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Old 09-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #57
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Of course, I could buy a 25' or so and then buy a "pod" for him when he becomes a teen. Those are around $9,000 new and it could be his birthday or something.
A lot less than 30,000 more right now, I suppose
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:05 PM   #58
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Sometimes losing a deal is part of the process. I ended up with a better deal on a factory order than the one I had been negotiating on a 2-year old used trailer.

Bunkhouse... Bottom line, I can't see why you would want a bunkhouse for three people. If you are new to RVing it might make sense for you to rent a trailer or motorhome for a trip or two before making a large financial commitment

Ease of towing... There's not really any difference in driver skill required between a short trailer and a long trailer. There are differences in the tow vehicle you will require, but you're better off getting the Airstream you want since they last 20 years and will see many tow vehicles. If you don't have a tow vehicle suitable for the Airstream you want, then trade cars

Any boat or RV will after several years seem to its owner to be ever so slightly too small... There are times when I wish I had a 34' instead of a 30' -- but -- the 30' is still overall an extremely workable choice for us and is more convenient to park ... choices choices
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:47 PM   #59
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Jammer - you are in a 30' - how many travel with you?
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #60
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[QUOTE=" I can't see why you would want a bunkhouse for three people.[/QUOTE]

This generation of kids are electronic savvy. They have movies to watch and re-watch, video games, legos, all manner of gadgets and toys. Throw in some stuffed animals, books, clothes, board games, etc. and the idea of a bunkhouse with dedicated kid space becomes appealing. One child likely has more "stuff" in this regard as he/she has no sibling to play with. Hikes, card games, crafts and such only gets you so far after a week of rain in a 27'.

The seating in a bunkhouse looks to be better for entertaining as well,
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #61
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This generation of kids are electronic savvy. They have movies to watch and re-watch, video games, legos, all manner of gadgets and toys.
I guess there's different ways to skin that cat, but when we're camping there's a fire, there's smores, there's boating, there's swimming in the lake, there's fishing and reading stories.

What there isn't is TV and iPad and video games. We leave all that in the city. By the end of the day our three year old is so pooped, he wouldn't be able to watch a movie if we paid him.

Rain days see games and books. If there's too much rain for too long, we change location or just hitch up and drive home.

Personally, with no offence intended to those who like them (sorry Pharm), I find the bunkhouse models cramped and dark. One thing I love about Airstreams is the feeling of openness and the huge windows. In a bunkhouse, all that disappears.
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Bunkhouse owners all seem to love them - the loss of the panoramic windows noted though - it's a trade off

I think calling it "overkill" however is out of place as plenty of couples use 30' sofa models and no kids

The bunkhouse has appeal for reasons stated

There is appeal for having smaller for other reasons - all compromises

I like yours andreas though - although I'd like to see more pics
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:41 PM   #63
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all compromises
That's the truth right there.

Will post some more pics when I've taken some decent ones. This summer/early fall has been ridiculously busy at work, so we didn't get out as much as we would have liked to.

You're right about the "overkill" comment. Even if it were just my wife and I, we'd probably still keep the 34'. The dinette is comfortable for eating, the galley is usable, the sofa is comfortable.
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Man, we LOVE our bunkhouse. Granted, it's a custom one, but we were adamant that all the windows be fully operational despite the bunks, and they are. With our center bunks hinged up and stowed, even the bunk room is airy and bright. I do those those airstream windows. I do wish we had done vista views, though. That might be my only complaint about our trailer. I think the new bunkhouse has them!
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:59 AM   #65
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We are a family of four plus dog (Mid sized Weim 56lbs). Presently we camp in a 1997 34' which is very spacious for us. Rear twins for my wife and I, dinette for our 13 year old daughter and front couch for our 15 year old son. Dog sleeps in her kennel in the trailer as well. We will eventually redo the front couch into a larger "L" of "J" shape to add more seating and sleeping space as the kids friends tend to be big at this point. All that said, I am also in the process of redoing a 1970 27' mid twin. The mid twin will easily allow for bunks above to sleep four and a remodel of the front couch to the "J" shape will sleep six.

Part of the $ debate is the firm belief that an Airstream will last far longer than an SOB and hold its value better as well. Someone earlier mentioned most SOB owners only keep them for an average of 4 years. This is largely due to the construction. They are simply harder to maintain over time. An Airstream properly cared for will last a lifetime and beyond. If viewed over that longer perspective, and Airstream is actually more cost effective to own.

Since you are back at square one, I encourage you to take your time looking and get the length and layout of Airstream you want, then look forward to many years of ownership.

There is a large list of Airstreams for sale here in the forums classified section. I noted one is a 2006 Bunkhouse. Many are in the 25'-29' range as well.
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:18 AM   #66
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I really like the "J" setup idea. I was all ready to go there, but then moving the existing gaucho forward was the quicker way to finish this year's project.
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I had a pretty much identicle thread with fairly similar responses from folks...but work reading through...only 4 pages...not too much

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516...-106222-2.html

silver27 shared in that thread an interesting personal experience: that they used to have a 27FB...they mised the pano windows and couch, but the bunkhouse was loved...and they shared wonderful pics
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then just to confuse you more with how everything works and opinions vary - see post#25
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I have a 25 & my ten year old sleeps on the pull out front couch. He can bring two friends and all 3 can sleep there. My five year old sleeps on the dinette and she also brings a friend. We put n a movie and they are all content while we close off the bedroom and have our own tv and space.
As far as breaking down and setting up beds it takes literally 2 minutes. Congrats on the 30 Bunkhouse. See you out there on the road. You'll have no regrets. Check out Mali mish blog on Airstreaming full time with kids their inspiring. "

hahaha - opinions vary - totally expected though given all the choices and factors.

I think the loss of pano windows with the BH is a negative, but the windows in the new BH units are many in the center of the trailer creating still a very bright feel overall....the bunk house itself can be a tad on the cave-ish side, but still has two windows so not at all that bad...still not panos though so yeah
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #68
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We bought an Airstream today! '
I woke up and told my husband, it is a good day to buy an Airstream.
I have aluminum fever!
It is NOT the bunkhouse. I could not get them to come off the price at all for the used one and I think it is overpriced because it is the dealer's personal rv.
We decided that since we have NEVER had a RV before that a 25' is a nice place to start. Oh, and btw, did I tell you we have NEVER RV camped before either !

We are excited and nervous about towing.
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congratulations!

My husband basically did the same thing....one night he just started talking about wanting to have an AS. I was like...WHY?? What in the world are we going to do with a camper? I HATE camping.

Well long story short, we bought a 30' Avion. Had it for 2 and a half years. Used it at least once a month and several times in the summer. Finally moved up to the 34' Airstream that he wanted. We have used it tons and haven't had it a year. Took the ultimate trip to Yellowstone this summer. It was great. We went off for Labor Day weekend and we are already planning for Columbus Day weekend. Moral of the story....should have gotten an AS years ago......because I LOVE camping now!!!!
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I've read this now a couple of times and call me dense, but: WHY?

What do you do with a golf cart when travelling? Serious question, I have no idea.

We like to camp at some places that have four wheeler/golf cart trails. We have also gone to some state parks in Fl. that have beaches (Anastasia) that are a haul from the campsite. Trying to ride a bike while hauling towels, rafts, coolers is not fun. Unhooking the TV is a pain just to ride to the beach. That's why we like to take the GC.

But the BEST reason is because Meg, our Golden, LOVES to go for a ride in the golf cart!!!!
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