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Old 12-25-2011, 11:27 PM   #1
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Just because you own an Airstream:$$$$$

Hi, just because you bought, or own, an Airstream doesn't mean you are rich and have a money tree in your back yard. I keep reading statements like: Well if you paid $70,000.00 for your trailer and $50,000.00 for your tow vehicle You should buy:

(1.) A $3,000.00 hitch.

(2.) A $300.00 vacuum cleaner.

(3.) A $400.00 heater.

(4.) All new wheels and disk brakes.

(5.) A $1,200.00 brake controller.

And the list is endless!

Some of these people just might have a $100,000.00 loan on their trailer and tow vehicle, and actually, can barely afford to make the payments. Well, not everyone needs, wants, or can afford these items. And they certainly don't need someone shaming them deeper in dept.

Note: I don't have any of these items listed.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:44 PM   #2
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Hi, just because you bought, or own, an Airstream doesn't mean you are rich and have a money tree in your back yard. I keep reading statements like: Well if you paid $70,000.00 for your trailer and $50,000.00 for your tow vehicle You should buy:

(1.) A $3,000.00 hitch.

(2.) A $300.00 vacuum cleaner.

(3.) A $400.00 heater.

(4.) All new wheels and disk brakes.

(5.) A $1,200.00 brake controller.

And the list is endless!

Some of these people just might have a $100,000.00 loan on their trailer and tow vehicle, and actually, can barely afford to make the payments. Well, not everyone needs, wants, or can afford these items. And they certainly don't need someone shaming them deeper in dept.

Note: I don't have any of these items listed.
Neither do I. and I bought mine used (same for the TV) so I guess I'm a secondhand streamer!

1 hitch came with the AS (Reese)
2 $40.00 vacuum (was used for the cars) that is 4 years old.
3 heater, what heater, I use the furnace or heat strip (remember used)
4 wheels look great and brakes work fine, I did get new tires.
5 I got the P3 brake controller with the sale of our Bambi.

For the ones that can afford the above, it's great and I'm happy for them but I'm cheap and want to retire before I'm dead so I have to save as much as I can while still enjoying life! Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:07 AM   #3
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Anyone who tells someone they need to buy something is a leech, period. No matter how much one spent on their AS the urchins who want you to buy their BS are just using the poor excuse of "you should have more" to entice you. I'd like to think that people who buy airstreams are more attune to the BS people put out, but I'm sure that's always the case.
You can follow any of our leads (as vintage restoration people) and tell them you bought it for $1433 as long as they included the original toilet;-) and tell them you can give them a hundred bucks for what ever they want a thousand for....I promise they will never contact you again.

A final note.....with 70K, I could restore not only not my 74 Safari, and my 47 Spartan but also at least 2 additional vintage trailers, plus..... so a bit of perspective isn't bad either... You enjoy a trailer hot off the rack (and so you should) but there are people (including you) who can take that same capitol investment you have made into a brand new carbon foot print and revamp ten times the energy in restoration of things in your own back yard.
So, if your carbon footprint isn't a issue for you, and taking some time to restore something doesn't appeal to you then buying something new is right up your alley.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:19 AM   #4
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This actually may be a fundamental question for this site.....
And I can only question it from my perspective, but I'm not sure how people who own vintage trailers can really relate to those who have new trailers.....I happen to think there is a fundamental difference. People either buy something they can step into as is....or they buy something they step into as what might be........... these kinds of people are worlds apart and I'm happy to be one of them.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:31 AM   #5
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Well, I will say Roberts, if you really did pay 70K for a trailer in this economic climate, then you're opening yourself up to those kind of statements. You have money, that's great.....,but don't pretend that you don't when you drop it hard. Embrace it. Cuz you obviously do have capitol and people want to get at it.....it's the way of the capitalist world.
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Old 12-26-2011, 01:04 AM   #6
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Don't blame the messenger.

I've met a lot of very good salespeople, and I've made the mistake of buying things I don't really need or want... but I've learned from those mistakes. The most important thing I've learned is that impulses DO happen... but that they also PASS. 24 to 48 hours can completely cure me of most of them!

Eventually it comes down to being brutally honest. We all want stuff we don't need. Getting a new thing makes us happy for an hour or a week - rarely for more than six months. It's easy to turn into a hoarder if you have enough money, it's almost as easy to plan ahead to get what you really really want without sacrificing other major things. Plan ahead, don't deviate on the big stuff, and have limits on impulse purchases. Whether your impulse limit is $5 per week or $500 depends on your income and other obligations. It doesn't take long to realize that every single one of us wants 3 to 5 things that we can't afford on our mad money - so, we start making choices about what we REALLY want.

I think that somewhere between 40 and 50 most of us finally recognize that the big "buzz" of keeping up with the Joneses is just nuts. Everything we purchase becomes "stuff" sooner or later. You get a big buzz from buying a new car, or piece of jewelry or Airstream or whatever. Within weeks or months it's just another thing you own. How often on these threads has someone bought a vintage unit that has sat in a yard or barn or alley for 6 years? The dream? It faded away, and the former owner just didn't take the initiative to limit his losses by selling early.

