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Old 12-01-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
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how long will airstream last.

just been looking at all the remodel and rebuilding that is going on and new owners of old airstreams just found. makes me think after all of the older airstreams are found and put back on the road, will airstream still be around if they can't sell new ones?
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:14 PM   #2
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Hey Rock60,
I like your trailer!

From what I understand new sales have not been a problem. We have a dealership here in our town which seems to be going gangbusters. I hope it continues.
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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A long time

There's lots of folks like me who's wife says. "No, we're getting a new one because I don't want to wait while you restore one." and don't forget the people who do not have the skills or desire to restore.
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:35 PM   #4
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Greetings Rock60-

We were out at JC in late September and I can tell you from the 56 hours we were there production is running 100% at capacity and orders out number production hours. In addition, that is not including the new UK market of which JC will be building the shells on frames and exporting to Airstream UK. Of course there are a whole bunch of us who have more than one AS. We have our new Safari and then the '60 Tradewind which is being restored. Of course those of you who know me, I am also still working on getting that '57 Overland into the herd. So, no I don't think there will ever be enough AS around for everyone no matter how many they make.
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:41 PM   #5
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We'll just watch that "percentage of all Airstreams ever built that are still on the road" just keep on climbing, little by little!
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Old 12-01-2006, 03:49 PM   #6
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okay.... I was looking for a long time. Sometimes I lusted after a new model 25FB and sometimes I really liked the vintage stuff. Well after watching ebay for awhile I sumoned my gumption and bid on a vintage restored 69 AS. Didn't get it. Then I spied the 1976 Argosy and won the auction. My car is a '76 and my twinkie is a '76. Everything in the coach is original and everything works. Maybe my expectations are low or I'm an idiot but I'll go to a rally and get some official opinions. We drove the coach from Decatur Il to Tempe Az and it was flawless. We've been camping in it several times and couldn't be happier. So, as far as I'm concerned, they last a very long time... probably longer than me!
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Old 12-01-2006, 03:51 PM   #7
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I just bought a 2007 25' Classic. I have a 76 31' Sovereign and I'd like to find a nice vintage in the 16 to 22 ft range to restore. I have my eye on about six more,but you have to stop somewhere.
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Old 12-01-2006, 03:56 PM   #8
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Well after watching ebay for awhile I sumoned my gumption and bid on a vintage restored 69 AS. Didn't get it.
Was it the '69 polished Tradewind in Ohio offered by the unmentionable ebay seller. I watched that one thru the entire auction thinking I would add it to my collection. I only have one right now and a bunch of toys if you can call that a collection. The front twin setup is one of the best layouts ever produced. A/S should offer this layout again, maybe even in a front bedroom.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:22 PM   #9
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I just bought a 2007 25' Classic. I have a 76 31' Sovereign and I'd like to find a nice vintage in the 16 to 22 ft range to restore. I have my eye on about six more,but you have to stop somewhere.
Gosh, Craftsman, you startled me with your statement that you have to stop somewhere. I'm still having to take deep breathes over that one and it's just a darned good thing I caught it before my wife happened to see that.

This is NOT something I've ever heard before and I wondered who the heck put that silly thought into your head.

There are various methods of therapy to help you over this self inflicted hurdle.

I for one will eventually have a new one along with my vintage unit and quite a few people I speak with also feel the same way. One of each.

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Was it the '69 polished Tradewind in Ohio offered by the unmentionable ebay seller. I watched that one thru the entire auction thinking I would add it to my collection. I only have one right now and a bunch of toys if you can call that a collection. The front twin setup is one of the best layouts ever produced. A/S should offer this layout again, maybe even in a front bedroom.
exactly... i went to $7500 and it sold for about $10,000 . After I bought the Argosy I got a "second chance" offer which I later found out was fradulent. My Argosy went for $5000 but it had previously been auctioned off for $7700 and the buyer backed out.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:30 PM   #11
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I'm certain that for every vintage unit that shines on down the road many new sales are generated. We're the best advertising AS can get! I mean don't folks stop and look at your rig as you go by?
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I'm certain that for every vintage unit that shines on down the road many new sales are generated. We're the best advertising AS can get! I mean don't folks stop and look at your rig as you go by?
Actually, when I was parked at the campground last weekend, I thought a few fellow campers driving by were going to leave the road and hit a tree as they were gawking! You'd think it was like a flying saucer to them or something!
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