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Old 02-23-2014, 04:39 PM   #15
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Don't be in a hurry to pay full asking price for a new trailer. As mentioned above, check Colonial Airstream and other dealers. Buying remotely may be worth the savings.

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:39 PM   #16
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We sold a 21 foot Avion and bought a 24 foot Argosy for more room. And it is just my wife, myself, and our 70lb Golden Doodle "Archie". I would go with a 27 footer if I was you. When our kids were little and still at home we started with a 27 footer and moved up to a 31 footer. We downsized after the kids left home and we bought the Avion.

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Old 02-23-2014, 11:06 PM   #17
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Ok...I stand corrected on the width of the smaller than 25''s. Moosetags is probably your best source of information on this.
But I will stand by a good used one over an off the lot model if you (like I was) a first time buyer. I learned a lot and fortunately did not have to put more work into it as many I've read about have had to spend at the dealer getting warranty work done.
Towing is a non issue. You'll get used to it like all things new.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:04 AM   #18
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Hmmm, so that little amount makes a big difference in towing? That's a real concern of ours for an elderly father that will be towing it. Our sales guy in Dover, FL said that we wouldn't notice a difference really in the towing aspect. Now, I realize that he ha something to gain off the larger unit, this is why I am asking Here! Thanks a bunch guys!
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:03 AM   #19
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Dear Ms. Tracy!

Elderly father doing the driving? OK, Seventy is the new Fifty. "Elderly" - are you talking birthdays or ability? If the eyesight is keen (with glasses) and the reflexes are adequate, and the mind is sharp... then "senior" is more appropriate than elderly. A touch of Parkinson's, macular degeneration, diabetes poorly controlled... shouldn't be driving especially with a trailer attached. I am sort of assuming that you and husband will be splitting the towing with dad.

Dear Ms. Tracy I am a 65 year old single female full timer. I tell you this straight from the heart. No matter how able your dad is, if you have a valid driver's license - YOU should learn to tow the trailer IMMEDIATELY. I am not the only single female out on the road - every campground I pull into has three or four or a dozen. You'd never want to be in a position of having your dad cough, say "I have chest pains" and then as him to teach you to drive the combo to the nearest hospital.

At least once a year I expect to get the "Harold slipped on the apron of the pool and shattered his collar bone... could you possibly tow our trailer back to Richmond tomorrow. We'll pay your bus ticket back to Virginia Beach." That or some similar variation can happen in a split second, and if you don't have even half an idea how to hook up and safely tow the trailer home, you could be in for a huge financial cost if you have to contract with a towing company.

You can tow it.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:54 AM   #20
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I am pushing the big 40!!!! And yes, senior would have been more appropriate for sure. I will def. learn all the ins and outs of the trailer for sure, I don't like to be unprepared. Thanks a bunch anymore info is greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:38 PM   #21
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IMO the width of the trailer makes a big difference in "feel" -- oh, and I am with Paula on the age thing. I'm almost 70, and am a solo 'streamer. I have a 28' and find the size perfect for me (and my two basset hounds). I did a lot of back and forth on trailer size when I ordered mine. A lot of this is just personal preference (floor plan especially), and affordability. If you read a lot of posts on AF you find in most instances people wish they'd gone to the longer trailer. Esp going from 25' to 27'. Also, think of what happens when you encounter the inevitable rainy days and crappy weather where a little extra space per person can make a tough situation more tolerable.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:39 PM   #22
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Any comparable units??? In case we decide on a SOB ?
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:44 PM   #23
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Nothing really comparable to an Airstream.

Then again, I am definitely biased...

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:55 PM   #24
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We started with a 2013 25FB International Serenity (made in July 2012 and purchased in October 2012) and the cross frame queen bed was a major issue for us. In May 2014, we ordered a 2014 Classic 27FB with twin beds to get the bed issue fixed. Then we talked some more about how the dinette (last 15') of the 25FB and 27FB are identical in layout and measurements. We changed our existing order in October to a Classic model 30 for just the difference in list price on the price list (about $3,012).

That was the cheapest upgrade I ever accomplished.

We are looking forward to a local run this weekend as a shakedown trip.

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