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Old 03-01-2019, 05:46 PM   #1
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In a dilemma between 16' and 22'

Well just as I thought I had decided on the 2019 Sport 16' I have a friend let me know that he is in need of money and would be willing to sell me his 2017 sport 22' for about 5k cheaper than what the newer 16' would cost me. And his price is about 7k less than what I have been seeing the 22' go for online.

I only need something to sleep in and cook during weekends, I will not be living in it. Is passing up this offer a bad idea? If only I could try them both out, but thats obviously not an option.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:06 PM   #2
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16 vs 22

No brainer. Get the 22' providing you have qualified tow vehicle. The sport 22 is a slightly smaller version of the popular 23FB model. Again, take the deal on the 22. You will be glad you did. Just the bathroom in the 22' should be reason enough. Happy travels.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:16 PM   #3
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The crucial factor for us would be the actual shower in the 22' "dry bath."

"Wet bath" showers are a compromise that is not worth it IMO.

No brainer agreed, if you can tow the 22' . . . good luck.

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Old 03-01-2019, 06:26 PM   #4
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I don’t think you can go wrong with a 22 sport. The 16 is a great trailer and super cute and easy to tow. The 22 shares these characteristic with a light tow and tongue weight however the bed is much bigger. Also the bath is dry vs wet.

I’ll add two full size adults in the 16 bed is cozy maybe too cozy depending on your sleep habits.

I’m winter camping in my 22 right now and I love it.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:31 PM   #5
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Dealing with friends and money is always a sensitive and potentially painful proposition.

We had a 16' for about 4 1/2 years and I really liked it. It was plenty for 2 adults, and 2 kids (13 & 17), all of us in the 5'6 to 5'10 range, give or take. I found it much more livable inside than the 31' we'd had earlier, not to mention easier to park etc. I also liked the way the bed(s) were set up better than the 22/23, but my opinion reflects my preferences, not some absolute value set.

The wet bath was never a problem for us, but quite probably not everybody has the same idea of camping either.

Full disclosure: since our oldest is now semi-independent, we don't need the space as defined by the 16', and have moved to a 27'.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:54 PM   #6
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The 22 is easier to see around, and has the larger bed. I can't think of a good argument for the 16, except that it scores very high on the cute scale. If you're OK on the overall length, the 22 is the winner.
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Old 03-01-2019, 07:31 PM   #7
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Like the others said, the bathroom alone is worth it. The larger bed is good, and you have more roof space if you plan to add solar. Saving $7K and getting a better trailer is a no brainer
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:03 PM   #8
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Thank you all so much, all of these replies are extremely helpful.

I'm a little concerned on the length and added weight of the 22' (i've never towed longer than a 6' dirt bike trailer). Will the bigger trailer reduce my mpg significantly more than the 16' will? Or would it be comparable? I think it's about 1,000 lbs. heavier.
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:07 PM   #9
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Thank you all so much, all of these replies are extremely helpful.

I'm a little concerned on the length and added weight of the 22' (i've never towed longer than a 6' dirt bike trailer). Will the bigger trailer reduce my mpg significantly more than the 16' will? Or would it be comparable? I think it's about 1,000 lbs. heavier.
The only impact the heavier trailer will have on your TV will be the initial launch; yes it will take longer to get up to speed and will use more gas; it will also have an impact on braking performance; but once up to speed, the difference on mpg would be nominal, as both trailers displace the same amount of air, and it just comes down to rolling resistance.

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PS Go for the 22'; you could always turn a 22' into a 16' far easier than turning a 16' into a 22'.
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:43 PM   #10
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Hi, Id recommend the 22. The bed is 6 wider even though the trailer is 6 narrower. The dry bath it a huge upgrade, and it also has a grey tank and a black tank which gives you more capacity for boondocking. It also allows you to drain black first and follow up with the soapy grey tank which rinses your hose. It has a bigger fridge which is 3 way (LP 12v or 110v) vs 2 way. More storage, more counter space, and did I mention the bigger bed? We towed ours with a Volvo XC90 (5000lb tow capacity), and now a new Tahoe. Tows effortlessly with either.
I do like the dinette better in the 16. I like the 16s fold down table better than the pedestal table in the 22 if youll make it up into a bed. It is easier and faster to put down to a bed than the pedestal. And I dont like the U shaped dinette seats in the 22 as much as the facing benches of the 16. Only small children can fit on the bench on the long side of the table of the 22. The cushion there is very narrow. We just store food bags and stuff there.
But still, the bigger bed, the separate shower, and separate grey and black tanks make up for it. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:40 PM   #11
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Thank you all so much, all of these replies are extremely helpful.

