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Old 10-08-2016, 07:19 PM   #57
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We just got a 19'. Wishing for a 23' or 25'.
I remember our dealer saying that a lot of 19' Airstream's are traded in on larger units.
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:27 PM   #58
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I remember our dealer saying that a lot of 19' Airstream's are traded in on larger units.
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They love it when you buy a 19 footer. They know you'll be back and trade it in.
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:06 AM   #59
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We get off the beaten path. Our favorite campsites often involve a 5-10 mile drive on unimproved dirt roads. We boondock a lot and we typically are a good ways away from a paved road. If you always stick to pavement, you'll probably never need the lift kit. If you're on rutted dirt roads with potholes and high and low spots, it'll pay for itself over and over.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:06 AM   #60
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I have only owned one size and find it almost perfect; however, when I read your post I had some thoughts to share.

When I shopped I spent time sitting in different new models and going through routine scenarios in my head moving around in the trailers. I found by doing that that in some I could not sit on the commode or the dinette (lack of leg space due to wheel well on one side) or in front bedroom models access the outside storage with the LP tanks in the way. I began to find the quirks of the different models. I finally settled on a model - the 25 rear twin. I had not considered twin until I compared the beds/bedrooms and liked the multipurpose use of the twin room with floorspace AND the fact that you could get around to the lockers and gain two more outside lockers. It just made sense in a trailer without slides. As a matter of fact, a couple I met at Jackson Center toured my inside and had never been in a twin 25. They owned a 25 and sold it for more space (they now have a 34) but said they probably wouldn't have sold if they had the twin- it was the usable bedroom, I believe. In the regular model the bedroom is bed only but you will find that is really true in all of them- 25,27,28,30 IMO. I may be oversimplifying but to me, the bathrooms are the same in the 25,27,28 newer models. You will find that the 25,27 and 28 are very similar if you look specifically at where the extra footage is inside. The 27' twin for example uses one of its two feet more than a 25 as empty space at the foot of the twin beds. I measured counters, bedrooms, etc to discover minor difference. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that the 25 is the most popular size as it is the smallest of the big Airstreams (6" wider)- best of both worlds. Buying used shakes up the mix a bit as there are different floorplans but the lengths remain. The 26U might be one to consider.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:28 AM   #61
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Here is my final 2 cents worth.
After turning 50, some twenty years ago I realized how much I appreciated to be comfortable. No more fishing trips to Canada flying around in tiny float planes, sleeping on rocks in tiny tents and no hot water for a week, not to mention the mosquitoes and black flies. Like they say, been there done that for twenty years. At this stage I would not buy a trailer based on what park I can or can not get in. If I can't fit our 30' in a particular park, we get as close is we can find a privet park with full hook up and day trip in.
My first boat was a John boat, now I go fishing in a 32' boat with full galley and a comfortable head.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:31 AM   #62
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Who wishes they had a SMALLER Airstream or a LARGER one?

Is it just me or are there a lot of folks who consider an Airstream as pretty much only to be a glorified tent meant for base camp for nature walks, canoeing, and bird watching within walking distance of a campsite?

My favorite use (but not my only use) is a basecamp parked in a spot that allows access (via walking or driving) to regional attractions.

When doing this kind of "camping", being parked in the right camp with full hookups and enough space to relax, cook, shower, lounge, and otherwise function within a vein of normalcy while at "home" is kinda cool.


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Old 10-09-2016, 02:16 PM   #63
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Would go bigger

We bought a 25' Intl in 2013 (rear bed) and have traveled with it a lot. If we could do it all over again we would have bought the 27' for the additional bedroom space and ability to easily walk around both sides of the bed. That said, we've been really happy with 25' because it meets max standards for state and national parks and it's very maneuverable.
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Old 10-09-2016, 04:52 PM   #64
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Different strokes, etc. We also started as backpackers, but moved to an old motor home when our children were old enough for extensive touring. When the nest was empty, we went to a fifth wheel trailer, but eventually discovered Airstreams. When the kids were out of college, we bought our first Airstream, a Safari 25'. We loved it, but for one problem ... lack of comfortable seating. Due to a climbing accident, I require comfortable seating. This required us to move to a 30' trailer with dual recliners. We like it.

