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Old 08-01-2017, 07:30 PM   #15
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Tow vehicles

My wife and I are ordering a 33ft classic
My dilemma amount many is choosing the right tow vehicle to get the job done.
I am leaning towards an F250 xlt. Confused about axle ratios and gas vs. diesel.
I looked at the 2500 Silverado also.
Looking for the good and the bad.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:19 PM   #16
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Ya given but there are ways of addressing it other than attitude!


It's not an attitude, it's a lifestyle. Last time I loaned out an expensive piece of hardware, it can back broken, and no apology or compensation was ever offered. It cost me hours and hundreds of $$ to repair that tool. I flat no longer loan out expensive stuff without coming along to be the sole operator.

Besides, at my current ripe old age, I have earned the right to a little attitude about certain things. NOT Loaning out expensive Airstream is one of them. If that offends, I'm sorry, but that's policy at my house...

Search the forums for a similar thread, and you will find that many, many Airstreamers have a similar opinion about renting or loaning out their precious AS. We are mostly willing to give tours and discuss Airstream topics endlessly, but I believe I'm being conservative when I say darn near NONE of them would rent out their shiny aluminum trailer...

There are commercial firms that are willing to rent out a nice Airstream and tow vehicle (at a nice high price!) to anyone interested in sampling the experience.

Professional curmudgeon, and that's how it goes.
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:45 PM   #17
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SCDonovan, welcome to the forums...it is a good place to learn some good info about RV lifestyle & Airstream brand.

I think A/S owners are more likely to widely travel than some other RV brand owners.

I don't have an Airstream to rent, but respect the knowledge & experience of this forum's members. I appreciate being a forum member, too


It may surprise you about the difficulty in finding a good campground in Florida in the winter. That is high season there, and more so the further south you go.

Already you are a bit late. If I was going this winter, I would have made arrangements before I left the CG in April. That's what I did for the last 4 winters.

You can usually find a few scattered nights...but it's sad to be in a good spot & want to stay, but they can only let you stay 2 more nights. And lucky at that.
Florida is very popular with RVers in the wintertime.

Good luck and hope you stick around.

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Old 08-02-2017, 09:44 AM   #18
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Thanks for the advice, yeah we are currently looking at something we can tow so 21 feet or below and really wanted to test it out. Possibly using it as an outdoor oasis while at a family member's home and then extended outings as we gain more comfort and steam with the idea.
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I appreciate the honesty personally, I can understand why someone wouldn't want to rent/lease/borrow they paid a high dollar amount for and especially if they had a bad experience already. It would have to be the right person and the right situation for both parties, while a hand shake is good for a friend this transaction would be very similar to a lease with a landlord including a written contract, security deposit, etc.

I prefer brutal honesty otherwise I don't understand much
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:58 AM   #20
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Thanks Wolf. Again really good advice. Our every changing plan is to set up at a family member's house and use this as additional space living and encourage us to travel a great deal while in FL. The reason this is a great comment is I had not even considered the RV parks and extended stays with people flocking to FL, learning more and more with each comment!
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:03 AM   #21
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Keep in mind Airstream's tendency to overstate the size of its travel trailers--their published length is the measure from hitch to back bumper. As a good example, the BODY of my 23' International is closer to 20 feet.

Other manufacturers tend to publish the length of the body only...

So if you are wanting a 20 footer, look at the 23's. Also note that many of the 23 footers are the shortest Airstream that has dual axles--in my opinion a safety factor over a single axle unit.

As always, suggest you visit a dealer with a large inventory, and take the time to explore each model in depth, including moving around in the bathroom, pretending to cook in the kitchen, and lounging in the lounge/seating area to get a feel for it. One of the big weirdnesses about Airstream owners is the "two foot syndrome", where they buy a certain size, then decide its 2 feet too short... That's how we got our 23 footer, which went on exactly one trip before being traded in for a bigger unit...the couple was a bit on the large size. For us, the 23' length easily accommodates me, wife, adult daughter, and our 4 smallish dogs on all our trips, including living in the parked AS for weeks at a time..YMMV.
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For us it's the towing capacity, I believe we max out around 6,200-6,500 lbs and the reason for looking at 20 footers or less. Thank you for Airstream knowledge as we ramp up our efforts!
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Just another guy here sayin nope.

If I wanted to sleep in a bed a stranger slept in, I'd go to a hotel. My airstream is for me.
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For us it's the towing capacity, I believe we max out around 6,200-6,500 lbs and the reason for looking at 20 footers or less. Thank you for Airstream knowledge as we ramp up our efforts!
SCDonovan, you may want to look at the fiberglass trailer world. Casita, Escape, Scamp and Oliver make great trailers at varying price and weight points and they are much cheaper and lighter than an airstream and a great beginner trailer. Just a suggestion, not sayin ya should shy away from Airstream, they are great but the cheaper ones might be a good way to 'try before ya buy the most expensive one'.
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:58 AM   #25
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Rent/Lease/Borrow Airstream for Winter

Also seriously consider a trade-in unit. That's how we got ours. One trip by original owners, they took the depreciation hit, and we got a trailer without QA issues. They bought a bigger unit.

Of course, do inspect a used one thoroughly. There are inspectors available from the tab on the forums front page if you need assistance.
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The suggestion is noted, be hard to talk me away from the airstream after what I have seen so far! Thank you.....I'll certainly look though.
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It's not in my nature to buy brand new off the lot, so if we do buy directly from a dealer this will be top priority. Based on the MSRP what discount did you get for a trade in unit? Just curious to have an idea coming in and again thank you for the AS knowledge!
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There are options out there for trying out the Airstream experience before buying. There are plenty of people willing to share what they have with fellow travelers and adventurers especially ones on an Airstream path as well.

Try checking rvshare.com. It's a newer site but there are some Airstreams listed. This service would allow you to take the RV to a location of your choice.

You can also ask at Airstream-only RV parks if you can post a note on bulletin boards to rent an Airstream that might otherwise be put in storage for the winter months. This happened at lot at Top of Georgia Airstream park that Airstreams were in storage all winter. I also think that these parks should offer Airbnb Airstreams at the parks themselves, but that's just my opinion. Airstream only parks listed here: http://wbcci.org/airstream-parks/cla...irstream-parks

The other thing is that you can actually Airbnb in an Airstream (this is typically an Airstream on someone's property but sometimes you are able to move the Airstream). Often there are discounts for monthly stays. Link to Airbnb-Airstream Search

Good luck and I am happy to post additional ideas if they come to me!
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