Originally Posted by Mr.Bill
Yes, I agree that touring the U.S. in an Airstream would not be less expensive than staying in my house. However, because of the housing prices in the San Francisco Bay area I could sell the house, buy a brand-new 30 foot Airstream and new 3/4 ton pick-up to pull it and still have enough cash left over to live on (combined with Social Security) for at least 5 years. If I stay in the house I'd have to take out a reverse mortgage and go into debt about $1,500 every month, and not be able to afford to go any farther than my patio. Bear in mind that I have heart disease and diabetes and have already had a major heart attack that more than one cardiologist told me I shouldn't have survived, so I don't really need to plan too many years ahead (my wife has relatives that can take care of her when I'm gone).
Because we have made some "mistakes" along the way, and have literally paid the price, I would add caution regarding the choice of a tow vehicle. We once owned a heavy fiver and eventually had to buy a one ton dually which was adequate for that 15K monster, but believe me, it was not overdoing it!
When we traded for the AS---30'---we thought we had "too much" truck, and perhaps we do, but after experiencing the ease with which our truck handles the towing load, AND all the STUFF we eventually placed in the covered bed of the truck, we are very happy that we have this truck.
It is better to have "too much" truck at the onset, and by the time you have that rascal loaded and motoring down the road, then you have "just enough" truck.
IMHO I wouldn't pull a 30' with less than a one ton SRW at least.....