The 25' was more maneuverable, but there is really not a lot of difference. I can get into most Forest Service campgrounds and rarely try camp in national parks ... I too often find myself shoe-horned into a site that is too close to my neighbors.

We carry our bikes in the truck cap and our kayaks on top of the truck. We do not boondocks, however. I don't think I would have used my 25 for boondocking, unless I put a lift kit on it. No trailer can be all things to all people. Think it all through and decide what is best for your situation. Keep in mind that Airstreams last a long time and you may not always be young and vigorous.

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Old 10-09-2016, 05:05 PM   #65
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I had bigger and went smaller - could even go more smaller now - we are hikers bikers - bicycle - outdoors ourselves - smaller is much better in my view - I like to cook outside as well - so smaller makes us spend more time outside :-)
Ditto for us. Traded the 2014 23' Airstream for a 2016 16' Airstream Sport. We are outdoors all the time ansd use the trailer for sleeping ( mostly). Small just works better for us. However we do not spend more than a week at a time camping and don't camp at all during the winter. I think if we were going to camp for weeks/months at a time a larger unit would be better. $$$ not an issue.

Whatever you buy, as long as an Airstream, you will be pleased. My opinion.....

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Old 10-10-2016, 10:59 AM   #66
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Is it just me or are there a lot of folks who consider an Airstream as pretty much only to be a glorified tent meant for base camp for nature walks, canoeing, and bird watching within walking distance of a campsite?

My favorite use (but not my only use) is a basecamp parked in a spot that allows access (via walking or driving) to regional attractions.

When doing this kind of "camping", being parked in the right camp with full hookups and enough space to relax, cook, shower, lounge, and otherwise function within a vein of normalcy while at "home" is kinda cool.


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Reading your post I had to relate our very recent experience.
Last month we were traveling out west with the intent of visiting Yosemite Ntl. Park We were going from east to west and our original intent was to go over the Sierras to west side to set up camp. We changed our mind and began looking for a place on the east side. We found an available spot at June Lake RV Park CA. This is an RV park smack dab downtown of this most picturesque little tow with an Alpine lake surrounded by mountains. Our spot was 50amp full hookup, 300' from the local brewery, 150' from best Taco stand ever and within a block and half of restaurants, hardware store and two blocks from the most picturesque lake outside of Switzerland. We got lucky and we were able to stay an entire week. My wife wanted to stay for the entire month of September. This to date was one of my most memorable Airstream Experiences.
I had to back in our 30' International of a 20' wide city street into a 40 deep spot. It was piece of cake.
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Old 10-10-2016, 08:11 PM   #67
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We have 2 Argosy's. A 1974 - 28' and a 1978 - 6.0 minuet (20')
Love the 20' when it's just my wife and I for weekends. The 28' is nice for extended trips or when the grandkids come along.
If I didn't have the room to park both, I often thought a 25' would be the best of both worlds.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:02 PM   #68
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I have enjoyed this discussion. One thing I've noticed is not a lot of mention about the 28' International. It's 27' or 30'. Why is that?
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:07 AM   #69
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We've come to the conclusion that we need to trade in our Airstream for a Tardis. We love the interior space of our 27FB, but want it inside something the size of a BaseCamp.
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:20 AM   #70
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I snagged a rare 31' Land Yacht in California a couple of years ago, seems like loads for sale on this forum out of state but hard to find locally.. anyways, at first kinda wish I waited for a 26-28' or so. Now I totally love it, the space is luxurious and it still looks positively small when at the RV yard next to 5th Wheels & RV's etc. I have a popup for those campsites that only allow tiny trailers, (DL Bliss at Tahoe is my favorite) we can comfortably sleep 4 in that. If i had the money, I buy a 2nd much smaller AS for short weekenders .. When my kids have grown up, think I'll look for 24'-26" length, can't imagine going any smaller, you'd be living outside ! 28' sounds like the ideal length but probably still too long for some campgrounds ?
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