Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-22-2023, 06:47 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
New to forum, and I'm shopping for my first AS

Thanks for all the great information you share on this forum.

I've been reading here some for the past few months, learning, trying to figure out what AS I want. I've narrowed it down to a single axle, and probably a 20'er. I like that floor plan, but I might end up with a 16. I'll be towing with a Jeep GC with a V8-hemi.

I re-retired last winter after flying around the country for the past ten years, and I plan to spend a good share of the next few traveling at a slow pace. There are lots of places I need to see on this continent.
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2023, 07:22 PM   #2
Escape Pod II
 
John Ware's Avatar
 
2022 23' Flying Cloud
2018 22' Sport
Orange , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 631
Congrats on your retirement again. Ck 'em out in person before you order one. I thought I wanted a 16' before I saw how small they were.
__________________
JEWare
John Ware is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2023, 07:27 PM   #3
Rivet Master

 
1966 22' Safari
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Fredericksburg , Texas
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,694
Welcome. What era Airstream are you interested in? I guess whether itís retirement or re-retirement, youíll probably end up busier than before. Good luck on your search.
Bubba L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2023, 07:56 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Hans627's Avatar

 
2009 25' FB International
2018 27' Globetrotter
Tavares , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 3,226
Welcome to the forum.

Regarding deciding on which AS to get, I would suggest, since you are in the Roanoke area, you take a trip to Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park, near Copper Hill. There you will find different types of AS to look at, but more importantly, be able to talk to owners who can tell you the pros and cons of the various models.

http://vahighlandhaven.com/

Enjoy your search!
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:18 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
s1000pre's Avatar
 
2021 30' Flying Cloud
2020 25' International
minneapolis , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 1,400
Images: 1
Take a day and go sit in the floor plan you are looking at. Think everything through thoroughly. Sleeping, making the bed, storage, stuck inside during poor weather, etc.
__________________
- Stewart
s1000pre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:27 AM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Thank you, John Ware. Yes, the 16' felt pretty small compared to 19s and 20s.
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:30 AM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Thanks, Bubba L. I've been looking at 2010s thru 2020s mostly, but I'm not excluding anything clean with a decent price tag.
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:36 AM   #8
"Cloudsplitter"

 
2003 25' Classic
Houstatlantavegas , Malebolgia
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 19,495
Images: 1
Welcome Aboard....

Consider...Many suspect that AS offers the smaller units only as a hook for the larger ones.

There is no known cure for Aluminits.

Bob
🇺🇸
__________________
Iím done with ĎadultingíÖLetís go find Bigfoot.
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:36 AM   #9
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Thanks, Hans627. I didn't realize that place was there. I've driven by many times. I used to know a glass blower from near there. ...met him while backpacking on Kauai!
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:37 AM   #10
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 12,867
Images: 5
Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Congratulations on your retirement and welcome to AirForums. We have been Airtsreaming for quite a while and the sense of adventure and discovery never wears off.

Choose your Airstream wisely. Take your time and check out all the models available. Think long and hard about what your camping style will be. This will give you some insight into which model Airstream will best suit your needs and wants.

Be sure to consider the capacity of the tanks when choosing and Airstream. This can be instrumental to how you intend to use your Airstream.

If you should have any questions, be sure to come back here and ask. The Airstream knowledge base here is quite significant.

Best wishes in your quest.

Brian
__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with ProPride
2020 Silverado 2500 (Vivian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:38 AM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Thanks, s1000pre. Yes, I need to do that again. I did a quick visit a few months ago, but I need to do a longer visit at a dealership, I think.
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 07:43 AM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Yes, ROBERT CROSS, I've noticed that. In my case, it might be an in betweener until my wife retires and can travel with me.
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 08:15 AM   #13
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Thank you, Brian. Yes, the separate grey water has my attention.
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 03:58 PM   #14
DG
 
2021 23' Flying Cloud
oakville , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 121
We went through a similar process two years ago in August 2020 which, depending on your plans and situation, may or may not be instructive. Mid covid so we had no ability to sit in trailers as there was no stock. Started off looking at small trailers (16 ft Alto, Basecamp, Caravel 16') that would fit our mid size SUV and were put off by size (or lack of size) of beds and bathroom.

Initially in my ignorance we wanted only single axle, thinking it would be lighter, tow better and safer and actually ordered a Caravel- then I read on this forum about the hazards of tire blowout, better tracking of twin axle and difficulty of tire change compared to twin axle, and, more importantly, had second thoughts about a 4ft+ bed for the two of us on long 2-3 month trips we had planned, so upgraded the order to a 23ft. with a queen bed.

Then changed the SUV...., which was annoying but in retrospect a good decision as a larger truck allowed us to carry bikes, kayak etc which SUV would not.

