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Old 10-04-2020, 10:39 AM   #1
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Two foot-iris

Title should read:

Two foot-itis

We are in serious pursuit of our last trailer.
We’ve teardrop-ed for seven years, sold the teardrop, sold the Tacoma, bought a Tundra limited 4x4 with 5.7, tow package and built a garage that will accommodate up to a 30 ft-er.

We’re agreed on our floor plan (RB-Q).
However I’m leaning toward a 23 and my wife is sure she wants a 25.
A humorous sidebar is that we’ve never really experienced the inside of either version, not in any detail anyway.

My reasoning is I’ve read (a blogger) that 23 is the best length for national parks and dry camping.
My wife (who’s never been able to walk around in our teardrop) is afraid that 23 ft will be claustrophobic.

My questions for the forum are:
Is there an ideal length for national parks and dry camping (we’ve done both for up to two weeks with our tear drop)?
Are there any serious downsides to the RB-Q floor plan (we realize it means a smaller split bathroom)?

This may be a factor too, we are planning extended trips to both coasts 3-4 weeks minimum.
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Old 10-04-2020, 11:32 AM   #2
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Camper report has an article about national parks that lists the max length for each park. One thing to remember is that most trailers are measured just by the box whereas airstreams are measured tongue to bumper. That means that if non-airstreamers are saying by a 23 that would equal a 25, or really a 26, in an airstream.

Maybe also consider the long term of resale. 25 footers sell like hot cakes.
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:17 PM   #3
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I had a similar experience before we went to the dealer and spent some time in various models. I was dead set on a 23CB for all the same reasons you listed. As soon as we stepped in the 25 we knew it was for us. The space feels so much bigger, especially with panoramic windows on both sides. If I recall correctly the tanks are a bit bigger on the 25 as well.

The RB will be more tongue weight friendly which your Tundra will appreciate. We went with the FB because you get an extra window in the living/dining area. We have yet to find a site that we can't fit in to with our 25. If possible, try and spend some time inside each model in person. It's always cheapest to buy your second trailer first! Good luck!
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