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Old 11-02-2017, 03:29 PM   #1
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25 vs 27 foot

Iím planning to purchase a new Airstream with one of the above sizes. Iím Still undecided on size as Iíve heard that bigger (27 ft) while possibly more comfortable may be significantly more restrictive to many camping areas, national parks, state parks than a 25 ft. Any experience or thoughts to pass along? Rehashed many times Iím sure!
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:31 PM   #2
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We full-timed around the continent for three years staying mainly in national/state/provincial parks. I can't think of any where a two foot difference would have been an issue.
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heh. We choose the 27 over a 30 for the same reasoning. In general, it almost never would have made a difference. I can only think of one or two state parks on the CA coast where it would have, and then only from getting a spot we preferred over another (we "squeezed" our 27 into a 24 foot spot at one park). We love our 27, but I think a touch more storage space would have been very nice.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:35 PM   #4
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We have a 25 and if we were to do it again we seriously consider the 27. Nothing wrong with the 25 and we love it but a little more space would be nice.

Regarding restrictions due to length, I can't think of any place we have been that a 27 would not have fit.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:40 PM   #5
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Get the 27 if you can. As far as site sizes go, if it's so small that a 27 won't fit but a 25 does, it's smaller than I really want to be in anyway.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:42 PM   #6
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The only difference between the 25 and 27 is in the galley and clothes storage . We have done 4 months and many 2 weeks trips. Haven't missed the storage. $wise, is another story. I suppose thinking about the value, for another $2000 when we bought,we could have had the 27.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:45 PM   #7
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We have a 1975 Overlander 27'. It has a more comfortable lounge area and more storage inside than the 24' we used to have. There may be some county and state parks where their are no sites for the 27, but not many.

I read many more threads about trading up to a bigger trailer than I read about wanting a smaller trailer.

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Old 11-02-2017, 06:47 PM   #8
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I plan to buy a 20 ft long tow vehicle and Iíve seen it mentioned the COMBINED length of trailer and TV being a factor in size limitations. Thanks yíall!
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While I can't comment directly regarding the two specific sizes, the biggest issue I have encountered at state parks is the combined tow vehicle and trailer length. I know some state parks want your tow vehicle parked in line with the trailer, and will not allow you to park perpendicular to the trailer. All said, and I'm towing with a 30' Classic slide out, I've never had an issue finding suitable camping sites for my 30' unit. National parks might be different story though.

My own choice would be the 27' unit. You can never go wrong with the extra space.

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Either the 25 or 27 would work, it depends on the floor plan. If you choose the 25, go with the twin bed version. It will give you more usable floor space. On the queen, the bed is perpendicular to the length and one of you would have to climb over the other to get in or out of bed. If you want a queen, go with the 27 foot, the bed is parallel to the length.
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2' won't make a difference in campground accessibility.
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Just a quick question related to this question above. Would a 25' AS provide enough room if you were traveling solo, versus as a couple? Or would you still want a 27-footer as a solo traveler?
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Wouldn't downsizing your possessions be a whole lot cheaper?
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I have been solo with a dog and now two dogs four almost four years in a 25 .

I would consider a 27 Globetrotter. But my 25 is just fine.
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Exactly. We went with the 27’ due to the bed issue as well.
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With 30K miles in the last two years with our 27FB, we have yet to miss a camping site in which a 25 would fit. A longtime AS dealer told me: if you want twin beds, either will work, but if you want a queen bed, get the 27, because of its N/S orientation --- the queen in a 25 is E/W, which makes it problematic. If we totaled our 27FB & had to buy another AS, we'd get another 27FB without a doubt --- enough size without being "too much."
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Either the 25 or 27 would work, it depends on the floor plan. If you choose the 25, go with the twin bed version. It will give you more usable floor space. On the queen, the bed is perpendicular to the length and one of you would have to climb over the other to get in or out of bed. If you want a queen, go with the 27 foot, the bed is parallel to the length.
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Iím planning to purchase a new Airstream with one of the above sizes. Iím Still undecided on size as Iíve heard that bigger (27 ft) while possibly more comfortable may be significantly more restrictive to many camping areas, national parks, state parks than a 25 ft. Any experience or thoughts to pass along? Rehashed many times Iím sure!
The Ultimate Dilemma! When I'm towing & maneuvering my 27', I think smaller would have been nice. When I'm set up and lounging around inside, I think the 27' is perfect. I've been in smaller parks, and the rather tight Fishing Bridge RV park in Yellowstone, and the 27' hasn't really been a problem, even for a novice like me . . .

Let us know what you decide!
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Just a quick question related to this question above. Would a 25' AS provide enough room if you were traveling solo, versus as a couple? Or would you still want a 27-footer as a solo traveler?


Nice of yíall to take the time. Much appreciated.
Iíll be solo initially and full timing, but others will need to be accommodated in the future. Iím returning from living overseas for 12 years.
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Iím planning to purchase a new Airstream with one of the above sizes. Iím Still undecided on size as Iíve heard that bigger (27 ft) while possibly more comfortable may be significantly more restrictive to many camping areas, national parks, state parks than a 25 ft. Any experience or thoughts to pass along? Rehashed many times Iím sure!
If it is purely the size you are concerned about in campgrounds, the extra 2 feet isn't really an issue.

The 27 is the much nicer trailer in my view. If you get the FB 25, you will find the inverter/converter under the bed and it is annoying when it runs, as well as the east/west configuration of the bed.

I've looked at these quite a bit and we are settled on the 27 once my wife recovers from hip surgery. Having said that we all have our own preferences. One other feature of the 27 is you get 2 skylights.

Although, I've never seen an AS I didn't love. :-)
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