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Old 10-23-2005, 10:06 AM   #1
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Swaying my wife

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I have been involved with this site for a good while. I love Airstreams and dream of owning one. We presently own a huge...and heavy 5th wheel. My wife likes all the room, gormet kitchen, dressing area with draws etc. etc. She is worried about the curved backs on the cabinets that might not have enough space and sometimes rather smallish kitchens. I love everything about the Airstreams. Pulling a trailer that is 4-5000 pounds lighter is a huge plus as well!! We are located in Texas. Do any of you good folks know where we might rent a 30' Classic to give it a try?? I believe that if I could get her to a rally and meet some other folks that she might get hooked. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Carl
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Old 10-23-2005, 10:11 AM   #2
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Not sure where you'll be able to rent one, but the cabinet curves etc have never been an issue for us. If you are looking for lots of space, I know the 34' units have lots of storage space, slightly more than the 30'. Add a slide to either and it's like having a whole room within a coach.
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Old 10-23-2005, 11:26 AM   #3
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Carl - contact the wbcci folks in your area. Explain that are looking and ask to attend a rally. They are usually very accomodating. Take you wife on a tour of a 28 foot ccd. The clean lines on the interior give the impression or open space and loads of room - actually - there is a lot of room.
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Janet has a good idea. Part of the deal too is the fellowship from groups of friends with the common interest being Airstreams. I don't know where Columbus Texas is but we're having a camping get together on the weekend of Nov. 3 at Ray Roberts Lake State park. If you'd like to join us just make your reservation at the Johnson Branch on the north side (they have two state parks on this lake). That would give you a chance to see some new and vintage trailers. Also, if you do go shopping many of us highly recommend Roger Williams Airstream in Weatherford TX. David Tidmore, GM, is very knowledgeable and their service before, during and after the sale is excellent. You can PM me if you want more details on anything. Good luck
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Hey...thanks for the invitation. Unfortunately I don't believe we would be able to attend. It is a shame, because our youngest son lives in Denton. I would feel rather ackward pulling in there with our "beast" of an rv! I suggested to my wife that we keep the big 5th wheel that she likes so much and buy a used Airstream. I have been looking and could find some really nice ones for $20K or under. I enjoy restoration, so if it needed a few nips and tucks, that would not be a problem. I have been looking on ebay, rvtrader, this site along with some dealers. Any suggestions on where to search for a good used one would be appreciated. Hope you all have a great weekend at the State Park. I will be thinking about you! Carl
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Old 10-26-2005, 12:58 PM   #6
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Keep an eye on the newspaper. That is where we finally found ours. We had been looking everywhere and finally checked the Ft worth paper. 3 weeks later we found her locally. Suprised us both.
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Old 10-26-2005, 04:43 PM   #7
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I found our new '34 foot limited at the classifieds here. We also sold our '72 30foot sovereign at the same place. There are a lot of airstreams posted here that might suit your needs. Good Luck. We'll never go back to the S.W.B's again.

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Old 11-05-2005, 06:08 AM   #8
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Tim, what do you pull your 34' Airstream with? We presently own a huge 1 ton ford crew cab. I eventually want an airstream that I can pull with a half ton, but I love the room and floorplans of the 34's.

I am not quite ready to buy just yet, but I will definitely follow your advice and check our Houston papers. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2005, 06:35 AM   #9
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Tim, what do you pull your 34' Airstream with? We presently own a huge 1 ton ford crew cab. I eventually want an airstream that I can pull with a half ton, but I love the room and floorplans of the 34's.

I am not quite ready to buy just yet, but I will definitely follow your advice and check our Houston papers. Thanks!
According to his profile, he has a late model 1 ton Chevy van.
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Old 11-05-2005, 06:36 AM   #10
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Carl,
If you are looking at a 30' then you will need at least a 3/4 ton truck. I pull a 25' 1986 Sovereign and a 31' 1977 Excella 500 and I would not want to pull on a regular basis with a 1/2 ton.
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Old 11-05-2005, 08:21 AM   #11
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we use a 3/4 ton for our 34' because we have to. I would feel much safer in a 1 ton
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Old 11-05-2005, 02:37 PM   #12
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Do you have to sway your wife? She does have a valid point.

Also you might take a financial hit if you sell your FW and buy an A/S.

I don't know your circumstances, if you will tow all the time, or just once in a while - that's what dictates one's choice. A/S are great for towing but IMO not for storage, compared to FW.
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I pull my 34' with a 2004 Chevy Express one ton. It does the job well. We just bought the '34 footer this summer and only towed it from Central New York to Michigan and camped with it once. I'm going to try and post this .pdf file from Airstream that lists the dry weight of Airstreams you can find out for yourself what the 34' weighs and decide what type of vehicle can handle it. If you have any more questions let me know. Thanks.

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Old 11-05-2005, 11:24 PM   #14
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Old 11-06-2005, 06:44 AM   #15
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Yes, I agree. My wife does have a very valid point. Our 5th wheel is like dragging around most of our house! It even has a washer/dryer! Lots of storage and lots of room. 3 slide outs and a huge kitchen that we both enjoy. BUT...I don't enjoy washing or sometimes pulling the big ole thing. And HEAVY...it weighs 13,000 lbs. DRY!

