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Old 09-16-2014, 08:57 PM   #1
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Sadly, I don't own an Airstream yet. But I do have a beautiful 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe that I've pulled for about 50,000 miles with my '08 Honda Ridgeline. Most of that travel has been in the mountains of Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming...........with a little bit of Idaho, Utah and the hills of Arkansas. No complaints with the tow vehicle. There's this welling up inside me for a little larger trailer. The 23 foot Airstreams catch my eye. But I'm curious if a late model trailer could be easily handled by my Ridgeline. The tow and weight on the Ridgeline is 5,000 lbs. I really like the 25 foot Airstreams, but that would definitely require the purchase of a new tow vehicle.........something I could swing at the same time as a newer trailer. Anyone on the site have any thoughts or recommendations for me?
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:20 PM   #2
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The 23' gross is about 6000 lbs I believe. The newer 25' is 7300 lbs. I would consider which one you really wanted, consider used as well, and get the tow vehicle that would pull the one I wanted. The Ridgeline, if maxed at 5000 would not be my pick for either. The 20' is 5000 lbs. The 23' weighs 3X what your Casita weighs. That is the advantage of the Casita.

You might consider used as well. I did and bought both truck and trailer within a four month period. That of course is a financial ability/decision. There are times I think about wish I had a new one but other times I am glad it required half the investment to still enjoy the journey.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:37 PM   #3
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Thanks, Rod. I intended to look for something in the 2011 age range. But I was under the impression the 23' Excella was less that 5,000 lbs, which is why I was looking at trailers in that length.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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Moving up has advantages, as well as disadvantages. You have to weigh them both. I'm sure you have been doing a lot of that.

You could tow a 19 ft. Bambi with your TV, but not as easily as your Casita.

So, if you really want a bigger trailer of any brand, you probably should buy a bigger TV. In the long run, you will be much happier, and safer.

P.S. Get an Airstream.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:49 PM   #5
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So, if you really want a bigger trailer of any brand, you probably should buy a bigger TV. In the long run, you will be much happier, and safer.

P.S. Get an Airstream.
Well, I could get a bigger TV...............but then I'd have to keep pulling my 17' Casita. Guess it just goes back to the old saying "If you can't run with the big dogs, then don't get off the porch!"
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:55 PM   #6
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But I'm curious if a late model trailer could be easily handled by my Ridgeline
Ok, Excella. Yes, some of the older models might fit well with your Ridgeline. I was going by your statement of "late model" meaning the last 10 or so years. Others may know more about the Excella line. I would suggest the Safari line to you as well. I am very happy with mine- it is a mix of Flying Cloud interior/Classic walls and ceiling and sport by window type. They are somewhat lighter too. A 25' Safari is 1000 lbs lighter than its 25' Classic cousin.

You can get off the porch but you may have to do it in steps instead of a bolt!

to add to your thoughts (you asked) I would state that you are enjoying what living on wheels is all about now, you just want to upgrade your space. The Casita is an excellent product but it is understandable as we all like space. The question is, how much more are you willing to pay for that space?
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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I really don't think we require much more than we presently have. The 23' trailers allow for sleeping at opposite ends of the cabin, which is a must for us. The slightest disturbance at night wakes the wife and totally disturbs her for the night.............unless the awakening is of her doing, i.e. getting up to go to the bathroom.

I realize I could get a vintage trailer and gain great weight savings. But I'm not looking for a full time "hobby" in restoration..........which is all I hear about with the really older Airstreams. If I could stretch out my Casita those extra 6 feet I'd be totally satisfied...............but can't get Casita to build one! (They actually had one on the books almost ready for production about 10 years ago and then mysteriously scudded plans.)

By my way of reasoning, if a larger tow vehicle is in order, then why only get a 23' when a 25' Flying Cloud would be that much nicer. But doing both of those would mean "selling the farm".

My porch is looking better all the time.
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Don't overlook the FC 20 ... you might sneak by with that one until you can justify a TV with a bit more towing capacity. Oops scratch that - just saw you need for sleeping at two ends. The FC20 dinette is very lose to the front bed.
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Most of our travels are in the mountains too.
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can you not have like a FC20 with twin beds and thus mostly eliminating the issue of waking the other up moving around much?

And if its sound that wakes the other up...20 vs. 23 reallymake a difference?

If the whole matter creates a huge financial tension and detracts from having funds to freely travel, then the whole matter is a downer too I suspect
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The FC20 is a beautiful little trailer. But the sleeping arrangements would be pretty much the same as I've arranged in our Casita. I really think the smallest Airstream trailer that would fit our requirements would be the 23' with the bed in the back and the bench in the front that is beside the dinnette which could be used as a bed. Selling the farm isn't an option at this point, so unless the Airstream Fairy God-mother decides to drop one on our driveway, I guess we'll just have to keep on enjoying our Casita. T'was fun to dream about, though.
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Why do I do this?

Look at an Oliver 22' Home - Oliver Travel Trailers Oliver Travel Trailers

Your Casita requires a lot less pampering than an Airstream.
The next logical step UP might be the Oliver.


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Old 09-17-2014, 03:55 PM   #13
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Thanks...........but I've seen the inside of both models and neither would work for us. (shame on your for suggesting anything other than an Airstream on this forum! ) The floorplan of the 2011 International (shown here: 2011 Airstream International 23 - Ohio ) is exactly what we want/need. But, alas, the price and the weight are both a negative deciding factor. Maybe some day.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:38 PM   #14
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Chris-in the sixties the 22 ft safari only weighed 3200lbs. If I were you I would look for a completely renovated sixties model. It would cost about half of what you are talking about spending. If you have issues with it there are plenty of reputable Airstream repair people around and you would still have 30k left over for just in case scenarios.
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