Originally Posted by MissDaisy
thank you all for this post. I have been reading these forums as a "guest" for a long time, finally became a member several weeks ago. I have been "Houseless" for the better part of a year and think I have found my perfect AS...a 27FB with twin beds. I have two small dogs and a "home" based business. There is a precious lack of twin bed models out there, but I believe I have found a 2009 Flying Cloud. They want about $56K for the thing. I have also found a 2008 Safari SE, queen but it's only $48K. I have lot's of friends, kids and guests and the twin bed option would work far better for me as a single person whose only snugglers are my 4-legged companions. Any opinions? Am I getting rooked? I expect to be houseless for at least another 2 years, maybe longer. The twin bed models sound like they have lots of extra storage space, and yes, I do need room for my work stuff. Any opinions? Am I getting rooked? Thank you thank you!
Hi, I started fulltiming over 4 years ago now. I got my 25 FB before the 27's were on the market. If a tree falls on my 25, I'll replace it with a 27 - so I applaud your taste. As far as guests go, the side couch pulls out into a single, and the dinette folds down to a sort of narrow double... so you'll have plenty of room for a guest or two. Frankly when I have more than that I'll rent them a cabin or hotel. Sleeping space isn't the issue. Something no one wants to say about trailer living is that you CAN hear someone burp or fart from one end of the trailer to the other. (If you're ever dumb enough to cook fish inside your trailer, you'll catch wiffs of it for weeks.) Visual privacy can be achieved, the rest? Your guests might find your dog's farts reason to sleep outside under the awning in a tent...
The twins in any Airstream are Trailer Twins - much narrower than a standard house twin. Before you buy, you owe it to yourself to see and sit and lie down on a lot of different models. You may find out that things you thought you could live with - not really as easily as you expected.
Find a forums rally and attend, Falluminum in Georgia, etc. Most people will be more than glad to show you around their rigs and tell you the benefits and demerits of their particular layouts. Look at the rallies at the bottom of the portal page.
There are a lot of advantages to twins though - especially better access to everything you want to store under the beds. You could even eliminate one of the twins and set up a desk, drafting table, computer station, sewing machine stand, etc. Of course you could also leave the twin frame in, and flip the mattress over to the other twin, and make "flex" use of the other side.
Are you getting rooked? Well the one with the queen is a year older, so that's part of the difference. On RV's generally "List Price" is paid only by very naive people. If you don't get at least 15% (and in this economy 20% off) you just aren't working the deal hard enough. I like being nice, I believe both sides of a deal should win, but I want the other side to win just a tiny bit less than I do. Once you decide what model(s) you want, decide what the most is that you'll be willing to pay and don't go above that. If the dealer doesn't have your requested model in stock, believe me, he can e-mail every other dealer in a 500 mile radius and find it - or you can even order one from the factory though that will take a 4-8 week buildout date and you'll get less of a discount than one that he's already bought "on spec".
If you've got the tow vehicle, you can buy from BATES, from Colonial, or from any other Airstream dealer of your choice. You're in South Carolina - I think the nearest MAJOR Airstream dealer is probably Bates in Florida. I'd make a trip to visit them if you're interested in a new Airstream.
IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW - I would seriously consider "Gently Used". In this economy people are selling their toys. Health problems also happen that make good people give up their Airstreams. Used 27 FB's seem to be very hard to come by - but keep looking. Check your local craigslist, etc.
(There's actually a 28 CCD for sale at Colonial that is literally super loaded - www.colonialairstream.com
and go to used inventory. Someone added solar, a high end dome antenna and synthetic leather upholstery. Of course the upholstery is gray - and it has all of the charm of an aircraft carrier - but in spite of that I find myself strangely attracted. I keep thinking "If I got several jewel toned throw pillows for the couch and a zebra rug for the floor and used bright fiesta ware on the table I bet I could make that look attractive"