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Old 03-23-2016, 01:34 PM   #1
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It's been fun, but we must move on

A year ago we decided to downsize from our 44' diesel pusher to an Airstream. Knowing that the change was pretty significant, we went with a 30' International Serenity and custom ordered the recliner layout so we could have great sitting comfort in the trailer.

Over the months and several trips we enjoyed aspects of the Airstream very much - all the windows that open so wide, great quality of materials used in the inside, easy tow ability, low profile. There is a lot to like about Airstreams.

But we found that the interior space and storage was too tight for us. Moving around inside the trailer (we spend a lot of time inside the trailer when traveling) was awkward and not enjoyable. And when you find yourself storing things that you really want to have with you in the shower, you know you don't have enough storage space.

We also found that we really missed not having our Jeep Wrangler along with us for off-roading adventures (we pulled it behind the Class A motorhome before getting the Airstream).

So, for us, the Airstream experience was very interesting, fun, but ultimately did not meet our particular needs.

Last week we returned the Serenity to the dealer and bought a Newmar Class A coach. The difference in space is dramatic, the ease of parking and maneuverability is great, ease of auto-leveling is much appreciated. The storage space is considerable. Being able to front-in or back-in to a campsite (depending on views and such) is great. And now, we can have our Wrangler with us for off-roading.

So, we've given up the benefits of the Airstream in exchange for the benefits of a Class A coach.

Neither trailer, 5th wheel, nor motorhome is a 'perfect' mode of RVing, each have advantages and disadvantages, but each type works best for some people's preferred method of RVing. We just found that for us, a motorhome suits our needs best.

I have good memories of our times with the Airstream and now begin to make new good memories traveling with the Newmar Class A.



Anyone looking for a virtually brand new 2016 30' Serenity with recliners can find ours (until it sells) at Desert Autoplex RV in Mesa, AZ. Ask for Denny. Same with our virtually brand new Denali HD pickup.
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:47 PM   #2
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Good Luck DHart - you will be missed.
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:19 PM   #3
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But I didn't even get to run into you yet at an Arizona Rally and peek inside.

Might just drop into Desert on the way home and take a look (only).

You had such great pictures. Take care.
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:51 PM   #4
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Thank you, crispy boy. I will miss being a part of the Airstream collective! I learned a lot here and enjoyed it all!

Hittenstiehl... I missed meeting you. And thank you for the kind remarks. Be careful at Desert Autoplex, that 30' Serenity recliner setup might lure you in! It is a fantastic trailer!!!
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Old 03-23-2016, 02:56 PM   #5
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Hi from AZ. . .sorry to see you go, I've enjoyed our interaction. . . I'll keep my eyes open for a Newmar as I traverse our hood ! (and yours). . . good luck, Craig
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:03 PM   #6
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Good luck to you....see you down the road!
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:10 PM   #7
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Which Newmar?
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:15 PM   #8
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Ha Ha, DHart I will LOOK only as I have two vintages at home needing my attention.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:46 PM   #9
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Hmmm, we're thinking about following you from the MH to an Airstream. In our case, though, we're going from a 40' no slide Foretravel to a 34' no slide Airstream, so maybe we won't regret our decision quite as soon. Our Foretravel is a 1993, and the Airstream will be late 90's/early 2000's model.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:50 PM   #10
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At least you got that great photo! Happy trails.
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Old 03-23-2016, 08:47 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your comments. I will miss the iconic look and presence that the Airstream offers. And, yes, I got some wonderful images of the truck and trailer, and the trailer itself.



My appreciation for Airstream trailers remains. They just don't offer the space, storage, and some conveniences that we prefer to have when we're RVing, thus the change. We have two dogs (Golden Lab and Staffordshire/Heeler mix) and the new coach will give us and the dogs a lot more breathing room to move around in.


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Which Newmar?
Having had a 44' diesel pusher before the Airstream, and wanting to downsize when we went to the Airstream, we've settled on a relatively compact Newmar Class A, the 3124, which is 32' long and has a full-wall slide on the driver side and a king-bed slide out on the curb side. This is on the Ford F-53 22,000# chassis, with a Triton V10 engine. The unit has a residential electric refrigerator, 50 amp service, twin AC/Heat pumps, automatic Equalizer leveling system, Onan 5.5kw gen set, and (yes) we've replaced the 88" sofa with our favorite recliners.

Here's a video reviewing the Newmar:

http://youtu.be/NWd-dApWboY









Rear, bedroom window is unusual in a Class A







King size bed is pup-approved!


Aside from the gen set and water/tank bays, all the other bays under the coach are available for storage.

Compared to our 44' diesel pusher, this Newmar Class A represents a compromise, but every RV I've ever had, including the 44' DP requires compromise of this or that. It is interesting to find, however, that with the top-rated Class A coaches, the line between Class A gassers and Class A diesel pushers has become quite blurred.

We think this 32' Class A gives us the best combination of features, creature comforts, and amenities while still having a moderate size/form factor. It isn't a perfect RV by any means (none are), but I think it's going to be just right for our needs.

Our 3/4 ton Denali HD diesel pickup has been replaced with a 1/2 ton Sierra SLT Z71 4x4.


I look forward to continue to chat with my (former) fellow Airstreamers, as we travel the country.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:05 PM   #12
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Very nice choice of model. I actually saw one of them at the dealer. He was recommending the model to my dad when he was on the motorhome binge. I remembered it with the all side slide.
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Old 03-23-2016, 09:07 PM   #13
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One thing that amazes me... the Newmar 3124 can be purchased, new, for around $110,000, which is really not all that much more than a full-blown, fully-optioned 30' International Serenity might sell for. I like the new Airstream products quite a bit, but comparatively speaking, they way they are priced now, it could be argued that you get a lot more for your money in many ways, from alternative choices.

And among motorized RVs, Newmar is at the top of the game... they build a really great quality product.

Interesting factoid... Newmar was the first RV maker to build a slide-out room in an RV. And their slide-room design is considered by many to still be superior to the alternative designs in slide-rooms.
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Old 03-23-2016, 10:18 PM   #14
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DHart, you are very right that Airstreams aren't high on the value perspective. Too bad the Airstream was just a bit too small for your downsize. After searching and learning about RV's for years, one good thing I've noticed is that there is something for everyone. Hopefully you didn't take a bath on the Airstream.

I recently had to choose my path and settled for a 30 Classic Twin. I was going to go with a Pendleton but I didn't feel there would be enough storage for full timing, even if it's just me and my German Shepherd. I believe the Classic Twin has the most storage of any modern Airstream. I don't think I could do it full time with two people and two large dogs.

I am also an avid off-roader, so I made a compromise and got a Power Wagon as my tow vehicle. It's kinda like a large Rubicon wrangler for off-roading if you are unfamiliar with it. That way I can tow the Airstream and off-road quite a bit, and also toss a motorcycle on the back.

Sometimes it takes trial and error and hopefully your Newmar and Jeep will suit you the best!
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