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Belbein 07-25-2019 09:35 AM

Would it bother you if you couldn't bring it home?
We're still chasing our tails on the 25' or 27' decision. I'd pretty much decided that the AirForum community's general advice--bigger is better--was right on. Then someone whose opinion I trust said: "Do you really want to buy something you can't bring home?" That completely stopped me in my tracks. My previous TTs were both the size that we could bring home to clean, wash, stock, service ... but it's unlikely that I can get a 27 in my driveway. That seems like a non-starter.

On the other hand, all of y'all with 30s and 34s and such surely can't get them in a residential driveway.

So, is this a big deal?

LilPeanut 07-25-2019 09:53 AM

I have a 30 and live in a neighborhood that does not allow capers in the driveway, even if I could get it in there. I do park it in front of the house and wash it but I don't leave it there more than a couple of days before I take it to storage 30 miles away (covered storage is hard to find). Yes, it is inconvenient. It limits what I feel I can do 'project-wise' because I don't have the dedicated time with it.

Our eventual solution will be to move. My 250 doesn't fit in our garage either. Settle on the trailer first, buy a truck to fit your trailer. Then move into a house that can handle both. I guess that is our plan. It may not be the best plan or even a good plan but at least we have a plan. Get the trailer you will love and you will not regret it.

weirdstuff 07-25-2019 10:00 AM

I've had both situations....ability to keep in my driveway, and situation where it had to be kept in storage. Without a doubt, ability to keep at your home is way better. However, if storage is not too far away, and not too expensive, it is workable...just inconvenient. Only YOU can figure out if it is an acceptable situation.

moosetags 07-25-2019 10:05 AM

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It would be a big deal to us. We live in a house that has an alley at the back where we park and have access to our attached garage. We park our 25FB there where it is plugged in all the time. We are in and out of the Airstream every day and use it as a guest house and overflow refrigerator.

We spend weeks getting ready for one of our big trips a little at a time. We also do repairs and maintenance right where she sits. We would be lost if Lucy were not right out the back door. We have been doing it this way for fourteen years now.


InsideOut 07-25-2019 10:29 AM

When we had one trailer, we parked off our property part time. Shortly after we bought our second trailer - within 6 months or so, we actually moved to a new home that would accommodate both of them, off a back alley in our yard. We didn't like not having full access to our trailer 24/7 - both to work on it & "use" it. At the "new" house, we could (& did) have two trailers wedged in next to the garage.

Since then, we have had several other trailers come & go and we moved again and are now fortunate enough to have enough room to not only keep them at home, but offer courtesy parking. We have met some great CP folks passing through town - that we wouldn't have met otherwise. Another benefit of having the trailer at home is we use it more - as a quiet getaway hideout, guest house, party backdrop and second kitchen, all because it is at home.

At this point, it would be tough to have it any other way...basically public, off-site storage sucks.

Shari :flowers:

perryg114 07-25-2019 10:32 AM

If you can't fit it in your yard because of room or HOA then I would not do it but that is just me.


xrvr 07-25-2019 10:36 AM

Your home is more important than an rv.

A W Warn 07-25-2019 10:44 AM

I can back either my 34' or my 25' down my 100'+ drive, then around the corner behind the house. But, there is only space for one to stay. So the 34 gets stored, only comes home when I need to work on it or load it.

Lumatic 07-25-2019 10:53 AM

Don't call me Surely!

Yes I can get my 34 in my driveway.

InsideOut 07-25-2019 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by xrvr (Post 2268607)
Your home is more important than an rv.

True, but if you have options - why not take advantage of them!

Shari :flowers:

Mollysdad 07-25-2019 11:02 AM

I could get the Airstream in the driveway but I don't.
1. Oak trees. Lots of birds, leaves, pollen, etc.
2. Hurricanes. Florida, 'nuff said. The storage yard roof is rated for 120 mph winds, and is 25 miles inland. At home, tree limbs might be flying in a bad storm.
3. Security. My storage yard is very secure, has a dump station, wash areas, and a very solid gate and wall, cement floors paved drive areas.
4. The storage yard has me under cover. The Sun never shines on it. I also have 30 amp power. The down side, is the roof gets dirty because it never gets rained on either.

mikeinca 07-25-2019 11:30 AM

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We have our 30' Classic parked at home. I have to maneuver my car a bit to get it out of the garage but my wife can get hers out pretty easily. I would be quite unhappy if I couldn't keep the AS at the house as it allows me to wash, polish and tinker with it as I please while making it much more convenient to prepare for trips. Plus I know that it's here and safe and I don't incur monthly storage fees. I also have a 20A outlet outside and 50A outlet within reach in the garage. I know not everyone is so fortunate.

To the OP, not having the trailer at home would be a pretty big deal to me but I don't know that it would be enough to keep me from having an RV at all. You mention that you don't think a 27' would fit at your home, but what about the 25'? For me, if it was a choice between having a 27 footer that I had to keep in storage or a 25 footer that I could keep at home, the 25 footer would be a no-brainer. Good luck with your decision.

John&Vicki 07-25-2019 11:42 AM

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I would love, love, love to have our trailer parked at our house. I would be tinkering with it *constantly* (it is 29 years old after old). But alas, itís not to be. Ironic given that I live in a town of 2,500 in the open country of the Central Oregon Cascades. Oh well....

JonDNC 07-25-2019 11:44 AM

I canít get anything larger than a 23 maybe? into the driveway if my life depended on it, we live in the mountains up a 1 lane road? With a hard left into the driveway. I would have to back up the mountain (2-300 yards) to the drive. I just accepted that fact and have it in storage at an RV park a couple of miles away.

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