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Old 05-02-2009, 09:38 AM   #1
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Ceiling heights

RVing again is on my bucket list. They were great times growing up in the late 60s-70s. As a recent viewer and browser of the vintage AS forums, I have been thinking about what AS I would like to own. I have noticed, being 6' 4", the AS are pretty low compared to other WBoxes. As you know, they're not the same. However, I have heard some vintage AS had more ceiling room.

Is there an informal list of new or vintage AS models that have 76"+ ceiling heights?

I'm looking at the 20-24' AS. I like Safaris.

Any thoughts or experiences besides ducking?

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome. I am 6'4" and am able to stand up straight in my '59 TradeWind without any trouble except, of course, ducking under the AC and into the bathroom. I've also clobbered my noggin a few times on the entry door opening but who hasn't? Best of luck in your search.


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Old 05-02-2009, 10:18 AM   #3
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Hello Beetle5 - welcome to Air Forums! The air conditioner hanging down is too close for comfort at my 6'0". Ducking has become 2nd nature.

A good forum friend sold for something other than an Airstream but we still see him online here. He is 6'5" and has discussed this any number of times. Here's just a couple:

We either get electric plug-in only at state parks or dry camp (common in state or nat'l forest campgrounds). Either way gray tank capacity doesn't allow a lot of showering. In state parks I'll put on the ol' flip-flops and use their shower. In quieter campgrounds I'll use the outside shower to freshen up; that's not Susie's favorite way of doing it however...

In shorter Airstreams bed space is pretty much limited to the corner arrangement or a sideways bed at trailer front or rear. The sideways bed is longer but only 48" wide. I don't think you'd do well using just half a corner bed. Good friends just purchased a 23' International. She (5'7") is going to use the corner bed. He (5'11") is going to use the couch pullout -- that's about the same as the couch on my 25' FB Safari and it works fine for tall.

Twin beds in almost all Airstreams I've seen are equivalent to dormitory tall single beds. We have that in our Safari and there is very good length. We use dorm tall single sheets from JC Penneys, etc.

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Old 05-07-2009, 10:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments. I see a 60's Tradewind has 78.5" ceiling height. How does that compare to other models?
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:45 AM   #5
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My husband is 6'8", and my son, 6'5". We bought a '67 overlander about six years ago, because it had the height we needed. Except for the door, of course, they are fine in the '67, as long as no one forgets to shut the overhead compartments. We do not have an air conditioner, which would be an issue.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:06 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by beetle5 View Post
Thanks for the comments. I see a 60's Tradewind has 78.5" ceiling height. How does that compare to other models?
Ours is a 1988 and I just measured the height--it is 78.5 inches. I am 6'4" as well, and I have just become accustomed to navigating around the AC panel and door openings. Mind the noggin or you will pay--the exit door is especially unforgiving.
I have always said it is a 5'10" world. Everything is made for average sized people and I suppose Airstreams are no diffferent.
Good luck in your search.
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"It's a 5'10" world".. �� it!
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Thereís one out there somewhere but I donít know if it was ever completed...

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If your doing a shell off renovation you can raise the height of an airstream. That is what darkspeed (headroom epiphany) did. I raised mine about 2 to 3 inches. The door is the only major consideration. He raised his a foot if I remember correctly. I used his method for my renovation. His is a great read.
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Hope Ian Poulin chimes in here. He is 7 feet tall. When he was looking for a gently used one, he pointed out that getting an International was key, because the overhead cabinets have sliding doors rather than the "boink head here" sharp pointed lift style. Showering is a sit down proposition if there aren't campground facilities available.

As for the door, a piece of foam cut in the shape of a DUCK might be a good reminder.

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