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Old 09-23-2007, 04:02 PM   #29
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Old 09-23-2007, 04:11 PM   #30
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We are looking at financing around 50 thousand dollars and we are not rich. So I'm asking you experienced airstream travelers, what is best? Should we get a new one or try to find an old one and have it repaired and restored?
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Heather, are you and your husband willing to do work on the camper yourselves? If so, restoration is pretty reasonable (comparative to the other options). For example, I will have about $12K all told in my 68 when it is "done" (at which point it will better than new). I have done almost all the work. If I had hired it out, it would have been a fortune. I dont consider myself particularlly handy, but I am willing to learn and I budget extra for goof ups. No doubt I used an extra box of flooring making mistakes. Even doing the work myself, the airstream has been a huge fianicial commitment for me. I should also note, that I think I get more pleasure from my Trade Wind because of the effort I have put into it, and it is fun showing off the work. I can tell you, for example, I am fairly proud of the folding table I built for it. All and all, it has become a reasonable hobby for when I cant be out camping. Maybe this is for you, maybe not, I dont know.

In the end, you must decide if you have the time and the money to be an airstreamer. I will promise you two things right now. One, for the right person an airstream is priceless. Two, no matter what you think it will cost you better double that number.
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:34 PM   #31
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Hi Heather
Get the 25FB or 27FB. We made the costly mistake of buying the 25SS six months ago and just traded for the 27FB. More room for a family of 4. Be sure to check out the toilet....sit on it and close the door. Pretend you're washing dishes..do you have enough head room? Lay down on the bed...roomy enough? Convert the dinette into a bed.....long enough?

Since you need a new TV GET a 3/4 ton truck!!!!
Our SECOND costly mistake was we traded in our 2007 YukonXL for a 2008 Ford 250 diesel. It's like night and day. I feel extremely confident with this tv...... it makes taking out our Airstream an enjoyable instread of stressful experience.

We're taking our new baby out for her maiden voyage this weekend!

Good luck on your search for the "perfect" TV/Airstream combo.
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Old 09-23-2007, 10:03 PM   #32
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hey All, I guess I got luck, we got a used 28 foot Intl for about 30 K less than a new one, it came with the hitch and most accoutrements. We bought it from a dealer so we were able to use their service. They made out, the seller made out, they had to sell in a hurry and we made out, we have a great unit. Sure new would have been better but even an old Airstream should be in great shape. Bring somebody who knows Travel Trailers to an Airstream dealer, the the sales staff know you are interested and leave it up to them to find you one. Donít be afraid to travel to pick it up either. You never know what you may find in other states.

BTW, go bigger than 23, I really liked the 25 and 27 Front bedroom. We ended up with a 28, easier to make the bed. You wont regret it. The cool thing about Airstreams IMHO is they donít need to be new to be cool. The are well designed and have been for a long time.

One final note, I agree with the posts that said: make sure you have the right TV for the unit.

Have fun looking, that is a great time in a prospective AS owners life.

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Old 09-23-2007, 10:18 PM   #33
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I have a 2006 23ft, for my wife and i. No way i would get a 23 fot 4 people, in fact i wish i got at least a 30 footer. You will probably regret getting a small unit, but then you will need a diesel. I also would not get another gasser, i have a new silverado, which is great on gas. But i would never buy another truck for towing that isn't a diesel. JMO
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:23 AM   #34
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Four people in a 23' trailer? No thanks. I feel too cramped with just the wife, dog and I in ours.
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Old 09-24-2007, 02:33 AM   #35
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Go To Classifieds!!!!!

There's a 28 CCD listed right now! It has Hazard Orange interior, not my favorite... and if you feel the same way, you can change this fairly easily AND a heck of a lot less expensively than buying BRAND new.

4 people in a 23 --- not good long term.

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Old 09-24-2007, 07:26 AM   #36
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Get the 25FB or 27FB. We made the costly mistake of buying the 25SS
Can you give me some details on what the mistake was? Aren't these two trailers very similar? We are looking at perhaps buying either of these and I would like to know what you felt was inadequate with the SS

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Old 09-24-2007, 10:45 AM   #37
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Can you give me some details on what the mistake was? Aren't these two trailers very similar? We are looking at perhaps buying either of these and I would like to know what you felt was inadequate with the SS

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From my experience. I'd say the problem was the small cramped bathroom and the corner bed. Thats the reason we traded in our trailer with that floorplan for a 25 FB with its spacious bath and a bed that doesn't make you feel like youre in a three sided box.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:33 AM   #38
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That bath/bed.... ewuh!

SS- The narrow "full size" bed right next to the corner bath...

First having to suck it in to get into the bathroom with a full bladder (think about it). The door can only open about 30 to 40 degrees before it hits the bed.

Second, your partner getting to share every digestive sound and odor.

Third one of you climbing over the top of the other to get to the cramped bathroom door.

Fourth, CAN you close the door if you're inside? Most people find it hard to do.

In reality there ISN'T a lot of privacy in any small trailer, but I wonder if they haven't thought of making the door something like a tambour so it would open wider.

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I have a 22' CCD which has the corner wet bath - and that's quite spacious (you can close the door while you "think and sit") - and the bath is at the other end from the full bed which lies across the front. All and all more civilized layout though the full bed still has the crawl over issues.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:57 AM   #39
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Can you give me some details on what the mistake was? Aren't these two trailers very similar? We are looking at perhaps buying either of these and I would like to know what you felt was inadequate with the SS

Thanks
Three main problems with the SS
1. the bathroom (do yourself a favor...try sitting on the can with the door closed) we didn't think it would be a problem when we bought it but after taking her out a couple of times we realized we made a mistake.
2. the bed in the corner....not roomy enough for two because of the odd shape, no "nightstands" you're right against the wall and bathroom, and very difficult to fix.
3. the kitchen sink (unless you're tiny......it's hard washing dishes without a. knocking your head on the upper cabinet or b. slouching while washing dishes and trying not to hurt your back)

As newbies we didn't think these things would be a problem......we fell in love with the thought of buying an AIRSTREAM and overlooked these flaws in design.....actually we loved the "Ocean Breeze" decor and unfortunately it was in the 25' CCD SS!

WE DIDN'T SHOP ENOUGH! Don't rush to purchase! Get the right tow vehicle! Don't let the dealer tell you "your car can tow it".

Good luck!
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From my experience. I'd say the problem was the small cramped bathroom and the corner bed. Thats the reason we traded in our trailer with that floorplan for a 25 FB with its spacious bath and a bed that doesn't make you feel like youre in a three sided box.
Hey goin camping....how long did you keep your SS?
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:15 PM   #41
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Hey goin camping....how long did you keep your SS?
We had the 19 ft. with the exact same corner bed and bath combo as the SS. What a nightmare.

We kept it 35 days and two trips. If only we had taken our time and tried everything out first.

Learning from that we went back to the dealer and did what we should have done. We shopped for usage and not strictly by price.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:11 PM   #42
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I'm pretty sure you've already made up your mind judging by your post regarding buying a "new one". But as you can see, we Airstreamers just love talking about our rigs. It doesn't reallly matter if anyone is listening. We're in the minority here, which we love, in that we have an Airstream Motorhome. If that interests you folks at all, look at the classified ads here in the Forums. We bought our coach for 18K and started using it immediatelly. It was our plan to make it our own, and we have spent about an equal amount getting it to where we want it. It's 34.5 feet, runs like a top and gets alot of attention, just like all the other airstreams, which is half the fun. What a kick. I agree with Milo, come out and see us at a rally. Ron
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