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Old 06-23-2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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Wink whats the best length

My name is Irene and my husband and I have been tent camping, back packing, canoe camping and used a pop up tent. We're starting to look around for a used airstream which would allow us to always pull into a great (the best) camp site ! Our goal is to travel USA and Canada and spend lots of time hiking and sightseeing - if the trailer is warm enough also a ski vacation.
My concern is, if the trailer is too long, we get the ugly sights. We're only looking at FB models and the Flying cloud 25 feet seems to me to be the best solution.

My husband would like a bit longer, but he also agrees that the nicest sites are often the smaller ones. Can you experienced Airstreamers give us some input?

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Old 06-23-2016, 10:53 AM   #2
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Well it's different for everyone, that's why they make so many models.

But for us, we started with a 20' and loved it. but we finally got tired of the small bed and climbing over each other to get in and out. So we went to a 25' rear twin and love this one even more.

My experience at campgrounds has been that the bigger, pull through sites tend to be nicer.

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Old 06-23-2016, 10:57 AM   #3
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A couple of notes:

1. The FC25 Airstream is actually 25ft 11 inches But I have had no problems with mine in Oregon campgrounds.
2. Winter camping in ski resorts is possible, we do it But I tell you what, do your research on towing in adverse conditions and cold weather camping. Neither are straight forward or easily done safely.
3. Good luck on your search, happy travels!
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Old 06-23-2016, 11:08 AM   #4
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We found the 25FB Twin was the best for us. But as mentioned they make many models for differing wants and needs.

The smaller the easier it is to tow and travel with and the bigger provides more options for indoor space. You have to decide which suits you best.

Regarding campsites, it seems as though the 25' is about right. Sometimes some camping sites restrict longer trailers.

Wishing you success in your hunt! And also welcome to the forum!
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:05 PM   #5
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We've been RVing about 50% of the time over the last two years, either in a Class B SOB or an Airstream.

We've never found 'the best' RV sites related to length.

I have also found that there is no 'best' length, only a length that is 'best for you'.

So unfortunately, you will need to try it out and see what works for you.

To that end, I always suggest 1) Go to an RV show and try to imagine living in as many floorplans as possible and 2) buy a used late model trailer with a few months of factory warranty on it.

In our case, we found the 22' Class B too small, moved to a 27' AS last year, and last week we traded for a 30'. The 30' seems to have the space we're looking for, and suits us very well.

Good luck!

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Old 06-23-2016, 12:26 PM   #6
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How deep is a hole?
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:33 PM   #7
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To some degree it might depend on your preferences for interior layout.

When we bought ours that wound up being the deciding factor.

It would have been advantageous in some ways to have a smaller trailer, but we had to opt for a Classic 30 to get the layout that was our number one choice.

I was concerned about ability to get into State and Provincial parks and while no doubt there are some w could not fit into, but I would say we camp maybe one third of the time in state parks and have not yet had a problem.

I do generally check online to get details of any such parks we want to stay in.

No regrets in the choice and would go the same way again - that extra space is appreciated especially when we are on extended RV trips in the winter months.

Depends on your priorities I suppose.

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Old 06-23-2016, 03:29 PM   #8
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24ft twins work for us. It doesn't have a dinette like some larger models. I am glad. I don't find them comfortable.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:33 PM   #9
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When we were looking I saw a post somewhere here that said when you are towing, the shortest possible length, when you are camped, the longest possible length. A 25 FB works out well for the two of us and one dog. Would more room be nice? Sure why not. Would I want to pull more? Nope. Would I want to pay more than I did? Nope. Many tradeoffs and only you can make the decision.

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Old 06-23-2016, 08:54 PM   #10
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It's really funny to me, this question pops up on a regular basis and without question the responses are 'see my profile, my trailer is the perfect size'.


Luckily we all have different views, this keeps Airstream from building one single length trailer.
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Old 06-23-2016, 09:33 PM   #11
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No One Size Fits All

When we used the 31 ft AS, we rarely had trouble finding a nice spot. However, that was 30 years ago and camping has grown in popularity.

We now have a 25 ft FB FlyingCloud, which seems a great all around size. The only limitation is the small pantry and "creative" storage required for longer trips. That would be the only reason that I would consider bumping up to a 27 ft trailer.

Good luck in finding your best fit. Try them out for size (pretend cook, sleep, shower).

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Old 06-23-2016, 10:16 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by NWGetaways View Post
How deep is a hole?
I was thinking of digging one. What's the right depth?
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:18 PM   #13
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Your camping background is similar to ours prior to Airstream. We bought a 20' but it was too small for our six month a year travels, now have a 25 Rear Bed, did some seating alterations for long-term comfort, and some upgrades for reliability, all is well.

The difference between 25FB, 25RB, 26, 27 and 28 is two feet and a few hundred pounds. These are the mid-size Airstreams, plenty of floor plans to choose from, don't exclude any of them until you have explored each.
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:22 PM   #14
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I like my 25FB

We picked up ours used in 2009. We looked at many over the years prior to that and here were the big issues for us.

1. Wanted to pull it with our Tundra so was concerned about the weight. A 25FB matches up nicely with a half ton. We just got back from a trip where we drove over the highest mountain pass in Washington, Sherman pass and we didn't have a single problem.

2. We didn't want a trailer where one of us had to crawl over the other to get into/out of the bed.

3. For the price we were going to pay, I wanted a full size 2 door refrigerator. At the time we were looking that put us in a 25. Our 25 FB not only has a nice sized fridge it does not need a fan for it to work. The vent is right above the fridge and is not blocked by anything.

4. I wanted an FB simply for the fact that when we back into a site and sit down at the table we would be looking out at the lake, the forest, the fields or whatever and NOT the back of our truck. We have been camping for 40+ years and almost every site we get into the scenery out the back is far better than the view out the front.

All that said, there are some limitations with the 25. We did a lot of camping through the years with our daughters and now our daughters and their families. We also started to take some long trips like 5 weeks or more. The benches in the 25FB are not all that comfortable. We use pillows and lay back on either side of the table and it works fine but, being on the road for long periods of time make you start to think about something larger. The 27FB is a lot better but it has the same issues with lounging around the table. OOOH Boy, take a look at the new 30 Limited! I could give up the view for the leather recliners but hey, I am starting to dream out loud again. Forgive me.

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