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Old 01-02-2019, 05:12 AM   #1
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2nd smaller Airstream trailer craziness

I have a 25 foot flying cloud with twins that I/we enjoy. Most of our travel is on caravans. Lately I have been thinking about buying a 20ft Bambi thinking we might be motivated to do more airstreaming camping and of a different nature. I wonder if others have done something similar and what you have experienced in their travel habits?

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Old 01-02-2019, 06:58 AM   #2
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We did just that. We added a nice used 19' Bambi thinking we would take advantage of more spontanious weekend trips around home with the more nimble trailer, while it is easier to tow, find a site, turn around in our driveway space, less to clean, etc. etc. We have decided to let it go since we prefer having he larger space of the 25, and not having to maintain 2 trailers, insurance costs, money invested that sits, and the fact that where we live the camping availability is hardly spontanious requiring reservations months in advance to get a weekend site.
It was fun though.

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Old 01-02-2019, 07:31 AM   #3
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We call the 25' the small trailer.

I got a 30' Airstream first but wanted lesser size trailer for traveling, thus the 25'.
Then we wanted more space on longer stays during retirement, thus the 34'.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:25 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by A W Warn View Post
We call the 25' the small trailer.

I got a 30' Airstream first but wanted lesser size trailer for traveling, thus the 25'.
Then we wanted more space on longer stays during retirement, thus the 34'.
We have a 1966 26 and a 1981 31. Love the true vintage charm of the 66 but ready to pass it on to simplify our lives. We are expecting to do more long trips in the future and love the space and layout of the 31. Not really too many camping spots where we cannot fit it in. Beyond about 1 week the 26 just gets too small. We got spoiled with the larger trailer!
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:39 AM   #5
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I have a 71 19' I'm still renovating, but it is where I can use her now. I love it for ease of towing and choice of camp spots. In Texas, there are plenty of places to camp on the spare of the moment (and Oklahoma as well, unless it is a holiday and those book fast). But , I'm single. It might be a different story for 2 people.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:59 AM   #6
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We have a 2014 31' Classic and a 2015 23D International Serenity as our small trailer. We use a 2012 Ram 2500HDCummins to tow the Classic and my 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI v6 diesel to tow the 23D.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:59 AM   #7
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Have a Bambi FC20c and love it. It’s easy to tow and set up at campgrounds. Just make sure you like the size of the bed. Some people feel it’s too small.
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:31 PM   #8
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Absolutely understand. 25 years ago my parents bought 32 foot travel trailer to retire and travel in , but before they could finish their first snowbird trip to south Texas, my dad had purcased a smaller trailer to go camping in!
I have a 25 foot CCD International and have been looking at Basecamps, or those tiny SOBs , or those small Interstates for the same reason!
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:46 PM   #9
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Our first trailer was a 25’ because we were told we would be sorry if we went any smaller. After 3 years we had enough and traded down to a 19’ Bambi. We purchased the Used 2 year old Bambi and loved it. My wife’s only complaints were the lack of counter space and not having the bathroom sink actually located in the bathroom where it belongs. After 9 years we sold our 19’ Bambi for the exact price we paid for it and purchased a 2018 20’ Flying Cloud with a ton of counter space and a fully equipped bathroom. It’s a dream to tow behind our new 2018 F150 diesel with the new 10 speed transmission. It has all the room we need, has incredible torque and gets between 18 and 22 mpg towing and 28 mpg highway. If you think you would like to go with a smaller rig look into the Airstream Flying Cloud 20’FB; I think you’ll be well pleased!
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:47 PM   #10
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Thumbs up 2nd smaller Airstream trailer craziness

I started out with my 1964 Overlander in 1995, and thoroughly enjoyed traveling in it -- but found myself wishing for a more maneuverable trailer for weekend and shorter trips. Purchased my 1978 Argosy Minuet in 2009 and have enjoyed many weekend and longer trips that I would have been less likely to take had it meant taking the Overlander. For two, three, four week and longer excursions, it is definitely the Overlander.

While my Cadillac Eldorado is capable of towing either trailer, the Minuet is a much better match and it was with this combination that I traveled to the 2008 WBCCI International Rally in Wyoming. Traveling alone means that I rarely feel cramped in either trailer, but the Overlander certainly has more comfortable sleeping accommodations.

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Old 01-02-2019, 12:52 PM   #11
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Our retirement plan, we trade our 30' motorhome in on our "winter home", a 40' diesel pusher. But we still like camping, so we got a Nest. Just the right size so we're covered wherever we want to go. Our new Ranger will tow the Nest, and be our Toad behind the Winnebago.
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Old 01-02-2019, 02:25 PM   #12
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Currently re-building and doing some mods to an older '77 Argosy Minute 6 meter that we will use for some shorter trips rather than taking our 2016 25' FC. I'm slanting this resto toward more short-term boon-docker use as a support base for our photography excursions. So, yes, a second smaller one slanted to a special purpose use makes great sense for us.
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:45 PM   #13
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We have an Airstream 25FB and a Nu-Camp T@B for the same reasons you've noted. Haven't made the final decision yet on keeping both.
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Room is worth it

Prefer our 27-foot International. Like a bit of room and dog approves as well. We don't let our dog sleep on our bed (gross), so room for the wolf pup is key.

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