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Old 04-02-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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Most popular trailer size

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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Old 04-02-2012, 02:19 AM   #2
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I would not call a 25 footer big in the world of trailers. I would call it the middle of the road. But saying that. I would call my 17 foot Caravel big. That is next to my 13 foot Scotty.

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Old 04-02-2012, 04:33 AM   #3
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I dont have the numbers and this isnt the last word on this, but I believe when I was on the factory tour they said the smaller was the best seller but since 1980, that might not be the case. On these forums you would think the 25 footer because it is touted as the ideal overall size.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:36 AM   #4
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When we were looking at out trailer (3 weeks ago!) I asked the same question of the salesman. He said 25' is the most common size purchased!. You win.
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:27 AM   #5
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When I took the factory tour in 2009 and asked Don, the long-time guide, he said the 25FB was the most popular model. Enjoy!

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:39 AM   #6
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In the Airstream world, I'd have to vote for the 25's, too.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
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On the Vintage models I think the 23-25 models are the most sought after.

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:59 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by arodriguez60 View Post
On the Vintage models I think the 23-25 models are the most sought after.
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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Old 04-02-2012, 09:07 AM   #9
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I've seen up to four late model Airstreams in the storage lot (at a time) over the last six years. Maybe six or seven individual trailers. Most have been some variant of the 25. Also saw a couple of the 19s. Have not seen any 30 plus or 16 Airstreams in the lot.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #10
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I would say 25' but, I'm a 30' or 27' gal myself (I think!!!)
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:19 PM   #11
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Going back to 1980 it seems to me the biggest sellers traditionally were in the 30 foot range but more recently there's been a shift to the 25-27 range, especially the FB units that seem to be more space efficient.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:23 PM   #12
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It has been frequently said on this Forum the 25' FB is the most popular. It has been said much less frequently the 27' FB is 2nd. It has also been said the Bambis sell well, but people find them too small and you'll find a lot of them on the classifieds.

I believe I heard Don the Tour Guy say the 25' FB was the most popular 3 or 4 years ago. Maybe we were on the same tour Tom was.

These then become factoids (things that look like facts but maybe aren't).

Maybe someone at Airstream is watching and can illuminate us and settle the bet.

We found the 25' FB the best for us and the 27' FB was in 2nd place. I'm not used to being like everyone else, so this may mean the 25' FB is the least popular except on the Forum and maybe not here either.

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Old 04-02-2012, 02:05 PM   #13
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Well, based on this evidence I think I have a bottle of Crown Royal coming. Thanks guys.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:12 PM   #14
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Until the 1980's I'd have said that the 27-28' size for any brand of aluminum trailer was the most popular. After that, the rise of 32-34' trailers muddied the picture. The number of people willing to buy something this expensive on one salary also reminded them that some day the kids would be grown and gone so it needed to do both: family today, retirement years from now.

The down-sizing of cars, the rise of two-income families, and "cheap" credit made buying/selling/trading more popular, IMO, after about 1980. Chevy Suburbans and the last group of folks with defined benefit pensions and Social Security retirement able to profit from rising house prices gave a boost (now gone) to the largest of the silver trailers.

A big change in demographics makes a 25' a logical choice for the buyer of a new trailer. Much easier to change TV's now that A/S trailers are so porky in weight, and a 28' requires (in the main) a dedicated TV. Yes, one can tow with other vehicles, but not easily.


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