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Old 01-11-2017, 08:17 AM   #11
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An Airstream with near to equal room as my new camper would cost about 4.5 times as much as I spent. I sold my last travel trailer quickly because I take care of things... and I sold it for twice what the dealer wanted to give me for trade. Living in one will take a toll on it, no matter who made it. The unit I bought would be far and away better to full-time in for a year than any trailer without a slide. Also, when I come in from a day of fly fishing or whatever, all those beautiful leather surfaces will look inviting, but my wife has the hardest, boniest little fists in Texas...... so I'd be sitting in the floor... The vinyl in the White Hawk is comfortable and she's not so picky about it. Airstreams are for those that have to have an Airstream for having an Airstream's sake. Jaycos are for those that want to be out and have a great time... in my view...
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:30 AM   #12
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I currently have a non-slide unit and a family of 3. It gets tight in there when everyone is inside. I couldn't imagine adding 2 more kids in the mix. Whatever brand you go with I think you need to seriously consider a slide.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:36 AM   #13
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Excellent responses all around--I appreciate it!

Yes, bonsai, it was the 2016 27BHS Elite that caught our attention at the RV show. We had kind of settled on the Airstream based on the points in my OP, but then when the kids went with us to the show and saw the Jayco, we realized we may need to rethink things.

It's difficult to find quality RVs with built-in space for five people--without having to convert furniture into beds all the time, which I think would get old fast.

That's why we were looking at the Flying Cloud 30 Bunk, this Jayco 27BHS, and even the Lance 2185, which is somewhat between the two in price and much lighter. It also has a two-year warranty--one of the few.
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Lance was also in my top 3 when I was shopping.

I had it narrowed down to the Jayco, A Winnebago (the bunkhouse model here - https://winnebagoind.com/products/tr...innie/overview) and also Lance.

Lance seems to have a fan base almost as loyal as the Airstreams.

We really like our Jayco, but I'd never try to push someone into getting one just because it works for us. It's a pretty big decision.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Edit.. if I had 5, I just saw Winnebago has the 'mini plus' which I would give a serious look. Not sure what your tow vehicle is, but I like these a lot too.
https://winnebagoind.com/products/tr...-plus/overview
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:49 AM   #15
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Airstream vs Jayco

My parents had Airstreams and loved them. When I was in high school, we'd take cross country trips. There were 4 of us, and it was cramped, but cramped in style. My husband and I have had 4 Popups selling the last one, a Highwall style with bathroom, etc., and bought a Jayco White Hawk 27DRSL last spring. We love it. It is roomy enough for our two 75lb. dogs. The quality may not be as high as the Airstream, but it is much more comfortable. And the price, was much lower. We have yet to take a cross country trip, but that is coming. We have had it out in cold weather and on longer trips in 109 weather. It stayed comfortable and everything worked well.
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What are the ages of the kids? As they get older they will need more space. Airstream are wonderful rigs, but, having worked at campgrounds for 3 or 4 years I can't remember seeing one with more than one or two kids, most being smaller children. The vast majority of Air Streamers I interacted with were older couples with no children. I'm sure in part because of cost, but also because of limited floor space. Slide outs in and RV make a huge difference. We typically live in ours for 6 months at a time, and, the larger the slide out the more comfortable it is, even for just my wife and I.
I would go for space myself. Just as I don't buy a house based on it's investment value, but rather on how it "works" for the family, I wouldn't base my decision of an RV on the potential resale value. I would buy for the trip and enjoyment, and let the chips fall where they may at the end. JMHO.

Please keep us informed as to the RV and also the trip itself, no matter what you wind up purchasing.
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For sure, but that's why I posted here. I also cross-posted the same question on a popular Airstream forum to contrast and compare.



That's an interesting statement--why? From what i've seen, the used Airstreams (in good condition) sell very quickly for higher amounts, which is one reason we were leaning that way. Have you seen differently??
For me, it would be a large investment that I would not get into for that short a duration, even if I wanted one.
No one buys a rv for the appreciation is resale price IMO.
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Jayco vs Airstream

I would sooner go on an extended trip in a 20 year old Airstream than a 20 year old Jayco. The beauty of the Airstream is its simplicity - no slides to stop working or leak, no front corners to leak etc. and the outside will look much better than a 20 year old tin or fiberglass trailer with the same amount of maintenance. The Airstream will be easier to pull down the highway with similarly equipped tow vehicles.

When both are brand new, you will appreciate the extra creature comforts and the additional floor space with the slide and rear bunks of the Jaycos. That extra space may not seem that important now, but after the first month on the road the extra space will be priceless. The available storage on the Airstreams I have seen is very limited. Enough for a couple but with 3 children, available storage will be reduced by 60%. One other advantage in most Jaycos is larger black, grey and freshwater tanks are much larger which will facilitate boondocking, which you will probably have an opportunity to do on your year long journey. Sharing tank capacity with 5 vs a couple means you will refill and empty more frequently.

Finally, if you were to sell a brand new Jayco and a brand new Airstream after one year, I believe the dollar amount you would be out of pocket would be much closer than you think. The percentages may be higher on the Jayco but you are dealing with 1/4 to 1/3 the investment. Remember to get the trailer off the lot, you will have to pay your taxes, PDI, good quality hitch etc. which will not be recoverable. If a one year old Jayco experiences 20% depreciation and a one year Airstream suffers half as much at 10% you are still going to be out of pocket more cash on the Airstream.

I think you also need a Land Rover, Mercedes or similar luxury vehicle to pull an Airstream whereas Jaycos look right at home behind base model Fords, Chevys, Rams, Toyotas and Nissans at half the price.
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I grew up in the 1970's next door to a lovely couple who never had children. They had an Airstream and my parents had a "Honey" class C. My neighbors were REALLY into the Wally Bynam club, owned a lot in the Airstream resort in N. Georgia and loved that Airstream. They also drove a huge Cadillac.

My parents loved that Honey, were really into the Good Sam Club and camped at every state park in Georgia.

The only thing I remember about the Airstream was that when our families would camp together, I had to take my shoes off before I could enter the Airstream.

The way I look at the difference between Airstreams and other RV's is as follows:
I had a business partner for years. He always wore a Rolex, I wore a Timex - they both showed the same time. My partner drove a Porsche for a while, then a Landrover. I drove a Ford Explorer. We got to work in the same amount of time (and I was always giving him rides when his Landrover was in the shop :-)).

For some people the image of owning "Stuff" (to quote George Carlin) is as or more important than functionality. Me, even though I could afford an Airstream, I'd rather take that money and buy more gasoline and campground fees.

P.S. - No offence to any Rolex wearing LandRover owners :-).
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