But we can compromise though. I intend to locate a really clean used one that we can use for rallys and group campouts with Airstream people (and she is cool with this idea) and keep the 5th wheel for times when more of our family are involved. In fact that would give us an extra trailer for family to sleep in. One of the aspects of Airstreaming are the people. We tend to usually camp alone and since we also live way out in the country...well...I tend to get a bit lonesome.

I really believe that once I get her involved with an Airstream group she will get hooked. We had a bad experience with this "other" independent camping group several years ago and didn't have a very good time. So she is a bit nervous about getting involved with another.

With all this being said, I realize that we must keep the 1 ton. It would drag the heck out of a 30' Airstream. I wouldn't even know it was back there. Thanks for all the input. Carl
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:29 AM   #16
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Airstream or 5th wheel ???

Carl--Do you live full time in your 5th wheel or just use it for vacations, weekends, etc? If you're full timing I can understand you need for space and storage. We went through some of the some considerations you did concerening weight size etc before going with Airstream. These are some of our thoughts. Extra space looks nice but do we need all that some of the big 5th wheels offer? All that space requires cooling in the summer and heating in cold weather, thus more propane or electrical power needs. Many parks,state and national, have limited spaces for large units. A 2-3 mpg gain with a smaller unit over a 300-400 mile day can add up to enough $$$ to pay for a campsite. We spent the better part of 3 months in a 25' Airstream this summer and never felt crowded or a need for more storage. We have since ordered a 30' as we wanted a dinnette. We have plansto full time in the future and plan on using the 30' .------Pieman
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:26 AM   #17
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We do not full time. Our usual trips are within 150 miles of home and last for a couple of days to a week. Now sometimes we will go longer if we are headed out of state, but that is only once every year or so. My wife really likes the washer/dryer, but I suggested that we just pack a few more underware etc. in the truck and wash when we get home. I have no doubt we could make it work...and REALLY enjoy it!

Aside from the Airstream trailer itself, one of the most attractive aspects is the comraderie of fellow Airstreamers that appeals to me. I have really enjoyed these forums and eagerly examine this site daily. Our RV does not have a large owners association at all. Only on the west coast, so we do not get the advantage of meeting other people, which I would really like to do, since we live in Texas. It is a long way from here to Oregon to rally.

Thanks for your input. Carl
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Old 11-07-2005, 06:02 AM   #18
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...Our usual trips are within 150 miles of home and last for a couple of days to a week....Aside from the Airstream trailer itself, one of the most attractive aspects is the comraderie of fellow Airstreamers that appeals to me. I have really enjoyed these forums and eagerly examine this site daily.
Carl:

You now have another chance at "experiencing" an AS Forum Rally..."just up the road" by Texas measurement.

Pull up the thread below:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...-tx-19048.html


I have been in attendance the past two years, and will be there with the 345 on the weekend of Dec. 10. The 'Santa' parade and courthouse Christmas sale makes for a diversified weekend. The campground is right on the river within walking distance of the town square.

There will be new, old, Argosy, and Motor Home Air Streams there.

SOBs (Some Other Brands) will be tolerated as long as there is a strong interest in Air Streams.

Initiations will be conducted during the Rally.

Hope to see you there!
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If you are looking at a 30' then you will need at least a 3/4 ton truck. I pull a 25' 1986 Sovereign and a 31' 1977 Excella 500 and I would not want to pull on a regular basis with a 1/2 ton.
I agree with Carl on this point. When we purchased our 31' Excella I pulled it with a Ford F-150. After realizing that the AS was driving the truck at some times, we upgraded to an F-350. We were looking at the F-250's but this one was a demo and I got it for less than the 250. It also has a diesel, which has been my second best decision....that is behind buying our Airstream.

PS. Our WBCCI unit is holding a rally in Boerne over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend and there are several folks with newer trailers that would be more than happy to let you check them out.

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But we can compromise though. I intend to locate a really clean used one that we can use for rallys and group campouts with Airstream people (and she is cool with this idea) and keep the 5th wheel for times when more of our family are involved. In fact that would give us an extra trailer for family to sleep in. One of the aspects of Airstreaming are the people. We tend to usually camp alone and since we also live way out in the country...well...I tend to get a bit lonesome.

I really believe that once I get her involved with an Airstream group she will get hooked. We had a bad experience with this "other" independent camping group several years ago and didn't have a very good time. So she is a bit nervous about getting involved with another.

With all this being said, I realize that we must keep the 1 ton. It would drag the heck out of a 30' Airstream. I wouldn't even know it was back there. Thanks for all the input. Carl
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I am right there with you...we are in the market for a decent high end used 5'ver. I live on the road 11+ months out of the year. I LOVE my AS, but the convenienceof the 5'ver has a lot to offer. Plus the fact I love the vintage AS but I am not at home to work on it enough. As far as the 1 ton...wanna guess what I just bought .... '96 F350 CC,DRW, PSD 4.10ls 39k on it! BTW someone said a while back that "my hobby is RV's" I agree completely, I don't do golf, harley's or whatever. But I live and breathe RV's...

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