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Old 06-19-2014, 11:45 PM   #43
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One thing to think about is whether your dogs can sleep in your vehicle. We have just the one dog (a shepherd-red heeler mix) and she usually sleeps under the bed, no problem. But she'd probably be OK in the truck, too.

If you haven't bought the Forerunner yet, are you really committed to it? If you go for a smaller AS (and even if you don't) a light 4wd truck with a cap (topper, canopy) on the back is really handy for hauling all kinds of camping gear. Generator, gas can, canoe paddles, life jacket, portaging wheels, portable waste tank, jerry cans of water for desert boondocking, plastic storage barrel for canoe, day packs, off-season clothing for long north-south trips, &c have all found a place in the back of our truck, with room to spare.

Somewhere I believe there is a thread by someone who nearly had an accident towing with a Forerunner, where some others suggested that its shorter wheel base might have been a problem.

In terms of layout, think also about the kind of camping experience you wish to have. If your idea is beautiful natural settings like national parks, most of the sites are back-in. The best view is often out the back window. The front window may simply be the view of the back of your tow vehicle. I can see that having the kitchen and bathroom in the rear might be an efficient use of space, but we like the back window unobstructed.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:54 PM   #44
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Amazing how much camping kitty is like our Paris. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-20-2014, 01:12 PM   #45
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I think Aurora's white blaze is a little bigger...
Hey! Why is my cat in your trailer?
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:45 PM   #46
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Do solar panels have to get installed only at the Airstream factory to be covered by warranty? Dealers are offering solar panels installed by them and claim they are larger than the factory installed.... Love the photos of all your pets!!!!!
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:48 PM   #47
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They have to be installed at the factory to be covered under warranty bu Airstream.
I'm sure the aftermarket ones have their own warranty.
The aftermarket ones give you more for less or more bang for the buck.
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:48 PM   #48
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Bu = buy...
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:24 AM   #49
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We jumped in, bought a 30ft, started to figure details as we went--TV, storage, tow experience etc, just trusted that we would do the right thing--practice in a school yard backing up, I used large plastic garbage cans as a guide and practiced with signals from my wife. Lot's of You-tube stuff on backing--my biggest test was backing up a long 270ft driveway--and no one died. Pull the trigger, and get out there--all are good.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:04 AM   #50
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:20 AM   #51
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The best advice I read and took to heart was to go one size bigger with the travel trailer. The 23 footer would have done the job but the price increase to a 25 was somewhat minimal so I went with the 25. No regrets. As you become more comfortable with towing and camping a few more feet is always nice to have. Also you get a nice increase in tankage with going bigger.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:36 AM   #52
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I say get the longest one they make-
If they still made the 34...
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:59 AM   #53
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We have the same profile as you: a couple, 2 dogs. Pulled a 17' Casita with a 4Runner for 5 years. Very cramped. Would not recommend. Moved up to a 25' Eddie Bauer AS pulled with a Chevy 2500 Suburban. Just enough room and it is very easy to drive and maneuver. We just rent a warehouse unit for storage. No problems. You don't need to rent, this is a perfect trailer/tow vehicle combo. You will never need to upgrade/downgrade. It's just right.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:28 PM   #54
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I just jumped back in to read where you are and the comments. So you are getting bigger truck and a 34'!

You will find so many considerations from the forum. That will get you thinking for sure. The 25' is, or at least was the biggest seller. It is the smallest wide body and the largest of the smaller trailers. I would say to study the sizes that fit your current TV, study the difference between the 23 and 25 and go from there. If you go bigger, consider how the 25,27 and 28 are so much alike. (I just learned that one with my trusty measure tape an a few hours at the dealer). The larger ones- the 30-34 are just amazing too. You can take long walks in them I hear!
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awh gosh, look what I found Safari owners and, used shoppers.

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Old 06-24-2014, 08:31 AM   #56
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When we decided to change to the Classic trim line from our 2013 25FB International Serenity, we ordered the 27FB model. After a few weeks of continuous discussion, we decided that the time to move to the 31' Classic was now when the incremental cost for the decision was the difference in list prices ($3,012) versus the huge financial hit if we bought the 27FB and then traded for the 31 later.

So doing the research on the model(s) you want, make a spreadsheet with the models under consideration and the incremental costs of each model as they get longer. Ask the dealer for the list price sheet, there is one for each trim line that is used as the order form.
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