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Old 03-22-2014, 09:17 PM   #15
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I have a 25' - 77 Tradewind that I have been pulling with an '04 Jeep Grande Cherokee (with a straight 6 motor currently at 70,000 miles) without any issues. It's rated @ 5000 lbs, dry weight of trailer is 4200 lbs. with hitch weight at approximately 600 lbs. I never push over 60 mph while on the expressway. Have a weight distribution hitch which I have neve experienced any sway that felt was out of control. Additionally, even on the hottest of days with the air conditioning running full bore, never had any overheating issues.

Had another Jeep '99 Cherokee Sport that had 400,000 miles on it before I retired it. Never used it to pull anything but it had the same motor as the Grande Cherokee does.

Wanted to share my experience with you.

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Old 03-28-2014, 04:07 PM   #16
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Hi Flyflicker,

I have a 2008 Airstream Safari Sport 17 with the shower separate from the toilet in the back. This has the couch/double bed in the front. I am looking for a 19 foot or slightly bigger because I would like two beds. If you are interested in the Sport 17, give me a call or email and I will give more info. mhammond@cableone.net Marc (928) 899 8204. I live in Arizona.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:01 PM   #17
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Welcome flyiflicker.We have a 22 ft sport and can't even imagine having anything smaller. Our good friends have a 16 ft sport and can't imagine having anything larger. It's hard to tell but just from experience, I'd say go larger. We're talking about upgrading to a 27 footer.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:25 PM   #18
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We have had a Sport 22fb for 4 years and loved every minuet with it. It was just the 2 of us plus 2 dogs (small and medium size). Now that we have a puppy in the mix we have just outgrown her and are moving up to a 25'.

In our opinion the 22 is the best small Airstream. The 16 & 19 seam just that tinny bit too small.

Good luck on your choice, regardless on what you pick you will enjoy it.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:25 PM   #19
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He said, tongue planted firmly in cheek! Only 485,000 kilometers, indeed! Most people would consider that an excellent return on their automotive investment.

Pro, sometimes you just have to come at it from a different direction in order to find/ show the way. Jim
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:27 PM   #20
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Want a small trailer, the best one Airstream made was a 21ft Sovereign----dry weight about 3900 lbs. The smalist twin axel trailer Airstream has made. It's rated at 5000 loaded weight. Larger frig, fresh water tank,holding tanks, a/c, furnace and it has a very large shower and a double bed. We looked at the 22ft Sport and 21ft Sov and did a comparison --- the 21ft won hands down.
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:00 PM   #21
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I don't know if it will make any difference to you or not. My wife, myself and my dogs (two puppies and an old hound, at the moment) decided on the 22 Sport. I really liked the 16, but I have prior experience with sailboats and carefully read what's here. People always say that you should buy one step bigger than you think you need. That's also my experience with sailboats. It's expensive to buy, then replace, even if you're "trading" up.


We decided on the 22 for a couple of reasons: The head was separated from the berth; the kitchen was nice size; it had a convection/microwave, not an oven; the bed was big enough; it was within our towing capacity with a Toyota Tacoma 6 cyl.


Downsides to the 22 are: smaller kitchen than the 20; less lounging area than the 20 or 23; the dinette on the 22 is a little too small if you're ... let's say "robust," as I am.


But ... life is compromise, and on balance, the towing capacity was a hard limit we couldn't get around. I'm going to fix the u-shaped dinette by making the table a 1/2" or so smaller all the way around, and putting in cleats so it will actually rest flush with the seats when put down to make up a bed.
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:18 AM   #22
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Your gonna love it. We leave the dinette made into a bed and have a small folding table that fits in the space between the counter and bed. Our two standard poodles are fine with one using the cubby beneath the bed and the other the couch.
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