My wife and I are in our late 50's and looking to purchase a trailer
to use for weekends and vacation while we are still working and
then for more extensive traveling after we retire. We'll probably
retire about 7 years from now.
My grandparents had an Air Stream trailer years ago and they
loved it. I've been impressed with the apparent durability of
the Air Stream trailers. I'm looking to purchase an older trailer
that is in decent condition and has the basics - a place to sleep,
a working bathroom, a shower, a refrigerator, heat and a/c.
Other conveniences that will be nice are cook top
burners, a microwave oven, an electric generator.
We have two teenage sons (16/18) who will travel with us
on weekends over the next few years. They will normally
sleep in a tent, but in bad weather they will crash in the
trailer. A trailer that sleeps 4 will be nice, but we are willing
to live with sleeping 2 and having the kids sleep on the floor.
We have a 1997 Chevy Silverado 1500
which has a maximum
towing limit of 5000 lbs.
We prefer to buy this summer, but we are in no rush.
Someone at work said that Air Stream trailers are very heavy,
which means a strain on the truck and reduced gas mileage
when compared with a lighter model from a different manufacturer.
I would argue that the extra weight is a major factor in the
durability of Air Stream trailers compared with other manufacturers.
I would welcome comments on this topic. Obviously, as the price
of gas goes up heavier trailers become less desirable.
My primary need for help right now is learning about the different
models of Air Stream. Can anyone tell me if there is a single place
to look where I can find basic facts on models: length, weight,
number of sleeping places, standard appliances, number of
axles, size of tires, etc.?
We are looking forward to many years of camping!
Jim and Barbara Anderson