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Old 10-22-2013, 10:27 PM   #41
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Now this is *subjective*. I'm new at Airstreaming but I'll add my .02.

My wife and I are selling our house and will be full-timing in our Airstream until we tire of it. Our goal is 1-2 years but we're flexible. I spent several months gathering information from friends who are avid RVers and from forums such as this one. After connecting the dots we decided on a mid-size trailer, the best we could find for our budget of $20,000.

We were very fortunate to find a '90 25' Excella in outstanding condition. Exactly the floor plan we like - twin beds in the back, mid bath and no dinette. We've only spent a few nights in it so far but we love it.

A bit of room to spare.

We find it's plenty big for us. We did a lot of tent camping when I was a park ranger, eventually "moving up" to a Westfalia. The AS seems large and comfortable to us. And I understand the mid size opens up camping opportunities that might not exist for larger units.

We wanted to use an SUV that we already had as the TV and set a limit on weight of 6,000. The older trailers are quite a bit lighter than the new ones - this one weighs 5,000 pounds dry.

I've been involved with the restoration, showing and racing of vintage cars for many years and I have come to appreciate old over new with many things. This is more expensive with the cars but fortunately, given our budget, it's less expensive with Airstreams. Vintage is sometimes defined as 25 years old which means our trailer is maybe just old at this point. But hey, it will be vintage in another couple of years.

Everything on our trailer seems to work well. It doesn't have some of the luxury items that are found on newer trailers, but I think it will deliver what we are after. Our main focus will be National and State Parks, boondocking, and only occasional stays in commercial RV parks. We're also interested in volunteering as campground hosts.

For us the key thing was to identify what we wanted to do with our trailer and to spec it out accordingly. We feel very fortunate that things converged on a satisfactory budget point.

Hope that helps.

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Old 03-22-2014, 06:52 PM   #42
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My comment (five months later)

Great thread. I too am looking at the possibility of going full time in an Airstream. I acted out the crazy person and went to the dealer with a tape measure and notepad recently. Aside from talking about a cabinet here or there, this is what I found:

The later model twin bed units have more in common than I realized. The 25' 11", 27 (28') and 28 (27' 11") (can be ordered in twin) are VERY similar. The two feet beyond the 25'11"er that the 27 and 28' share - one foot is open space at the foot of the twin beds. The other foot is spread out in the galley/closet area. Everything else measured the same! So. you get a bit more counter and a bit more closet but everything else is comparable.

The difference starts to really show in the 30' where the bathroom and floorplan change to add space. Same for the 31'.

I hope this simplifies your search as far as any space question is concerned.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:00 PM   #43
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The Classic model 30 is actually 31' long just like the Classic 31. The Flying Cloud and International 30 models measure 30' 11" while the Flying Cloud Bunk model is 30' 10". For a very hefty surcharge ($4,500), the International models can be ordered with twin beds.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #44
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Thanks for the length correction. I did not measure the bigger one too closely but immediately saw the bath and isle layout as gaining space
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