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Old 01-11-2017, 03:14 PM   #29
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I only saw the interior of two RVs in my life: a Jayco which I almost buy but somehow the cabinetry and finishing turned me off, so I took time to think. Next day I saw (for the first time) an AS FC27FB and in 20 minutes I bought it. I think that for some of us, it is a question of 'love', we can't resist the quality, attention to detail, finishing, etc. of Airstream and we 'need to have it'. I don't regret it for a sec, love it more each day. Going strictly by reason, probably a Dutchman or any of the others I saw last week at the Denver RV show will make more sense and save us a lot of money. Some fifth wheelers/toy haulers are true homes on wheels, complete with Onan generator, kitchen with an island, fridge and freezer side by side, fireplace, lots of room. Cheaper than AS by the way. Still, I would not trade my AS for any of them. Ultimately, how you 'feel' being in one is what decided for us. With a large family... nope. I would not feel good inside any AS with 5 people, would be to many for comfort and not enough space for stuff.
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Old 01-11-2017, 03:41 PM   #30
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Your children will cherish the family time, the trip memories and the adventures!!!! The box they sleep in is just stuff. Keep your attitude positive, keep scrapbooks and or a family blog, carry a few books about birds, fish and wildlife so you can identify stuff... that insane chicken looking thing WAS a roadrunner! And renember the picture of you with a bee sting on your nose will eventually BE funny.

You've already decided to make the best investment you'll ever make. Happy memories.

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Old 01-11-2017, 06:03 PM   #31
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30 years ago we started out with a used Airstream Argosy. There was only the 2 of us, the Argosy was a 20' single axle that we pulled with a Volvo 4 cyl and 4 speed man trans. We loved it! 28 years later we got another Argosy, a 22' and went 8,000 miles with a grand daughter and 2 cats and 1 dog. We sold the Argosy within months, way too small and inconvenient for that many travelers. We now have a 25' Northwoods NASH, a "white box" if you would. It is much more suited to long trips. I don't know your financial situation, but if you can afford a 25' to 30" AS, you will love it, but for 1/3 the money you can love a well equipped "white box" . An AS may still be in your future, but for now get the "white box".
Remember it is what you put into the trailer that is important not the nameplate on the outside. Spend the extra $$$ on making your trip a time when time is divided into "before the trip ... and after the trip" when you look back on this magnificent event.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:24 PM   #32
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:33 PM   #33
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Hete is a different perspective. I can not for the life of me understand why anyone would want to flush the cost of a Jayco down the tubes. Why not treat yourself to the best and the trailer that will be worth something at the end of your trip. I speak from experience.....in a year your Jayco will be trash.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:35 PM   #34
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If it's just to be adventurous and enjoy the countryside, invest in a nice tent, sleeping gear, maybe a nice solar cooker, etc... And have a BLAST! If you plan to travel more or full time when the kids leave the nest, I'd go airstream! I've been full timing since the beginning of July with no previous experience of camping really except a few weekends with parents and grandparents as a child. I loved it then and just as much now! But as a small child I was hooked on airstream, and as I got older, I became a huge fan of tiny homes and trying to make as small of a negative imprint on the environment as possible. Today I wouldn't trade my tiny home (2008 safari 17') for any other TT MH etc... made, including another airstream. I've grown very fond and it's perfect for my needs. Theyre are other ways to add space such as the screened in canvas rooms too. Nothing against any other style, it's just self awareness. Go with the gut!!! God bless and safe travels!!!
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:56 AM   #35
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Think of it as you would evaluating a car. family of 5, friends ride along you need space for 6-7 in the car. So you get a car that fits the need and the all important budget. Later in life maybe requirements change and you think more upscale, higher quality, fewer seats (beds in the case of the RV). Even now with so many Airstreams being sold each year we are often the only AS in the park surrounded by all brand, model, type, and age of RV and, for the most part, very happy people having a great time. It's not about the brand of the trailer it's about getting out and having some fun. I am quite confident that there is no special air that they put in an AS that makes it different as a memory maker than any other brand. After a year you will have loads of fun memories and few to none of them will have anything to do with what kind of trailer you were using, I can speak from experience because we trailered as a family when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's and our AS was an enabler for us - it was the vehicle to financially allow us to travel for weeks on end with a family of 6.
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