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Old 05-15-2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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Which AS for almost empty nesters?

Hello, my DH and I have twin boys who are 17. We currently have a pop-up (Starcraft with A/C and a slide out) DH and I have looked longingly (well, admittedly me more than DH) at airstream trailers. Both vintage and new. DH wants a bed, not too big. I'm thinking something between 19-22 ft. 25 feet would be max for us.

Now the tough part. Airstreams that 'sleep 4' don't seem to be built for a family with three full-sized men. (Hubby is 6'2", the boys not far behind).

What Airstream do you think would work for us? Sould we wait a couple of years and then get an empty-nester twinkie?

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Old 05-15-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:01 PM   #3
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I'd stay away from the 70's with the mid twin beds for sure. I was 6' tall eight years ago (shrinking to 5'11" now in my late 50's) and the mid twin in my '77 Excella 500 was rather miserable. I just didn't seem to have the headroom and footroom I desired. I cured that with an '86 Sovereign 25' that has a mattress 75" tall and 52-53" wide.

I'd look at the any of the new Front Bedroom (FB) 23' and 25' with the 75" X 60" beds and check the size of the dinnette or couches to accomodate others in your family.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:43 PM   #4
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Sounds like great advise. I'll look for the 75" beds in my quest for an Airstream. I'm thinking half the fun is the chase.
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Old 05-15-2008, 11:27 PM   #5
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There are just 3 of us now, and my last "child" is now 18, and if a friend is along she sleeps in a tent. As a result it is usually just my wife and I in the trailer.
We just gave up a nice 21' Globetrotter in favor of a 25' six sleeper. I have no plans on going back to anything shorter.
The difference in towing is negligable and the extra room is great. I highly recommend buying larger, rather than smaller. Within reason.
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Hello, my DH and I have twin boys who are 17. We currently have a pop-up (Starcraft with A/C and a slide out) DH and I have looked longingly (well, admittedly me more than DH) at airstream trailers. Both vintage and new. DH wants a bed, not too big. I'm thinking something between 19-22 ft. 25 feet would be max for us.

Now the tough part. Airstreams that 'sleep 4' don't seem to be built for a family with three full-sized men. (Hubby is 6'2", the boys not far behind).

What Airstream do you think would work for us? Sould we wait a couple of years and then get an empty-nester twinkie?

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You are going to need three "beds". The modren trailers have a queen or I thnik you can now get a king bed. A couch that folds down into a bed and if you get a dinette the will convert into a bed. They are ok for short term use but over 6 feet tall is going to be a problem.
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Opt for larger rather than small. Extra room is never an issue.

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There are just 3 of us now, and my last "child" is now 18, and if a friend is along she sleeps in a tent. As a result it is usually just my wife and I in the trailer.
We just gave up a nice 21' Globetrotter in favor of a 25' six sleeper. I have no plans on going back to anything shorter.
The difference in towing is negligable and the extra room is great. I highly recommend buying larger, rather than smaller. Within reason.
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25' is a big as my hubby wants to go. Does your Safari really sleep six? I've drooled over that floor plan...the nearest Airstream dealer is an hour away....RATS
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Looks like you all lean towards bigger....good to know. I appreciate everyone's posting!
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:15 AM   #10
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You'll also appreciate the extra room of a larger trailer in the event that you're stuck inside due to inclement weather or the like. It's nice that your twin boys still want to have time with Mom and Dad.
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When we were younger my sisters and I traveled with our parents [5 of us] in a 28' trailer; my Dad and I are both over 6' and 200#. I happily slept on the floor with an air mattress, my sisters on a fold-out couch and my parents on the twin beds. Trips of up to three/four weeks. Seemed fine to this 17-yr old. What mattered was that there was no lack of space outside (although rainy, cold days [think Leadville, CO] could be a little cramped).

One needs something besides video/internet/tv to allow privacy for others, as I see it. There is always a book or three on the vacation area that allows one to learn of the differences between here and home.

I have a '34 now and would have preferred a 28', but we bought the best one available at the time. A much bigger choice of new and used Airstreams ought to set you well.
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:04 AM   #12
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When we were younger my sisters and I traveled with our parents [5 of us] in a 28' trailer; my Dad and I are both over 6' and 200#. I happily slept on the floor with an air mattress, my sisters on a fold-out couch and my parents on the twin beds. Trips of up to three/four weeks. Seemed fine to this 17-yr old. What mattered was that there was no lack of space outside (although rainy, cold days [think Leadville, CO] could be a little cramped).

One needs something besides video/internet/tv to allow privacy for others, as I see it. There is always a book or three on the vacation area that allows one to learn of the differences between here and home.

I have a '34 now and would have preferred a 28', but we bought the best one available at the time. A much bigger choice of new and used Airstreams ought to set you well.
Thanks for your post! Now we'll have to check out the floor space Never really thought about that. I'm leaning towards something around 25'. We've camped with the boys since they were nine. We have always had a no video games rule once we reach our destination.

It is heart warming that some of their best memories of being young (LOL like 17 is old!) are of the camping trips we've taken rain or shine.
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To understand basic sizes it'll pay to see some Airstreams at a dealer. The mention of the six-sleeper raises this point most of all. It will sleep six only if you have four very small children who will never grow. It involves collapsing the dinette table and another bed being made up on the couch -- each of which will only hold one adult. So it might get you close to your intended plan -- 3 full-sized guys. The caution about six-sleepers is the corner master bed -- the wall side of the bed should be occupied by a fairly short person only.

If you're going to go newer I'd suggest don't overlook the 25' FB models. Mom & dad sleep up front. Collapse the dinette for one person. The couch pulls out into the aisle space a bit; relocate the backrest cushion and you have space for the second of your twins. All that without having to deal with the corner double bed. But you'd need to answer the question of suitability about the corner bed by seeing one first.

Your sons will be occasional camping partners only if they're anything like my son & daughter. Will they even be camping with you in 3-4 years? I'd go with the Airstream that suits you & your husband first. Just an opinion...

Getting set up in a vintage could take a lot of restoration work (18-24 months?) before you even get camping with it. Be fully aware of potential restoration issues before taking this on if your DH is lukewarm in the first place. That can be a mighty long haul.

Check out a dealer who keeps Airstreams in stock. Visit a Forums rally. Try a corner bed to see if it works for you (usually only in 25' six-sleeper and 19' Bambi). Check out the Classifieds here -- people buy and then trade up or leave RVing entirely -- follow them for a while and you'll see quite a few 2-3 year old Airstreams.
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