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Old 03-09-2010, 11:40 PM   #43
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Go for it... our 310 has given us loads of countless pleasure.

They are not too big and not too small, and they keep you busy! There is always something to do on them (and spend on them!!) but who's counting.

They are worth every penny, give you immense pleasure, the admiration of others - and they don't depreciate!
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:08 AM   #44
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However, since having the Airstream trailer I have come to the conclusion that I am better off with a trailer / truck combination. The Airstream Classic motorhomes (that look similar to a trailer) have not been manufactured for many, many years. A motorhome will have a much higher cost of maintenance than a trailer.
All is relative. I don't necessarily agree on the motorhome being a higher maintenance issue.

This of course is just one persons opinion. Your mileage may vary.

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Old 03-10-2010, 12:31 PM   #45
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Thumbs up Why so few AirStream notorhomes?

I agree with Brad. Maintenance on m/h is about the same as tow vehicle and trailer. We have had 12 or 13 RVs including trailers, 5th wheels, B-vans, Gasoline class A's, Fred diesels, and diesel pushers. The gasoline A's are the lowest cost to maintain IMHO. Our Classic 310 will be a great coach once we get all the TLC issues met along with fixing poorly maintained attempts to repair. It's not as big as our 40' Pusher, but I enjoy the classic look of our 1984. Driving down the road you get lots of attaboys and thumbs up from other drivers in this rig, and that does not happen in a 40'. Retail on our pusher was $ 265 K and some change, but I am enjoying refurbishing the 310 AS more. I will have to admit it has been a test of my skills remodeling and mechanical to get the Silver Queen off its knees.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:17 AM   #46
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Yes, I agree with brad and Kmpro,

We enjoyed 2 airstream trailers for many years and restored, updated and maintained them as Like new condition. Along with the Suberbans and 3/4 ton Pick up tow vehicles.

Our 89 345 is now maintained and used accordingly and we find that there is little difference in total cost other then paying insurance on One and not Two Units ???

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Old 03-11-2010, 07:04 PM   #47
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My insurance is less on the m/h than I paid to insure car and trailer combo.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:11 PM   #48
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We're on our second AS mo/ho after having two AS trailers.
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Mike, this is our first AS M/H but it is our Third AS.
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Mike, this is our first AS M/H but it is our Third AS.
Nothing better than a AS mo/ho, as long as you keep them waxed.
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:39 AM   #51
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Nothing better than a AS mo/ho, as long as you keep them waxed.
Waxed

This assumes you have something worth waxing . Our 310 is in dire need of having the clear coat removed and redone. Something that won't happen for quite some time to come .

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:50 AM   #52
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An alternative:

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Old 03-27-2010, 07:08 PM   #54
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There was a lot of competition and people made their choices. Airstream did not see it was profitable to continue when there was that small a demand for them and dropped the product line. The Aluminum ones were definitely higher priced by comparison to their competition (Foot vs Foot) and did not sell well. The motor homes are more complex and more difficult to maintain by comparison to the trailers but not that much different from other motor homes. The plastic version had no distinctive features, over the other brands, and could not justify the margins Airstream desires when they market a product and when they set the price at the margins they wanted, there was no demand.
I find it interesting you refer to the fiberglass constructed MH as plastic and having no distinctive features. The new front and end caps were so innovative at the time that a patent was granted AS for them. The laminated walls and ceiling with styrofoam insulation were better insulated than earlier coaches. Their fiberglass roofs were more durable than their competition. They had the same quality cabinetry in them,(as the trailers) that made them more expensive, along with other higher quality materials to add to the cost. The low profile design was so unique in styling,like the AS trailers, the design virtually remained the same from 1989 to 2006 when AS stopped making MH's. As to the reason why AS stopped making MH's. I was told two main reasons by the Jackson Center. Their best selling MH was the low profile LY, and their main P30 assembly line was out of date not set up to handle the larger Workhorse chassis required to accomodate the weight of multiple slides to compete in todays market and would have required an expensive total overhaul of that line. AirStream's main bread and butter are their trailers, Thor Industries already were manufacturing high end MH through other brand such as the Mandalay Presidio, and Four Winn, so why compete against themselves.
I agree, the reason you don't see as many Airstream MH undoubtedly was the price, but had little to do with changing from aluminum to a fiberglass shell.
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Far as I remember, AS quit making a REAL mo/ho in 1996; the rest were something different.
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I don't understand your wording REAL mo/ho, the rest were something different. Are you refering to 1997 the last year the Classic Aluminum bodies were made?
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