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Old 01-16-2011, 04:02 PM   #15
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That's dangerous - I'm betting after a visit to the "Mothership" an Airstream is inevitable....
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:02 PM   #16
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Me again. For those of you breathlessly waiting to know what happened, we ended up buying a 2003 Chevy Tahoe as our tow car. Since the guy at CarMAx pointed out the hooks on the front we could use to add a snowplow (among other features), we figured it would probably be okay for the 16' Bambi. And the factory tour was amazing--and pricey, as we bought a bunch of gewgaws and souvenirs.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #17
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Congratulations on the new Tahoe. That will be much better than this combo.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:50 PM   #18
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Oh oh! You're in for it now.

Pretty soon - maybe one day after two or three days of rain - that 16' Bambi will make you think about how nice a 20+ footer would be ... maybe a 23' or 25' ... and likely that (plus all the "stuff" you want to take along) will require a "bigger" tow vehicle.

But the 20+ size will go to some rallies where you'll get to sit in a new 28' or 30' er that sure looks good, except for its weight. But of course you can solve that with just little bigger tow vehicle ... etc.

Please wait while I go out and get some auto company stock!

But seriously, you're gonna' have a lot of fun!
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:06 PM   #19
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Dear IM... congrats on your new Tahoe. I'm glad you visited the factory. I was all set to buy a 19' before my first visit, which was on a Friday when there was no production. We got to climb into several units on the line. Once I saw the bathroom door that opened onto the bed - and thought about a 2am pitstop, I knew that setup was a bad idea.

Floor plans will only show you so much, and the more you know the more you'll want to change. Take your time or you'll end up buying, then redoing. For your first unit you could save a bundle by buying gently used. WARNING, they used to use OSB board for the floor on everything smaller than a 25' and if you've got undetected leaks the floor just falls apart and you're stuck with a major repair. Inspect the floor carefully in any used Airstream (or any other brand for tha matter).

Happy trails!

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Yea, go with what you can tow and afford, remember that 25' is about as big as you can get for use in some of the National Forrest camp grounds - 34' is everyone's dream...
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