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Old 01-03-2007, 07:08 AM   #1
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Airstream Size for Fulltiming

How many out there fulltime in something smaller that the 34' and how is it working out?
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Craftsman
How many out there fulltime in something smaller that the 34' and how is it working out?
We haven't officially started but will in 2 months. Have a 06/30' classic we are in and feel it will be adiquit. We spent 5 months in it last year before deciding to to the full time thing. Will return home to our apartment in March and move belongings into storage then. As to size I think the 30 will work just fine as there are just the 2 of us and no pets. There are others here that full time in even smaller. Regardlees of the size being organized seems to be the key factor. putting things away when you through with them and constantly inventorying, as the tendency to add to your load is a constant battle. ---- pieman

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Old 01-03-2007, 08:04 AM   #3
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Though anyone can make anything work, my feeling is that if I fulltimed, I'd want at least a 30'. I have a 25' and though it's great, it's really only great for camping. I say that because with my unit, it's really geared toward trips and vacationing with the level of storage, tank sizes, etc. You have a Classic, with bigger tanks, so it might not be as difficult, but if you take into consideration that there is about 3' of loss in living space compared to the overall specs, a 25' Airstream is about 22' of living space.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:21 AM   #4
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I would think that fulltiming lifestyle is a factor. I could see using our 59 Overlander (26) for "being on the road" for a few years, where we aren't staying anywhere for more than a week or so. If I were hold up down south for the winter months, not moving around, not taking on the Rockies, not going to Alaska, I'ld want a 34 footer. I know you can do all those things with a 34. I know you can do all those things with a 34, I'ld just rather the additional access to parks I'ld have with that 26. Not to mention the 60 gallons fresh water, and two 35 gallon waste tanks.
I've reached that point in the winter where I'm planning long trips around the country. "The Grand Tour". So being on the road "full-time" is on my mind.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:23 AM   #5
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I have been in my 31 full time since April. I expect to be in it for the next 14 months. my 31 is working out fine. Just enough space. 34 was just too long.
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:35 AM   #6
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I almost bought the 34' but bought a 94 25' Classic instead. I liked it so much I sold it and bought the new 2007 25' Classic for all the upgrades. The Hickory being a lighter colored wood along with the skylights and extra Vista Views and stacked windows gives the interior a more spacious feeling than the 94. It's still a 25 and the area where you feel it the most is the galley but other than that the trailer fells suprisingly large. I think that I could fulltime in a 25 but not sure the wife could. Just wondering how many fulltime in a smaller unit.
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Old 01-03-2007, 11:55 AM   #7
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Some folks go full timing in a B-Van. Others (it seems like most) like a 40' coach with a lot of basement storage and slideouts.

It seems that one of the big factors is having a dedicated bed (separate from a living room couch). That usually means 24' or longer Airstream.

Another factor is the home base. If you have a place to stash stuff and to rest up for a couple of months then the need for carrying a whole lotta' stuff with you is reduced.
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:51 PM   #8
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25 FB SE - fulltimer.

I constantly have to fight against the habits of a lifetime and remind myself that I can't "Imelda" my shoes. When I buy a new pair, something MUST be thrown out. I have 2 really great sharp knives. Buy new jeans and an old pair goes in the trash or to the Salvation Army in the same bag I used to bring the new ones in. I have three big bath sheets, one standard towel and 5 washcloths (because they can get funky quickly). In a pinch I've used the bath sheets as blankets for children. Not buying 24 paper towel rolls at Sam's has been an adjustment.

Tidying up after yourself is also key to happiness in a smaller trailer. If I have a cup and two plates - I gotta do the dishes, dry them and put them away - or the whole trailer feels trashy. My trash goes out daily.

"Where will I put it and how often will I need it?" are now my first questions.

I really like that 27 FB but need it like a duck needs lips.... And yes I did a year in a 22 CCD first. The separate bedroom does make a big difference, but you can be happy in a smaller one.

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Old 01-03-2007, 05:08 PM   #9
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I agree completely with everything Paula said! I am in a 22' - most of the time it feels just right, though I am pretty sure 19' would work for me. I have a bed that can either be left out fulltime or put away to make more table space - perhaps if I didn't have this option I would want something with a permanent bed - it might be a drag to open and close the bed every day. As it is, I only stow it for parties... Good luck, living with a small amount of stuff is great. I can now only procrastinate by cleaning for a few minutes at a time.

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Old 01-03-2007, 06:19 PM   #10
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Rich Lurh and family are fulltiming in a 30' Safari. I believe that Rich C. (gadget) is in a 25' or 27' Safari. I would think that if you are on the move more than stationary, a smaller unit may work fine.

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Old 01-03-2007, 06:29 PM   #11
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depends on how organized you are. IMHO a bedroom and a dinette are must haves. so that ups the length for me.Extended stays in my 32 are just fine, sometimes there are restrictions on lenght at parks so its a compromise at best. Then again my excella has wheels so it goes where the outside room is always available. At any rate have fun!

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I've been full timing 2 1/2 years in a 28 Classic.

Feels just right, but than again, I have a huge tow vehicle for storage!

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Old 01-04-2007, 10:25 PM   #13
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I WANNA, but not yet....

Have a 34' and having been in it with 3 kids for a week... I WANNA, but not yet...

Maybe gotta get 1 or 2 to college.... or?? I think I could do it with a WiFi connection, ASF's and cool itineraries.... or not.

All that said, I can't really see doing it in less than a 34' - maybe too addicted to my space, room and stuff.... Might mellow with the years? Planning to find out while maintaining ownership of my SilverToy.

Will post with the results, in a couple of years....! Hope to see all of you here then!

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Old 01-23-2007, 08:27 AM   #14
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moving in

A few weeks from now I'm leaving my big life and moving into my 21' little home - the toughest so far has been deciding on which pair of beautiful boots to keep - cowboy boots, work boots, dress boots? Luckily for me a close girlfriend wears the same size so I gave them to her in hopes of borrowing if need be - but hoping my pull on work boots will carry me through just fine.
Truly I love the intimacy of the space and looking forward to the move.

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