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Old 08-03-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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Family of five to hit the road?

My wife and I are considering pulling the boat from the water and doing some dry-land touring over the next few years with our family of five. We live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Our children are 5, 3 and 1. We're trying to better understand what size/layout Airstream makes sense for our family (and if this makes sense at all within our parameters).

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- Our towing vehicle is a '13 Chevy Suburban 1/2 ton 4WD. The hitch is rated for 1,000lb tongue/10,000lb trailer; the truck is rated for 600lb tongue/5,000lb trailer. Does anyone have a similar configuration, and if so, what's reality? I really don't want to have to buy a new tow vehicle but of course safety is critically important.

- Size/configuration: I'm considering a Flying Cloud 23D which looks like it sleeps 5 and has a dry weight of 4,700lb. Does it really sleep five? How much weight should I expect to add in cargo? My wife and I are both 6ft tall - will the bed be comfortable/the right size. Our kids can probably tuck away easily in other parts of the Airstream. Are we fooling ourselves by thinking this size trailer would work for us?

Any suggestions/comments/questions? I'm just getting my feet wet on researching this.
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What ever you do - don't get a corner bed model!

Bed is small and hard to make, I bet even more so with a bunk on top of it
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Are you planning full-time use, traveling? Do you have large pets? Will you be working in or from the Airstream?

The 23D would work for weekend, vacations but it's tight and has limited storage tanks. Think at least 25, wider and longer, more storage. For full-time all Airstreams are too tiny for a family of five over time.
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Probably long weekend/week trips. Can't imagine we'd do more than that.

Our kids are little now so I think we'd probably enjoy this for a few years... And then it probably wouldn't make a lot of sense anymore.

We have a dog but he would stay home.
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I do plan to work from it. I'm a software developer and am pretty flexible. A laptop and LTE connection is about all I need.
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A 25 or 27 matches well with a 1/2 ton vehicle if you load both lightly, and is quite usable as you describe, and maybe for a lot more than a few years. We use a 25 with a 1/2 ton pickup 6-7 months a year on the road and it works very well for the two of us. A Hensley/ProPride style hitch makes it behave and tow like a dream.
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I do plan to work from it. I'm a software developer and am pretty flexible. A laptop and LTE connection is about all I need.
That makes it much more difficult if you need any kind of quiet, space of your own.
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