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Old 05-30-2011, 02:51 PM   #1
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Top Ten Discussion Topics My Airstream Sales Guy Would NEVER Initiate:

10) ground clearance
9) interior storage
8) exterior storage
7) extreme temperatures
6) scratch & dent repair
5) "over-hitching"
4) reliability of Catcon systems monitor
3) hail storms
2) corrosion, and......

the #1 discussion topic my Airstream sales guy would never initiate:

1st year's depreciation!
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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Hail storms and corrosion! Previously having fiberglass and being able to take a knocking and easily maintain the gloss with a periodic waxing and a vinyl awning, we had no idea of the upkeep of the aluminum and sunbrella fabric. We asked about the peeling clearcoat of the older models and were told it was no longer a problem with the new Alcoa pretreated panels...there was no indication of the filiment corrosion that was to begin to infest the unit and various parts intrinsically. I would definitely go with an easier care exterior our next time around. Since 2003 we have had 4 brand new and 2 gently used Airstreams. Perhaps a painted clear coated unit would be a better and less expensive choice of exterior. I am of course referring to newer models and not the heavier panels that can be mirror polished of the vintage units.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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interior storage? really? We think it has tons of interior storage. you ever live in a sailboat for awhile?
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:27 PM   #4
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All realitive - pleanty of stroage in the 25FB and MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR TWO in the 30.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:25 PM   #5
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Depreciation is minimal compared to the Class A, half-million dollar deals!
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:37 PM   #6
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So buy a vintage unit and rebuild/rework it exactly the way you want....
Buying a new Airstream is like buying a new Porsche - lots of expensive maintenance, but a high "bling" factor.

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barts, concur! I just want to "bling" along and not think about what the salesman didn't tell me.

Didn't most of us buy a A/S to escape from reality? I know I did.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:55 AM   #8
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First revision, after considerable thought:
#9 should be just "storage" (in general);
#8 should be "sources of water leaks unique to Airstreams"
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:49 AM   #9
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i felt storage space was lacking until i put all the contents of the trailer into storage. i was shocked at the volume of 'stuff'.
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