Originally Posted by Treyladut
I currently have a 30ft 5th wheel with a slide.I am selling to get a airstream looking at 70's 31ft range are bigger.what are some things to look at when buying one and how is room in the inside with 2 adults a teenager and 3 year old.I'm ready to get rid of a disposable camper and get one that last. Thanks,trey
Hi, Trey my name is Jim Clark and I live on the Westbank in Algiers. Every question you ask has been answered many time on this forum and the search feature is your friend, this will save you a lot of time this site has a huge wealth of information built up for years.
I will try to answer a few of your questions but many others here will have more knowledge than I. First a 30ft 5th wheel and a 31ft Airstream have nothing in common. You will have less space, less storage, less of everything so you will have to learn to camp efficiently. You will not find a slide in a 70's Airstream. You will find leaks, maybe a sagging rear, appliances that don't work, bad axles, rusted frame, rotten floor and more. You may be lucky and not find any of these issues, before you buy one search each issue to know what you are getting. An Airstream of any vintage in good condition is a pleasure to own, tow, camp in, and enjoy. Airstreams are designed to be towed and used for a very long time. If you decide to adopt an older Airstream you can renovate to your taste and have a unique trailer like no other, look at some of the projects that folks here have completed and are currently working on.
You may have to reconfigure your tow vehicle, you may need the power to pull a larger AS but a truck which is to stiff will hurt the trailer so read about all the towing and hitch issues, none are bad it is just that certain ways are better than other and everyone has their own opinion. Again a lot of knowledge here.
Research, ask questions welcome to Airstream.