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Old 03-29-2016, 04:02 PM   #15
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I didn't even notice that you would like to use a Ford Escape for your tow vehicle. A four cylinder engine in a marginal tow vehicle is not a good way to start your Airstream adventure. If you are stuck with the Escape, then I would look at a pop-up (i.e., tent camper,) T@B or other hard-sided teardrop trailer. Your Escape might (and I mean "might") be able to tow a lightweight vintage 16 foot Airstream, but those are "collector items" and are very pricey. Given your stated budget parameters I don't see that as a realistic option for you.
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Old 03-29-2016, 04:28 PM   #16
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All good advice so far, with a visit to an Airstream dealer being the most important IMO. Even if you don't want to buy a new AS now, getting an intimate look at the various sizes will help you formulate your parameters for both the trailer and a tow vehicle. The sales person may actually be able to help you find a good used trailer locally, which you can look at in person.

In the 1990's I used to go by the AS dealer in Orlando (gone now I believe), and the salesman who helped me -- Bill Dowdy -- ended up finding a used 25' in North Carolina which I purchased a year or two later. The seller paid a commission to Bill.

Win-win all around, which all started with my swinging by the dealer just for the fun of it . . . (while on a vacation) . . .

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Old 03-29-2016, 05:58 PM   #17
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Airstream is supposedly introducing a new, budget friendly trailer in May 2016, according to the Airstream Life fiberglass trailer article. Don't know anything about it other than that, but might be worth waiting to see if it fits in your budget and is small enough for your Escape.
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:48 PM   #18
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I am not aware of any upcoming fiberglass Airstream trailer, but you might look into Casita and Scamp trailers. They are lightweight, "Airstream-like" in their appearance and quite popular.
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In addition to the Casita and Scamp trailers, you might also check out Egg Campers at http://www.eggcamper.com/ since they are pretty light, also. There is a used one available http://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2014...mper-117501627 should you be interested.
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Old 03-29-2016, 08:33 PM   #20
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That sounds like fun. We got our Airstream last December, and have been doing 2-3 night FL State Park trips as we test out everything and find out how we want to pack for longer travels. Our first long trip will be this summer.

If you are interested in looking at a 25' Flying Cloud let me know. I'd be happy to show you ours, and share what I've learned so far. You should also consider a nice used one, whichever size you decide on. A lot of people find good deals on those, and sometimes they've hardly been used.
SeaLevel; Have you camped at Ft. Pickens yet? If so, how was it? We are going there in 2 weeks for 7 days.
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We started with a trillium trailer, 13' of 1977 vintage fibreglass. I forget the exact weight but two guys could move it around and we towed it with my wife's Pontiac G6 and my dads wrangler. It was a great way to learn about Rving and get our feet wet without a significant financial risk. After years of camping we decided it was time to move up and sold the trillium at a profit and bought our 1977 safari
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SeaLevel; Have you camped at Ft. Pickens yet? If so, how was it? We are going there in 2 weeks for 7 days.
Nope. I'd never even heard of it before now, since we've been focused mainly on the state parks. It sure looks interesting though, so we might need to check it out sometime. That part of FL is about 6-8 hours away from where we live, but we are considering a trip to the panhandle during next years spring break. We aren't retired yet, but my wife works at a local elementary school, so she gets that week off in the spring. Hope you enjoy it!
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A plan

Thank you all for all this great insight.

I know I need are real tow vehicle. Most likely a Ford Or Dodge diesel pickup.

I will go to a dealer and be further educated and acclimated to the Airstream product line.

I don't think I will be happy with the size of a sport for the "long run". I think I will be in the slightly larger category.

"restoration" is not an option at this point. Small repairs on a gently used airstream will be about it.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:15 AM   #24
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Your Escape will pull a Babe all over, just go slow. A Great place to start is the book (The newbies guide to Airstreming). Also his book on repairs.

Welcome and good luck.
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I am not aware of any upcoming fiberglass Airstream trailer, but you might look into Casita and Scamp trailers. They are lightweight, "Airstream-like" in their appearance and quite popular.
The new Airstream may not be a fiberglass trailer. It's just mentioned briefly at the end of Airstream Life's fiberglass trailer article. (Spring 2016) The company will only reveal that it won't have a traditional aluminum shell, but will still be recognizable as an Airstream. The magazine speculated there may be some fiberglass elements.
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I don't think I will be happy with the size of a sport for the "long run". I think I will be in the slightly larger category.
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Sounds like the FC20 might fit the bill! Dry bath with stall shower and a great corner galley with two sinks. The best small AS IMO.

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but a Ford Escape is not enough tow vehicle for an FC20-
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Correct but the OP just said he knows he needs a new tow vehicle.
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