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Old 04-01-2023, 03:02 PM   #1
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Hello to all! I have loved the iconic look of Airstreams for ages. Kind of got Airstream fever a few years ago. I was gung-ho whilst my wife was dubious about it. Then two years ago we stayed in a 25 ft Eddie Bauer edition AirB&B on a visit to California, just to try the trailer experience. I came away not-so-sure and my wife thought it was great. I didn't see that coming!

My wife and I are finally ready to begin the buying process. I've settled on the Globetrotter 25FBT--or perhaps a 27FBT (because I would really like to have the microwave). The primary reasons for Globetrotter over the other trim levels are (1) flip-up doors on the overhead bins instead of sliding panels, (2) the dark walnut wood option, and (3) the upholstered "headboard" pieces for the beds.

We will need a tow vehicle for the Airstream. I really do not like traveling in a pickup so I am hoping that a Toyota Sequoia, a Nissan Armada, or similar could pull the trailer. Just starting to look into this now.
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Old 04-01-2023, 04:35 PM   #2
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Let me be the first to welcome you to the forum. It's a great place to share and learn.

And, while be admittedly prejudiced, I think the 27' GT FBT is a great choice. We started with a 25' FBT International that we bought used. Both have been great but having the 2 extra feet made a big difference for us.

Wishing you well in your search. Keep us posted on how it goes!
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Old 04-01-2023, 04:53 PM   #3
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I've owned an Armada, and currently tow my FC26U with a 2500 Silverado. I would not tow a 27 with an Armada, or anything over a 25. I encourage you to look at actual door stickers and trailer stickers before making your purchase.
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Old 04-01-2023, 05:37 PM   #4
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Hello from Colorado and welcome to these Airstream Forums. Lots of information here and helpful folks to boot. I spent the first 40 years of my life in Iowa. How could someone from Iowa not like riding in a pick up. Everyone has one seems to me. I tow my Airstream with a Super Duty as I like the diesel engine. I might add that modern pick up trucks ride and drive like cars. They are very comfortable have all the amenities that luxury cars have; unless you select a "work truck" for hauling pigs to market. You might explore the big SUVs that are built on a truck chassis like the Suburban. The truck cooling systems, transmissions, axles, brakes, wheelbase and more come in handy while towing up and down mountains.

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Old 04-01-2023, 05:55 PM   #5
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Welcome. There is quite a lot of info on all your inquiries on the Forums, from 25 vs 27 to a million or so threads on tow vehicles. You should enjoy the search.

As has been said, today's trucks have a very car-like ride. We tow a 27 with a Ford F250 diesel, very comfortable and easy. But, there are many opinions. Good luck!
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Old 04-12-2023, 08:26 PM   #6
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We have been to the Airstream dealer, looked inside a FC 23, an International 25 FBT, and a GT 30 FBT in the colors we like. We have decided on a GT 25 FBT in Mahogany/Dublin Slate. We'll opt for the microwave/convection oven and probably some augmented solar. I'm still trying to get up to speed on inverters, solar controllers, pass-through, all of that stuff.

For a tow vehicle we have landed on a Chevrolet Tahoe LT with both towing packages plus some other things. The Tahoe does not have integrated trailering mirrors but I have found snap-on mirrors which will fill the bill. Since those make the mirrors stick out even more, I will get the power folding mirrors option so they will be out of the way wherever we park.

Now to find us some funds!
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Old 04-12-2023, 08:31 PM   #7
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We have been to the Airstream dealer, looked inside a FC 23, an International 25 FBT, and a GT 30 FBT in the colors we like. We have decided on a GT 25 FBT in Mahogany/Dublin Slate. We'll opt for the microwave/convection oven and probably some augmented solar. I'm still trying to get up to speed on inverters, solar controllers, pass-through, all of that stuff.

For a tow vehicle we have landed on a Chevrolet Tahoe LT with both towing packages plus some other things. The Tahoe does not have integrated trailering mirrors but I have found snap-on mirrors which will fill the bill. Since those make the mirrors stick out even more, I will get the power folding mirrors option so they will be out of the way wherever we park.

Now to find us some funds!
So the key to solar is what temps are you going to camp in. If it is never really hot doesnít matter all that much what inverter you have, bigger is always better, but not crucial. If you are going to use the AC off the grid then you need a 3K inverter, and not the 1K that comes standard.

We just took delivery of our International 23 FBT. Adding solar and 3K inverter shortly.

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Old 04-13-2023, 07:02 AM   #8
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So the key to solar is what temps are you going to camp in. If it is never really hot doesnít matter all that much what inverter you have, bigger is always better, but not crucial. If you are going to use the AC off the grid then you need a 3K inverter, and not the 1K that comes standard.

We just took delivery of our International 23 FBT. Adding solar and 3K inverter shortly.

JC
Thanks for your post! The salesman suggested upgrading the inverter to 2K, primarily so we can occasionally use the microwave off-grid. But I do think a 3K inverter is a wise future-proof to handle AC eventually. Once we have some experience w/ the AS we can add the solar and batteries as needed.

I see you're in Spfld MO. I am a Drury College grad (still don't think of it as 'University').
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