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Old 11-21-2021, 06:42 PM   #1
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Help us get into an Airstream

My wife and I and family have camped for almost 20 years and have many different types of campers from starting out in a pop up, travel trailer, 5 wheel bunk house, toy hauler, then got out of camping for a few years! Then we decided we missed it so hot another travel trailer, then another 5 wheel bunk house, then a Tiffin Class A diesel pusher, then now back to a toy hauler that we got a deal on we couldnít pass up.
But realized it is huge and almost to big (didnít ever think I would think that) but itís 45ft. And itís to big. So the wife is thinking she wants an airstream.
So tell us the good and the Badís. And is it worth what the cost?
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Old 11-21-2021, 07:01 PM   #2
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Airstreams run the gamut from "aluminum tents"(Basecamp, Bambi and Caravel) to luxurious 30+ footers. They are easy to tow and you will never tire of looking at them. The aluminum construction may leak for a few unfortunate owners, but the shell will not delaminate or have the rubber roof disintegrate. The corporation generally stands behind their product. Yes, they cost as much as 3 times a stick-built or 1.5 to 2 times a decent fiberglass trailer (Escape or Oliver), but they hold their value and have a longer life IF maintained.
You probably knew all that. The real question is, will your family, pets, and gear fit? Can you live without slides, a fireplace, dishwasher, and outdoor kitchen? Airstreams are definitely geared more to people who are willing to spend time outside their trailer.
If you make to informed decision to purchase the appropriate Airstream, you will not likely regret it.
Happy camping!
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(Same man, Bigger can)
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Old 11-21-2021, 10:34 PM   #3
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If you think you need help getting into the airstream life, just wait until you try to get out of it.
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Old 11-29-2021, 07:01 PM   #4
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My wife and I purchased a 2010 FB Flying Cloud in 2012, and love it!! we have traveled from WA to VT and FL including many points in between. If we had to do it again, would opt for a 25-28' (Know anyone wanting a 20' lol). We made a couple of cosmetic modifications, but otherwise still loving the "Airstream Life." The longest we have ever been in the trailer is 45 day, this caused us to get a custom mattress, the factory one was hard on the back. You can't go wrong with an Airstream.
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Old 11-29-2021, 09:18 PM   #5
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Need more data.
  1. How many will be sleeping in the trailer?
  2. Any pets?
  3. How long will you be out at one stretch?
  4. Do you have a TV already selectors or are you willing to find something safer to tow with?
  5. Do you like each other?
  6. Where will you be camping? State parks. RV parks. Boondocking?

Point is, determine your camping needs/style then find a trailer that fits.
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