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Old 04-03-2012, 12:35 AM   #15
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If salesmen are to be believed, 2 I talked to said the 16 I bought was the hottest seller and they couldn't keep them on the lot. So that's the answer, WHICHEVER ONE THEY ARE SELLING IS THE MOST POPULAR.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:46 AM   #16
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Does size matter.....?
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:46 AM   #17
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Hummmm, this is getting complicated. I too hope Airstream sees this and chimes in. When we were first looking the salesman steered us into several 2011 FB FC but they were on the lot for a while. All bets aside in our limited travels this trailer is perfect in so msny ways (space, towing) I don't care who wins the bet. We love our 25.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #18
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Does size matter.....?
Vinstream, there was a Donzi cigarette boat with two chev 454's on our bay this summer, and yougur=essed it . The boats name :Size Matters.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:05 AM   #19
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Of vintage trailers, I had always thought the smallest (14', 16', even 18') were the most sought after: cute factor, can be pulled by almost any vehicle, etc. But I really don't know, just commenting!

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I think this may also have to deal with availability. Since they were less desired at the time, less were produced, and even fewer have survived. Combined with the newfound American "sustainability" movement of less is more, these become high valued even if they are not the most desired for normal use. If I was full-timing I sure wouldn't go anywhere near <25 feet, but for a 3 to 10 day camping machine, my vintage "little" 18' is wonderful. Like you said, I really don't know, just commenting!

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Old 04-03-2012, 05:04 AM   #20
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One year ago - at the Airstream factory, was told 25 footer was most popular... :-)
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:20 AM   #21
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For all the talk about heavy Airstreams and gas mileage, we don't see much about the lighter trailers that were designed for a specific market segment—the Sport trailers. There are only a 16' and a 22' now. I wonder how much they are selling? The differences between the Sport 16' and the International 16' are big and when people say Bambi, we don't know which they are talking about.

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Old 04-03-2012, 09:48 AM   #22
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Hmmm
I think it is personal preference
We have had a 29', 30' and now a 28'...I love my 28'
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:52 AM   #23
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For all the talk about heavy Airstreams and gas mileage, we don't see much about the lighter trailers that were designed for a specific market segment—the Sport trailers. There are only a 16' and a 22' now. I wonder how much they are selling? The differences between the Sport 16' and the International 16' are big and when people say Bambi, we don't know which they are talking about.
The Sport 16' and the International 16' are a lot closer than they used to be; they're now on the same width body. Differences now are that the Sport lacks a rear pano window and uses aluminium tambour cabinet doors. I would never have bought a 17' Sport but the Sport 16' is a more desirable trailer.

I think the Sport got off to a bad start. To me, the early 22' and 17' Sports lacked the design flair of the rest of the product line - fuzzy walls, no pano front windows. Just because you want something small doesn't mean you want something "plain Jane."

I also don't see a lot of people with smaller tow vehicles picking these trailers (a Wrangler and Ridgeline are the exception.) Most of their owners here seem to tow with pickups anyway. I don't think Airstream is doing a good job at targeting smaller tow vehicle owners. (The vehicles are smaller, not the owners.)

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Old 04-03-2012, 01:39 PM   #24
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Tom, I looked up the specs on the 16' Sport and the 16' International. Maybe the specs are put of date; that wouldn't be the first time that happened. The difference was 800 lbs.

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Old 04-03-2012, 02:12 PM   #25
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Tom, I looked up the specs on the 16' Sport and the 16' International. Maybe the specs are put of date; that wouldn't be the first time that happened. The difference was 800 lbs.

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The base weight of the units is less than 400 lbs apart, it is the GVWR that is 800 lbs higher with the 16 International series. I believe this is due to a different axel a tires. There are many differences beyond these that differentiate the two models. If anyone is interested you'd better act soon as the International will be discontinued in the 16' size for 2013. I believe that the 19 International will be discontinued (all of the Bambi's in the International range???) too.
We got one of the six Serenity 16's produced in 2012.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:40 PM   #26
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Well, obviously Bambi's in the International version are not selling well.

The trend in RV's is gigantic is best, so I suppose that goes for Airstreams too. Maybe the 34's with slides will return.

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If salesmen are to be believed, 2 I talked to said the 16 I bought was the hottest seller and they couldn't keep them on the lot.
Let me guess...first time buyers...
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:26 PM   #28
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Let me guess...first time buyers...
Not all of us want large trailers. We really wanted the 16' International and understand the trade off's. My wife and I are just not the "Supersize" type....
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