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Old 02-11-2018, 06:08 AM   #15
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I love our Airstream even more when talking to other TT owners about their recent improvements to their TT and I comment that the Airstream came standard with that.
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:31 PM   #16
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I belong to an organization that restores vintage aircraft. Was well aware of the sturdiness of the monocoque design. Some of our aircraft are over 80 years old.

Purchasing an Airstream was the natural follow through.

No regrets!
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:45 PM   #17
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Is that a goony bird?
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Old 02-28-2018, 11:15 PM   #18
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My nickel is on C-141...most C-47s had a fabric covered horizontal Stabilizer IIRC.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:25 AM   #19
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If I am not mistaken, a C-141 was a Starlifter, an early 1960's jet transport by Lockheed. The aircraft in the photo does appear to by a tail dragging C-47 Skytrain or DC-3, the civilian designation.

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Old 03-01-2018, 05:06 AM   #20
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I bought my 2014 Flying Cloud used 2 years ago. It has been a joy to use and own.

Donít let the negative comments discourage you. Internet forums attract people with problems by design. This is where we come for help and answers.

Imagine walking into a hospital, and asking ďanyone sick in here?Ē Of course they are, itís a hospital. The percentage of sick people in a hospital is higher than other places for obvious reasons.

The percentage of people with Airstream problems in an Internet forum is similarly higher. People that have zero problems and are out enjoying their trailers donít typically come and post ďhey, everything is great!Ē That would be odd.

So yes, trouble free and quality Airstreams do exist, the negative experiences of some here notwithstanding.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:19 AM   #21
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Is that a goony bird?
Bingo! And you get extra points for that because she did serve the USAF. The military version of the DC-3 were called "Gooney Birds" and/or C-47s.

Because of the inside configuration and scarring, we thought she might have served as one of the fierce fireships known as "Puff the Magic Dragon" in Vietnam, but she did not.
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:33 PM   #22
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All RVs have things that go wrong at times ...Airstreams are no different...They do have a better build out...Are put together much better than most others.. You won't regret buying one
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Old 03-01-2018, 08:29 PM   #23
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Buy a slightly used Airstream at a reduced price. Most of the bugs, if any, have been ironed out. You will have no regrets with a Airstream. Maybe one regret .....you will wish you had done it sooner.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:11 AM   #24
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While I hope that FCStreamer is wrong, perhaps Iíve got my 70ís rose colored glasses on. Either way, most posts Iíve seen have been about upgrading, traveling and suggestions for improving. Just know that your Airstream is a Pierce Arrow built by the guys who lost their jobs when the buggy whips went out of use. Along the way the designers were kicked out by the GM wonder kids with green accounting shades as their only qualification.

The quality is iffy at best. So what.
The trailer far exceeds all others and you can fix it, upgrade it and otherwise make it yours.
Said another way, if you arenít handy then learn.
If you canít or wonít learn then perhaps being outdoors, living each day as it comes, finding the unique experiences that makes life interesting and different might be a bridge too far.

My advice is to enjoy the art of Airstream maintenance and repair. Read the forums for how to fix, get a heads up on upcoming problems and also to learn about how to use your equipment, tips for places to go and how to have fun. Quality stinks, yup; you are outdoors and itís a safe piece of equipment so donít worry about safety and enjoy the ride.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:17 AM   #25
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One thing that sets AS aside from most of the SOB's is that the shell is built first. Then the interior is finished. Thus everything needs to come in through the door which means everything can be removed the same way.

So they can be updated, remodeled, customized, etc. indefinitely.
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Old 03-02-2018, 06:23 AM   #26
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Airstream or not?
Walk through a few 5-10 year old used SOBs and the decision gets pretty clear.
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