Thanks you all! This is exactly the kind of input I'm after.
I'll lead with the caveat that I don't know as much as I should about Airstreams as I consider this project. But always a dreamer--yet knowing the realities that come with most any project! I just finished a cafe bike that I ended up selling due to stage of life. I'm trying to get as much info in as possible before the Airstream launch. That said I will probably be "building the plane as it's flying" so to speak
I've always been drawn to the shiny silver bullet silhouette that represents adventure and repose. Ok. enough poetry haha. My wife and I have two little girls age 4 and 8 and are wanting to create something that we can use to get away--mostly for camping etc...and occasional road trips but probably not that far. My hope would be that eventually we could retire, sell our house and maybe "plug in" near wherever the girls are (if they'll have us) But a lot can happen between now and then. So I'm trying to focus on what we would utilize for the next decade. (And what's semi-realistic and doable) We have a V8 Touareg at the moment for towing--7,700lb tow capacity with 300lb of torque. However, I've been thinking about something in the 24'-27' range. The only up close experience I've had was with the guy I mentioned in Kauai who basically gutted and retrofitted a 27' outlander twin. The couple at the end of my street has what I think is a Bambi from the 90's maybe?--he let me walk through it and I was secretly hoping he would sell it to me--but alas I think he is still holding on to the dream haha--however, it hasnt moved from under his awning in the 3 yrs we've been here. Anyway--all that to say--thanks for your help as I go--I'm just trying to define reality as I try to make this happen.So your input is helping me put a plan together .
So--mostly short trips. We live about 45 mins from Red River Gorge--good camping and climbing. But if I ever wanted to attempt a trip from say Lex to Disney World (12hrs) I'd like to know it could make it. Or perhaps a 9 hour trek to a state park near the ocean in South Carolina. My dog is 19!!( hes a border collie) but he most likely won't be around for the reveal
Therefore, it will need to sleep just the 4 of us humans as we will probably take a pet break for a while to mourn properly. I'll throw in a few of the pictures from Kauai guy's build as I really liked the simplicity of it.(& he did a lot of the work himself to save money and from what he said to ensure safety as they had a baby. Ok, sorry if I'm babbling and please as any direct questions or input you think might be helpful,
Appreciate you all.