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Old 01-23-2007, 11:50 AM   #15
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Theresa, your 53 Flying Cloud is really nice.The small wood stove is especially nice.Although I recently bought a 2007 25' Classic I have my eye out for a nice vintage unit that I can showcase my woodworking skills and add one of the small wood stove from marinestoves.com: The Leading Boat Stoves Site on the Net. I don't think that I could add it to the new unit because of the padded ceiling.I'm convinced that you can fulltime in (almost) any size Airstream as long as it's set up correctly.
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Old 01-23-2007, 03:10 PM   #16
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We "full-time" in the USA each winter for over 4 months in our 25 foot Excella. Our home is in Great Britain. There is more storage space than we need with the side bath, rear double bed layout, with the double bed against one wall. Some other models of this length do not have the same amount of storage. A large quantiy of tools and kayaking gear go in the 3 tow-truck boxes (two at the sides and one across the front of the truck bed.) It probably helps that we are accustomed to living in a 26 foot sailing yacht. We would not change it for a longer trailer.
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Old 01-23-2007, 03:30 PM   #17
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I think the key for full timing would be the double closets with the side bath. My current slide out (30') while having enough bedroom and front space, fails the center closet test since we have the center bath with the shower on the curb side and the toilet and sink on the street side.

If you have to carry hang up clothes and coats, that single main closet is a little too tight for full timing.

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Old 01-23-2007, 08:28 PM   #18
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Any additional ideas???

Several years off the full timing - but very interested in this thread.

We are about to start working on the Overlander a 26 footer. But before we begin we want to make sure we take into consideration what eminities we will need to travel full time in her.

Right now it is a rear bath with middle singles and what we think was a dinette at the front but there is nothing there.

We really liked the Globe Trotter set up in the front - that gave two singles or use as a lounge or a full dinette. One mod we would have made was to rig up the singles into sliders to make a massive front bed if needed. So we are thinking this would be a great choice for the Overlander but with the additional modification.

The small wet bath in the globe trotter might be a bit much full timing so we thought we would keep the rear bath of the Overlander intact. - Give a bit of reinforcement at the back frame and make the black tank a tad bigger. And of course install a new grey tank.

The Galley of the Overlander - we can play with a bit and bring in some innovative storage ideas (none come to mind yet ) - wondering on the size fridge?? medium or full size?? Thinking of just a cooktop and convection microwave - skip the oven. But I would love to find one of those marine grill heating drawers - which would be perfect for warming things on propane, and using the grill if the weather really sucks for BBQ'ing. And of course would double as the toaster oven - All three units could be stacked to save space.

The middle singles - although seemed like a good idea to keep so you could have a bed to jump in fast with out any set up - we are thinking it is such a waist of space. We are tossing the idea of that area now becoming the Great Room.

One of the comments I read a lot is - having to do the laundry is a pain on the road. I saw one of those fancy little machines that do both washing and drying!! and thought what a great idea for when you are hanging out at a full hook up site.

Another idea was - having some sort of workbench for the little things that need help along the trip - somewhere to keep essential tools and a rugged surface to work at - instead of the Kitchen table!!

And of course there is the computer and keeping up with administration on the road so a little office desk of sorts is a must - instead of the kitchen table!!.

Also in the great room would be a goucho combo - custom made - to pull out to a double bed - or flip sideways to make up a small dinette for two. This would work well for when we have long stays with the front made up as the permanent bedroom.

There is still two closets between the great room and the kitchen and there would be lots of storage space under the front dinette set up.

Thus in a 26' we would have:
Multi function front area : Master Bedroom, Entertaining Lounge, large Eat in Kitchen.
Well functioned Kitchen with extra slide out counter space for preparation
Mid Great Room: Second bedroom, alternative cafe style dinette, Laundry Room, Workshop, Office, & T.V. Room
Rear Full Bathroom with combo shower/tub, Sealand China bowl Toilet and large vanity. with a small door for complete privacy.
Two closets and several overhead compartments, under bench and seating storage along with ample cupboard space in the bathroom and kitchen.
Dual Battery system, with back up solar, AC, Awning and a few more toys from the 99 Excella to round out the project.

So are we missing anything?? or do you have any suggestions for innovative storage or multifunction ideas???

We have already started by beefing up the leaf spring system we replaced to take on the extra weight. and that is as far as we have gotten.
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Theresa, your 53 Flying Cloud is really nice.The small wood stove is especially nice.Although I recently bought a 2007 25' Classic I have my eye out for a nice vintage unit that I can showcase my woodworking skills and add one of the small wood stove from marinestoves.com: The Leading Boat Stoves Site on the Net. I don't think that I could add it to the new unit because of the padded ceiling.I'm convinced that you can fulltime in (almost) any size Airstream as long as it's set up correctly.
Hey thanks for the kind words- boy I do hope you find a vintage model to work on found it to be a fun challenge - yet with your skills...one can only imagine. I'm a process thinker so I find my way through - but truly the woodwork was a challenge for me - hope it holds together...probably overbuilt. One of my favorite elements in my trailer too is the woodstove...it's nice. Moving day is one week away and I feel pretty ready.
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