So… funny thing happened on the way to Washington State.
For a year we were CERTAIN that the R-Pod 180 was all we needed – minimum space, easier to tow with a small SUV, and the most like a cozy, vintage home for the road.
But there we were, discussing what we would do differently if we had to buy an RV for snowbirding in the PNW all over again. We talked about the things we loved and the things we didn’t love in our RV, about our road trip style, about our steps to the end goal of part-timing. When the husband asked what my dream travel trailer would be if we didn’t have the R-Pod I answered without pause, “An Airstream”. He asked if we had ever been in one together, perhaps at an RV show. I thought about it and told him, no, we had seen a Class B Airstream at one show but that I’d never taken him into an Airstream travel trailer. Come to think of it, I hadn’t been in a new one. I went into a refurbished vintage one in Oregon in the early 2000s and fell in love with the style.
Living simply means different things to different people. For us, living simply in a 19′ space for 6 months with our 90-lb Cane Corso was becoming a concern. So we brainstormed a little more on what a more ideal #RVlife for us would look like and decided that when we got to Portland, OR we would stop in an see what the newer Airstreams look like. I didn’t know if I could really see myself paying the price that Airstreams cost.
Then I saw my first new Airstream in person. Classic, shiny exterior. Sleek, clean interior spaces. Made in Jackson, Ohio. I loved them. I also loved the brand aesthetics, durability, and value retention.
We spent that night delving into the Airstream online world. We found a lot of information on Facebook groups, blogs, forums, and dealer websites. We looked at prices, value retention, accessories, floor plans, and made a list of pros and cons. By the time we drove away from Portland towards Olympia, WA we had the information we needed. Enough information to make an executive decision:
We are buying an AIRSTREAM.
We next visited the dealership in Seattle, Airstream Adventures NW and fawned over the different models before deciding on choosing a model larger than our current 19′ but smaller than 27′ so we could visit all the National Parks and National Forests without worrying about site space.
Then we narrowed down to the right Airstream line for us. Remodeling an older one was out of the question. We travel 8,000 miles a year and need something to take across the continental divide with the least chance of problems. So new or 1-2 years old was what we wanted. We toyed with the idea of a used one, but since we wanted to buy one within the week, before heading north to the San Juan Islands, we didn’t have time to search/ vet/ wait. Of all the current lines we felt the Flying Cloud was the best bang for our buck. Even within a line there are a lot to choose from! We decided these were the must-haves:
- New 2018 or 2017 (if any were still on the lot from last year)
- Queen bed
- Maximum floor space
- Separate couch and dinette
- Solar ready (we have a Zamp 200-watt system)
- Backup camera (husband is a back-up expert, but this would made life easier)
We ended up choosing the Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB model. We like the longer lounge, separate dinette, walk-around bed, and separate freezer/fridge combo. We found one with the optional window awnings, backup camera, and convection microwave oven.
We purchased our Flying Cloud throughAirstream Adventures NW from Jocelyn, an advisor who I highly recommend. Their willingness to negotiate (unlike the Portland store), communication-style, transparency, and stock (the largest in the US) made our experience seamless. It’s some of the best customer service you’ll experience.