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Old 07-06-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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What would you do differently on ur AS?

If you had to do it over, what changes would you make to a new one? I'm considering different AS choices and would like your input for consideration.

For instance:
* Larger or smaller TT (Different Model)
* Buy Pre-Owned or Buy New
* Front Bed/Rear Bed
* Change Bed Type (Twin to Full etc.)
* Add More/Less Windows
* Oyster bowl sink or double
* 2 A/C's
* Different Floor Plan
* Larger/Different Tires
* Remove Dinnette
* Install Lounge Chair(s)
* Add Solar Panels or After Market
* Lighter/Darker Interior
* Change Curtain/Decor Choice(s)
* Install Larger/More Inverter(s)
* Install a different hitch setup
* Etc. Etc.

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Old 07-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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I am a skinny 6' 2", next time I am going to have a bed that is long enough for both a pillow and for my feet not to hang off the end.

Two dogs as sleeping buddies, and a bed that is wide enough for us all to stretch out.

I'd really like a larger all around bed!


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Old 07-06-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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I would consider 50 amp service and wire for a 2nd AC in the bedroom, even though I have yet to really need it.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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I am rectifying the error of 30amp and 1 AC...going 50 with AC2
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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1. Twins instead of crossways queen.

2. Lounge chairs instead of couch.

3. 16" wheels and Michelin tires.

4. Nicer floor than the original terrible vinyl pattern.

5. ProPride hitch (the absolute best).


I have every on of those things now that I have installed them myself.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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Lesson learned: If I had known better I would have bought a larger model. Something in the 23ft range with a real bed and more storge room.

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:23 PM   #7
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Interior wise I would have gone with the twin beds. I thought the queen would be better after having twins in the Safari. I miss that extra room (center isle) that a twin provides.

We took the center bath rather than a side bath. That cut the main closet down in half. Still on the fence on this since the half closet is a pain when we need to bring coats with us. Like the extra room in the bath though.

Then there are the things are available today that weren't in 2004. First I'd forgo the skylight in the front of the trailer, if the vista views had been available. Second I'd forgo the carpet in lieu of vinyl. At the time Airstream refused to build a slide out without the carpet due to their feeling that the vinyl would be damaged by the rollers on the bottom of the slide unit.

Things we are glad we did. We upgraded to the 15K air conditioner/heat pump at build time. Back then the standard was 13.5K. Leather sofa.

Enhancements we've done. LED Tailights, patio and step lights. 16" wheels and LT tires.

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Old 07-06-2013, 07:19 PM   #8
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We bought the 57 (26 ft) bc the globetrotter isn't really big enough. We too will go with double beds.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:26 PM   #9
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1. solar panel
2. inverter
3. ProPride
4. brown ultra leather dinette
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #10
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Twin beds instead of queen; that's all (so far)!
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:17 PM   #11
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Our 5050 is now 9 years old and we bought her when she was 4 years old. Other than some weird stuff like a bathroom door lock, a few locks on the drawers and hooks to tie down the TV's, the prior owner did nothing to her. We've done over 30 things to the interior and exterior.

But, we LOVE the floor plan (no dinette). Wish there was NO carpet, but we've gotten all the other ugly stuff out. Someday, we'll figure out what floor will work for us.

We bought big to start, so no regrets there.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:37 PM   #12
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We love our rear bed 25' with factory solar, awning pkg, conv/micro and gas oven. The best aftermarkets are ProPride hitch and 16" Michelins on Sendel T02 wheels.

It's a travel trailer for two retirees and we are on the road 6 months a year. We will soon convert the front dinette to two reclining chairs with small foldup table between, and maybe some day convert the queen bed to twin beds but not soon.

It's a terrific traveling camper.

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Old 07-07-2013, 06:39 AM   #13
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The routing of the power cord and water hose on ours always makes me think, "This wasn't one of Airstream's better designs."
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:57 AM   #14
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We have replaced the floor with Alure Ultra. Have on order 16 inch Michelins with Sendel rims. Two leather recliners. Building a fold down table between the recliners. Building new cabinets where pullout bed was to increase storage and provide place for microwave and printer. Replacing the plastic clips for window shades with magnetic catches. Replaced the toilet with one that has ceramic bowl. Putting in wire shelving in some storage areas to increase functionality. Replaced the twin beds with queen. That's it for this year.

Longer term I will upgrade batteries, better converter/inverter. Put some solar panels on. Replace 13500 AC with 1500 AC when it needs to be replaced. Maybe get a generator.


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