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Old 07-14-2020, 12:26 PM   #1
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We've been looking for a fixer trailer and have heard the 1960s Airstreams have the tallest interior height.
Anyone out there know the tallest interior height models and years?
Airstream or otherwise?
Thanks so much!
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Old 07-14-2020, 12:48 PM   #2
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I'm no expert on all the Airstream details across years and models but generally the interior heights of trailers before the most recent models are 6' 3." The current models (with ducted AC) are 6' 7.5"
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Old 07-14-2020, 01:17 PM   #3
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Call Airstream of South Florida in Ft. Myers. Ask to talk to one of there Sales Reps named Bruce "Tall Guy" Miller. He may have some tips on how to live in an Airstream when height matters. He is at least 6'8" and then some. Really nice guy. He and his wife used to work for Hadocy Airstream in Columbus, Ohio but moved to Florida a few years back. Good luck with your search.
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Old 07-14-2020, 01:38 PM   #4
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Check out this 2011 thread from Darkspeed called Shell off Headroom Epiphany.

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f53...any-79254.html
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6’8” is indeed tall. How far down into the trailer the air conditioner reaches would be a factor if you have air-conditioning on top of the trailer. Likewise at some point if you were to increase the headroom and put an air conditioner on top of the trailer you would start to literally run into low overpasses on some roads. In other words, the maximum headroom of any potential trailer would then be limited by the number of roads you would be able to safely navigate. I have seen a few overpasses that are less than 10 feet in height. Once you factor in the height of the trailer, the axle clearance and tire diameter plus the air conditioner on top you might emerge on the other side missing something.

Some fifth wheels have plenty of headroom in the kitchen and living areas, but might be low overhead in the bedroom area. However, the largest fifth wheels are indeed limited in the areas in which they can travel and set up camp.

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Owned a sailboat with reduced head room. Learned the humble head bow. Made the AS a non-issue

The bed is easily lengthened to a full CalKing and a few more inches can be added with a filler at the head. At 6-4 I can not relate to an additional 4". Going to be difficult in most ASs.

If I had to have an AS, lowering the floor as part of a full shell off renovation would be how I would proceed. Lots of work, but an interesting project.

Might be worth a call to Ultimate Airstream and see if they have done a special shell throughs the factory.

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Old 07-14-2020, 02:35 PM   #7
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I am also 6'8", we have the 16' Bambi, the AS has more headroom than most of the SOB we looked at, the AC is always an issue (hangs down), the you will find the bath's/shower's a little challenging. But I have avoided head blows, but you have to dip going in and out of the door! I found the AS better than most but the world was not built for "real tall" folks, but I love camping and make it work.
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Simple answer: none of them are perfect for a 6'4" guy. Add another 4" and it's even worse.

Issues:

1) The shower. Sure you can bend down a bit. None of them have room to bend much and still get in the shower.

2) The beds. Again, you can sleep curled up in a ball. If you want to be able to stretch out, none of them will work.

3) Entry door. The AS aluminum door is a pretty standard design over the years. You *will* have to duck.

4) Seating. Unless he's 6'4" with a 30" inseam, there will be legroom issues when trying to use the standard dinette setup. If he *does* have a 30" inseam, most configurations will have headroom issues when seated here or there.

5) The previously mentioned gotcha's with A/C units and the like.

Simple answer is that they just don't make RV's with big folks in mind. Same issue with trucks (which I rarely fit well in ....)

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Old 07-15-2020, 10:17 AM   #9
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We've been looking for a fixer trailer and have heard the 1960s Airstreams have the tallest interior height.
Anyone out there know the tallest interior height models and years?
Airstream or otherwise?
Thanks so much!


Greetings LoYates,

See the attached screenshot from the Living Vehicle website..... their interior ceiling height is listed right at 6' 8".


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Old 07-15-2020, 10:53 AM   #10
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In our 2019 GT 27 twin, my 6'4" husband fits and doesn't have to duck, he does hang his brains on any upper storage locker left open, but we consider that personal problem. He also fits pretty well in the extra long twin beds, the shower if he sits down and the toilet with the bathroom door open.

Our 6'7" son fits more or less, the entire experience is a bit tighter, but he does manage to miss the open overhead lockers more often than his dad and he likes the beds. The shower and bathroom are a bit of a joke...relatively useless for him.

However, our tall nephews (6'8"plus...) still have to duck walk throughout the entire thing, although they are young and spry and don't mine hunching over or squeezing into a tight space.

All that said, we've had 2 other brand trailers with plenty of headroom. The first was a 1998 Coleman tent trailer with 2 king sized bed pull outs...think that one was about 7 feet when set up. The other was a Starcraft hybrid with "real" queen sized beds. That one was a little shorter, but my husband only cracked his head repeatedly on the doorframe and that was upholstered (less blood that way).

