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Old 03-28-2015, 10:04 AM   #43
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How about looking at a few older AS? Then older 5ers.... Which still "work"? What do you see parked all over with tons of "stuff"..5ers and SOBs mostly. Ask yourselves, "are we changing houses or simplifying?" Good lock!
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:27 AM   #44
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We love our 25 ft Safari wide body. We have enjoyed it mostly on weekends as our 'silver cabin'. We thought we needed a gazebo for more 'room' but find we are either outdoors or enjoying the trailer. Now that we are going to be 'on the road' full time for five years we are buying a S.ome O.ther B.rand motorhome. We want to tow a fuel efficient car. He wants more storage and room but mostly we would never subject our Airstream to the 'abuse' we plan on doing to the motorhome! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, for sure some ruts and big branches!
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:26 AM   #45
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I've asked myself this a few times. On a 5'r they use a 15k/13.5k AC and a 34-40k furnace. By the construction you would think it's going to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. AS uses the same sized components yet the interior size is much smaller. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
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Old 03-28-2015, 05:56 PM   #46
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:43 PM   #47
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A decent sized fiver is seriously heavier than any AS. More fuel usage for sure. Where do you plan to park it? If in your yard, will you be offside on land use bylaws with a fiver?
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To get a larger model 5er, one needs to add into the equation the added cost of a one ton dually versus a three quarter ton for any Airstream.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:06 AM   #49
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:03 AM   #50
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I just purchased a 30 foot Airstream with the recliners which also includes the fold up table in front of the recliners. This essentially adds another room to the AS with space for work stations without interfering with the galley, dinette and bedroom areas.

A big 5th wheel means a much larger tow vehicle while my F150 quite easily handles my Airstream.
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:26 AM   #51
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Get the 5er if she will tow it.
WELL SAID. This is so so so true. If you stand a chance of converting your wife to an Airstream, towing a fifth wheel or even a big B+ once could do it. I've towed 2 SOB's - both times for friends whose husbands were injured. If I were ever asked to help someone get their fiver back home... I'd give them the money to hire a pro.

Seriously, rent the biggest clunkiest RV you can find for a week or two and go on a test trip. It might cost $2000 but that is still far cheaper than buying a rig you find you can't use.

Now - getting the wife on board with an Airstream. After she's seen the down side of the big rigs, the answer could be simple - Carry along a spare room or two. How?
  • tow with a box truck - which is set up as your office/man cave
  • Tow with a full size van - ditto above
  • carry a very robust screen room (or two) with canvas sides and kerosene heater - ditto above
  • if you camp for 2 weeks in one location, rent a cabin as a work area

I've heard of a few people who've used a truck camper and an Airstream but most truck campers are (a) heavy and (b) not aerodynamic - so I left that off the list.

I'd also add, look for the last of the 34's - even one with a slide. You'll possibly need a one ton dually to tow it but it's still an Airstream.

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Old 03-29-2015, 10:51 PM   #52
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5ers can't park under or pass under as low a bridge or tree as an AS!
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I agree with ' Happy Wife, happy life'. Especially on the road. However, practicality prevails here and if I were working on the road, I would favour my 'Fiver'. I have a 36 ft Montana with opposed slides in the L/Room and a large Desk, with affords me loads of office space. Mind you, now I'm retired, I'm selling it to buy an Airstream. 😊 good luck on the road.


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Please offer up any marriage advice you can. My wife and I plan to start the RV life in 2 years. We will not retire for another five years but instead continue to work while in the RV. We both work just need internet connection to do our jobs. We will keep our home and travel in the RV approximately 6 months out of the year.
Now here is where we need marital advice. I want us to get a 25’-30’ Airstream and she wants us in a 5th wheel. Main thing she is stuck on is the desire of more living/working space. I get it the 5th wheel is big!
My thoughts are since we are getting the RV before retirement and continuing to use it for many years into retirement, I want one that will handle years of use. Also I don’t want to have a RV that starts to look out of style in a few years.
How can I sway her that an Airstream is smaller but better? I’ve tried telling her she looks skinnier in an Airstream but not sure she’s buying that logic.
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Why not both...

First off..I would take the worry of, " in a few years look out of style " OUT of the equation. It would take many years for an RV to look out of style, and who cares.

Secondly, you could get a huge fifth wheel for a home base, and a small trailer for traveling.
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Airstream the only way to go. I saw a 5th wheel the same year as our Airstream 2007 and it already looked tired and depreciated. I'm a big guy and knock into things inside the Airstream. It can handle some abuse without falling apart. We're a family of 4 with a dog who both work. Our 25ft works fine. Your wife would be crazy to go 5th wheel over a Airstream. They are brilliant functional mobile homes, the best😊.
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Trying to replicate your brick-and-mortar lifestyle is an error. This is a different way to live. More stuff = mistake.


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