I'm a little concerned on the length and added weight of the 22' (i've never towed longer than a 6' dirt bike trailer). Will the bigger trailer reduce my mpg significantly more than the 16' will? Or would it be comparable? I think it's about 1,000 lbs. heavier.
The 22' Airstream is actually easier to tow and much easier to back up than any short 10' utility trailer. A short trailer is very unforgiving and requires extremely quick responses to properly control. So don't fear towing a 22' AS. It also has quality brakes and suspension than any utility trailer.

I also originally choose the 16' Bambi, and within an hour of looking at other models and long discussion with my wife, we both decided on a Flying Cloud 25FB Model. I have never regretted the upgrade after almost 2 years travel.
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:01 AM   #12
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go with the 22.as others have said, dry-bath and larger bed plus slightly more elbow room. the 22 will also be easyer to back-up. kurt
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:18 AM   #13
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Does the 22-footer have the vented AC?

If so, that'd be a big factor for me.

We had a 16, and we loved it. The AC was loud, though.

Our 19 has the vented AC, and, boy, what a difference.

I find the 19 easier to back up.

You may get better mpg towing the 22 than towing the 16, thanks to the 22's narrower profile. It's more slippery in the wind.
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:45 AM   #14
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I'm going to weigh in in support of the 16 especially if you're just one person and you don't mind roughing it a little more (Airstreams are hardly roughing it nmw!). Less to take care of, super easy to tow and maneuver in tight spaces, bedroom in the rear for me is just super nice. I really love mine.
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Old 03-02-2019, 09:10 AM   #15
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My friend has a 16. Good enough for her alone but you want to cook, and the 16 is not well set up for any serious food prep IMO.
You will take a hit on depreciation if the 16 is new...as you have discovered the 22 has already taken that hit!
I like the 22 as a single person unit. A bit narrow for some couples...we opted to sell our 89 to get the wider body to have more room to live on a daily basis. Now that I'm by myself I wish we had kept the 89.
One other down side to the 16 is the furnace is under the bed and it is noisy. I don't know where the furnace is located in the 22

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Old 03-02-2019, 09:33 AM   #16
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I believe the 22 also has double wheels, which I don't have with my 2007 20-foot Safari. Having double wheels would be a great relief if you ever have a fast tire deflation or blow out, particularly on a tricky road like a highway going next to a steep drop-off or a steep hill - no matter whether going up or down.

I find my 20 to be much easier to back up and control than small utility trailers, so length and weight is actually an advantage.

The fact that the 22 is already a season or two used may also help you avoid the new Airstream issues that people report on Air Forums. The first owner already resolved those issues. I bought my 2007 in 2014 and have never had any new-trailer issues.
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Old 03-02-2019, 11:08 AM   #17
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Get the 22, it has separate gray and black tanks instead of the combo tank in the 16. The dry shower is much better and it tows very well with my 1/2 ton Tundra.
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It's hard to go wrong with either choice as they're both great trailers. The differences in weight, length, width, etc are really academic. They're both very small trailers that tow well behind most anything and can be parked almost anywhere.

A big difference - and likely the reason we went with the 22 is that it has 3 distinct areas, each with a different function. The bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen/living areas are each very well designed and sized for their particular purpose. When we were in the 16, it felt like each area was a compromised - all to achieve what was, for us, a negligible length difference.

(We agree with an earlier post that the U-shaped dinette in the 22 is disappointing in actual use, but we look forward to changing that.)
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I believe the 22 also has double wheels, ...
The 22' Sport is a Bambi with a single axle.
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Pleased with 22FB

We ( wife and small dog) have had a 22fb since 2015, traveled across country and spent almost 50 days on the road. Understand everything is a compromise, we set out to purchase a 16 ( wife wasn't a fan of the wet bath) and decided on the 22.No Regrets, the added gray tank and larger bed, make camping in State and National Parks ( no sewer hook ups) rather easy for 3-4 days ( if you conserve).
We tow with a 2014 Jeep GC, 6-cylinder, brake controller. No issues, 14-15 mpg. Traveled Appalachians, Catskills and Rockies in Montana and Wyoming.
Make sure you get a good Weight controlled, anti sway hitch. Extended add-on mirrors and enjoy this beautiful country.
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