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Old 02-20-2017, 03:12 PM   #1
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Which Airstream

Slowly learning a bit about AS, but still confused.
We are looking for a used 25' to 29' model, likely 1995 to 2007 age wise.
We are a retired couple and spend 3-5 winter months in the south. Limited Summer use in our home state of MI.
Can anyone offer model suggestions, etc. based on our extended stay usage?
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:21 PM   #2
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A lot depends on your tow vehicle, what are you pulling with?
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:52 PM   #3
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It is a good thing you are looking at a used trailer. I say this because all to many people buy new only to realize they needed something else.

For extended stays you want to pay real attention to storage. Consider both the trailer, Airstreams are limited in this area, and the TV
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:59 PM   #4
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The mid 80's to mid 90's trailers seem to be the best bargains, especially the 28' and 31' models (there are a lot of them). You may need to replace axles, brakes, bearings and an appliance or two may need replacing but overall expense will be a lot lower than buying new or late model.

Don't be intimated by the longer trailers. They tow beautifully and in 10 years of half-timing I have only been unable to fit in a desired campsite once.
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Old 02-20-2017, 04:20 PM   #5
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Old 02-20-2017, 06:24 PM   #6
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Suggest you try to visit some Airstream rallies. Most have at least one open house period. Great opportunity to see many different models and layouts.
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Old 02-20-2017, 06:43 PM   #7
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frjeff, It's a tough question you ask, however, I've not read of too many folks who wish they bought a smaller airstream. Your truck will tow just about any of them.

Buying used, I'd be particularly concerned about the mechanical shape of the unit, some items of which have already been mentioned here for you. I'd also be very meticulous in my inspection for interior water damage.

Lastly, pay close attention to your trucks cargo capacity. There's a sticker on the door jamb that gives the number. It'll likely say "the combined weight of cargo and occupants should not exceed...." My 2015 Ford F150 Crew Cab has a cargo capacity of 2,007 pounds. Your trailer tongue weight, plus the items hauled in your truck, plus occupants, and other things, add to this weight.

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Old 02-21-2017, 05:14 AM   #8
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Gratitude

Thanks everyone for the wonderfully helpful info and pointers.
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Old 02-21-2017, 06:50 AM   #9
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Which Airstream is very personal. Everyone has different ideas as to their needs and preferred layout. We have had 3 other Airstreams and now have our 4th. We had a 29', 30' and a 28', loved them all for different reasons. We now have a 25' and are very happy with it.

As someone else said, it is very important to check for water damage, especially noticeable in the flooring. Airstreams are wonderful but they do need regular maintenance. We would have no other brand. Buying used will save you lots of money, just be careful in your inspection. Check several for a competitive price. Find the one you love and negotiate what you can.
Then enjoy your rig and camping.
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:21 AM   #10
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Consider a cap for the Ford and maybe a slide out deck for it to help with the storage issue.
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Old 02-21-2017, 08:41 AM   #11
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If you can find a restored/updated 70's model they weigh much less than the newer models. I'm sure someone will chime with the exact year that the trailers got heavier, but my 1973 24 foot argosy has GVWR of 5800lbs. As others have stated finding the trailer that will make you happy is a very personal experience. Mine with the bunks sleeps six comfortably which is important to us as we often tote along grandchildren. Everyone looks for certain features and amenities and the only way you will find exactly what you want is to get out and look.
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Old 02-21-2017, 09:29 AM   #12
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I think you are looking in the correct size and time frame. Decide whether you want the twin beds or a double bed. After that condition and maybe price trumps the model or layout as far as I am concerned.
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We spend 6-7 months a year traveling with our 2012 FC 25, winter months in the Southwest. Summers in Minnesota lake country, our Airstream is not needed. The factory dinette/bench seating had to be changed to recliner seating, that has made it a very comfortable trailer for traveling and long term camping. Don't burden yourselves with excessive gear, keep it simple.

Your truck sounds like a great match to a mid-size 25-28 Airstream with a good weight distribution hitch and setup. After using other w.d. hitches, I would use nothing but our ProPride for towing again.
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Old 02-24-2017, 05:40 PM   #14
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Found The One?

We have found a 2007 Safari(Flying Cloud)FB, Special Edition, LS, 25th Anniversary Edition for sale. It is in very fine condition and appears well kept.
Seller asking $36900.

Reasonable??
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We have the exact model with lots of updates. Regarding price, I would not sell mine for that amount because of the updates, however regardless, it is a great rig. If you have found some comps, then you will have a better idea of the value keeping in mind some that may list for less money may not be in the same shape. You could look at several rigs and they could all be in different condition. So if you find one in better condition that the others and it may be a little more money, do consider this rig would be worth the difference. Make sure you check under the benches for any signs of water damage. The rear panoramic window has had some problems and we were able to find them and correct the problems.
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We have found a 2007 Safari(Flying Cloud)FB, Special Edition, LS, 25th Anniversary Edition for sale. It is in very fine condition and appears well kept.
Seller asking $36900.

Reasonable??
What length?
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