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Old 02-23-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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PADAWAN in need of advice! :)

Went to look at pull alongs yesterday for the first time ever. After getting over the sticker shock of the Airstream, it is the best. The problem is the sizes....we will be sharing this with our parents, and we have a six year old very active red headed Boy. The husband is leaning towards the 23' international, but I think it may be too small....I like the 25', it just seems so much bigger, even though it is supposed to be the same width of the 23'. We have only rented a cabin 2 other times, so this is all really new! Thanks for any advice / suggestions. Campers are just sooo sweet and helpful Tracy

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Old 02-23-2014, 03:38 PM   #2
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We have a 25' front bed and always take our 10 year old twin grandsons with us when we camp. We originally had and still have a 17' Casita and thought the twins would no longer be interested in going with the old folks, but we were wrong, so the AS. Last summer we took them and their mother with us on a trip to Alaska and Dad flew to Anchorage to meet us. While three adults and two active 9 year olds can be trailer-filling at times, we found that most of the time when we were camped they were outside. We, too, are people that like to spend most of the time outside. When we were inside we played games, read to the boys and it did not seem too crowded. Seems to me it is all in how you approach it and the personality of those involved. We like the 25 for the extra space it gives us and it certainly seems adequate to us. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Old 02-23-2014, 03:42 PM   #3
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Hi. Yes, Airstream is the best :-)

Sharing with your parents full time or trading off? If sharing all the time, I suggest a 27 is the MINIMUM length that would work. I say this as a guy whose wife and 70lb dog travel together in a 27' Airstream. Anything smaller and it would be miserable. (Well, not really :-).

Good luck!
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Old 02-23-2014, 03:43 PM   #4
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To each their own: my observations are.
a) resale on AS vs (most) other brands is higher but initial price much higher (for a reason = quality + "cool" factor.)

23 vs. 25 (widths and height are the same) You get a lot more out of that extra 2 feet.
You can put 2 couples in either but you son will be on the floor or tent outside in a 23.
Toilet/shower is next to the bed on the 23 but more isolated on the 25.
Probably need a bigger tow vehicle for the 25....but Florida is pretty flat after all.

Suggest you start with a used one unless you can take the depreciation hit for an "off the lot" one.

Cabin vs. "pull along" vs. motor home: Cabins are stationary, "P.A.'s" go any where. Motor homes suit some folks better due to handling in tight spots but unless you tow a little car you gotta take the whole "rig" to the grocery store.

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Old 02-23-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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Five people in a 23 or 25 footer is not a good plan. I think you should go bigger or buy a SOB. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 02-23-2014, 03:54 PM   #6
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No, trading off for the most part, but once in a while maybe all 5 of us???
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Old 02-23-2014, 03:59 PM   #7
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Wow! Thank you guys for the quick response, as he is only holding our deposit for a few days, and keeping the " great deal price " hahaha. Speaking of price , a 2014 23 footer or 25 footer ? 57k for the 23, and the 25 is the last 2013 at 71k....list 82,8 and 73,200.... Getting jacked???? And BUY A SOB??????? N E V E R ... They showed a video of the two, scared the heck outta me seeing that SOB tip all around at 35 mph ....
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:03 PM   #8
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The widths of the 23 and 25 are not the same ... 23-footers are 8' wide and 25-footers are 8' 5.5" wide. And FYI, the 16' Sports are 8' wide and the 22' Sports are 7' 3.25" wide.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:06 PM   #9
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Oh, I ALMOST FORGOT OUR 50 lb MUTT.. ...that we let our then 5 yo son name Elephant btw......oh my
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:08 PM   #10
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Interesting. Does the 5.5" make a noticeable difference in towing? Safety is my number one concern. The thought of that thing behind us gives me anxiety as is....
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:14 PM   #11
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Well, as to your deal, many report here getting at least 15% off of MSRP on a new unit. I would think that a 2013 with a year of lot time on it should be more like 18 - 20%.

Just for grins, you might want to look at Colonial Airstream's website just to graze the prices.

Good luck,

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:19 PM   #12
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[QUOTE= ...speaking of price , a 2014 23 footer or 25 footer ? 57k for the 23, and the 25 is the last 2013 at 71k....list 82,8 and 73,200...[/QUOTE]

not sure what dealer you are talking to but 2013's should be less than the 2014.

for instance - sutton rv in oregon recently had a 2014 25FB Flying Cloud at msrp of $74.4

check rvtrader for other deals or call the local florida dealers directly. there are also dealers nearby - foley in Miss. for example.

i'm not trying to talk you out of this one but it's best not to be rushed.
dealers should be willing to deal.

check out each size. as other have said, the 25' [or even the 27'] might better fit your needs.

we just recently went from a 22' to the 25' - makes a world of difference. we looked at several late-model used and new trailers and walked away from each until we found the model and price that suited us.

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:32 PM   #13
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IMO to much is made about depreciation. Yes it depreciates as soon as yu take it off the lot but if you plan on keeping it for many years it becomes moot.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:35 PM   #14
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We have camped extensively (1,340 nights/120,000 miles) in a 2005 Safari 25FB. We now have a 2012 Flying Cloud 23FB that we got last November. They are NOT the same width. The 25's are the shortest of the wide bodies, and the 23's are the longest of the narrow bodies. there is about a 6" difference in width. This seemingly small difference is quite noticeable when towing the trailer. We downsized to accommodate our very active camping style.

Traveling with a six year old will definitely be a factor in your choice. The 25FB has a couch section that can accommodate a small child without having to make the bed up from the dinette. This would be an advantage as having to build and break down a bed every day is a pain. Also, the 25 has the larger two-door refrigerator/freezer which would be very beneficial when it come to supplying the copious amount of victuals required to sustain a growing boy.


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