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Old 09-27-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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I'm retired, so I bought a travel trailer

I havn't been camping in over 30yrs, so I don't know why I bought this thing. But now that I have time and reading about others here, with their RV's, I thought I'd give it a try. It's not a fancy new motorhome, but I figure the wife and I could try out camping this way.

Here is a pic, it is a 26' Streamline.
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Looks like fun!

What year is it?
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Nice! the top rear light(?) makes it look like an old railway sleeper car. All wood paneled interior?
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Its a 64. Some of the interior is wood paneled and some is aluminum. The wife is already into planning the remodel.
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The wife is already into planning the remodel.
If she insists on granite countertops you're gonna need a bigger tow vehicle...
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Its a 64. Some of the interior is wood paneled and some is aluminum. The wife is already into planning the remodel.
I had an old Silver Streak. Inside looked like Ozzie and Harriet. However, it did not have trailer brakes, and it was too big to go without.

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One question, where's the A/C unit?
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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I LOVE IT! What a great old trailer!
Sigh...we have an Airstream motorhome, 1976, and sometimes I wish we'd sprung for a silver bullet instead, but we didn't have a tow vehicle.
Please share your pictures of the remodel--I am thinking that we'll pull up the carpet and lino this winter and put down laminate (wood) flooring in ours.
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The laminate wood flooring is on the list, along with an A/C unit. It does have trailer brakes and they seem to work fine.
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Here is a before pic of the interior. Our plan is to get it ready for a trip in the spring.
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Sweet. I haven't been RVing in 35 years, it looks new to me. Enjoy it.
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Ah another fellow with aluminitus. Nice trailer.
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How heavy is it? What do you tow it with? We have a small travel trailer (T@da) and tow it with our Jeep. My wife wanted a larger Airstream but not only would it cost a lot more but we would have had to get a bigger vehicle to tow it with. DW sure likes those shinny things
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:51 PM   #15
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You actually did the best thing, according to Clark Howard (talk radio show). You bought used.

He suggests either renting one for few trips or buying used until you're certain you're committed to using one. His advice is due to the fact that many people buy one, use it a few times and the novelty wears off and they end up getting stuck paying for an expensive new trailer/RV they rarely if ever use.

Also, by doing this you'll learn what features you wish you had, and what you don't need, before committing big bucks to something newer/nicer.

Have fun! Looks like a great deal!
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How heavy is it? What do you tow it with? We have a small travel trailer (T@da) and tow it with our Jeep. My wife wanted a larger Airstream but not only would it cost a lot more but we would have had to get a bigger vehicle to tow it with. DW sure likes those shinny things
It is suppose to weigh 3800#, according to what I found on the net for this model, but I havn't weighed it myself. I tow it with my Chevy Avalanche that is basically a half ton pickup with a 5.3 V-8. My fuel mileage went from 18mpg to 12mpg.
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3800 sounds way too light at 26' even for an aluminium trailer. It may be the stripped version dry weight. More likely towed weight will be around 4800 to 5200 lb.

My 24' Argosy tends to run around 5200 lb towed weight ready for camping. On level or slight hills, lighter tow vehicles can handle it. Once in the 8% to 10% grade hills, which I run through routinely, things become more interesting (read as really bad) with light tow vehicles at this weight, meaning less than 1/2 ton and decent wheelbase. I like a large safety margin. Though in the towing forums many heated arguments on the subject. My TV is 99 Suburban with a 7.4 engine. A slight overkill, but no hassles on steep inclines.
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Our first camping trip is planned for June. I still need to install the new A/C unit, and about a dozen other things, but I think we will be ready.
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Wow. Is your wife an interior designer or something? That remodel is fantastic!
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I also have started cleaning up the outside. This thing could be polished up to a mirror shine. Not sure if I want that though.
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