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Old 06-15-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Is more room better ?

I have a 26ft fifth wheel with a slide, but want a 26 or 28ft airstream. I'm thinking about full timing and wounder if the storage is going to be that much less in the airstream. It will be just me. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:08 PM   #2
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I traded for a 27FB last year and discovered a lot of stuff in my old trailer I had been carrying for 12 years but never used. Let's say we're enjoying it more these days with less stuff. I can't address full timing but for us on long weekends and cross country vacations, we are very satisfied with the storage once we figured out how to get the most out of it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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We down sized from a 32' five-er to a 31' AS and then a 27' FB AS. The 27 is quite comfortable. I do agree with Yankee. I carried, and still tend to carry, much more than I ever use.

It will be Airstream from here on.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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Way less, if storage is what you need then you'll probably want to get a bigger Airstream. Our 30 footer, has soo much more storage than our 25 footer did. I highly recommend it.
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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Any 5th wheel I've ever seen looked cavernous compared to any Airstream. The trick in a 5er is the height, waaaay taller than an AS.

My advice is to go with a 34-foot AS. Three reasons:
  • They are the most bang for the buck of any AS. They go used at silly low prices, compared to say a 25-footer.
  • They are, believe it or not, the easiest to tow and back up. Try one, you'll see what I mean.
  • You WILL get more space. Oodles of it. Actually, 3.75 oodles, IIRC

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Old 06-15-2011, 05:58 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum!

My wife and I spent more than two months down south this winter and plan to spend a good portion of our time on the road from here on out. We found that there was more than enough storage in our 30' for us and our two dogs, but we did utilize the topper-covered bed of our truck for a lot of our gear. We had everything from winter gear to beach wear with us, too.

Not anywhere near the storage you'd find in a 5th wheel, but we felt the trade was more than worth it and have already realized there's less we need to have with than we originally thought.

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I've been packing stuff into my 27' for months, and still haven't filled it.

The other day I looked around and thought "Do I really need this?" Now I'm packing stuff out.

It all depends on your emotional ability to let go of things.
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:33 AM   #8
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Remember, one can have ALL the storage one wants; but it is the WEIGHT that gets you. "SIZE DOES MATTER"
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Remember, one can have ALL the storage one wants; but it is the WEIGHT that gets you. "SIZE DOES MATTER"
Exactly.

It's not "Do I need this?" anymore. Rather, "Does my truck need this?"

With the cost of fuel and potential repair bills, those emotional attachments to stuff starts to wane.
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:18 AM   #10
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Have known 2 couples that were fulltiming, both in 31 or 32' trailers. One couple in a 34. The 34 foot guy said that he was over his rear axle weight limint on the 3/4 ton truck he was using. All had a 3/4 ton truck with a high cover You pick up a lot of storage from freeing up the truck bed from the hitch. Good place to carry heavy, dirty stuff like generators and clean stuff sealed in plastic boxes. To me, all airstreams seem to tow fine. People witht he 34' do say they tow better than the dual axles. Do not know. We have a 32 parked on a lot in florida and we tow a 25' when we travel. I might get a little better fuel milage with the 32, but that is probably because I have only towed it in the east. I would certainly run out of weight capacity before I ran out of room on the 32.
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:49 AM   #11
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Everyone is different and has different needs for space. Two of us spent 8 weeks on the road last year in a 25' with a 1/2 ton truck. If we were full timing, that would be a challenge because there is all sorts of paperwork we need too that stays at home when we travel. Getting rid of things is not all that easy. If you cherish old photos, they get heavy. If you collect Hummels, fishing rods, anvils, or whatever, you got a problem.

One way to solve space is a bigger truck and a bigger trailer. Another is merciless removal of things. Some can do it, others can't. It may not be just you after a while—companions show up when you least expect it and sometimes they are people, or maybe a friendly dog, so you may need more space that you anticipate now.

A fifth wheel has lots of basement storage, an Airstream rides close to the road and has far less storage. Fulltiming may require larger water tanks if you do a lot of boondocking and you will need a larger Airstream to get bigger tanks.

You should go to a dealer and look around at all the sizes and check storage. When you decide on a size then you can see what tow vehicle matches well and then look a for a nicely treated used one.

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This is one of the questions that we're looking at, too. At this point, if we were to go with an Airstream for a FT coach, we'd probably be looking at a 34' classic, with or without a slide. We do want the wide-body, though. Those started in 2005? 06?
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:34 AM   #13
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coach, we'd probably be looking at a 34' classic, with or without a slide. We do want the wide-body, though. Those started in 2005? 06?
I think it was the late '90's, but I'm sure someone will have the exact year soon enough.

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I believe that the wide body was introduced in 1995 but was only available on the 34' trailers.
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