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Old 10-28-2015, 06:07 PM   #1
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Purchasing AS/Truck

I am looking to purchase an airstream in the near future. I will be traveling solo due to I a divorce. I would like to know what someone would recommend size of AS and truck to pull AS. I will be traveling the country to see USA. I love the way airstream style. I live in the houston area and really just need some solid advice. Thanks

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Old 10-28-2015, 06:18 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.

I hate to say it, but you're asking for advice like asking what to choose on a menu when nobody knows your likes/dislikes.

How about narrowing things down like?
- size - want to be good for one, but an occasional visitor -- or larger
- condition -- willing to fix it up or not
- age -- love vintage or don't care
- budget

I'm sure that answers to these will generate more opinions than you expect.

Good luck in your travels! Good choice.

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Old 10-28-2015, 06:55 PM   #3
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For newer Airstream trailers the concensus seems to be a half ton is probably okay for the 27 foot and smaller. A 3/4 for the larger trailers. However this is not absolute and is heavily influenced by quantity and weight of stuff you want to haul in the truck while towing.

My 27FB is good for two. If I were alone I'd think hard about going smaller. Especially for ease of towing. It all depends on your own lifestyle. Are you a minimalist or not?
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:17 PM   #4
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Purchasing AS/Truck

Get a big enough trailer to satisfy your comfort preference and your style.As you will learn on this forum everyone has a different opinion.Take your time looking at different floor plans. There are many threads on this forum to read about tow vehicle selections.

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Old 10-28-2015, 08:16 PM   #5
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To do it over again from the start in a dream world it would be a diesel 4x4 VW Amarok and a newer 23-25' AS.
But Amaroks don't exist in the USA so we'll keep the 99 F250 SuperDuty diesel 4x4 and 27' AS we currently have.
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:29 PM   #6
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As a solo traveler I followed advice here and looked myself at the trailers. I preferred the 23 and 25 models. The 25 though offers quite a bit more- wider body, more space, bigger tanks and fridge. It to me was the best choice.

On a different forum one solo guy said don't go below 23 if you will travel with a dog. Dunno, but several told me the most common mistake is going too small. So, with that, I recommend 25' or 26'.

A well configured 1/2 ton will easily pull that size. Just check the payload limit AND the tow capacity (separate figures) before you buy and remember that tongue weight takes from the payload rating. If you were going to stay extended stays, then 25-28' would make sense.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:54 PM   #7
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The best advice my wife and I got early on was that a lot of Airstream owners start off small and then come right back after a short time and purchase a bigger one. Since you're full-timing, I'd recommend something between 25 and 28 feet - not too small and not too big. We have a 28-footer and over the last year pulled comfortably with a half-ton truck (2012 Tundra) and were able to tow along most BLM and forest roads. You have enough storage for equipment and clothing for four seasons and some stuff you just can't part with. As others have already mentioned, it helps to move toward minimalism. It may be counterintuitive but once embraced, it's quite liberating.

One more thing - don't hesitate to look at a used Airstream.

It sounds like you're a vet so you probably could make do with a smaller trailer more easily than most. In either case, you're gonna find you're in good hands here - there's a lot of experience to be found. Welcome to your next chapter in life.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:06 AM   #8
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Here's my opinion. A 22' safari Sport pulled by a Honda Ridgeline. Good gas mileage, narrower profile making it easier to handle and get in tight spaces and has more than enough room for you and a dog or two. You should to be able to find both on the used market.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:11 AM   #9
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Go find another gal to help you decide........
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:23 PM   #10
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I wouldn't tow a 22 footer with a Honda Ridgeline unless you are only planning on traveling in the flatlands. I owned a Pilot with the same engine and chassis, putting 1000 pounds on it dipped the rear end. I have a 25 footer with a Toyota Tundra 5.7L V8, but I live in Colorado and need it for mountain travel. I love my 25.
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Old 11-19-2015, 07:52 AM   #11
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The Pilot is not the same as the Ridgeline, period. I've towed ours above 10'000' in Colorado and New Mexico for the past 8 years, my rear end hasn't dipped yet.
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Old 11-28-2015, 09:57 PM   #12
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I'm soon to be divorced myself and traveling in my Airstream. I have a 24' 1962 Tradewind and I pull it with a 1/2 ton Dodge quad cab pickup truck. It's easy to pull and I get somewhat gas mileage. Also I can put blue boys in the back and other things. Just safe for me.

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