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Old 02-17-2010, 09:24 PM   #15
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Filiform-ay-toe, filiform-ah-toe... I can show you lots of backpacking equipment messed up by beach camping a week at a time on Kauai.

From what I've read, sacrificial anodes do not work on our babes as they are not immersed in an electrolyte -- http://www.airforums.com/forums/f458...air-19735.html
Yes, indeed. We think different pieces of equipment seem to have their own personalities. Lovely things when they work. Some of them bite. Some suffer indignities.

It sure is fun to begin to dope out what it takes to use our new sweety for years and then, God willing, pass it on to the kids.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:36 PM   #16
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So you have a nice big trailer. No knocking that. But. You pay to store it somewhere for 300 days a year. It takes half a day to get ready to pull it some where. You have to have a vehicle that is impractical for 300 days a year just to pull it. Once on the road, 50% of all state and national park campgrounds are ruled out due to your size. The places that do accept your rig are for the most part glorified parking lots. I know there are nice places, but your options are limited by your trailer. Where ever you stay you are guaranteed to have a neighbor. Because you have all and maybe more luxuries of home you stay locked in your home on wheels in place of out and about meeting people a doing things. This is too generalized. I apoligize.

I firmly believe in to each his own, but, to my own, I do not want my traiiler to be the ruler of what and where and how.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:42 PM   #17
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so you have a nice big trailer. No knocking that. But. You pay to store it somewhere for 300 days a year. It takes half a day to get ready to pull it some where. You have to have a vehicle that is impractical for 300 days a year just to pull it. Once on the road, 50% of all state and national park campgrounds are ruled out due to your size. The places that do accept your rig are for the most part glorified parking lots. I know there are nice places, but your options are limited by your trailer. Where ever you stay you are guaranteed to have a neighbor. Because you have all and maybe more luxuries of home you stay locked in your home on wheels in place of out and about meeting people a doing things. This is too generalized. I apoligize.

i firmly believe in to each his own, but, to my own, i do not want my traiiler to be the ruler of what and where and how.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:32 PM   #18
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I dont think most buyers are all that worried about their rigs lasting a long time. I get the feeling that a lot of buyers have the plan of using them a few years as they do the trip of a life time kind of thing and then sell them. Face it, if someone is 65 buying a new camper what are the odds they will be using it over five years. Those doing so over ten are probably pretty rare. Given that, who would want to spend twice as much on construction designed to out live themselves?
Sounds like I'd better get an advance discount on a funeral since I'll probably stroke out before the end of the year. 65! I'd like to be back there again. Now I have to wonder if I'll make it to 5 years, especially since when we bought a new one, 65 was history for me. Rodney, you whippersnapper, next time I see you (if I can still see), we'll have to arm wrassle (during happy hour, of course).

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:37 PM   #19
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....... Rodney, you whippersnapper, next time I see you (if I can still see), we'll have to arm wrassle (during happy hour, of course).

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:50 PM   #20
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fulll-timers like fifth wheels

We have friends with a large fifth wheel. They spend the winter in Florida in this, then tow it north for the summer. Our favorite part is joining them to play cards. Six of us fit easily with room left to walk around and get refills on our drinks.

Just can't do this in our International CCD 25. But, they can't take their fifth wheel the same places we visit with our Airstream. We enjoy state and national parks and sometimes the last available space is for a "short" trailer -- ours qualifies.

Some of these big fifth wheels are very well made and suit full-timers perfectly. They can hold thousands, instead of hundreds, of pounds of cargo that we carry. If you want to take everything with you and live in roomy comfort these big fifth wheels fit the bill. Pay for more truck, but pay no more for the fifth wheel than we pay for our Airstreams. Works great for a lot of people, especially full-timers.

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Old 02-17-2010, 10:51 PM   #21
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:17 PM   #22
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I've been wondering why all the people who tow Airstreams with heavy duty pickup trucks don't buy 5th wheel trailers. They already have the tow vehicle and you can buy a really big roomy fiver for less than an Airstream.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:22 PM   #23
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I've been wondering why all the people who tow Airstreams with heavy duty pickup trucks don't buy 5th wheel trailers. They already have the tow vehicle and you can buy a really big roomy fiver for less than an Airstream.
Maybe they want an Airstream.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:46 AM   #24
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Quality...

I wanted an AS for ten years before I got one. Every time one went by my heart skipped a beat...

Quality...(please don't jump all over me for that statement) When I sat in SOB's it just did not feel right for me and then I sat in an AS...and my heart skipped a beat...

I just smile every time I look out the window and see it in the yard. Counting the days until the season starts, then next trip, new projects and places to see.
It is my stress relief and it is my passion...It's a state of mind:. Freedom.

I am so grateful to have my AS...for me it represents a good value and quality workmanship I truly love. Yes I have had my share of items to fix QC items but so is life.

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""Sounds like I'd better get an advance discount on a funeral since I'll probably stroke out before the end of the year. 65! I'd like to be back there again. Now I have to wonder if I'll make it to 5 years, especially since when we bought a new one, 65 was history for me. Rodney, you whippersnapper, next time I see you (if I can still see), we'll have to arm wrassle (during happy hour, of course)." Gene



Whats with all this 65 cr@p, if thats true I'm way past the point of no return in getting any gratification out of all my needed "upgrades."
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Maybe they want an Airstream.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:50 AM   #27
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I dont think most buyers are all that worried about their rigs lasting a long time. I get the feeling that a lot of buyers have the plan of using them a few years as they do the trip of a life time kind of thing and then sell them. Face it, if someone is 65 buying a new camper what are the odds they will be using it over five years. Those doing so over ten are probably pretty rare. Given that, who would want to spend twice as much on construction designed to out live themselves?
Hi Gen Disarray;
I guess you are not willing to leave anything valuable to your offsprings.
I have built my 1973 26' Argosy to last a hundred or more years. Built a new 2" X 6" Stainless Steel box frame and aluminum clad plywood floor and insulated it well with buuble foil. All thin coated marine stranded wire.
No steel anywhere other than hitch coupler, steps, undercarriage and appliances. Who knows 200 years from now it may be on display in a museum, or my family will have something to remember me by. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:36 AM   #28
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We looked @ 5th Whl units this wknd. Wanted small 24 -26 ft. w/Artic Pkg. I think Like some ,we alway's look for the "Ultimate Trailer " (or Canoe or sea Kayak.) It's fun and we usually go home being thankful for what we have!
The saleman was good and the Keystone / Cougar looked good .Don't understand why the have to make them so tall tho! After the viewing we went back alone/to talk it thru. The sun was @ a different point in the sky.We then saw the "Bulges" on a new 2009 and 2010 back wall.Pushed on wall and they Gave.Both had sign's of Delamination. Terrible to see on NEW units.
Went home and our AS looked a Lot Better.( I hope our AS Dosn't know we were Looking.) LOL.
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