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Old 08-08-2014, 10:57 AM   #43
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I don't think its an interior comfort vs towing maneuverability issue. We're very comfortable in our 25rb which has every function a larger trailer has. Maybe more like interior space vs towing maneuverability.

And maneuverability has more to do with truck wheelbase than trailer length. A long wheelbase truck with a short trailer is no more maneuverable than a short wheelbase truck with a long trailer.

So consider the combination when trying to decide what size trailer can go where.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:58 AM   #44
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For sure a lot of personal preference in our choices, but my experience was after purchasing the 2007 25 International Ocean Breeze, configured like a 25 CCD SS here: http://www.airstream.com/wp-content/...2f7f13b47d.pdf

I found out the space too cramped and ordered a 2009 International Ocean Breeze 27 FB. Then some changes in it which can be seen here: Extra Shelves For My 27fb - Space, this is what we need and the shelves make storage more accessible Photo Gallery

So, having been through all this, I wanted to make certain I had enough room. And, for the life of me, I cannot imagine a space which would accommodate a 28 footer and not a 31 footer… Maybe the TV has to be parked a bit inconvenient in extremely cramped quarters, but IMHO, the extra space in my new Serenity outweighs the inconvenience in the extra length.

I need to qualify once again where i am coming from, however, as i am clearly quite biased on this issue. I was in a 44 foot long tag axle motorhome… definitely way too large for any state, local, or national parks. Oh well….
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:45 PM   #45
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I'm downsizing from a 40' motor home that towed a 17' trailer.
I took many trips from Florida to Colorado, and learned which campgrounds could accommodate my size and also which ones where affordable. (Usually, I wanted water and power, not a swimming pool, bicycle, or volleyball net) Sleep and dinner was on my agenda.
So, You won't have a problem, and keep a copy of the Campground guide handy.

OBTW, state/county parks may be a problem. There's where the guide will save you. I drove alone so I didn't follow my advice usually, but a call in the morning to reserve a space will save you driving around at 10 PM.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:19 AM   #46
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Finally purchased our AS

Thank you everyone who helped us decide the issue of 'size'!
We purchased a 2014 30' Classic and now our adventure begins.
I think a mixture of boon docking and provincial and state parks is
on our agenda come the spring. So many choices it is hard to know where
to begin. Your ideas will always be welcome.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:22 AM   #47
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Good for you.

We own a 34' triple axle and have yet to find a park that could not accommodate us. There were one or two close calls in the older Provincial Parks, where the maneuverability of our tow vehicle saved the day, but nothing dramatic.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:19 AM   #48
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A 28 vs. a 30 won't amount to enough to notice.
I've had both and camped in the same places, on the same campsites with both.
Also, remember to look at the actual length vs. the model number designation, i. e. the Classic 30 and the Classic 31 are the same actual length. They just use the number 30 to designate a walk-through bath and the number 31 to designate a side bath.
Also, my previous 28' sob and 30' Airstream are both about 32' actual length. Even camping pads shorter than your trailer can accommodate your trailer if you back the back tires all the way to the end of the pad and let the rear of the trailer hang over the end of the pad.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:45 AM   #49
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Thank you everyone who helped us decide the issue of 'size'!
We purchased a 2014 30' Classic and now our adventure begins.
I think a mixture of boon docking and provincial and state parks is
on our agenda come the spring. So many choices it is hard to know where
to begin. Your ideas will always be welcome.
Congratulations! That is the same model we have and if our experience is anything to go by, I don't think you will regret your choice.

We felt it was an excellent layout for our needs after looking at all the other options.

When we first looked at this model, it seemed odd having the toilet normally fully exposed to the walk through aisle. We soon became very appreciative of the large bathroom you get when the siding doors are closed though. It does take a bit of coordination when using the bathroom/shower so as not to trap your partner in the bedroom. It becomes routine after a while!

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Old 11-14-2014, 11:04 AM   #50
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Thank you everyone who helped us decide the issue of 'size'!
We purchased a 2014 30' Classic and now our adventure begins.
I think a mixture of boon docking and provincial and state parks is
on our agenda come the spring. So many choices it is hard to know where
to begin. Your ideas will always be welcome.
As you can see, we have a 2013 30' Classic and I love it.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:06 PM   #51
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Congratulations, never a problem for us as this is our second 30'. Also a SOB 38' Motorhome never had any issue with either in public or private campgrounds.

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easier to back up, 28' v 31' ?

Just prepping my baby for a trip to the high sierra, only my second outing and first on a mountain road etc ... have to admit I'm a little apprehensive about the journey .. , you know, stopping for gas, navigating steep mountain highways, driving through the campground, backing into my spot ... yikes, fingers crossed.
went to a large church parking lot today and practiced backing into a space, not too hard but the lot was huge .. !
is there much difference in backing up smaller trailers ?
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I often find parking the 31' Classic attached to my Ram 25HD Cummins easier than the 23D attached to my Mercedes M320 CDI. And both units have the Voyager rear camera.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:42 AM   #54
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Be mindful of the trailer tracking behind you. I'm always concerned with narrow winding roads that don't have a shoulder. You have to go a little wider so you trailer tires don't go off the edge. My tow mirrors have convex mirrors on the bottom so I can check how the trailer tracks around sharp corners. I notice even my 25fb tracks closer to the edge than my truck. Typically when I have go a little wider for my trailer an oncoming truck pulling a 5th wheel is approaching.

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Old 08-01-2016, 10:16 AM   #55
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The shorter trailer is harder to back up because any steering correction is felt quickly by the trailer and it will go off course quickly. The longer trailer is easier (that is, longer distance from the hitch ball to the trailer's axle) to back up. However with experience backing your trailer either one is a piece of cake.

Tow vehicle wheelbase has the most effect on maneuvering the trailer. We just traded 120" wheelbase for 140" wheelbase truck. The short wheel base truck made backing into a tight spot much easier.
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:19 AM   #56
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Besides, the 30' AS is not really 30'. Its about 28'. It's 30'11" to the ball hitch, which IMO doesn't count. But I don't make the measuring rules...
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