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Old 01-18-2010, 06:15 PM   #15
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Several years ago I scoffed at a seasoned Airstreamer that had just traded up to a larger Airstream when she told me, you will go bigger. Yeah right, I thought. I am going bigger. How did she know?

We have had 3 Airstreams that were 25' and agree they were the "perfect" size. We now have a 23' and a 27' and the 23' is just right and the 27' is too small and 28' is going to be the new perfect size. Go figure. Every one has their sweet spot in Airstreams and we love them all. However, I feel safe in telling most, (not all) you will go bigger.


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Old 01-18-2010, 06:16 PM   #16
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What size is right?

The wife and I like our 25' classic which I feel is between the smaller and larger airstream sizes. It's easy to pull and park, suite our interior space needs perfectly and we seldom have any lenght issues when camping in state or national parks.

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Old 01-18-2010, 06:49 PM   #17
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When I first met Steve he had a Bambi, We only slept together once in that crammed bed, I spent the rest of the trip on the dinette alone I've read threads about fixing the toilet issue in these floorplan trailers so I won't go into it.
We eventually bought the 30 and with the kid and the dogs and sometimes a guest we needed the space. Being able to use the dinette in the evening and morning While our son slept on the gaucho was nice too. BUT some campgrounds we were too large and had to fib or skip to other places because of our length.
With Kid #2 we think sometimes to go bigger or slideout for the space but sometimes we think 27FB or maybe a Sport to tow with my Mom mobile. The right trailer will come along... and We'll be happy whatever (bigger or smaller) we choose.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:45 PM   #18
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we love our 23'...

add a bunk over the gaucho and 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog can all sleep tight..

here's a nice article on size:

Choosing The Right Size Airstream
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:52 PM   #19
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34ft to winter in Florida. (has a dinette to have company in); tow with turbo diesel

25ft to tow (doesn't drag the rear very often/no dinette); tow with 6.0 gas

29ft to caravan (no dinette but, plenty of storage for 3 months (new size is 28ft) tow with 6.0 gas, wish you had a diesel.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:57 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by wingfoot321 View Post
34ft to winter in Florida. (has a dinette to have company in); tow with turbo diesel

25ft to tow (doesn't drag the rear very often/no dinette); tow with 6.0 gas

29ft to caravan (no dinette but, plenty of storage for 3 months (new size is 28ft) tow with 6.0 gas, wish you had a diesel.
That's an other reason for the little Safari; I get about 14mpg while towing. I didn't even think about that when I started this thread.
Thanks, I feal even better now.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:17 AM   #21
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We went for the smallest AS with a queen bed which at the time was 25ft so I can always sleep well. Sleeps two nicely, and the Cummins tows it fully loaded at 16 mpg.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:44 AM   #22

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Another vote for the 25, must be the most popular, (new), for a reason.

We have never camped with hook-ups and the 25 has gotten us everywhere we wanted to go.

Gude lluke...
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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:04 AM   #23
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Very important.
2 axles.
Runs with a flat, easy to change a tire if you get a flat.
Stable on the highway, very Stable.
Costs a little more in tolls and tires but worth it.
Yah, tell that to the Airstreamer parked alongside I-20 just west of Eastland, Texas with two flats on the drivers side.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:55 AM   #24
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We've done everything from a teardrop, pickup campers, and trailers from 12' up to our current 25', and of course the 25' is just perfect.....for now at least.

No, really, we like that we have enough room to be comfortable, the trailer is not too big to take almost anywhere, and it tows relatively easily.

But, ya know, a 28' would...................

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Old 01-19-2010, 10:55 AM   #25
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Size dosen't matter

After purchasing our first AS (a 66 24' Landyacht) we tried a Wally Bynam rally. The only thing redeeming for our time was some advice from a well seasoned streamer which we under stand all to well even with our current 345 MH.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:58 AM   #26
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Smaller campers suggest more outdoor time and milder climates. They also permit tow vehicles that are easier to get about with when unhitched. And the whole thing costs less to buy and operate. I wonder about picking a trailer for double axles. (How far would you drive with a double axle flat before it suddenly tears the wheel well out of the trailer?) Our 20' tows nicely, and has an extraordinary use of space. We would have to go much larger to gain any meaningful advantage. The 25' Airstreams seem to be a favorite, as well, and many like the long, long trailers for reasons of their own.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:07 AM   #27
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The 25' is the perfect size. After June of this year we are taking ours fulltime.

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