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Old 01-27-2010, 11:28 AM   #1023
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Lurker observation

I keep coming back to this thread to see if anything promising has occured because I have been a possible new purchaser. If nothing else, the total lack of response from Airstream and its customer service approach reflected in these threads, has convinced me to stutter for more time before considering ANY of their products. In fact, they seem to me that they are a company that should fail.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:58 AM   #1024
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Funpilot, in spite of the bitching, most of us truly love our Airstreams. They provide a functional beauty, pride of ownership, and an emotional attachment to the great road trip days of America's past. Others say they they like five slideouts, but they stretch their necks to admire the Airstreams.

The corrosion is a headache, but we will deal with it because we know that the other guy's trailer has its problems too.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:33 PM   #1025
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...... In fact, they seem to me that they are a company that should fail.
Should fail.....no.

Could...yes

Lot's of folks here hope'n their ears are open.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:48 PM   #1026
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Also, don't forget about the vintage beauties out there. You could probably have one professionally restored for the price of a new one, or less, and have exactly what YOU want.
The history of Airstream is much more illustrious than it's current status as a company and the historical trailers are also more illustrious than new, IMHO.

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Old 01-28-2010, 06:11 AM   #1027
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Great feedback

I did not think of those alternatives. Where in these forums would be the best place to research that option? Who is good at restoring? I agree that there is nothing more attractive than these airstreams IMHO. That is why I keep lurking here.
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:17 AM   #1028
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Fun....

Start here.... http://www.airstreamclassifieds.com/

Enjoy!!
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:32 PM   #1029
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Get in touch with Frank Yensan at Franks Trailer Works (62overlander), or one of the other restorers out there. I think Franks has a deal where you can get a trailer from him and have him restore it for you at a discount of some kind. I don't recall the details.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:54 PM   #1030
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One of a kind

We had a 1968 Ambassador rebuilt......and now we have a one of a kind very well built Airstream.....and yes, the skin is not perfect....it has a few beauty marks but it adds to the character. She is polished so shiny that she continues to burn our outdoor rug in the sunshine.....this is definitely an alternative to a new Airstream.....just depends upon what floats your boat. paula
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:06 PM   #1031
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buy a bus

you can buy a fantastic bus for 55k, i bought a very nice unit for 14k that will last another million mile and is much stronger and safer than any airstream
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I bought my first Airstream on April 1, 2010. I wonder what I would have done 13 days ago, if I had known about this apparent plague.

I sure hope there is a happy ending to all of this. Concerned.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:49 PM   #1033
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This plague, like the European ones in the Middle Ages, does not strike everyone. We've had our Safari 2 1/2 years ago and have none. Good luck.

Of course, lots of us have many problems with QC, but some don't. Good luck again.

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Old 05-27-2010, 06:51 PM   #1034
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I was looking at ads for the 2011 Airstreams to see what changes have been made when I came across the ad from Sutton and they offer, "Xzilon Molecular Exterior Aluminum Protection, as perfected by Boeing." Has anyone heard of this or had it done by a dealer? Is this a new option for Airstreams?
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:52 AM   #1035
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Speaking of Sutton, there is a new AS dealer on McGloughlin Ave at Jennings, Milwaukie, Or. Yea!

Stopped in to chat. Have an 05, 25ft Safari. They said they could sell it in a day for more then I paid. Great. Only problem, a new one costs twice what I paid. Hmm.

We talked a bit about corrosion too. One of the factory reps was there. Interesting conversation. No admissions, but they were all genuinely concerned and would do their best to assist to deal with spot corrosion. From what I could gather the best way to cope is to polish it out and then refinish with clear coat. I also think a good coat of wax will go a long way in some but not all prevention. I applied the wax last fall, last inspection, no new corrosion as of May.
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I agree about the wax; but despite my valiant effort, mine is beginning to show small signs of corrosion in a couple of spots (where water droplets tend to hang around too long after a rainy period).
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