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Old 11-15-2014, 05:47 PM   #1
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New to trailoring?

We are looking at purchasing a 22 ft sport. My wife and I are empty nesters with a 1 year old dog and considering getting into the trailer world. My wife was convinced she wanted a 16 ft sport but after taking a look we thought the 22 foot model would fit our needs a bit better.

We had a couple of questions regarding trailers, locations and pets. We would like to take our pup with us but we can have him boarded. knowing nothing about campgrounds…either national, state, or private, we are wondering how difficult it is to travel with a dog? Are there any campgrounds or sites that are more pet friendly than others? We are in Michigan and pets are not allowed at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore so we would appreciate any advice we can gather regarding pets, camping and the like.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

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Old 11-15-2014, 06:03 PM   #2
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Greeting from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, many people Airstream with their pets. Well behaved pets are welcome at most campgrounds.

You are probably better with a 22 vs. a 16, especially with a dog.

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Old 11-15-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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Almost every campground I have been to allows pets. Sometimes there is a weight limit ~40 to 60 lbs. Almost all say no breeds that have a history of aggressiveness. It's best to look online if the campground has a website, they may have their rules posted, or call ahead to where you are going and ask.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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Some places have breed specific restrictions, but other than that, bringing your pet along is one distinguishing characteristic of the RV crowd. It seems most everybody has one if not more. Personally, we travel with two large Danes, each over 150 pounds. We have never been denied a site in a campground with a weight limit for dogs. I guess the "gentle giant" reputation is commonly known.

If you like to visit museums, attractions, and such during the day then you will have to make arrangements for your pet. Most places frown on pets being left unattended in the trailer. Our camper cap on the truck bed makes a great kennel when the weather is not harsh and, with water provided, they can hang out without barking in the corner parking lot slots while we tour or eat at a restaurant.
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:17 AM   #5
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Hello from Minnesota and welcome. You're going to like the Airstream lifestyle and the adventures it brings. We recently retired and have taken some trips in our Airstream with our beagle.

The RV parks and state parks we have used have welcomed our puppy. We all know good pet owners keep their dogs under control, quiet, and pick up after them. Many RV camping areas are "close packed" with other RVs so being a good neighbor is important.

Most state parks and national parks have dog rules. Our dog had to stay in the pick up while we saw the sights at Acadia last September. It was cool, but on a warm summer day we couldn't do that of course. We have left our dog in the Airstream with the AC on before. Our dog isn't a barker. So leaving her has worked for us so far. Neighbors would not like a barking dog next door all day.

Airstream travel is a great way to explore new areas. We like being gypsies, just traveling with no particular plan in mind. We like the state highways instead of the interstates. We find the towns along the way interesting. Your Airstream provides all the comforts of home, even in a parking lot! And you might like the Airstream rallies and caravans. Lots of fun.

Enjoy, and I hope to learn about your adventures here on Air Forums.

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Old 11-16-2014, 11:45 AM   #6
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Pets and size

Welcome, One of the main reasons we bought a Airstream was to be able to take our Pug dog she loves camping and we have not been anywhere she was not welcome,a few places will charge a small extra fee. We came close to getting a 22ft but after sitting in one a few hrs at the dealer did not feel comfortable so went with a 25ft and are so glad we did. I removed the sofa and installed two la-z-boys and on those rainy days it sure makes things a whole lot better. Most people end up wanting larger after just a few camping trips. I have a friend that has moved up three times in the 11 yrs since I bought my AS and still is not happy. He has been buying SOB but could have gotten an AS for what he spent on his prior campers. Take your time and go spend some time in a few sizes its much cheaper to make the best choice first. Best of luck. Rand
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Old 11-16-2014, 11:57 AM   #7
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Hi there and welcome,

We travel with a 65 pound Drathaar (German Wire Hair). The only issue we've encountered is in national parks, where dogs are not allowed on the trails, or in the back country. This is most problematic in hot country (Death Valley, etc.) where you can't safely leave the pup in the trailer (unless you're hooked up and have AC), or have someone to watch your pet.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:03 PM   #8
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I learned the hard way that a catalog does not reveal all one needs to know to purchase the best Airstream for their use. Thus our first unit was replaced in six months with a larger unit.

Go to a large dealer and spend time in all the different models you can. Make a day of it. Make sure the bathroom fits. Spend some time reading similar posts on this forum.

Your proposed tow vehicle was not mentioned but that really controls how much weight you can safely tow and how much payload you can carry that includes real tongue weight numbers, not the literature numbers which are usually considerably lower than reality.

Enjoy your research and making your special Airstream decision.
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Old 11-17-2014, 06:23 AM   #9
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I learned the hard way that a catalog does not reveal all one needs to know to purchase the best Airstream for their use. Thus our first unit was replaced in six months with a larger unit.

Go to a large dealer and spend time in all the different models you can. Make a day of it. Make sure the bathroom fits. Spend some time reading similar posts on this forum.

Your proposed tow vehicle was not mentioned but that really controls how much weight you can safely tow and how much payload you can carry that includes real tongue weight numbers, not the literature numbers which are usually considerably lower than reality.

Enjoy your research and making your special Airstream decision.
Our current tow vehicle would be a Honda Pilot. We are limimited to 4500 lbs so that pretty much keeps us in the 16-22 foot models depending on the specific model. The longest would be the 22' sport, 19' FC or Int and then 16 sport. We are trying to figure out which set up would work best for us...FB, seperate shower etc but it is difficult to tell what packages fully contain and what would be included or not.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:37 AM   #10
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We tow a 2008 22' SS with a Honda Ridgeline and have been doing so for 40k miles and 7 years. We have a 60# Standard Poodle who loves to travel and never had a problem. We chose the 22' because it's light yet has a nice bathroom and plenty of room. Instead of Grandma's cabinets it has a nice functional and simple decor.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:58 AM   #11
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We take our Weimaraner with us all the time. The only restriction we have found it a six foot leash requirement, and in FL no dogs on the beach.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:31 AM   #12
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Does anyone know how much the solar panel option and rear bike racks? Are they usually installed at the factory or dealer? So many options...
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We traveled all over the place in a 16' Bambi with a shepherd/red heeler mix. She happily slept on a mat under the bed. The only place we found dogs to be unwanted is in US National Parks on the trails. Dogs are allowed in campgrounds and on the roads. However, this sometimes was a problem in desert parks in warm weather. We wanted to be out walking for a while, but didn't think it was safe to leave her unattended in the Bambi or truck. Now that she is too old to walk very far, it's a bigger problem, but this is because of her age, not due to park restrictions.

Dogs are perfectly welcome on trails in Canadian national parks, so come on up to Waterton Lakes, Banff, Jasper, &c in your new Sport.

Your dealer can install solar panels if you are not a do-it-yourselfer. Some bike rack models for the trailer require a rear bumper, like you see on the other AS models. They can install this, also.
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:56 AM   #14
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On another topic we are considering purchasing new or lighly used. (2010 and up). How should we approach the pricing for used trailors? There are a lot of variables but it would be helpful to know the average depreciation of a used trailor so that we don't overpay in excitement.

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