We spent years looking for a big and tall version of a trailer!
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My husband is 63 and my two teen boys are close. Your best bet is to go look at as many RVs as you can. Its not only height but general space. Wide shoulders on a tall guy can be an issue on their own. Weve walked through so many brands and my husband even climbs into the shower and lays on the bed.

At his height hes not super super tall so he has More options. We have an rv now where the end of the bed is open so his feet can hang off. Or since its a twin to king type bed he can lay diagonally if we put the center in for the king size. He fits in a lot of showers only because of the extra dome on top. Hes always taller than the spray. He likes the idea of wet baths because he can sit on the toilet while washing if he needs to. He cant use a lot of showers with hard doors easily. He hits the walls with his elbows. Shower curtains are better and can often be modified to hang further away at the top.

When we looked at airstreams it really depends on the model and layout. Its worth checking out as many as you can.
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Old 07-15-2020, 04:17 PM   #12
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That seems to be a problem the trailer interior height! Height has always been a problem with tall people ! Well we bought a Flying Cloud left over and i have No problems inside, now the air is duct and heat is the same so there is nothing hanging down like in the past Airstreams! In ours we have a couch that turns into a long bed and that works great! I like to even sleep on the couch when turned into a bed! The shower is ok yes small but i take one everyday ! It has a split Bathroom on one side shower across from it!!
The Bed Seems fine for me and i use a wedge which helps!
Good luck with your search! We love the Flying Cloud Models! See you down the road, safe traveling!
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We've been looking for a fixer trailer and have heard the 1960s Airstreams have the tallest interior height.
Anyone out there know the tallest interior height models and years?
Airstream or otherwise?
Thanks so much!
My 1964 22' safari is 6' 7'' floor to ceiling.......
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Old 07-15-2020, 09:00 PM   #14
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All I know is my official height is 5 12 ** and I have to carefully duck to get out the door or past the air conditioning return duct. Fortunately the bed is still long enough.

** according to my draft card. Was issued by a lady at a typewriter. She asked my height, and I told her 5 11 3/4 Which is my exact height. She replied, Ill just round that off. True story.
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All I know is my official height is 5’ 12” ** and I have to carefully duck to get out the door or past the air conditioning return duct. Fortunately the bed is still long enough.

** according to my draft card. Was issued by a lady at a typewriter. She asked my height, and I told her 5’ 11 3/4” Which is my exact height. She replied, “I’ll just round that off.” True story.
You mean, that was your exact height. I understand at a certain age we start to shrink. Also, when we go to bed, we lengthen out, then shrink again as gravity compresses our spines when we rise.

So, this means all the tall people need to do is wait until they fit, and then only use the Airstream when upright. Oh, yeah, and being barefoot helps too.


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Yes but i lucked out 6' 6'' ! The new Airstreams yes there is nothing hanging down from the ceiling anymore not a thing! But that is newer trailers! Flying Cloud is really put together nicely!
Yes the shower is tight! But in 2019 they made a 26U Flying Cloud where the shower area was taller, all in one bathroom! The Kitchen table was able to separate and have even more room and was taller even with a wheel chair be used or for us tall guys! Ample room and it came in Twin Beds and Queen bed
a queen bed going side ways can always be made longer for taller people!
Stop at Colonial Airstream In NJ Off NJ Turnpike and take a look there is a lot to look at used trailers and new ones are there in many sizes and models!
And yes i did purchase from them! Ask For Patrick !
And was a rear bedroom model!! See you all down the road , Travel Safely Always!
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The internationals upper lockers have sliders instead of swing out doors. A member here who is 7 feet tall has one. He does shower sitting down and appreciates the head banger cushion on the door.
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I feel for you! I am 6'6" so not quite as tall but went thru this whole process a while back trying to find the best trailer to fit in. In all my research from Airstream product brochures, I found that the '50s are going to be 6'3" or 4"; the '60s are 6'5" to 6"; and the late '60s to mid/late '70s are 6'7". I'm not sure about trailers newer than that as we wanted an older trailer. If you're in for trying to find a unicorn, Airstream did make a trailer in 1949 called the Cruiser 24' "Limited". It was advertised as having a 6'9" interior height and a 91" interior width.
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I have a 1960 28' that was built for a tall person. It's still only 6'7" tall inside but there are no lights in the ceiling, all are on the side walls, and one bed is 6'6" the other is 6'. At the time you could order any change you wanted.
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Fifth wheels.
Most have 7' headroom or more, and real 80" king or queen beds.
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