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Old 10-23-2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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Swaying my wife

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I have been involved with this site for a good while. I love Airstreams and dream of owning one. We presently own a huge...and heavy 5th wheel. My wife likes all the room, gormet kitchen, dressing area with draws etc. etc. She is worried about the curved backs on the cabinets that might not have enough space and sometimes rather smallish kitchens. I love everything about the Airstreams. Pulling a trailer that is 4-5000 pounds lighter is a huge plus as well!! We are located in Texas. Do any of you good folks know where we might rent a 30' Classic to give it a try?? I believe that if I could get her to a rally and meet some other folks that she might get hooked. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Carl
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Old 10-23-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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Not sure where you'll be able to rent one, but the cabinet curves etc have never been an issue for us. If you are looking for lots of space, I know the 34' units have lots of storage space, slightly more than the 30'. Add a slide to either and it's like having a whole room within a coach.
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Old 10-23-2005, 12:26 PM   #3
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Carl - contact the wbcci folks in your area. Explain that are looking and ask to attend a rally. They are usually very accomodating. Take you wife on a tour of a 28 foot ccd. The clean lines on the interior give the impression or open space and loads of room - actually - there is a lot of room.
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Old 10-23-2005, 01:10 PM   #4
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Janet has a good idea. Part of the deal too is the fellowship from groups of friends with the common interest being Airstreams. I don't know where Columbus Texas is but we're having a camping get together on the weekend of Nov. 3 at Ray Roberts Lake State park. If you'd like to join us just make your reservation at the Johnson Branch on the north side (they have two state parks on this lake). That would give you a chance to see some new and vintage trailers. Also, if you do go shopping many of us highly recommend Roger Williams Airstream in Weatherford TX. David Tidmore, GM, is very knowledgeable and their service before, during and after the sale is excellent. You can PM me if you want more details on anything. Good luck
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Old 10-24-2005, 07:01 AM   #5
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Hey...thanks for the invitation. Unfortunately I don't believe we would be able to attend. It is a shame, because our youngest son lives in Denton. I would feel rather ackward pulling in there with our "beast" of an rv! I suggested to my wife that we keep the big 5th wheel that she likes so much and buy a used Airstream. I have been looking and could find some really nice ones for $20K or under. I enjoy restoration, so if it needed a few nips and tucks, that would not be a problem. I have been looking on ebay, rvtrader, this site along with some dealers. Any suggestions on where to search for a good used one would be appreciated. Hope you all have a great weekend at the State Park. I will be thinking about you! Carl
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:58 PM   #6
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Keep an eye on the newspaper. That is where we finally found ours. We had been looking everywhere and finally checked the Ft worth paper. 3 weeks later we found her locally. Suprised us both.
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I found our new '34 foot limited at the classifieds here. We also sold our '72 30foot sovereign at the same place. There are a lot of airstreams posted here that might suit your needs. Good Luck. We'll never go back to the S.W.B's again.

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Old 11-05-2005, 07:08 AM   #8
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Tim, what do you pull your 34' Airstream with? We presently own a huge 1 ton ford crew cab. I eventually want an airstream that I can pull with a half ton, but I love the room and floorplans of the 34's.

I am not quite ready to buy just yet, but I will definitely follow your advice and check our Houston papers. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2005, 07:35 AM   #9
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Tim, what do you pull your 34' Airstream with? We presently own a huge 1 ton ford crew cab. I eventually want an airstream that I can pull with a half ton, but I love the room and floorplans of the 34's.

I am not quite ready to buy just yet, but I will definitely follow your advice and check our Houston papers. Thanks!
According to his profile, he has a late model 1 ton Chevy van.
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Old 11-05-2005, 07:36 AM   #10
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Carl,
If you are looking at a 30' then you will need at least a 3/4 ton truck. I pull a 25' 1986 Sovereign and a 31' 1977 Excella 500 and I would not want to pull on a regular basis with a 1/2 ton.
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we use a 3/4 ton for our 34' because we have to. I would feel much safer in a 1 ton
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Old 11-05-2005, 03:37 PM   #12
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Do you have to sway your wife? She does have a valid point.

Also you might take a financial hit if you sell your FW and buy an A/S.

I don't know your circumstances, if you will tow all the time, or just once in a while - that's what dictates one's choice. A/S are great for towing but IMO not for storage, compared to FW.
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I pull my 34' with a 2004 Chevy Express one ton. It does the job well. We just bought the '34 footer this summer and only towed it from Central New York to Michigan and camped with it once. I'm going to try and post this .pdf file from Airstream that lists the dry weight of Airstreams you can find out for yourself what the 34' weighs and decide what type of vehicle can handle it. If you have any more questions let me know. Thanks.

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