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Old 08-24-2007, 12:57 PM   #1
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Cool Nicer, better built than an Airstream

Is it just me,or doe's it irr-ra-tate anyone else when you look at Ebay type ads and see Avion's,Silver Streak's,etc, and the seller writes about how much better their sob is than an Airstream product, Stupid Sh*ts. The funny part is their sob is listed under Airstream in order to get much/any attention at all! Riding on Airstream's coat tail's if ya ask me . What do my fellow Airstreamer's on here think?
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:10 PM   #2
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I agree! I get even more annoyed when I search Craigslist for Airstreams and get a bunch of square boxes 'made by the same company as Airstream", as if being a Thor product has anything to do with being the same quality as an Airstream - talk about coattail riding!
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:25 PM   #3
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I guess we should be flattered. I have yet to see an ad for an Airstream that says "kinda looks like an Avion" or "sorta similar to Silver Streak", or even better yet "a rounded silver trailer made by Thor".
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:26 PM   #4
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The Thor listings as Airstreams is over the top. The SS and Avion are great units and as a vintage person, I enjoy seeing them. Listing as almost as nice as an Airstream would not be as catchy.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:17 PM   #5
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As long as they do not say "Better than YOUR Airstream!" Moosetags is probably right, we should take it as a compliment and I also think Azflycaster is right about the SS and Avion trailers.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:28 PM   #6
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Alot of the ads do say "better than AN Airstream!" I guess that's not as bad as "better than YOUR Airstream!" Ain't smiley's great!!!
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:12 PM   #7
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Red face hummmmm........

hummmmmm......having owned a half dozen of each....avions and airstreams....and having been into or looked over another 40 or 50 of each....

i would have to say that.........(dont slap me.......) i can honestly say in my humble opinion....with my limited knowledge and experiance... that Avion trailers were built better then Airstream trailers...i will say this to anyone that asks

i know it is hard to accept...and it took me awhile to come to that conclusion...but, ....while there it is....
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:26 PM   #8
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I gotta sorta agree... BUT

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hummmmmm......having owned a half dozen of each....avions and airstreams....and having been into or looked over another 40 or 50 of each....

i would have to say that.........(dont slap me.......) i can honestly say in my humble opinion....with my limited knowledge and experiance... that Avion trailers were built better then Airstream trailers...i will say this to anyone that asks

i know it is hard to accept...and it took me awhile to come to that conclusion...but, ....while there it is....
The Avions are built on a HUGE frame that takes away almost all of the "flex" issues Airstreamers have, and the aluminum is anodized so it doesn't shine or corrode easily, but the interiors What WERE they thinking? I admit I have that CCD/Safari SE mindset that says minimalism is good, but ye gods most of those things could pull into a truck stop and have women turning tricks out of them! Overdone French Provincial and on the edge of garish.

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I admit I have that CCD/Safari SE mindset that says minimalism is good, but ye gods most of those things could pull into a truck stop and have women turning tricks out of them! Overdone French Provincial and on the edge of garish.

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as the caveman in the geico commercial says.......Yes i do have a response for that................WHAT?

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The silver streak I looked at before I bought my AS had all metal cabinetry, closets, etc. About as warm and cozy as a locker room!
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:49 PM   #11
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I agree with comment

Many times copies of original concepts are in fact "better built", but they are still just copies.

Enough said.
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:54 PM   #12
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Did NASA choose a Siver Streak, a Avion...?
Do they make movies with SOBs or Airstreams in them as campers?

Oh,...and what did Pamela Anderson customize...not sure if that is a + or -
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I'm confused

wanderer1- to use your kind of type-- what kind of Sh**t wagon is that in your avatar.
Don't look like no Argosy to me.
And put me down on the Avion side, I like them.
So if you don't own a Airstream you're just somebodies cousin?And in the south if you're married to your cousin does she get the trailer when she leaves you for your uncle?
I'm still confused.
Then those that own airstreams are better than others? sounds kinda central european to me.
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I just read the ads and realize that some poor person is so desperate to sell their "whatever" trailer they'll say anything to unload it. How unfortunate for them that no matter what they say they are not going to elevate it to the same value as an Airstream.

They, and the SOB sellers, are trolling for anyone who might just not realize that there truly is a difference, and it is not just in the fit and finish, the weight, or even the options and functionality, when you buy an Airstream you are buying into something significantly greater than those things.

The Airstream is hands down the winner when it comes to
  • Still being manufactured
  • Recognized globally for what it is - an American Icon
  • The standard by which all others are compared
  • The large quantity of vintage units still being used for what they were designed to do - go camping, some original, many restored, many more than 50 years old
  • Being owned or admired by at least the 22,000 and more folks who belong to this Forum as well as the many thousands who aren't Forums members
  • I know there's other reasons people will come up with, but I don't want to seem overly prideful or anything
Then there is the whole Wally Byam mystique and the still highly visible and very highly regarded WBCCI.

Some people really do believe what they print. Others will say whatever it takes to unload the thing, and others are very proud of their trailer and it comes out in how they word their ads. So I read the ads, I shake my head, then I feel pretty gosh darned good that I and almost all the rest of you know better, and bought accordingly.

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