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Old 08-10-2015, 05:12 PM   #15
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Lightweight Airstream???

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My apologies BoB, I thought the OP mentioned aluminum and from our towing experience I thought our 23' was light, small, and cozy.
PS... The 23's are a 3,000lb single axle trailer but ours has the extra axle option.
I don't seem to be able to find any 23' Airstream's on this Airstream.com document that weight anywhere close to 3000 lbs. Will you please point to one for us? Looks like some 23" Safari's weigh closer to 4500 lbs. And these are dry weights.

Don't forget, we full timed in an Airstream for a year back when Hector was a Pup & I have owned two of them.

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Old 08-10-2015, 05:57 PM   #16
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I don't seem to be able to find any 23' Airstream's on this Airstream.com document that weight anywhere close to 3000 lbs.
I hear ya BoB. Sometimes the net is not much help.

You'll need to find someone with an early 70's single axle 23 and get the numbers there. Some get even lighter than 3,000lbs because those 70's generation Suburban furnaces developed cracks, bacame a safety hazard and were removed from the trailers. Also once the shag carpets were ripped out it really lightened the load even more.

You can see there is not a lot of weight to those things....

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Actually I can see that there is a LOT of weight to those things. I asked you to pick one out for a reason, so I wouldn't get the wrong one. The single axle 1971, 23' Safari is 3530 lbs and the 1979 dual axle 23' Safari is 3905 lbs. neither of which are light weight or anywhere near 3000 lbs.


I have owned Airstreams. And contrary to other comments, I highly doubt if there are many closet Airstream wannabees hereabouts.
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Escape also offers trailers with Thermal Windows & Extra Insulation as an option and some folks do use them in the winter months for ski trips etc but Escape actually suggest they are mainly a comfortable 3 season trailer. Escape btw is a pretty popular FG trailer and they do make a couple under 20' in size - a 17' and a 19'.

While the Bigfoot and Oliver are VERY nice trailers the cheque you will write for them is going to be large. Escape on the other hand also offers a nice trailer with lots of standard features that other manufactures list as extra costs and with the current exchange rate you will find it is very competitively priced.
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Here to learn. Airstreams seem to be every Real Man's dream on wheels. A little airframe on the road. Still all valid, however maybe not necessary to spend mucho dinero to be well- slept, well- fed and well- towed by modest vehicle headed for a little adventure. FG may fit the bill and by the sound of things, last for long too.

That being said, I am a little unsure about the "rat fur" or carpet lining the interior, as I have seen. I think I prefer a harder surface, easier to keep clean perhaps. Must be other options. I wonder what people have done in other ways to line the interior of their little castle, vs getting used to it and being fine with it. Perhaps I am being fussy...
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Neil,

WE have a 1991 Scamp 16. We don't know how much the previous owners used it but we've travel about 7.5 months a year. The trailer is now 24 years old and the Marine Fabric looks great. We've owned it about 5 years. We have spent as many as 310 consecutive days in the Scamp, we cook bacon and eggs virtually every day.

Yet the fabric looks great. I actually find the 'fur' designation distasteful for something that works so well.

We have used a Casita for a year. The carpet was fine though for the same size rig I prefer the Scamp. The aisle is wider, the trailer is taller and it feels more spacious because of the front window. I've had numerous Casita owners come in and say "boy this is bigger than my Casita". They were sure Scamp was longer than 16'.
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Here to learn. Airstreams seem to be every Real Man's dream on wheels. A little airframe on the road.
Being open minded and not stuck in a groove I have a passion for fiberglass, aluminum and some quality stickies to a lesser degree (they do have interior room to spare). All 3 types have their +'s and -'s. Amazingly older Airstream's and glass eggs hold their value in a big way.

Feel out the market and look around Neil. When the right trailer shows it's self there is a good chance you will know it's the right one.
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Here to learn. Airstreams seem to be every Real Man's dream on wheels. A little airframe on the road. ...
Hmmm.... every Real Man doesn't need an Airstream any more than a fish needs a bicycle..... nor do I think that every Real Man dreams about them either.

Real men just sit back and do what's right for the time place and manner.

We full-timed in a 25' Airstream for a year and enjoyed every minute of it. But, that was 1977-78, gas was cheap, and there weren't yet all that many FGRV's in the world for the full timer to choose from.

Today Airstream represents the Luxury end of the RV business and there are customers that find that attractive, but others find the current selling prices almost obscene.

Many (but certainly not all ) Real Men dream about having their FGRV set up at the beach, with the Swedish Ladies Beach Volleyball team practicing nearby, and having the only outside shower panel available in 5 miles. Now that's a dream.....lol
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Now there's a topic "Real Men". I suggest only women be allowed to respond to that one.
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Many (but certainly not all ) Real Men dream about having their FGRV set up at the beach, with the Swedish Ladies Beach Volleyball team practicing nearby, and having the only outside shower panel available in 5 miles. Now that's a dream.....lol
Oh ya, my dream is similar but having the whole Swedish Ladies Beach ball team close by could be intimidating Dang it. Wishing I had the 64 Galaxy in my driveway right now.
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And... if ". A little airframe on the road." is what you need, try this for an RV: Feature: World's Only Street-Legal Boeing 727 Jet Limo - TechEBlog
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Oh ya, my dream is similar but having the whole Swedish Ladies Beach ball team close be could be intimidating Dang it. Wishing I had the 64 Galaxy in my driveway right now.
WOW... That looks a lot like the 1964 Globetrotter we full timed in for a year c. 1978. Maybe a few feet shorter. But, as there weren't yet many FGRV's in those daze so we had to settle for second best...LOL
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Now there's a topic "Real Men". I suggest only women be allowed to respond to that one.
Come On Norm, this is 2015, defining "Real Men" is now open to equal opportunity opinions.
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I didn't mean that you couldn't have an opinion, I'm sure you do, but rather I would value the opinion of a woman more.
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