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Old 01-18-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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What is the right size?

OK, Airstreams range from as little as 16' to as long as 34'. The weights go from as little as 2400lb for some of the old classics to over 8000lb for the wide body late model trailers. We all have different needs or wants in a trailer.
I prefer smaller and lighter trailers: Just the minimum to get the job done, easy to tow, easy to park and less to take care of. We have a 17' Safari Sport and find it is just great for us. One of my big "wants" in a trailer is a full size shower; my wife is just fine with the wet bath with the shower wand. We both prefer the microwave/convection oven over the traditional oven. We both miss the extra size of a larger trailer because we can't take any of the grandkids with us like we did with our old 23' trailer.
I'd like to know what other Airstreamers like in trailer size and why.
What is better
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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I really like my 28' I find it easy to tow and park with just enough room for two with our 2 dogs.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:16 AM   #3
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I enjoy my 25' (not FB), it's roomy, it's the perfect bachelors pad... And I can easily bring my lady along too...

There is no size-fits-it-all... Depends all on your personal lifestyle/situation
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:17 AM   #4
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We started out thinking the 17' SS was to be it. While at the dealer the DW saw the 22' and said let's just take a peek, the rest is history. After several years of ownership we are still happy with our choice. We can take the grand kids along but they would rather be in a tent anyway.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:24 AM   #5
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many variables to consider...

what's right for some is left for others...

there are POLLS here on this issue and a zillion threads...

some are funny...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...-me-41624.html

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Old 01-18-2010, 12:14 PM   #6
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One of the facts I find insightful is that people tend to gravitate to larger and larger trailers over the course of years.

Usually people looking at smaller trailers are trying to fit an existing storage or tow vehicle situation.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:35 PM   #7
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Our first trailer was 15 ft. It worked although cramped until we took a two week trip. We moved to 21 feet shortly after. This time when we upgraded, I was looking at 28, but my wife said, since we hope to have it a long time, lets just get a 31. We both like the 31 floor plan. I really like the extra room, carrying capacity, and storage. I have not yet got comfortable with the greater maneuvering room needed.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:16 PM   #8
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Is your trailer a dictator?

A vote for smaller.
1) I do not want my trailer to dictate the TV I own.
2) I do not want my trailer to dictate the campsite I choose.

A vote for larger.
3) I do not want my trailer to dictate the fun I have. More a state of mind but, you can't argue create comforts do not help with this state of mind.

That said, my trailer is still not on the road so I have no personal experience.

I have been a ultra light backpacker for many years and can be happy with very little as long as I am out and about.

I got the trailer for both a project and the desire to have a place for my wife (not a backpacker) and I to settle in after a day out seeing the local sites where ever we decide to travel. We have done the B&B a couple of times and wile nice, it puts you on a schedule (room reservations). I am sure there are trailer places that you have to reserve and cannot over stay, but I hope they are not the norm.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:08 PM   #9
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What You Want Is All That Matters

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OK, Airstreams range from as little as 16' to as long as 34'. The weights go from as little as 2400lb for some of the old classics to over 8000lb for the wide body late model trailers. We all have different needs or wants in a trailer.
I prefer smaller and lighter trailers: Just the minimum to get the job done, easy to tow, easy to park and less to take care of. We have a 17' Safari Sport and find it is just great for us. One of my big "wants" in a trailer is a full size shower; my wife is just fine with the wet bath with the shower wand. We both prefer the microwave/convection oven over the traditional oven. We both miss the extra size of a larger trailer because we can't take any of the grandkids with us like we did with our old 23' trailer.
I'd like to know what other Airstreamers like in trailer size and why.
What is better
Shucks,
25' is the cat's meow.
I like the old dawgs but a 23-25 year old, no, I mean feet, wide body would do me just fine.
If my kids have kids, what could be better than spending some time with them?
Priorities friend, just the things that are most important.
Grandkids are like children only better, you can send them home when you get tired of them.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:18 PM   #10
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Well we went "backwards" i think, we started out with a 31' SOB...sold that; got a trailmanor popup/sob also sold that....then got the 24' Argosy....and by far we love the 24 much more than all of the others....get the luxry of not having to deal with the popup situation...and not having to haul the "monster" as we used to call the 31' around....and not having to worry about length very much when we go anywhere now. Even my wife will tow the Arogsy around if needed. Also don't have to own the biggest gas/diesel guzzler out there to have to pull our trailer around.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:19 PM   #11
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All 3 of our AS's have been 25 footers. Easy to get in and out of places with plenty of room for my wife, myself, and 2 very spoiled cats.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:58 PM   #12
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Forgot to Add the Most Important Thing

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.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:59 PM   #13
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Certainly enjoy my 34' - gets me where I am going
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:53 PM   #14
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We are new Airstreamers, having just purchased our 23' Flying Cloud in October 2009. Coming from a Class B MH (PleasureWay), for us, the 23' was just about perfect in size and layout. And it was the smallest AS with double axles, something I was looking for from a stability standpoint . As we looked for our new AS, it seemed that some layouts "live" larger or smaller than the length may indicate. We passed on the 23'FB and went for the 23' floor plan that has a couch, folding table and a desk area. We felt very comfortable in the space, although, as always, there were some trade offs and compromises made. For just the two of us, the 23' seems just right but, then again, ask me in a year or two from now when we have some miles on it.

And as a newbie, thanks so much for this wonderful site, so full of great information and discussion. Still reading, reading and reading! Hope to be able to make some contribution in the future. We'll post some pictures of our new pride and joy as soon as I finish reading how to do that!

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