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Old 10-15-2015, 06:15 PM   #1
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What size?

I have enjoyed reading through all the different forums and learning more about the airstream community.

I have been going back and forth about my airstream purchase the past two years or so.

I feel I have finally narrowed it down to a vintage trailer. I'm leaning towards either a 1960s or early 1970s. My question resides is in what size? That is why I'm hoping to get everyone's advice.
I know it is personally preference but know people who have more experience than myself could help. I'm leaning towards anywhere between a 22-27ft.
I have a 2003 Toyota Sequoia 4x4 and want to keep my tow vehicle (it is my late grandfathers so sentimental value).
I will not full time, but instead be traveling maybe 2-3 weeks at a time. Most of the time it will be 2-3 people (adults) and a dog. I want to have enough space to be comfortable.
I do plan on boondocking so any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!!

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Old 10-15-2015, 07:41 PM   #2
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Let me summarize the answers to come:

"The size I have!"

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Old 10-15-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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16' should be fine. Have the dog sleep under the front dinette/bed.

seriously though 26-28. The 26' looks more manageable somehow.
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:27 PM   #4
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Hi from AZ. . . we are only 2 & small dog so the 25 seemed fine for a while, but eventually a friend here, a B I L there made 3 & the FC28 was a little bigger & better. Queen in BR, pull out sofa works pretty well. Also, the shower in the 28 is much better/bigger. So for your 3 + pup, sounds like a 28 might work for you too. Course a 31 Classic is a lovely trailer. . . if you want to spend the money.. . .Happy hunting, Craig
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:31 AM   #5
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I wouldn't want to tow anything larger than a 23 with the 2003 Sequoia. 4.7L V8. It was in 2005 this engine got the last hp and torque upgrades. I owned a 2005 4Runner with the 4.7L towing a Casita (3500lbs) and I found it sufficient but didn't feel I would/could tow a much larger trailer.

The 23fb would give you a queen bed for two and the U dinette for sleeping a 3rd person. If the dog is small it can sleep on the queen otherwise on the floor. The large rear bath would make a suitable dressing room if traveling with a third person. The published tongue weight is lighter than the 23d. The holding tanks are bigger than the 19, 22, 23d. 5 cu/ft fridge on the 23fb vs 4 cu/ft on the 19/22.

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Old 10-16-2015, 04:34 PM   #6
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If your looking for a vintage trailer the 4.7 Toyota is adequate for just about any airstream as long as you watch your weight. I tow a '77 23' safari with a. 2005 4.7 Tundra and it's a lot more truck than I need. I wouldn't hesitate to pull a much larger 70's airstream. New trailers a pre a different story since they are a lot heavier. We've been from southern Ontario to myrtle beach and to Nashville and done skyline drive with no issues.

I also pulled my enclosed car trailer to Pennsylvania and back with my '54 Ford wagon in it, and that load was longer, heavier and less aerodynamic than the airstream.

Post some pics when you get your trailer!

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