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Old 09-20-2015, 09:42 AM   #43
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Over the years I have seen both of these systems used. The RV lift is nice because it goes to ground level. The truck model you drive into the auto front wheel lock at a slight angle and then activate the winch. It will load and unload itself. Ramps are mounted on top of bed side rail.

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Old 09-20-2015, 10:13 AM   #44
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Over the years I have seen both of these systems used. The RV lift is nice because it goes to ground level. The truck model you drive into the auto front wheel lock at a slight angle and then activate the winch. It will load and unload itself. Ramps are mounted on top of bed side rail.

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I had forgotten about those 2 products! Thanks!

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Old 10-09-2015, 11:07 PM   #45
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Jim G, you haven't said how much you plan to travel. How frequently will you move it?
Have you considered commissioning a Tiny House, which you can customize to the nth degree?
I've followed many TV discussions here, and based only on theory, I think even with a large Airstream, if you calculate in all the realistic weights of your things and gear, you will be safer with a truck that is larger than you will enjoy owning. So you will need to make peace with owning a large truck, and if so, that removes one reason to get an Airstream.
I just moved from a 22' to a 30' Airstream, for ONE person (well, one person most of the time). After 5 years in the 22', I was done with compromises. But even in the 30', I can't imagine there not being problems with personal or storage space. I am still living with compromises in the 30'.
Would you son be comfortable never being able to stretch his arms out indoors? Never moving quickly? You have to consider every physical move you make in order to not bump into things (or people). You have to close one door before opening another. You can't leave anything out without causing a tripping hazard. Is that reasonable in your case? I don't envy your decision process.
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Are you the same Jim G from the SSR forum ?
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:44 AM   #47
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Jim G, you haven't said how much you plan to travel. How frequently will you move it?
Have you considered commissioning a Tiny House, which you can customize to the nth degree?
I've followed many TV discussions here, and based only on theory, I think even with a large Airstream, if you calculate in all the realistic weights of your things and gear, you will be safer with a truck that is larger than you will enjoy owning. So you will need to make peace with owning a large truck, and if so, that removes one reason to get an Airstream.
I just moved from a 22' to a 30' Airstream, for ONE person (well, one person most of the time). After 5 years in the 22', I was done with compromises. But even in the 30', I can't imagine there not being problems with personal or storage space. I am still living with compromises in the 30'.
Would you son be comfortable never being able to stretch his arms out indoors? Never moving quickly? You have to consider every physical move you make in order to not bump into things (or people). You have to close one door before opening another. You can't leave anything out without causing a tripping hazard. Is that reasonable in your case? I don't envy your decision process.
In the past, we have briefly (4 months to a year at a time) fulltimed in a diesel pusher, a conversion bus, and a 27' trailer, and CURRENTLY have lived in a "park model" cabin at an RV resort for the past 3 years, so yeah, we know about, and feel comfortable, with small spaces and "tiny houses" (The park model is larger though than the smallest "tiny houses"!). It's the household equivalent of preferring a Kia Soul to a Ford Van! (In fact, my wife's car is a Kia Soul!)

We are, after several weeks of research and visiting RV dealerships, gravitating towards the possibility of an all aluminum 40 foot ("4-horse") "Living Quarters" horse trailer as a potential solution. Like the Airstream, it is far better built than a typical RV, unlike the Airstream even the floor is aluminum, unlike the air stream, it has square corners and so lots more storage, and the entire rear 1/3 of the 40' trailer could house our son's bedroom plus the motorcycle (when actually traveling down the highway- even comes with a ramp) plus extra wardrobe and storage cabinetry! And, the dry weight of a well-equipped living wuarters 40 footer runs from 9300 to 10,500 lb! The cost is also less than that of an Airstream (You can get a really nice one for the price of an Eddie Bauer model Airstream).

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Jim,

Are you the same Jim G from the SSR forum ?
Yes!

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One idea I have been considering is buying an aluminum "race trailer with living quarters". These are designed for car and motorcycle racers, and are far lighter than the conventional SOB toyhaulers. A 40 foot gooseneck (32' lower level plus 8' above the gooseneck), with 16' garage and 24' living quarters, weighs 9000 to 10,500, so if I got one at the 9000 lb weight, and added our 2500 lb of bike plus other gear, I'm at 11,500 - same as the Panamerica.

This solution would not have the water leakage problems associated with the Airstream design, but still has an all aluminum frame, body, and roof. The roof on these is ONE piece aluminum. The walls, being absolutely vertical, don't flow water past the windows to the extent that the Airstreams do. And, unlike the Airstreams, you CAN get living quarters with one slide! You can even get an aluminum plank floor instead of plywood. The overall height is far lower than SOBs, and close to that of an Airstream. Some of the front ends, like the Featherlite brand for example, are even somewhat "aero". You can order them custom with as many windows as you want, and the quality of living quarters and garage finish that satisfies you.

The cost of the race trailers with living quarters, ordered and built to your option choices, runs from $48,000 to $60,000, which is far less costly than an Airstream.

The biggest concern I have about the race trailer approach is liquidity. I have NEVER seen one at a conventional RV dealership - they seem to be sold only through specialized dealers who handle commercial trailers. Since a conventional SOB is itself hard enough to sell when you are done using it, I fear that selling a race trailer could be an even longer and harder process.

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Jim, this what I own. Another reason a Featherlite won't leak is the rivets aren't in drilled holes. The trailer is made like a pressurized airplane. My trailer has about 800 rivets, maybe more. NO steel frame, uses aluminum I-beams for monocoque construction.


Featherlite trailers aren't sold by RV dealers that sell what I call "RV junk". Find & go to a Featherlite dealer. Or dealers for the other aluminum trailers.

Don't worry about resale value. My trailer is worth more than I paid. That said, not much interest for toyhaulers East of Mississippi.

My trailer is 32', with 28' box,& pointy nose that is a utility stand up storage locker with a man door. Weight is 6000 with 12000 GVWR. I do love that trailer so much.

I have named it the"USS Ronald Reagan" in honor of the U.S. Navy. I used my E250 based Coach House type B named "Blue Angel" to tow it to Glacier National Park. 5500 miles no problems except replace aged out tires & exhaust pipe melted a gray water tank.

This trailer has a nice queen bedroom + 2 sofas/beds in the main area. It easily carries a side by side OHV + a Kawasaki Dual Sport motor cycle & 2 eBikes.
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