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Old 12-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #29
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I second visiting Canopener in January! We will be there too with our 34'. it is always neat to see all the different options/floor plans/ modifications/ vintages/ etc. all in one place. a fantastic opportunity for researching rigs! I believe there are cabins for rent at Topsail as well.... just stay for the rally!
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I "third" visiting the Canopener! We visited the "open house" last year and confirmed that the 25' 2007 Safari that we had just put a deposit on was the perfect match for us so we drove the distance to St. Louis, Mo. to pick it up. This year we will be there with it in tow! Hope to see you!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:57 AM   #31
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"Canopener"....that is catchy

Well, I would absolutely love to make it down there! However, my wife is pregnant and due 1/19/12 so that is just way too close to the due date - got to be on the ready for that little one!

I take it this is an annual rally? If it is a similar time next year that will be perfect as well because at that point I will be just about ready to possibly buy.

Keep me posted though you all! And thanks for all the advice!

I am really curious to get some of these and figure out what length I think will suit me....I have all sorts of fleeting and competing ideas in my head - pros and cons swirling about length...I figure getting in some of these ans seeing them first hand will narrow my focus.
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would love to see one of those 34' - jeez!!! I am going to troll through the forums here at some point and read more about length considerations.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:13 AM   #33
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would love to see one of those 34' - jeez!!! I am going to troll through the forums here at some point and read more about length considerations.
I love my '34! I have two little girls and the floor plan works really well for us. There is a bedroom in the back separated by a long hallway (sliding dividers at either end). It works great when the girls go to bed early! we can still use the living room/ kitchen area.

We opted to go vintage with an '82 model and renovate. The trick is to find one in good shape to begin with and the renovations can be minor in lieu of the "full monte". There are some great deals on the larger rigs.

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Greetings PharmGeek!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Airstreaming!

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would love to see one of those 34' - jeez!!! I am going to troll through the forums here at some point and read more about length considerations.
Another source of first-hand information about Airstreaming is a Rally held by a nearby Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. I just checked the WBCCI.org website and it doesn't appear that the Alabama Unit has a functional website at the present. You can find contact information for the Alabama Unit at this link. Upcoming Rallys and events in WBCCI Region 6 (includes Alabama) can be found at this link.

Another possibility of becoming acquainted with members of a nearby WBCCI unit is the possibility of getting information about Airstreams being sold by members who are retiring from traveling or upgrading to another coach. Members who are retiring from traveling often place great importance on selling their prized Airstream to someone who will keep it active in WBCCI activities and will offer very attractive pricing to such an individual. I acquired my Minuet from its orginal owner who was a long-time WBCCI member and was upgrading to a larger coach for longer-term travel.

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Old 12-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #35
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Wow, that is a great AS there cLewis - so very spacious!!

How heavy is it in total? If I go the AS route, im fairly certain it will be 25' plus and would likely simply pull the trigger on a 2/3 ton truck of some sort with the proper trimmings so as to allow my wife to comfortably drive it on the highway on trips..but also perhaps? to pull my 16.5ft bass boat behind it to a given lake for a weekend trip (can you do that..pull such a boad (1200 lbs ish) behind say a 25 or 27 footer...or a 34 footer lol? Is that legal...

Great, thanks overlander...I will keep my ear to the ground! I suspect for the next 4-6 months I will not have the opportunity with trying to sell and buy house, have a new baby, move, etc... - but before I take the plunge and make any decisions, I will certainly make an effort to go to a rally and just get a feel for alot of different models, sit in em, lay in em, etc...and of course glean info from owners...and I suppose I can go check out the ones at my local dealer..they have a few in sock it appears just so I can look at them.

On the issue of the 34 footer...I am very interested in all the considerations of having such a large one......hard to imagine me pulling that huge AS and manuvering it...seems quite intimidating...but then again so was pulling my 16.5 foot bass boat for the first time...perhaps I need to try something intermediate in length first before I jump to such a big un'

I did some digging on this forum about length - i will continue contemplate size, layout, model, etc...but I think it will be 25 or 27...one thing I am not clear on is what 29 will give you more? I found plenty of people on here who had 1 or two kids did fine with the 25 or 27....but I figure once I get into these and think more about it I can see if I would personally think bigger than this would be a good idea...I know it has negatives (parking, restrictions, weight, etc) - just like anything...give and take.

In a vague idea, I like the idea of being able to have my brother, his wife, and their son come along with us...they will unfortunately not be able to afford an AS...but I figure they could just use a pop up tent - I suppose in such a scenario...the bigger the better and we could all hang in the AS when we need/want to - but the more I think about that, the more I think that the AS should only be a space to entertain for a short stent of time? I read on here that these AS's are really only meant to sleep two adults...that seems obvious...I think.

