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Old 08-02-2015, 08:09 PM   #15
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Anyone wish for more off-road capable Airstream?

Originally Posted by Zybane View Post
I've been recently looking at trailers to buy and have always loved Airstreams. My worry is that maybe it would be too fragile for my needs. I love the interior size and decor of the new 30 foot classics.

But would I be limited to relatively large, flat camp ground and parks?

Would the long overhangs and lower chassis height scrape on even rudimentary trails?

Is the beautiful aluminum skin easy to dent in with bush and tree branches?

For around the same money as the Classic ($120K) I could import a high quality Australian off-road camper full loaded. The Australians seem to make the best off-road/boondocking campers. (Kimberley are actually USA VIN'd/real easy to import).

Kimberleykruiser - Finest Australian Off Road Caravan

That thing I could take boondocking and really keep away from the crowds. Real proper boondocking systems like:

720 watt factory solar

Factory satellite

740 amp hour battery setup

12 volt air conditioning etc

Diesel cooking etc

Huge water tanks

Plus right now the USD/AUSD exchange rate is really good for US buyers.

Having only done Class A traveling before, without actually having "lived the lifestyle" in something like a 30 Classic or this Kimberley for off-road it is hard to know which I would prefer.

The Airstream of course has the the classic looks, beautiful and more spacious interior but more fragile for off-road and will be more "tethered" to civilization.

The Kimberly would allow really getting into the outskirts of boondocking areas that aren't well traversed, super quality design, more boondocking features but the trailer door and outdoor grill are on the wrong side and getting parts from Australia could be a headache and fluctuate with eh exchange rate.

So, has anyone else yearned for something like an Airstream but more off-road capable? Short of putting on larger tires on the Airstream for more cushion and ground clearance, I'm not sure if they would hold up on the rougher lifestyle... Thoughts?

Since the answer to your first 3 questions is yes, and there is nothing in America that even comes close to the Kimberly, go for it. Jim

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Old 08-02-2015, 08:16 PM   #16
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I just looked a the Kimberly web site. Man they are beautiful. Funny thing is I would have bought one and had it imported before I ever realized the door is on the wrong side....

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Old 08-03-2015, 07:59 AM   #17
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When I worked the oilfields back in the 80s every location always had the tool pushers trailer on site. Never really thought about it at the time but we drilled in some pretty tough off road locations.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:38 AM   #18
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I enjoy watching the old AS caravan videos on YouTube. Bouncing through truck ruts like they were on a trampoline. Im sure they ate lots of scrambled eggs and omlettes.
My only concern would be high centering the tanks. That is where the rock magnets are located.
The smaller AS's are probably better suited for a run through the woods. YeeHaa!
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Old 08-03-2015, 12:34 PM   #19
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for a good offroad airstream, some of the system would need to be simplified. Make it also lighter and with air suspention. it would be fun and very possible.

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Old 08-13-2015, 01:03 PM   #20
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We were in Asheville last fall for the "Overland Expo". Lots of eye candy for those dreaming of off roading in style. Check out their site at www. Expedition

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Old 08-21-2015, 09:51 PM   #21
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The bigger question is where on the east coast would you be allowed to Boondock in the first place. Or maybe your planning on using it on other side of Mississippi. I'm eager to hear and share your interest. But I searched and struck out regarding remote camping opportunities in our area.


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Old 08-21-2015, 09:59 PM   #22
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I boondock at several different spots in south Mississippi on National Forest lands. Seldom used fire roads lead to old unused fire watch towers and small ponds. It is rare to see anyone else there. At the most the occasional hiker or scout group. Also river and creek landing make excellent boondocking spots. We do not have the massive BLM lands like the west does but good boondocking spots are out there if you do some investigating.


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