$10,000 range. Would prefer to Redecorate vs. Restore - wife says "something like a W Hotel will work..."

We love the Mid Century Modern asthetic - recently traded our 1908 Craftsman home for a 1959 Atomic Ranch - an AS trailer fits our design sense to a T.

Background;
Wife & I enjoy getting outdoors - used to camp, hike, MTB before little princesses (ages 4 & 6) came along (I still manage to get to a few enduro MC races a year). I would consider myself 'handy'; I renovate/build houses in Atlanta - have all sorts of tools & access to cabinet shops, MEP subs, etc. (but a house is not an AS trailer..)

Planned Trailer use;
1. Every year, we trek from Atlanta to PA for a week of camping.
2. Aforementioned MC races - these are usually on farms within 2 hours of Atl - I'd put bike in Pick Up bed TV
3. Lots of great state parks, beaches around the south east

We plan to look/see for a few months & would like to buy in the Feb-March '13 timeframe. Thanks for your advice!
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:43 AM   #16
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Our advice is, Just Do It!

This forum maintains a list of knowledgeable people who will check over prospective trailers and give you their expert advice on their soundness.

There have been several discussions about advantages of the smaller units; namely that many western National Park and National Forest campgrounds were built a long time ago when the average trailer was smaller. Your camping destination list may expand as your children age.

Also, there was a thread on the average gas milage of various trailer and tow vehicle configurations, which was quite revealing. You'd probably notice the difference driving from GA to PA.

Having said that, traveling with children (and any pets?) suggests a bigger space would come in handy.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #17
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Make your dream a reality and go for it. You'll be so happy you did. We just bought our new AS and towed her 1850 miles across the country. We were both newbie's, never towed a thing in our lives and we had a blast (and we had never camped before either)!!! The saddest thing was to have to put her in storage and have her winterized. I miss her already and we just got back to Denver on Saturday!!! Go for it and have fun!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:03 AM   #18
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Welcome to the forum. When you find your Airstream your life will be forever changed.

I recommend an Airstream that has two separate sleeping areas- one for you and your wife and one for the children.

Enjoy your search. Look at lots of them. The more you see the more that you learn.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:35 AM   #19
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OK, we've been reading posts - thanks for all the great information!

Now, I'm jumping in..
I think we're looking for a 20-25' used AS trailer; need to determine size, model, & year. Seems we can get something decent in the $8,000-$10,000 range. Would prefer to Redecorate vs. Restore - wife says "something like a W Hotel will work..."

We love the Mid Century Modern asthetic - recently traded our 1908 Craftsman home for a 1959 Atomic Ranch - an AS trailer fits our design sense to a T.

Background;
Wife & I enjoy getting outdoors - used to camp, hike, MTB before little princesses (ages 4 & 6) came along (I still manage to get to a few enduro MC races a year). I would consider myself 'handy'; I renovate/build houses in Atlanta - have all sorts of tools & access to cabinet shops, MEP subs, etc. (but a house is not an AS trailer..)

Planned Trailer use;
1. Every year, we trek from Atlanta to PA for a week of camping.
2. Aforementioned MC races - these are usually on farms within 2 hours of Atl - I'd put bike in Pick Up bed TV
3. Lots of great state parks, beaches around the south east

We plan to look/see for a few months & would like to buy in the Feb-March '13 timeframe. Thanks for your advice!
Fastlane:
One thing youay find useful is to look at the different models and how people use them. If you are in the Atlanta area, there is an airstream rally at stone mountain in April....worth stopping by and meeting everyone.
good luck!
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I would check out the Flying Cloud bunk model that is being released. Queen bed on one end and a double bed with bunk at the other end of the trailer. I saw pics and it looks sweet!!!
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Fastlane, as a fellow owner of a 1959 custom MCM ranch (complete with in-floor radiant and 4400 sqft of nearly-flat roof), I say welcome!

That budget buys you a nice mid-80s 25' Sovereign. Nice windows, rear bedroom (which is great to have private space from the kids), usually less-far-gone than something older. Like others have said, look at as many trailers as possible to get a feel for what will work for you!

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