Some salespeople are real leeches, but they are being paid to sell. They are obligated to sell. You are being paid to say NO... and you are paying yourself. If you have trouble with "NO" try saying any of these to a sales person (and while you're at it, listen to how these sound to you!)
  1. yes - I would rather buy this new car than put money away for my child's college. I don't care that his IQ is 140 and he's already 14, I'll start saving later.
  2. yes - I need the buzz of buying this $200 pair of shoes... the kids can eat oatmeal with reconstituted powdered milk for a month. They won't mind, and I won't feel bad about it.
  3. yes - Our mortgage is overdue but I want it all, and I want it now. I just won't think about having to have five of us sleeping in the car when the house is gone.
I've had hundreds of employees over the last 30 years. One or two stand out as truly compulsive spenders who truly did let their kids go hungry because they could NOT stop themselves from buying some useless chatzka. Most of the rest had simply never been taught to manage money and with a little help quickly picked up the skill.

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Old 12-26-2011, 01:53 AM   #7
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I have a new trailer and a high-quality heater. Also built two houses by hand, fixed up three VW campers and several old cars, drafted to Viet Nam, inherited nothing, started working at 14 years old, bought the Airstream with cash after retirement and a cancer diagnosis.

I don't know what the hell this thread is aimed at for sure, but wish it was at some of the $400k motorhomes around me instead of fellow Airstreamers.

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Old 12-26-2011, 04:57 AM   #8
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This actually may be a fundamental question for this site.....
And I can only question it from my perspective, but I'm not sure how people who own vintage trailers can really relate to those who have new trailers.....I happen to think there is a fundamental difference. People either buy something they can step into as is....or they buy something they step into as what might be........... these kinds of people are worlds apart and I'm happy to be one of them.
Unfortunately you have NOT learned what Airstreaming is about. It is about none of the things you mentioned. There are only the differences you create. Sorry, dude, just being honest. I know you are new on this scene, and have launched right into it full force. You have not, however actually Airstreamed yet, for had you been to an event, that statement would never have been said. I own nothing but vintage. I am the vintage type. However many of my friends own newish units and they are no different than me. Their happy hour contribution or their pot luck dish tastes just as good as mine.

Going vintage is not a cost saver either. It is very possible to spend more on a restoration than a new trailer will cost. If you do not believe this true, just talk to my two current clients. They are both buying brand new trailers, it just happens that originally one was new in 1957 and the other was new in 1971. Looks like in 2012 they will be reborn again.


Robert, I own that $400 vacuum. 10 years ago I threw out our 5th vacuum. I bit the bullet and bought a Dyson. Second best money ever spent. The Airstream was the best money spent!
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It's a rationalization thread about inferior hitch rigging. Or brakes. Or brake controllers. Might as well throw in bias ply tires since radials are too expensive. Vacuum cleaners are just a red herring to make it appear to be about money, not rig performance. To each his own, perhaps, but ones income and decisions about how to equip the rig are not dependent on each other.

Determining good, better, best is the purpose of quite a few threads around here. How one uses one's rig is an easy way to determine their relative importance. But difficulty in separating feelings from thinking is the apparent rationale for starting this thread, since as next to none of us are using this travel trailers for our incomes, any money spent on them can be seen to be as unnecessary.

Ergo, an SOB is more than okay as a trailer . . an Airstream is obviously too expensive just to go camping with. An A/S ought to be left to those living and working full time on the road, where towing performance, longevity and reliability have real consequences.

Take the premise out to an encompassing extent.

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Airstreaming is what ever you want it to be. Much of my Airstreaming is restoring. My job is very stressful and I need something to get my mind off of it. Now I could spend tons of money on therapy, expensive vacations, some mind altering drugs (cheap beer instead), but I chose to restore and problem solve on my airstream's. Whether I am camping, parked restoring, or planning. The money I spend on my Airstream is nothing compared to the other stress relievers I could pursue. All you have to do is see what I wear when I am not at work. I have holes and paint on everything I wear, and that is Just the way I like it.

Now the folks that have the new Airstream's are great also. They allow me to see what changes airstream has made, and yes I like the new Airstreams very much. Wish I had one, but I don't which is fine with me. Money is spent how every you feel it should be. The folks who have the new Airstreams my wife and I have met all have been very nice and friendly. The people with the vintage have all been nice and friendly. The campers with the other brands of RV's have been nice and friendly. The scenery does not change so who cares.

I could buy a new one but I invested in land so my wife and I could have a small farm and grow our own (counting the days). It is all good Airstreamers. It is all good!


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Brian and Frank...well put! My sentiments exactly. And when Frank brings his tamales to a rally...oh boy, a beer and all your troubles vanish!

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Bob:

I will be working on my 1960 today with a beer helping me. I think my troubles will vanish.

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Brian and Frank...well put! My sentiments exactly. And when Frank brings his tamales to a rally...oh boy, a beer and all your troubles vanish!

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Your right Bob new or vintage. It don't care what AS you have just get out and enjoy it(Life is Short no time to wait). When I got the AS bug I was on the fence new or vintage. I was so close to signing for that payment book for a new one. I ended up going vintage. I made one big payment on a very good trailer. We have now been Streaming in it for over four years. The cash I saved over the new one sure has paid for a lot of trips and rallys.
Yes Franks tamales are to die for! Frank has been very kind to me. Instead of just giving me a fish he has taught to fish. We now make our own tamales in Bethel Park

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Yes Franks tamales are to die for! Frank has been very kind to me. Instead of just giving me a fish he has taught to fish. We now make our own tamales in Bethel Park
Awww Ace that just isn't fair! We'll be over to your house for tamale's and beer!

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