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Old 03-25-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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Help, definitive data on widths.

Hello there, I am currently looking at importing an Airstream into the uk. However due to UK law I cannot tow a trailer in excess of 2.55 meters wide, hitherto that has meant I've been looking at 8' (2.43m)wide units. From previous research I had assumed that wide bodys were 8'6"(2.59m). As I am a regular watcher of Ebay and Airstream Classifieds, I was surprised to see someone list a 2005 safari at 100"(2.54m) wide. As I would prefer to buy as recent a unit as possible, whilst remaining within UK law, I would be very interested if anyone could confirm this figure. If I am barking up the wrong tree on WB widths, it would be handy to know when production of 8' Airstreams began and ceased.
Well if anyone can respond I will be very appreciative, thanks, Mat.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:09 PM   #2
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These are legal, and the internal parts are more europe friendly.

But, Airstream USA makes 3 different widths today. 7-1/2' , 8' and 8-1/2'

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Old 03-27-2008, 06:34 PM   #3
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Help,definitive data on widths.

Thanks for the reply, I've looked up the european airstreams but sadly can't afford one new. I didn't realize that US 23 footers were 8' though, that's interesting, I may consider one of those. To be honest though I would like to try and find a 25' unit that was 8' wide. If these exist, does anyone know between which years they would have been manufactured, cheers, Mat.
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Widebodys (8'6") were introduced about 1994 for all trailers longer than 24'. Therefore newer Airstreams in the 16', 19', 20', 22' and 23' lengths are only 8' wide. Rehabbing vintage Airstreams would have to be tough as far away as England. Rather than putting extended time into restoring vintage, as Druupy says an Airstream Europe product would be tempting. The systems are immediately compatible -- voltage, cassette toilet, lighter tongue weights (axle position) for lighter tow vehicles.
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:03 AM   #5
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Help,definitive data on widths.

As european airstreams have not been in production for that long they still fetch a premium, sadly that places them out of my price range. At the moment I can get two dollars to the pound so that makes importing one quite an attractive option. As far as restoration/modification goes that should not be a problem as that is what I do for a living, and don't worry about the weight. My tow vehicle is displayed in the picture on the left, this is a modified millitary gun tractor weighing in at 4.5 tonne, it's not gonna be fast but it's got the gearing to pull for England. The fact that wb prodution began in 1994 is helpful though, do you know when the change over from 7'6" to 8' occured, thanks Mat.
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Hello there, I am currently looking at importing an Airstream into the uk. However due to UK law I cannot tow a trailer in excess of 2.55 meters wide, hitherto that has meant I've been looking at 8' (2.43m)wide units. From previous research I had assumed that wide bodys were 8'6"(2.59m). As I am a regular watcher of Ebay and Airstream Classifieds, I was surprised to see someone list a 2005 safari at 100"(2.54m) wide. As I would prefer to buy as recent a unit as possible, whilst remaining within UK law, I would be very interested if anyone could confirm this figure. If I am barking up the wrong tree on WB widths, it would be handy to know when production of 8' Airstreams began and ceased.
Well if anyone can respond I will be very appreciative, thanks, Mat.
Mat,
AS produces trailer specificly for the European market. All the right brakes, widths and stuff.
If you really want to import one that is recent you are looking at a Safari. They are 8ft (2.46m+-) called a narrow deck. The classics are wide deck, 8.5 feet (2.6m+-). The internationals are 8ft under 25 and 8.5 25 and up.
Your best bet is to go the the Airstream webiste and look at the specifications page for each model line.
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Thanks for the response Michelle, your slide shows look amazing, that must be a fascinating job. The crash looks nasty though. As far as narrow or wide decks go, I guess I would really like to get a 25' long 8' wide older unit. In another of the posts it says production of these stopped in 1994ish. I don't suppose you or anyone else out there knows when the manufacture of the same began? Anyhoo, keep up the good work flygirl. Mat.
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Thanks for the response Michelle, your slide shows look amazing, that must be a fascinating job. The crash looks nasty though. As far as narrow or wide decks go, I guess I would really like to get a 25' long 8' wide older unit. In another of the posts it says production of these stopped in 1994ish. I don't suppose you or anyone else out there knows when the manufacture of the same began? Anyhoo, keep up the good work flygirl. Mat.
THanks for the kudos on the website.

I would email or call the factory they can tell you.
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