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Old 10-21-2010, 08:05 PM   #15
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We like our Safari 20 SE very much, and as pointed out earlier, its maneuverability is also dependent on the tow vehicle. That vehicle can be smaller with a smaller trailer making a nice compact package.

The genius of the 20 is the floor plan allotting space to features you use the most, large kitchen, dinette, good bath, and minimum bedroom. As we are spending six months a year with it, my only complaint is no genuine lounge or recliners. And this may be enough to get us to look at something larger.

I dislike the front bed 23 as it offers nothing for living space over our 20, and a tiny kitchen. The front lounge 23 is interesting, as is the front dinette 23, but I don't see it as having a real lounge.

Our ideal would be an earlier six-sleeper 25, or the present 28, having real sofa and dinette. But it gets too long unless we had VW Touareg TDI tow vehicle, and that combo is more money than I care to throw that direction.

Unless we bump into a heck of a deal.

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Old 10-22-2010, 07:53 AM   #16
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In practice the larger trailers will be more comfortable and won't affect your parking choices as much as you may think. I have never been someplace where I couldn't take the 30' where I would be comfortable with something smaller. There are logging roads and the like that I avoid but I wouldn't take a short trailer down those either.

Truck campers are the way to go if you're going to combine offroading and camping. Airstream has never made one but there are Avion C-10 and C-11 campers that come up for sale occasionally. They have less usable space than a 20' trailer, though.

If you are truly going to be traveling with at most one companion at a time, then you can tow with a regular cab, short bed 3/4 ton pickup which would give you a good deal of maneuverability when paired up with a 25' or smaller trailer.

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Old 10-22-2010, 09:49 AM   #17
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If you want to keep it under 25', consider the 23' Flying Cloud (Safari) with the L-lounge and free-standing gate table.....a brilliant floorplan for a small trailer, providing well-supported sleeping arrangements (at each end!) as well as comfortable seating when the bed portion is retracted.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:56 AM   #18
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If you stay in Florida you might not have issues with a 31' but here in the west you will, specially if you want to get close to that trout water. Most of the the neat places here are restricted to 25' and under. Our bed is a queen and the slide out gaucho easily takes a 6'er. Our tanks last at least a week and propane a month. We reacharge the GR27 battery every several days or so with the Honda 2000i. This is one of the places a 31' can't get in.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:18 PM   #19
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I second Ahab's note about small spaces in the West. We just spent a few days fishing on the Upper Sacramento and wouldn't have fit in our spot right on the river at the Sims Campground in anything bigger than about 22' and possibly missed the stonefly and BWO hatches.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:48 PM   #20
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Dinette cushions + 4" memory foam from Walmart = huge difference.
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Originally Posted by zigzagguzzi View Post
Also 25 and up have bigger propane tanks and an extra battery. zz

We have upgraded to two 30# Aluminum Tanks. Very sexy!
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:57 PM   #22
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It sounds like most of you think the smaller Airstreams only have one battery and small propane tanks. Our 19-foot Bambi came with two batteries, and the propane tanks seem large to me (they weigh a little over 50 pounds each, when full). What do the other Airstreams under 25 feet have?
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:01 PM   #23
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It sounds like most of you think the smaller Airstreams only have one battery and small propane tanks. Our 19-foot Bambi came with two batteries, and the propane tanks seem large to me (they weigh a little over 50 pounds each, when full). What do the other Airstreams under 25 feet have?
Our 19' trailer came with 2 batteries and 2 30# LP tanks; I imagine up to 25' would be the same. The larger ones in the 27' to 34' lengths seem to come with 2 batteries and 2 40# LP tanks.


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