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Old 12-13-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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Picking the right AS for full timing

Fulltimers ..... having trouble here trying to decide on a floorplan.

how did you decide what would work best for you? i keep going round and round about what i want. i just cant seem make up my mind.

if you were like me..... how did you resolve this?

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:02 PM   #2
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Well... we don't full time, so I can't answer directly. But, simply living in an Airstream for even a few weeks will help one decide what kind of things they want/need. Are you looking mostly at floorplan, or size of trailer or all of the above? Size and what you will tow with are a huge consideration as it may impact your travel plans (where you can actually go and camp) or your level of comfort. For some people a 31 footer is small, for others a Bambi is just right.

A lot of the decisions will need to be based on your preferences and lifestyle. Do you have a lot of "stuff" or are you a minimalist? Do you have pets, a spouse or significant other to share the space with? Is having your computer and electronic gear at all times most important, or is it your fishing pole or hiking boots? Do you entertain and need room for company?

This link is to a thread a couple of years old, but has good food for thought:

Good luck on your adventure! Go ahead and post specific questions and ask other's opinions. For example, Many folks trade out a goucho for a computer station, etc. ask your questions... start with what you know you like and work from there!

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:27 PM   #3
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I think that your attitude towards having company is the biggest influence on what layout you'll need.

If you want to have lots of them, get one with the bathroom in the middle (which puts the bedroom at one end or the other) and that also has a dinette.

The middle bedrooms means that your company will have to walk past you if they need the bathroom while you're sleeping, and a dinette folds down into a "double" bed plus makes for more room to eat.

Of course, the 34' rigs have both the dinette (a small one) plus the couch, or "gaucho" as it is sometimes called. Plus there is the max room available for storage.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:33 PM   #4
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For full-timing think DINETTE.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for your opinions everyone. its just me and very little stuff. i am not planning to entertain at all. just want to have a nice place to live. i just need figure out what kind of floorplan suits me best.

and Caddygrn... thanks for the link.
munimula... love your page.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:01 PM   #6
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Plenty of links in a search.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:05 AM   #7
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We are not full time but 10-12 weeks several times a year. We don't have a dinette, but it is the one thing we would add if we could. We would suggest you get inside trailer layouts you are looking at and imagine living in there.

We have a rear-sleeper in our Interstate, which we wanted and love. It allows an unobstructed view out the back, and we don't walk through to get to the kitchen area--we like having that upfront for cooking inside and out, unloading groceries, etc.

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Old 12-14-2009, 06:24 AM   #8
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We wintered for about 10 winters in our 1999 27 ft. Safari. The mid bath was a must for us, since our sleeping habits are much different. The 27 ft. had a lot of closet space; a big plus for extended stays or full timing. The Safari did not have a dinette. This was a big minus, since we could only have about two visitors at a time. We still had the original couch, but would have replaced it with two recliners if we would have kept the Safari.

You will just have to decide what works for you. I know some full timers in units under 20 ft. Others must have a 34 footer. We decided that the 27 footer was a good compromise; it was easy to pull and get around in truck stops and gas stations and was long enough to suit us for extended stay/travel.

Take your time and go dealers and spend time in various layouts to see what might suit you.

Good luck!

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:01 AM   #9
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When we were looking, we visited campgrounds that we knew would have Airstreamers visiting. We got to know several of the AS owners and they would always let us know when a group of Airstreamers were getting together. It didn't take long to discover the pluses and minuses of the various styles. AS owners love to show off their trailers - look at them and imagine living it them. That was what helped us the most! Travel to AS dealers and look, look, look. Think and analyze each and every one. If it rains for four days straight, will you be happy in this trailer??? If three or four friends drop by, can you get along in this trailer??? Is there room for your 150 lb. dog or three cats??? Storage space and kitchen prep space??? These are all things to think about and only YOU know what you need in each case. It sure helped us out. Knowing where and how we would be using it had a lot to do with our choice also.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:56 AM   #10
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I live in a 31' center bath. I think its a great layout for full-timing. I keep my table out use it both for eating and as a desk. Plenty of storage and I have guests fairly often--it all works out.

I am small and a minimalist, and it doesn't feel like too much space. Just saying.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:54 AM   #11
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Really - you need to LOOK AT the real unit, not something you've seen a floorplan for.

Then Imagine yourself using the toilet, shower, making the bed, setting up and taking down the dinette, etc. Imagine cooking with 1 square foot of counter space. Imagine doing dishes, cleaning vegetables, etc.

I originally wanted to fulltime in a 17 footer. Then I took the factory tour at Jackson Center Ohio and saw how really narrow the bath door was - crammed right next to the bed... I sometimes want to take a 2am potty break and I could just imagine smacking my head trying to get the door open or walking into it - I didn't feel comfortable closing the door on the bath - it whacked my knees when I was sitting.

So I looked at the 22 footer and that made much more sense.

Two years later and bought a 25 FB

And I'm now drooling for the 27 FB "Serenity" CCD that's just recently been announced. (Closet space is the big deal). I'll probably get twins with more storage that has easy access, and a convection microwave. Need an oven for boondocking? Say DUTCH oven.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:00 PM   #12
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For full-timing, we'd say a 28' would be minimum.Sure like our 31', though.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:06 PM   #13
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Look at the 28' to 30' lengths.....
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:19 PM   #14
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Having lived full time in several different length Airstreams over several years, I can tell you that EVERY floorplan will have it's own "compromises", so to speak, and that I remember the time spent in each one of them fondly.

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