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Old 05-04-2007, 06:43 PM   #1
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Found on Craiglist, 1996 Airstream Integrity 5th Wheel Double Slide
This is a 1996 Airstream 5th Wheel. I have never seen one, but a picture is in the link.

I have no connection with the seller or the sale.
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Old 05-04-2007, 06:57 PM   #2
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Wow. It's a biggie fer sure.

What's the story with 5th wheel trailers? Someone told me they are more stable.

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Old 05-04-2007, 08:04 PM   #3
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Wow. It's a biggie fer sure.

What's the story with 5th wheel trailers? Someone told me they are more stable.

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I don't know about more stable, but they are easier to maneuver and you get more living space. The big advantage IMHO is that you get the "tongue" weight right up over the rear axle where it needs to be for towing.

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Looks like any other FIBERGLASS SOB 5th wheel out there. I don't know where they got the 'Airstream' name from. It doesn't seem to be on the unit anywhere. I believe that they are MISTAKEN!!!

From what I've seen on this Forum, Airstream DID make some 5th wheels, but they were of the 'Classic' design and all aluminum, lookin just like the trailers. There were a few pics posted a while back.

About towing 5th wheels, they experience less sway forces because the connection point is directly over the truck's rear axle, more like an 18 wheeler than a below the bumper rig. Some friends of mine swear by them and say they will never go back to a trailer, but they sure are on the BIG side!!!
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"Some friends of mine swear by them and say they will never go back to a trailer, but they sure are on the BIG side!!!"


They are a bit on the ugly side too. - M.W.
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"Some friends of mine swear by them and say they will never go back to a trailer, but they sure are on the BIG side!!!"


They are a bit on the ugly side too. - M.W.
I was being KIND .
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Yes, that is a Airstream, we were looking for one when we bought our 5th wheel. They are nice with the extra room if you are going to stay in one place for a long time or full timing. They tow easy in your not up against a strong head wind.
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Have emailed seller about this being a Airstream.I think Integrity makes goose neck horse trailers.
If you want to see a real Airstream 5th wheel go to Fred's Airstream Archives - Airstream and Argosy Trailers
click year 1989 nice photos.
Will post sellers ansewer if I get one.
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Looks like any other FIBERGLASS SOB 5th wheel out there. I don't know where they got the 'Airstream' name from. It doesn't seem to be on the unit anywhere. I believe that they are MISTAKEN!!!
Nope Airstream did make the Integrity line of 5'vers for just a couple of years in the mid to late 90's. It does say Airstream on it...in very small letters. IIRC the logo is Integrity by Airstream

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From what I've seen on this Forum, Airstream DID make some 5th wheels, but they were of the 'Classic' design and all aluminum, lookin just like the trailers. There were a few pics posted a while back.
They made those too back in the late 80's for just a couple of years.

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About towing 5th wheels, they experience less sway forces because the connection point is directly over the truck's rear axle, more like an 18 wheeler than a below the bumper rig. Some friends of mine swear by them and say they will never go back to a trailer, but they sure are on the BIG side!!!
They do tow better than a regular AS but you take quite a hit on your mileage and you have to own a monster truck to tow them....been there done that!

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Integrity is new to me.Guess the forum will need to add it's name under the trailer forum.Down with squarestream.
"Integrity by Airstream" was this made at JC or some other Thor plant?
Guess WBCCI lets them in?
Guess this is the one some call the Tupperware trailer.
Did search and found photo,s of two others,one 1996 and one 1997 .
I know about the the two years of 1988 Argosy and 1989 Airstream 5th wheels.Looks like another 5er that lasted two years.
Would like to hear more history of this Integrity.So speek up.
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Okay, I'll repost this a bit differntly.
The 1988 Argosy and 1989 Airstream fifth wheel units were built at the Airstream plant, with construction and materials similar to their travel trailer counterparts. The Integrity 5th wheel is a rebadged Dutchmen 5'er, which explains why it looks so much like a SOB.
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Integrity 5th wheels had some problems right from the factory and had a number of recalls. I had on friend with one that lasted quite awhile after the factory fixed it. They had alot more square foot inside and nice headroom but were not as nice as alot of other 5th wheels and cost alot more money. After the product problems they got a bad reputation and people refused to buy them. With no signifigant sales the company dropped production.
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Okay, I'll repost this a bit differntly.
The 1988 Argosy and 1989 Airstream fifth wheel units were built at the Airstream plant, with construction and materials similar to their travel trailer counterparts. The Integrity 5th wheel is a rebadged Dutchmen 5'er, which explains why it looks so much like a SOB.
Just found this in Thor Indstries Inc.annual report dated 10/16/1996.
Under Airstream section
"Airstream manufactures and sells premium and medium-high priced travel trailers and motorhomes under the trade names "Airstrem," "Classic"and "Land Yacht".Airstream"Classic"vehicles are distinguished by their rounded shape and bright aluminum finish and,in management's judjment,constitute the most recognised product in the industry.Airstream,responding to the demands of the market for a lower-cost product,also manufactures and sells the "Land Yacht,and "Cutter"motorhome.It also manufctures "Integrity" laminated fifth wheels."
The next paragraph tells about the Dutchmen made in Indiana,facilities.
SO is it rebaged Dutchmen or as annuale report states Airstream made the Integrity. Make me wounder about Thor inc Integrity?
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To the best of my knowledge they were manufactured at the Jackson Center location. I do not think they were manufactured on the same line as the classic trailer. The first ones had lots of leak problems.
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