Happy with the choice we ended up with.
Waterbeach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2023, 08:01 PM   #15
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 12,630
There should be quite a few used small Airstreams because many who buy them soon want to move up. For some a small one is fine, but Americans usually like big and bigger. You might try to rent a small trailer and see how you like it.

Will you have a dog? Dogs can take a lot of space. Do you want to make fancy meals?—then you will need more kitchen items and more storage. Do you have special food needs where you have to bring special stuff with you? Airstreams do not have much storage, so take that into consideration. If you are tall, beds can be small and smaller. Do you want to make and unmake the bed every day in the smallest ones? And two people in a small trailer may mean romance or divorce—some years ago there was a couple with a Bambi and a baby who posted on the Forum. I met them somewhere in our travels, maybe Santa Fe. They were fine with the size, but I expect not too many people could be that close and not need a little more space. Your wife may decide once she sees an Airstream she wants to go with you for short trips or vacations.
__________________
Gene

The Airstream is sold; a 2016 Nash 24M replaced it.
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2023, 06:53 AM   #16
2 Rivet Member
 
2021 19' Bambi
Latham , New York
Join Date: Apr 2021
Posts: 56
I must point out the 16 footers have a wet bath and a single sink. Our previous RV (which we used for many yrs) had that and was an automatic No/No for our replacement RV.
WhatNext is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2023, 08:00 AM   #17
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Thanks. Yeah, no dog.
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2023, 08:01 AM   #18
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Roanoke , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2022
Posts: 22
Thanks. Yes, the shower in the 16s is tiny.....but way better than a shower in a tent!
STGMNOBPF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2023, 10:29 AM   #19
Master of Universe
 
Gene's Avatar
 
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 12,630
Quote:
Originally Posted by STGMNOBPF View Post
Thanks. Yes, the shower in the 16s is tiny.....but way better than a shower in a tent!
But with a shower in a tent, you can wash your clothes and sleeping bags at the same time. We have several tents over the years, but never saw one with a shower though.

About 20 years ago we tried a truck camper, sort of like the smallest Bambi. The wet shower was tight, just tying my shoes was interesting because tight quarters, if someone was cooking you either had to stay in the small dinette or in bed. If anything broke, it was even harder to get to than the usually difficult to fix larger ones. It was made for miniature people. They look efficient and even cute, but living in one is a challenge.
__________________
Gene

The Airstream is sold; a 2016 Nash 24M replaced it.
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2023, 10:56 AM   #20
Rivet Master
 
Dennis C's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 2,471
I think the comments in this thread are good. The right sized Airstream is a personal decision and everyone is different. Many things factor into the decision. A few questions come to mind: How tall are you? Do you like to spend time relaxing inside the trailer, or do you spend most of your time outside? How much stuff do you want to bring along? What is the capability of your tow vehicle? Do you like to boondock? Do you want to get your trailer into tight locations, small campgrounds, or rugged off-road locations?

My wife and I went through this decision making process when we purchased our 23FB. At the time, I was still working full time, and we used the trailer for recreational camping trips, long weekends, etc. It was great for us, although it required a few compromises. I’m 6’4”, so the shower was very tight. I had to shower sitting down. The bed was small but manageable, and there wasn’t much interior seating or storage. All these things were really minor inconveniences given the way we used the trailer. It was worth the compromises at the time.

A few years later, I retired. We are now planning to take extended trips, some 2 - 3 months at a time. Our beloved little 23FB simply wasn’t big enough for this type of usage, at least not for us. We sold it and bought a bigger rig. Preferences change as time passes.

Many people say things like “buy your second Airstream first” or “buy the biggest Airstream you can afford”. My thought is that you should really think about how you’re going to use your Airstream and buy the one that’s right for you. It may be a 16. It may be a 25. Only you know what’s really right. I think many people buy an Airstream because it’s the biggest one that their current tow vehicle can pull, or it’s the biggest one they can afford right now. I totally understand this, but these people often end up buying another one later that fits their needs better. They end up buying the one that they should have bought the first time.

Good luck with your decision!
__________________
Dennis
Dennis C is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Forum Thread & Concerned First Time Buyer sethhall Airstream Trailer Forums 0 09-20-2021 04:04 PM
first time shopping for new outriggers... haaseome Member Introductions 4 06-19-2021 07:20 PM
Newbie Intro-Shopping for First AS, looking for advice LimaVictor Member Introductions 11 01-31-2017 06:10 AM
Shopping for our first travel trailer AircraftMech Dollars & Cents 7 08-31-2009 12:22 AM
shopping for my first isabelle g Member Introductions 4 06-19-2007 10:35 AM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.