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Old 12-17-2019, 11:09 PM   #1
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22 vs 24 feet

Looking into 19, 22, and 24 foot B-rigs. I'm a bit concerned about the length of the new Interstates. Is it reasonably easy to park or even stealth camp in the 24 foot Interstate? As in parking lots and city streets? Do you all take up two standard parking spots? How's that working out?
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Old 12-18-2019, 08:14 AM   #2
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It has been my experience that the longer the trailer the more space you have inside to be comfortable. However the longer it is the more space it takes up outside. As far as pulling and maneuvering a 24" vs a 19" there is the question of weight as well as length. Which brings up the question of you tow vehicle.

Bottom line, how do you intend on using it most? Urban stealth camping? (19'-22') range might be best. If you intend on cross country trips or just want more comfortable lodging perhaps something longer depending on your tow vehicle limitations and your personal needs.

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I pull a towed on most long trips, so the extra van length is not important on those trips.

I look for two end-to-end empty slots in the typical WallMart or grocery parking lot. It means a longer hike, but I need that. In most cases, I have enough length for the towed. I can always find somewhere I fit.
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i pull a towed on most long trips, so the extra van length is not important on those trips.



I look for two end-to-end empty slots in the typical wallmart or grocery parking lot. It means a longer hike, but i need that. In most cases, i have enough length for the towed. I can always find somewhere i fit.



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Looking into 19, 22, and 24 foot B-rigs. I'm a bit concerned about the length of the new Interstates. Is it reasonably easy to park or even stealth camp in the 24 foot Interstate? As in parking lots and city streets? Do you all take up two standard parking spots? How's that working out?


Its a difficult question, and one only you can answer.

How many (typically) traveling, whats your intended application?

Ours have always been 24 and parking takes some effort but id describe the van size as a non-issue.

Personally I never wish for a smaller van, but who knows I might love it.

Our van has one person traveling 75+ % of the time, and two travelers the other 20% followed by four travelers 5%

I wouldnt avoid the larger van due to parking concerns.

Note: my family makes fun of me because (giggle) I sometimes place reflective parking cones on two roadside corners at night (black van) after two of our vans were hit by other drivers at night.



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toad?🤭
The original term was "towed" according to my sources. Since it sounds like "toad", that has become common. I chose to use the original term.
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Its a difficult question, and one only you can answer.

How many (typically) traveling, whats your intended application?

Ours have always been 24 and parking takes some effort but id describe the van size as a non-issue.

Personally I never wish for a smaller van, but who knows I might love it.

Our van has one person traveling 75+ % of the time, and two travelers the other 20% followed by four travelers 5%

I wouldnt avoid the larger van due to parking concerns.

Note: my family makes fun of me because (giggle) I sometimes place reflective parking cones on two roadside corners at night (black van) after two of our vans were hit by other drivers at night.



YMMV


Hate to admit it, but two or more orange cones get deployed on the farthest front and rear corners of my Airstream and connected tow vehicle whenever we park at Walmart or Cracker Barrel pull throughs and usually even in certain campgrounds when the roads are not well-defined in relation to the parking slots. And Im talking a big silver trailer and silver tow vehicle well equipped with reflectors.

Heck, the 22 foot Airstream is in my driveway with cones on the front right now.

Not that Im paranoid or anything. One noid is quite enough...
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The original term was "towed" according to my sources. Since it sounds like "toad", that has become common. I chose to use the original term.


I love it !

I was just thinking about the first time, as an RV owner, I saw the term Toad
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Hate to admit it, but two or more orange cones get deployed on the farthest front and rear corners of my Airstream and connected tow vehicle whenever we park at Walmart or Cracker Barrel pull throughs and usually even in certain campgrounds when the roads are not well-defined in relation to the parking slots. And Im talking a big silver trailer and silver tow vehicle well equipped with reflectors.

Heck, the 22 foot Airstream is in my driveway with cones on the front right now.

Not that Im paranoid or anything. One noid is quite enough...


ConeHeads, Cone People ... my kids are embarrassed and love to make fun of me. One van was sideswiped at about 9pm, on a dark rainy night along the Oregon coast. The van was hours old (just delivered) and the hit and run driver eventually caught my police a month later. Our 2014.5 van was clipped at night on the corner rear bumper. So now, Im a cone deploying person.

Sometimes, well just sometimes, Ill park in known no-parking areas and just toss

(er, uh, strategically deploy)

... couple cones while Im illegally parked for lunch. I think (as an adolescent) I learned it from Columbo or the Rockford Files with the bag placed over the parking meter...

