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Old 10-07-2016, 12:55 PM   #29
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My guide is to buy the smallest trailer that will fit your needs. That was what I was looking for, and that's what I bought. It is a Safari 25 rear twin beds. It has a sofa (not a straight back bench), and both indoor and outdoor shower that was a requirement. It will fit almost all NP, SP, and COE campgrounds.

Unless we need heat or AC we are outside for sitting and eating. Many meals are prepared outside. We think we chose the right size.

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Old 10-07-2016, 01:14 PM   #30
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What a great question...and what great answers.

Indeed, as others have said you will be the only one who knows what is "comfortable" for you and your travel partner. So sit in a whole bunch of them at the dealership. Certainly the smaller the trailer the easier it is to deal with. Finding the balance of the right size for your needs is not easy as you can see from the variety of answers to your question.

During two seasons of "camping" with our 25' in many state parks and National parks in the northwest quadrant of the country I have certainly noticed that there are many campsites for trailers shorter than ours and sometimes very few for trailers longer than ours. For the first-come first-served National park campgrounds in summer season we definitely had to be there early in the morning to find a site that we liked that would accommodate our trailer. The longer the trailer the fewer the options in the older National park campgrounds, for sure.

Like many, I would like a 16' trailer to tow and one that magically expands to a 30' trailer when parked ! Know that whichever length you choose there are compromises.

Have fun. You're on a grand adventure!

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Old 10-07-2016, 01:29 PM   #31
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We have a 25' that we travel in and I have never wished it was smaller. (and seldom wished for bigger either). We pack all the sports stuff and heavy clothing in the bed of the truck. I would buy the 30' in a heartbeat if it was in the budget. I do not really see much of a downside to that size. The overhang is longer and you have to watch hitting the tail in some sites. Lots more room in the shower and closet.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:45 PM   #32
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We went from a 19 to a 23 and now a 25. The 19 was very National Park, State Park and fuel station friendly. The 23 was still good. The 25 takes a little more pre-planning and finger crossing. I can't imagine having anything larger than a 25 (actually 26 feet). A 30 would shut us out of a lot of the wild places that we love and might nudge us more towards RV parks.

Expresses my thoughts exactly!
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:08 PM   #33
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Question Wanna trade a smaller trailer for our 34 Limited?

We have a great 1982 34-foot Limited that is a little too big for our site in Baja. I've even considered cutting it in half (my posts about that are on the forum). I'd be interested in trading it for a smaller trailer and I'd be able to tell you how small soon.

If anyone is interested, let me know here or PM me.
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:40 PM   #34
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After less than a year we traded our new 2012 38' International up to a 2013 30'. More room and a much better layout. In the three years we have been traveling with it we have never had a problem fitting in any National or State parks we visited. On a couple of occasions were we found it to tight to fit you couldn't make it work with a 25 or a 27 footer either.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:24 PM   #35
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Bigger or Smaller . . .

As mentioned, it is personal. We remodeled a 27 foot '73 Overlander, and after a couple of fun years, our preference would be something "just" smaller. We have a rear bath and discovered we do not need a shower. So wishing for a rear queen bed and side bath with just a toilet and sink (and the sink is even optional as we use our main sink for most everything). Currently we sleep up front, modifying the area as needed (bed to table). We have a larger than usual cooking area which we love as we both cook . . . so plenty of space. I created another bed that pulls out back by the bath, opposite the galley. That is only used now when our grand-daughter visits. That's where I'd put the new smaller toilet room.

We definitely feel a little smaller would be great.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:28 PM   #36
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I like the 30' , DW likes the 27'. Guess which one we have...

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Old 10-07-2016, 03:54 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by sheriff1 View Post
I like the 30' , DW likes the 27'. Guess which one we have...

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Old 10-07-2016, 03:59 PM   #38
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I wish I had a smaller trailer - but only if it had the same space inside as our Classic 30!

Seriously, there have been a couple of times when a smaller trailer would have been advantageous but we have been spoiled by the space that we enjoy, especially on longer
winter getaway trips.

A we get older, I have tried to convince my wife that there would be some benefits to
a B class camper, but whenever we have looked at them, she absolutely refuses to give up the space we have!

I'm sure it depends on the individual, I do think could go that way for some of the advantages!

But you know what they say, If Momma ain't happy ...... etc.

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Old 10-07-2016, 04:31 PM   #39
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I would have bought a smaller AS.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:37 PM   #40
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Saying all this about our beloved trailer it is for sale, sadly health reasons have forced us to sell. So if you are looking for a really comfortable road worthy 30' trailer let me know.[/QUOTE]

Hey Chaplain Kent:

We are very sorry to hear of your health limitations. We are long time RVers thinking of downsizing from our Monaco Diesel Pusher back to a towable. I've been lurking around this site for a number of months gathering info as we search around for used 28 to 31' A/S with twin beds.

What year and model is your rig and where are you currently hanging your hat? We are in Clovis, CA and if you are out west we might be interested.

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Old 10-07-2016, 04:46 PM   #41
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Our 30 Classic

We are firm believers that having too much room is a better than not having enough. Remember that a 30' Airstream is 30' from the hitch ball to the rear edge of the rear bumper. So....the inside length is about 26'. Other 30' trailers are about 34' overall making some State and Federal campsites difficult if not impossible.
Our Classic snd it's comphy couch and great Queen bed is all we need and it is easy to park just about anywhere. Ours is a 2003 and we have made it our own. If money were no object and we were looking at new we wiuld buy a new 30 classic.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:52 PM   #42
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We have owned 3 AS

We started with a 16ft Bambi. Moved to a 23ft with queen bed. We loved both of these. When we retired last year we decided to once again size up. We have a 27fb since Jan 4th this year. We have 11,000 miles on this trailer. We absolutely do not regret this move. Although we are thru sizing up, we do wish ours had those recliners. The dinette is not super comfortable. I would go with the trailer you like the most and live with the fact there are some parks you may not fit.

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