Two years of traveling in our 1985 Fiber Stream has been amazing, but recently we’ve been dreaming of a slightly larger space. It would probably be a year or two before we actually purchased anything, but we wanted to start looking at rigs to get an idea of what exactly it is we’re looking for.
We have no experience outside of our 16ft molded fiberglass camper, so we we will be touring some rigs over the next year or so to determine the size, type and layout we want. We will be looking at new, used and vintage trailers. Right now, we’re leaning towards renovating a vintage airstream, but we’re open to seeing where this discovery process takes us.
Some of the features we’re looking for are – length between 19-25 ft, a separate bed and dinette area, functional storage, counter space, and a walk around bed. We’re more interested in travel trailers right now, but haven’t ruled anything out.
To begin the search, we visited Sky Valley RV in Buellton, California. They have a great selection of Airstreams within our length preferences. Below you can read about the models we toured!
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The Airstream Basecamp was the first rig we toured…and, it was the most similar to our current rig. The bed was also the dinette, which is a feature we want to move away from, but the bathroom was pretty spacious and has a higher ceiling than we’re used to.
One of the biggest downsides of the Basecamp is the lack of upper storage. There are netted shelves about the kitchen, but no actual cabinets.
Overall, we like the modern and sleek look… but, don’t see ourselves opting for the Basecamp.
Next up we toured the Airstream 22ft Sport. We loved the layout and size of this rig. The kitchen is located in the middle with a “C” shaped dinette behind it. This layout would give us extra working space and the ability to have friends over without feeling cramped.
The downside for us is that the bed is relatively small and has no walking space around the edges. Other than that, we could really see ourselves in a rig with a similar layout!
Lastly, we checked out the 25ft Flying Cloud with a front bed. The 25ft unit is on the large end of what we’re looking for, but it was our favorite rig of the day. The rear dinette and wrap around couch would give us ample space for guests and entertaining. And, the queen size bed has space on three sides to walk around it.
Overall, it was a day of education and excitement! We’re glad the search has officially begun. Although it may be over a year before we find the next perfect rig, we’ll slowly widdle away the contenders.
Thanks to Sky River RV for letting us check out the rigs. We visited their Buellton location, but they have a few properties located on the California coast. Take a look at their Facebook, Instagram & Website!
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