Anyway its been an effective and official looking parking strategy especially in the city.



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"Toads" are creepy don't want the hanging around my backend when towing.
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"Toads" are creepy don't want them hanging around my backend when towing.
Seems like just about everywhere I drive the AI, there is this little white Fiesta that keeps tailgating me. Must be a real short driver since I can't see anyone behind the wheel.
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Being brand new to the RV world as of August 2018 I did not strongly consider the option of the <24' version of the AIGT EXT, for the amenities and space offered by the 24' version seemed to suite our taste well. Although a more economical cost factor existed with less length I continued to circle back the regret I felt I would feel if not opting for the maximum length offered on this model. The only driving adjustment learning curve I experienced was the need to allow for a longer "pull-out" prior to executing a left or right hand turn to accommodate for the long wheel base. For myself hopping the curb on a right hand turn in pretty good fashion was about all the lesson I needed to make the adjustment...LOL.
IMO the AIGT EXT drives like a dream and the inherent narrow body profile of this model allows for a very confident and comfortable driving experience...we love ours!
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Looking into 19, 22, and 24 foot B-rigs. I'm a bit concerned about the length of the new Interstates. Is it reasonably easy to park or even stealth camp in the 24 foot Interstate? As in parking lots and city streets? Do you all take up two standard parking spots? How's that working out?
WELCOME to AirForums! I have a 24 foot Interstate Lounge EXT now and it does require a space and a half when parking on most city streets next to a curb. Same in parking lots, where I always look for pull-thru spots. I've been traveling in my Interstate for over seven years now with no big issues. Having the extra space and weight rating of the larger 24 foot Sprinter is a real plus when traveling on extended journeys.

I'm now planning to replace my long Sprinter with a shorter B-van, probably a 19 foot Sprinter. As I've gotten older I don't make long trips. Now always less than a month and in urban/suburban areas, so a smaller van will work just fine. I also use my van as a second vehicle at home - so a shorter Sprinter will work much better for my future needs.

Bottom line - it all depends on how you plan to use your van.
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Here in Washington State the ferry cost is a LOT less if the vehicle is under 22’. I measured my 2006 22’, it was just under 22 (less than an inch, but under is under).

Probably not a concern- I would think really only if you traveled on such ferries a lot.

I like the 22’, but certainly larger inside is always nice. I have not driven a longer one.
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We have a 24' and have never wished for a shorter one - the extra room is just too nice. I have parallel parked into two empty spaces (boy does that get stares!) and fed two meters more than once. We always seek an outer space at WalMart or other stores and take two spaces - spaces that are strategically picked so as not to be boxed in by vehicles that later park close. It can fit backed into one space if there is room for everything behind the rear wheels to hang over the grass.
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We have a 24' and have never wished for a shorter one - the extra room is just too nice. I have parallel parked into two empty spaces (boy does that get stares!) and fed two meters more than once. We always seek an outer space at WalMart or other stores and take two spaces - spaces that are strategically picked so as not to be boxed in by vehicles that later park close. It can fit backed into one space if there is room for everything behind the rear wheels to hang over the grass.


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Couldnt have said it better!!
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We always seek an outer space at WalMart or other stores... It can fit... into...space if there is room for everything ...
As a fellow Iowan and space traveller... I read your entire quote and the "outer space" comment brings to mind THE best scenes in ANY of the "Star Trek" movies... from "Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home"

[after landing and cloaking a Klingon spaceship in Golden Gate Park]
Kirk: Everybody remember where we parked.

Dr. Gillian Taylor: "Dont tell me, youre from outer space."
Kirk: No, Im from Iowa. I only work in outer space.

Ok, sorry... couldn't help m'self... returning you now to your previously scheduled thread...
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Yes, oh heavens yes the best Star Trek scene ever!

And you can pretty much bet the locals wouldnt make much of it, either.
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This is a 24-foot Interstate in the preferred parking arrangement of many of us who use our Interstates intensely and for more than just vacation purposes (in other words, are parking routinely in commercial and urban spaces, not just parks and rural locations). End-to-end parking spaces, Interstate with nose forward, unless we run the risk of getting someone PO'd at us for taking two spaces like that, in which case we might opt instead to overhang our tails.

Yes, that's an Interstate. This owner is a businessman who had it re-painted copper penny for his own purposes. He's here on Air Forums, but not frequently.

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In most cases, I can get both the AI and my Fiesta in an end-to-end space with no more than a foot of overhang. I usually overhang the nose.

When I towed a smart, I could always fit without overhang.

The Fiesta hatch adds some really useful storage on longer trips.
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