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Old 03-17-2007, 09:40 AM   #15
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The 25' units are a great bridge betweent the BIG units and the smaller ones.

If it were me though, I'd consider 30' or larger. Extended trips, smaller would get you by depending on you lifestyle, but I think that if I were living in a trailer, I'd want at least 30'.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:51 AM   #16
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If you like a queen bed, go with a unit with the fore and aft queen. That about rules out a 25'. The 27' FB Classic is cool but some want more of a sitting space to watch TV. I set other restrictions on myself for boondocking, otherwise would think the 28' is great. A pickup bed is a fine place for bikes, generator, firewood, leveling boards and tools. Look for outside storage compartments on any unit you're looking at. You really need those for all the setting up gear you'll have for your Airstream.
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:30 AM   #17
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Point taken Canoe

Canoe,

Thanks for pointing out the parking in tight national park sites.

I'm only thinking about getting through the gate and having the park ranger take my money and assign a spot. I'm not thinking practically here (big mistake). It's one thing to get through the gate it's got to be another to actually be able to maneuver and park in tight spots that the national parks would typically offer.

See, this is exactly why I'm picking all of you alls brains here. You've been there, done that, etc. I'm still in the plannin and dreamin stage.

Thanks for opening up your cranium a bit and letting me pick!

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Old 03-17-2007, 11:40 AM   #18
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I have a large dent in my tow vehicle from trying to wrangle our 26' trailer into a spot that was advertised as being good for 30' trailers. 25' is a good compromise for full-timing.
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Bill ---it's not that they won't let you in a National Park with a long rig and there are spaces available for them in most. it's just the percentage of large sites are fewer than the smaller ones. With a little planing we have never found this to be a problem.---pieman
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:24 PM   #20
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For us the 25 footer is perfect right now.We are planning to be going bigger once our little one gets older though.I think staying in a 25' for us is not bad and we can do it for a long time also.I dont know about full timing in this size though.being that we have a little one running around a bigger one would be needed for sure in my opinion.
If you are planning on going full time in one,Why not get the biggest one you can and if you dont carry a lot of things with you,Look at in the long run and think of the things you will be getting in your travels to put in the camper over that period of time.
We dont carry a lot of things and we still have cabinet space that is empty everywhere.Eventually we will fill it up but it will be a very long time before we do this.
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:11 PM   #21
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If you like a queen bed, go with a unit with the fore and aft queen. That about rules out a 25'. The 27' FB Classic is cool but some want more of a sitting space to watch TV. I set other restrictions on myself for boondocking, otherwise would think the 28' is great. A pickup bed is a fine place for bikes, generator, firewood, leveling boards and tools. Look for outside storage compartments on any unit you're looking at. You really need those for all the setting up gear you'll have for your Airstream.
Shame on you! TV? Open the curtains and watch nature...

Okay that's somewhat B.S. I do watch TV in maximum comfort in my 25 FB... Set the table down and loll on the dinette bed with a bunch of pillows. Definitely as comfortable as the average recliner and with a nice blankie....zzzrrrk. A simple tray and you can eat and drink Roman style while reclining on one elbow with a pillow wedged to prop you up. (Yep, I'll wear out the cushions, but then I'll replace them. Getoverit! USE it! I'd far rather wear out my Airstream than have it rot out sitting in a field.) It's a place to be comfortable and enjoy at the end of a sunny or rainy day. Have a glass of wine or a good craft beer and ENJOY. Even in my 25 I can have three friends over and all of us can sit with our feet up on the couch or dinette bed and there's about a foot more room in a 27 FB. (My mother is looking down from heaven going tsk-tsk, but..)

Thinking of a leg rest, I'm wondering if the storage doors below the seats could be engineered a bit? Hmmm.... hydraulic lifts? Just steal the hinges from an old recliner? Do I need another project right now? NO.

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Paula (Foiled),

Am I correct in assuming that you have two late model AS trailers? A 22 and a 25? If so wow! How cool is that!

Do you (did you) like your 22 with the wet bath? Does the corner shower have less head room than the mid-ship shower on the 25?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 03-17-2007, 07:30 PM   #23
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many first time a/s buyers...

buy a 2nd trailer....

and most who buy again buy larger.

seldom do folks go smaller. some do but downsizing is often health related or driveway related.

the question about 'ideal size for full timing' has been asked and answered repeatedly.

there must be at least 20 disconnected threads on this topic, every year.

there is no right answer.

go look at trailers; sit in them, lay on the beds, roll on the floors....

find the floor plan and style that suits your tastes and fits IN your wallet.

depending on how the size question is asked replies vary....

i asked if anyone with a 34 had trouble camping, or towing or parking,

and NO ONE with a 34 reported an issue....

in 2 years and nearly 40,000 miles i've only not been able to get into a park, ONE TIME.

and that was a wpa built state park. even my truck didn't fit solo and the city park was better camping anyway...

of course i've also driven my 57 ft of rigging through bank drive-in lanes and coffee stands too

back when i had a 28 footer EVERYTHING longer seemed too big, but size is truly relative.

2be sure there are a few famous campgrounds and small regions where size limitations are absolute.

but for the most part mohos, trailers and 5th wheels are getting bigger every year.

where ever fivers go we can too...

more folks full time in fivers than airstreams by far, but towing an airstream seems much easier to me.

most parks adapt. a few of the really famous ones can't or don't or have fewer sites for long boys...

IF one cannot use the outdoors because of season, location or weather,

or your mate doesn't bathe...

all airstreams become too small.

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Old 03-17-2007, 07:38 PM   #24
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You are right about going from a smaller Airstream to a larger one.We did this because we felt the Bambi was a bit smaller and we wanted more room.After owning it for about a year we swapped it out for the 25'er.It was worth the change.I thought we would do great in the smaller one but size did matter for us.She can now run her little butt off up and down the trailer with no problem and we now have the room to do other things.
We do plan to go bigger though once she gets older like I had mentioned in the previous post because I have a felling she will be bringing a friend along every now and then.
(I think that is a great excuse for a larger Airstream)
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I have a feeling she will be bringing a friend along every now and then.(I think that is a great excuse for a larger Airstream)
hey devoman that's a great reason to buy a larger a/s....

or perhaps you will have another baby!

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One is doing me in just fine.You saw how she was at the rally.She a nutty little thing.
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She a nutty little thing.
well she is a cutie pie.

and will be a boy killer way too soon.

you are gonna need to learn to look mean some day.

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this has been helpful so far

2Air, Devo,

Thanks for the input. Your insights, experience and suggestions are indeed helpful. Wifey and I are really trying to hit it right the first time when we buy a TT. I suspect that our first instinct or gut impression is dead on in thinking that the 28W will be a nice blend of usability, towability, and affordability over the long run. We have looked at the AS models that interest us the most, but definitely wanted to hear from folks who have RV experience to share.

So far all of the responses to this thread have indeed helped to guide us to the 28W for a first choice and a 25FB (with twin beds as it feels bigger) as a second choice. I think we will have a good chance at making the best choice (for us) long-term purchase with the first go at it with either of these two. The 28W feels the most comfortable to us, and yes, comfort is very important to us. If we're going to spend this kind of cash it had dang well better be comfortable, enjoyable and durable. Otherwise we might as well just go on and use motel/hotel services, know what I mean?

Thanks so much for all your helpful conversation.

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