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Old 04-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #43
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Just did the Factory tour and heard it from the horses mouth.....25' is the most popular seller.

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Old 04-04-2012, 10:41 AM   #44
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Just curiosity I guess. Didn't mean to open up a whole defensive can of worms. I was interested statistically.
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No prob, no offense taken or meant. Just pointing out that even tho I may be a first time buyer, I didn't "mistakenly" purchase too small. I have no regrets. It fits my needs perfectly. As others have pointed out, there are all kinds of reasons for choosing different sizes and layouts. But we all have one thing in common, I think....We love aluminum.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:50 AM   #45
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Actually I like all of the interest and opinions a seemingly simple question provokes on this forum. It's why I keep coming back.
This all started when me and my brother were sitting at the dinette one night playing cards and he said "man this thing is nice, I'm glad you didn't get the little one (Bambi) that Michele (my Wife) wanted. He then said, "which size is the most popular" I said, i dunno but I bet I can find out.
I decided to limit my question to more recent vintages so we wouldn't get into the whole vintage vs new most popular (which happened anyway).
I've been around boats my whole life. Lots of high end cruisers, ski boats, vintage wood, new fibreglass, sail and motor. So I've seen lots of owner loyalty, pride, satisfaction, dissatisfaction and a whole lot of rationalization, usually after a few about why their boat is best.
All of this is tied to human nature involving the choices we make. I've seen people defend good and bad choices......However
I have never seen the amount of discussion about brand specific size, models, trim levels etc that I have seen on this Forum. I'm hooked and proud to be a part of this. When we bought, it was an Airstream at my wifes insistence. I didn't care what or if we got one. I wanted a used 42 ft Ocean Alexander my neighbor was selling. So you can see how far I turned around.
We chose our 25 partly,mostly because we got an awesome deal. Like I mentioned my wife was in love with the cuteness of the 16ft Bambi but I've been cooped up in small cabins on fishing boats for days at a timesi and knew that would not work for me.
All in all I am enjoying our new purchase immensely and it is usually me who will have it loaded up for a long weekend.
This forum is great. I can sit down for hours and be entertained. The discussion is often spirited, opinionated and informative.
I can't wait to meet some of you on the road.
SO........What is the most popular trim level since 1980. BWA HA HA HA HA.
MODS, should I start a new thread for this one.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #46
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SO........What is the most popular trim level since 1980. BWA HA HA HA HA.
Yeh, I wonder about which is the most popular 25?

This can go one forever. That's cool.

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Old 04-04-2012, 11:04 AM   #47
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- in fact -- there is no disadvantage to a somewhat larger trailer than a 16'. One is not constricted by TV choice, for example. The single advantage of the smallest trailer is in parking it for storage. That the disadvantages outweigh the advantages below a certain size is easier lay out on a spreadsheet..
Not always true. Weight is also a disadvantage in larger. In fact, even the different weight models at the same size, which is why I bought the Sport 16 rather than an International 16. It is at my vehicles weight limit, with a little to spare if I pack light. [Also, it is not just parking for storage that is an advantage, its parking anywhere!]

Last January 4, Airstream President Bob Wheeler seemed to agree when he told a Forbes interviewer...

"The U.S. RV industry has to get serious about lightweight. Travel trailers in particular, and the tow vehicles people are buying. They’re going to have to follow the path that European RV industry has taken. I think the European RV industry is 15 years ahead of us here in the U.S., simply with the things they’ve done in areas like light-weighting." [emph. added]

I agree that 25' is probably a good compromise size for a lot of people. But there are still many who need/want to go to one extreme or the other for many valid reasons. Thus the 16s and the 30+s will continue to be sold.
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In a related question...what is the most popular color of Airstream? Hmmmm
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #49
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Just because I have one, Im going with the Flying Cloud. I Know they were not made for a long period so maybe we could have a Safari Flying Cloud category.
Any takers?
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BTW I'm watching the Today show while I'm writing this and Billy Ray Cyrus is on. I see he got rid of the spectacular Mullet he used to sport.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:02 PM   #50
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Just because I have one, Im going with the Flying Cloud. I Know they were not made for a long period so maybe we could have a Safari Flying Cloud category.
Any takers?
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BTW I'm watching the Today show while I'm writing this and Billy Ray Cyrus is on. I see he got rid of the spectacular Mullet he used to sport.
Throw Down!

The Safari 25 FB SE is the best of all because we have one. The FC is an imitation not worthy of the Safari name.

Today? Was Kathie Lee drunk yet?

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Old 04-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #51
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This may be off topic but I can't find it anywhere. Lets say since 1980, what has been the most popular length for a trailer.
I am saying the 25' and he is saying the 19'. We have a bottle Crown Royal riding on this (which I intend to enjoy)

So guys what is it? Are we both full of it. As you an see I am somewhat biased but I have heard the 25's called the biggest of the smalls and the smallest of the bigs.
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From what I have seen of prices, the smaller the AS the bigger the price. I think I want one of those 10 foot modifications. Just not sure what part of our 31' I would keep. Wouldn't be the rear bath, for sure. :-)
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In a related question...what is the most popular color of Airstream? Hmmmm
Silver

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Old 04-04-2012, 03:00 PM   #53
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Talking Throwdown ?????

Gene,please. The Flying Cloud was being built when the Safari was just a gleem in Airstreams eye and is being manufactured long after the Safari finally made It's last submissive bow. For whatever misguided reason production was ceased on the FC for a number of years but AS finally regained It's sense of honor and discontinued the Safari in favor of the ledgendary FC. And yes Kathy Lee did indeed look like she was feeling no pain as she was groping Billy Ray.
BTW there are now four exterior colors. Bright Grey, Bright Gray, Clearcoat Silver and Polished.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #54
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I would have liked to see Kathie Lee groping Billy Ray. Did he like it? When we are somewhere with no cable, sometimes I get to see KL and Hoda and realize that anyone can be a TV star.

My favorite color is dirty silver.

Is it true every Flying Cloud has a grow room for marijuana?

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Old 04-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #55
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Growing room option

Mine does.(Growing Option) It comes as a dealer installed option only in California, Oregon and Washington. It fits right next to the solar panels. And yes Billy Ray was delighted with all of the attention. I had to turn it off as I was eating breakfast and quickly losing my appitite. But seriously all of the input this forum gets is really great. I gotta get a good Wi-Fi system so I can stay connected when we are on the road. Or maybe not. I'm enjoying this Trailer much more than my wife and she is who pushed for it. Even when It's in the driveway it's like a magnet for friends and I have been ordered back into the house by her more than once. Damn women have no sense of humor.
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OK, I am a little confused here! Nothing new for me.....
I still like our trailer!
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I've no doubt you do. It's why reading around here is interesting when folks are specific about the choice they made. It isn't one of defense, or offense (one better than another) but seeing how it works for them, as they see it.

Just doesn't correlate to why one size or another is more popular (any more than my specific choices have been), as it entails large groups of buyers.
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