Anyway, I am babbling now....

thanks you all.
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definately in reading, I like some of the positives of twin beds in case I want to go on a brother only or friend only trip...plus I am 6 foot 1...see more babbling and random contemplations...that is what this thread brings to the table...my slight nature towards hypomania
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Tandem towing (hitching one trailer to the back of another) is allowed in some states but it's a bad idea with an Airstream because of the structure of the trailer. TANSTAAFL... Airstreams are light for their size because of the construction method used, but that semi-monocoque structure doesn't lend itself to having a hitch on the back, or even a heavy rack on the bumper.
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Wow, that is a great AS there cLewis - so very spacious!!

How heavy is it in total? If I go the AS route, im fairly certain it will be 25' plus and would likely simply pull the trigger on a 2/3 ton truck of some sort with the proper trimmings so as to allow my wife to comfortably drive it on the highway on trips..but also perhaps? to pull my 16.5ft bass boat behind it to a given lake for a weekend trip (can you do that..pull such a boad (1200 lbs ish) behind say a 25 or 27 footer...or a 34 footer lol? Is that legal...

Great, thanks overlander...I will keep my ear to the ground! I suspect for the next 4-6 months I will not have the opportunity with trying to sell and buy house, have a new baby, move, etc... - but before I take the plunge and make any decisions, I will certainly make an effort to go to a rally and just get a feel for alot of different models, sit in em, lay in em, etc...and of course glean info from owners...and I suppose I can go check out the ones at my local dealer..they have a few in sock it appears just so I can look at them.

On the issue of the 34 footer...I am very interested in all the considerations of having such a large one......hard to imagine me pulling that huge AS and manuvering it...seems quite intimidating...but then again so was pulling my 16.5 foot bass boat for the first time...perhaps I need to try something intermediate in length first before I jump to such a big un'

I did some digging on this forum about length - i will continue contemplate size, layout, model, etc...but I think it will be 25 or 27...one thing I am not clear on is what 29 will give you more? I found plenty of people on here who had 1 or two kids did fine with the 25 or 27....but I figure once I get into these and think more about it I can see if I would personally think bigger than this would be a good idea...I know it has negatives (parking, restrictions, weight, etc) - just like anything...give and take.

In a vague idea, I like the idea of being able to have my brother, his wife, and their son come along with us...they will unfortunately not be able to afford an AS...but I figure they could just use a pop up tent - I suppose in such a scenario...the bigger the better and we could all hang in the AS when we need/want to - but the more I think about that, the more I think that the AS should only be a space to entertain for a short stent of time? I read on here that these AS's are really only meant to sleep two adults...that seems obvious...I think.

Anyway, I am babbling now....

thanks you all.
The GVWR on mi 34' is 8,900lbs. Whew!
It tows very very well. I would imagine the triple axles have a lot to do with it. Once you get used to it the length is not an issue backing or pulling. Its all about what your needs are and what works best for you!
The newer models are "widebody" layouts; you wouldn't thing that 6" in width would make a difference, but it does.
In regards to the twin beds, it has given us a lot of versatility in sleeping arrangements when we have friends/parents come along. I also have two couches and a dinette that converts to a bed. I have never used all of these at once, but the room is there.
The 27FB models seem to be popular and offer great floor plans.
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yeah, I figured tandem towing would be a no no - well, thats ok cause if a fishing buddy goes along they can pull my boat or theirs and I pull the trailer

yeah, the 27 looks nice...25 def doable it would seem too...im wondering if the 25 vs. 27 is in any way subjectively different inside just for relaxing...otherwise it would be a difference in storage largely in reading another post on here "25 vs 27 death match"....seems like pretty marginal differences in these models....but I will be looking at them obviously myself.

best TV for a 27FB with a family of 4? I figure something in the ballpark of a crew cab 4wD like a 2500HD....I am wondering how much I am going to need/want to spend on a TV...I looked at online just a new 2500HD with the towing package etc with it and it was like 33K...in july 2013 my VW wagon diesel payment (514 per month, had it on a 4 year term) will be done....so ill have a good budget for a TV I think in 2014 that is perhaps a separate budgeted item...but im hoping to find a mildly used one for a decent price (of course that is IF I decide to buy an AS)...
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I really should not even look for one lol...

and you were right about good prices on big ones....dang..I like spacious inside...

good deals on the big ones...I am noticing they frequent craigs list more than 25-28 foot models...

I am thinking for a while I would probably not want a big one with the smaller kids - for quick weekend outings...but it is tempting for trips down to the gulf...would be great for week long beach trips -
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Yep, thats it! Go pick it up!
Once you get used to it, the length is not a big deal. Most of the weight sits over the triple axles, it makes the tongue weight deceivingly lighter than you would expect.

That one looks nice!aybe i can convimce the wife that we need another one.....
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