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Old 05-19-2021, 03:11 PM   #1
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Two Airstreams For One Family Rather Than One Large Airstream

Another post got me thinking about Airstream and kids. I know a lot of families go with the 30ft bunk and that would run about 106K new.

A 23 and a 16 seems like a reasonable alternative if the kids are getting close to driving age. I was pulling a trailer in my teens and so was my wife.

This combo seems like it would serve the family for many decades to come. the kids will probably start having kids of their own so their own space might be super handy with very little ones. Just kind of thinking here.

The versatility of that sure does seem like the makings of some really great family vacations.
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Two Trailers = Two Tow vehicles...

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True. Many families have a second vehicle capable of towing a short airstream though. There are just gobs of young families that pick a 4runner or tacoma as a first vehicle.
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We do have friends that pull an Argosy trailer with their Argosy M/H.



This is an older picture - they are both stripped & polished now - pretty cool set-up!

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Old 05-19-2021, 03:35 PM   #5
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We do have friends that pull an Argosy trailer with their Argosy M/H.



This is an older picture - they are both stripped & polished now - pretty cool set-up!

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This is really cool. I have also known families to use the camper shell with a bed in the truck as a bed for an older kid or two.
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There’s a lot to be said for having your own space, some quiet at night, etc., and I can see teenagers just going bonkers over having a small Airstream trailer all to themselves.

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I sold my 2007 Basecamp to a family that tows it with an Airstream Interstate. They use it as a toy hauler and an extra bedroom! Way cool.......
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That's a big upgrade from what we used to do with the kids. We had a popup trailer and a tent. The kids LOVED having their own space, even though it was just a tent.
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There's also a *lot* of very small ( >2,200 pound) trailers out there. If you are simply looking for a "bunkhouse", they might be worth looking at. You do give up a bunch of features, it may not be for everybody. You do have something that will tow behind some very small vehicles. How much "fun" that towing experience will be is very much a "that depends" sort of thing.

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And you’d pay for 2 spots versus 1 in an RV park.
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Two Airstreams For One Family Rather Than One Large Airstream

Know some folks who tow a teardrop behind their Class C because they can’t sleep in the same space. She has lung issues that require a sort of Super CPAP. She has adapted to the noise but he just cannot get used to it.

So, it’s off to the spare bedroom for him at bedtime.

Works for them.
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Start the kids out towing another trailer. Like a utility one.
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And you’d pay for 2 spots versus 1 in an RV park.
That is a very good point.
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Double your pleasure, double your fun! Get some walki-talkies and go for it! Personally, both those are too small IMHO...I would get a tent and a larger AS...kids get the tent when camping...they are happy, your happy, and lot less hassle/cost...IMHO of course, my kids are grown...they come along with our grandkids, but prefer a tent. We have the grandkids sometimes sleeping inside, but mostly, they all enjoy the AS for the TV or the bathroom-prefer to be outside!
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We just bought the bunkhouse so I’m a little biased. I would do the bunkhouse and a Kodiak Canvas tent with two queen air mattresses.
Cons of two:
2x gas
2x site rental
2x maintenance
2x insurance
2x tow vehicle
2x storage
2 sites close to one another
Double the amount of appliances that can fail.

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That sounds logistically difficult. It’s not just twice the amount of consumables—gas, etc. Or the amount of time—setup, tear down, possible repairs, maintenance…

This year and for a few years it’ll be more than twice the logistical hurdles. Finding campgrounds (not to mention camp*sites*). I have one airstream and managed to grab the last spot at a nice campground in July for the family.

That would be my concern and it can certainly be overcome. But after being at it a couple of years now I’m looking to make things twice as simple, not twice as much. If it’s what you want though, go for it!
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That can vary quite a bit park to park. Certainly at a KOA or something similar, you will double the fee. Even at a park that allows a small "add on", you likely will put the second tow vehicle into overflow parking. As your main trailer plus add on gets bigger, the odds of doing a double on the same site quickly head towards zero.

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(number of kids) x (number of trailers/tows) = allowing your kids to bring their friends

We taught my daughter to drive in a F250/CC/7.3/4x4, and pull a trailer when she was 16-17 yrs.

We have gave her the truck/trailer allowing us to see her enjoy the very things she did as a child now as a young adult. Now, if she chooses to join us, she has her own setup.

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(number of kids) x (number of trailers/tows) = allowing your kids to bring their friends

We taught my daughter to drive in a F250/CC/7.3/4x4, and pull a trailer when she was 16-17 yrs.

We have gave her the truck/trailer allowing us to see her enjoy the very things she did as a child now as a young adult. Now, if she chooses to join us, she has her own setup.

Just a Thought,
Thanks for responding. I knew there had to be a happy family out there that had done this. What an incredible gift. To you and her.
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