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Old 07-27-2014, 10:43 AM   #29
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Each will defend their choice of trailer size, and claim that it doesn't inhibit their camping choices. No worries - it's all very personal. Where do you want to camp and how much does having a full sofa inside matter to you? When we moved up from a 17' Casita, we knew very well that the places that we prefer to camp would be too tight for anything over 25 ft. We chose the FC23FB for that reason, and are glad of that decision every time we back into a tight spot in a National Park. BLM or National Forest CG. Towing with our Jeep GC, I can also do a u turn in a 2 lane road with shoulders, which gives me confidence in exploring boondocking sites. I recently looked at a new 27 footer, and thought 'wouldn't that extra room be nice'. Then on several occasions on this trip my wife reminded me 'you wouldn't be able to do that with a 27 footer'. I'd suggest that you carefully consider your needs, your camping style and destinations, and get some experience before making the purchase decision.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:17 AM   #30
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We have camped in quite a few State and National campgrounds. Once in a while a site will be too small for truck and trailer, but we have never had to go find a different campground. We went from a 31' to a 28' and back to a 30'. We spend most of our time out doors, but that extra room really comes in handy when it rains or snows.
Not to mention that 3 dogs and a parrot take up some room.
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:10 PM   #31
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We moved from a 17' Casita also and decided the 25' model was the sweet spot for us. We like NP, federal, and state park camping too. Out of all the campsites we have travel to with the Casita only one probably wouldn't accomodate or AS and most wouldn't accomodate anything much larger than our 25 (actually 25' 11"). Most SOB trailers and 5th wheels are much longer and wider when you take in consideration for slideouts. My AS in storage is parked next to a 5th wheel and bus like motorhome it is seems dwarfed.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:50 PM   #32
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Small sites

When were choosing our Safari 28 we were concerned about not accessing smaller camp sites, especially in California. It turns out it was never an issue. The reason? Smaller sites have campers much closer together than parks with larger sites. We prefer more space between sites and avoid the small CA parks for that reason. So, why not enjoy the larger trailer? If we are in the redwoods we prefer smaller RV parks to have the hookups and still be in the trees. Oregon has many great State parks that are better designed and handle the biggest Airstreams, and they provide power. In Canada the parks are generally much larger and have hookups (are you listening Uncle Sam).
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:12 PM   #33
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I know folks who have chosen a trailer based on the desire to camp in state xxx, campground yyy, and site 111 that will only fit a xx' long trailer.
Us? We have been in 1/2 of the US states and 100's of campgrounds in a29', a 34' and a vintage 26'. None of the campgrounds have limited us on size. Are there campgrounds that we wouldn't fit? Sure, so we stayed across the road in the other campground.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:50 PM   #34
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My work involves getting 75 foot long moving trucks in front of houses, trailer parks, and apartment complexes....

When I see mention of a 31' Airstream being too big to get around in and park I laugh a little.

I know, the comparison isn't fair, but it is still kinda funny.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:33 AM   #35
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J., your analogy is funny but pretty good too. In the last RV park I stopped at, looking around, I saw my 28' Safari was the smallest RV in the park. Time for a FC 30 with ducted AC!
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:33 PM   #36
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Think there would be an ordering stampede if the 34' tri-axle version was offered again?
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #37
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My guess is that the profit margin was better on 30' units than it was on 34' units so the 34s were dropped.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:51 PM   #38
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We had a 2013 International 19.....the "Starbucks model". You could go anywhere.

We're in a 2014 International 23D and positioning ourselves in a parking lot takes a little more planning.

I can't imagine be as mobile in a 30. We'd need take a much different approach to shopping, touring and camping.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:29 PM   #39
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What size is a great question. Over the past four years I have been in a 44' motorhome and that does not fit in any state or federal park, with a few exceptions. Before this I was in an International 27 FB, very nice, but my current 30RB Serenity has nearly twice the clothes storage, more galley counter space, and about 8" longer toilet area which makes a lot of difference. At 31' overall, and familiar with dozens of parking areas around the country, I do not think I will have any issues with being too long. And the additional interior space is so nice.

Incidentally, I just spoke with a lady at Walmart who was in her beautiful 1948 Airstream, frame off restoration/modernization with shower, toilet, holding tank, maybe 14 or 16' long. Entirely adequate for her. So, is the size issue maybe a part of our ego or what? (Probably I gave myself away....big ego.... LOL)


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Old 08-08-2014, 09:59 AM   #40
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Every time someone posts their thoughts it helps us solidify or question our decision.
We are not into "bigger is better". But I do need my space. As we are new to this whole way of life and we plan to do quite a bit
of travelling with our trailer, we want to have as few regrets in our choice of trailer as possible. So again we take into account the experiences you share with us because YOU are the EXPERTS!
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:20 AM   #41
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What Airstream size works best is a personal choice that only you can answer. Everything is a trade-off. The larger the Airstream the more interior space and comfort but a larger unit to tow and park.

We have not found a state park that we couldn't get into. However, the number of sites are fewer than if we were a 22 footer. As an example I drove through two Wisconsin state forest campgrounds without my Airstream 34. In one of them I would have fit in 50% of the sites whereas in the other one I would only fit in 33% of the sites. This is based upon being comfortable in the site and not shoe-horned into it.

We opted for comfort as we eventually plan on fulltiming and this will be our home 24/7/365.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:38 AM   #42
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It sounds like you are looking for a separate dinette and lounge arrangement as the prime reason at looking at either the 28 or 30 vs the 25 and 27 floorplans. The 28 has the small wardrobes next to the bed which look like they wouldn't carry much and a hall closet but no pantry. I've seen some that convert the hall closet next to the fridge for a pantry but that leaves little hanging clothes room in the 28. I think it would be a pain to get clothes out of the 28 queen bedroom closets. Now if you look for a 28 with twins they mount the shirt closets on the bathroom and shower walls. The 28 is 27' 11" and the 30 is 30' 11" so 3 foot difference. The 27 is 28' about the same as the 28.

I have a 25fb so 30 sounds huge

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