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Old 08-15-2010, 07:53 PM   #21
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How big is too big? Newbie Ponderings...

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That being said, the vintage 2 twin layouts would probably meet our needs perfectly. Are the twin beds in these full-width twin beds or narrower?
I don't think that there is a definitive answer to your question other than they are slightly smaller than a standard twin, but the actual trailer model and vintage has an impact on the actual dimensions. When I had new mattresses made for my '64 Overlander the center twins were 1.5" shorter than a standard twin and just under 3" narrower than a standard twin - - the way the bases are designed, the standard width would have worked, but with any bulk in the bed spreads or comforters and the aisle would be too small for comfort . . .

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 08-15-2010, 08:39 PM   #22
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I borrowed a friend's SOB 30' trailer for a short camping trip before buying my Airstream. I knew that I didn't want to pull something that large and settled on a 24-25' Airstream in my mind as the right size. Then with the Vintage trailers out just watch what goes by once you know approx. what age unit you want and how much you think you can afford. Go to Vintage Airstream: Vintage Airstream Photo Archives

there you will see a great chart on the models, year and pictures of all the different Airstreams out there. It's pretty amazing how the same basic model can be very different even in the same year. Once you lock down your choices then be prepared to jump quickly with cash in hand when what you are looking for comes on the market. Good trailers in great condition move quickly and there always is somebody else out there willing to outbid you on E-bay or sitting in the driveway with cash waiting for the owner to come home. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:32 PM   #23
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We started out with a 26' Overlander and used it for about 6 years before moving up to a 31' Sovereign. I remember looking at a Sovereign before I bought the Overlander and thinking that I wouldn't want to pull something that big, but when towing I don't even notice the difference.

It's inside that the difference is significant. The Sovereign seems much more than 5' longer. Several people mentioned the bother of having to make up beds, and one of our goals in getting the Sovereign was to sleep 6 in permanent beds. We now have three sets of bunk beds, and we don't have to convert the dinette to a bed.

We still have the Overlander. The goal is to eventually restore it in 1964 style for traveling for two, but for now, traveling with 4 kids, the Sovereign is a good size, although I do have my eye on this old Spartan...
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