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Old 01-15-2004, 04:20 PM   #1
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I'm de-lurking to ask a question...

I've been a fan of Airstream for years and have been reading all the information I can online about them. I even took someone's advice and went up to North Dallas RV and checked out as many Airstreams as I could. I've actually had dreams about them! I'm seriously considering selling my best horse to help finanace this dream. *sigh*

Even though I drive a Silverado HD, I'd like to stay in the 20-something foot range. I like the appeal of a vintage model, but made the mistake of checking out a 2002 Safari. I absolutely LOVE the floorplan of the Safari AB with one bed: http://www.airstream.com/product_lin...ari_plans.html
I'm also very fond of the SS floorplan. Most likely it'll be just me and my daughter in the trailer (unless my husband has a change of heart), so we don't need a ton of room.

My question is this...which model/year should I be looking for that could be easiest converted to fit one of the newer floorplans? Is this possible or should I just start saving money to get a newer Airstream?
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Old 01-15-2004, 04:34 PM   #2
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If I understand your post, the unit you have admired is a 25'. As the owner of an '85 25' Sovereign, I cannot say I blame you. It is a very successful compromise between the livablility of the larger coaches, with the ease of parking and towing of the smaller ones. After 2 years with ours, we have had no temptation to "trade up".

Oh, and the "AB" is a reference to the two different versions available - 25' A (twin beds), and 25' B (full size bed). You would not actually be able to know that from the website, however.

That same floor plan (rear bedroom, side bath) goes back to 1985. Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there was a 24' model from the 70's that in a few rare cases came with a side bath, rear bedroom. Tradewind maybe?

But to give you the answer you really want, sure, go ahead and buy the new Safari!

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Old 01-15-2004, 05:09 PM   #3
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Ooohhh... see, I haven't seen many of the 80s models. I didn't realize it wasn't a 'new' floorplan. I'll keep an eye out for those.

As much as I'd love to have a new Airstream, it'll probably be vintage before I can save up *that* much!
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Old 01-15-2004, 05:19 PM   #4
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Janie, I agree with you on the 25 foot range. Mine is a 24 footer which hold our family of 4 and a dog comfortably. When you get one I'd recommend you join our local Airstream group. Great folks. Drop me an email when you get rolling, I'd love to chat with you. Good luck.
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"I didn't realize it wasn't a 'new' floorplan."

I'm not going to say that Airstream is slow to introduce new floorplans, just that they are usually heralded by the coming of Haley's comet.

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Old 01-15-2004, 10:21 PM   #6
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thank you!!

Tin - I'll join as soon as I can! I can't wait to attend the rally in Canton in March!!

Mark - thanks for pointing me in the right direction! I took a peek at your photos. That floorplan will do just fine and I'm sure an older model will be easier on the pocketbook.
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Old 01-15-2004, 10:30 PM   #7
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Greetings Janie!

Welcome to the Forums!

In reading the posts in this thread, I began thinking about one of the options in the Argosy line that might be a floorplan of interest. It was only offered in the 1977 model year according to my literature, but it was a very accommodating floorplan for a 24' coach - - it is referred to in the below illustration as a 24' Rear Door Model:



Good luck with your investigation!

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The SS is just about a mirror image of the 50's Caravanner.
http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...aravanner.html
Big difference is the Caravanner was a 22ft so it doesn't have a seperate dinnette. It has a table for the couch. and seats 5 there.

The Caravanner has a MUCH larger wardrobe as well.

I looked at http://www.vintageairstream.com/archives/index.html to try and find you a mid bath vintage. Most coahes in the lengths your interested had rear Bath. Rear bath allowd Airstream to make a Bath that worked on several models and lengths. The rest was open space to build in what ever floor plan you wanted.

http://www.vintageairstream.com is a GREAT site to see what Airstream has built and pick up Airstream restoration info.
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