My first time here, I am interested to find out what I need to know in order to purchase a used Airstream. I really don't know much of anything to be careful of or check out.
My wife and I frequently travel to S. America looking for lost cities and ancient places. Our journey takes us to very remote places and "raw" living conditions at times. What we find we share with those interested by placing the video's and reports on our website, XpeditionsTV.com
While in the States, we travel throughout the country giving talks and seminars. Staying in hotels has long been an issue. The beds are never as comfortable as we wished, nor as clean. Eating out all the time is just as bad. I really like my wife's meals and rarely get to enjoy one unless we happen to get a room with a small kitchenette. Most of the tikme, it's Denny's or similar.
So, we were thinking about a motor home for awhile. About to buy one, a good friend sugested we reconsider. They are expensive to repair and maintain, plus you will certainly need a tow behind car. You just don't drive to the store in one of those giants.
Having just returned from Peru again, we decided to start looking for a trailer. Though I have no experience with any brand of trailer, I've a good feeling about Airstream's. My intuitive feelings are really the only reason we decided to look into getting one. Well, I must admit... They look really cool, kind of like a spaceship. Since we're both SciFi fans, it seems to fit with our sense of adventure.
So, what should we be aware of as we explore the various models and years for sale out there? We have about 10K to spend and realize a used item is in our future. However, we don't know where to begin except that we already are certain a 31' or larger is what we're looking for. Anything smaller and we simply couldn't comfortable live in it full time (I'm 6' 7")
We have a 1999 Chevy Suburban 4X4 (automatic) with a 350 ingine. Will our car be able to tow it? What do we need to know about this? It has a 500 lb. hitch. Is that good enough? The Airstream's have brakes. Is there something about this that we need to know? Is something supposed to be already installed in the vehicle or do we need to have something installed?
I already know many of you are shaking your heads in bewilderment at the questions. Buy hey, if this isn't the right place to ask questions... well, where is?
We're looking forward to being a part of this community and hopefully contributing someday.
Best Wishes to all who read this...